August 2022 YouTube Roundup

Summer is winding down, and as students begin to buckle down for school, so too may you start to buckle down on your job search. As always, we’re here to help. Here are the latest videos from our YouTube Channel:

everything interview playlist

How ex-offenders can answer, “Tell me about a time you had a difficult boss.”

Even experienced jobseekers can stumble over negatively-framed questions such as this. In this video, Career Specialist Lynnette Lee and guest presenter David Laatsch demonstrate the most common mistake ex-offenders make when answering this question, as well as a better alternative.

Resumes and Cover Letters playlist

quick tips: Writing a concise and eye-catching header

This is the first video in our new Resumes Before and After series, which showcases common resume mistakes and our recommended solutions. In this video, Certified Career Coach Anne Nowak discusses how to present your contact information succinctly and professionally.

this month’s spotlight: the resumes and cover letters playlist

This playlist contains guidance, advice, and how-to’s for creating and polishing resumes, cover letters, networking letters, and other job search letters. These videos are created by Certified Professional Resume Writers and follow current best practices.

Written by Lynnette Lee

July 2022 YouTube Roundup

Summer is winding down, and as students begin to buckle down for school, so too may you start to buckle down on your job search. As always, we’re here to help. Here are the latest videos from our YouTube Channel:

everything interview playlist

How ex-offenders can answer, “Tell me about yourself.”

The job interview can be especially tough for jobseekers who were formerly incarcerated. In this video, Career Specialist Lynnette Lee and guest presenter David Laatsch demonstrate how ex-offenders can start the interview off on the right foot by discussing their skills and experience, including those gained while incarcerated.

common job application tutorials playlist

How to apply for a job at cc’s coffee

CC’s is a Louisiana-based coffeehouse chain. In this video, we demonstrate the step-by-step process of applying for a job with CC’s.

this month’s spotlight: the work-at-home job board reviews playlist

Work-from-home jobs are more popular than ever, but it’s not always easy to tell the real ones from the scams. In this playlist, we highlight several legitimate work-from-home job search websites. For each, we provide a detailed breakdown of how they work and what types of openings they offer.

Written by Lynnette Lee

June 2022 YouTube Roundup

Here are the latest videos from our YouTube Channel:

Job Search Mastery playlist

How To ask for a raise or promotion

Even if you’ve been with your company for a while, you may not automatically get a raise or promotion – you may have to earn it and ask for it. In this video, Certified Career Coach Anne Nowak discusses how you can present your case to your boss and prove your value as an employee.

common job application tutorials playlist

How to apply for a job at Turner industries

Turner Industries is a large employer for construction workers, laborers, and skilled craftspeople. In this video, Career Specialist Cynthia Payton demonstrates the step-by-step process for completing an online job application with this company.

this month’s spotlight: the job search mastery playlist

This playlist goes beyond the basics, with advanced guidance on job-search-related topics such as salary negotiation, online job-searching, and research & preparation methods. A good fit for those who are looking to refine and polish their job-seeking skills.

Written by Lynnette Lee

May 2022 YouTube Roundup

We have exciting news: The Career Center’s YouTube channel has now reached 1,000 subscribers! Passing this milestone opens up new options for our YouTube channel, so stay tuned for some exciting new videos! As a sample, here are our latest:

Resources for teens playlist

How Teens Can Answer, “Why should we hire you?”

This job interview question asks you to convince the hiring manager of your talents. That can be intimidating, especially for candidates who don’t have much experience. In this video, Career Specialist Lynnette Lee and guest presenter Jessica Budd demonstrate how your answer can build a strong case based on your unique qualities.

common job application tutorials playlist

How to apply for a job at kfc

Is the Colonel calling you? Before you apply to work at fast-food giant KFC, watch our tutorial video so you’ll know what to expect. In this video, Career Specialist Andre de la Fuente walks you step-by-step through the process of KFC’s online job application.

this month’s spotlight: the enrichment and skills training playlist

One key to career success is being a lifelong learner. Whether you want to learn new skills for your current job, for a promotion, or for a new career field, there are low-cost resources that can help. These videos look at other resources which can help you advance your career by learning valuable new skills without the hefty price tag of a full degree.

