Beau Rivage Opens Employment Center

Glenda Branson took a big chance when she left her job as a housekeeping supervisor in Florida and moved to Biloxi after Katrina hit.

"After the destruction over here, there was more money from the construction industry", Glenda Branson said. "So my boyfriend came over here, so I followed him".

Branson felt lucky Monday, as she applied for a housekeeping job for Beau Rivage.

"Because I'm a hard worker", Branson said. "And they need me as much as I need them".

Beau Rivage actually needs to hire about 3,400 people as it prepares to re-open at the end of August. The company expects more than half of its previous employees will return, but there are still more than 1,000 openings. So as soon as the resort's new "Employment Center" opened in St. Martin, hundreds of job hunters lined-up to apply.

Rogena Barnes is Beau Rivage's Human Resources Director. She said "This is absolutely a marvelous day for the Beau Rivage. We're delighted that we are in the community, helping people to rebuild their lives by offering job opportunities".

The opportunities include staff to run the retail stores and three new fine-dining restaurants. The company also needs more help on the gaming floor. The casino plans to build a Poker Room, and expand the High Limits area. Plus, in November, the new golf course "Fallen Oak" opens off Highway 15. Despite the worker shortage across South Mississippi, casino executives are confident they'll fill all the positions.

"We're very optimistic and we're looking forward to tapping talent all around this area", said Barnes.

And Glenda Branson believes her talents will help her land a job with the company.

Branson said "Good to their employees, and good benefits, and it's time for them to get started back up".

Beau Rivage employees who were let-go right after Katrina, are required to fill out a new job application. You don't have to go to the Employment Center on Lemoyne Boulevard to apply. You can also do so on-line.

By: Trang Pham-Bui