September 2021 YouTube Video Roundup

Good news for jobseekers: The current shortage of workers in many fields means that right now is an excellent time to look for a new job. Even better news: The Career Center is here to help you make that transition and achieve your career goals. Check out our latest YouTube videos for advice on a variety of career-related subjects:

how to pay for college

Trying to figure out how to afford college can seem overwhelming. In this video, we’ll discuss how to navigate the different options for financial aid, loans, scholarships, and grants. The presentation will include explanations of need-based vs merit-based aid, strategies for finding scholarships, and techniques for choosing affordable schools, with especial emphasis on Louisiana-based schools and scholarships.

Seven deadly sins of the job search

part 6: going it alone

As a savvy jobseeker, you’ve prepped your resume, social media, and interview skills. What you may NOT have prepared for is how emotionally draining the job search can be – stressful, disheartening, and lonely. The secret to getting through it: don’t try to go it alone. In this video, Certified Career Coach Anne Nowak discusses the options jobseekers have to get support.

job interview questions

how teens can answer, “what are your greatest strengths?”

If you don’t have much work experience, you may struggle to identify your greatest strengths as an employee. In this video, Career Specialist Lynnette Lee and guest presenter Aaliyah Newton demonstrate how the skills you gained through school and extracurricular activities can transfer over to the workplace. 

Common Job Application Tutorials

how to apply for a job at o’reilly

Calling all car nuts, motorheads, and grease monkeys! In this video, Career Specialist Rick Wright walks step-by-step through the process of applying for a job at O’Reilly Auto Parts.

Written by Lynnette Lee

August 2021 YouTube Video Roundup

Our hearts go out to all those, in Louisiana and beyond, who are suffering from the devastating effects of Hurricane Ida. If you’ve been affected by the storm and are seeking assistance, please feel free to call the East Baton Rouge Parish Library at 225-231-3750 for information, or check out their infoguide to disaster recovery resources here.

If, on the other hand, you’re here for information about job search and career advice videos, read on:

job search mastery

how to research employers for cultural fit

Have you ever started a new job. . .and then realized that the working environment is completely wrong for you? Careful research can prevent you from walking into a bad situation. In this video, Certified Career Coach Anne Nowak discusses the different aspects of company culture, as well as strategies for researching company culture before you accept a job offer.

job interview questions

How teens can answer “Tell me about a conflict with a co-worker”

If you’ve never had a conflict with a co-worker, how can you answer this question? Interview questions about conflict are tricky for all jobseekers. The problem becomes much more complicated for young people with little work experience. In this video, Career Specialist Lynnette Lee and guest star Aaliyah Newton discuss the right (and wrong) things to say.

how to answer, “why didn’t your previous job last very long?”

Having an unstable work history – such as a short-term job – can be a red flag to employers. This is especially true if you were let go. In this video, Lynnette Lee and Anne Nowak demonstrate how you can answer this question in such a way that it reassures employers.

how teens can answer, “what is your proudest accomplishment?”

Every jobseeker, no matter how young, has accomplished something they can be proud of. Your academic, extracurricular, community, and personal achievements can showcase your best skills and abilities. In this video, Lynnette Lee and guest star Jessica Budd demonstrate how to wow your interviewer with your answer to this question.

Common Job Application Tutorials

how to apply for a job at rouse’s

Rouse’s is a fast-growing Louisiana-based grocery chain. In this video, Career Specialist Cynthia Payton will demonstrate how to complete their online job application.

Written by Lynnette Lee

July 2021 YouTube Video Roundup

Welcome to the dog days of summer, replete with sweltering temperatures and sticky humid air. If you’d like a respite from the fun in the sun, why not find a nice shady spot to cool down with some YouTube videos? We can heartily recommend the following:

Small business services

Introduction to Data Axle

If you’re starting a business, you need information about your competition and your consumer base. Data Axle (formerly called Reference USA) can be a great resource for finding that information. In this video, Career Specialist Case Duckworth demonstrates how to use the Data Axle database, available for free to East Baton Rouge Parish Library cardholders.

job search websites

how to Use ziprecruiter for the job search

ZipRecruiter offers a streamlined approach to the job search. In this video, Case Duckworth demonstrates how to build a profile and apply for jobs on ZipRecruiter.

job interview questions

how teens can answer “tell me about yourself”

The job interview can be especially challenging for teenagers, who may not have much experience speaking about themselves in a professional setting. In this video, Certified Resume Writer Lynnette Lee and special guest Jessica Budd demonstrate ways that teens can handle the first and most important interview question.

Common Job Application Tutorials

how to apply for a job at wendy’s

If you’ve always dreamed of saying, “Sir, this is a Wendy’s,” here’s your chance. In this video, Career Specialist Cynthia Payton walks you step-by-step through the process of applying for a job at fast-food chain Wendy’s.

