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