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Maryborough RSL sees 64 applicants for four jobs

BIG EFFORT: Maryborough RSL hospitality manager Stephen Yeates with a handful of the resumes he received ahead of the business’s speed recruiting event.
BIG EFFORT: Maryborough RSL hospitality manager Stephen Yeates with a handful of the resumes he received ahead of the business’s speed recruiting event. Carlie Walker

THE Maryborough RSL was full of jobseekers on the weekend when the business held a speed-recruiting event to fill four new positions.

Hospitality manager Stephen Yeates said 64 jobseekers turned up over Saturday and Sunday.

Each candidate had about five minutes to impress with their skills and personality during the interview.

After the weekend, the list of candidates was reduced to 13 and Mr Yeates said this week the second round of interviews would be carried out before a decision was made on who would fill the positions.

Mr Yeates said the aim of the speed-recruiting event was to see as many applicants as possible in order to determine the best candidates for the hospitality positions.

Mr Yeates said the process had been exhausting but rewarding.

"It was a big effort," he said.

He and other managers had been impressed and surprised by the strength of the candidates they had been able to choose from, describing the speed interviews as offering a good pool of potential employees.

The four positions had become available thanks to the RSL's $6 million two-storey expansion and because of other staff leaving.

Before the interview process, Mr Yeates said there was a possibility that other positions could become available in the future depending on the needs of the Maryborough club.

Mr Yeates said the response to the RSL's Facebook post offering the speed-recruitment opportunity had been amazing.

He said successful applicants would receive about six weeks of training where they would learn the various aspects of the business, including service in the bar, cafe and bistro, how to open and close those areas and then move on to learning skills in the gaming and function areas.

Topics:  economy, employment, jobs, maryborough rsl



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