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.

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.

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Written by Case Duckworth