Saturday, March 6, 2010 | 2:01 a.m.
There’s a big exception to the general dearth of employment ads in Las Vegas. They’re full page, they’re glossy, they’re seasonal and they’re read by young, beautiful people.
It’s the time of year that resorts are hiring for their pools and “daylife” parties. They’re looking for cocktail servers, bartenders, porters, bus staff, bar backs, security officers, runners, VIP hosts and amenities girls. Oh, and lifeguards, too.
With the Las Vegas unemployment rate at 13.1 percent, this is just a drop in the ocean, of course. But it’s something. And when the four-month spring break known as pool season begins Friday at MGM Grand's Wet Republic 53,000-square-foot “ultrapool,” it will bring a much-needed splash of cash into the local economy. Pool parties = liquidity.
Our pool of pools is growing this season, with the $100 million Encore aquatic complex and the Liquid pool party at Aria. These join the other luxe swimmin’ holes, including the venerable Rehab party at the Hard Rock, Relapse at the Flamingo, Tao Beach at the Venetian, Azure at the Palazzo, Voodoo Beach at Rio, Venus Pool Club at Caesars Palace, Bare at Mirage, Day Dream at M, and Ditch Fridays at the Palms.
The hiring process for these parties is called “casting,” and applicants are instructed to “bring your swimsuit for your audition photo.”