New Bourbon Street Casino Holds Job Fair

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SPARKS, Nev. -- Job seekers spruced up their resumes and lined up at the Holiday Inn in Sparks today, all hoping to score a paycheck.

The old Silver Club will be transformed into the Bourbon Street Casino in Victorian Square, and they are looking for employees. It is currently empty, but come August 1, the building will be filled with New Orleans-themed décor along with many new and familiar faces.

They're holding a job fair this week all the way through Thursday, June 13 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

About 600 people came through the job fair today, and it's only the first of the three-day job fair. Some people were looking for their first jobs, while others were looking to return to their old stomping grounds.

Sandra Martinez-Mondragon has been in line since 8 a.m.

"I've had to go through a lot of applications. When I first started looking for a job, I put in 93 applications out online, I got back 2 interviews and they said they couldn't afford to keep me so they couldn't afford to hire me," she said.

She's no stranger to this casino; she worked there for 12 years, while her husband worked there for two. They both lost their jobs when the Silver Club closed its doors four years ago.

"That last day was a little bit stressful. a lot of people were a little upset because we ran out of food we ran out of things," she said. "It took a little bit of time to get paid."

Martinez-Mondragon lost her most recent job a little less than a week ago and hopes that she can return to the work place she loves and knows best.

"It was a very nice place, it was a homey place, a local place. If you ever needed anything, all you had to do was ask somebody."

The new Bourbon Street Casino only has 100 positions to fill from slot supervisors to servers, and they know exactly what they're looking for.

"You can teach a skill-set, we cannot teach someone how to like people, we can't teach somebody to want to be at work. We can't teach somebody to take pride in their work," Nancy Darcy, the casino's chief operation officer said.

For Martinez-Mondragon, the long wait is just part of the process, and says it was all worth it just to see a few of her former co-workers.

"I always say when when door opens another one closes, just keep your head up," she said.

When applying for the job, job-seekers must go online and fill out an application. Then, employers will send them a survey to fill out before receiving a face-to-face interview at the fair.

For those who are unable to attend the job fair this week, Bourbon Street Casino will be holding another one on June 28 and 29.

Darcy says they will make job offers next month.