I am one of those fortunate people who didn’t have to struggle hard to secure a job., alhumdulillah. I didn’t experience going from one office to the next, dropping off my CV, and I didn’t experience being turned down after an interview either.
Masood’s experience, however, has been different. He landed in Dubai for the first time five years ago, on a visit visa which was valid for only sixty days. He would leave his apartment early in the morning after reading the classified section, took the public bus or walked in the scorching heat of the desert, visited office after office, and on the 58th day, even got frustrated. Not that he wasn’t getting any offers at all. The ones he was getting at that time was either not directly related to his profession or the pay was just too low.
It was on the 59th day, just a day before his visit visa was supposed to expire and when he was supposed to board his flight back home to India, that Masood finally received the call he was waiting for. He got accepted for the job! And, he has been working in the same company since then.
I am narrating this because last Thursday, a man walked into our office. He approached Masood (who happens to be our HR guy besides being our full time network engineer) and asked whether we had an opening for an Oracle-related job. We didn’t have any, so Masood asked him to leave his CV and said the usual stuff HR people say,”I’ll keep your CV, and when there’s an opening, I’ll call and let you know.”
Curious, I read this guy’s CV. He is 46 years old, single, and with 8 years of experience in Oracle – working in India, Singapore, Qatar, Bahrain, and even the USA. But here he was, currently unemployed and looking for a job, walking in office after office.
Later that day while we were walking back to the office from the Mosque, I noticed someone else’s CV lying down on the floor, just outside an office door. I asked Masood, “Do these CVs actually make it inside the office?” He said that they usually don’t. I felt sad for that person.
For those of us who are employed, we should be grateful for this blessing instead of voicing out our discontentment and work-related frustrations at every given opportunity, specially during office hours.