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))