UCSF Holds Inaugural Veterans Job Fair and Open House

By Mike Billings

Johnnie Stanton talks with Nancy Laurenson during a Veterns Job Fair and Open House at UCSF's Parnassus campus
Veteran Johnnie Stanton (left) speaks with Nancy Laurenson, a program manager for the Palo Alto VA, during UCSF's Job Fair and Open House on Nov. 7. Photo by Noah Berger

UC San Francisco held a veterans job fair and open house Nov. 7 to connect with former and current members of the U.S. armed forces seeking employment advice and opportunities.

The event was organized in order to give veterans an opportunity to network and meet with employees and hiring managers seeking to fill current and future opportunities at UCSF and UCSF Health.

“The fact that you are serving in the armed forces or have served means your experience and knowledge are assets in the job market,” said UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood, MBBS, during opening remarks for the event. “You bring special value to the increasingly global arena, including right here at UCSF.”

The inaugural Veterans Open House event was designed to focus on increasing awareness of University of California career opportunities, networking and humanizing the job search process.

The event brought together 20 UCSF hiring managers and 30 community partners to provide information and discuss employment opportunities.

The event included workshops on translating military experience to private industry and networking using LinkedIn as well as resume critiquing and interview coaching.

UCSF coordinated its events with other campuses in the University of California system to show solidarity and support for employing veterans in their communities. Along with UCSF, UC Davis, UC San Diego and UC Irvine held similar events during the week.

UCSF plans to hold a veterans job fair and open house again next year.

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