SHTA hosts all-encompassing job fair

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PHILIPSBURG – The St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA) will be hosting for the second year in a row an all-encompassing job fair on October 29, at the University of St. Martin (USM) from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

With this initiative the Association attempts to bring together job-seekers and employers to find a suitable match. Job seekers will have the opportunity to meet with businesses from various sections of the current industries on St. Maarten. Mainly representatives from hospitality establishments, and also job placement agencies, will be present to offer their vacancies and to give general information regarding the types of jobs that are available in these industries.

Job seekers are encouraged to register online on the SHTA website. Registration only takes a few minutes and the possibility of uploading a resume will be available online as well. Participating businesses can pre-select candidates based on their resumes for interviews that can be conducted prior to or on the day of the fair.

As part of preparation and to encourage job seekers to be properly honed for the application and interview process, the SHTA job fair will also include educational sessions on interview skills, resume writing, and other critical skills to secure employment, which will be available for each job seeker at no cost to them.

“We encourage each participant to attend one of the educational sessions. The useful information being provided by the session facilitators will benefit job seekers in their application procedure, thus increasing their chance of success. The information being provided in the educational sessions has been compiled from the business community’s observations regarding those who seek employment. This means that current requirements and observation points will conveyed to the attendees. In addition, the educational session will include information on how to present yourself for an interview. Tips and techniques will also be provided on how best to communicate and sell yourself as a candidate for the job that you are seeking,” said an SHTA release.

Educational institutions such as USM will be on hand to provide information regarding upgrading of academic and practical skills.

Businesses who would like to participate are encouraged to register for a space at the fair. Space is limited. Any interested establishments can register on the association’s website. Registration fee is US $100 for SHTA members and US $200 for non-SHTA members.

Some of the companies and/organizations that have already registered for the event are: Department of Labor, Sonesta Group of Companies, Divi Resort, Oyster Bay Beach Resort, Simpson Bay Resort and Windward Roads.

Registration can be done via website: www.shta.com/Events. Persons will be directed to the job fair where they can select the appropriate form.

The SHTA is dedicated to bringing quality to all aspects of life on St. Maarten by promoting sustainable economic development for its members in cooperation with social partners and the creation of a fair marketplace. For more information contact their offices or visit website: www.shta.com.