Job front: Veterans employment fairs on tap in Sacramento

Jeff Weston remembers a time, barely a decade ago, when college wasn’t such a welcoming place.

The returning Air Force veteran wore a path from the lecture hall to the parking lot most days, had few classmates who could relate to his military experience and even fewer resources to draw upon in making the transition from Air Force airman to having a job and career in the civilian world.

“There were no job fairs, no career fairs,” Weston said. “It gave me a very different college experience.”

Now director of the Veterans Success Center at California State University, Sacramento, Weston and other military veterans have worked the past several years to change that experience for other veterans. A free event Nov.5 represents the latest effort. A career fair from 1 to 4p.m. at the university’s Alumni Center on the campus at 6000 J St. will seek to connect the university’s numerous student veterans to employers who seek their skills.

“This is a different career fair. We’re focusing on veterans in college and their life after college. If you’ve been in (the military) for four, eight, 20 years – now you’re out and you need to get into the workforce and do it quickly.”

A number of companies will be represented at the free fair, including Aerojet, Intel, PepsiCo, UC Davis and VSP.

“Events like this are so essential,” said Chris Cobbett, a business administration major who plans to graduate from Sacramento State in 2014. Cobbett was a Marine corporal who served two tours in Iraq before his discharge in October 2010. “We’re trying to get into the workforce. It’s not the easiest thing to do.”

About 800 student veterans – and nearly 600 dependents of disabled veterans who receive post-Sept.11 education benefits via the GI Bill – attend Sacramento State, say university officials. The veterans center is among the largest in the California State University system.

For more information, contact Weston at the Veterans Success Center via email at jweston@csus.edu.

‘Hire a Vet’ at McClellan Park

Veterans and military returning from active duty will be able to meet with employers at a career fair Nov.7 at McClellan Park in North Highlands.

The free Honor a Hero, Hire a Vet Job and Resource Fair is 10a.m. to 3p.m., at McClellan Conference Center, 5411 Luce Ave., at McClellan Park. The event is sponsored by the state Employment Development Department.

Open to all job seekers, participants can meet and interview with employers, receive benefit, training and career information and learn interviewing and other job-seeking tips.

For more information, call the EDD’s Mary Renteria, (916)227-0341, or Doug Brown at (916)227-5335.

Sierra-at-Tahoe seeks workers

Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort is gearing up for the upcoming winter ski season with a job fair Nov.2 at the resort in Twin Bridges near South Lake Tahoe.

The free fair is 9a.m. to 2p.m. at the resort’s base lodge. The resort is at 1111 Sierra at Tahoe Road, Twin Bridges.

Sierra-at-Tahoe staffers will interview and hire seasonal workers for such jobs as lift operations, retail, ski and snowboard instruction, and rental and repair services.

Employees can receive ski passes, lift tickets and food and beverage discounts.

Applicants are asked to complete job applications at www.sierraattahoe.com.

Information about relocation and employment benefits is available at the site.

For more, visit www.sierrattahoe.com or call the resort at (530)659-7453.

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