BOWLING GREEN, OH (WTOL) – The Hollywood Casino Toledo is still looking to hire 900 workers and is hosting job fairs for area residents who are interested in starting a career at the grand opening this spring. The job fairs are focusing on positions in food and beverage, maintenance and janitorial, security and surveillance, gaming operations and finance.
Thursday's job fair took place at the Bowling Green State University Stroh Center, but fewer than expected showed up.
"We're looking for around eight or 900 people still. We've got a good four or 500 down, but need eight or 900 more," explained Chrystal Herndon, human resources manager.
The security and surveillance department is still filling available positions.
"I haven't found a lot. I keep looking, but like I say, this place would be the ideal job for me," said Gene Madrzykowski.
Madrzykowski has been out of work for a year and a half. He interviewed for a security position and hopes he is one of the lucky candidates to land a job.
"It's close to my home. It's in a field I'm really interested in, so yeah I think it would be great," Madrzykowski said.
There are still positions available for up to 100 dealers, but the odds of getting a remaining job favor candidates looking for work in food and beverage as servers, bussers and chefs.
This is part of the reason the casino targeted a college town like Bowling Green.
"A lot of people in school want part-time positions, and we are more than comfortable with that. So our nongaming positions you can be 19 to 20 years of age so that was part of what prompted us here. And really if you go around a little bit in Bowling Green, there's a good understanding of service here," Herndon said.
That is what drew Raquel Cortez, 20, who interviewed to become a server.
"I'm very personable. I think I'd be good for the job," said Cortez.
Thursday's turnout was much less than estimated after the first job fair earlier in the week saw 1,200 candidates show up. However, the candidates that did show up impressed the interviewers.
"We've just asked them to have the attitude and personality to serve our guests and they show that to us every time we interview them, so we're ecstatic with the quality so far," said Herndon.
Candidates will find out if they move forward in the interview process Monday.
Due to uncertainty surrounding the state licensing process, it is unclear exactly when the casino will open for business. Hollywood Casino is a drug and nicotine-free work environment and employees cannot have a criminal record. Candidates must be at least 21 years of age and have a high school diploma.
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