Written by Lynnette Lee

April 2022 YouTube Roundup

“Spring won’t let me stay in this house any longer! I must get out and breathe the air deeply again.” – Gustav Mahler

Spring has sprung, and with it, for many of us, a sense of reinvigoration and renewed spirit. If you would like to channel your newfound energy into your career building and job searching, we’d be happy to help, both in person and through our YouTube tutorials such as these:

en espanol playlist

como solicitar un trabajo con target

Una guía para el proceso de solicitud de empleo para Target.
In this video, Career Specialist Andre de la Fuente provides a detailed step-by-step breakdown, in Spanish, of how to apply for retail giant Target.

resources for teens playlist

How teens can answer, “Where do you see yourself in 3 years?”

Visualizing one’s future can be especially tricky for teens, whose lives are often on the brink of large changes. It’s important, though: employers ask this question because they want to know what your plans are and how well they align with the employer’s wants and needs. In this video, Career Specialist Lynnette Lee and guest presenter Aaliyah Newton demonstrate how to answer in a way that shows both your ambitious drive and your loyalty to the workplace.

job search websites playlist

How to use simplyhired for the job search

Job search websites can be a great resource for finding job openings online – especially if you know how to get the most out of the job search engine. In this video, Career Specialist Cynthia Payton takes a look at the ins and outs of the job search website SimplyHired, including the types of jobs they post, ways to apply, and building a profile.

this month’s spotlight: the seven deadly sins of the job search playlist

If you want to make sure that you’re being a savvy jobseeker, check out this playlist. The Seven Deadly Sins Series takes an in-depth look at the seven most common mistakes that hold jobseekers back in their search. From “Looking for ‘any job’” to “Not negotiating salary” and everything in-between, Certified Career Coach Anne Nowak discusses all the ways you may be inadvertently sabotaging your job search.

Written by Lynnette Lee

March 2022 YouTube Roundup

Ah, March. “In like a lion, out like a lamb,” as the adage goes. The job search can be just as inconsistent – full of hope and promise one moment, full of despair and exhaustion the next. But if you’re currently going through a rough patch in your job search, take heart that the Career Center is here to help you tame that lion. Check out our most recent YouTube tutorials:

Resources for teens playlist

How teens can answer, “how would you calm an angry customer?”

Handling upset customers can be difficult for even a seasoned professional, so this question may intimidate less experienced applicants. In this video, Career Specialist Lynnette Lee and guest star Jessica Budd show how to answer this question in a way that highlights your customer service and problem-solving skills.

job search mastery playlist

salary negotiation tips for women

Negotiating your salary can be particularly challenging if you’re a woman. Unfortunately, behavior which seems “confident” and “assertive” in men is often seen as “pushy” or “greedy” in women. In this video, Certified Career Coach Anne Nowak discusses a different approach to salary negotiation which tends to work better for women.

this month’s spotlight: the job search websites playlist

If you’d like some help finding job postings online, please check out this playlist. This series explores and reviews different job search engines, including Indeed, Zip Recruiter, Glassdoor, and more. Each video provides information about how the website works, what sorts of jobs you can find there, and the dos and don’ts of using it.

Written by Lynnette Lee

February 2022 YouTube Video Roundup

Another month, another round of YouTube videos! This month, in addition to our YouTube videos, we also have a very busy schedule of in-person events. If you’d like to be notified promptly about our upcoming events, consider subscribing to our newsletter. And if you’d like to learn about our YouTube videos as soon as they post, please subscribe to our channel.

seven deadly sins of the job search playlist

part 7: not negotiating salary

The final Deadly Sin of the Job Search occurs after you’ve received a job offer. Don’t accept it immediately – first, it’s important to negotiate your salary to make sure that you’re fairly compensated. Simply accepting their first offer could potentially cost you millions in lost earnings. In this video, Certified Career Coach Anne Nowak will discuss some good strategies for salary negotiation.

common job application tutorials playlist

how to apply for a job at starbucks

If you’re a budding barista, check out this application walk-through for coffeehouse chain Starbucks, so that you’ll know what to expect when you apply. Career Specialist Karla Stewart will demonstrate the process step by step.

this month’s spotlight: the everything interview playlist

This playlist is a one-stop shop for all of our job-interview-related videos, including full-length seminars, demonstrations for answering common interview questions, and specialized topics such as video interviewing and interviewing for teens.

