Information for Job Seekers

What is a CV?

Why should I work in the private sector?

How can I apply?

Who can assist me in applying for private sector jobs?

What if I do not meet the qualifications for the jobs I want?

Why does the KRG promote the private sector?

What is the Kurdistan Careers Fair?

What is a CV?

In a modern economy nearly every employer will require a CV, or a resumé, from a job applicant. A CV is a document outlining the applicant’s education and professional experience, as well as relevant skills and training. Accuracy and professionalism are very important, so be sure your CV does not contain spelling errors or typos. Many (but not all) jobs listed on Kurdistan Works will require an English-language CV, and applicants are advised to take some time to create a well-prepared CV in both English and Kurdish.

Why should I work in the private sector?

There are many benefits in working with private organizations and companies. The private sector in Kurdistan is rapidly becoming the engine of the economy, as in other societies, and for this reason demand for personnel is growing. Salaries tend to be significantly greater for private sector jobs, and the expertise you can gain from working with competitive companies may prove invaluable in your career. Many world-class firms have come to Kurdistan, and domestic companies now offer excellent employment opportunities as well.

How can I apply?

Your first step is to create a CV, in English and Kurdish if possible. On the Kurdistan Works home page, you can scroll through numerous vacancy listings. These job listings will automatically redirect you to private job sites or recruitment agencies, and those sites will instruct you how to enter your CV and apply. Some of these sites will also help you to create your own CV and provide tips on applying. Kurdistan Works is simply an information portal – it is your responsibility to apply to the positions you deem appropriate.

Who can assist me in applying for private sector jobs?

If you are a university student or recent graduate, your university may have a career/job center. The center may help you to create a professional CV and prepare you for the interview process. Contact your university to find out more. As mentioned, you can also register your CV directly on job posting sites or with the recruitment agencies and search for jobs there directly. Some of the recruitment agencies and job listing sites active in the Kurdistan Region are listed below (in alphabetical order).

DISCLAIMER: Job seekers are responsible for independently verifying job listing details and information posted to external sites, and the KRG is not at all liable for content provided on such sites.

Erbil Manpower (EMP)

Erbil Top Jobs

F-Jobs

Karox

Kodo Jobs

MSelect

WHA Financial

What if I do not meet the qualifications for the jobs I want?

As the economy expands, numerous world-class companies and organizations have established offices in the Kurdistan Region. Many of the vacancies listed demand considerable skill sets. Among the most common requisite skills include the ability to use the English language and basic computer programs. If you are frustrated because you do not possess the necessary skills required for the jobs you desire, there are options. A number of training centers have opened throughout the Kurdistan Region, including language courses and sector-specific programs. For more information, see Training Opportunities.

Why does the KRG promote the private sector?

The KRG has vigorously promoted a strong private sector as the engine behind the economy and the future of growth in the Kurdistan Region. This policy has been enormously successful in many sectors, including oil & gas, electricity, housing and construction, tourism, and others. In order for this impressive trajectory to continue, more individuals joining the work force must choose private sector positions. The benefits to graduates and job seekers at all levels are considerable: pay is generally higher and individuals obtain valuable skills on the job. Active international and domestic firms and organizations will continue to promote growth and development throughout the Kurdistan Region, and this is why the KRG strongly endorses the private sector. The KRG has also passed laws protecting the rights of private sector workers. To see relevant legislation, see Know the Law: Working in the Private Sector.

What is the Kurdistan Careers Fair?

The Kurdistan Careers Fair is an annual event sponsored by private sector companies aimed at bringing employers and job seekers together in person. Dozens of companies fund the event and are present in information booths. The event is open to the public, and job seekers are invited to meet with the various companies and apply for positions on the spot. In addition, there are panel discussions and training seminars for participants. For more information, see Kurdistan Careers.

Questions or comments can be sent to kw@krg.org.