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145,000 have applied so far for 12,000 CityCenter jobs

MGM Mirage hosts job fair Thursday to fill positions for food and beverage workers

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Steve Marcus

Bernard Ibarra, left, executive chef of the Aria resort in CityCenter, interviews chef John Tormey during a food and beverage job fair at the CityCenter Career Center on Thursday. Tormey had just been laid off this morning from his job at The Terrace, a wedding and events business in Henderson, he said.

Updated Thursday, July 16, 2009 | 7:45 p.m.

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Steve Baker, center, inquires about cook positions during a food and beverage job fair at the CityCenter Career Center on Thursday. Nicole Huerta, right, applied for a cocktail position. When completed, the MGM Mirage project is expected to employ 12,000 people. Launch slideshow »

The work of staffing CityCenter continued Thursday when MGM Mirage hosted a job fair for food and beverage workers.

So far, more than 145,000 people have applied for CityCenter's 12,000 jobs. MGM Mirage processes all of these applications at a 29,000-square-foot career center.

The first applicants pass through the electronic application, which asks yes/no and numerical questions like, "How many years experience do you have as a chef in a high volume restaurant?" Meet the computers' standards and applicants are off to human resources, said Michael Peltyn, CityCenter's vice president of human resources.

Human resources is interviewing about 500 people every day. So far, between 42,000 and 43,000 people have been through departmental interviews.

Those who make it past the second interview are given a drug test. Even the lab is on site at the career center.

Sometime in September, CityCenter will start making job offers.

Not everyone who applies for CityCenter and is offered a job will end up at CityCenter. Many of the CityCenter jobs will go to people already working for MGM Mirage resorts. Those transfers will open up jobs at, say, the Mirage or Bellagio -- jobs that CityCenter applicants will help fill.

The next CityCenter job fair will be seeking guest room attendants and will occur on Friday, July 24 from 3 to 6 p.m. The career center is located at 3549 Industrial Road.

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