Career Boost

The SOVA Innovation Hub announced a new program Tuesday called Career Boost.

The goal of the SOVA Innovation Hub is to spark economic transformation in Southern Virginia, and the two-step Career Boost program was created to help fulfill that goal by giving citizens of Southern Virginia the opportunity to boost their careers and stand out in the hiring process by providing resume reviews and mock interviews.

The first step of the two-step program will be to complete a virtual resume review.

The participant’s resume will be reviewed to make sure it highlights the candidate’s best skills and abilities. Resumes will also be scanned for spelling and grammatical errors, and the team will provide suggestions on wording and format.

These sessions are 30 minutes long and resumes or a list of skills, abilities and experience will be requested 24 hours in advance to be reviewed by the team before the scheduled session.

Step two is completing a virtual mock interview.

COVID-19 has made virtual employment interviews the new normal. During the mock interview, interviewees will have a chance to practice answering some common interview questions.

This interview also is a great opportunity to test virtual interview setup – making sure internet connection is strong enough, lighting is bright enough, and surroundings are ready for a virtual interview. Mock interviews are 20 minutes long.

This program is free and open to all job seekers in Halifax, Mecklenburg, Charlotte, Lunenburg and Brunswick counties.

Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, at this time all Career Boost resume reviews and mock interviews will be conducted online by way of a Microsoft Teams meeting.

Participants are not required to have a Teams account to join these meetings, however certain internet browser requirements are needed to join the meetings on a desktop or laptop computer.

If joining the meeting on a mobile device, the participant will need to download the Microsoft Teams app.

To sign up for a resume review or mock interview, visit bit.ly/BookSOVA. Reservations are required 48 hours in advance of the session.

For more information about the Career Boost program at the SOVA Innovation Hub, visit https://sovainnovationhub.com/career-boost/ or contact Rebecca Stimson by phone at (434) 570-1305 or email at hello@sovainnovationhub.com.

The SOVA Innovation Hub is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization created by Mid-Atlantic Broadband (MBC) and Microsoft to spark economic transformation in Southern Virginia.

By bringing together business and education partners to offer innovative programs, the goal of the Hub is to inspire people in Southern Virginia to pursue digital careers and entrepreneurship.

The new, state-of-the-art SOVA Innovation Hub facility in South Boston, Virginia includes a coworking space, a training space and the Microsoft Experience Center.