Job openings explored at first recruitment forum in Riyadh

Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar opens the first Saudi Recruitment, Labor and Support Services Forum and Exhibition on Tuesday. AN photo
Updated 18 April 2018
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Job openings explored at first recruitment forum in Riyadh

  • RALS 2018 brought together recruitment companies to explore opportunities in the Kingdom
  • "We would like to change the image of the recruitment here in Saudi Arabia because it is understood in a very limited sense": marketer

RIYADH: The first Saudi Recruitment, Labor and Support Services Forum and Exhibition (RALS 2018) has been hailed as a success by firms who attended and called for it to be made an annual event.
RALS 2018 brought together recruitment companies to explore opportunities in the Kingdom at a three-day forum.
The event was opened on Sunday by Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center. Companies who took part said that events of this type should be organized on a regular basis as they helped to streamline the sector.
Speaking to Arab News at the forum Abdulwahab Waleed Aldayel, marketing director at the Al Ajeer Recruitment Co., said on Tuesday: “We see this forum as an opportunity to deliver the message that recruitment is a good sector to invest in.”
“We would like to change the image of the recruitment here in Saudi Arabia because it is understood in a very limited sense. The common perception is that the recruitment drive is to have a nanny or a private driver; this perception has to change. We wish to go for technology-driven recruitment in line with Vision 2030, that aims to diversify all aspects of development in the Kingdom to make life easy,” he said.
Tariq Alolaqi, senior director customer experience at the Saudi Manpower Solutions Co. (SMASCO), told Arab News: “We are happy to be part of the first recruitment, labor and support services forum ... (we are) getting a good response from the clients.”
Yusef Ali Al-Awaji, director of international recruitment at Maharah Human Resource Co., told Arab News: “It is a privilege to be here at the first forum ... it has been a great experience and an opportunity for all of us participating as different companies and sharing our experiences to move on for growth and contribution to the local labor market.”
Muhammed Almulhim, sales manager at the Mueen Human Resource Co., told Arab News: “This forum is well timed and needed, it came as a great help to all of us working in the labor sector. The response to the forum is hugely successful and it should be organized annually now.”

A large number of recruitment firms and offices accredited in the Kingdom’s labor market attended the forum and exhibition seeking to establish a culture of reliability between companies and the clients.


Startup of the Week: Entangling the world with minimal fashion

Updated 18 min 23 sec ago
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Startup of the Week: Entangling the world with minimal fashion

  • All my designs are hand drawn. I could easily draw them digitally, but I think keeping them hand drawn gives a more personal and authentic feel

JEDDAH: Amid a plethora of innovations and fresh ideas nowadays, it is becoming harder and harder to impress the public, but 23-year-old Hasna Baker has managed to do so with her company Tangles.

She designs shirts colored black or white, with a cleverly designed symbol or letter in the center.

“All my designs are hand drawn. I could easily draw them digitally, but I think keeping them hand drawn gives a more personal and authentic feel. The little imperfections are what add to the design,” she told Arab News.

“I was inspired to start Tangles through a combination of my passion for minimal fashion and graphic T-shirts, as well as my love for arts,” she said. 

“I started coming up with a plan to incorporate meaning into each design, and came up with the idea of playing cards,” she added.

“Each symbol on a playing card has a deeper meaning, and I decided it would be a good place to start,” said Baker.

“After brainstorming ideas I began to sell my work through Instagram, and a few months later I joined the retail store Crate.” 

She did face obstacles, however, such as finding “good-quality suppliers for my packages and shirts,” and “maintaining the confidence to put my work out there.”

She added: “There was a lot of trial and error in the beginning, but the whole process has taught me to approach every experience, whether good or bad, as a lesson to learn and grow from. People have been supportive and positive.”

She has received international orders, but for now her customers are mainly based in the Kingdom.

The piece she is most proud of “is a large canvas of an elephant. It’s my biggest work yet, and took around six months to complete,” she said.

“I love the moment I step back from a project and see it all come together, as opposed to looking closely at the details.”