Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Hundreds of people turned out for the Kansas Star Casino job fair in Wichita Tusday.
Wichita area job seekers laid their cards on the table hoping that Kansas Star sees a winning hand in hiring them for their new casino. "I have an interest in the jobs it's bringing, the money it's bringing to the school system." Casino applicant Lacie Leatherman put her best foot forward in her application for one of the new Kansas Star Casino job openings. She was one of the 1,500 entering Century II's Exhibition Hall to meet recruiters from Peninsula Gaming, the casino owners. "I want to be behind the scenes," Leatherman said. "I want to do pubic relations. I want to do marketing. I want to sell the casino. I want to bring in customers."
Kansas Star Casino likened the job fair to an open house. Applicants had already applied for the jobs online, and on Tuesday they met with company representatives to get acquainted with the company's culture and to learn more about the specific job expectations. "We offer a lot of different career opportunities from a dealer to accounting to security to surveillance to hostess to guest services," Diana Farha, casino director of human resources, said. Farha said there are about 500 positions to fill in Phase I of the new casino. People driving along the Kansas Turnpike just south of the Mulvane exit can see workers building the casino facilities. The doors are expected to open for the first gamblers in February of 2012.
For many, the casino jobs can't start soon enough at this time of higher than usual unemployment. Some at the open house said the job market has been difficult. "I've probably put in over 100 applications in the last three months, and just haven't had a bite," casino applicant Steve Harter said. Hiring was not done on site Tuesday, and those who could not attend can still apply online. "We're looking to bring a lot of our employees on at the end of the year or beginning of 2012," Farha said.