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UCOP expands its outreach to hire U.S. veterans

Leadership, a passion for service, efficiency, the ability to learn quickly and team spirit. These are just a few of the powerful skills that veterans can bring to today’s workforce.

And that’s why UCOP is reaching out to recruit U.S. veterans through a virtual career fair, Veterans Connect, which runs through Nov. 17. If you don’t know what a virtual career fair is, check it out and just click on the Intrepid to enter the site.

UCOP local HR collaborated with the Professional Diversity Network to host the exhibit at the virtual fair and identify OP jobs that might be of interest to veterans, including positions in IT, accounting and administration. Jobseekers using the site can learn about OP and its employee benefits, search job openings and have a live chat with a recruiter.

The fair is just one of the ways UCOP Talent Manager Kelly Howard is trying to increase UC’s visibility among veterans, to let them know that the University of California has opportunities and that they would be a welcome addition to our diverse workforce.

UCOP already has veterans in its ranks, including Joseph Araiza, a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force who worked in law enforcement and recruitment and is now a talent acquisition advisor at the UCPath Center in Riverside.

“I think integrity, teamwork and the ability to think outside the lines are what the military teaches really well,” Araiza said. “I use those core values not just here at UCPath but also to be the person I am today. A lot of the technical skills you learn are also very applicable outside the military.”

OP’s talent management team uses a variety of resources to aggressively seek out and hire the best talent, including virtual and live job fairs, community outreach, social and face-to-face networking and scouting from a wide range of populations to meet UC’s diversity goals.

For more information contact UCOP Outreach Recruiter Sally Gelini, who coordinated the Veterans Connect fair, at

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