YouTube Video Roundup: March, 2021

Spring has sprung, and so have some more videos from your local library’s Career
Center. Some highlights for March include a Spanish version of our popular
Walmart application video, a how-to for your first resumé, and how to get
organized with Google Sheets. Take a look at our YouTube channel and see all of
our videos, available ad-free.

Job Search Basics

Telephone etiquette for the job search

Your telephone skills could give a hiring manager a good impression – or a bad
one – before you even have a chance to meet in person. In this video, Certified Resumé Writer Lynnette Lee discusses the do’s and don’t’s of professional communication through voicemails, telephone calls, and phone interviews.

Organizing your job search with Google Sheets

The job search process requires keeping track of lots of information, including
usernames, passwords, websites, dates applied, application status, and
more. Thankfully, there are tools that can help. In this video, Career
Specialist Richard Wright demonstrates how you can use Google Sheets to keep
your job search information organized.

Resumés and Cover Letters

My First Resumé

Students and new graduates may find it challenging to create a resumé,
especially if they don’t have much work experience. In this video, Lynnette Lee
takes you step-by-step through the process of creating your first resumé.

Common Job Application Tutorials

How to apply for a job at Waffle House

If you like slinging hash, frying eggs, or pouring coffee, this is the video for
you. Career Specialist Cynthia Payton shows the step-by-step process of
applying to work for Waffle House.

How to apply for a job at Family Dollar

In this video, Richard Wright demonstrates the online application process for
retail chain Family Dollar, where you can begin a career in the booming retail
industry.

Job Interview Questions

How to Answer: “How would you deal with an impossible deadline?”

Employers ask hypothetical questions to see how you cope with work challenges.
In the Job Interview Questions playlist, we look at different questions and show
you the good – and bad! – ways to answer them. In this video, Anne Nowak and
Lynnette Lee demonstrate how to answer “How would you deal with an impossible
deadline?” in a way that showcases your problem-solving, critical thinking, and
crisis management skills.

Videos en español

Cómo solicitar un trabajo con Walmart

En este video, el especialista en carreras André de la Fuente lo guía a través
de una solicitud de empleo para el gigante minorista Walmart.

Written by Case Duckworth

February 2021 Youtube Video Roundup

Another month, another crop of videos to help you in your job search! As always, you can visit our website, give us a call at (225) 231-3733, or email us if you have more specific questions.

Small Business Services

If you’re interested in starting your own business and working for yourself, check out this new series we’ve started, in partnership with EBRPL’s Small Business Services office. Case Duckworth will walk you through the free services available to patrons there.

Introduction to Small Business Services at EBRPL

Are you an entrepreneur, or do you want to start your own business? East Baton Rouge Parish Library has a ton of resources for you! This video, narrated by Small Business Services member Case Duckworth, gives an overview of all the resources we have to offer. This video walks through the resources provided in this Info Guide.

How to use the Gale Business Plan Builder

Creating a business plan is an important first step in becoming a successful entrepreneur. In this video, Case Duckworth demonstrates how to create a business plan using the Gale Business Plan Builder, available for free to East Baton Rouge Parish Library cardholders.

Common Job Application Tutorials

How to Apply for a Job at Amazon

Amazon is one of the most profitable companies in the world, and they’ve recently moved their fulfillment center in Baton Rouge, as they gear up to open new facilities in Cortana Mall and Port Allen. In this video, Cynthia Payton shows the process for applying for a job with Amazon warehouse facilities.

Job Search Basics

Using Google for the Job Search

In this video, Richard Wright discuss how to use Google’s new Jobs feature to find, save, and apply for local job openings.

Career Success

How to Succeed in a New Job

Landing a job is not the end of your career journey – just the beginning of the next stage. In this video, Anne Nowak discusses how to start a new job on the right foot, to ensure that you succeed in your new environment.

Seven Deadly Sins of the Job Search

Part 3: Resumé Mistakes

The resumé is a crucial step in your application process – when done well, it opens the door for interviews. When done poorly, however, it is a Deadly Sin of Job Searching. In this video, Anne Nowak discusses the most common resumé mistakes and how to avoid them.

Job Interview Questions

How to Answer, “Tell me about your greatest mistake at work.”

This question can feel like a trap, because it seems to focus on failures and weaknesses. However, as Anne Nowak and Lynnette Lee demonstrate in this video, you can use this question to focus on the skills and wisdom you’ve learned through your experiences.

Written by Case Duckworth

YouTube Video Roundup: January 2021

Happy New Year! In the first month of 2021, we here at the Career Center have been busy producing new videos to help you with your job search. Check ’em out, and be on the lookout for more new videos in February!

