Gary, Majestic Star team up for job fair

2013-08-21T12:53:00Z 2013-08-21T17:00:20Z Gary, Majestic Star team up for job fairRob Earnshaw Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
August 21, 2013 12:53 pm  • 

GARY | As a part of its “New Day, New Jobs” initiative, the city of Gary partnered with Majestic Star Casino and Hotel to host the Gary First Career Fair on Wednesday at the Genesis Convention Center.

Departments of the casino looking for new employees include security, table games, cage, and food and beverage, as well as “any other areas their skill set applies,” said Majestic Human Resource Manager Lynette Jones.

“Our goal is to help the residents of Gary find gainful employment through a variety of areas at our casino,” she said.

Majestic Human Resource Manager Therese Bibbs said the company has worked hard to make the fair possible.

“We’re just excited about this initiative to assist residents of Gary in finding employment,” she said. “Hopefully it won’t be the last time here.”

Alfred Hughes, of WorkOne in Gary, said the partnership between the city and Majestic is an opportunity for people to go back to work and feel better about themselves.

“Majestic Star could have done this anywhere, but they chose Gary,” he said.

Majestic also welcomed Staff Source of Hammond and several local companies to set up booths in search of new hires, including CN Railroad.

“We have a number of entry level positions that are going to become available," said CN Human Resource Director Tonya Lovegrove.

Markita Edwards, of Gary, came to the fair to apply for a security job. She is currently studying criminal justice in college and has interned at Lake County Jail.

“Hopefully that will back me up,” she said. “I’m very optimistic.”

Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson said one of the city's main focuses continues to be securing viable employment opportunities for Gary residents.

“Majestic Star is exemplifying great corporate citizenship by working with us to help our citizens get employed so they can support their families,” she said.

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