The new Hard Rock casino, located at 610. N. Bell School Road in Rockford, Illinois, is set to open by the end of August next year. This opening will create new job opportunities for 400 people, as the total number of employees at the casino will be 750, with 350 already hired.
The casino location is easily accessible and attractive, situated at the crossroads of East State Street and Interstate 90. In preparation for the casino’s opening, a networking event was held at the Illinois Bank & Trust Pavilion, where the company announced various hiring events in the summer, as well as workforce readiness workshops that will begin in 2024.
Geno Iafrate, the president of the new casino, emphasized the importance of community outreach and engagement in filling these positions with the right individuals. He stressed the value of starting these conversations early in order to avoid scrambling to fill positions at the last minute as the summer approaches.
Management positions are expected to be posted in March, with supervisor positions becoming available in April. Other jobs will be announced in May, while June and July are reserved for hiring events. Additionally, some supervision positions will be filled by individuals who currently work in Hard Rock’s temporary casino.
The new positions at the casino will not only include a wide range of management roles but also opportunities in food and beverage services, operations, transportation, retail, and warehouse departments. Supervisor salaries will start at $50,000 per year, while managers can earn up to $70,000 a year.
In terms of casino operations, various positions will be available, including card dealers, cashiers, security officers, drivers, and individuals responsible for audio and video equipment, as well as sportsbook hosts. The casino is also seeking individuals to fill roles in food service, such as chefs, butchers, cooks, bartenders, servers, and hosts, in order to provide customers with an exceptional experience.
Overall, the opening of the Hard Rock casino in Rockford, Illinois, presents a significant opportunity for employment in various roles within the gaming and hospitality industry.