State of Nevada Holds Career Fair
More than 18,000 people work for the state of Nevada and hundreds more jobs are available.
Nevada's unemployment is just 4.9 percent and the number of employers is at an all-time high. More than 18,000 people work for the state of Nevada and hundreds more jobs are available. The state held a career fair at Reno Town Mall, Wednesday, hoping to fill some of those jobs.
"We have entry level positions where a high school diploma and just some basic skills and training, you can certainly qualify for those all the way up to positions that require Master's and Doctorates," Doug Williams, Veterans Coordinator for the State of Nevada said.
Williams says there is a diverse amount of job openings. People can apply anywhere from the Departments of Public Safety and Corrections all the way to the DMV. People who do not have jobs and those who are looking for better employment are encouraged to apply.
"There's a lot of opportunities to broaden yourself as a professional, a lot of opportunities once you get within the state system," Williams said. "You can transfer laterally to different departments and different agencies, and a lot of room for upward movement as well."
The event was open to everyone but the first hour was reserved for veterans. Jeffrey Graham has been looking for a job for about a month. The 24-year-old Air Force veteran says he wants to find a job as he works his way towards a psychology degree. That is why he came to the career fair.
"As soon as I heard about it, I jumped right over here because it sounds like it was a pretty good deal that they only opened it for veterans for the first hour," Graham said. "The one that was talking to me about my psychology degree for later on, they were telling me they really, really need people to start there and it's a good foothold. So it sounds like it's right up my alley."
Shonnie Carter is an Army veteran and stay-at-home mom. She says despite the strong economy and high amount of job openings, it is hard to find work that fits her family's needs. She says child care would cost about $1,600 per month.
"You can't just jump back into work because most jobs don't even pay the cost of child care," Carter said. "So, it's really difficult to re-enter the workforce as a stay-at-home mom and say 'Oh, I have to make $20 an hour or I can't be here.'"
Carter hopes the state can provide what she is looking for and says she is impressed with the benefits and pension that come with a state job.
"Health care, retirement, different things that are kind of similar to what veterans have experienced in the military," Carter said.
She also says many private sector jobs are entry level, making it difficult for veterans who have years of experience in a specific field. Williams says it's not hard for most veterans to find work but transitioning from the military to civilian life can be challenging. That includes finding a job that they feel comfortable with.
"There's a lot of skills and talent that they can bring to the state as far as employment and our positions," Williams said. "I think one of the great things about state employment is the stability and also the fact that you're in a position where you're able to give back and continue to serve."
Graham says he is glad that he attended the career fair and learning about the job openings makes him feel better about his future.
"It makes me feel good about staying here in Reno because I was honestly considering moving for awhile," Graham said. "I just didn't know. The jobs were so iffy for a long time that it was just bad."
To view the state's job openings, head to this link: