1,600-plus look to hit job jackpot with PCI GamingPublished 9:06pm Sunday, October 6, 2013
Cody Williamson knew he could be looking at a long day Wednesday when Poarch Creek Indian Gaming held its job fair at the Wetumpka Civic Center.
More than 1,600 people stood in line as long as six hours to be interviewed and some were eventually hired for the 500-plus positions available when the $246 million Wind Creek Wetumpka casino and hotel is fully operational.
Williams, who is general manager of Wind Creek Wetumpka, said 1,324 people “auditioned” for positions with the last person to audition at 1:15 a.m. Thursday.
“We were glad to see the great turnout,” Williamson said. “We had great candidates interview as late as 1 a.m. For them to stand in line as long as they did and get hired, speaks of their dedication.”
The response to the job fair was so great, that the job fair begin almost two hours before its scheduled time.
Candidates began lining up in front of the Wetumpka Civic Center as early as 7 a.m. for the job fair, which was scheduled to begin at noon.
Positions ranging from front of the house to back of the house were filled on Wednesday.
Williamson said a few weeks ago a second job fair was possible, but given the response on Wednesday that prediction may be untrue.
“As of right now, I don’t see where we will need a second job fair,” he said.
In terms of those who were hired, their first day as a member of the PCI Gaming team will be as early as a week from now.
“We have some already going through background screens (Thursday) morning,” he said.
A majority of those new hires will be trained in Wetumpka, while some hotel staff will train in Atmore.
Even with just a couple hours of sleep, Williamson said he is excited about moving Wind Creek Wetumpka forward.
“It’s just a great feeling after the job fair was over to see that we got all of those positions hired in just one day,” he said.