CLEVELAND - Here's some good news for those looking for jobs. Cleveland's new casino and aquarium have added about 800 new jobs.
The aquarium was inundated with applicants looking for work at a jobs fair that began Monday morning at 10 o'clock.
On the ground floor, construction crews were swarming all over the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, working on getting exhibits and stores finished.
Come January 21, 2012, when the aquarium is scheduled to open, they'll need employees to show visitors where things are, for example, the shark tank.
Upstairs, looking of a different kind was going on -- looking for employees.
"The turnout is wonderful, said Tami Brown, general manager of the Greater Cleveland Aquarium. "We expected about 70 people, we have had double that and we just got started."
Victoria Taylor was among those looking for one of about four dozen customer service and retail jobs. She's been out of work since April.
"It's taken a toll on me," Taylor told NewsChannel5's Scott Newell. "It's taken a toll on me when you're used to working and supporting a family."
But competition was rough.
"As you can see here today, there are hundreds of people for a handful of jobs," said Nathan Solinsky of Akron, also looking for work.
The same has been true for jobs at Horseshoe Casino Cleveland. They've already begun training dealers and will add 750 new casino jobs.
"A lot of the opportunities with the casino are administrative, which means people are going to be there from 9 to 5," said Gina Morris of Downtown Cleveland Alliance. "Afterward they will continue their after work opportunities of maybe catching a bite to eat or catching a show at Playhouse Square."
Horseshoe Cleveland requires online applications, you can go to horseshoecleveland.com to apply.
As for the aquarium, they'll be taking more applications for guest service associate. Email your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org