Macau casino resort opening in autumn attracts 37,000 job applicants in less than a month THE FOLLOWING FACT may tell you how small Macau is, or perhaps how popular casinos there are: more than 5 per cent of people in the enclave have applied for work at a Vegas-style gaming resort set to open next autumn. Jump-starting Macau's latest hiring boom, Wynn Resorts (Macau) has attracted 37,000 applicants, mostly local, in less than a month. The resort has almost achieved the objective of luring 42,000 applicants two months ahead of schedule. The company aims to recruit 4,200 people in the next six months. A further 2,000 hands will be recruited for the second phase of the Wynn Resorts (Macau) development, set to be completed in 2007. The first stage of Wynn Resorts (Macau) includes a 600-room hotel, 100,000 sq ft of gaming space, 200 tables, 350 slot machines, seven restaurants, 28,000 sq ft of retail space, a spa and entertainment facilities. The interview process for the first round of recruitment is expected to begin next month, and offers will be made to the successful candidates by the end of March. 'We are pleased to see the response at this point - in only the first month we are very close to that 10-to-1 ratio,' said Markland Blaiklock, executive director of Wynn Resorts (Macau) in charge of hotel operation. 'From what we have seen, it appears that most applicants are serious and should be considered seriously ... their calibre should be pretty good.' The thousands of new jobs vary from card dealing to retailing and public area cleaning. More than 6,000 people have applied for jobs related to hotel operation. To handle such an army of job seekers, the company launched a tailor-made online recruitment system, which was first developed for Wynn Resorts Las Vegas. This also included setting up a 2,000 square metre recruitment centre for candidates not familiar with computers. After processing 110,000 applications for the Las Vegas gaming resort, the online recruitment system has been customised to support data input in Chinese. Although most candidates preferred to apply online, the company spared no effort in running a new recruitment centre to accommodate the less tech-savvy. More than 30 people work at the centre, believed to be the largest of its kind in Macau, featuring 20 hotlines, 50 computers, 35 private interview counters and five training rooms. 'Now we no longer have large groups of people lining up,' Mr Blaiklock said. 'In the recruitment centre, the general set-up is being put together in a very elegant and comfortable manner. It exceeds the market [standards].' Besides the state-of-the-art facilities, Mr Blaiklock said that the reputation of Mr Wynn was the reason the company had lured so many applicants. 'His reputation is larger than life. They are interested in joining the visionary behind the revolution of Las Vegas.' For this reason, the company was confident it could compete against other casinos in Macau that were also preparing for a recruitment drive, he said. Although Macau is the main focus of its recruitment campaign, the company is also looking at Hong Kong and other regions for top talent. 'Our main focus is to draw from this market. But we also need to go outside,' Mr Blaiklock said. 'We have applied for a quota of imported labour.' About half of the company's department heads are from Macau, some are from Hong Kong and the rest from other countries. More importantly, working for the Vegas-style organisation could open up tremendous growth opportunities, he said. 'We encourage people to look for growth. If you work hard and achieve the objectives set, you will open a growth opportunity for yourself.' The only advice he would like to give job seekers was that applications were still being accepted. 'For whatever reason, [if] you are not deemed to be suitable for one position, you are encouraged to apply for others,' Mr Blaiklock said. Mr Blaiklock's call for more applications reflects the company's confidence. 'It is Mr Wynn's vision that what we are building today will represent the new Macau. The employment opportunities we are offering are also connected to that vision of new Macau - it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.'