Job Search Accelerator

Is it time to give your job search a boost? Kick off or relaunch your job search in JVS’s Job Search Accelerator at no cost to you. This program starts with 36 hours of in-person job search essentials training, followed by weekly group meetings and opportunities to meet one-on-one with a career advisor.

In this training, you will:

  • develop a job search action plan
  • build a strong career portfolio and refresh your resume with support and feedback
  • practice for interviews
  • receive one-on-one interview and networking coaching
  • access online learning to advance soft and technical skills
  • connect to job leads
  • engage with a supportive cohort of peer job seekers


  • High School diploma or equivalent degree and be 18+ years old
  • proof of valid authorization to work in the United States
  • unemployed for 6 months or more or are underemployed – we encourage all job seekers to apply, and we’ll be in touch if you’re a good fit.

Read more about the program in our Frequently Asked Questions.

Participant Selection

This program is funded by the federal government. The primary goal is to help people improve their skills and find and keep jobs. In order to learn what works, the federal government is conducting a study requiring every eligible person to be selected through a lottery system. Those not selected through the lottery will not be able to participate in this program or any other JVS Skills to Work in Technology or Job Search Accelerator programs, but will be able to enroll in any other JVS services or programs for which they are eligible. Veterans are exempt from the lottery.

Read more about the participation selection in our Frequently Asked Questions.

What job seekers are saying:

“The group aspect was vital. Seeing so many talented people with great skills and experience in the same situation really helped me feel better. I also got really big insights from doing career narratives, STAR stories and the exercise where we acted like recruiters looking through resumes.” -Job Search Accelerator Alum

Course Location

Job Search Accelerator

Program Dates: January 3 – 12, 2018 | 9:00am – 4:00pm

Application Deadline: December 26

A Few of Our Instructors

Kristie Harris

Kristie Harris

Senior Program Coordinator

Kristie is a Board Certified Life Coach and Holistic Career Counselor specializing in facilitation, programmatic research and development, as well job search training and education. Her strength-based approach helps clients go from stuck and doubtful to energized and focused. Kristie holds an MA in Sociology from Sacramento State University.
Sokhary Eam

Sokhary Eam

Program Coordinator

Sokhary has 10+ years of experience in helping job seekers find employment. She specializes in one-one-one meetings and in facilitating job search training workshops. Sokhary has a master’s degree in Educational Technology from the University of San Francisco. She believes that education taught through and with technology is essential, and she strives to leverage the latest technological tools to help educate today’s workforce.
Liva Neyroud Rajaonah

Liva Neyroud Rajaonah

Career Advisor

Liva has over 10 years of experience collaborating with people to reach their goals. She is experienced in HR/talent management and coaching, and has an international background in technology, scientific, nonprofit and social entrepreneurship. Liva is a certified ICF Coach and a Senior Professional in Human Resources.
Betty Szudy

Betty Szudy

Career Advisor

Betty has over 15 years of experience working with a variety of job seekers. She is a certified Global Career Development Facilitator, with experience as a career advisor, employment specialist and trainer. Betty incorporates her own recent experiences as a job seeker in her work and encourages action plans and support groups to stay focused and motivated.
Dione Rivera

Dione Rivera

Senior Client Success Strategy Coordinator

Dione has 10+ years of counseling and coaching experience across age levels and work backgrounds. She empowers people to make meaningful choices in their lives and helps them navigate options that can lead to success.
Colin Murphy

Colin Murphy

Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator

Colin has extensive marketing, sales and outreach skills having worked for top-tier companies, including Autodesk, MySpace and Hollywood movie studios. He recently completed the Job Search Accelerator training where he discovered his true passion of helping people find jobs. He now works on spreading the word about JSA to job seekers and establishing partnerships with local companies.


Dates: New cohorts begin every month (next start date: January 3, 2018)

Schedule: 36 hours of classroom training; weekly group meetings and 1:1 work with job search specialist

Location: JVS San Francisco, 225 Bush St. Suite 400, San Francisco, CA 94104

Topics: job search strategy, mock interviews, guidance in online learning

Cost: none