Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Report: US Job Market Gets A Little Better

VOANews: Report: US Job Market Gets A Little Better

A flurry of reports Thursday show the U.S. job market getting slightly better, business investment slowing down, and home sales growing at a slower pace. (read more)

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

US Presidential Campaign Divides Small Business Owners in Key Battleground State



VOAVideo: US Presidential Campaign Divides Small Business Owners in Key Battleground State

In U.S presidential politics, Democrat Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney, have championed small-business growth as a way to fuel an economic recovery in the United States. VOA's Chris Simkins has more from the key southern battleground state of North Carolina, where small business owners are deeply divided over which candidate can best address their needs.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Sunday, October 28, 2012

More Women Starting Businesses



VOAVideo: More Women Starting Businesses

Almost one-third of American small businesses are owned by women. And according to the U.S. Census Bureau, that number is on the rise, especially in fields that were once considered male-only territory. VOA's Julie Taboh visited a woman-owned business in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and has this report.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Make a Career Plan

GCFLearnFree: Make a Career Plan

In this module, you'll learn how to assess what you need to develop your career objective, how to write S.M.A.R.T. career goals, and how to create your own career plan. We'll also provide some different techniques that you can use to stay motivated as you work toward your goals.

Note--there are 4 web pages--click at the bottom of each page.

Learn more at GCFLearnFree.org Career Planning.

Friday, October 5, 2012

SaberHacer Careers and Jobs Playlist on YouTube

SaberHacer.com Careers and Jobs Playlist on YouTube

Jobs Videos and Career Information for Latinos - Watch career videos to learn from experts on topics such as bilingual careers, job search advice for Hispanics and how to prepare for job interviews, and secrets to find Latino employment opportunities. They also provide trustworthy career advice, and share where to find companies offering jobs for Latinos and bilingual positions, and a lot more.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Gain Job Skills

GCFLearnFree: Gain Job Skills

In this module, you'll learn about several ways you can develop different job skills, like going back to school, volunteering, building a portfolio, and more. We'll also talk about making your current job skills more transferable.

Note--there are 4 web pages--click at the bottom of each page.

Learn more at GCFLearnFree.org Career Planning.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Re-Entering the Workforce



SaberHacer.com: Re-Entering the Workforce

Learn more at http://www.SaberHacer.com - You've been home, raising your kids. MANAGING household finances. Taking a LEADERSHIP role at school. COACHING little league. How do these life skills work for you in the workplace?

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Salary Basics

GCFLearnFree: Discover Your Career Needs: Salary Basics

In this module, you'll learn about the importance of salary research. We'll also talk about some different resources that you can use to find salary information, calculating your take-home pay, and how to determine your market value so you can negotiate a salary.

Note--there are 5 web pages--click at the bottom of each page.

Learn more at GCFLearnFree.org Career Planning.

Monday, October 1, 2012

How to work a networking event



SaberHacer: How to work a networking event
Learn more at http://www.SaberHacer.com - The best way to find a job is through other people. It's called networking. So how do you find and develop contacts? Learn how to turn an introduction into lunch!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Explore Careers

GCFLearnFree: Discover Your Career Needs: Explore Careers

In this module, you'll learn what to look for as you start researching careers. We'll also talk about various online and direct resources that will help you gather valuable information.

Note--there are 3 web pages--click at the bottom of each page.

Learn more at GCFLearnFree.org Career Planning.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Interviews - Appearance Do's and Don'ts for Men



SaberHacer: Interviews - Appearance Do's and Don'ts for Men

Learn more at http://www.SaberHacer.com - First impressions matter! Especially when applying for a job. Our employment experts have tips for men - on everything from suits to socks - from facial hair to casual Fridays!

Friday, September 28, 2012

Discover Your Career Needs

GCFLearnFree: Discover Your Career Needs

Not sure what you want? We will help you figure out what you need and desire in a career.

