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Northfield Village -- Several thousand people attended a job fair offering about 700 full-time and part-time positions at the Hard Rock Rocksino at Northfield Park Sept. 12.
"It was about what we expected," said Jon Lucas, president of the Hard Rock Rocksino, adding that they opened the fair early because about 400 people were waiting outside in the rain.
Figures for how many attended were not available, but Lucas said "thousands" dropped by throughout the day.
Those who attended the event were treated like rock stars, said David Schulz, the Rocksino's advertising manager. When they arrived they waited in line for a walk down the red carpet, a picture in front of the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park logo and were presented with free Rocksino "swag," including pens, candy and car fresheners.
"Everyone that works here is a rock star," Schulz said. "When they come in they're going to get treated as such."
Afterward, they were directed to the departments that interested them. One of the most popular departments was the food and beverage section.
Between the Hard Rock Cafe, Kosar's Wood-Fired Grill, Tunefork Buffet, a comedy club and the Hard Rock Live shows, Schulz said there will be at least 100 jobs for servers, cooks, bussers, bartenders, managers and hostesses.
Maple Heights resident Keosha Simpson, who was interested in a job at the food and beverage department, said she waited about 20 minutes in line to speak to a representative. "It seemed like they knew what they were talking about," Simpson said. "They told me to keep applying online. They seemed nice and enthusiastic about it."
Other positions available at the Rocksino include hourly and salary positions in departments such as finance, security, retail, wardrobe, marketing, facilities and IT.
"What we're really looking for is Hard Rock service," Lucas said. "We want rock stars that will deliver kick ass service, have a great personality and a passion for the brand, hospitality and service."
Lucas said interviews and hiring will begin in the middle of October.
"It's another landmark to check off the list," Lucas said, adding that he was proud to see the thousands of people who attended the job fair because it shows the impact the Rocksino is making on Northeast Ohio.
Schulz said even after the Rocksino opens, he encourages people to continue to apply online if they are interested in working at the Hard Rock.
"We're always looking for great and talented people," he said. "We want the best and we're going to get them."
People wishing to apply for jobs at the Rocksino or to get more information about the positions offered should visit www.hrrocksinonorthfieldpark.com.
The Rocksino is scheduled to open in the middle of December. Lucas said it should attract at least 10,000 people on a daily basis, and more during the Hard Rock Live shows, which will generate another 2,000 people.
Lucas said he has not finalized any bands for the Rocksino because the opening date is not set yet.