I don't know if this is the right forum to tell my story, or if someone can help me, but I am going to give it a try anyway.
My name is Dirk and I am a 56 year old South African male. I have lost my job due to staff reduction and need another job for the next 10 years. Obtaining a job in my own country is difficult, next to impossible, especially if you take my skin color into account, because white males just don't get jobs, unless you are in the know. Then there is still my age that makes it even more difficult.
My country is going down the drain and I would like to move to what I have been told, "the land of opportunities". I have a dream that I would like to come true and that is moving to the USA and to find a job there.
I am computer literate, in that I am able to fully unilize MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook), find information on the internet, etc. I can also provide training from years of experience on these programs, (I do not have a training qualification.)
I have been in the communications business for 37.5 years, of which nearly the last 14 years, I managed a team of guys (Contract Representatives, or CR's), managing private service provider (SP) teams, who repaired defects in the fixed line communications network. My duties included, but was not limited to the following:
1) Staff management - dealing with all staff related matters, including contracting with staff, production feedback and assessments (please see "Special Project" below on what I have done w,r,t, having the production statistics corrected), disciplinary actions, etc.;
2) Material control - managing all material in possession of service provider teams;
3) Quality control of projects executed by SP teams;
4) Auditing and approving SP claims - ensuring that what is claimed has been executed, reconciliation of material used on projects.
Special Project (Verifying production statistics)
I was solely responsible to prove to the people who provided the production statistics, that the information they loaded and that had to be used for feedback and assessments, were incorrect. In order for me to achieve this, I used raw data from the computer program used - the same they used - and recalculated the data, using Microsoft Excel and the formulas available. I did this for all the CR's countrywide. After doing so, the corrections were made to the statistics. I compared these corrected statistics and found that the differences were less than 0.05%, which is nothing, compared to what it was before.
If there is anyone out there who can help me to find a job where I can use my experience and abilities as indicated above, I will be very grateful.