Cliffs about me 26 from Chicago area
Table games dealer since I was 21 started dealing poker at 18 haven't delt poker in years strictly a pit dealer now
I'm one of those crazy people that actually likes their job
Moved out to Vegas less than a year ago with no Job prospects or even a car for that matter.
I understand not all jobs are the same and some of the tactics used won't matter or apply to other fields of work
I just purchased my first house this year
was just hired on as a dealer at Aria
Before I did anything to put myself in a position to get any sort of job at all I sat down and I set a goal for myself. This was new for me as I've always just kinda been the type of person to just do things first and learn from them as I go or later on. The second thing I did was set a timeline for my goals.
My goals were simple I wanted to buy a house while the market was shitty and eventually get into one of the best casinos in the world. The timeline I set for myself was get a house within a year of being here and have a job at Cosmopolitan, Aria, Bellagio, Wynn/Encore, or MGM Grand within 2 and half years of living out here.
Now that I had my Goals set I needed a plan. A lot of my time was spent doing research and talking to friends I've made in the business and figuring out the right and fastest way to get into one of these top jobs.
The first week I was here I filled out over 50 applications online. After waiting 3 or 4 days and hearing nothing I decided the hands on approach. I for the first time ever made a resume (The internet is your friend) and decided I would personally walk into all of the halfway decent Casinos in Las Vegas ask to speak to whoever was in charge hand them my info and ask for an audition. This at first failed miserably. I got a lot of "sorry we have nothing open" or "Have you applied online?" I even had a Shift manager at the Rio take my resume and through it in the garbage basically right in front of me as he was walking away.
Eventually I caught a break at Monte Carlo. The Guy that I spoke to was awesome. He eventually got in contact with me and asked me to come in for an interview. Pre interview I prepared myself as well as I could (once again the internet is your friend) I looked up everything I could about the right way to face an interview and what you should do and how you should prepare yourself before hand. For the job I got at MC all of that was useless because I went into my former managers office handed him my resume he asked me 3-5 questions about my prior work experience and then we talked about baseball for 45 minutes. I was hired the next day. This was in November of 2011.
The job was great. The people were cool the environment was stress free and very laid back but the money sucked. For someone they just don't do great at MC and being in a business that you rely on tips for 90% of the money you make it can get frustrating.
Once I got into MC I decided that since it is an MGM property and they allow transfers after six months of employment this was my best and most legit shot at a getting into one of these top houses. After mapping all of this out I decided that I now need to make some contacts with people that know other people in higher up positions. This was very easy I just asked. I would talk to my boss and steer the conversation towards other casinos then I would ask if they new anyone over there. In this town the people in higher positions tend to all know each other so I got closer to these people. I developed some very nice contacts and friendships in the process and all I really had to do was be myself.
Things I did while I was at work
Applied myself and made sure people knew it. I would have guest say "Jon your the best dealer I've had on this trip!" where I would reply jokingly "Do you want to put that in writing?" and people would. They would fill out comment cards or tweet/Facebook and leave msgs saying great things about me and all of this was noticed especially in a town where people for the most part people have a pretty shitty attitude and hate life. I wasn't a kiss ass or suck up I would just bullshit with people and talk to them. It was that easy. When bob bullshit asshole dealer next to me hasn't said one word to you in an hour and I'm asking you how the show that you went to last night was and having an actually convo with you who are you gonna pick in that situation? EZ game
Obv I'm in Vegas I'm going to be playing poker so I did what I would do anyways. I went into these rooms and I took care of everybody. If someone did anything for me they were handed a $5 chip. Guy puts my name on the list I read his name tag "Hey (insert name here) I'm Jon thanks a lot." shake hands and give them a nickle. I did this with every floor working and shift bosses also usually cost about $25. After doing this 4 or 5 times people knew my name and when I came in I was always greeted in a very friendly manner and by my first name. I feel a huge key in all of this was getting these people to put a name to a face.
So finally one day about 2-3 weeks ago I see a position open up at Aria and I apply. The next day at work I go and talk to all of my bosses and ask them if they could put in a good word to their friends over there. They did and that day I walked over and introduced myself to the people I was already being praised to. It was just a simple introduction and a thank you for taking the time to meet and help me out. I was called the next day for an interview. A co-worker of mine who also had an interview with them told me his was on Tuesday so I scheduled mine for a few days after. He went on his interview and I called him later that night. I asked him how it went, if he thought he did well, and most importantly what questions did they ask him in the interview. I prepared my answers for the interview that Tuesday and went to play poker at Aria that Wednesday where I told the shift boss that I friended just by going in there a few times that I had an interview and then I asked if she would put in a good word for me to anyone that could help and she did.
