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Atlantic City Casinos Use CD-ROM to Recruit Workers

14 June 2001

ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey –– As reported by the Associated Press: "Labor-starved casino hotels are getting a boost from a new employment recruiting initiative that uses a CD-ROM to advertise job openings and accept applications online.

"About 700 copies of the disc, entitled 'Atlantic City Hospitality Careers: An interactive tour of entry-level job opportunities,' will be distributed to employment agencies, libraries, high schools and vo-tech centers statewide in hopes of spreading the word about job openings in New Jersey's 12 casino hotels.

"…The CD-ROM, a joint project of Atlantic Cape Community College, the state Department of Labor and seven of the casinos, cost about $50,000 to produce, said Pat Owens, the college's project director.

"Officials hope the initiative will reach the unemployed, underemployed and welfare recipients of Atlantic City and elsewhere, bringing new applicants to casinos constantly in need of them.

"…Atlantic City's casinos employ more than 45,000 people, but struggle to find employees for many jobs. Within the next 10 years, there will be 65,000 job openings in the casinos, according to the CD-ROM.

"Meanwhile, the city itself -- which has fewer than 39,000 full-time residents -- has persistently high unemployment.

"…One drawback of the CD-ROM is that it is available only in English.

"Another is that potential candidates for entry-level jobs in casinos may be less likely to be computer literate or have Internet access. Owens said the agencies that make the CD-ROM available could help bridge that digital divide for would-be applicants."

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