Dis­crim­i­na­tion? Skills and ex­pe­ri­ence, but no lan­guages

7 Days in Dubai - - DEAR 7 DAYS... -

This is in re­sponse to the let­ter about the job­seeker feel­ing dis­crim­i­nated against be­cause of their age (May 23). I ar­rived in Dubai in 1997 on a visit visa, af­ter work­ing for 11 years in two dif­fer­ent coun­tries. I wrote my CV ac­cord­ingly, and started ap­ply­ing for jobs, I was called for in­ter­views, only to get a thank you as we are look­ing for some­body with UAE ex­pe­ri­ence. Fi­nally I landed in a job af­ter con­sis­tently call­ing a CEO of a com­pany. I got my driver’s li­cence, with great dif­fi­culty, though I had a li­cence from an­other coun­try, Now I have UAE ex­pe­ri­ence, look­ing for a change, when I send my CV, the em­ploy­ers ask me: what are your ex­pec­ta­tions, which part of the world are you from, can you speak so and so lan­guages? Fi­nally they say we are look­ing for some­one with 1-2 yrs of ex­pe­ri­ence in that role. I have a Bach­e­lors de­gree and my English is good, I am of sound mind and good health, and I can do any job of my area ef­fi­ciently. But I still feel I am be­ing dis­crim­i­nated against. An­drew Dubai even en­joy talk­ing about work on the week­end for that mat­ter. Be­lieve me, peo­ple are aware how lucky they are to be em­ployed in such a tran­sient city such as Dubai, but if some­one has the op­por­tu­nity to be them­selves and let loose af­ter a stress­ful week at work, I to­tally en­cour­age it. Get out there and have some fun! Rock on Cpt Mor­gan Dubai

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