How to get a job in Syria? A quick guide for everyone, foreigner and Syrian

Everyone who wants to get a job in Syria needs first to find a job in Syria. A good start can be jobs arabic and Facebook or other social media. 

You can look for recruitment agencies or employment agencies in Syria. And you can look for jobs also on Facebook groups in Syria.

Syria lies in the Middle East. It is between Lebanon and Turkey. The heat is never high. And some breeze and humidity are present. March and April are mostly cloudy months. The center of Syria has a mild climate. Summer days are hot but they also have low humidity. Nights are mostly cool year-round.

Once you find a job, you may need a work permit. You can do this from abroad or in Syria. Syrian residents, don’t need a work permit to get a job.
In most cases, every other nationality needs to apply for a work permit. You can do this together with your new employer, or employment agency. Read more below on how to find a job in Syria and on how to get a work permit for Syria.

How to get a job in Syria?

The first step in getting a job in Syria is to find a job in Syria. Find out where to look for work in Syria in the sections below.
Once you have a job offer, you may need to apply for a work permit, or a work visa, together with your employer or on your own. You will not likely need any permit if you are a resident of Syria.

In most cases, you apply for a work permit with your new employer, a company, or an employment agency. They will get you a visa to enter the country if you are not in Syria already.

Once you have an employer who can sponsor you. You will need to handle together all the paperwork to get you a work permit or a work visa.

First, find a job, and after you’ll worry about a work permit if you need it.

How to find a job in Syria?

You can find a job in Syria by searching online for job opportunities in Syria. You can find a job either with a company, or with a recruitment agency, or through an employment agency.

Most of the following websites or apps are in English or Arabic. If you need, use Google Translate, or any other translation service, to browse them.

Job websites in Syria

Many job websites can help you find work in Syria. Some focus on certain professions and industries. A good start is to search for a job on these popular job websites.

BaiduGoogleNaverSogouYandex, or any other search engine, can be a good start for a job search. You can search for a job that you want. That can be for example, “Construction worker in Aleppo” or “Babysitter in Hamah”. Use the language that you feel most comfortable speaking. Don’t stop at the first pages and go deep with your search. You’ll get an immediate feeling of what’s around and of which job websites are best suited for your needs.

Google MapsBaidu MapsNaver Maps2GIS, or any other map app, can help you find employers near you or abroad. Look for the kind of organization that might have job opportunities for you. You can look for “Retail in Damascus” or “Mall in Homs” for example.

Facebook groups can be also an option to start to see what’s around you. You can search for Facebook groups that talk about Syria or about jobs.

Jobs Arabic is a popular job website in Syria.

Jobs Arab Syria is another popular job website in Syria.

Tanqeeb Syria is a popular job website in Syria.

5 Tawzeef is a job website in Syria.

Almehan is another job website in Syria.

Wzayef Syria is another job website in Syria.

Hawa jobs Syria is another job website in Syria.

Forsa is another job website in Syria.

Job sy is another job website in Syria.

More useful websites to get a job in Syria

These are more websites that can be useful when you are looking for a job.

Mostaql is another job website for freelancers.

Khamsat is a website for contract jobs and freelancers.

Facebook groups and other social media to get a job in Syria

Facebook groups help you to connect with people about jobs in Syria. I found these groups about jobs in Syria.

Syria Job Facebook group is about jobs in Damascus.

فرص عمل في دمشق و سوريا ……… تأمين وظائف و استفادة من الخبرات المنسية is about jobs in Damascus and in Syria.

فرص عمل في دمشق – سوريا is about jobs in Syria.

Wazaef online Facebook group is also about jobs in Syria.

You can use your favorite social media to look for groups that talk about jobs or about Syria.

LinkedIn is also a popular choice when networking for jobs in Syria.

Any social media or communication platform can help you to find a job in Syria. It can be for example Instagram or any WhatsApp group of people in Syria.

Recruitment agencies in Syria

A recruitment agency receives a description for a job from an employer who needs someone. Then the recruitment agency looks for a person to do that job.

Recruitment agencies look for skilled workers to suit the job role available. A skilled worker has some experience, and certifications, to work in a particular role. Examples can be a nurse, an accountant, a chef, a construction worker, or a truck driver.

Recruitment agencies specialize in particular sectors. Those can be care, computing, engineering, nursing, accounting, catering, construction, or other sectors. Sometimes an agency can contact you first if they struggle to find people.

You can look up a recruitment agency that can help you to find a job that matches your skills. You can type ‘recruitment agency near Aleppo’ on Google Maps or any other map website. There you can find a list of good agencies that you can contact. If you are not in Syria, you can search your area for local recruitment agencies. They can help you find a job in Syria.

Employment agencies, temp agencies, temporary job agencies, staffing agencies in Syria

Employment agencies hire people to do jobs. The agency employs you to work for another company. Employment agencies can be temp agencies (temporary job agencies), or staffing agencies. An employment agency registers someone who’s looking for work, a job seeker. The agency then contacts employers who have positions available for the new person.
These agencies can hire new workers for new jobs. Agencies contract those new jobs from other companies. An employment agency will assist any job seeker. Unskilled workers are more likely to find a job with an employment agency. An unskilled worker has no qualifications, or experience, in the job that they want. They have finished school recently, or they are changing industries or they are new to the region.
These agencies specialize in particular sectors. Those can be care, computing, engineering, nursing, accounting, catering, construction, or other sectors. Agencies offer full-time jobs, part-time jobs, temporary jobs, seasonal jobs, or freelance jobs.
If you, for example, type ‘employment agency near Damascus’ on Google Maps, Baidu Maps, or any other map website. You can find a list of good agencies that you can contact. If you are not in Syria, you can search your area for local employment agencies. They can help you find a job in Syria.

Be aware that you should not pay an agency when they find a job for you. So be careful when an agency asks you for money.

Ask around you for jobs in Syria

Form connections, ask around and find opportunities among your contacts. Speak with friends of friends of people who may have traveled or worked in Syria. You will see that some of your friends or family know someone who knows someone.

You can email local businesses and companies for jobs in Syria

You can search for companies and local businesses in Syria. An easy tool for doing that can be any map app or map website. Below is, for example, a Google Maps search for “factory near Damascus”.

Walk around anywhere in Syria for possible jobs

If you are somewhere in Syria, you can explore the area and see what job opportunities are around you. You can look for organizations and businesses around you and visit them. For example, below is a search on Google Maps for “market near Hamah”. You can visit these places asking for job opportunities.

Search for employment schemes

You can apply for an employment scheme or an employment support program that can help you to find a job. Those programs can be local or national. They can be open only to Syrian residents but they can be open to foreigners as well. You need to look for a program that fits your profile. You can search for employment schemes at your local government or embassy. You can search for “Syria employment scheme” or “Syria employment program”.


The above cover image shows somewhere in Damascus, Syria. Photo by Mahmoud Sulaiman on Unsplash