A Successful Inaugural Starwood Careers Day

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Starwood Careers Day in Thailand.
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On March 21st, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Asia Pacific launched Starwood Careers Day, the inaugural division-wide effort aimed at attracting the best and the brightest to explore a range of employment opportunities with Starwood properties across Asia Pacific. Held simultaneously in more than 120 locations from Bangkok to Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Tokyo, New Delhi, Seoul, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, the event attracted aspirants who saw the event as a highly-prized chance to join Asia Pacific’s leading hotel group. 

 
First piloted in 100 hotels located in 50 cities across Greater China in 2012, the Starwood Asia Pacific Recruitment Day attracted 16,000 candidates that very first year. In 2013, the event grew bigger to embrace six key regions in Asia Pacific, with 200 participating hotels marking the event at 85 locations.
 
This year, the event was renamed Starwood Careers Day to reflect Starwood’s talent strategy that goes beyond talent attraction, to that of building meaningful long term careers for talent who join the organization.
 
In a personal opening address delivered by Starwood Asia Pacific President, Mr Stephen Ho, that was broadcast at all locations, Mr. Ho said “[Starwood Careers Day] is more than just a recruitment event. It is an invitation for you to consider a career opportunity with us and for us to share why we are your employer of choice.”
 
Answering the question himself, Mr. Ho said “At Starwood, it is a leadership priority to attract, develop and retain the best talent as we continue with our growth in Asia Pacific. This commitment is paramount in protecting our leading position in the industry.”
 
 
W Guangzhou

Our Asia Pacific properties, as with all challenges, took their responsibility of branding Starwood as the employer of choice very seriously. W Guangzhou for example, created an experience that was unlike any other, while over in Sabah, its Tourism Board Chairman welcomed the event as one that would help raise hospitality standards in the state.

 

Starwood Careers Day Singapore

Seoul Cluster

The Singapore cluster of properties and the Seoul cluster of properties on the other hand, won the hearts of participants with their effective communication of Starwood Cares and Starwood Careers, and unique showcases of their respective hotel brands.  

Several participating properties, for example the South East Asia region of hotels, Xiamen cluster of properties, Thailand, Vietnam & Cambodia region of hotels and South Asia'a cluster of hotels successfully engaged the media.

Over in the Pacific, our Pacific regions of hotels engaged our Applicants differently by hosting live webinar career talks on social media and got students excited about the career growth and opportunities that are available in Starwood. 

Read their stories to find out more.
 
Caring Culture, Career Growth & Regional Exposure Top Draws for Applicants 
 
Visitors to Starwood Careers Day named two programs that particularly attracted them, namely Starwood Cares and Starwood Careers. For instance,recent graduate Vivian whose attention was caught by the Starwood Cares posters said "I want to work in a company that cares for its people and that cares about their future career development. In the long term, it’s important that one choose an employer that cares for the wellbeing of its employee and Starwood does just that.”
 
Finance veteran Nicholas pointed to career development and progression as the main draw : “My impression is that there is great career potential within Starwood. One can start from entry level jobs and there‘s no barrier. As long as you prove yourself – you’ll get up to executive level jobs. Potential, career-wise, is fantastic.” 
 
Many who attended Starwood Careers Day across Asia Pacific also mentioned that the passionate and nurturing Associates whom they met left a positive impact on them. Many also mentioned the attractiveness of the 9 strong hotel brands under Starwood, its fast expanding footprints in Asia Pacific, and the many regional exposure opportunities this signified.
 
Enhancing Starwood Asia Pacific Hotels & Resorts as an Employer of Choice
 
We are very encouraged that Starwood Cares and Starwood Careers have been cited as top attractions that drew high quality applicants to Starwood. Clearly, visitors to the Starwood Careers Day were not only looking for a financially sound business concern, but a caring and nurturing family to belong to.
 
We thank the many Associates who helped out in various ways at the Starwood Careers Day across Asia Pacific. By showcasing our Starwood and Brands programs or sharing your personal career stories with the visitors, each of you have in your own special way made authentic the Starwood brand. Thank you for your hard work!


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