Class & Workshop Descriptions

At the NOVA Job Center, NOVA offers the following workshops, classes, industry presentations, and special appointment-based services (view PDF): 




Workshops

Ask the Career Advisor
Have a question for an advisor but don't think you need a full one-on-one meeting. This group session offered daily is your opportunity to drop-in and have your questions answered.

Plan for Your Success Lab
Learn about the four stages of a job search, identify where you are in your job search, and create your strategy for reaching your goals.

Managing Change
An interactive workshop to help you move through the stress and uncertainty created by job loss. Learn how to work through your emotions, launch an effective job search, and explore what's next for you.


Focus

Who Am I?
A starting point for those interested in conducting career assessment. Participants will take assessments and participate in activities to define their skills, interests, and values, and learn how to apply this information in all stages of career development.

Career Exploration
Learn how to gather information about career options, develop an understanding of how to access the latest career information resources, and discover the value of career exploration in making smart and informed career decisions.

Focus Lab
Learn how to implement practical and tangible actions to assist with defining your career focus and understanding the current labor market, so that you can move forward with your job-search activities.

Résumé/Applications

Résumé Facts
Learn the answers to the most common résumé questions including: What goes on the résumé? Do I need to customize my résumé? What are the best ways to organize my information? And is a cover letter necessary?

Résumé Critique
Have a career advisor review your résumé and provide you with information, ideas, and assistance in creating your résumé. This service is offered during career advising appointments. 

Customize Your Résumé
This is an opportunity for you to work independently on your résumé and customize it to a specific job posting. A facilitator is available to provide assistance as needed. Please bring a copy of the job description and a hard copy or electronic copy of your résumé with you. Résumé Facts is required prior to attending this class. 

Job Applications
If your job search includes filling out applications, and most jobs do at some point, learn how to not screen yourself out. Discover how to successfully address legal issues and sticky questions, and online assessments.

Résumé  & Application Lab
Now that you have a job objective, use this lab to create your résumé and master employment application so that you can effectively target and market your skills.

Job Search

Generating Job Leads
The more exposure you and your resume have during the job search, the more likely you are to find a job.  Learn about the visible and hidden job market and best ways to tap into your network.

Job Search Tips for the Mature Worker 
Mature job seekers frequently have concerns that their age or number of years of experience may create obstacles in their job search. Learn how to identify age-friendly employers, age-neutralize your resume, and answer the tough interview questions. 

Developing Your LinkedIn Profile
Learn the basics of LinkedIn including setting up your profile, managing your account settings, and adding connections.

Using LinkedIn in Your Job Search
Learn how to use LinkedIn as a job search tool including finding people, using groups, and locating job postings.

LinkedIn Lab
Dedicated time to use what you've learned in Developing Your LinkedIn Profile and apply it in a group setting to develop a more effective LinkedIn profile. Please bring an electronic version of your résumé and a job description with you. Developing Your LinkedIn Profile, an established LinkedIn profile, and knowing your LinkedIn password are required prior to attending this class. Due to the nature of this workshop, late arrivals will not be accommodated.

Informational Interviewing
Build your confidence requesting and conducting informational meetings with people who have the advice, information, referrals you need.

Job Search & Networking Lab
Explore the visible and hidden job markets and work on specific tasks to help you create an effective strategy for finding the jobs, expanding your network, and developing contacts at employers.

Interviewing/Negotiations

Ace the Interview
The most simple interview questions can be the most difficult to answer. Learn how to handle questions about your salary requirements, your weaknesses, and your strengths. Discover effective, proven techniques to prepare you for tough job interviews.

Presenting Accomplishments
Add impact to your interviews by learning how to talk about your successes, highlight your strengths and minimize your weaknesses by turning negatives into positives. It is recommended to bring a copy of your resume and a sample job description with you to this workshop. Ace the Interview is required prior to taking this class.

Behavior-Based Interviewing
"Tell me about a time when..." Prepare for tough questions asking how you handled specific situations in your past, including both successes and failures. Create your own job profile and practice responding to related questions. It is recommended to bring a copy of your resume and a sample job description with you to this workshopAce the Interview is required prior to taking this class. 

Negotiating the Offer
Discover what, other than money, is negotiable. How should you position yourself? What do you ask for first? Can you get a sign-on bonus? Get these questions answered, and practice negotiating with a partner.

Interview & Negotiating Lab
Once you start submitting your résumé and applications, you need to prepare to present your skills and accomplishments to employers. Use this lab to identify the skills and experience you want to share during an interview, and formulate responses that showcase what you have to offer. 



Classes

Communication Essentials


Communication Essentials features practical techniques, interactive exercises, and immediately useful tools in the areas of communication, facilitation, and collaboration. This class will improve your confidence and increase your effectiveness in your next position.


  • Learn communicating skills that will help you resolve problems, respectfully present your point of view and listen to others.
  • Enhance your ability to give and receive feedback.
  • Learn facilitation skills to improve team dynamics and increase productivity.
  • Apply collaboration and consensus building techniques used in high- performance teams.
  • Learn skills to analyze and creatively solve problems in a team setting.

Computer Skills

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Students must be able to attend all sessions of each class.

Intro to Computers
Basic overview of how a computer works and how to use the Windows Vista Operating System. Class also provides an introduction to the internet and internet-based email. [View Intro to Computers class syllabus]

QuickBooks
Class reviews the functions and features of QuickBooks including accounts, lists, customers, vendors, sales tax, invoicing, inventory, reporting, and more. [View Intro to QuickBooks class syllabus]

Microsoft Office Classes

The Microsoft Office classes introduce students to the Microsoft applications. Participants should be comfortable with basic computer functions.
Editing, formatting templates, wizards, layouts, graphics, columns, and tables. [View Word class syllabus]

Microsoft Excel
Editing, formatting, printing, charts, and basic calculations. [View Excel class syllabus]

Microsoft PowerPoint
Creating a presentation, adding / modifying slides and templates, inserting information, and printing slides. [View PowerPoint class syllabus]

Employer Presentations

Information Session
Learn company specific information, hiring process and job opportunities. Resumes may be collected.

Recruitment Session
Employer is seeking to fill certain position(s) and will review your resume for referral and consideration. Same day onsite interviewing may occur when noted.

Entrepreneurship

Should I Start A Business?
Learn the fundamentals of what it means to run your own business and local resources available to assist entrepreneurs.

Franchise Options
How to start a franchise and local resources available to assist entrepreneurs.

Orientations

ProMatch Orientation
Learn about ProMatch, a member-driven networking organization that provides connections and resources for professionals engaged in job search. 

Prove It! Orientation
Prove It! provides online assessments to determine your technical skills and behavioral fit for positions. Online Orientation reviews how to request and interpret assessment results. Visit link.novaworks.org/proveit to view orientation and request assessments.

CalJOBS for Beginners
Come join us for a hands-on session to explore the benefits of using CalJOBSSM  to improve your chances to find the right job as soon as possible. You will have the opportunity to register, work on your résumé, look at current job opportunities, and learn the multitude of tools at your disposal in this completely redesigned and greatly improved job search tool.

Mastering Your Money
Review the basics of a spending plan and the ins and outs of credit.

Disability Services

Department of Rehabilitation Orientation
Provides services and advocacy resulting in employment, independent living, and equality for individuals with disabilities. Call 408-277-1355 (voice) or 408-277-1043 (TTY) to schedule an appointment.

Work Incentive and Planning Assistance 
Are you receiving SSDI and/or SSI? Would you like to work, or are you currently working but worried about losing your cash or medicaid benefits? Call to schedule an appointment with a WIA counselor — 650-645-1780 or (TTY) 650-522-9313.