BILOXI -- Construction crews worked through the weekend getting Margaritaville Resort Biloxi ready for a June opening, while people hoping to snag one of the 600 jobs at the resort started lining up by 5 a.m. Sunday
It was the first day of a three-day job fair that continues from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Biloxi Civic Center at 578 Howard Avenue.
The lines stretched out the door as applicants went first to fill out an application and then, for the best qualified, on to an interview.
"There are so many gifted candidates," said Kathy Kauffman, who was screening applicants shortly after the doors opened. "That's a good way to start."
Margaritaville is a lifestyle, she said, and job seekers should bring more than a resume.
"The key is just personality," she said.
Rose Dunn of Gulfport showed she has that personality and is eager to work a job with benefits.
"My husband works in the oil fields and he got laid off 11 weeks ago," she said.
Brittany Tucker already has a job at the new Margaritaville, as director of hotel operations, and she also screened applicants Sunday.
"There's a large variety of people here," she said.
Some came in shorts, others in suits.
The resort -- with a hotel, several restaurants, shops, an outdoor waterpark and an indoor entertainment center -- is going to be a fun place to work and play, she said.
She's seen the progress of the zip line roller coaster, the volcano climbing wall and other attractions and said, "We want everybody to have a good time -- the parents, too."
Those who can't attend the job fair can email a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.