VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Google Employment Resource Fair for Veterans
On June 25, VA Palo Alto Health Care System's Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) Program partnered with recruiters and contractors from Google to put on an employment resource fair for Veterans for the second year in a row.
This year’s event took place at one of Google’s newest campuses in Mountain View, Calif., featuring a short tour and lunch mixer in one of the cafeterias before Veterans and Google recruiters broke into small groups to work on resumes.
Veterans were able to work one-on-one with recruiters to receive guidance on various parts of the job search process, from navigating job boards and applying online to structuring a resume and explaining gaps in work history.
Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist Priscilla Azcueta led the charge to sign up Veterans from not only the CWT Program, but from other programs at VA, including Foundations of Recovery, First Step and the Homeless Veterans’ Rehabilitation Program.
The event drew 26 Veterans who received job search counseling as well as valuable networking opportunities not only with the Google recruiters, but also with recruiters from Google partners Bon Appetit and Cushman & Wakefield.
“It was definitely a big success for all of us,” Azcueta said. “I have Veterans contacting me because they want to implement the suggestions to their resumes immediately. Others were very grateful to be invited, and then there are those that are hopeful to be hired!”
She noted how valuable it was for Veterans to make employment connections beyond the VA to see what opportunities are available within their communities.
Like last year, Google took part in the activities as part of Google Serve, an annual volunteer service initiative the company holds each June. Google lead recruiter Tamar Woodbury helped coordinate recruiters for both events.
“Seeing the Veterans walk away from the experience with the courage and confidence that they, too, can get a job is exactly what I was hoping for,” said Woodbury.
Kameela Din is a Technical Writer within the CWT Program at VA Palo Alto Health Care System.