Seven Deadly Sins of the Job Search

Part 2: “I just want a job, any job”

Many job seekers think that by saying they’re looking for “any job,” they’re opening themselves up to more opportunities. But the opposite is usually true. In this video, Anne Nowak discusses why an open-ended, unfocused job search could seriously impair your chances of success.

Job Interview Questions

“Where do you see yourself in five years?”

Hiring managers want to know if you’ll be a good fit for the position long-term. In this video, Career Coach Anne Nowak and Career Specialist Lynnette Lee show how to answer this question to demonstrate your commitment and goal-setting skills.

Common Job Application Tutorials

How to apply for a job at Winn-Dixie

In this video, Career Specialist Cynthia Payton walks through the application process at the popular Winn-Dixie chain of supermarkets.

How to apply for a job at Sonic

In this video, Career Specialist Rick Wright walks through the steps of applying for a job at fast-food restaurant Sonic.

Resumes and Cover Letters

Thank-You Letters for the Job Search

One easy way to set yourself apart from the crowd, after an interview, job fair, or networking event, is to send a follow-up thank-you letter. In this video, Resume Writer Lynnette Lee looks at the best ways to write and structure such a letter.

Networking Letters: How to Ask for Help with the Job Search

No job seeker is an island: at some point in your job search, you may need to ask someone for help. Using your network to find leads can jump start your job search, but it can be hard to reach out and ask. In this video, Lynnette Lee takes a look at the best ways to write these networking letters and informational interview requests.

Videos en español

Como Conseguir un Correo Electrónico en Gmail

Para conseguir empleo, es necesario tener una cuenta de correo electrónico para la mayoría de las aplicaciones de trabajo. Este vídeo le guiará a través del proceso de obtener una dirección de correo electrónico en Gmail. Con Anne Nowak.

MOOCs – Massive Open Online Courses

Udacity: An In-Depth MOOC Review

Career Specialist Rick Wright reviews one of the more popular MOOCs, Udacity, which is primarily focused on technology courses.

December 2020 Video Roundup

In the last month of 2020, we here at the Career Center put together another stellar group of videos to help with your job search. Let’s see what they are.

Interview Questions

How to Answer, “Tell me about your greatest achievement.”

“We should all be aware of our own accomplishments,” says Career Coach Anne Nowak in the beginning of this video. Resume Coach Lynnette Lee helps Anne show you how to choose and frame what you’re proud of to an interviewer.

Job Application Walkthroughs

How to Apply for a Job at FedEx

During the holiday season, employers like FedEx hire a lot of extra temporary help. Though the high-volume days may have just ended, a job at FedEx can still be fairly secure and well-paying. In this video, Career Specialist Richard Wright walks you through how to apply.

How to Apply for a Job at Home Depot

Since so many of us have been staying at home, we’ve had more chances to do some much-needed work around the house. If you think helping people with their home improvement would fit you professionally, this video might help. In it, Richard Wright will show you how to apply for a job at Home Depot.

Job Search

The Seven Deadly Sins of Job Searching, Part 1

There are really only seven “deadly” mistakes you can make while searching for a new job – and in this series of videos, Anne Nowak will show you what they are and how to avoid them. In this first video of the series, she talks about one of the most common mistakes: only searching for jobs that are posted in online boards or classifieds.

Top 10 Reasons You Did Not Get the Job

No matter how good your résumé is, how passionate your cover letter, or how eloquent your interview, there will be times when you don’t get the job you’ve applied for. In this video, Anne Nowak discusses the Top Ten reasons they might’ve said, “No,” and gives advice on how to get a “Yes!” next time.

Social Media Etiquette for the Job Search

If your social media accounts make you look unprofessional, it may be costing you job opportunities. In this video, Lynnette Lee gives tips for presenting a professional image online and avoiding common social media mistakes.

Reviews

edX: an In-Depth MOOC Review

MOOCs – Massive Open Online Courses – can be a fantastic way to get valuable job skills and training at a low cost. In this video, Richard Wright discusses the popular MOOC edX.

