Welcome to NOVA!

NOVA provides customized services to the jobseekers of Silicon Valley through its job centers in Sunnyvale and San Mateo. NOVA staff are dedicated to providing you with the necessary tools to enter or re-enter Silicon Valley’s unique workforce. Our job is not complete until your job begins.

Your time at NOVA will begin by speaking with experienced career advisors to discuss your specific needs. Afterward, you will have the opportunity to participate in workshops that focus on such topics as assessing your career objectives, creating a powerful resumé, learning to network effectively, and understanding how to negotiate for the best possible employment situation. And if your skills are out of date, you may have the opportunity to participate in classroom training at no cost with approved local vendors.

NOVA also provides specialized services to specific populations such as veterans, youth, and older workers. NOVA works closely with local businesses, educators, and individuals to ensure that our programs provide opportunities that build the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to address the workforce needs of Silicon Valley. NOVA is an equal opportunity employer/program; auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.

How to Access Services

View the NOVA Orientation video below to introduce yourself to the services that NOVA offers and to learn how we can assist you with your job search. Note: As of April 2020 and until further notice, all NOVA services will only be accessible remotely.


NOVA operates two job centers in the greater Silicon Valley — one in San Mateo (San Mateo County) and one in Sunnyvale (Santa Clara County). Once enrolled as a NOVA Job Center member, you will be able to receive services from either or both centers — recognizing that all services, until further notice, will only be accessible remotely.

To register to become a NOVA Job Center member, however, please complete and submit a NOVA Interest Form for the job center most accessible to you and NOVA staff will respond to you within two business days.

Because NOVA is a federally funded program, we must establish proof of eligibility and of right to work prior to providing you with services. Required documentation will vary dependent upon your circumstances, but common documents include driver license, Social Security card, U.S. passport, or Permanent Resident card. These documents and next steps will be discussed during the follow-up call with NOVA staff.