Getting Started

Occupations and Career Exploration

Louisiana Workforce Commission has online career solutions including finding the right job, searching for jobs, and posting your resume. Also includes locations of business and career solutions centers around the state.

The Louisiana Department of State Civil Service portal gives you access to central government personnel agency for the state of Louisiana. As a job seeker view current statewide job opportunities and find testing sites and schedules for civil service exams.

O*NET™ Online! - This system serves as the nation’s primary source of occupational information. This site is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.

O*NET® Career Exploration Tools are self-directed career exploration/assessment tools to help workers consider and plan career options, preparation, and transitions more effectively.

Occupational Outlook Handbook - Provides information on employment outlook, education needed for, and working conditions of various job and careers.

Career Advice at TheLadders - Advice and newsletters on a number of job-search topics, including résumé writing, interview tips, business networking, and more.

How to Recognize & Avoid Job Scams


Critical career networking tools and resources - If you are ready to start building your professional network, try these organizations.

State Agencies

What kind of job do I want?

Assess yourself – Use America’s Career Infonet to identify accomplishments, take assessments, and create career goals.

What do you want to do for a living? – My Next Move is an interactive tool for job seekers and students to learn more about their career options, developed and maintained by the National Center for O*NET Development, under the sponsorship of the US Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA)

O*NET® Career Exploration Tools are self-directed career exploration/assessment tools to help workers consider and plan career options, preparation, and transitions more effectively.

State Government

The first stop on your quest for state government employment.

Louisiana Department of State Civil Service

Local Government

Private Sector

All positions and jobs not directly related to Federal, State, or City Parish Government.

Louisiana Workforce Commission
Better Baton Rouge Jobs's annual list of Best Places to Work

Military Employment/Transition

Careers in the Military
Louisiana Department of Veteran Affairs - Be sure to check out the “Troops to Teacher” program.
Military Spouse Employment
Military Transition
Military and Veteran Career Center - features Military-friendly employers

Where to find jobs?

Louisiana Sources

Links to Louisiana Online Job Search Engines

Department of State Civil Service – job postings for the state of Louisiana
Job Openings – jobs listed through the Louisiana Workforce Commission
State Library of Louisiana Employment Link – list of library jobs in Louisiana
Louisiana Job Connection – job search tool created by Louisiana Economic Development which matches job seekers with potential employers, and vice versa.

Links to Louisiana Newspapers

Louisiana Library Connection – local newspapers online available through NewsBank
Louisiana Press Association – member newspapers online

National Sources – comprehensive collection of resources for job searching

CareerBuilder – U.S.’s largest online job site


CoolWorks – Jobs in Cool Places – seasonal jobs, cruise ships, camps, and internships

CTI Career Search - career data listed by city, salary, industry and more

Job-hunt – good for new college graduates

Jobs for Retirees

Monster – find jobs, network, build a career

RealMatch – matches job seeker’s qualifications and preferences with the employer’s requirements

The Riley Guide – exhaustive list of links to sites with job listings

Simply Hired – searches thousands of job boards, classifieds, and company sites. Advanced search options include type of job, type of company, keyword, location and date the job was posted.

SnagaJob – a source for hourly and part-time jobs

USA Jobs – United States Federal Government official job site

What to prepare

How to fill out job applications

Free Email Sites

Before a job searcher begins to fill out a job application they will need to have a valid email address. Free email accounts are available at the following sites:

Gmail – Google’s online email
Outlook – Microsoft’s online email
Yahoo! Mail – Yahoo’s online email


Job Application Guide – This job application guide includes information on how to complete a job application, including paper applications, online applications, and employer-direct applications. You can also review job application samples, examples, and forms. From

Online jobs and Kiosks from the Riley Guide - unemployment opportunities and job resources on the Internet

My Fact Sheet - job history worksheet from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library, Charlotte, NC

How to prepare résumés and cover letters

HomeworkLA – Choose “Job Help” option to access live help via chat with writing a basic résumé and/or to have existing résumés reviewed

Employment Services of Catholic Charities Diocese of Baton Rouge – This program offers job skills assessment and weekly job search workshops which include help with interview skills and résumé writing. The program also offers employment help specifically for seniors (aged 55 and over).

About Careers at – A comprehensive collection of resources for cover letters, résumés, etc.

"Preparing a resume" – Louisiana Workforce Commission guide to creating and posting a résumé (.pdf) – Résumé and cover letter writing guidance from the Monster career website.

Riley Guide – Advice on how to write résumés, cover letters, & other job search correspondence.

Interview Tips

In-person Interviews

Dress for Success

Questions to Expect

Job Resources for Persons with Disabilities

Disability Employment Opportunities

Getting - Careers and Community for Talented People with Disabilities

Louisiana Rehabilitation Services (LRS)

job_search_resources.txt · Last modified: 2015/11/12 11:49 by LA JaCC Editor