6 SIMPLE JOB SEARCH TIPS (That we all Forget)

By Jenny Foss for The Muse:

The irony of job search advice: There’s so much available that you don’t have to spend more than four seconds Googling about before you land on some nugget of wisdom or another.

Yet, at the same time, there’s so much available (some of which completely contradicts other advice you’ll find) that it can easily overwhelm you. Which, in fact, is probably the exact opposite outcome you’re looking for when you go sleuthing for genuinely useful counsel in the first place.

So let’s do this: Let’s boil things down to a short list of sound, timeless job searching tips that’ll help you fine-tune your strategy so that you may sail through the process (or at least cut out some of the unnecessary time and frustration).

1. Make Yourself a “Smack-in-the-Forehead” Obvious Fit

When you apply for a job via an online application process, it’s very likely that your resume will first be screened by an applicant tracking system and then (assuming you make this first cut) move onto human eyeballs. The first human eyeballs that review your resume are often those of a lower level HR person or recruiter, who may or may not understand all of the nuances of that job for which you’re applying.

Thus, it behooves you to make it very simple for both the computer and the human to quickly connect their “Here’s what we’re looking for” to your “Here’s what you can walk through our doors and deliver.”


Study the job description and any available information you have on the position. Are you mirroring the words and phrases in the job description? Are you showcasing your strengths in the areas that seem to be of paramount importance to this role? Line it up. Line it up.

2. Don’t Limit Yourself to Online Applications

You want that job search to last and last? Well, then continue to rely solely on submitting online applications. You want to accelerate this bad boy? Don’t stop once you apply online for that position. Start finding and then endearing yourself to people working at that company of interest. Schedule informational interviews with would-be peers. Approach an internal recruiter and ask a few questions. Get on the radar of the very people who might influence you getting an interview.


By lining up with people on the inside of the companies at which you want to work, you will instantly set yourself apart. Decision makers interview people who come recommended or by way of a personal referral before they start sorting through the blob of resumes that arrives by way of the ATS.

3. Remember That Your Resume (and LinkedIn Profile) Is Not a Tattoo

Yes, your new resume is lovely. Your LinkedIn profile, breathtaking. However, if they don’t position you as a direct match for a particular role that you’re gunning for, don’t be afraid to modify wording, switch around key terms, and swap bullet points in and out. Your resume is not a tattoo, nor is your LinkedIn profile. Treat them as living, breathing documents throughout your job search (and career).


If you’re a covert job seeker, remember to turn off your activity broadcasts (within privacy and settings) when you make edits to your LinkedIn profile. If your current boss or colleagues are connected to you on LinkedIn, they may get suspicious about all the frequent changes.

4. Accept That You Will Never Bore Anyone Into Hiring You

Don’t get me wrong—you absolutely must come across as polished, articulate and professional throughout your job search. However, many people translate this into: Must. Be. Boring.

Wrong, wrong, wrong. Realize that few people get hired because they had perfect white space on their cover letters, memorized all of the “correct” interview questions or used incredibly safe, common phraseology (i.e., clichés) throughout their resumes. All of this correctness is going to make you look staged and non-genuine. Instead, give yourself permission to be both polished and endearing. Memorable, likable candidates are almost always the ones who go the distance.

5. If You’re Not on LinkedIn, You Very Nearly Don’t Exist

Considering that more than 90% of recruiters use LinkedIn as their primary search tool, this is not an understatement. If you’re a professional, you need to not only be on LinkedIn, you need to be using it to your full advantage. Don’t believe me? Think about it this way: If tomorrow morning, a recruiter logs onto LinkedIn looking for someone in your geography, with expertise in what you do, and you’re not there? Guess who they’re going to find and contact? Yes, that person’s name is “not you.”


If you figure out how to harness the power of no other social media tool for job search, figure out LinkedIn. It’s (by far) the best resource we have available today for career and job search networking, for finding people working at companies of interest, and for positioning yourself to be found by a recruiter who has a relevant job opening.

6. Thank You Matters

I once placed a candidate into an engineering role with a company that manufactures packaging equipment. He was competing head-to-head with another engineer, who had similar talents and wanted the job just as badly. My candidate sent a thoughtful, non-robotic thank you note to each person with whom he’d interviewed, within about two hours of leaving their offices. The other candidate sent nothing.

Guess why my candidate got the job offer? Yep, the thoughtful, non-robotic thank you notes. They sealed the deal for him, especially considering the other front-runner sent nothing.


Consider crafting, original, genuine thank you notes (one for each interviewer) the moment you get back to a computer, following the interview. The speed with which you send the notes, and the quality, will make an impact.

And finally, remember that the interviewer cares much more about what you can do for them than what you want out of the deal. Certainly, they’re going to care a bunch about what you want once you establish your worth. But during the interview, you must demonstrate why you make business sense to hire, period.

Now, go forth and show your job search exactly who is the boss.

