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How to make a career at a casino

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Working in a casino requires non-stop energy, an extremely accommodating personality, and the ability to “overlook” a considerable portion of society’s underbelly. You’ll be on your feet for six to eight hours at a stretch, your shifts will probably span the graveyard hours, and many of your customers will treat you with about as much respect as they would a pinball machine. On first glance, it seems like casino gigs are a losing bet so why pursue a career in the gaming industry?

Well, you’ll enjoy a vibrant workplace, meet a remarkable cross-section of people, and occasionally – very occasionally, mind you – share in the excitement of seeing someone win big money. Think working in a casino might be right for you? Here’s the good news: you don’t need any special training to score an entry-level casino job – just a clean criminal record and proof that you’re of legal gambling age in your area. But before you lay all your cards on the table and complete a job application, figure out which casino career matches your interests and abilities.

Floor Jobs

Floor is essentially the entire gaming area that includes slot machines, blackjack tables, roulette wheel tables, bar and restaurant. If you like interacting with people – lots of people – then a floor job might be right for you. Floor workers range from bartenders to poker dealers to cigarette vendors to security officers. As representatives of the casino, they’re asked to ascribe to a very exacting set of personal appearance measures: no tattoos, no jewelry, no dark make-up, no loose hair, and so forth. If you can’t bear to part with your nose ring and punky blue hair dye, a floor job probably won’t suit your lifestyle. But if you have a flair for customer service and boundless amounts of energy, you can expect to make slightly over minimum wage plus tips, with frequent opportunities for promotions.

Cashier (“Cage”) Jobs

Got a knack for numbers? Love the feel of dollar bills fanning through your fingers? You may not get to keep much of the money, but you’ll get to count tons of it as a casino cashier, or “cage” worker. Basic accounting experience is ideal for this position, as you’ll not only be counting money, but creating detailed invoices involving large amounts of cash, chips, credit cards, coupons, and in-house vouchers. Organizational skills are a must. Salaries start at minimum wage, usually without tips, but increase with experience.

Managerial Jobs

One of the gaming industry’s biggest “perks” is the fact that employees with essentially zero work experience have the ability to rise through the ranks relatively quickly. High turnover rates – especially on cruise ship casinos – mean that employees who stick around for more than one or two seasons are likely to get promoted by sheer force of seniority. And as might be expected, upper-level managers receive upper-level paychecks: $75,000 – $100,000 per year at some of the bigger resort chains, according to Salary.com. But casino managers have to put up with a lot of misery: in addition to overseeing every aspect of the floor activity, they are responsible for handling angry customers. And if you’ve ever dealt with an angry restaurant customer who was dissatisfied with their meal, imagine that same customer after losing their life savings.

Still want to pursue a casino career? Find the best online casino or offline casino and send an application seeking job of your interest. Now, as they say in the gaming world, best of luck!

Federal Employment Requirements

Various types of professionals like military veterans, college students and former corporate executives can gain federal employment. The United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM) works with various federal agencies and organizations to create and publish job qualification criteria for federal jobs. Standard criteria helps to increase the likelihood that published job qualification requirements are equitable, accurate and effectively help federal hiring managers attract quality personnel.

Work and Academic Qualifications

Federal employees must be a United States citizen, registered national or a lawfully admitted registered immigrant alien. Research, scientific and certain other professional jobs like psychology, engineering, biology, medical fields and accounting, require federal employees to have a college degree in their specific area of work. Generally, General Schedule (GS)-5 through GS-7 jobs do not require applicants to have a college degree. On the job training and hands on work experience are often sufficient at these job levels.

Jobs at the GS-9 level typically require the applicant to have a master’s degree while GS-11 level jobs typically require that the applicant have a doctorate degree. Required degrees must be earned at an accredited college or university.

Civil Service Examination and Agency Ranking

Males aged 18 to 25 are required to register with the Selective Service System before they apply for a federal job. Applicants, regardless of age or gender, should check the federal job announcement to note test specifications associated with the particular job they are interested in completing. During the hiring process, federal hiring agencies rank and score each applicant’s work experience, education and overall background against every other applicant who has applied for the job opening. Applicants with the highest rank have increased chance to land the job.

Blue Collar Jobs

Apprenticeships are classified as blue collar federal jobs. Applicants for these jobs must complete necessary trade and apprenticeship classroom and on the job training. Before being hired, applicants seeking these jobs must demonstrate their abilities through successfully completing trainings, examinations and work related assignments. Examples of apprenticeship and trade jobs include plumbers, electricians and carpenters. Licensed contractors will likely already have much of the necessary training and certifications to apply for a government job.

Temporary Appointments

Applicants can also gain employment with federal organizations by working on a temporary status. Temporary, career, blue collar and other professional federal jobs are posted online with USAJobs.gov. Interested persons can also inquire about current opening by dialing 703-724-1850. Hearing impaired persons can dial 978-461-8404. Applicants are encouraged to submit a resume and conduct an interview prior to receiving employment.

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Christopher Stern
Christopher Stern is a Washington-based reporter. Chris spent many years covering tech policy as a business reporter for renowned publications. He has extensive experience covering Congress, the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, and other federal agencies. He is a graduate of Middlebury College. Email:[email protected]

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