Career

Hundreds flock to Brandman-sponsored career event in Sacramento Valley

March 19, 2015 by Gustav Deutsch

The Folsom Community Center was bustling with activity on Friday as more than 600 hopeful job seekers came to meet with some 65 companies looking to hire.

They could connect directly with recruiters, tap into resources for the unemployed and even get a free professional photo for that perfect LinkedIn profile. Staff from the Brandman University campus in Roseville helped organize the Tri-County Job Fair and the Brandman news crew was there for this video story.

Vice chancellor of Communications Joe Cockrell appeared on Good Day Sacramento to help promote the event.

Video Transcript

A big part of the Brandman University mission is to provide resources for students to evolve their careers outside of the classroom which is why we’re here at the Tri-County Job Fair in Folsom. The Roseville campus is a big sponsor of this event and the staff have been largely instrumental in organizing it.

Kimberly Pellow, Roseville campus director for Brandman University: And we are here with the local community, finding people jobs. Look how packed this room is so we’re excited.

Tell me about your situation.

Teresa Broff: I was laid off on Tuesday, yes, so it was actually a rather large corporate layoff. They had a little bit of an expenditure problem so they had to lay off some people and I was the last in so first off and so I’m here pounding the pavement as quickly as possible.

Any good leads today?

Uh, so far Apple! Yes, that was a great one, it was like the third one I’ve talked to and it looked very promising, I didn’t realize they had a campus in Elk Grove so that will be something I will  definitely jump on when I get back home.

Ryan Perez: We are a federally funded program, administered through the state’s Employment Development Department to provide services to veteran job seekers who are in a period of career transition, whether it be recently separated or retiring from active duty military.

What kind of challenges do veterans face when they come back from active duty?

You know a majority of veterans haven’t looked for work in a very long time, whether it be 20 years or four years. Regardless, labor markets are very volatile and they’re always changing. Year by year what an employer is looking for is always different so it incumbent on us to make the veteran aware of those labor-market realities so they are as competitive as they can be reentering a civilian labor market.

How important is it for veterans to tap into their benefits for education?

I think it’s extremely important. You know, they’ve earned the benefits and the United States has determined that they are entitled to these benefits and they have been since after the first World War and to capitalize on those is absolutely paramount to them continuing on to civilian employment.

What are you here recruiting for today?

Deputy Jimmy McFarland, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department: We’re recruiting for multiple positions within the department.

How important is it to have a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice?

It’s very advantageous, it allows you to move up quicker through the ranks. It also has extra compensation financially and it also makes you more well-rounded as a possible hiree.

How did you prepare for today?

Sheree Corbett: I went online and made sure my resume was up to par. I came early at 8:30 and made sure someone else reviewed it as well and thought it was good.

Is it beneficial to you that Brandman does stuff like this?

Oh my gosh, wildly, wildly helpful. It was advertised online and I got an email actually from Brandman letting us know and it was great, it was good.

Francisco Castro: Brandman’s always been involved with us, we call ourselves the business advantage network and we’re a network of different agencies working together to make this event as well as other things happen, you know we network with each other, send each other job leads, talk about what’s going on so that we’re all involved in the same thing.

Mara Morrison: We’re here to provide complimentary LinkedIn professional profile head shots to the attendees for the job fair.

Why is it important? Why not just have a selfie?

Selfie’s are fun for certain occasions but to be professional looking and to catch an employers eye, you want a professional LinkedIn profile head shot.

Why is it important to organize job fairs like this?

Lin Morgan: Oh we need to get the employers out and available to job seekers to come in and have interviews right on the spot, its good practice and it actually gets them jobs. When we first started doing our planning for the job fairs it was all at the Brandman campus. It was beautiful, just a gorgeous campus. We’re always trying to find good training opportunities, and Brandman of course is one of the best.

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