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Doug Ernst

Napa Valley Register columnist Doug Ernst.

About 50 local employers will have a golden opportunity next month to recruit motivated employees at a Career Expo at Napa Valley College, but they will need to act quickly to reserve a spot.

The Second Annual Spring Community Career Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, in the Library Plaza.

Private employers, including Silverado Resort & Spa, Meritage Spa and Resort, Ganze and Company, U.S. Bank, Senior Helpers and Bay Respite Care; nonprofit employers, such as American Canyon Family Resource Center and Aldea Children and Family Services; and public employers, including Napa Valley College, the California Department of State Hospitals, California Employment Development Department, United States Marine Corps and the U.S. Navy, will meet with job-seekers.

At last year’s Career Expo, DoubleTree Hotel general manager Erik Burrow found “some very talented and (hospitality) career-minded individuals,” thanks to the American Canyon Family Resource Center.

“The beauty of the hospitality industry is that it can take people who are willing to work hard and exhibit a sincere interest in providing exceptional service, and put them on a trajectory path to anywhere they want to go,” said Burrow.

“Many entry-level employees have quickly advanced into supervisory roles and ultimately upper management and executive positions.”

Jean Donaldson, undersheriff for the Napa County Sheriff’s Office, said the department is “looking for honest, hard-working individuals who are committed to keeping our community a safe place in which to live, work and play,” and will be represented at the April 25 college event.

“Career expos are very important tools that help businesses and organizations recruit qualified employees,” said Donaldson.

“I work at the Napa Sheriff’s Office because I stopped and spoke with recruiters at a career expo 30 years ago.”

U.S. Bank recruiter Melanie Florek said she will send representatives to the Career Expo “to connect with college students, to become their employer of choice.”

She said the bank is offering part- and full-time opportunities.

“College career fairs are a great way to connect within the community to find top talent,” said Florek.

“We are looking for candidates who have a drive to be successful and challenged as they move through their career. U.S. Bank has great development opportunities and gives employees a great culture in which to learn and grow.

“We are typically looking for someone who combines excellent customer service and cash handling knowledge with the ability to talk with customers to identify needs, to help them be successful in their financial goals,” she said.

The Career Expo is being organized with the help of Karen Litzenberg, the human resources director for the Napa office of the California Department of State Hospitals in collaboration with Napa Valley College Career Center.

Interested employers can get more information or reserve a spot at the Career Expo by contacting Karen.litzenberg@dsh.ca.gov or calling 707 253-5445.

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Doug Ernst is the Napa Valley College public information officer. Reach him at DErnst@napavalley.edu or (707) 256-7112.

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