Expert tips to prepare for this year’s LEDA job fair

LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY)  Seeking employment can be incredibly stressful. The 21st Annual LEDA Job Fair, held at the Cajundome Convention Center is just around the corner and finding that next job comes down to preparation, confidence, and a little faith.

Laurie J. James, Louisiana’s first Master Career Director is an expert in job and career transition. James says those preparing for the LEDA job fair should make sure their resume, cover letter, and references are up to date. Don’t forget to check all documents for proper spelling and grammar! As a certified résumé writer, she says the visual center or the sentences below the letterhead should be compelling.

“Tell them (employers) who you are, what you bring, why you’re going to be so great. That is going to be the heart, the meat, and potatoes and if you’re lucky enough, if you’ve done a good enough job, employers will read on further down.”

Aside from a resume, James says it’s important to also have a profile on Linkedin. She says it’s an untapped goldmine of resources.

“It is the social media that is the professional lane. Got to be updated.”

James says professional attire and confidence go a long way. The goal is to present the best version of yourself to potential employers.

When your makeup is on just so, when the tie is tight. You don’t have to spend a lot of money you just need to be professional in the look, in your confidence, in your documents that you have ready.”

The job market can be a hostile place, especially with the state of Louisiana’s economy. James reminds everyone to lean on their faith when times are tough.

“You have to be prepared but you also have to have faith. There is a higher power that is working and at the end of the day, you know that you’re not going to be given any more than you can handle. God’s got this!”

James will be giving a presentation on interview techniques at this years LEDA job fair, Tuesday, May 10th at 10 a.m.

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