Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (RCCL) yesterday hosted a job fair with the hopes of filling at least 200 vacant positions on its private island, Coco Cay, in the Berry Islands, and on board some of its vessels.
Keira Rolle, 26, said she has been unemployed for nearly three years.
“It has been very stressful,” Rolle said.
“I depend on my parents a lot and I have a six-year-old son, and I think I shouldn’t have to depend on my parents anymore, especially because I’m well over the age.”
Rolle said she wants to gain employment on the cay because she would get to see her son more frequently than she would if she worked on a cruise ship, which would require her to be away from him for six months.
“I’m applying to get a lifeguard or a customer service representative job,” she said.
“I heard about the fair in the media and on WhatsApp. I have my fingers, toes and everything crossed. I hope I get something.”
The latest Labour Force Survey released by the Department of Statistics revealed that the national unemployment rate rose from 10 percent in May 2018 to 10.7 percent in November 2018.
Young women ages 15 to 24, and women ages 25 to 54, were more likely to be unemployed than their male counterparts, the report said.
Cindy Williams-Johnson, senior manager for talent attraction at RCCL, said a variety of positions was offered at the fair, including food and beverage, guest services and aquatics.
“We are constantly building our talent pool, so even though we’ve identified a lot of people thus far to go into positions, we’re continuing to build our talent pool out for both sides,” Williams-Johnson said.
She said some applicants received job offers on the spot at the fair.
Durant Boyd, 43, who has been without a steady job for a year, said he wants to get a job working maintenance with the cruise line.
He said the last few months have been very challenging for him.
Tri’nique Locke, 18, has been unemployed for two years.
She said she has given her resume to more than 30 companies during that time.
“I am looking to work in guest services so I can interact and use my personality for good,” Locke said.
“It’s been so hard to find a job. I apply to just about every job I see advertised and nobody ever calls me, so I really hope something comes from this fair today.”
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