D'IBERVILLE, MS (WLOX) - The $300 million Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort in D'Iberville will open by the end of 2015. But before that happens — 1,200 people have to be hired.
Before the sun rose on Wednesday, the parking lot at the D'Iberville Civic Center was full. Hundreds of people were lined up outside of the building for a career fair; hoping to be hired for jobs such as bartenders, housekeepers, chefs and dealers.
Adrianne Grady was first in line when doors opened.
"I'm a dealer, casino dealer. I love table games and meeting people from all over the world and teaching them new games," said Grady.
The opening of the casino also means some people are able to return home to the coast.
"I graduated from the Art Institute in San Diego. I've been gone six years and I'm from Long Beach originally. So I'm looking for a position that I can actually help with my mother and build up my house," said Robert Lute, who just moved back to the area from California.
While trying to find and hire 1,200 people for various jobs may seem like a daunting task, human resources officials at the Scarlet Pearl say they aren't worried.
"I don't see a problem. I think the talent pool is out there. With recent layoffs and closings of other casinos, I think we'll have plenty to choose from," said Paul Terrell, head of HR.
Many of the applicants say they are confident in their skills.
"I am a wonderful person. I'm a bubbly person, friendly. I get along with people well, and I just love being and working around people," said Jessica Gaines.
A second job fair is planned for October.