First-ever National Harbor career event draws thousands

Nearly 3,000 prospective employees turned out for MGM Resort International’s first Career Showcase, hoping to get a glimpse of the $1 billion resort and the nearly 4,000 job opportunities that will come with it.

The event, held at a university near National Harbor on June 19, included executive presentations and opportunities for attendees to meet with dozens of current MGM Resorts employees from all over the Company and country.

“I’m happy that, as a Company, we are there in the community and holding events so soon. We’re giving people 18 months to prepare, better understand our business, and be job ready,” said organizer Nicole Burke, Human Resources Initiatives Director.

Resort construction is slated to begin this summer with a projected opening date in 2016. At the Career Showcase, attendees heard short presentations from Sr. Human Resources Vice President Michelle DiTondo and Vice President of National Diversity Relations Tony Gladney before exploring an expo-style area where colleagues from various divisions were ready to talk about their jobs and the similar opportunities that will be available at MGM National Harbor. MGM Grand Detroit Executive Pastry Chef Orlando Santos worked the Food & Beverage table.

“Talking to the attendees was amazing. We talked to so many people, I didn’t even have a voice at the end of the day,” he said. “We just went over the variety of positions available in F & B – many people don’t realize how expansive the operation is or that there are so many non-gaming jobs. I met many, many individuals who were psyched at the chance to come and work for us. They are ready to come aboard.”

For Sr. Human Resources Business Partner Germann Brizuela, the event was his first visit to National Harbor, which is in Maryland just a few miles south of central Washington, D.C.

“I’d never been to that area. It’s beautiful. It’s chic, it’s new, and our property is going to bring it to a whole new level. Not only is the location amazing, but the people were so warm and welcoming,” he said. “At our table, we must’ve talked to almost every single person – I lost my voice toward the end. It was fulfilling to see just how many people are excited for us to be coming there.”

A third area of the showcase highlighted local partners – community colleges, universities, county-run training programs – that the Company is working with to offer workforce preparation courses ahead of the major recruiting effort. Also with a presence at the event were representatives from SkillSmart, an online platform that matches people with jobs and makes individualized training suggestions to help people advance in their careers.

“It’s software that lets people enter their skill set to see how it matches up against the jobs that will available at National Harbor,” said Ms. Burke. “We had more than 1,000 people register with SkillSmart in computer labs set up at the event and more of them are creating profiles at home.”

The Company is planning more career showcase events this year, with the next tentatively set to take place in August. Employees interested in getting involved in National Harbor – in the long or short term – are encouraged to complete their talent profiles on Workday. Learn more about that here.