An ultra-modern careers centre to attract top quality recruits to join the Emirates Group was officially opened today (October 23) by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, its Chairman.
This year the company is recruiting more than 2,500 new staff to join the 17,000 now on its books. By 2010 it expects to employ 35,000 people. Last year alone 116,000 job-seekers applied to join, and 98,000 in the five months to this September, more than twice as many as in the same period last year.
Sheikh Ahmed said at the ceremony: “We have achieved a great deal since we first took off in 1985 - and thanks in no small part to the efforts of our staff from all over the world, have since won more than 200 major international awards.
“Many high quality candidates apply to join the Emirates Group, attracted by our global reputation, our strong brand, our new 10-year recruitment strategy and our eyecatching Internet recruitment site.
“Finding and recruiting the right people with the skills and competencies we need is at the heart of all we do, and this new centre will give us a front door which properly reflects our commitment to quality. This is no longer a luxury, it is an essential.”
The bright, attractive new Careers Centre, a `one-stop` shop to give candidates the best first impression, will be the main port of call for 2,000 candidates a month, which until now were handled through fourth-floor offices never designed for the job.
It will provide spacious interview rooms and lounges, and four workstations for candidates to browse jobs and apply online. Special flight crew selection offices will replace rented hotel rooms, and Cabin Crew who were recruited at the Emirates Training College will now apply via the centre too.
Abdulaziz Al Ali, Emirates` Director Human Resources, said: “We are competing against the cream of the world`s employers to attract recruits from a generation no longer seeking a job for life.
“In an increasingly mobile workplace, top quality people today seek career challenge and fulfilment through frequent job changes—so we need to demonstrate that we are a company worth keeping firmly in mind.”
In May Emirates launched www.emiratesgroupcareers.com to confirm its role as a global employer of choice, and market Dubai as an excellent place to live and work. Today nine out of 10 candidates applying for advertised jobs do so on line.
Mr Al Ali said: “With employee loyalty declining, and more than 40,000 job sites on the Internet, we have to work hard to attract people of the quality we need to help us maintain our expansion and keep our customers coming back for more.”