Personnel Counselor (Labor Relations)
Yesterday, I approached our Staffing Specialist to ask the process for applying on an advertised vacancy within our company for Personnel Counselor (Labor Relations). I was informed that all applications are coursed thru the website online and that I should start from there as well. Nevertheless, she asked me to submit also my resume to her so she can ‘flag’ it and submit to the appropriate staff handling that particular recruitment. (Therefore, I applied online, submitted hardcopies of my resume and pertinent documents, then sent softcopies to her email address.)
I think this new role (if ever successful) would be very interesting to me. Prior to my current employment, I had previously worked in Saudi Arabia from 1999 to 2006 under two employers. My original sponsor (first employer) was an airport services company employing hundreds of staffs mostly bus drivers and maintenance technicians from various Asian countries. I worked in this company from 1999 to 2004, mainly as quality coordinator, yet acting also as labor relations coordinator among other functions. Due to the nature the company’s business operations (24/7 operations), and the strict environment within the airport, there had been stringent policies and procedures being enforced and implemented both by the company and the airport authorities. Some of which can be mistaken and misconstrued as unfair labor practice, yet some indeed are proven violation on the existing laws. It has been my role to explain to the staffs and advice the management the interpretation on the provisions of the law. It is this experience that I find myself qualified for the advertised vacancy.
Meantime my involvement as labor relations coordinator is simply incidental and not my main function. First, there is no official department within my previous employer handling labor matters; as such there is no officially designated labor relations coordinator. What we have though is a government affairs liaison officer whose main function is simply to process documents and perform other government related transactions.
With my tenure at this company, I was able to help resolve disputes internally. This was made possible by educating our staffs the provisions of the law in related to the nature of the company’s business operations, including advising the management of the same. As far as I can recall, I encountered issues and disputes on the following: calculation on overtime payments; end-of-service compensation issues; salary deductions due to violation of company rules; just/unjust termination cases; payment for visa fees; payment for iqama fees; payment for medical fees. I also remember getting involved hearing sides mediating quarrels and fistfights, including conducting investigation on theft, thereafter providing the management with recommendations and penning decisions.
Perhaps it is my academic background – Bachelor of Arts major in Political Science (degree) / Master of Arts major in Political Science (units) – that had provided me with the skills to interpret laws, which is valuable and required in creating company rules and regulations. Thus bringing me to my second point to which I wish to support for consideration on my application, that aside from acting as labor relations coordinator, with this employer, I am as well creating company’s policies and procedures. For information purposes, this company being mentioned on the previous paragraphs is also a start-up company. I practically created the company’s structure, policies and procedures including registering it with ISO9002.1998 (and eventually upgrading its registration with ISO9001.2000). I had received numerous commendations for this, to which is documented and is available with me.
After completing my 5 years stay with this company, I decided to ask for a ‘release’ (which was granted) from this employer to seek other employment opportunities. Thereafter, I had found another company that employed me as Office Administrator, this is a small company in terms of number of employees but with a diverse business interest – trading, aircraft chartering (Hajj and Umrah operations), tourism, satellite communications and academics with business partners worldwide (including a permanent satellite office in Prague, Czech Republic). With this company, I am involved in contracts negotiations, writing aircraft lease agreements, settlement of royalty fees, among others. After two years working with this company (in 2006) I decided to go back to my home country, thereafter was employed on a recruitment company in Manila as Project Officer (equivalent to Recruitment Manager) handling recruitment and overseas manpower placement mostly for our clients in the Middle East. Part of my job is to conduct the government required PDOS (pre departure orientation seminar), to which I am presenting with great knowledge while further sharing firsthand practical experiences.
In 2008, it is in-fact the owner and president of the company that I am working that recommended that I apply with my current employer, most definitely because he is aware on the great opportunity it has to offer. Therefore, I applied and was offered a job and currently working as ‘Planning and Programs Analyst’ for Transition Management Department.
It is our common information that TMD is only a temporary department that would soon be dissolved. It is of my great interest and perfect opportunity to seek transfer of assignment to which I feel I am also qualified even if it includes increase in responsibilities and a higher level of commitments. I am confident that my immediate managers can provide positive feedback about me, though I am as well concerned that it is also with this reason that they might not release me, considering I am still handling job assignments for them. This I seek the wisdom of Human Resources Department on how to handle applicants like me applying internally.
Hope something positive happens.