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Hundreds line up for White House Hotel jobs

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That hiring process began this morning with a job fair at the Biloxi Civic Center on Howard Avenue. That hiring process began this morning with a job fair at the Biloxi Civic Center on Howard Avenue.
During the first hour alone this morning, more than 300 showed up to be interviewed and try to impress White House managers with their hospitality skills. During the first hour alone this morning, more than 300 showed up to be interviewed and try to impress White House managers with their hospitality skills.
The historic White House Hotel is undergoing a multimillion dollar renovation on the Biloxi beachfront. It is scheduled to open on August 1. The historic White House Hotel is undergoing a multimillion dollar renovation on the Biloxi beachfront. It is scheduled to open on August 1.
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They lined up outside the door, waiting for their chance to impress. First in line was Jamie Shearer.

"That's what brought me back to the Gulf Coast, because when I lived here the first time, it was supposed to reopen. My dream has always been to work for the White House Hotel," said Shearer.

Inside, the lines were even longer. With the tables full, a wall would have to do to fill out paperwork. The applicants were not bashful about what they could bring to the table. One of them was Sandra Brown.

"I think they should hire me because I'm a great cook, a great chef and if you come out to get a taste of my cooking, you'll like it," Brown said.

Hotel managers are looking for just about everything. Cono Caranna is the White House Hotel General Manager.

"We need the servers in the restaurant, the cooks in the restaurant, cocktail waitresses, the front desk agents and housekeeping. Our opening team we want to already be trained," Caranna explained.

That team could include Chris McMillan.

"I've got great people skills. I've been in the service industry for several years now. I'm pretty confident with my bartending skills, and I think I'll fit right in," McMillan said.

While the managers of the White House Hotel say the skills they are looking for are wide and varied, and the jobs they're looking to fill are just as varied, they are looking for one common trait among all the applicants, according to Caranna.

"I need people that can say ‘yes' and back it up. I don't want anybody who tells somebody we can't do something. They need to be creative. They need to figure out a way to make it happen," said Caranna.

Sarah Depreo may be able to help make it happen.

"I'm either applying for host or valet. I like cars. I like driving cars, and I'm also a really good people person so the host part," said Depreo.

Any role at the White House would suit these applicants just fine. White House managers hope to have the 60 positions filled by the end of this week. The historic hotel is scheduled to open on August 1.

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