In a sign reflecting our continuing hard economic times, more than 2,000 people came looking for work on Monday at a job fair for housekeepers at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas- twice as many as as the hotel-casino expected to show up for the 200 openings.
Executives, master’s degree applicants, and other high powered candidates had no qualms in looking their best, trying out for the elusive offers.
And if that’s not enough job applicant competition, yesterday the job fair continued.
The housekeepers are planned to start work in two weeks.
The Hard Rock in Las Vegas, which is currently undergoing a $750 million expansion that is scheduled to be completed in November, is also planning on future job fairs to fill another 600 positions, including front-desk clerks, bartenders and casino dealers. That is if the current job fairs don’t yield enough qualified candidates.
The Hard Rock’s job fair is one of the few good signs in the current Las Vegas job market, with Nevada reporting 11.3 percent unemployment in May, one of the leading unemployment states in the nation.
The Hard Rock has a great reputation as a Las Vegas employer, reportedly not laying off a single employee last year.
In addition, construction progress on the expansion is ahead of schedule, with the 490-room hotel tower planned to open the third week of July, a couple of months early.
The second 375-room hotel tower, three new restaurants, a spa, and new casino space and amenities is planned to open by the end of November.