MusiCares Louisiana Flood Relief


Are you a musician who has lost a home, instruments, car, equipment or ability to earn a living due to the devastating flooding?

MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need.
MusiCares’ services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality.MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community.

MusiCares has established the MusiCares Louisiana Flood Relief Fund to assist music people affected by the South Louisiana Floods.

MusiCares’ initial assistance will provide funds for food and clothing, gasoline and transportation, clean up efforts, relocation costs, medicine and other critical supplies.

In order to apply for assistance or to donate, please contact the South Regional office at (615) 327-0050 or toll free (877) 626-2748.

Download the MusiCares Louisiana Flood Relief Application

Acadiana Diversity Job Fair – News brief for September 12 2016

Acadiana Diversity Job Fair

Join us! Thursday, October 13, 2016

Acadiana SHRM is a proud sponsor of this event.

When: Thursday, October 13, 2016 from 9 am to 12 noon
Where: Heymann Convention Center, 1373 South College Road, Lafayette, LA 70503 | No cost to reserve a table!
Thursday, October 13, 9 a.m. – 12 noon
Heymann Convention Center
1373 College Road, Lafayette, LA 70503
Business set up begins at 7 a.m.
No cost to reserve a table!

Annually this job fair is hosted by community organizations led by Louisiana Workforce Commission providing the opportunity for local area businesses to meet with willing and able workers. Last year this event attracted approximately 400 job seekers.

Thursday, October 13, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (CDT)

Heymann Convention Center – 1373 South College Road, Lafayette, LA 70503


Flood victims eligible for disaster unemployment benefits

Louisiana flood victims eligible for disaster unemployment benefits


Flood victims in 20 Louisiana parishes who lost their jobs or are temporarily out of work will be eligible for federal money to help cover lost wages. Businesses damaged by the historic flooding can also apply for relief for affected employees.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Tuesday (Aug. 16) it is now accepting applications for disaster unemployment assistance for workers who live in one of the parishes declared by the U.S. government as major disaster areas. Eligible individuals and businesses have until Sept. 15 to apply.

Here's how to help Louisiana flood victims

Here’s how to help Louisiana flood victims

Parishes now declared federal disaster areas include East Baton Rouge, Livingston, St. Helena, Tangipahoa, Acadia, Ascension, East Feliciana, West Feliciana, Iberia, Lafayette, Pointe Coupee, St. Landry, Avoyelles, Iberville, Jefferson Davis, Evangeline, St. Martin, St. Tammany, Washington and Vermilion.

Eligible workers can receive up to $247 a week — the maximum amount of unemployment compensation allowed in Louisiana — for each week of out of work. Benefits last up to 26 weeks as long as an individual’s unemployment continues to be the result of a disaster.

Workers, including self-employed individuals, qualify for disaster unemployment assistance payments if they:

  • were scheduled to begin work or self-employment when the flooding occurred.
  • can no longer work or perform services because of physical damage or destruction to a workplace directly caused by the flooding.
  • can establish the work or self-employment they are no longer able to perform was their principal source of income.
  • do not qualify for unemployment benefits from any state.
  • cannot perform work or self-employment because of any injury that was a direct result of the flood.
  • have become the breadwinner or major support of a household because of the death of the head of household.

Applicants must provide their Social Security number, check stubs and other documents that show they were working or self-employed when the disaster occurred. All required documents must be filed within 21 days from the date an application is submitted.

Up to three-quarters of Livingston Parish homes don't have flood insurance, records suggestOfficials estimate flooding destroyed 75 percent of homes in Livingston.

Workers are encouraged to fill out an application for assistance online at www.laworks.net. Locate the “Reemployment Services” tab on the homepage and click on the link labeled “Start or re-open an unemployment claim.”

Those who run into problems or are unable to apply online can call the Louisiana Workforce Commission Benefits Analysis Team at 1-866-783-5567. Calls are answered Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Email Scam Alert – Unemployment Benefits

Louisiana applicants for unemployment benefits should only use the official website, www.louisianaworks.net or www.laworks.net, developed and controlled by the State of Louisiana, for conducting unemployment insurance claim or employer business.

Recently, a Louisiana applicant for unemployment benefits received an email from a website claiming to be the Unemployment Advisory Department. This site and its affiliates use addresses including “support@us-benefits.org,” “unemploymentdirect.com” or “unemployment-assist.com.”

This is an identity theft scam, and it has been reported in other states as well. Emails related to this scam may request documents and information from an applicant and claim that an application is at risk of being denied, or the email may indicate that an initial application was received but not completed and provide links to continue the unemployment filing process.

Louisiana applicants are strongly urged not to register at these sites and to ignore any emails they may receive with any extensions of the addresses above. These are not websites endorsed by the Louisiana Workforce Commission or the Federal government.

The Louisiana Workforce Commission does not request personal identifying information via email, and there are no fees associated with filing for unemployment benefits.

If you believe your identity has been compromised, please contact local law enforcement and take steps to protect your identity.


