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Hundreds Walk Out of Harrah's Job Fair Employed

LAS VEGAS -- Harrah's Entertainment made good on its promise that hundreds of people would walk out of their job fair Wednesday with real offers.

The job fair was one of the largest seen in Las Vegas for some time and it's estimated that more than 5,000 people showed up in hopes of finding employment.

People started lining up at 4 a.m. at the Rio in anticipation of the job fair and by the day's end, more than 200 people had been hired.

"March 5th I got laid off. So, I'm excited. I was up at 4 a.m. getting primped and pressed and got my smile on and now I'm here and it paid off. I got a job," said an excited Dolphina Griffin, who got a job as a receptionist at Planet Hollywood.

The difficulty of finding a job was never more evident than in the long line that stretched all the way around the Rio resort. It took hours for people to get one-on-one interviews.

"I've been out of work for quite a bit and now with unemployment, the extension still hasn't been passed yet, I'm a little stressed. Once my unemployment goes, I don't have a cushion," said unemployed paralegal Elizabeth Elliott.

Harrah's Entertainment says the job fair was needed to hire for 500 positions. Of the positions available, 125 are full-time and the rest are part-time or temporary and needed for the World Series of Poker.

"Positions in food and beverage, cage cashiers, front-desk associates and guest room attendants," said V.P. of Employment Chris Cappas.

But unlike other job fairs, this one produced results. Some unemployed have become frustrated with other job fairs that don't seem to have jobs.

"Took me three hours to get there by bus. I walk in, there's nothing but schools," he said. "I just wasted an entire day, only to find out there's no one there to hire me," said Joe Sullivan.

Hundreds walked out of this job fair knowing they would begin job orientation in a matter of days and see their first paycheck soon.

"I was like, I'm going to get a job today, I'm going to get it and I did," said Maria Fields, still in disbelief at her good fortune.



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