Marriott recruits for jobs through Facebook game

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Marriott Hotels have 50,000 jobs to fill worldwide and the company has started a new way to recruit workers. It launched a game on Facebook where you can test your skills working in a hotel.

The front doors welcome you in. Marriott Hotels has launched the game called "My Marriott Hotel," where you make the decisions of an employee in the restaurant, housekeeping, or room service, for example.

"You will purchase equipment, supplies, food on a budget. You will hire and train associates, and you will be responsible for running a restaurant," explained Angela Whitescarver, Area Sales Leader for Marriott.

I tried out the game to see if I could qualify for a job. So far only the kitchen game is up an running. There, I had to choose my own boss and decide how many chefs to hire to make sure food orders are prepared on time.

"I think it's a good way for young people to learn the different aspects of career paths that might be available from Marriott," reacted Jana Carter, Director of Juvenile Services for Chesterfield County.

Marriott does not see your scores, the game simply leads to you to an online application. But Carter says the game can help you determine whether you'd like a certain job, and prepare you for the job interview.

"They can think about how they might respond if asked a question, like what would you do in this situation?" said Carter.

Marriott is opening four new hotels in greater Richmond: A Courtyard and Residence Inn at the corner of 14th and Cary Street Streets in January of 2013, a Courtyard in Ashland in December of 2013, and a Fairfield Inn & Suites at Hull and Route 288 in Midlothian, no date set yet for the opening. This year, Marriott plans to fill 50,000 jobs worldwide, about half in the U.S., and half in foreign countries.

"As we are growing significantly not only in the U.S. market, but in markets outside of the U.S., we had to find a way to reach the millenniums, those between the age of 18 and 27," Whitescarver said.

As for how I did on the game, it's tougher than it looks. Let's just say I've decided to keep my day job.

In the first week of running the game, it has already been played in 92 countries. You can play it here.

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