ATLANTIC CITY — Plenty of casinos are hiring in Atlantic City.
But many of the jobs aren’t in Atlantic City.
They are in other states, as casino operators use job fairs in the resort to lure experienced employees from the region to their growing properties.
Over the past 18 months, casinos operators from as far away as the South Pacific and the Washington, D.C., area held job fairs seeking qualified casino workers.
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In the next 10 days, Caesars Entertainment and Tioga Downs Casino in Nichols, New York, will host job fairs to tempt qualified candidates unemployed by Atlantic City casino closings and the recent announced closing of Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort.
Casino recruitment events are not uncommon in the industry, but the state of the city’s casino industry allows for more qualified job candidates, said Robert Ambrose, instructor at the Center for Hospitality and Sport Management at Drexel University.
“It has become more high-profile here in conjunction with the recent amount of casino closures and the new casino facilities opening in nearby states,” Ambrose said. “Last summer there were representatives in A.C. hiring for a new casino on the island of Saipan in the South Pacific — a bit of a hike from the sands of A.C., but still an opportunity.”
The upcoming job fairs follow the announcement that Taj Mahal plans to close Oct. 10, leaving more than 2,800 people looking for new jobs. It would be the fifth city casino to close since 2014, costing more than 10,000 jobs in total.
Caesars will host a job fair Wednesday at Bally’s Atlantic City for its properties in Atlantic City, Philadelphia and Baltimore. Tioga Downs will hold a job fair Aug. 29-30 at the Claridge Hotel.
The job fairs follow one held by MGM National Harbor, located in Oxon Hill, Maryland, earlier this month at the Borgata Hotel Casino that drew more than 530 applicants.
The lack of full-time casino jobs in the area has forced some people to look to neighboring states for work, said Mohammed Karim, 36, of Atlantic City, who went to the MGM National Harbor Job Fair two weeks ago.
“You have to look at everywhere for full-time work, there is not a lot in Atlantic City,” Karim said after the fair. “It’s very tough.”
Tioga Downs Casino is looking for employees as it continues to expand its facility, said Britta Erickson, vice president of marketing. Executives at Tioga Downs hope to be awarded a full casino license soon. Representatives are looking for experienced dealers, casino supervisors, surveillance operators, hosts, slot technicians and other gaming operations for the site.
“As we continue to expand the property into a full-scale resort, our need for well-trained, experienced personnel will continue to grow,” Erickson said. “Atlantic City has been in the gaming business for decades, and with the reduction in the number of casinos, we felt that we could provide career opportunities for some very qualified people who would be interested in relocating a few hours north.”
Atlantic City’s struggling casino market could work to the benefit of out-of-state properties such as MGM National Harbor, said Jeffrey Elmore, vice president of table games at the property. MGM National Harbor will employ about 3,600 people when it opens later this year, including about 1,000 people in table games and 1,200 in food and beverage.
“In Maryland, gaming is just coming alive, so it’s hard to find the dealers that have the customer service skills we are looking for,” Elmore said at the previous job fair.
Ambrose said it’s not uncommon for casino to look outside their states to supplement their work forces.
“When I was part of the executive team for the Indiana Live Casino project some years back, we recruited from nearby cities and states in the Midwest with in-person job fairs or ads in an effort to build an experienced staff where none existed,” Ambrose said. “It is not an uncommon model. During my casino career in A.C., I was directly recruited a few times by out of state companies.”