Frequently Asked Questions on JVS Services

Jump to questions on the participant lottery system for the Technology and Job Search Accelerator programs.

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.


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.


Frequently Asked Questions – Participant Selection Lottery

This section applies to our Technology and Job Search Accelerator programs.


What is the purpose of the random assignment study (the “lottery”)?

The Skills to Work in Technology and Job Search Accelerator programs are 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 these programs, but will be able to enroll in other JVS services or programs for which they are eligible.

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.

How does the random assignment study (the “lottery”) work?

The study is being conducted by an outside research organization. Under this study, everyone applying to Skills to Work in Technology programs and a select majority of Job Search Accelerator applicants will be assigned by a lottery-like process to one of two groups. One group can participate in Skills to Work in Technology programs, and the other cannot enroll but may pursue other eligible programs at JVS or in the community. The researchers are interested in the experiences of both groups and your participation will help us learn more about the effectiveness of the program.


When will the “lottery” take place?

The “lottery” is the final step in the process, after your assessment and interview. All participants will come to JVS during an assigned time to participate. You will know immediately if you are in the program group or the control group.


What are the “odds” of the lottery?

There is a 1 in 2 (50%) chance of being chosen for the program.


What does it mean to be in the program group?

If you are in the program group, you will be admitted to the program you applied to and, if you choose to enroll, will receive paperwork and any pre-coursework you may be asked to complete before the program and information about the scheduled orientation.


What does it mean to be in the control group?

If you are in the control group, you are not able to participate in Skills to Work in Technology programs or the Job Search Accelerator program at JVS. Skills to Work in Technology programs currently include the Salesforce Administrator training, Digital Marketing training and the Business Administration Bootcamp, and may include other tracks in the future. While you will not be able to participate in our programming, you will still play a crucial part in the study as the researchers are interested in your training and employment experiences.


If I’m in the control group, can I apply for another training?

If you are assigned to the control group, you will not be eligible for any of Skills to Work in Technology programs at JVS. These include Salesforce Administrator, Digital Marketing and Business Administration Bootcamp, and may include other tracks in the future.


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