More order at job fair

Sandals officials better equipped to handle large crowd today

There was order and calm on day three of the Sandals job fair, a stark contrast to what occurred yesterday when confusion reigned and fights and disorder prompted an early end to interviews.

It was estimated that just over 2,000 people made their way to the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre today, about half the number of those who showed up yesterday. Day one, Monday, was open only to former Sandals employees who worked with the hotel before it was closed for refurbishment.

From as early as 6 a.m. today, Sandals officials gathered at the Two Mile Hill, St Michael location in anticipation of another huge crowd.

This time around they were better equipped and had barricades in place to keep the job hunters in a queue leading to the entrance and a ticketing system was used. A number of police officers were also present to ensure order was maintained.

A ticketing system was in place to maintain order.
A ticketing system was in place to maintain order.

When a Barbados TODAY team arrived at the location around 11:15 a.m. a decent line was stretching from the eastern side of the building, snaking towards the entrance.

General manager Josef Zellner said the doors were opened from about 7:30 a.m. and the process had been a smooth one since then.

However, he said, although thousands had showed up again, Sandals would only be interviewing about 1,000 people and therefore there would be an early cut off time again today. Those who showed up after 11:30 a.m. were turned away when the gate eventually closed. By about 12:15 p.m., the last individual in line had entered the building.

Zellner said those who did not make it in still had the opportunity to apply for jobs by sending their resumes and letters to the hotel’s human resource department.

One of the major concerns he had over the past two days was people showing up for interviews for jobs on days that were not assigned for those positions, although Sandals was clear in its advertisements what positions were being interviewed for each day.

“We interviewed some of the people yesterday and they are coming again today. So we had to send some people back. We interviewed them for housekeeping yesterday and they are coming back asking for restaurant/kitchen. So they already had their chance yesterday and if we process them they are going to take away other people’s positions today,” explained Zellner, adding that people were also showing up for positions that interviews were scheduled for tomorrow and Friday.

As was the case yesterday, some people turned up without identification and were turned away.

 One upset woman, who claimed that she did not have any form of identification because her documents were stolen, said she was at the job fair from 7:30 a.m. and when she got inside around 10:30 a.m. she was told she would still need to get an identification card. She left in frustration.

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