Frequently Asked Questions on JVS Services

What does JVS’s training cost?

With the exception of Career Coaching, all JVS services are available at no cost to you. Learn more about the funding JVS receives from the government, foundations, Bay Area companies and individuals.


Who gets help from JVS?

JVS job seekers come from all walks of life — entry to executive-level. We focus our training programs on industries where we have training expertise and strong employer partners, such as healthcare, financial services and technology.


Where do I start?

A great place to start is our Info Session – every Wednesday at 1pm at JVS in San Francisco. Sign-up on our calendar.


How is JVS Jewish? Do I need to be Jewish to get help from JVS?

JVS (Jewish Vocational Service) is grounded in Jewish values to repair the world (in Hebrew, “tikkun olam”) starting with our own Bay Area community by helping people to build skills, find work and transform their lives. You do not have to be Jewish to get help from JVS. We celebrate diversity and welcome job seekers from all cultural and religious backgrounds.


What is underemployed?

The definition of underemployed is someone who lost their job during or after the recent recession and have obtained only episodic, short-term, or part-time employment but have not yet reconnected with a full-time job commensurate with the individual’s level of education, skills, and previous wage or salary earned prior to the individual’s loss of permanent employment.


Will someone work with me one-on-one?

Some of our programs include one-on-one support following a group program. Our research has found that JVS job seekers are most successful when working with a supportive group of other job seekers led by a trained facilitator/instructor.


Does JVS offer resume or cover letter writing services?

No, we do not write resumes or cover letters for our job seekers.


Is JVS a placement agency?

No. A placement agency would find and guarantee jobs for their clients. While many of our programs include temporary, paid work experience, our job seekers secure lasting employment through their own efforts (and with our help!)


How do I give feedback on JVS’s services?

We rely on feedback to shape our services. See our full Input Policy and Grievance Procedure in our client handbook. Should a problem or misunderstanding arise, please discuss it with your JVS point person.


Where is JVS located?

Unless otherwise noted, all JVS services take place at our main office in the financial district of San Francisco – 225 Bush St. Suite 400 – West Lobby. We are walking distance to the Montgomery Street BART station.


I’m running late for my class. Should I still come?

Please be on time for scheduled appointments and/or classes. Job seekers who are more than 10 minutes late to a workshop may not be admitted. If you’re running late, please call our front desk, 415-391-3600.



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