Job Front: UC Davis plans workshop to aid U.S. veterans find work

Published: Monday, May. 20, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1B
Last Modified: Monday, May. 20, 2013 - 6:14 am

They have served their country at home and around the globe. Now they are ready to start new careers in the civilian world.

Military veterans are the focus of UC Davis' first Veterans and Diversity Career Fair, from 4 to 7 p.m. on June 3 at the university's MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento.

The event linking veterans and other job seekers to career opportunities in the UC Davis Health System is part of a nearly two-year initiative by the university to help veterans transition into the workplace, said Elaine Nakata, a UC Davis Health System outreach analyst.

"Having this career fair, they can talk one-on-one with managers about what we're looking for," Nakata said.

"We look for experience and leadership skills. A lot (of veterans) have medical skills. They have a lot of transferrable skills."

The university's health system, which includes UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento and UC Davis Medical Group, is one of the area's top employers.

More than 30 departments are expected to be represented at the free event, touting staff positions from management and information technology to patient care to student services, Nakata said.

The event, sponsored by UC Davis Human Resources and Office of Campus Community Relations and the state's Employment Development Department, comes as California veterans continue to struggle to find work.

The jobless rate for California veterans ages 18 to 34 was 14.4 percent in 2012, according to the state's Employment Development Department.

In 2012, the unemployment rate for California veterans who served in active duty anytime after Sept. 11, 2001 – was nearly as high at 13.5 percent, according to the EDD.

Free event parking is available at the EDD's offices, 2901 50th St.

For more information, visit

Fair for management pros

Career services firm HireLive is holding a job fair for sales, retail and management professionals May 29 in Sacramento.

The free fair is 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Embassy Suites – Riverfront Promenade, 100 Capitol Mall in Sacramento.

Job seekers can meet with hiring managers and representatives from area businesses at the fair.

Organizers recommend participants dress in professional attire and bring at least 10 copies of résumés to the event.

For more information, visit

Learn to use online tools

Job seekers can learn how to use online tools to jumpstart career searches at a free seminar May 31 at the North Highlands-Antelope Library in Antelope.

At the 10 a.m. seminar at the library, 4235 Antelope Road, participants will learn how to search for jobs online and use the library's job searching resources.

Basic computer and Internet experience is preferred.

For information, call the Sacramento Public Library at (916) 264-2920 or visit

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We've got an expert to provide the answers.

Terri Carpenter, spokeswoman with the Sacramento Employment and Training Agency, will answer your questions at

Call The Bee's Darrell Smith, (916) 321-1040.

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