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Frequently Asked Questions

Can anyone use Youth@Work?

Any youth age 16-24 who is living or attending school in the cities of Cupertino, Los Altos, Milpitas, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Santa Clara, or Sunnyvale can access Youth@Work.

What’s the difference between using Youth@Work versus other job search sites like craigslist?

Youth@Work is similar to other job search sites, but we are a local service that primarily posts jobs located in Santa Clara County. We concentrate on entry-level jobs suitable for youth 16-24. Youth@Work is operated out of NOVA’s Youth Employment Office in Sunnyvale.

Why is the employer information hidden?

Youth@Work is not just an online job board. The goal of NOVA’s Youth Office is to provide job search skills to those starting a career. A short pre-employment workshop is required before you can access employer information.

What is the pre-employment workshop about?

The workshop covers the job search process, including tips on how to “stand out” when applying or interviewing for a job.

How long is the workshop?

The workshop is approximately 1 hour long.

Do I have to pay for the workshop or referrals?

No, the workshop and referrals are free.

After the workshop, I have to make an appointment with an advisor to get the job leads. Why?

By making an appointment you will be able to talk with an advisor one-on-one about the job leads you’re interested in. The advisor may also refer you to other local resources or opportunities. Most appointments are for a 30 min time slot.

What kind of information do I get from seeing an advisor?

The advisor will provide you with employer information and any contacts we may have. He/she can also answer your questions about the application process, resume building and interviewing.

Where can I get a work permit?

If you are under 18 or have not graduated from high school, you need a work permit that can be obtained at your high school career center or your school district office.

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