We need help to cope with num­ber of aban­doned dogs

7 Days in Dubai - - DEAR 7DAYS -

With the on­set of sum­mer we are watch­ing a drama un­fold­ing. Ir­re­spon­si­ble res­i­dents dump their pets in the hun­dreds. This week on ONE day alone we counted 58!!! Dogs (ev­i­denced, with pic­tures, breed, lo­ca­tion etc.) that were aban­doned, dumped, ne­glected or found as stray. This is an amount that no one can cope with any­more. Sev­eral vol­un­teer groups are try­ing their best to help, but they are run­ning out of funds, shel­ter and foster homes. We, the res­cue groups, are des­per­ate, and we URGENTLY need help. Help from other an­i­mal lovers, help from the me­dia, and help from gov­ern­ment. I ap­peal to ev­ery­body who would like to help to get more in­for­ma­tion and con­tacts on the open com­mu­nity group ‘dogs in dubai’ on face­book. Ju­mie Dubai On var­i­ous sites a job post­ing will be shown as hav­ing 300-400 ap­pli­ca­tions even though the job was posted within the hour. I think “how on earth have all these ap­pli­cants done their re­search and writ­ten a cover let­ter demon­strat­ing their fit with the role, in a few min­utes?”. Most of them haven’t, and they have just pinged off their CV let­ting the re­cruiter go through the un­en­vi­able task of dis­till­ing their work his­tory. On the flip side, yes I have wasted dozens of hours ap­ply­ing for ghost­po­si­tions. I am 52 years old with a pretty solid re­sume hav­ing 15-20 years ex­pe­ri­ence in se­nior man­age­ment po­si­tions of large cor­po­rates. I have been look­ing for five months, ap­plied for what seems like a tril­lion jobs (and yes I too go through the ef­fort of en­sur­ing I en­cap­su­late my skills and ex­pe­ri­ence into my cover let­ter, do the re­search on the com­pany etc), I have been for one in­ter­view for which I was told I was a great fit….. but didn’t land the job. I am now think­ing ‘is this it?”. If this is such an ageist so­ci­ety I now have to con­sider leav­ing my hus­band and teenage daugh­ter here and re­turn­ing to my home coun­try alone so I can at least re-es­tab­lish a ca­reer. I fear the longer I re­main out of work the more dif­fi­cult it is go­ing to be. The irony is It IS our wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence that is most valu­able. Tech­ni­cal skills can be ac­quired. 50-ish and fab­u­lous Dubai

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