Friday, July 10, 2009 | 12:43 p.m.
MGM Mirage is giving Nevada’s unemployed hope in today’s bleak job market.
CityCenter is looking to hire hundreds of employees during a food and beverage job fair next week, MGM Mirage announced.
The company will be interviewing to fill several positions in its food and beverage department, including assistant executive stewards, bakers, banquet management, buspersons, cooks, food servers, fountain workers, kitchen management and restaurant management.
The job fair will be Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at CityCenter’s Career Center, behind the Mirage at 3549 Industrial Road. CityCenter said appointments must be scheduled by Wednesday.
A spokesperson for CityCenter said although the company does not have an exact number of how many will be hired during Thursday’s fair, the company will be hiring for “hundreds of positions.” Start dates for those who are hired will begin in September, ramping up through December.
MGM Mirage announced in December that it was seeking more than 12,000 workers to fill positions at CityCenter and other company-owned properties. In January, CityCenter recruiters said they expected 100,000 applications for the 12,000-plus jobs. The resort has since received nearly 140,000 applications and conducted an estimated 40,000 interviews.
CityCenter made its last appearance at a job fair in May at the Opportunity Boulevard Summer Career Fair, where more than 5,000 stood in line for a chance to speak with recruiters from CityCenter and 50 other companies and schools.
Recent employment announcements from properties like CityCenter and Hard Rock have been rare occurrences in Vegas’ tough economy. Hard Rock held a job fair last month to hire 800 for their $750 million expansion.
Nevada’s unemployment rate rose to 11.3 percent in June, passing the previous record of 10.7 percent set 27 years ago in December 1982.