Application process opens for jobs at the Marriott Marquis in downtown D.C.


Workers at the Marriott Marquis Washington race to complete the hotel before its spring opening. (Jeffrey MacMillan)

Marriott International began accepting applications Thursday for positions at the Marriott Marquis Washington, a downtown hotel next to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The move kicks off a hiring process designed to bring hundreds of new jobs to the District.

Dan Nadeau, the general manager of the Marquis, said he ultimately expects to hire between 500 and 1,000 workers, although not all of the new workers will come ahead of the hotel’s planned May opening.

“We have to see what our business volume is going to be,” he said.

Nadeau said hiring will probably happen on a continuing basis over the course of about a year.

He and his team are looking to hire for a broad cross-section of positions at what is to be the largest hotel in Washington, including everything from housekeepers to cooks to building engineers. To attract the best employees, Marriott has been working to connect with organizations across the city to spread the word about the job openings. The company has reached out to the Unite Here Local 25, the hotel workers union, the District Department of Employment Services and other Marriott hotels in the region.

Goodwill of Greater Washington was awarded a $2 million contract to train hundreds of District residents for jobs at the Marquis. After receiving more than 2,000 applications for its program, Goodwill accepted several hundred people and has since begun preparing them to apply for positions at Marriott. Goodwill expects to refer about 600 people to Marriott when it completes its program.

Nadeau said that if applicants have Goodwill’s recommendation, it “carries a lot of weight. We value their recommendations and their lead in this.”

Although applications are now being accepted for positions at the Marquis, interviews will not start until March. First and second round interviews will take place March 6 to 11 at the convention center.

Nadeau said he expects to hire a mix of entry-level and experienced hospitality workers. The philosophy guiding the process, he said, is, “Hire friendly. Train technical.” In other words, they’ll be willing to train people on specific skills and competencies if they are a good personality fit.

Capital Business is The Post’s weekly publication focusing on the region’s business community.

Sarah Halzack is The Washington Post's national retail reporter. She has previously covered the local job market and the business of talent and hiring. She has also served as a Web producer for business and economics news.
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