At the national level such websites as www.monster.com, www.careerbuilder.com, www.jobs.com and www.indeed.com have extensive search capabilities as well as resume tips, forum support and professional networking options.
The National Military Spouse Network, a networking, mentoring and professional development organization, has a wealth of career information at its website, www.nationalmilitaryspousenetwork.org. The group aims to help military spouses build a meaningful, sustained career path and offers a library of articles that touch on topics from entrepreneurship, resume tips, self-promotion and more as well as a membership-only discussion forum. The organization also features companies that are military spouse-owned or military spouse-friendly on its Homefront Business Listings page.
State of Louisiana
Louisiana Workforce Commission
Bossier Business & Career Solutions Center
4000 Viking Drive, B-1
Bossier City, LA 71111
Caddo Business & Career Solutions Center
2121 Fairfield Ave., Suite 100
Shreveport, LA 71104 318-676-7788
The Louisiana Workforce Commission has online career aids that help you search for jobs, find the right job and post your resume. It also lists the statewide locations of business and career solutions centers. Job hunters can get help in creating a resume; information on the labor market, job fairs and unemployment insurance; helpful publications; education; and training services. Search the agency’s database of opportunities at www.laworks.net/Stars. There is a special section specifically for veterans, including information about employment, disabled resources, veterans organizations, Veterans Affairs services and more. The site also guides those starting or re-opening an unemployment claim.
City of Shreveport
Human Resources Department
505 Travis St., Suite 530
Shreveport, LA 71101 318-673-5170
The Human Resources Department lists current government openings on the internet and offers an online application process.
Human Resources Department
620 Benton Road
Bossier City, LA 71171
Bossier City Human Resources Department posts job openings in the Human Resources Department, on other departmental bulletin boards and online. Applications are accepted in person at the department, or via mail, fax or email. For employment listings and more information, visit the website.
An employment agency can offer posts ranging from high-level administration to warehouse work. Many employers use agencies as their human resources department. Agencies advertise, interview, test and manage payroll. A temp-to-perm arrangement allows the employer and prospective employee to evaluate each other before committing to permanent employment.
Municipal and regional chambers of commerce include local employment agencies in their member lists, along with contact information. See Page 16 for a list of chambers of commerce in Shreveport-Bossier City.
Always keep your resume up-to-date and have several versions that target specific industries and highlight your skills that fit their job descriptions.
Compile several reference lists with a good variety of people and former business associates. Be sure to first ask each if you can use them as references.
Compose a comprehensive, catchy and succinct cover letter of no more than a page (this is no place to ramble). It will introduce you and your desire to work for the company. Have a knowledgeable friend check it for errors; misspelled words and bad grammar hint at carelessness and indifference. Know what the company does, and highlight skills, work experience and education that apply to the position. Be aware that many employers now accept only online applications so get comfortable with computers.
Maintain a positive, professional and broad-based presence on social media such as Facebook and LinkedIn; almost all employers search social media sites to vet job candidates, and your absence there will raise red flags. Also be aware that images and comments posted spur-of-the-moment can be searched out forever and come back to haunt you.
Be prepared for an interview at any time. When you submit your application, a supervisor may want to talk immediately, or the phone may ring with a call from a hiring director. Compose — and rehearse — your one-minute self-promotional speech on who you are, an achievement or two and your strengths. It’s not vanity to make a good first impression. If a supervisor wants to know why she should hire you, be ready.
Always follow up with thank-you letters and calls. Even today, a letter, as well as the quick-response email, will separate you from a surprising number of the other applicants — to your advantage — and keep your name fresh in the interviewer’s mind. Judicious calls display your continued interest. Writing out beforehand what you want to say helps. So does rehearsal.
Be aware that due to the usually huge numbers of applicants, most companies are able to follow up only with candidates in whom they are interested. Don’t take it personally if you’re not notified that you didn’t get the job.