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LED FastStart Launches Platform For Premier Jobs In Louisiana

Nation’s No. 1 workforce training program enhances top-tier recruitment for LED FastStart clients

BATON ROUGE — Today, workforce innovator LED FastStart® launched a next-generation platform to deliver superior hiring results for clients of the Louisiana Economic Development program throughout the state.

Known as LED FastStart® Recruiting, the portal creates a unique online experience for employers that secure LED FastStart services through committed job creation and capital investment. Job seekers will be identified and linked to prime career opportunities at companies that represent the leading edge of job demand in Louisiana.

Built to maximize a user-friendly experience, the online site is

“LED FastStart Recruiting represents a best-in-class platform for connecting the prime career opportunities of employers – jobs that are available in Louisiana today – to our citizens who are qualified to secure these outstanding jobs,” said LED Secretary Don Pierson. “For the past 11 years in a row, LED FastStart has been ranked No. 1 among all state workforce training programs in the nation. This LED FastStart Recruiting site represents the deployment of innovative new technology coupled with our commitment to continuous improvement. This is exactly what keeps us ahead of the competition.”

LED FastStart clients specifically operate in key growth industries for Louisiana, such as advanced manufacturing; software and information technology; research and development; corporate headquarters; and distribution/logistics. By securing jobs in these growth sectors, Louisiana employers qualify for the comprehensive workforce solutions provided by LED FastStart.

LED FastStart Recruiting is the newest solution for LED FastStart clients and candidates seeking their Louisiana jobs.

Included are:

  • Artificial intelligence tools that guide you through the site, make recommendations based on your preferences, and lead you through the application process.
  • Access to unique landing pages, customized with vivid content about each company and its hiring process.
  • Searches that are available by job position, category, company or region within Louisiana.
  • Sign-ups for customized job alerts at desired employers, as positions become available.
  • Notifications of new career opportunities, expansion announcements and hiring events.
  • Personalized links to your LinkedIn account and résumé.

“With LED FastStart Recruiting, our goal is to deliver an unprecedented level of service and results for our clients,” said LED FastStart Executive Director Paul Helton. “That means the Louisiana employers and job candidates we serve will find the best workforce solutions available in the marketplace at”

LED FastStart Recruiting addresses the evolution of workforce trends. In 2020, Business Facilities magazine renamed its flagship workforce ranking as Workforce Development/Talent Attraction. Louisiana’s No. 1 ranking in part reflects a refined focus on talent attraction for in-demand jobs.

“Louisiana Economic Development’s FastStart program remains our gold standard for customized workforce development and talent attraction,” said Business Facilities Editor in Chief Jack Rogers. “Nobody is faster at adapting new technologies and the tools needed to recruit and train a skilled workforce in today’s highly competitive market.”

LED FastStart Recruiting succeeds the department’s Louisiana Job Connection platform, which served more than 140,000 job seekers and employers in Louisiana during the past six years. Going forward, LED FastStart Recruiting will target talent attraction specifically for LED FastStart clients. The Louisiana Workforce Commission program HiRE, or Helping Individuals Reach Employment, will continue to be the state’s flagship site for employers, and their job seekers, who are not served directly by LED FastStart.

To synchronize training with employer demand, the State of Louisiana has invested significantly in higher education partnerships that are boosting the number of graduates in advanced manufacturing, computer science and other growth sectors. During the past decade, with LED FastStart playing an integral role, those partnerships have produced more than 20,000 new jobs in STEM fields.

About LED
Louisiana Economic Development is responsible for strengthening the state’s business environment and creating a more vibrant Louisiana economy. LED cultivates jobs and economic opportunity for the people of Louisiana, and promotes business opportunity for employers of all sizes. In 2020, LED attracted 58 new economic development projects representing over 11,600 new jobs, 8,600 retained jobs and $12.7 billion in new capital investment. LED’s Small Business Services team, in conjunction with the Louisiana Small Business Development Center Network, assisted more than 17,500 Louisiana small businesses and entrepreneurs in 2020. For more information, visit


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