Written by Case Duckworth

November YouTube Video Roundup

Another month, another Video Roundup for the Career Center’s YouTube page!  While you were busy cooking for your (socially-distanced) Thanksgiving holiday, we were cooking up some helpful and delicious videos to help you in your career!  Let’s have a look.

common job applications

How to apply for a job at circle k

Career Specialist Case Duckworth walks you through applying to the convenience store chain in this video.

how to apply for a job at whole foods

If you’d like to try your hand at organic grocery stocking, cashiering, or food preparation, this walkthrough, by Career Specialist Richard Wright, is for you.

how to apply for a job at popeye’s

If fast food is more your speed, Career Specialist Cynthia Payton has you covered.  In this video, she’ll walk you through the steps of applying to a job at Popeye’s Chicken.

work-at-home job boards

we work remotely: a Work-from-home website review

In this video, Career Coach Anne Nowak talks about the good and the not-so-good about working from home through We Work Remotely, a job board site that focuses on remote and work-from-home jobs.

resumes and cover letters

Cover letters 2.0

In this follow-up video to her [Introduction to Cover Letters] video, our Resume Coach, Lynnette Lee, shows you advanced techniques that will really make your cover letter stand out to employers.

moocs (massive open online courses)

coursera: an in-depth mooc review

In this first of his In-Depth Look at MOOCs series, Rick Wright walks you through Coursera, one of the more popular MOOCs on the Net.

udemy: an in-depth moc review

Udemy is a great online learning portal that’s free with your East Baton Rouge Parish Library card.  Rick shows you how to sign up and what goodies await in this video.

job interview questions

how to answer, “tell me about a time you went above expectations”

Job interviewers will routinely ask about your previous professional life, both the good and the bad, and you should be ready.  In this short role-play video by Anne and Lynnette, they show you good and bad answers to this question.

job search basics

how to file for unemployment in louisiana

During the pandemic, we at the Career Center have been seeing more and more people come into our office to apply for unemployment benefits.  While that’s not *exactly* our mission, we’ve been doing our best to help, and Anne has made this video walking you through the basics of filing for unemployment in Louisiana.

Written by Case Duckworth

October YouTube Video Roundup

We’ve been fairly busy this month on our YouTube channel – we’ve uploaded more seminars and application walkthroughs, we’ve posted a video about a new offering from Microsoft, and we’ve started a new playlist for our Spanish-speaking patrons! Read on to see just what we’ve been up to in October.

Resumes and Cover Letters

special resume rules for ex-offenders

If you have a criminal record, creating your resume may be especially challenging. Certified Resume Writer Lynnette Lee talks you through the best approaches in this video, including choosing a template, handling an unstable work history, and disguising your incarceration.

ATS: Avoid the black hole

When you apply for a job, you’ll usually be entered into what’s known as an Applicant tracking system, or ATS: software that companies use to store, sort and search through applicants. Sometimes, it can feel like a black hole – but not if you know how to avoid the pitfalls. In this video, Certified Career Coach Anne Nowak talks about what ATS is, how it works, and how to structure your resume to ensure you’re seen.

Videos in Spanish / en Español

Contreseñas buenas

For our Spanish-speaking patrons, Career Specialist André de la Fuente has translated the Creating good passwords video. It covers the basics of password usage, and gives tips on how to think of strong, easy-to-remember passwords.

Para nuestros usuarios de habla hispana, el especialista en carreras André de la Fuente ha traducido el vídeo titulado Creating good passwords. Parece que cada aplicación de trabajo tiene requisitos diferentes para las contraseñas. El proceso puede ser confuso. Pero no te preocupes – este vídeo te guiará a través de los pasos para crear una buena contraseña.

Career Success

Advance your career with MOOCs

Career Specialist Rick Wright’s seminar on popular Massive Online Open Courses, or MOOCs, shows you how to learn new skills for free or a much lower cost than traditional education, but with many of the same benefits. Rick covers four of the biggest MOOC platforms in this video: CourseraEdXUdacity, and Udemy.

Advance your career with Microsoft and LinkedIn Learning Certifications

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of us are out of work or looking for a new career that’s more remote-friendly. Microsoft, LinkedIn, and GitHub have put together a new resource that’s free or reduced-price for a limited time, which provides training and certifications in a number of tech-related and remote-first fields that have been growing recently. Career Specialist Case Duckworth takes you on a short tour of the portal in this video.

Job Search Basics

Email etiquette for the job search

Everybody uses email nowadays, especially hiring managers. If you want to be hired, you’ll need to know and execute good email etiquette. In this video, Certified Resume Writer Lynnette Lee provides tips on everything from creating a good email address to formatting and writing emails to make the best e-impression.

Common Job Application Tutorials

How to apply for a job with the US Postal Service

In this video, Career Specialist Cynthia Payton walks you through the surprisingly involved application process to the USPS. Be sure to watch it if you’re interested in a pretty stable career in a quasi-governmental organization.

