Monday, November 28, 2005

Omantel booboo


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...

Position Objectives:

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.


UsleeFuslee said...

O gosh... Which paper was this in?!?!

OceanDream said...

Mux saw it in Time of Oman, but what I posted here was just cut and paste from the Omantel website.

NiGhTFaCe said...

If you read the Duties & Main Responsibilities, it will give hint why they will prefer someone who worked in the oil & gas field.

OceanDream said...

I did.. But all those duties could be fulfilled by HSE officers who worked anywhere else.

I could be wrong though!

illogicist said...

Have you contacted them about the job and asked them about that requirement? If it is a mistake, well I doubt they would admit it, but they might just quietly let it go...

Wardat_il'7leej said...

I think it's the first option you mentioned.

Even though i don't think they even consider or look at the qualifications of people who apply for the job.

PizzaQueen said...

To give jobs to ex PDO

Sowhat said...

or they want to give a job to particular person but they want it to sound legal .. they designed the job qualification for someone in particular :)

ColOman said...

In any professional company or self-respecting company, the marketing guy would be fired along with their boss!

But since its Omantel, no one would care! Not its staff or customers, cause its just another day for them.

muscati said...

I can totally understand why Omantel would be looking for someone with oil and gas experience, but I wouldn't have put it in the job ad itself. It's stupid. They should have used it as an internal preference, not a requirement for applying for the job.

ColOman said...

Shouldn't the Marketing or PR department check and ensure all communication is carried out properly!

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Arabian Princess said...

So did you apply ocean dream?

OceanDream said...

Nopes, I don't have the oil and gas experience :)

I applied in a few other places though, so keep your fingers crossed for me.

Arabian Princess said...

Dear, just a tip for the future, if you have a minmum qualification for a job (degree, and few years experience). just apply even if you dont fit the other qualifications.

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