Resorts World opens Aqueduct employment center
by Lisa A. Fraser
Jun 07, 2011 | 6328 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
As the renovated Aqueduct site comes down the homestretch with a new casino and world-class dining, Resorts World New York is also offering something else for residents: an onsite employment center to assist those looking for a job and interested in working at Resorts World.

The center officially opened on Monday, June 6, but local agencies have been directing residents to the center as early as last Friday, in efforts to get the ball rolling on hiring locally.

Resorts World held a press conference last Friday, attended by local elected officials and community leaders, to unveil the official opening of the center.

State Senator Joseph Addabbo was thankful that Genting and Resorts World kept the promise to bring jobs to the area.

“When we first had conversations with Mr. [Michael] Speller and others, it was about how could we get jobs for our community, how could we benefit our community,” he said. “Being someone born and raised and still living within walking distance to Aqueduct, to see the progress being made, pleases me not only as an elected official but as a resident.”

Resorts World officially started the hiring process last month for permanent positions, noting that candidates from the local community would be hired first.

The company will hire a staff of 1,150 permanent workers – a near 50 percent increase from original estimates. Resorts World President Michael Speller noted that the additional 300 positions that were added will mainly fill food service positions.

“This project has always been about bringing jobs to Queens,” said Speller. “But it’s not just about bringing jobs, but creating careers. Our goal is to build a local, diverse and hard-working family of Resorts World employees that will move up within our company and build their careers with us.”

The center was promised to residents when RWNY began the project. It will help Resorts World identify the best local candidates as it works with three other agencies – the NYC Business Solutions Queens Workforce 1 Career Center, the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) and the Council for Airport Opportunity (CAO) - to hire the best local talent.

Kevin Bogle, vice president of Human Resources at Resorts World, noted that the company receives on average 150 to 200 job applications a day. The company’s expectations were met on Monday when roughly 500 local residents turned up at opening day of the onsite employment center.

“We are very pleased we have another step forward in this long process and another promise kept,” said CB 10 cair Betty Braton. “People in this community are extremely interested in this project.”

Last Friday, potential employees Shatima Williams and Najah Abdulkhabir were applying for human resources and cash cage positions after COA referred them to the center.

“I think they’re offering good benefits for applicants,” Williams said, who added she thinks it would be a good opportunity for anyone to apply.

“It’s convenient, our family is in Queens,” Abdulkhabir said. “It’s local and it’s a good opportunity for a lot of people in this neighborhood that are looking for something.”

The center will be open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Four RWNY staff members will be on hand to help people with the application process. Potential employees can either drop off their resumes or fill out an application. Qualified individuals interested in food services, hospitality, security and human resources are encouraged to visit the center and apply.

An on-site job fair will be held at the center in mid-June for professional and management level positions. Future job fairs will be held starting at the beginning of July.

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