HR Strange But True!
January 04, 2007

If you have ever wanted to open a cover letter to a prospective employer with Mmm ... beer, or have wished you could note your beer-drinking talent under the skills section of your résumé, there's a job at a hotel chain that might be right for you. Hurry, the deadline for applying is approaching quickly.

In November, Four Points by Sheraton launched a search for a Chief Beer Officer (CBO) to oversee the hotel chain's new beer program in which each of its hotels around the world will stock a selection of local, regional, and imported craft beers. The company's search includes a help-wanted ad on Yahoo! HotJobs.

The company says the CBO will act as an independent, part-time consultant for the program and be responsible for sharing his or her in-depth knowledge of beer and acting as an ambassador for the program at brewery tours, beer festivals, and on bar stools across the country.

By late December, more than 5,000 people had applied for the CBO position, more than have applied for any other position at the hotel chain, according to the company. The hotel chain says the applications have come from individuals representing all 50 states and 31 countries. Only about 10 percent of the applicants have been women, the company says.

"I think that there are stereotypes out there about who would apply for this position, but a really diverse group of people from every point of origin--from CEOs to MBAs--have tossed their hats into the ring," says Hoyt Harper, vice present at Four Points. "Not only is the number of applications incredible, but the strength of the candidates--their passion for quality and depth of experience--will make this decision almost as tough as deciding on a hefeweizen, pale ale or stout at the end of a long day."

The company says it expects to end the search for its CBO on January, 12, 2007.

Sources: Four Points by Sheraton and Yahoo! HotJobs

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