LAFAYETTE, La. – On September 24-25, job seekers in Acadiana will have the opportunity to attend informational sessions for jobs available with the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) as part of a series of state-agency recruitment events held in Louisiana this month.
The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) has teamed up with local workforce development boards and American Job Centers (AJC) to hold nine (9) state-agency recruiting events in the month of September. The upcoming event includes eight (8) sessions – four (4) in Opelousas and four (4) in Lafayette – to be held at 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. on both days. Sessions will focus on available jobs at DCFS, including Child Welfare Specialist Trainees and Social Services Analysts.
The informational sessions will take place at the following locations:
• Tues., Sept. 24 – Opelousas Business & Career Solutions Center/American Job Center, 1065 LA-79, Opelousas, LA, 70570; and
• Wed., Sept. 25 – Lafayette Library Main, 301 W. Congress, Lafayette, LA, 70501.
“The LWC aims to put all Louisianans to work, and that includes those living in both urban and rural parishes,” said LWC Secretary Ava Dejoie. “Public-sector employment provides numerous benefits for workers, including excellent benefits, State holidays and much more. When state agencies collaborate to create meaningful initiatives that help people find these jobs, it’s a win-win for Louisiana residents.”
LWC employees will be on hand at the event to offer Civil Service testing tips, job application instructions and job-search assistance in HiRE – or Helping Individuals Reach Employment – the LWC’s online job-search tool. Register in HiRE at www.la.works.net, and visit jobs.civilservice.louisiana.gov/ to search Louisiana Civil Service for job openings, testing information, sample test questions and information for Veterans or job seekers with disabilities.
Job seekers who attend the sessions are also encouraged to dress professionally and to bring valid identification, as well as their rèsumès. Need rèsumè assistance? The LWC is ready to help Louisiana residents polish their rèsumès via 62 one-stop AJCs all across the state, including nine (9) in Acadiana alone.
Visitors can also learn about available LWC services, including Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA), the Reemployment Services and Eligibility Assessments (RESEA) and Work Experience programs. Opelousas resident Joshua Gross, 23, was able to land full-time employment with the St. Landry Parish Community Action Agency as a result of a Work Experience program. His position allows him to help the community in numerous ways, including delivering food boxes to elderly residents.
“It’s a good feeling to help others,” he said. “It’s really the best thing a person can do.”
In addition, employers can find out about available initiatives as well, such as the Incumbent Worker Training Program (IWTP). Forty-five (45) area employers received nearly $4.56 million to upgrade the skills of more than 4,700 existing workers and create nearly 300 new jobs thanks to the LWC.
Visit www.la.works.net for information about these and other LWC programs and services, a full list of one-stops in Louisiana and more.
About the Louisiana Workforce Commission
The Louisiana Workforce Commission is an agency of state government that administers programs designed to enhance workforce growth and provide family-sustaining jobs for Louisiana residents. The commission monitors employment, administers unemployment compensation and tax funds, provides training resources for employers and employees and oversees worker compensation benefits. The agency also gathers and supplies information on the labor market and occupational sectors in Louisiana.
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