Pechanga Resort & Casino hopes to hire nearly 200 through job fair

TEMECULA – Pechanga Resort & Casino is seeking to hire nearly 200 people in preparation for the opening of its $285 million expansion in December and is holding a job fair Thursday, Nov. 9.

While job fairs can sometimes be dreary, Pechanga is hoping to make the experience for its applicants fun and exciting with a carnival-themed atmosphere that will include skill games, popcorn machines, snow cones and a DJ. The job fair event will take place 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the recruitment center located off North Casino Drive near the Pechanga RV Resort entrance.

“We know we’re in an employee’s market right now,” Pechanga Human Resources Operations Vice President Shannon Weidauer said. “It’s fantastic that unemployment levels are down so low, though we’ve also found we’re drawing similar applicants looking for jobs at Temecula’s wineries and those are expanding, too. The region is growing at such a fast rate, quality candidates are recruited very quickly.”

The resort and casino is seeking people to fill such positions as banquet manager, restaurant server, beverage director, bartender and more.

Pechanga is trying to sweeten the deal by offering new hires incentives that include a free meal each scheduled shift, reimbursement for college tuition, quicker accrual for paid time off and enhanced health benefits.

But the casino hasn’t forgotten the folks it has retained already. Pechanga employees who refer a person who stays with the casino for more than six months will be given $1,500 cash. Casino officials said they have already received 179 referrals.

Applicants can apply ahead of time by visiting www.Pechanga.com. They should bring a copy of their resume with to the job fair.

Pechanga will be holding additional job fairs, Nov. 30 and Dec. 14, in the Eagle’s Nest rooftop venue.

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