Note--there are 4 web pages--click at the bottom of each page.

Learn more at GCFLearnFree.org Career Planning.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Choosing the Right Resume Format



SaberHacer: Choosing the Right Resume Format

Learn more at http://www.SaberHacer.com - You want your resume to focus on your skills. But what if you have a gap in employment? Or are looking to change careers? How can you organize your resume to highlight your strengths?

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Job Skills and Qualifications


Boggleslworld ESL Job Skills and Qualifications:

A one-hour information gap activity where students interview each other about their skills and qualifications. This business English information gap activity covers a lot of useful vocabulary for working environments, yet grammatically it should not be too challenging for even beginner/intermediate classes.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Jobs for Bilinguals



SaberHacer: Jobs for Bilinguals

Learn more at http://www.SaberHacer.com - Being bilingual is a big asset. The booming Latino population means companies need workers who speak English AND Spanish. Can being bilingual translate into a job opportunity for you?

Monday, September 24, 2012

ESL Podcast 828 – Important Business Contacts 

Are you connected to the powerful and influential people in your industry? If not, listen to this episode to find out how important it is.  
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Sunday, September 23, 2012

iPhone5 Kicks Off Sales in 9 Countries



iPhone5 Kicks Off Sales in 9 Countries

It's a big day for Apple. The newest iPhone officially went on sale Friday in the United States and other countries. Some Apple fans couldn't wait to get their hands on the iPhone 5. And as Mil Arcega reports, it appears to be another blockbuster product launch for the American company.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Uneven Signs of Growth in the Transport Industry

VOA Learning English: Uneven Signs of Growth in the Transport Industry

A look at some industries in the United States shows that the economic recovery is somewhat uneven. And growth seems to be slowing down. VOA’s Jim Randle spoke with experts in the transportation industry, which is easily affected by economic changes. (read more)
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Friday, September 21, 2012

Fashion Meets Art on Pakistani Catwalk



VOAVideo: Fashion Meets Art on Pakistani Catwalk

Few women go out in Pakistan without being fully covered in traditional dress. But VOA's Sharon Behn reports from Islamabad on how two women in this Muslim country are combining modern art and a taste for high fashion to create a new fusion of wearable art in Pakistan.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Words and Their Stories: Let's Do Business

VOA Learning English: Words and Their Stories: Let's Do Business

There are many special terms in the world of business.

The following story is about a sweetheart deal which I made last week. I made the deal with a friend, and we both made a profit...I worked hard building up my business. I did not work only a few hours each day -- no banker’s hours for me. Instead I spent many hours each day, seven days a week, trying to grow the company. I never cut corners or tried to save on expenses. I made many cold calls. I called on possible buyers from a list of people I had never seen. Such calls were often hard sells. I had to be very firm. (read more)


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  • Words and Their Stories: Let's Do Business

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Clowns Take Their Business Seriously



VOAVideo: Clowns Take Their Business Seriously

Clowning as a form of entertainment has been around for centuries -- across many cultures. In the circus, on stage or at birthday parties, clowns bring laughter to young and old. VOA's Faiza Elmasry looks at what's behind the colorful wigs, big shoes and red nose

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Blow-Dry Bars Heat Up Despite Recession



VOAVideo: Blow-Dry Bars Heat Up Despite Recession

Dry Bar founder Alli Webb is in the business of selling glamour. Despite the economic downturn, Webb's blow-dry enterprise is not only thriving, it's actually expanding across America. VOA's Elizabeth Lee reports.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

One in Seven Americans Lives in Poverty


VOANews: Study: One in Seven Americans Lives in Poverty

More than 46 million people were living in poverty in US in 2011 as persistent effects of financial crisis boosted unemployment

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Poor US Job Numbers Play Key Factor in Presidential Race



