The State Worker

California government looking for technology workers

The State of California is hosting a job fair on Friday that state hiring managers hope will turn the private sector’s loss into government’s gain.

The event at the Roseville offices of the Employment Development Department from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. is targeting local technology workers whose jobs have been cut by Hewlett-Parkard Co. and, most recently, Intel Corp.

Government Operations Agency spokeswoman Lynda Gledhill said that 23 departments will send representatives. Topics covered will include how to apply for a state job, the state’s civil-service examination process and benefits state employees receive.

The state has $3.3 billion in high-tech projects in development, from the massive $909 million FI$Cal statewide accounting system to a $2 million website overhaul and mobile app launch for the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment. Recruiting and retaining skilled employees to work on those projects has proven a constant strain for the state because the job market for IT workers has been extremely competitive.

Officials suggest that attendees on Friday bring their résumés and business cards for recruiters who will be on hand. Parking in unmarked spots is free for the job fair at 115 Ascot Dr. #180 in Roseville.