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Discussion in 'Living in Sin (City that is)' started by StormHawk, Mar 24, 2015.

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  1. StormHawk

    StormHawk High-Roller

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    After a lot of discussion, research, and crisscrossing the western US my wife and I (and our Corgi, Ringo) have settled on LV as our new home. We have an apartment ready in a few days and we're currently crashing at Rio.

    So, what's the best way to find jobs in the gaming/hospitality (or any other I guess) industries? I've always been way into the casino and hotel business, so I figured that it may be a good fit. I've seen the CET career center behind Ballys. Do MGM, Wynn, Boyd, Sands, etc have employment centers? Can you just wander into them and inquire or are they just going to send me online?

    My wife is really liking Zappos. Any info there?

    Thanks!

    If anyone would be willing to shoot me an email with info I'd sure appreciate that.

    adam _ prymek @ msn . Com
     
  2. pleepleus

    pleepleus 2016 - The monkey is back

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    If you aren't already hooked in to the hospitality business, it might be tough as a lot of these positions have a long waiting list.

    Zappos doesn't really pay well. However, they do have a quirky and interesting corporate culture if you value that more than monetary compensation.
     
  3. Joe

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    Damn, you gave up that beautiful Iowa weather to move to Vegas? What were you thinking? :evillaugh
     
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    BlacklabberMike VIP Whale

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    i've been told they won't hire anyone that hasn't lived there for a minimum of 6 months....
    and it still takes juice no matter what anyone says.
     
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    I know that PH has hired some new(out of dealer school) dealers. They wouldn't hire existing CET employees from another property. None of the new dealers are full time....only part time hires.
     
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  6. airball1996

    airball1996 High-Roller

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    You didn't think of these things before packing up and moving out there? Talk about a gamble....................
     
  7. pleepleus

    pleepleus 2016 - The monkey is back

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    These are mostly on-call dealers. Many days can go by before you get called in.
     
  8. vegasbound

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    Welcome!

    Almost 12 years ago, my husband and I arrived jobless. We nailed down work within two weeks and we're still with our employers today. Anything is possible with the right attitude. Good luck!

    Apply online for gaming/hotel positions. Every opening is posted. Entry level is the best way to get your foot in the door. Once you factor in tips, these positions can become lucrative. WSOP will be hiring cashiers, dealers etc. soon, short term employment but it's a good gig. Most new hires are only brought on as temp or part time. Full time with benefits is something you'll have to earn.

    You'll also have to apply online for Zappos. I've been interested myself, but making a video hasn't enticed me.

    Temp or job placement agencies are good way to get into positions outside of the gaming industry. I started with Eastridge. My company (construction) still uses them today. This would be away to secure full time work with benefits after a probation period.

    Juice doesn't hurt, but it's not required. Neither is living here 6 months. Having a Vegas address on your resume/application is recommended.
     
  9. StormHawk

    StormHawk High-Roller

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    Color me stupid, but..... Juice?
     
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    pleepleus 2016 - The monkey is back

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    "Juice" = Connections
     
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  12. StormHawk

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    I've applied and am starting to interview with a few non-gaming companies. We have the place nailed down for a Friday move-in. It will be nice to get out of hotels.

    We have done a lot of research on the job markets and found it to be pretty good. I didn't know if this board would know some extra tricks. Life is pretty good and we're excited.
     
  13. NCSuz

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    My friend is a bartender at Cosmopolitan and the first thing she did was get her tam and health cards to work in food & bev. ... she said to check craigslist and the individual casino websites also. She went out there a few years ago, came back to the beach for a summer then went back this past fall... she loves it in LV. I'll be there hopefully June 1st...finally decided to just do it. I'm lucky enough to have a job working from home so it doesn't matter which state I live in as long as it the continental US.
     
  14. slimmy28

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    I came to Vegas in September to do a little onsite research and stayed for the whole month. I had to return home to tie up some loose ends, but on January 6th I arrived to Vegas with no job and no definite leads. I had experience in sales, event planning and hospitality and was able to find work with a hotel/casino property immediately. I got here January 6th and was hired, processed and began work on January 22nd. Now, my timetable was definitely the exception, not the rule, but it can happen. My position is a salary, full time job and so far is everything I had hoped for. My advice is to treat your job search like a full time job and visit every property or company's website as often as possible. It can be time consuming setting up your application on every job board, but it will make it easier in the long run as you progress through your search. My guess is about 60% of the jobs start out as part-time or on call, but if you just get your foot in the door and start doing a good job right away, you can move up quicker than you think. I moved from out of state and when I tried the job search before I got here with an out of state address, I couldn't get much attention, as soon as the HR departments start seeing that local address, likely the attention will ramp up. Just stay persistent, check the postings daily, and don't get discouraged. It's definitely a process, but there are good jobs to be had here. Be open to working any shift on any day, and that will help too. I wish you luck and welcome to the Valley!
     
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    One additional tip, be open to non strip properties and even non casino/hotel positions, unless that's your main goal. There are so many different ways you can go with a career here, keep an open mind. Definitely do research on the businesses if they aren't as globally known (i.e. MGM, Caesars, Zappos, etc.), but keep an open mind.
     
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    1. Make a Halloween costume, pick an available spot on the strip and beg for tips.

    2. Obtain water from wherever you can find it. Obtain empty plastic bottles from wherever you can find those. Fill accordingly and sell for $1 each.

    3. Uber.
     
  17. pleepleus

    pleepleus 2016 - The monkey is back

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    Uber is not operational in Vegas anymore. They are fighting to get back in.
     
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    Interesting. Know why?
     
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    pleepleus 2016 - The monkey is back

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    Because it is illegal for them to operate in the state of Nevada. It's the taxicab mafia that has too much juice out here.

    The cabs out here charge the most out of any city in America with the exception of Atlantic City.
     
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    Please tell me those bottles of water they are selling for a dollar are new bottles and not used. Yuckk!
     
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