Hi all, would like to seek your advice regarding the application to Middle East offices (Dubai / Doha / Riyadh). I have a top MBA from Europe and have worked in tier-2 consulting firm in another region.
I don't have any experience related to the ME region. I became interested in this region after a hunter approached me. As he mentioned that he would be able to help me apply to all tier 2 & tier 3 firms, I have not networked aggressively to try to find internal referrals. My initial thought is that I do not have a strong network in this region, so probably relying on an experienced hunter would be worthwile.
The problem is that it has already been 2 months and there is still no response from any of the firms applied through him (around 8 firms). I am not sure whether it is because my background is not strong/relevant enough, or is it because headhunters are usually deprioritized vs. internal referrals?
What should I do next? Should I stop working with this hunter, and switch to find internal referrals instead? Or, could I actually utilize both channels (hunter & referral) - would it cause a channel conflict?