November 2022 YouTube Roundup

The holidays are hectic, and it can be difficult to find the time to devote to your job search. Thankfully, we’re here to help with short and informative videos. Here are our latest offerings:

Resumes and cover letters PLAYLIST

Resume quick tips: HOW TO display your references

This video is part of our Resumes Before and After series, which showcases common resume mistakes and our recommended solutions. In this video, Certified Career Coach Anne Nowak demonstrates the best way to create a References page, how to structure it, and what information to include.

RESources for ex-offenders PLAYLIST

How Ex-Offenders can answer, “Tell me about your criminal record.”

It may seem awkward to discuss your criminal record in the job interview, but it’s your best chance to tell your story on your own terms. In this video, Career Specialist Lynnette Lee and guest presenter David Laatsch demonstrate how to tell a redemption story that will help employers see the person beyond the conviction.

THIS MONTH’S SPOTLIGHT: THE resources for teens PLAYLIST

These videos are aimed specifically at helping young adults as they enter the working world and/or transition to college. Topics include paying for college, writing one’s first resume, and preparing for one’s first job interview.

Written by Lynnette Lee

Gearing Up for Your Job Search

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You’ve  just (re-)entered the job market and are ready to get started and find that next job. Before you call everybody in your network, scan all the ads, and send out an email blast with your resume, stop, step back, and get organized.

before activating your job search: The Checklist

What kind of job do you want?

The clearer you are about what you want, the easier it will be to find it. Clearly define what your strengths are, what contributions you can make to an employer, and what your job search goals are.

Are your resume and LinkedIn profile up-to-date, up-to-standards, and in sync?

Don’t just add your last job to the same old resume you’ve been using for years. Brush it up, do some research into prevalent resume styles, and get input from others. Resume styles and technical requirements — such as applicant tracking systems — change! Make sure your resume and your LinkedIn profile convey the same message. If you’d like expert help, contact us at the Career Center.

Is your online and phone presence free of incriminating evidence?

Google yourself to be aware of what pops up if a potential employer googles you (most of them will). Check the photos on your social media accounts. Check your voicemail message. It should be short and crisp, along the lines of “You have reached Jane Smith. I can’t come to the phone right now, please leave a message.” No music and positively nothing like “Yo, I’m too hung over to answer the phone right now, leave a message”.

Is your email address professional?

If you have an email address like hotmama@yahoo.com or worksucks@gmail.com, don’t use it for your job search. Create a new professional sounding email address like janesmith123@ymail.com that you only use while job searching.

Last but not least, be organized.

When you are out of work, it is easy to lose track of time and just go with the flow. Give yourself a daily schedule. Keep track of all your calls, contacts you made, and applications submitted. Schedule hours for job searching and schedule time for self-care. Looking for a job can be lonesome and easily veer into negativity. Make sure you have a support system in place, carve out enough time to meet with friends, exercise, and do other things that make you feel good!

Written by Anne Nowak, Certified Job and Career Development Coach.

If you’d like expert help with you job search, contact the Career Center for assistance.

Note: This article was originally published in January 2017, and has been re-posted with updates to reach a new audience.

October 2022 YouTube Roundup

The temperature’s dropping, but we’re not stopping! Check out the latest videos on our YouTube channel for some helpful job-search tips:

COMMON JOB APPLICATION TUTORIALS PLAYLIST

HOW TO APPLY FOR A JOB AT applebee’s

In this video, Career Specialist Cynthia Payton demonstrates the process for completing an online job application at the chain restaurant Applebee’s.

RESources for ex-offenders PLAYLIST

How Ex-Offenders can answer, “Tell me about your experience in this industry.”

Many ex-offenders gain valuable work experience and skills during their incarceration. It’s a great idea to talk about that experience in a job interview, both to showcase one’s skills and to fill in gaps in work history. But it’s important to handle this carefully. In this video, Career Specialist Lynnette Lee and special guest David Laatsch demonstrate how to do it well.

THIS MONTH’S SPOTLIGHT: THE job interview questions PLAYLIST

The videos in this playlist use a “Goofus and Gallant” approach to the job interview, demonstrating the most common interview mistakes, then demonstrating a better response. Each video is short and covers a different interview question, ranging from “Tell Me About Yourself” to “Do You Have Any Questions for Us?” and everything in-between.

Written by Lynnette Lee

Become a Skilled Trade Worker with the Industrial Training Initiative

We are excited to announce a new session of the North Baton Rouge Industrial Training Initiative, a fantastic free job-skills training program.  The new session of classes will begin in January 2023.

Are you interested in learning a skilled trade that will prepare you to work for local industrial employers? This may be the program for you. 

The North Baton Rouge Industrial Training Initiative (NBRITI) is sponsored by ExxonMobil and Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC). This program provides training, credentials, and job placement for students in four in-demand fields. 

WHICH PROGRAMS ARE AVAILABLE?

  • Electrical – upon successful completion, receive NCCER certifications, Level 1 and Level 2
  • Millwright – upon successful completion, receive NCCER certifications, Level 1 and Level 2
  • Pipe Fitting – upon successful completion, receive NCCER certifications, Level 1 and Level 2
  • Welding -upon successful completion, receive  X-ray certification

HOW LONG ARE THE PROGRAMS?

Each program is 52-weeks long, and classes meet twice per week from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. The program also contains job placement assistance and career fair opportunities for its graduates. 

WHAT SKILLS DO I NEED?

While the program is designed to fully prepare you for a career in your chosen field, successful students will display timeliness, attention to detail, and strict adherence to safety protocols.  

HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE?

Written by Karla Stewart

September 2022 YouTube Roundup

As we enter the magically ephemeral season known as fall in Louisiana, let not your job search successes be equally transitory. We are, as always, here to help with new videos:

Common job application tutorials playlist

How to apply for a job at benny’s car wash

In this video, Career Specialist Karla Stewart walks you step by step through the process of completing an online job application for Benny’s Car Wash.

Resumes and Cover Letters playlist

quick tips: What does (and doesn’t) belong on a resume

This video is part of our Resumes Before and After series, which showcases common resume mistakes and our recommended solutions. In this video, Certified Professional Resume Writer Lynnette Lee discusses what extraneous information can be removed from your resume, as well as what crucial information must not be omitted.

this month’s spotlight: the common job application tutorials playlist

These days, most of the job search is online – which can make things difficult for jobseekers who aren’t accustomed to using a computer. This playlist is designed to help jobseekers overcome that obstacle. It consists of detailed, step-by-step walk-throughs of the job application process for common businesses.

Written by Lynnette Lee