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The California Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA) (www.labor.ca.gov) is the authorized state employment agency. The California LWDA is an executive branch agency that oversees six major departments, boards and panels that operate numerous and complex programs throughout California that have a combined budget of $21 billion and approximately 13,500 employees. Persons having questions, comments or business with the agency members are encouraged to contact them directly.

WorkSource California is a portal for businesses and individuals in the Los Angeles region looking for a job or for qualified workers. WorkSource centers are your best sources for resources and solutions and can be accessed at www.worksourcecalifornia.com.

Other employment resources that specialize in jobs in Los Angeles metro area include the LA Daily News, the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles Sentinel and many other regional and local newspapers. Also, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce provides a list of job opportunities in the Los Angeles metro area.

OPTIMIZING YOUR RÉSUMÉ
Not so long ago, résumés were printed on quality paper and presented in an envelope to potential employers. While it still is a jobseeker’s most important sales tool, the rules of the résumé game have changed. Yes, it’s still critical that you create a quality and accurate document that emphasizes your skills and experience and that you customize each cover letter you send. What has changed is that you’re no longer presenting a résumé that appealing to the human eye; now it needs to be computer-optimized using important keywords.

To ensure that your résumé gets noticed in a search, use as many keywords as possible. Following are some tips to get you started:
  • Use keywords that emphasize technical and professional areas of expertise (e.g., software engineer, purchasing agent, marketing manager, administrative assistant). The Ladders’ website (www.theladders.com) has a list of top recruiter keywords. These are the most popular words recruiters have searched for in a given week, and it’s constantly changing.
  • Use applicable acronyms and industry terminology, such as TCP/IP, C ++, RAD; MRPII, Windows Server 2008; Microsoft Excel, Computer Assisted Audit Techniques, Computer Aided Audit Tools (CAATS), Computer Assisted Audit Tools and Techniques (CAATTs).
  • Use education or certification terms; familiar ones include Certified Network Administrator (CNA), bachelors of science in computer science (or other field), Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Six Sigma Black Belt.

According to experts, after résumés are scanned into the applicant-tracking systems, they will be searched and ranked. A hiring manager determines the keywords that best identify the skills needed in a candidate for a particular position; several keywords will be mandatory while others will be desirable. Based on those keywords, the system performs a search, and résumés are ranked according to the number of keyword matches. A résumé that has more of the desired keywords ranks higher and will get reviewed sooner.

   
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