A few months back, I only dreamed of working in one of the resorts in the Maldives. The Hospitality World is soo much different from my previous line of work which was Banking & Finance, but somehow, I was drawn to this beautiful place after I visited it once on May 2018 and it was that moment I realized I wanted to live & work here. I started looking for administrative or accounting/finance related job ads in one of the top visited job sites for Maldives. I submitted CVs to as many resorts I can find. I got a few interesting replies but nothing that really succeeded. But as the saying goes, “try and try until you succeed”, so after months of sending CVs to different resorts online, I finally got that one reply I wanted. You are Hired! I was extremely happy & thankful. To God, most importantly, and to my Aunt-in law as well. Here’s why!
- My Aunt-in Law has been living & working in the Maldives for more than 5 years! She loves to travel and has really been the one who supported me all through out this journey together with my Uncle. She gave me references, and the help I really need from my application up until now. So, I guess you can say it was a bit easier for me because of my aunt.
BUT HERE’S HOW TO APPLY:
The best option for expats would be to apply online just like what I did. You can check out this online job site: https://www.job-maldives.com and this site would be really helpful and updated. Some sites to check out are: https://jobsicle.mv , https://www.catererglobal.com, https://career-maldives.com/
Second best option would be: going to the resorts website and sending an application through there. I am sure all the resorts will always check their site.
And third best option: not all of us know someone who works in Maldives, buuuut if you know someone, a friend or a family member who are working in Maldives, you can also ask them for vacancies and give them your CV. Referrals really work!
Normally, the Visa Application would take a month but sometimes there might be issues that would arise and would cause your Visa to be denied and they(the resort) have to apply again. My visa application was not smooth at all. The government was stricter on Visa Application of Expats and it was also because of the New Government and some issues they had regarding Expats. My visa was rejected for 3 times but after applying for the 4th Time it was approved.
Tip:The best thing to do is to complete all your requirements, and check everything before sending it. Always submit the colored and original copies if possible.
Wait for a few weeks for the approval and then you are off!
PACKING YOUR LUGGAGE
Since you would be living and staying here for years,make sure to pack your essentials, enough clothes, accessories, shoes/sandals and most importantly do not forget your passport and your visa permit.That is the most important thing!
Tip: Most of the days you will just wear your normal clothes,be sure to bring some cullotes and knee length shorts because that is one thing i regretted not bringing with me(we have to respect their culture).There mìght be resort events or dinners, so better be ready and pack some nice dresses as well.
HOW TO LIVE WITH DIFFERENT NATIONALITIES
More than 50% of our Resorts Employees are locals. Maldivians are very friendly, nice and would always be ready to give you a helping hand. They are also family-oriented and religious. While you are here you have to learn, adapt and respect their culture. One thing I am having fun learning is their local language called Dhivehi. So here are few words that you can learn as well.
Koba Kine-How are you?
Ranggalu-Im good/Im fine
Loabi- an endearment which means love
It is definitely fun to learn new things so don’t be afraid to try 🙂 Right now I am learning how to count and how to write in Dhivehi! Cool right?
In a resort, there would be different nationalities from all over the world. The key to having a good resort life is to just be friendly and respectful to everyone. And you would not only gain respect but also make some friends along the way!
LEARN AND WORK BY HEART
I am difinitely learning a lot of things here! Not only work related but other things like people’s culture, food, other resorts and many more to come. If you want to be able to do good with your work and have a good relationship with your colleagues then work by heart and don’t forget to enjoy! The best thing about the Maldives for me is everyday i get to see the beautiful turquoise ocean, breathtaking sunsets, some dolphins if im lucky and it makes you realize how beautiful the world can be.
After a month, there were days i wanted to go home and see my family. I know it was too early but sometimes when you get that feeling it’s hard. So make sure to occupy yourself or think of the reason why you are here in the first place. That would make you feel better! Love the days, even the bad ones. Live in the present and always believe in yourself.
I hope this blog was useful and i hope u enjoyed reading it. Don’t forget to leave your comments or thoughts! I would love to hear them 🙂