Over 700 job-seekers, armed with resume in hand, personal branding tips and a desire to be employed in the tourism industry, turned up at Sandals Negril in response to the resort’s recent job fair advertisement.
The fair, spearheaded by the resort’s Human Resources Department, was aimed at filling casual, fulltime and training positions in the food and beverage, Club Sandals, revenue, housekeeping and entertainment departments.
Applicants were subjected to a series of interviewing strategies as the management team sought to fill positions with the most suitable candidates. The day started with applicants being placed in groups of 10 and asked specific questions about themselves and their group members. They also had to participate in team-building exercises under the observation of the managers for the departments they were interested in. Each group member was graded based on communication skills, appearance and team work. Those who scored well were then interviewed by the Human Resources Manager, the Hotel Manager and/or the General Manager and if successful, would later receive a call from the resort with a job offer.
“We have been conducting a series of job fairs throughout the year and this has been our biggest one yet. The aim of these recruitment drives is to always attract as many local talents waiting to work in the industry. The interviewing strategies used gives heads of departments a chance to see the different personalities based on how they react to their peers,” shared David Latchimy, General Manager for Sandals Negril.
He explained that for those who did well at the fair but did not receive a job offer, they would be placed on the list of suitable candidates who would get first preference whenever a position becomes vacant.
The job fair also catered to persons who lacked the requisite qualifications and experience but had a strong interest in working in the field. These persons were also interviewed to join the company’s Hospitality Training Programme. The free six-week training initiative aims at helping unemployed youths to acquire internationally recognized certification in various departments.
Sandals Resorts International is committed to hiring the best local talents to fill positions within its award-winning resorts, recognized world-wide for its exceptional service standards.
Employees are further provided with a vast array of training opportunities through the Sandals Corporate University, allowing team members to grow, develop and realize their full potential both personally and professionally.