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The HUNT for the HO
At the end of 2014, we launched the job application for a new Head of Operations (HO). It wasn't a normal open position, but the start of a real 'hunt'. We called it 'the Hunt for the HO'. A double meaning? Yes. And that was only the beginning. We caught the attention with a caricature illustration of the two partners of Conscioius Hotels, Marco Lemmers en Sam Cohen, together with an introduction of the company.

Conscious Hotels in a few sentences: 
  1. Eco-friendly but not Eco-fundamentalist. 
  2. We are not a "wrestle you to the ground and force feed you lentils if you use an aerosol to spray mousse on your hair" kind of place. 
  3. We don't even have a single picture of a mystical dolphin or a sad-looking panda on our walls. 
  4. But, yes, all our energy comes from renewable sources.” 

The job application was meant to attract the right people that fit the Conscious story and our humor. It went viral on social media and we've received lots of applications. Almost 4 times more than comparable open positions!

Profile of our Head of Operations:
  • Top dog of operations (Rooms + F&B)
  • Team coach, people developer, pimp our staff kinda person
  • Wants to save the planet, but no sustainability door bitch
  • Positive motivator and tough cookie if need be
  • Mid-life, without the crisis”
 
Applicants reacted positive and likeminded. Even after a personal rejection email (using the same humor) they felt valued and connected. 

“Dear Marco, thanks for your reply, and a very humourous one at that. Nice that you also follow up on NO-HO’s too!”

After a selection procedure, 9 lucky HO's were invited to sleep over for a night. The next morning they met Marco and Sam at breakfast. After that, five candidates prepared a business case before a panel of future colleagues and some external professionals. Unanimously the new Head of Operations was chosen. His name is Jan Sistermans. 

Sam and Marco are good friends since their study and after the birth of their children they wanted our planet to be as beautiful for the next generation too. They started Conscious Hotels with an identity 'design, eco, fun and connect'. In the search for a new HO, this identity plays a big role. Marco: "We went different paths than the traditional ones. When everybody goes left, I want to go right. Or 'fun' factor alows us to tell a story differently. By combining text and visuals you can tell it very strongly." 

This longer process obviously worked. "In this way, you know better what kind of people you get. We think it is definitely worth it to invest in a good application procces - your people are your brand". Or, like Sander Allegro (also part of the panel) says: The passion and integrity with wich 'TheHunt4theHO' is set up and executed shows clearly how Conscious worthies sustainable quality in general and most importantly of people"


Jan Sistermans will, with a lot of diplomas and experience in his pocket, join the Conscious team in July. Was he really greenwashed, like the comic shows you? Ofcourse not. "Many companies actually do 'greenwashing', we use that word here with a wink. Sustainability comes from within and it's in our DNA. Jan has it too, with this illustration we show that Jan is now a green superman. We already bought his custom company sneakers - he's going to fit in just fine!" says Marco. 

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We love WIND
Our power comes from this windmill
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Parking at Conscious
This is the deal:
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No Cash @ Conscious
Q: Do you accept cash? A: No.
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Unusual toothbrush
What’s the best selling product in the Conscious Shop
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Fourth Conscious eco-design hotel coming up
Conscious Hotels goes Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam Westerpark!
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Conscious Hotels: Getting there and Away
Yay! You booked a room in one of our Conscious Hotels. But how to get there? 
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Lunch at Conscious 
Where hungry meets healthy. 
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Electric Taxi dreams - order here!
One of our green partners is TaxiElectric. The people who only drive electric taxis (some Tesla) providing a greener way for you to get around Amsterdam or to Schiphol.
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NoWaste Dinner saves entire world bee population
Well, a slight exaggeration. But the second NoWaste dinner raised almost 600 euro to save the bees from extinction.
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Fit for only 10 Euros a day!
Fitness deal for the gym David Lloyd next door..
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Third eco-design hotel for Conscious
We’re proud to announce that Conscious will open its third eco-design hotel in the beginning of 2017. The hotel will also include a restaurant and coffee bar and promises to be greener than ever with 112 eco-design rooms, a green rooftop and solar panels. 
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Yoni @ Conscious 
Keeping toxic away from vaginas
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08-05-2015 - A new home for our soil-based friends
The soil is important to us humans. No soil, no food. No worms, no healthy soil. See why:
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Meet Conny...
Conny is the recruiter at Conscious Hotels... Find out what life altering opportunities she has in store for you!
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Our underground bestsellers – electricvegetables
Did you know that one of the best-selling products in our Conscious Shop is the potato clock. It’s a clock powered by high voltage potatoes
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Free tap water at Conscious Hotels
Quench your thirst!
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Are you up for upcycling?
Upcycling (also known as creative reuse) sounds like cycling uphill but it’s not.
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Saddle up!
The best way to discover Amsterdam is by bike. We have really nice VanMoof bikes - only 15 euro for 24 hours. 
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Hello, you've reached the Conscious Hotels website.
We're dragging the whole hotel thing kicking and dreaming into the future.
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Pleased to meet you...
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iLost
Lost something in one of our hotels? 
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Green RoofTop
Have you seen our Sedum Rooftop already? In summer it looks great! 
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Something old, something new..
We´ve renewed our digital selves
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Conscious x Blue LOOP 
Recycled denim workwear!
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Charge your Tesla at Conscious Hotels
Are you rocking one of these babies? Charge your electric car during your stay!
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The Tire Station: ready to book your brand new room?
On the 29th of December, our new hotel opened! Read more here.
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Where organic ideas grow
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