Written by Lynnette Lee

 

January 2022 YouTube Video Roundup

We’ve started the new year off with a bang. In addition to our new YouTube videos, we’ve also stepped up the pace of our in-person seminar schedule. If you’d like to register for one of our in-person seminars, please visit our Events page. But if videos are more your speed, check out our latest offerings:

resources for teens playlist

How teens can answer, “Tell me about a time you faced a difficult obstacle

Behavioral interview questions like this one ask you to use stories from your past work experience – but if you have no work experience, it may be challenging to come up with an answer for this question. In this video, Career Specialist Lynnette Lee and guest presenter Aaliyah Newton demonstrate how you can use a story from a non-work setting, like school, to answer this question.

common job application tutorials playlist

how to apply for a job with louisiana state civil service

Our state government has positions available in a variety of fields, including education, administration, transportation, accounting, health services, and more. In this walk-through, Certified Career Coach Anne Nowak shows how to navigate the Louisiana State Civil Service application process.

this month’s spotlight: the professionalism and business etiquette playlist

We’ve recently re-organized our playlists to group certain topics together better and make everything easier to find. One of our new playlists, Professionalism and Business Etiquette, is designed to help jobseekers present a polished image in the professional world, make a good impression on hiring managers, and succeed in the business world. Video topics include Social Media Etiquette for the Job Search, How to Succeed at a Job Fair, The Workplace Survival Guide, and more.

Written by Lynnette Lee

December 2021 YouTube Video Roundup

The holidays have ended, and a new year has dawned. . .with many people breathing a sigh of relief that 2021 is over. If the past year was a bit of a disappointment for you, think of this as a chance to start fresh and make this year better. And if your goals are to find a better job or improve your career, we can help. Check  out our latest YouTube tutorials:

common job application tutorials playlist

How to Apply for a Job at Jack-in-the-Box

Before you apply for a job, it’s always helpful to know what to expect from the application. In this video, Career Specialist Andre De La Fuente will walk you step-by-step through the process of completing an online job application for fast food chain Jack in the Box.

job interview questions playlist

Ending the Interview

Once you’ve answered all of the interviewer’s questions, you may be tempted to get out of that stressful situation as quickly as possible. But don’t just bolt – the interview isn’t quite finished yet. In this video, Career Specialist Lynnette Lee and Certified Career Coach Anne Nowak demonstrate how to close out an interview properly and make a graceful exit.
This is the final video we’ve planned for the Job Interview Questions playlist, so if you have an interview coming up, we’d recommend watching the whole playlist to be prepared for every type of question. (And if you have ideas for more interview questions you’d like us to cover, let us know at 225-231-3733.)

this month’s spotlight: the Resources for Teens playlist

We’ve recently re-organized our playlists to group certain topics together better and make everything easier to find. One of our new playlists, Resources for Teens, is a one-stop shop for all our teen-centric tutorials. These videos are aimed specifically at helping young adults as they enter the working world and/or transition to college. So far the playlist includes videos on paying for college, writing your first resume, and answering tricky interview questions. If you have ideas for more teen-focused videos, let us know at 225-231-3733.

Written by Lynnette Lee

November 2021 YouTube Video Roundup

With the holiday season in full swing, it can be tempting to take some time off from the job search. And no judgment here – everyone needs a break sometimes. But, on the other hand, if you’d like to use your extra time over the holidays to buckle down on your career progression, we’re here to help. Check out these latest videos from our YouTube channel:

Resumes and Cover letters playlist

Should You Put Your Vaccine Status on Your Resume?

Increasingly, many jobs are requiring that all workers be vaccinated. With that in mind, could being fully vaccinated – and advertising that fact on your resume – give you a leg up over other candidates? Or could it hurt your chances with some employers? The answer is. . .it depends. In this video, Certified Career Coach Anne Nowak discusses different job situations and whether including your vaccine status in those situations is a good idea or not.

common job application tutorials playlist

How to Apply for a Job at Chick-fil-A

Winner winner chicken dinner! In this video, Career Specialist Richard Wright looks at the application process for southern fast-food chain Chick-fil-A, showing you step-by-step how to complete their job application.

job search mastery playlist

how to negotiate salary for a new job

In today’s market, lots of people are finding new jobs. But before you accept that job offer, it’s usually in your best interest to negotiate. Negotiating for a better salary, benefits, or bonus could win you hundreds of thousands of dollars over your working life. In this video, Anne Nowak discusses the best salary negotiation strategies for several common situations.

job interview questions for teens playlist

How teens can answer “why do you want to work for us?”

Interviewers will usually ask you why you’re interested in the position – and the right answer isn’t “Because I need a job.” You need an answer that makes this employer feel that this job matters to you and that you will give it your best. Of course, that can be tough to do if this is your first interview. In this video, Career Specialist Lynnette Lee and guest presenter Jessica Budd discuss how you can answer this interview question in a way that demonstrates your passion and commitment.

Written by Lynnette Lee