Mind Your Manners – an Infographic

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Mind Your Manners: What to Do When You Interview

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CareerBuilder Reveals Hot Industries for Job Growth Over the Next Five Years

CHICAGO – June 4, 2015 – Looking to find a new job, make a career change or declare a major? CareerBuilder released a new list of industries that are expected to add jobs at an accelerated pace from 2014 to 2019. The study is based on data from Economic Modeling Specialists Intl (EMSI), CareerBuilder’s labor market analysis arm that pulls data from over 90 national and state employment resources.

The U.S. is projected to create roughly 8 million jobs from 2014 to 2019 – a 5 percent increase – though a significant number of industries will likely experience a greater percentage gain during this period.

“Around one third of all U.S. industries are expected to outperform the national average for employment growth over the next five years,” said Matt Ferguson, CEO of CareerBuilder and co-author of The Talent Equation. “While it’s not surprising that technology and health care made the list, the accumulation of new jobs will take place within a diverse mix of industries requiring a broad range of skills and experience.”

The following industries are among those that are projected to add at least 10,000 jobs and experience at least 15 percent growth in employment over the next five years:


2014 Jobs

2019 Jobs

Job Added 2014 – 2019

2014 – 2019  % Change

Translation and Interpretation Services





Specialty Hospitals (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse)





Residential Remodelers





Home Health Care Services





Wine and Distilled Alcoholic Beverage Merchant Wholesalers





Electronic Shopping





Environment, Conservation and Wildlife Organizations





Continuing Care Retirement Communities





Marketing Consulting Services





Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists, and Audiologists





Computer Systems Design Services





Portfolio Management





Solid Waste Collection





Internet Publishing and Broadcasting and Web Search Portals





Exam Preparation and Tutoring





Nail Salons





Beer and Ale Merchant Wholesalers





Medical Laboratories





Pet Care Services (except Veterinary)





Sports and Recreation Instruction





About CareerBuilder®

CareerBuilder is the global leader in human capital solutions, helping companies target and attract great talent. Its online career site, CareerBuilder.com®, is the largest in the United States with more than 24 million unique visitors and 1 million jobs. CareerBuilder works with the world’s top employers, providing everything from labor market intelligence to talent management software and other recruitment solutions. Owned by Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE:GCI), Tribune Company and The McClatchy Company (NYSE:MNI), CareerBuilder and its subsidiaries operate in the United States, Europe, South America, Canada and Asia. For more information, visit www.careerbuilder.com.

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For all media inquiries and interview requests, contact:

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FACET Lafayette Helps Louisiana Employees In Transition

For Immediate Release
Media Contact:
Julie Calzone
(337) 235-2924 ext. 18
Carolyn Greco
FACET Lafayette Helps Louisiana Employees In Transition

(Lafayette, La.) – Due to the downturn in the economy, many local and state companies have the challenge of cutting operating budgets.   In an effort to do so, many companies opted to avoid layoffs by utilizing the services of FACET, a career management consulting firm located in Lafayette, Louisiana with offices across the country and in global markets around the world.

FACET provides a unique and legendary brand of classic, proactive and personal support to both individuals and groups through outplacement, career transition and coaching services. From the executive suite to the non-exempt frontline, FACET has helped employees change careers, find the ‘right’ job and improve performance.

One such effort was with a Louisiana university. In November of last year, Carolyn Greco, President and CEO of FACET, was contacted to provide a campus-wide career center to assist the institution’s cost-cutting initiative by reducing university operating expenses through a voluntary separation offering to university staff.

Working in collaboration with university officials, FACET set up an on-site Career Center and created customized programs for those staff members considering early retirement, moving to another full- or part-time position outside of the university, or considering starting start a business. These programs allowed university employees to remain in control of their careers as well as coaching for those who wanted to remain in their current positions. The goal of FACET and the university was to help employees understand and weigh their career options and prepare to move into implementing their decision.

Many companies, however, handle voluntary separations internally and contact FACET to provide the actual outplacement benefit which is part of the exiting employee’s severance package. FACET has provided outplacement services for state and local companies such as The Bristow Group, CenturyLink, PHI, Schumacher Clinical Partners and Stone Energy. National corporations and organizations include Adidas, Caesars Entertainment, CVS Health, Novartis, Talbot’s and United Blood Services.

“The FACET Team and I are very proud to be providing this valuable service for over 30 years. We are honored to have the challenging responsibility of coaching and motivating clients to take the tools that we provide and move forward in their careers,” said Greco.

Ms. Greco has over 30 years of comprehensive experience in workplace consulting, career development, and leadership training in a variety of applied settings. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education with honors from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania in 1970 and a Master of Arts from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 1976. In 1990, she received the Governor’s Small Business Award from the State of Louisiana for her company. Ms. Greco has also served on the Board of Governors for the Alumni Association at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette as well as on the Board of the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce. She is a Founding Partner of the Global Outplacement Alliance.