Reporting Gigi Barnett
HANOVER, Md. (WJZ)— On this St. Patrick’s Day, some people who are feeling lucky headed to the casino. That’s what thousands did Saturday morning.
But as Gigi Barnett explains, instead of playing slots at the state’s newest casino, they were applying for jobs.
This is where the path to employment at Maryland Live! Casino begins.
“I knew there’d be a turnout, but not like this,” said one attendee.
But recruiters inside knew interest would be high at this weekend’s job fair. Within a matter of minutes, the line grew, snaking around the building.
And most of them know which position they want.
“Anything in accounting, finance, any customer care service,” said Tania Hudson.
Hudson is an at-home mom, who wants to get back to work.
So far, nothing’s panned out. She hopes this will.
“I’ve been on several interviews and call-backs and things like that, but nothing permanent,” she said.”It’s kinda gotten hard with the bills. I’m a single mom, so.”
Michelle Schwartz needs a part-time position at the new $500 million casino complex. She says seeing her competition face-to-face is tough.
“It is a little nerve-racking, ’cause you see all of these people, and I’m sure a lot of them bring vast experience. But hopefully, let the best person win,” Schwartz said.
Nine hundred jobs are at stake and the deadline to fill them all is at the end of next month.
“At that point, we’ll have identified everybody and we’ll have a couple more weeks to bring everybody on and start training. We’re in sprint mode now,” said Rob Norton.
Casino managers are looking to fill every position from servers to security.