For the second year in a row, Rivers Casino on the North Shore will hold a job fair and dealers school that will be free to the public.
On October 10, the Rivers will host a job fair from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel in Station Square. As part of the fair, Rivers will be conducting interviews for acceptance into their dealer school which will begin on October 20.
The dealers school is free to enroll in, and will run four hours a day, five days a week for eight weeks starting October 20. The casino is looking to hire around 80 external candidates from the job fair and the dealers school.
“The Rivers Casino is a great place to work. There is high energy and we pride ourselves on the 80/20 rule. We want our dealers to be 80 percent personality and 20 percent talent,” explains George Matta, Rivers’ director of business development and community relations.
Last year’s dealer school drew in several Northsiders who successfully went through the program and are now professional dealers, including Karalisa Cendar-Buggey.
“It was kind of a spur of the moment thing. I wasn’t familiar with the table game experience. Because I like to play cards and I heard about the job fair through the news, my husband suggested I attend,” said Cendar-Buggey, who is now a full-time employee at Rivers.
“The Rivers Casino has a family atmosphere. It is very entertaining, and it sits right across from Heinz Field,” said Cendar-Buggey.
Cendar-Buggey said the job fair included an assessment test that focused on math and two rounds of interviews. Candidates who did well with the test and interviews moved on to the dealer school.
Once accepted into the dealer school, it is free of charge. They are looking for roughly 100 students to join. It is held five days a week with two class options, one from 3 to 7 p.m. and the other from 7 to 11 p.m. Professional attire is required.
“I like to encourage people to dress for success,” says Andre Barnabei, Rivers’ vice president of human resources. There is also a drug test, background check and applicants must be 18-years-old or older.
“There are many benefits in taking this route. You get a fantastic opportunity to work in an industry that is growing at a fast pace and learn different table games,” says Barnabei.
Dealers at Rivers receive free parking, a 401K with company match and paid vacation time.
With its many incentives and past success, Rivers anticipates that October’s job fair will draw many locals.