A Step Ahead 2018 is the largest employment fair for women, with the participation of more than 80 local and international companies.
The 6th edition of the Saudi-based Glowork has kickstarted its annual fair today at AlFaisaliah Hotel in Prince Sultan Hall.
Titled ‘A Step Ahead’ Glowork, the largest women’s employment and recruitment related event in the Middle East, is endorsed by the Human Resources Development Fund.
The three-day event features more than 80 leading local, regional and international companies that will have booths offering female job seekers and university students advice on their future career paths as well as conducting interviews for currently available job opportunities. A Step Ahead 2017 Career Fair saw the participation of 84 companies and attracted 40,000 attendees, and 45 workshops were hosted.
This year’s agenda includes influential speakers from various companies in MENA including Paul Turner Regional Director at Havas, Saudamini Dubey Managing Director at Accenture Digital Middle East and Turkey, Ghalia AlSukait Assistant Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble, Eng. Aseel AlHamad Board Member at SAMF, Julie Leblan CEO and Founder of My List, Dr. Moudhi Aljamea (PhD Computer Security) at CEH Security Strategies and President, Entrepreneurship & incubator at IAU, Elias Khalil Managing Director at Lilly Saudi Arabia, Cor Noltee Design Thinker at Cornoltee, Reema Alharbi Benefits & Events Section Manager with the HR Services team at STC, Majed Alkhurayef Acting VP and Head of the Recruitment Department at Riyad Bank, Saeed Alharbi (Assoc CIPD) GM of HR at Olayan Financing Company, Mounia Hadjidj Head of HR at Sephora Middle East, Nihad Shelbaya Public and Government Affairs Manager at ExxonMobil.
Saudi Arabia’s leading career exhibition and forum – A Step Ahead – is an initiative launched by Glowork in 2013 as part of the services and work diversification and employment enhancement for women. With the participation of more than 91 leading local and multinational companies and in cooperation with the Ministry of Labor and the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF), A Step Ahead is a platform that develops job diversification and skills development and enhancement for women. Held annually, each of the exhibitions in Riyadh, Dammam, and Jeddah attracts more than 60,000 visitors. The exhibition also opens the doors for 300 top female education achievers in the Saudi universities to attend a unique two-day forum bringing together leaders in various fields within the business and academic sectors. The exhibition also includes 15 key workshops designed for the benefit of job seekers and covering subjects ranging from CV writing to job requirement training to communications development, with more than 1,300 participants attending. Previous a Step Ahead exhibitions in Riyadh resulted in immediate hires of 10 percent of the job candidates, a resounding confirmation of the success of the strategy adopted by Glowork for the development of women’s employment in the region.
Glowork was founded in 2011 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia by Khalid AlKhudair, Founder and CEO. Since then, Glowork has grown from 3 to 63 employees and is currently is a Private-Public company. In effect, Glowork is a website that aims to bring empowerment to females across the region. It is for all women of all nationalities that work in Saudi Arabia. Females in the Gulf can also apply to jobs in Saudi Arabia. Glowork is the first dedicated organization in Saudi Arabia where its online portal is a platform that links female job seekers with employers. It also has a system that allows women to work virtually from home, which has helped create opportunities for them in rural areas. Currently, the website carries a database of more than 1.2 million CVs of highly qualified women and 159 companies who are committed to recruiting from this pool. Glowork also has an offline headhunting arm, which conducts the filtering, screening, interviewing and mentoring for Saudi females, as well as operating the largest female career fair in the Middle East. Alongside that, Glowork initiates key programs that are career development and job creation centric including workshop training and career counseling. Working in cooperation with Ministry of Labor and the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF), Glowork opens opportunities of collaboration and support linking the private sector with opportunities of job development and candidate development to support women’s employment. To date, by establishing partnerships with both Saudi and international corporations, Glowork has helped more than 26,000 women find jobs in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, including jobs for women with special needs, which is a significant step toward promoting another level of inclusion.