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Job Search Accelerator

Learn the latest hiring and growth mindset practices to help you get back to work in our 3-week Job Search Accelerator (JSA) program. JSA is ideal for those returning to the workforce after taking care of family, switching careers, and those experiencing unemployment or under-employment. 

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • High school diploma or equivalent degree 
  • 18+ years-old 
  • Proof of valid authorization to work in the United States 
  • Experience using and access to office software such as Microsoft Office, Free Office, Google Suite, Zoho, or other alternatives
  • Able to navigate and engage in 4-5 hours of online learning (ZOOM and Google Classroom) daily 
  • Must have a target job or industry 
  • Committed to attending all classes and completing all program milestones 
  • Desire to work in job that uses technology 

Application Process: 

  • Applications are reviewed within a week of being submitted 
  • Staff will email (review your SPAM folder) you with a link to set-up a phone screening 

Email questions to: JSA Program Assistant, Tayo at tjaiyeola@jvs.org 

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Research: decoding the job description 
  • Marketing materials: résumé, cover letter, LinkedIn, and elevator pitch 
  • Application: adapting your résumé to fit the job description, and understanding the application tracking system 
  • Interviewing: developing STAR stories and interviewing practice with corporate partners 
  • Networking: creating and using your social and professional network 
  • Skill development and job search action plan 
  • Self-care 
  • Training in mindsets to generate confidence and clarity with the job search process 

Our growth mindset curriculum is from our Designing Your Success program which is based on the renowned course at Stanford, Designing Your Life. Participants will build confidence and clarity through introspection, peer connections, and play. A great emphasis is placed on the changing world of work and the mindsets needed to thrive in today’s economy. 

 

Support Services: 

To help you succeed in your goals, JVS offers the following support services: 

In-Program Support Services:

  • Clothing, dependent care, food and groceries, health, housing, utilities, phone, and technology equipment. 

PostProgram Support Services: 

  • Two 1-on-1 coaching sessions 
  • Monthly job search workshops 
  • Support to help you work in the tech industry 

What Job Seekers Are Saying:

 

 

“The Job Search Accelerator team understands the latest hiring trends and labor demands, and I’m amazed at how effective their training is. I was offered a full time position shortly after completing the program that’s on my career track despite my long period of being out of work. I know I couldn’t have done it without JVS.”

-Amy, Budget Analyst, East Bay Municipal Utility District

Read more testimonials from JSA alum

Applications are now closed. Join our email list to learn about upcoming program dates and other JVS events.

A Few of Our Instructors

Sesa Pabalan

Sesa Pabalan

Senior Partnerships Coordinator

Sesa has worked with JVS’s employer partners for the past two years to build mock interviews and networking opportunities for our program participants. She develops employer relationships that result in volunteer participation, job placements and informational interviews. Prior to JVS Sesa managed marketing campaigns for small businesses and belonged to the San Mateo and Mountain View chambers of commerce.

David Robins

David Robins

Instructor

David has been a trainer and facilitator at JVS for 10 years and recently added Career Advisor to his roles. He has been a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP), working in global companies, small consulting firms, nonprofits and government, honing his craft for 30+ years. He specializes in LinkedIn for Job Search and facilitating the 50+ Job Search Strategy Group.

While JVS believes this is a program that can benefit many people who find themselves in a career transition or needing support and accountability in their job search, we must prioritize this offering to low income and other vulnerable populations based on need and the priorities of our funders. We can and will offer referrals to other no- to low-cost career resources offered in the Bay Area if we are unable to offer you acceptance into the Job Search Accelerator program at this time. 
JVS receives funding from government subsidies to provide this training to you at no cost. Hence, we are required to request certain types of information from you, including but not limited to your current employment status, city of residence, and household income. We appreciate your cooperation and look forward to having the opportunity to support you. 

Program Schedule

Orientation:

  • September 11th: 9AM – 12PM

Class Schedule:

  • September 14th – October 2nd
  • Monday – Friday
  • AM Session: 9AM – 12PM
  • PM Session: 3:30PM – 4:30PM