How to apply for a job with Target

Career Specialist Cynthia Payton walks through the process of applying to retail giant Target through their website in this video.

Written by Case Duckworth

September YouTube Video Roundup

Ah, the beginnings of fall. There’s a crisp in the air, leaves finally falling on the ground, pumpkin spice in our coffee, and new videos on the Career Center’s YouTube channel. Here’s a rundown of what we added this month.

Career success

Website Walkthrough: Career Planning

If you could use some assistance in choosing a career path, exploring an industry, or learning new skills, we have resources to help. Our website has some great career planning tools, which Lynnette Lee shows you in this video.

Workplace survival guide

Congratulations! You just snagged a new job. Make sure to start off on the right foot by following the tips laid out in this seminar, by Lynnette Lee.

Reference Ready: Choosing and Presenting Your References

Choosing, vetting, and preparing references can be one of the hardest parts of the job search. Case Duckworth shows you the basics in this presentation.

Common job applications

Albertson’s

In this video, Career Specialist Cynthia Payton walks you through submitting an application in the Produce department of the popular grocery store chain, Albertson’s.

Walmart

Career Specialist Case Duckworth walks through the process of applying to an hourly position in a Walmart store in this video.

Job interview questions

“Tell me about a difficult boss”

This question can be awkward to answer. Luckily, Resume Coach Lynnette Lee and Career Coach Anne Nowak show you the Dos and Don’ts.

“Tell me about a time you had a conflict with a coworker”

Although this question is only slightly less awkward than “Tell me about a difficult boss,” Lynnette Lee and Anne Nowak help you handle it with aplomb.

Work at home websites

Remotive.io Review

Anne Nowak reviews the good parts, and the not-so-good parts, of work-from-home website remotive.io.


Hopefully you’ve found some useful videos on our channel this month. Keep checking for more new content in October!

Written by Case Duckworth

Here’s What’s New on Our YouTube Channel!

Happy September, everybody! Last month, we uploaded a bunch of new videos to help you with your job search. Let’s see what they were.

Seminars

Remote Job Interviews

In these unprecedented times, more companies are opting for job interviews over the phone or by video conference. In this video, Career Coach Anne Nowak talks about best practices and things to avoid when interviewing remotely.

Intro to Cover Letters

Sure, you’ve got a killer resume – but a cover letter is what brings your job application over the edge. There’s just one problem: you don’t know where to start! Resume Coach Lynnette Lee is here to help with this recorded seminar.

Job Search Basics

We started a new playlist that will help you with the very basics of searching for work in 2020, including tutorials on using a computer and the Internet.

Creating an email address

Career Specialist Case Duckworth walks you through creating a new email address at the ever-popular Gmail.

Creating good passwords

Passwords are like keys … well, sort of. Career Specialist Richard Wright shows you the dos and don’ts of good password creation in this video.

Job Application Walk-throughs

Dollar Tree

Lynnette Lee walks you through an application at the popular convenience store.

Lowe’s

If you’re interested in a career in retail or home improvement, Career Specialist Cynthia Payton will walk you through an application at the big-box store Lowe’s.

Job Search Resources

The Career Center’s website has a ton of job search resources, which Resume Coach Lynnette Lee walks you through in this video.

Job Interview Scenarios

Tell me about your computer skills

Anne Nowak and Lynnette Lee discuss good – and bad! – answers to this interview question, which is only getting commoner.

Website Reviews

Power to Fly

Power to Fly is a woman-led company that specializes in helping women land technical roles, with events, career coaching, and job boards. Anne Nowak reviews the site’s pluses and minuses in this video.

Conclusion

That’s all the videos we posted in August. If you have an idea for a video, or would like to request one, drop us a line, give us a call, or come in and see us!

Written by Case Duckworth

Here’s What’s New on Our YouTube Channel!

July was busy for us here at the Career Center! We officially launched our YouTube channel and have a number of videos already there. We’re going to update you on the first Monday of each month as to the newest content, so here’s what we’ve uploaded so far.

Seminars

Mastering the Job Interview

In the first video of our Seminar Series, Resume Coach Lynnette Lee recreates her usually in-person seminar, Mastering the Job Interview. It covers important topics such as what to wear to an interview, how to comport yourself, and what to expect.

How to Spot and Avoid Job Search Scams

This video is a recreation of Anne Nowak’s seminar. In it, she talks about common employment scams that prey on desperate job-seekers, and shows you how to spot and avoid those scams.

