***Work in progress post***
This post is for Americans living back home that would like to find employment overseas in Kuwait or for American’s already living in Kuwait that would like to stay here and find a better job. This was a requested post from one of our lovely readers.
Some Things you should know before you apply stateside:
If you want to work for an American Contractor in Kuwait that requires you to have a NACI or Secret Clearance (most do) you should have a clean background from bad credit, excessive debt or criminal activity. This includes not paying child support. You should have a US Driver’s license and a good driving record. Kuwait now requires all US Citizens to obtain a Police Clearance before even coming to Kuwait.
You should also be in good health and free from any medical conditions or disease that could prevent you from passing your mandatory employment physical or Kuwait residency physical. DOD health and fitness guidelines are followed now more than ever. Kuwait’s medical is no joke and if you do not pass then it’s chicken or fish on your flight back home.
The process of obtaining a Police Clearance, stateside medical, CRC and a Kuwait visa can take months. NEVER quit your current job until you have passed everything and receive your ticket in hand. The old school American’s that work in Kuwait know that you take leave to do the medical, etc. for the new company that sent you an offer letter. You wait to pass EVERYTHING before you put in your notice with your current company.
NEVER burn a bridge with your current company if you can help it. Give notice, do a good job and leave with pride no matter how much you dislike them. You never know when you might run into them again down the road. Contracts change hands in Kuwait and that same company might take over your new company’s contract. You always want to leave in good standing so they will want to hire you back.
It’s who you know…right? The more connections you have the better. That’s just the way it works so suck it up and deal with it. Network your ass off! Go on Facebook and see if you know anyone that is already working in Kuwait or knows someone who does. Join clubs and associations that will enable you to meet others with connections or similar interests. This doesn’t mean you can’t work hard and keep sending in your resume everyday to land that interview.
There are job fairs announced in newspapers or company websites weekly. You should have job alerts going to your email everyday and pay close attention to the news and media. Many US Contractors get their foot in the door by working hard with blood, sweat and tears. I’m all for a combination of both hard work and great connections.
The best way to land that job in Kuwait when you are stateside:
You should create a profile on every job website that is in Kuwait. Apply daily to all the jobs that you are qualified for in your emailed alerts, on websites and referrals.
***Readers, please comment and add any advice, websites, recruiters info, etc. that might help others. This post is a work in progress and I will add more soon when I have time. Thank you!***