VOAVideo: Poor US Job Numbers Play Key Factor in Presidential Race

The U.S. economy added just 96,000 jobs in August, fewer than economists were expecting. The jobless rate fell from 8.3 to 8.1 percent - but only because more Americans stopped looking for work. Financial analysts say the latest job numbers could play a big role in the coming presidential elections. But as Mil Arcega reports, economic factors outside the United States, however, also may be at play.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Apple Victory Over Samsung To Impact Smart Phone Industry



VOAVideo: Apple Victory Over Samsung To Impact Smart Phone Industry

Samsung plans to challenge Friday's billion-dollar verdict that found the South Korean tech giant knowingly copied Apple's designs. The case is likely to remain tied up in the courts for some time before money ever changes hands. But as Mil Arcega reports, analysts say last week's ruling will have far-reaching consequences for high tech manufacturers and consumers.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Apple Unveils New iPhone 5

VOANews: Apple Unveils New iPhone 5

Company is seeking to regain lead in smartphone sales it lost earlier this year to South Korean-based Samsung

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Film Recounts Cantor Fitzgerald's 9/11 Tragic Losses, Recovery



VOANews: Film Recounts Cantor Fitzgerald's 9/11 Tragic Losses, Recovery

NEW YORK — On the morning of September 11, 2001, 658 people were working between the 101st and the 105th floor of the World Trade Center's North Tower. They were employees of Cantor Fitzgerald, a bond trading firm. When a hijacked plane slammed into the tower, all 658 lost their lives, representing one-fourth of the 3,000 people who died nationwide from the September 11 terror attacks. (read more)

Monday, September 3, 2012

United We Stand: A History of Labor Unions



odphijazz: United We Stand: A History of Labor Unions

This is a video I made for my U.S. History class that is to be shown to middle school students. This video gives a glimpse into the world of Labor Unions from the nineteenth century. Enjoy!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Connecting Employers with Jobs Seekers in Today's Economy



VOA Learning English: Connecting Employers with Jobs Seekers in Today's Economy

About 350 thousand newly unemployed people signed up for financial assistance in the United States during the first week of July. The nation's jobless rate was 8.2 percent in both May and June. Some employers say they would add employees if they could find workers with important technology skills. Some experts say better communication and technology could reduce this "skills gap." (read more))

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Words and Their Stories: Food Expressions

VOA Learning English: Words and Their Stories: Food Expressions
Are you as cool as a cucumber? WORDS AND THEIR STORIES (download mp3)

VOA Learning English: Words and Their Stories: Food Expressions, Part Two
That’s the way the cookie crumbles WORDS AND THEIR STORIES (download mp3)


VOA Learning English: Words and Their Stories: Food Expressions, Part Three
Some food for thought WORDS AND THEIR STORIES (download mp3)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

My First Job: Omar Epps


wh.gov: My First Job: Omar Epps

Actor Omar Epps talks about his first job, the lessons he learned and how they still apply to his work today. Go find yours now at http://www.whitehouse.gov/summerjobs

Monday, April 30, 2012

US Clothing Designers Seek to Satisfy Demand for American Made


VOAVideo: US Clothing Designers Seek to Satisfy Demand for American Made Clothes

For decades, U.S. companies, including many in the textile industry, moved production of their products overseas, where labor and other manufacturing costs were lower. But fashion experts in the U.S. say some American designers are bringing manufacturing back home because of a growing demand among consumers for apparel made in the U.S. Elizabeth Lee reports from Los Angeles.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Job Applications 3: Completing a Job Application

GCFLearnFree: Job Applications 3: Completing a Job Application

In this lesson, you will learn the basics of completing a job application including how to answer common job application questions. In addition, you will understand the role of Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity Employers in the application process.

Note--there are 6 web pages--click at the bottom of each page.

You can see all of the Job Applications lessons at GCFLearnFree: Job Applications

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Job Applications 2: Obtain References

GCFLearnFree: Job Applications 2: Obtain References

In this lesson, you will learn how to choose a reference and what contact information you will need for them. In addition, you will learn how to write and format a list of references to give to potential employers.

