Tourism is ramping up again across the Las Vegas Valley, but some of the casino companies are still rushing to fill hundreds of jobs necessary to keep up with the tourist demand. Only last week, several operators launched hiring events.
The Circa resort, a downtown Las Vegas casino, held a drive-thru hiring event. MGM Resorts, on the other hand, are hosting weekly jobs fairs on Wednesdays until further notice. A job fair held a couple of weeks ago saw MGM hiring more than 100 people in one day.
COVID-19 restrictions are expected to ease over the coming months. Local company leaders are hoping their increased efforts to reduce staffing shortages and help them prepare for an increase in business will pay off.
As Randy Goldberg, MGM’s vice president of talent acquisition strategy, pointed out, “We don’t want to be in a position where we can open all the restaurants and open at 100% of our occupancy but not have enough people to serve our guests the way we want to serve them.”
MGM’s hiring efforts have been ongoing for several months now, but over the last few weeks, they’ve ramped up their efforts. As travelers are expected to return on masse, the new hires should ease the staffing shortages recently experienced.
A few examples of current openings include pool staff, security workers, and guest room attendants. Anticipations are that hiring efforts will continue over the next few months. All new hires can expect to be on the job as soon as one week after the initial offer.
MGM Resorts is the largest employer in Nevada and the operator of the most casino properties on the Las Vegas strip. Many of the furloughed employees last year have been brought back, but more workers are still needed to fill the spots where former members have found other employment.
At the end of 2020, MGM had 42,000 employees, which is a 40% decrease in numbers compared to before the pandemic.
Virgin Hotels Las Vegas
This is one of the newest resorts near The Strip and held casting calls for day club and pool positions on Thursday and Friday. President and CEO of Virgin Hotels, Richard “Boz” Bosworth reported that the turnout was tremendous.
Over the next few weeks, the plan is to hire more than 400 workers as additional restaurants come online. It’s very likely that hiring efforts will continue for several more weeks as the ultimate goal is to be ready for June 1, the goal date Gov. Steve Sisolak has set for reopening the entire state to 100% capacity.
Ellis Island and Circa
According to Boyd Gaming Corp. spokesman David Strow, these casinos are also holding hiring events. The company is hiring right now and actively looking to fill many positions across Southern Nevada. Two job fairs were scheduled, and positions that need to be filled include food and beverage, security, and housekeeping. Jobs are being offered on the spot at hiring events.
Employment Figures for Nevada as a Whole
As of March 2021, nationwide unemployment figures stood at 6%. Nevada was experiencing figures of almost two full percentage figures higher at 8.1%. The leisure and hospitality segments remain much higher. The unemployment rate in this segment was 28.4%.
May 1 may see these depressing figures change as and when casinos receive a rush of applicants for the vacant positions. This is the day that people on unemployment must start looking for work to receive their checks, according to the Nevada Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation. This requirement was suspended last year because of the large amounts of mass layoffs.
Here’s a list of some of the casinos currently looking for staff, in case you’re interested:
- Ellis Island: Looking to fill positions at the Ellis Island Hotel, Casino & Brewery, Village Pubs, and the Mt. Charleston Lodge
- MGM Resorts International: Operates nine casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip and is looking to hire security officers, seasonal pool positions, and guest room attendants.
- Circa: This downtown resort is looking to hire people to work in housekeeping and security, along with guest room attendants and more.
- Virgin Hotels Las Vegas: Positions include bartenders, servers, cooks, bar backs, cashiers, and lifeguards.
- El Cortez: This property is looking for hostesses, cooks, servers, cage cashiers, security officers, and housekeeping staff.
- The Plaza Hotel in downtown Las Vegas: This venue has full, part-time, and seasonal positions, including servers, bartenders, hostesses, cashiers, pool attendants, and cooks.