2015 Job Hunters Boot Camp
Starting last year, NOVA has collaborated with Congresswoman Jackie Speier’s office on the annual Job Hunters Boot Camp, sponsored by Congresswoman Speier in conjunction with California State Assemblyman Kevin Mullin. This event is an opportunity for job seekers to improve their job search strategies through targeted workshops and to talk to employers who are hiring about employment opportunities. This year, the 12th annual Boot Camp was held on October 13 at the San Mateo County Event Center in San Mateo. The program included a series of employment assistance workshops, industry panels targeting occupations in the healthcare and hospitality industries, and over 100 employers seeking to fill a wide range of positions. At the event, NOVA coordinated a “Tools Tent” that provided an onsite career advising center where attendees were able to meet with a career coach for 20-30 minutes for resume review, interview practice and for general job search questions and strategies. 18 career advisors participated in the “Tools Tent” from throughout the Bay Area representing local job centers, companies, community colleges and private practice and provided 88 career advising appointments. From the feedback received, the participants were very appreciative to have the chance to do some prep work before going out and talking to employers. The California Employment Development Department, Department of Rehabilitation and the Veterans Administration also participated in the Boot Camp, among other community organizations. Since the Job Hunters Boot Camp was launched in 2010, over 10,000 job seekers have attended this event.