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Tampa's Hard Rock casino to hold job fair to hire 400 employees

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Published Mar. 2, 2012

TAMPA — The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has scheduled a job fair to hire more than 400 people as part of its previously announced $75 million expansion, scheduled to open early in the summer.

The Hard Rock is looking for chefs, cooks, servers, bartenders, cashiers, Player's Club reps and technicians. Other openings are in security, maintenance and housekeeping. Full-time Hard Rock employees receive health care, staff meals and tuition reimbursement, among other benefits.

When the Hard Rock announced the expansion and job creation last year, it said the casino floor will stretch to 220,000 square feet. Only two Indian casinos — Foxwoods and the Mohegan Sun, both in Connecticut — are larger. The extra space, the Hard Rock said, will provide room for 750 more slot machines for a total of about 5,000, a dozen more gaming tables, and 1,359 more parking spaces, a 27 percent increase over the 5,000 it already had.

The Hard Rock is one of the largest employers in Tampa Bay and pays more than $74 million annually in salaries and wages to local team members. The property currently employs more than 3,100 people, and once the expansion is complete, that number will rise to more than 3,500. In addition, the property has employed 500 people for construction.

Times staff