by Dan Glaun, MassLive.com
MGM Springfield has launched an online job portal, allowing jobseekers to check how their skills match up with the thousands of positions that will be filled as the casino nears its Fall 2018 opening date.
The portal, viewable here, features listings ranging from card dealers to chefs to financial analysts. About 80 of the more than 100 anticipated job classifications are currently online, said MGM Springfield Director of Training and Workforce Development Marikate Murren.
And while applications are not yet open, jobseekers can create profiles that will match their skills and experience to available positions, and link them to courses at local colleges that can make them stronger candidates. The goal, Murren said, is to allow workers to increase their job readiness for when MGM begins hiring an anticipated 3,000 employees in early 2018.
“This will tell people what the positions will be when we ramp up,” Murren said. “We’re letting people know, hey, this is what you’re going to need from a prerequisite perspective.”
The system, which is currently being used to actively fill positions at MGM’s National Harbor casino in Maryland, assigns a score for open jobs based on workers’ education, skills and life experience, Murren said. The company has partnered with local institutions like Holyoke Community College and Springfield Technical Community College to connect potential applicants with job training programs.
“Our hope is to raise the job readiness in general in Springfield,” Murren said.