FOR THE PUBLIC: Shari Voors, Nevada City |

FOR THE PUBLIC: Shari Voors, Nevada City

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My job title: Business resource specialist for the Employment Development Department/WorkForce Connection. We are at 117 New Mohawk Rd., Suite D, in Nevada City.

What I do in my job: Provide no-fee information, resources and referrals to businesses on a wide variety of topics such as labor and tax law (wage and hour, mandatory posters, harassment and discrimination, hiring and firing, unemployment insurance). My job also involves assisting businesses to recruit and hire employees.

Why my job is important to the public: Instead of automated phone messages, our customers see an actual person who is here to help businesses receive the information requested.

The special skills and talents I bring to my job: An understanding and appreciation for the challenges businesses face, program knowledge, patience, dedication and commitment to quality customer service.

The best part of my job is when …: customers obtain the information requested efficiently and expeditiously.

The part of my job that I like least is: Budget cuts!

A day of work I’ll always remember was …: when the shootings occurred at the Mental Health building and Lyons Restaurant.

How I got my job: I applied through the state Personnel Board, tested, interviewed, and was hired. My experience as a counselor working with economically disadvantaged youth helped me qualify for the position.

How long I’ve been working here: Locally, 10 years, but overall, 20-plus years.

My dream job would be: Photographer for National Geographic.

My family: Chris, my husband of 20 years this week; our daughter, Katie, a college student; our son, Cole, a high school student; and lots of wonderful relatives.

My hobbies: Music, books, the outdoors.

When I was a kid, I …: grew up on a lake and was active in leadership (school and MIA/POW campaigns) and rah-rah activities.

If money were no object, I would: Take care of family and friends; eliminate seniors’ worries about finances for housing, living and medical expenses; and improve the care of mental health clients.

My dream vacation: With family and friends, see the aurora borealis in Alaska, the Seychelles Islands and Petra, Jordan.

If a movie were made of my life, I would be played by: Sharon Osbourne.

The people who have made the biggest difference in my life: Definitely my family.

My hero: My mother, Bobbie Morrison.

The best book I’ve read lately was (and tell us why)…: “Charms for the Easy Life,” because it’s about strong family connections between a grandmother, mother and daughter; their commitment to helping others; and inner strength. It was an easy, enjoyable read.

The soundtrack to my life would include: Laughter, babies cooing, the ocean, Canadian geese honking overhead, a breeze in the treetops, acoustic guitar and the sizzle of a (contained!) fire.

I like living in Nevada County because … : of its strong sense of community; relaxed atmosphere; caring, interesting people; and nature.

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