Hotel staff start a new chapter in their careers
NEW staff have landed jobs at Exeter's recently-opened Magdalen Chapter hotel after spotting vacancies advertised in the Echo.
When the hotel opened in June following a complete refurbishment lasting 14 months, a team of 70 had been recruited to fill a wide variety of roles, from managers to cleaners and chefs to bar staff.
Since then the number of people employed has risen to 91 as the hotel has become increasingly busy and more positions have been created.
Among the latest batch of recruits are receptionist Laura Mead and maintenance assistant Robert Peter.
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General manager Fiona Moores said many of the people now working at the hotel had found their jobs through the newspaper.
"We always tend to get quite a high level of responses when we advertise in the Echo," she said.
"Early on in the process we held two open recruitment days, which we advertised in the paper. We had in excess of 300 people come through the doors and have employed 40 to 50 who came along on those days."
She added: "Particularly since we've had our management team in place I have found the Echo to be useful for finding recruits for the next couple of levels down."
Most recently, the Magdalen Chapter advertised vacancies for a receptionist, restaurant manager, chef de partie, commis chef, spa therapist, maintenance assistant and gardener.
Around 12 hopefuls applied for the receptionist's job, six of whom were invited for an interview.
After seriously considering three candidates, Fiona offered Laura the job.
Robert, meanwhile, was one of 10 applicants for the maintenance assistant role and saw off competition from three others who were interviewed.
"Laura is a younger person and Robert has more experience and wants this to be his last job, so they are at the opposite end of the career spectrum and we are delighted to have them," said Fiona. She added that a combination of print and online recruitment advertising through the Echo and thisisexeter had brought good results.
"The staff we have recruited since things settled down have been very high quality candidates, so we are very happy," she said. "Some people will see the advert in the paper and some people do more looking online, so I think a combination of the two is important. I sometimes think that by doing too much online you might miss out on good people who don't use the internet.
"I would definitely go down that route again in the future."