Written by Lynnette Lee

June 2021 YouTube Video Roundup

This month marks the one-year anniversary of the Career Center’s YouTube account. What began as a desperate attempt to find a way to help people while socially distancing has now evolved into a channel with more than 90 videos, over 400 subscribers, hundreds of comments, and tens of thousands of views across the globe. We are profoundly moved by this success and truly proud to think that we have helped so many people.
And to continue in that proud tradition, here are the latest videos from our YouTube channel:

Resumés and Cover Letters

cold call and pain letters: get a job when they’re not hiring

How do you apply for a job that doesn’t exist? A well-written cold call or pain letter could potentially convince employers to make room for you and your unique skillset. In this video, Certified Professional Resume Writer Lynnette Lee explains cold call and pain letters, including how to format them, what content to include, and when they’re appropriate.

Common Job Application Tutorials

how to apply for a job at raising canes

Raising Cane’s is a Louisiana-based fast-food chain which is quickly expanding. In this video, Career Specialist Cynthia Payton demonstrates the online application process to work at Raising Cane’s.

how to apply for a job at autozone

In this video, Career Specialist Rick Wright demonstrates the process of applying for a job with AutoZone, a retail chain specializing in automotive equipment.

Job Search Websites

How to use snagajob for the job search

SnagaJob is a job-search website which focuses solely on hourly positions. In this video, Lynnette Lee takes a look at how to find jobs and build a profile with SnagaJob.

Seven deadly sins of the job search

part v: the job interview

Getting invited to an interview is an achievement to be proud of – but don’t let that achievement lull you into overconfidence. It’s critical that you prepare and practice for these tricky high-pressure situations. In this video, Certified Career Coach Anne Nowak recommends smart ways to prepare for the interview.

Written by Lynnette Lee

May 2021 YouTube Video Roundup

A new month, a new playlist on the Career Center YouTube channel! This month, we’ve started covering how to create accounts in various job search websites, and how to use them to supercharge your career. We’ve also uploaded a video on when it can be a good idea to include infographics in your resumé, and another tip for when you get the interview.

Job Search Websites

How to Use Indeed for the Job Search

Job search websites can be a very useful tool to help jobseekers find openings. In this video, Lynnette Lee takes an in-depth look at the ins, outs, pros, and cons of Indeed, one of the largest and most popular job search engines.

How to Use Glassdoor for the Job Search

Glassdoor is a unique website – in addition to posting job openings, Glassdoor can provide jobseekers with information about companies, salaries, and interviews. In this video, Anne Nowak take an in-depth look at how you can use this website in your job search.

Job Interview Questions

How to Answer, “How Would You Handle an Angry Customer”

Customer service is a key part of many jobs, so employers will want to know your approach for dealing with difficult customers. In this video, Anne Nowak and Lynnette Lee demonstrate some of the common pitfalls for answering this question, as well as what you might say instead.

Resumés and Cover Letters

Infographic Resumes vs. Text-Based Resumes

Most people tend to think of resumes in terms of words – but it’s useful to pay attention to design as well. In some situations, an image-based resume can be more eye-catching and effective than a traditional text-based resume. In this video, Anne Nowak takes a close look at infographic resumes – what they are, how you can format them, and when they would (and would not) be appropriate.

Written by Case Duckworth

April 2021 YouTube Video Roundup

It’s been a rainy April, but as they say, those showers bring May flowers. Hopefully, your search for a new career will start to bloom this spring, too! Of course, we here at the Career Center are ready to serve as a little job-search fertilizer too. Here’s the videos we’ve made this month to help you out.

Common Job Application Tutorials

How to apply for a job at Taco Bell

In this video, Richard Wright walks you through the process of applying to the fast-food giant, Taco Bell.

Career Success

Google Career Certificates

If you’re interested in getting valuable IT training which is quick and cheap, you’ll want to check out this video by Richard Wright. Google Career Certificates provide low-cost training in high-demand technical skills which can qualify you for entry-level jobs in information technology.

Announcing the IBM/BRCC SkillsBuild Initiative

IBM and Baton Rouge Community College have teamed up to offer a series of online courses and trainings, for free, to Baton Rouge residents. In this video, Anne Nowak shows you how to sign up for SkillsBuild and some of the resources it offers.

Seven deadly sins of the job search

Part IV: Social Media

Social media is more than just a way to stay connected – it is a crucial part of the job search. Clever jobseekers can use social media to open doors find job openings. But if left unchecked, your social media image could harm your chances. In this video, Anne Nowak discuss the best ways to manage and leverage your social media accounts while job searching.

Written by Case Duckworth

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