Lehigh Valley casino now hiring

February 2, 2009 4:02:24 PM PST
The 'now hiring' sign is out at a new casino, being built in the Lehigh Valley.All day long people arrived at the Sand's new employment center on 3rd Street in Bethlehem to fill out applications for work, each of them hoping to land a job at the new gaming hall now under construction at the old Bethlehem Steel plant.

"I'm hoping the Sands Casino will give us an opportunity to give us a job," said Elisea Snyder. "I need a job!"

The Sands says positions are available in parking, security, facilities, finance and marketing to name just a few.

"I've been a homemaker, so I'm really looking forward to starting something new," said Vonnie Logan, who was applying with her daughter Megen.

"I'm looking for something where I can interact with people and make some good money," said Megen Logan.

Unemployment in the Lehigh Valley is high, around six and a half percent, and the competition for these casino jobs will be tough.

The Sands expects 10,000 applications for 1,000 jobs.

"The competition is really going to be tough, but that's good for us, because we'll get the best of the best," said Mickey Trageser, the Vice President of Human Resources.

18-year-old Frances Saez is looking to break in to the casino industry.

"Such a really good opportunity. It's a really good job. I'm looking for cashier, hostess," Saez said.

Matt Biehn worked in retail for 14 years before being laid off and wants a new line of work.

"When I first started I was 16, and started at the bottom and worked my way up," Biehn said. "If that's what I've got to do now, that's what I've got to do."

Applications are only being accepted online. The Sands casino is set to open in May and 90% of the jobs are expected to go to LehighValley residents.

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