Starting in the Gaming Industry
So, you’ve considered the pros and cons carefully and you’re still interested in finding work in a casino or gaming facility. What next? Well, new jobs are constantly being created in this rapidly growing field, but experts caution that finding the perfect position can sometimes be tricky.
Start Small - The gaming industry is built on trust and tradition, and seniority is often very important. It’s unlikely that a newcomer will be hired at a top casino with no previous gaming industry experience. So, set your sights a bit lower for your first casino job -- try to find work at a lesser-known facility. Having a bit of verifiable industry experience will go a long way toward helping you get your foot in the door at one of the more popular casinos.
Follow Instructions Carefully - Unlike work in a typical restaurant or hotel, casinos and other gaming facilities are strictly regulated environments, and employees are often required to adhere carefully to an array of procedures and policies. Demonstrate your willingness and ability to follow rules carefully during the application process. Be a stickler for details; this is not the time to flaunt your creativity!
Strike the Right Balance Between Friendliness and Formality - Although your experience and work history are vitally important, your comportment and demeanor may be the factors that determine whether you get the job you’re looking for. According to Paul Flowers, the director of the Gaming Lab at the Community College of Southern Nevada's Cheyenne campus, you should aim for a manner that is deeply courteous while remaining impeccably professional. Excessively bubbly, over-the-top personalities are not typically appropriate.
Casino work isn’t ideal for everyone, but gaming facilities do offer unparalleled excitement in a dynamic, often glamorous environment. Armed with these tips, you won’t need beginner’s luck to break into this rapidly growing sector of the hospitality industry