So Mux sees an ad in the paper for a position in Omantel which he thinks will suit me. Its for a Health and Safety Advisor. He starts skimming through the details. At first, all seems normal...
We are working towards building a strong people-focused organisation that strives to constantly improve. Everything we do is focused on strengthening our relationship with our customers, our personnel and their families, our suppliers and business partners. If you believe that pride, passion and a strong desire to perform, are the attributes which you have, then we invite you to apply for the position Health & Safety Advisor....
Okay, all is good so far. Then you get to the position requirements...
The ideal applicant will possess:
*Professional qualifications (Master or BSc) in any of the HSE disciplines or related fields from a reputed University.
*Proficient in MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook) and Windows.
*Minimum of 5 years work experience in a similar role.
*Possess a minimum of 3 years work experience in the Oil & Gas industry!!
*Work experience within the Telecommunications industry will surely be an added advantage.
Ha? Why??? Why would a position in Omantel require 3 years work experience in the oil and gas industry?
So my husband and I put our heads together and came up with two possible explanations:
1. People in the oil and gas sector have lots of experience in health and safety regulations, thus Omantel would prefer one of them for this position.
2. Whoever wrote this ad just ripped off an old ad posted by a petroleum company that was looking for a health and safety advisor and forgot to edit that part.
I think the latter is more likely.