With 1,500 unfilled jobs, New Jersey casinos want to "bet on vets"

Matt Saintsing
February 28, 2018 - 11:33 am


The coastal New Jersey city, once the epicenter for gambling on the east coast, is now home to seven casinos and 1,500 open jobs. To help fill these positions, a New Jersey casino authority wants to hire veterans looking for jobs.

The American Legion, the state Casino Control Commission, and the state Parole Board are hosting a job fair April 19 aimed specifically at vets.  

The city’s seven casinos, as well as representatives from two properties expected to be open later this year, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City and Ocean Resort Casino, will all be in attendance.

James Plousis, chairman of the Casino Control Commission says there are more than 1,500 jobs available right now, and with two more casinos opening up, there’s several thousand more on the horizon.

At the event, additional information will be available to vets by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

Working in the gaming industry may be a great fit for some vets. That’s because casino employees typically must have at least a high school education and Pew reports that 98 percent of the enlisted force has at least that.

Due to the large amounts of cash handles in casinos, they tend to be very strict about employee records, and many have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to felonies or drug charges. Military veterans often have years of demonstrated experience and ability to follow strict regulations, like handling money.

When it comes to the work environment, it can be high stress. Some employees might find that daunting, but chances are you’ve dealt with far more stressful situations in the military.

So, if you’re one of New Jersey’s 400,000 veterans, and if you’re looking for work, this event may be perfect for you.

Atlantic City has a lot of American history. It built the nation’s first boardwalk, had the first (legal) casino outside of Nevada, and even the properties in the classic board game, Monopoly, are named after its streets.

The job fair will run from 9:00am to 3:00pm on April 19, 2018. Anyone interested in attending can preregister on the casino commission’s website.