The pull of working in the soon-to-open Golden 1 Center in downtown Sacramento is strong, based on a Thursday job fair co-hosted by the Sacramento Kings and several hiring partners at Sleep Train Arena.
With the thermometer reading 100 degrees and a full hour before the scheduled 3 p.m. start of the four-hour job event, about 150 job seekers were patiently in line at the southeast entrance of the arena, the former home of the Kings.
Event organizers opened Sleep Train’s doors at 2:18 p.m. Thursday, allowing scores of job seekers to enter the air-conditioned main concourse.
On the line for those who showed up were more than 600 part-time, event-based positions in sectors that included hospitality, retail, guest services, security, culinary and janitorial.
Event organizers said event-based employment applies to the wide range of activities that will be held at the new arena this fall. Besides the full slate of Kings home games, that includes concerts, special events, touring shows, the early rounds of the 2017 NCAA men’s basketball championship in March and graduation ceremonies of schools throughout the region.
Besides the Kings, prospective employers included Legends Hospitality, Fanatics sports gear and ABM, the facility services firm. Event organizers noted that many available positions were entry-level jobs requiring little or no previous experience.
Job seekers who lined up early Thursday seemed to be willing to take just about any job available for the opportunity to work in the state-of-the-art arena.
“I really want to work there, do whatever it takes,” said Maurice Washington, 42, who has worked in guest services at Raley Field, home of the Sacramento River Cats. “I’ve been checking the paper every day to see when this would happen.”
Misi Paulo, 29, was wasting no time. He said he moved to Sacramento from Hawaii just three weeks ago and was hopeful of quickly landing some work at Golden 1 Center.
“I’m pretty open to anything, security or maybe janitorial. The chance to work in the new (arena), it’s great,” Paulo said.
The general allure of the Golden 1 Center, which will offer sweeping vistas, plentiful artwork and numerous high-tech features, seemed to be enough motivation for many to show up on Thursday.
“Just walking by it, it looks so beautiful. I think it would be a wonderful place to work,” said 35-year-old Sacramentan Sofia Perez.
Organizers handed out maps showing where specific employers were doing interviews all along the concourse. Job interviews were conducted in a “speed-dating” style that offered employers time with as many candidates as possible. Organizers said candidates might be offered jobs on the spot, but most employers wanted to compile job candidates for future consideration.