There are some important things you must do before and during an interview. First off wear a suit. Don't be absurd but over dress if you can but not too much. Second show up a half an hour early. Third prepare yourself for the questions you are going to be asked and have your answers before you go in there. Fourth don't talk negatively about anything. If they ask you about your previous job and you hated it tell them that It was great and that you really learned a lot. If it's for a position at a company and you know someone there do whatever you can to make people know your name. Once again being able to put a face to a name is huge IMO and I believe it is about 90% of the reason I was successful
Set a Goal
Set a Timeline to achieve your goal
Advertise for yourself
Prepare yourself for your interview (there is so much info on the internet on this subject it's stupid not to take advantage of it)
Apply yourself at work and at what you want to do
Make sure you are noticed and appreciated
Don't stress about thinks you can't control
Hope this helps someone I know a lot of this is very easy to do and the info is readily available but I worked my ass off and I know if I were to do it again it would be nice to have a guide to help me in any way.
Life is good
End Brag post
"I got a job at aria, go me."
^ much better op
Niceguy just walks in, looks for the first female manager and fucks the shit out of her. He gets hired every time and is her boss shortly after. Damn big black cocksEdited By: dolphin13 Oct 12th, 2012 at 07:40 AM
So I take it you didn't call anyone a cunt like you're prone to do on Twitter?
Nice work, dude. Congratulations.
Congrats. Sounds exciting.
I have an opportunity, housing wise, to move to Vegas. I would have to leave my job in AC (duh no brainer) but being in NJ now makes it difficult to schedule interviews and all that shit. Plus, my director said he would no doubt put in a good word for me, being that hes been in the business for over 30 years, but he just passed away last week, only 3 days after we had that talk. So I have my work cut out for me.
Stopper not gonna lie getting a job out here isn't easy. That said if you can pull the trigger. The market is insane right now. I bought a short sale (took 6 months) it was totally worth it. Couldn't be happier with the decisions I've made and the direction my life is going.
House then job now it's time to focus on health. I was doing great and killing it with the diet and workouts then I moved out here zero support system few friends got shit on constantly took 3 months to find a job 3 months to find a house 6 months to close. Was out here for the entire WSOP didn't play one event due to saving for the house. It was very difficult but very worth it. I got lazy stopped the diet worked out rarely.
I'm going to take the same steps I did with getting this job to focus on getting in shape and making a run at some WSOPs this upcoming summer.
stopper best of luck to you and keep me informed
Sounds like im about 9 months behind you on a very similar path braj. Except id stop short of saying i love what i do. It just simply is what i do. Wish i had more job skills or that the ftp/stars situation never changed. The plan was to be happy with 3 days a week and playing a bunch on the side and building. But huge losing streak/losing the passion/just not being good enough got the best of me. Never wanted tobe here as a working stiff just getting by but here I am. I cn work my way up to a good job in a good house but just not sure its what I wnt anymore. LolLife. But I liked the story, you're a good dude. Keep up the good work
i was coming in with 'your tweets had me rolling the other night' but ur post was a great readEdited By: ericINtheX Oct 12th, 2012 at 11:48 AM
i'm a few years ahead of you with shit experience but i can take a lot from your post, ty
stopper saul gl keep on keep onin
ur tweets were the shit tho
Reason: blowjob flashbacks too obv
Wp. Id love to have worked in Vegas for a while.
Also don't be half an hour early for an interview . That pisses me off when they are that early. Be 10 mins early. For everything. Or be half an hour early and wait in your car for 20 mins
Do you have any advice for assholes?
I considered getting a high paying job in the 250-500k range but it really isn't worth it when the government takes so much. Completely killed my drive. If I am going to put in that much effort I'll move to Macau and pay 4%. With the system we have I'd prefer not to make more than $9/hour. Keep almost all your earnings then they throw in some free food and other benefits. The freedom alone of being able to choose where your money goes is invaluable.
But good on ya. Have to determine what you want in life, make a plan, then execute. Otherwise you'll never get to where you want to go
will you please request P5s to change your name to movietime99?? thats what 90% of OT thinks your name is anyway
maybe you just had a real good resume/interview and your connections didnt mean much
so much bragEdited By: tmac456 Oct 13th, 2012 at 03:50 AM
congrats man. see you in January
The interview was cake. They asked 10 or so questions and since I knew my coworker was going to his interview on Tuesday I purposely scheduled mine for Thursday. I called him on Tuesday night and he told me the questions they asked and I spent about 2-3 hours preparing. I was still definitely nervous though.
There was no audition. They pretty much assume you can deal because it's a transfer not a first time hire. Everyone is responsible for the games they sign off on and there is a 90 day probation period.
You did things in a way that is necessary in this town. VWP, and I am sorry that I didn't help you out more.
You said you didnt kiss any ass but thats honestly all that you did throughout your post. NBD dont care at all but you def kissed some ass to get your job lolEdited By: Bawsten Oct 13th, 2012 at 04:43 AM
how do you like dealing at aria? Dealing in general?
Dealing cards is the only job that I have ever been able to sustain and not hate other then actually playing cards. GLGLGL in your time there.
<3 Aria - some of my fav dealers work there (next to chatter, obv) - maybe I'll actually get to see you the next time we're out there, then!! :D gj - really, well done! Congrats!
The term movetime was coined around 2004-2006 by myself and an old poker buddy back when I used to play live limit Holdem for a living.
Some one that is playing bad or bluffing is said to be on movetime. Example.
"Randers has been on movetime all day but somehow he still has a million chips."