Workshops

The NOVA Job Center offers a variety of workshops and classes, relevant to individuals at all stages of the job-search process.

Below is a comprehensive list of all workshops by category. Click workshop title for description.

Getting Started

  • Ask the Career Advisor

    Do you have a question for a career 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.

Resumé / Applications

  • Resumé Facts

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

    Meet with a career advisor to review your resumé and provide you with information, ideas, and assistance in creating your resumé. This service is offered during career advising appointments.
  • Customize Your Resumé

    This is an opportunity for you to work independently on your resumé and customize it to a specific job posting. A facilitator is available to provide assistance as needed. Bring a copy of the job description and a hard copy or electronic copy of your resumé with you.

    Prerequisite: Resumé Facts
  • Job Applications

    If your job search includes filling out applications — and most jobs do at some point — learn how to avoid being screened out. Discover how to successfully address legal issues and sticky questions.
  • Resumé & Application Lab

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

Job Search

  • Generating Job Leads

    The more exposure you and your resumé have during the job search, the more likely you are to find a job. Learn about the visible and hidden job market and discover the best ways to tap into your network.
  • Job Search Tips for the Mature Worker

    Mature job seekers frequently have concerns that their age or years of experience may create obstacles in their job search. Learn how to identify age-friendly employers, age-neutralize your resumé, and answer 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 how to find people, use groups, and locate job postings.
  • LinkedIn Lab

    This lab provides 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. Bring an electronic version of your resumé and a job description with you. You must have an established LinkedIn profile and know your LinkedIn password to attend this lab. Due to the nature of this workshop, late arrivals will not be accommodated.

    Prerequisites: Developing Your LinkedIn Profile
  • Informational Interviewing

    Build your confidence requesting and conducting informational meetings with people who have the advice, information, and 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 jobs, expanding your network, and developing contacts.

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, and your strengths and weaknesses. 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. Bring a copy of your resumé and a sample job description with you to this workshop.

    Prerequisite: Ace the Interview
  • Behavior-Based Interviewing

    Prepare for the type of tough questions that ask how you handled specific situations in your past, both successes and failures. Create your own job profile and practice responding to related questions. Bring a copy of your resumé and a sample job description with you to this workshop.

    Prerequisite: Ace the Interview
  • 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 resumé 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

    This three-day class offers 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.