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Disney World hiring 3,500, offers signing bonuses up to $3,000

In an ever-tightening job market, Disney World is doubling its hiring bonuses for some summer jobs, even for unskilled or part-time positions - as it seeks to hire for 3,500 positions. [Dreamstime | TNS]
In an ever-tightening job market, Disney World is doubling its hiring bonuses for some summer jobs, even for unskilled or part-time positions - as it seeks to hire for 3,500 positions. [Dreamstime | TNS]
Published Apr. 24, 2018

ORLANDO — In an ever-tightening job market, Disney World is doubling its hiring bonuses for some summer jobs, even for unskilled or part-time positions — as it seeks to hire for 3,500 positions.

A housekeeper hired this year at Disney World's resorts can get a hiring bonus of $1,250 for a job that pays $10.50 per hour. That's up from last year's $500 hiring bonus. And it's for full-time or part-time hires.

Full-time or part-time lifeguards this year can get a $1000 hiring bonus, double what the entertainment giant offered last year, and that is for full-time or part-time jobs, according to job postings. Seasonal lifeguards get a $500 bonus.

Bus drivers can get a $500 hiring bonus — the same as last year. Culinary chefs can get a $3,000 bonus.

The bonuses are given after training periods and 30 days on the job. The company said they range up to $3,000.

Disney will hold its annual spring hiring events from now through May. On Monday, there's a culinary job fair at ESPN Wide World of Sports where culinary job candidates can meet chefs.

Universal is hiring for 3,000 positions.

Following is Disney's list of future job fairs:

Housekeeping Hiring Days & Job Fair — Housekeeping Hiring Days are held every Monday through Friday throughout April and May from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and on Wednesday, May 9, a housekeeping job fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. - all held at the Walt Disney World Resort Casting Center. Disney Cast Members will be available to answer questions, assist with the application process and conduct interviews on the spot.

Lifeguard Job Fairs — Wednesday, May 2 at Typhoon Lagoon, candidates who are 16 years or older will interview and complete onsite swim tests for an opportunity to become part of the Disney team.

Culinary Job Fair — On Monday, April 23, at ESPN Wide World of Sports, qualified candidates can learn about available culinary roles, meet with chefs and interview with recruiters.

Bus Driver Online Job Fair — Held online through May 31, candidates interested in joining a team that's always on the move can apply for available part-time and full-time roles.

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