Bettsie Norton, West Feliciana Parish economic development director, has announced a free career search training class open to parish residents from 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 16.

The class will be at the West Feliciana Parish Library, 5114 Burnett Road, St. Francisville.

“We are very excited to offer this program to West Feliciana Parish residents. After learning of the need for job search training at a Coffee With Kevin event Dec. 22, we immediately began working to prepare a class that would teach participants how to maximize their job search activities, gain expert tips from industry professionals and nail a job interview,” Norton said.

The course will be in four parts. First, participants will be provided an overview of the greater Baton Rouge economic and job climate in 2015 and beyond. This information is important as it provides a big-picture perspective of the area’s economy; details the industry sectors forecasted to experience the most growth; and highlight the geographical areas participants might want to target their job search depending upon their skill set/industry, Norton said.

Second, participants will learn the necessary steps required to prepare job search documents — including writing a cover letter, drafting a résumé and creating a list of professional references. An informational packet with samples of each will be provided.

Participants will learn about a variety of methods to find open positions within the greater Baton Rouge area.

Online job sites such as Louisiana Job Connection, Baton Rouge Area Chamber’s LIVEcapitalized program, industry associations and organizations, staffing services and other methods will be discussed as potential resources for participants to investigate when conducting their career search, Norton said.

Preparation, dress and how to conduct company research for a job interview will be part of the final session.

Space is limited to 20 participants and will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis by contacting Bettsie Norton at or calling (225) 635-3864.