PLAINS TWP. — With regional unemployment above 9 percent, a job fair in five weeks to fill 250 positions at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs’ soon-to-open hotel/convention center is likely to draw thousands.
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Assistant General Manager Kara Fox-LaRose on Wednesday said rather than just inviting job seekers to send in resumes or applications, the venue will hold an on-site job fair 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 18. Interviews will take place in July and the staff will be hired throughout the summer to be trained, she said.
The $50 million hotel and convention center will have seven floors, 238 hotel rooms, a bistro, a 4,150-square-foot Spa Sapphire, an indoor pool and fitness center and the 20,000-square-foot convention center able to seat 850 people for dinners and other events. It also will be able to hold entertainment events for 1,500 people.
Its targeted opening date is Oct. 1. It will be the largest hotel in Luzerne County and will give the casino the ability to attract customers from farther distances.
“The hotel is progressing very well. We continue to anticipate a fall time frame for completion and opening,” said Mohegan Sun President and General Manager Mike Bean. “Interest in booking our new events and convention center has been very strong and our sales team is now marketing and reserving space in the events and convention center. We are in the process of doing a number of things to prepare for the opening and are excited to be holding a job fair on June 18th here.”
The 250 hotel jobs are in addition to the 20 to 30 people that spa owners Angie and Larry Morgan will hire for their business.
Bean said that about 60 percent of the 250 positions will be full time and they are eligible for benefits. But the part-time staff, Bean noted, “are the ones who typically have the first opportunity to move into full-time positions.”
The available jobs include call center reservationists, front office supervisors, housekeeping supervisors, bell captains, bell persons and housekeeping attendants.
Fox-LaRose said the casino already has received inquiries about positions, and the job fair seemed like a wise way to bring potential employees in to ask questions of human resources and hotel staff and to fill out applications electronically with on-site kiosks.
“Job fairs have worked for us in the past and we think it will be a success this time, too,” Fox-LaRose said.
She noted that when the casino first opened a job fair drew thousands. So did a similar event held after table games were legalized a few years later. While she doesn’t think the number of applicants will be as high because the available positions are fewer, Maria Zangardi, the casino’s director of human resources, estimated about 2,000 is a likely total.