Category Archives: Jobs and Careers

Helpful articles and tips for job seekers and career switchers.

How To Prepare For A Job Fair

If you have ever been to a job fair, you know that it can be an overwhelming experience. Knowing what to expect and preparing beforehand is key to a successful job fair. We have prepared some Job Fair Prep videos to ensure that you are as prepared as possible for your next fair.  Topics covered in these short webinars include professional dress, communicating with employers and elevator pitch, preparation tips before and after the fair. Continue reading How To Prepare For A Job Fair

Employers Are Looking For These Four Soft Skills

One of NOVA’s Student Success Counselors, Michael Frasnelli, was quoted in a recent article on Virginia’s Community College’s website. Read an excerpt below:

“Ethical hacking, certified nurse aide, arc metal welder. These careers all have technical skills that are attainable through FastForward training. Employers will look at a person’s ability to measure blood pressure or weld cylindrical, tack-welded pieces – but they’re also looking for certain “soft skills” that aren’t necessarily written on your resume.  Continue reading Employers Are Looking For These Four Soft Skills

Student Wins HR Internship

College Central Network (CCN) is a resource offered to NOVA Workforce students to connect them with careers and internship opportunities. Below is a testimonial from Dean Cogdill, a business professor at NOVA, and a student, about their success with CCN:

Dean Cogdill:

“As students seek better jobs while in school, I discovered that bringing college resources into the classroom really pays off! My business students have enjoyed four semesters of presentations with Erika Coddington, from NOVA’s Career Services division of Business Engagement, the department that manages NOVA’s College Central Network. She showed them how to utilize the database, write a better resume and after those appearances, 14 of my students have found steadier employment while in school and enjoying those increased opportunities. Thank you CCN!” Continue reading Student Wins HR Internship

Checking the Facts: The LinkedIn Workforce Report

At NOVA, we frequently hear from educators, businesses, students, and parents about the challenges of providing career advice. The volume of information available about where the jobs are, the skills and education needed, and how to get there is simply overwhelming. So when big-name entities release reports about workforce trends, people pay attention. Unfortunately, if the information provided to the public is inaccurate or incomplete, there could be a very serious, unintended consequence: students and job seekers are advised to stay away from occupations and skills that are in high demand. Continue reading Checking the Facts: The LinkedIn Workforce Report