searching for a job in the ArkLaTex are hoping the new year will bring new
Stephan Stanfield was laid off from the GM plant when it closed. He's been looking for a job for six months.
"It's been sort of difficult," says Stanfield. "It's not many jobs in the area right now, because of the way the economy is. You can either go next door to Texas or pretty much just move out of state."
He's staying optimistic. "You'll get a job eventually," says Stanfield. "It just takes some time in this market."
There's also Brooke Beatty. She lost her job on New Year's Eve.
"It was kinda devastating, because I had been there for like five months, and didn't really expect it to happen," says Beatty.
She's looking for clerical work, and said she's optimistic about her options.
Jacques Lasseigne with the Louisiana Workforce Commission says she has every reason to be."A lot of companies, they've done their planning for this year or the next two or three years," says Lasseigne. "They kind of know where they want to go, so they start hiring in January, if they're going to hire."
Whether you're searching the classifieds for employment, or using technology to job hunt, be persistent.
Another tip is to make yourself invaluable to employers, by having specialized training or certification.
"Whatever field you go into, always take training courses to upgrade your skills, or get skills for a new trade, or a new field you want to go into," says Lasseigne. "Never stop training."
Since training is a plus for employers, that makes the search more promising for you as a job seeker.