Daily Nation (Barbados) - - People -

Al­leyne said job seek­ers would be judged based on their ap­pear­ance, pre­sen­ta­tion skills, knowl­edge and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. The ho­tel is look­ing to fill po­si­tions across de­part­ments in­clud­ing food and bev­er­age, house­keep­ing, re­tail, front of house and stew­ard­ing.

He added that this was the first job fair put on by Sandy Lane.

When a Week­end Nation team vis­ited the site, scores of job­seek­ers were in an or­derly fash­ion in the queue. At in­ter­vals, groups were asked to en­ter the build­ing to sit and re­lax out of the sun; they were also of­fered cool tow­els.

Af­ter­wards, they were given forms to fill out and asked to stand in line for the in­ter­view process. From the Week­end Nation team’s ob­ser­va­tion, the ma­jor­ity of job seek­ers were young peo­ple.

“So far, every­thing is go­ing good, even though it is a lengthy process,” said Chris­tell King, look­ing for a po­si­tion at front desk. “The process is or­gan­ised, so it wasn’t too bad.

“It’s been a long day, but they seem to have every­thing sorted out well and I was very com­fort­able and no one seemed to have any frus­tra­tions,” said Alyia Clarke.

Rashida Gor­ing, 21, said she was sur­prised to see how many young peo­ple were seek­ing em­ploy­ment, adding that this was a sign that the youth wanted to work and be in­de­pen­dent.

Jim Fenty was an­other young hope­ful seek­ing em­ploy­ment. He said his pres­ence at the fair was a mo­men­tous oc­ca­sion as he got into trou­ble with the law in the past and wanted to in­spire other ex-con­victs to seek job op­por­tu­ni­ties, although they were stig­ma­tised, they can con­trib­ute pos­i­tively to so­ci­ety.

HR co­or­di­na­tor Matthew Hink­son deemed the event a suc­cess, stat­ing that the Sandy Lane staff was happy to see the thou­sands at­tend­ing.

“This re­flects on the five di­a­mond rat­ing that Sandy Lane up­holds,” he said.

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