Get a Great Job

We’ve all had a little time to settle into the year, but there’s no reason not to look around for ways to make 2016 your best year yet by getting a new job!

This doesn’t have to be you! You could be April after she gets her awesome new job in DC instead!

The Career Center has a lot of great resources to help you in your job hunt – they’re even having an awesome seminar on “Mastering the Job Interview” tomorrow morning from 10-11:30 AM at the Main Library. You can register by calling them at 225-231-3733.


In addition to brushing up on your Microsoft Office skills in one of our introductory computer classes, you can also take a class specifically targeted towards improving your resume! There are two next week:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 23, Carver Branch, 10 AM-12 PM
  • Thursday, Feb. 25, Bluebonnet Regional, 10 AM-12 PM

And if you want to take the Leslie Knope route, be sure to sign up for the seminar on “Federal Government Jobs in Louisiana” happening on March 18th! You can learn all about what doing something for your country can do for you.

This could be you, too! Except with less sarcasm!

Build your Business at the Library

From getting inspired at our Maker Faire, to learning how to make something of your own at one of our awesome craft programs, to turning that new skill into a business that will actually make you money – what the heck can’t you do at the library?!

(Well, you can’t buy things – because it’s all free.)

The library has a lot of really great resources to help you get a job, start a business, tell people about your business, make your business grow, hold important business meetings, and retire to a nice island somewhere.

Start your career today.

If you’re looking for a job, the Career Center is the place for you. The librarians there can help you with every step of the job search from figuring out what you might want to do through actually interviewing for the job that’s right for you (we’ve got Skype!). Read our September blog post for more information, or check out their website by clicking on the banner above.

All this and more. (It's not pretty, but DANG is it good.)
All this and more.

Want to be your own boss? After we help you get some start-up funding with our grant resources, the Gale Small Business Resource Center is basically your one-stop shop for all the forms you’ll need, including sample business plans you can use as a jumping-off point AND a database of up-to-the-minute articles on the most pressing issues small businesses face today.

Do you just really like books? So do we! In addition to information on the electronic resources listed here (and many more), we’ve got an infoguide on Business in the Library that has lists of books on all subjects business-related, including a whole section on how and why to use social media to make your goods or services go viral.

And when all that’s done and you’re ready to kick back, we’ve still got you covered: check out our travel resources for everything from guidebooks to language lessons.

It’s a good life.

Maybe think of us a little, when you make your first million. But even if you don’t we’re always glad to help you however we can.

Visit the Career Center

Here is what you can find at the Career Center at the Main Library at Goodwood:

  • One-on-one career coaching by appointment
  • Workspace with access to computers, databases, and assessments
  • Study and meeting rooms
  • Extensive library of career-related publications
  • Test prep materials


  • Computers to use for applications, job training, and resume writing
  • Development of personalized job search strategy
  • Assist with development of a networking strategy
  • Support in completing online applications
  • Job board with current job leads


  • Assistance in writing customized professional resumes, cover letters, and LinkedIn profiles


  • Mock interviews
  • Assistance in crafting answers to commonly used interview questions
  • Private meeting room and laptop for online (Skype, etc.) interviews


  • Career choice and formulating career goals
  • Online assessments


  • Career Center Seminar Series
  • Customized career and job search related seminars
  • Keynote address for community groups and businesses upon request



Event: Choosing a College Major

Going to college soon? Unsure of what you want to major in? Join us next Wednesday, July 15, at the Main Library at Goodwood from 6 to 8 p.m. for a special event hosted by EBRPL’s Career Center. Attendees will learn about career paths and how to choose a major in college.

This seminar will be presented by Mary Feduccia, Director of the LSU Olinde Career Center.

Registration required. Please call (225) 231-3733 or email to register.



Lean In for Graduates Discussion Panel

Top Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg made a splash and started a movement with the publication of the bestseller Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. We’re taking a page out of her book and hosting another “Lean In” discussion panel at the Main Library at Goodwood at 6:30 p.m. next Wednesday, May 27.

Our first panel in January was so successful, we’re bringing it back! Since May is graduation month, our panel will focus this time on advice for young people entering the workforce for the first time. There is a version of Sandberg’s book aimed specifically at graduates: Lean In for Graduates. The panel will feature a group of female leaders who will give their own interpretation of “leaning in” and advice for young graduates entering the professional world. The discussion will be followed by a question-and-answer period with the audience. Refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public, so we hope to see you there!

Panel members include:

Michelle Ginn-Daigre, test analyst lead, IBM

Roshonda Hanible, founder and CEO of Dominion Investments, LLC

Jisun Kim, postdoctoral researcher, Louisiana State University

Tara Montgomery Madison, attorney and partner, Kean Miller

Sara Moore, environmental scientist, CK Associates, and co-founder, Louisiana Women in Technology (LaWIT)


Louisiana Film Jobs 101

Are you interested in a career in film but don’t know where to start? If so, then join us at the Main Library this Tuesday, April 21, at 6 p.m. for a free presentation by New Orleans Video Access Center (NOVAC) Executive Director Darcy McKinnon and Baton Rouge Program Coordinator Elizabeth Hutchison. You’ll get an overview of the south Louisiana film industry and the resources NOVAC offers to help get a film career started. Call 225-231-3733 to register. 

Background Checks Seminar

background-checks-seminarJoin us for a special event sponsored by the Career Center at the Main Library at Goodwood. The “25 Things You Should Know about Background Checks” seminar will feature Alexis Anderson, former Human Resources Director and founder of the non-profit PREACH. She will discuss what types of information can be found in employment and financial background checks and what a job-seeker can do to improve his or her situation.

The seminar is next Wednesday, March 25, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Main Library. Call 231-3733 to register and for more information.