Creating a winning resume

In this “winning” seminar, Lynnette Lee shows you how to write and format a resume that’ll be sure to get you noticed by hiring managers. This video covers how to format your resume, what words and phrases to use, and how to order and present your work history to get the best results.

Choosing a Resume Template

Did you know that the Career Center has a page chockablock with resume templates, free for you to refer to and use, at all stages of your career? Lynnette Lee walks you through which one to choose in this video, depending on the type of job you’re looking for and the type of work you’ve done in the past.

Recession-Proof Your Job and Career

Let’s face it—due to COVID-19, the economy is gearing up for a recession. Anne Nowak shows you how to keep your job in the uncertain times ahead in this seminar.

Job Interview Scenarios

Entering a Job Interview

In this role-play video between Lynnette Lee and Career Coach Anne Nowak, they show you what, and what not, to do when entering a job interview and introducing yourself.

How to Answer: “Tell Me About Yourself”

The dreaded open-ended interview opener, “Tell me about yourself,” has confounded job seekers since time immemorial. In this video, Lynnette Lee and Anne Nowak role-play different scenarios to show you how to answer this question like a pro.

How to Answer: “What is Your Greatest Weakness?”

This might be the most-lampooned of all interview questions, but it still gets asked by hiring managers and interviewers. Lynnette and Anne team up to show you what answers work and which ones don’t.

How to Answer: “What are Your Greatest Strengths?”

In this video, Anne Nowak and Lynnette Lee act out how to respond to one of the trickiest questions in an interviewer’s toolbox.

How to Answer: “Why do You Want to Work With Us?”

Here’s a hint: the answer isn’t “I like money.” In this video, Anne Nowak and Lynnette Lee walk you through the right and wrong ways of answering this evergreen question.

Application Walkthroughs

How to Apply for a Job with East Baton Rouge City-Parish Civil Service

Career Specialist Rick Wright shows you how to apply for a job with the City-Parish Civil Service in this walk-through video, so you can apply to your civil service dream job in no time.

How to Apply for a Job at Domino’s

In this video, Career Specialist Cynthia Payton walks you through applying for a job at the ever-popular pizza chain, Domino’s.

How to Apply for a Job with Dollar General

Career Specialist Case Duckworth guides you through the process of applying to work at one of the nation’s leading retail chains, Dollar General.

Work-from-Home Website Reviews

Rat Race Rebellion

Anne Nowak reviews on of the best work-from-home job board websites, Rat Race Rebellion. She’ll show you how to find a good job to do in your spare time or as a full career, as well as what to look out for and avoid.

Remote Planet

If you were laid off or found yourself with a lot of extra time on your hands during the pandemic, remote-work websites might help you find a way to make some extra cash. Anne Nowak walks you through one of them, Remote Planet, in this video.

Flexjobs

Flexjobs is a little different from other work-from-home websites: it requires a (paid) subscription. Anne Nowak discusses the benefits and drawbacks of that model in this review.

If you’d like to see more content like these videos, please subscribe to our YouTube channel. And if you’d like to suggest a topic for a future video, please call us at 224-231-3733.

Written by Case Duckworth

Announcing Our YouTube Channel!

We here at the Career Center believe that every cloud has a silver lining, that every thorn has its rose, and that every night has its dawn. The ongoing hardship that is the COVID-19 pandemic has brought its fair share of pain, but it has also allowed time for our staff to create video content that will be useful long after the pandemic is over.

In short, the East Baton Rouge Library Career Center now has a YouTube channel! Our new channel can be found at this address: https://www.careercenterbr.com/youtube. There will be new content up every Monday morning and Thursday afternoon.

Our offerings will include:

  • Resumes and Cover Letters Playlist: Tips for writing, editing, and formatting resumes and cover letters, from our Certified Professional Resume Writers.
  • Job Interview Questions Playlist: Demonstrations of the best – and worst – ways to answer the most common interview questions.
  • Work-from-Home Websites Playlist: Reviews of work-from-home websites, to help jobseekers find legitimate remote opportunities.
  • Common Job Applications Playlist: Walk-throughs of how to complete online job applications for companies which we’ve seen clients struggle with in the Career Center.
  • Popular Seminars: In addition to the topics mentioned above, we will film seminars such as How to Succeed at a Job Fair, Professionalism and Business Etiquette, Advance Your Career With MOOCs, and more.

We would also love to hear from our clients about what they’d like to see on this channel. If you have an idea for a video, please email anowak@ebrpl.com.

So please, check out our YouTube channel, subscribe, and watch some videos! And stay safe while hunkering down at home.

Written by Case Duckworth