Fairmont Hotels & Resorts today launched a new interactive Online Career Center for anyone interested in pursuing a rewarding hotel career with one of North America's leading upscale brands. The website, which boasts a speedy one-click job searching application, provides students, experienced professionals and any other interested parties with real-time job postings at any of Fairmont Hotels & Resorts locations worldwide.

Fairmont's career center also includes detailed information on an abundance of areas including hotel departments and positions, management training program, internships and apprenticeships, student work experience programs (SWEP), career development, educational assistance, and recognition and rewards.

Created to capture and compete for the industry's top talent, the new career center is the cornerstone of a larger employment branding initiative by the company. Articulated under the concept of It's Never Just Another Day, the goal of the refined positioning is to show that a typical day at Fairmont is anything but. The newly minted concept will also be supported in Fairmont's recruitment advertising and video recorded employee testimonials on the career center's homepage.

According to Carolyn Clark, Fairmont's senior vice-president of Human Resources, the company's new career center differs greatly from its industry peers. 'Our designs for the site were much grander than a search engine, as we wanted to educate applicants about Fairmont's culture of respect and integrity, while at the same time giving them a comprehensive overview of the rewards and benefits that Fairmont colleagues receive. Added Clark, 'Our colleagues are very loyal, passionate and proud to be associated with the Fairmont brand. In fact, many of our employees have worked for the company for 20, 30, or even 40 years. Our new career site underscores the importance we place on recruiting top talent, but it is also a testament to our philosophy of fostering long term relationships with our employees.'

To date, this approach has been very successful for the brand. Late last year, Fairmont was recognized as the only hotel company in a survey of Canada's Top 100 Employers by Mediacorp Inc. Following that, Fairmont was also honored by Fast Company magazine, an authority on business and business practices, as an Employee Innovator for creating empathetic orientation programs that enable Fairmont employees to put themselves in their guests' shoes. And most recently, its distinctive landmark in the Middle East, The Fairmont Dubai, was honored for its HR excellence by the 2005 DEPA Middle East hotel awards, beating out stiff competition like The Ritz-Carlton, Bahrain and The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai for the association's coveted Human Resource Development Award.

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