Note--there are 6 web pages--click at the bottom of each page.

You can see all of the Job Applications lessons at GCFLearnFree: Job Applications

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Job Applications 1: Gather Your Personal Information

GCFLearnFree: Job Applications 1: Gather Your Personal Information

In order to successfully complete a job application, you will need to organize and gather information on your educational background and work history, in addition to your current contact information.

Note--there are 7 web pages--click at the bottom of each page.

You can see all of the Job Applications lessons at GCFLearnFree: Job Applications

Monday, April 23, 2012

US Hiring Slows in March But Unemployment Rate Dips


VOAVideo: US Hiring Slows in March But Unemployment Rate Dips

A new snapshot of the U.S. job market paints a mixed picture. The Labor Department says the economy added 120,000 jobs in March, down sharply from the previous months. Still, it was enough to bring the unemployment rate down to 8.2 percent.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Job Search 3: Networking for a Job

GCFLearnFree: Job Search 3: Networking for a Job

In this lesson, we will explore how to network and build advantageous relationships with your connections. We will also review strategies for utilizing social media and creating a brand for yourself.

Note--there are 5 web pages--click at the bottom of each page.

You can see all of the Job Search lessons at GCFLearnFree: Career Planning

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Job Search 2: Searching Online for a Job

GCFLearnFree: Job Search 2: Searching Online for a Job

This lesson will show you where to look for online job postings, how to perform an effective search on a job search engine, and what to do when you've found a job that you want to apply for.

Note--there are 4 web pages--click at the bottom of each page.

You can see all of the Job Search lessons at GCFLearnFree: Career Planning

Friday, April 20, 2012

Job Search 1: How to Conduct a Job Search

GCFLearnFree: Job Search 1: How to Conduct a Job Search

This lesson will introduce you to the strategies, resources and methods you should use when conducting your job search.

Note--there are 5 web pages--click at the bottom of each page.

You can see all of the Job Search lessons at GCFLearnFree: Career Planning

Thursday, April 19, 2012

US Job Market



VOANews: US Hiring Slows in March But Unemployment Rate Dips 
Labor Department says economy added 120,000 jobs in March, unemployment rate dropped to 8.2 percent

VOANews: Unemployed Test Work in New Job Fields
New Hampshire program allows workers to continue receiving jobless benefits during training

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Exposing Women to New Career Options



VOANews: Exposing Women to New Career Options

While women have made big strides in many career fields that were once dominated by men - from law to medicine to the physically-demanding work of police and the military - construction work still is largely considered "a man's job." A non-profit organization in the Washington, D.C., area, however, is training women for the construction trades in an effort to build self-esteem and better-paying careers.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Career Planning 3: Create Your Own Career Plan

GCFLearnFree.og: Career Planning 3: Create Your Own Career Plan

In this lesson, you will learn how to analyze the needs of your career objective, write a career plan with S.M.A.R.T. goals and stay on task with motivational tips.

Note--there are 4 web pages--click at the bottom of each page.

You can see all of the Career Planning lessons at GCFLearnFree: Career Planning

Monday, April 16, 2012

Career Planning 2: Research Potential Careers

GCFLearnFree.og: Career Planning 2: Research Potential Careers

In this lesson, you will learn how to research potential careers by determining what to look for and what resources to use, including online career information websites.

Note--there are 3 web pages--click at the bottom of each page.

You can see all of the Career Planning lessons at GCFLearnFree: Career Planning

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Career Planning 1: Assess Yourself and Your Needs

GCFLearnFree.og: Career Planning: Assess Yourself and Your Needs

In this lesson, you will determine your career needs by assessing your traits, aptitudes, interests, financial needs and education.

Note--there are 5 web pages--click at the bottom of each page.

You can see all of the Career Planning lessons at GCFLearnFree: Career Planning