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03/04/05

Job Fair Prepares Casino For Next Wave Of Growth

One of the people filling out a Casino Magic application was James Clark -- a member of a demolition crew from New Orleans.

"The only reason I do demolition is because my daddy made me do it," he said while typing his application. "If I ain't got a job, I need to go work. Gotta keep the bills paid."

Clark would rather make a living in some sort of computer field. He read about that opportunity in a Casino Magic want ad.

"I love doing this, plus it combines casinos, hotels and all of that. It just seems like this would be a perfect fit for me," he said.

Dozens of people interviewed for one of the 109 jobs Casino Magic was trying to fill.

Dan Gustine figured a casino job could offset some of his college costs.

"I need the money," the 52 year old MBA student said. "I'm looking for experience in being able to utilize my education in a different manner."

Leslie Patrick is the Bay St. Louis resort's human resources director. Her job fair had two purposes. Find workers now for the upcoming busy season. And get a list of applicants for the future -- just in case Hard Rock and Silver Slipper lure employees away from the bay.

"We are concerned," she said. "They're going to go after our employees because we have very friendly employees. So that's another reason that we're here today. We want to seek applicants from qualified people, in the event some people decide to further their careers."

by Brad Kessie

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