Monday, September 2, 2013

Happy Labor Day

MADE IN AMERICA--BUILDING A NATION

HAPPY LABOR DAY! The U.S. Postal Service has issued a new series of postage stamps: Made in America: Building a Nation to honor the men and women of the past who set our country’s future in motion.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Welcome Back to School!


2013-2014 ESL/Citz Registration and Testing 

All new and returning students must register and take 1 CASAS Reading/Listening test
  • Mon Aug 19  1 pm---TEST
                                 
First Day of School            
  • Morning: Mon Aug 19 8:45 am  
  • Evening: Tue Aug 20 5:45 pm

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Tech Jargon? Ping Us. - The Sweet Spot



NYTimes: Tech Jargon? Ping Us. - The Sweet Spot

In this week's episode, A. O. Scott and David Carr try to decipher all the digital mumbo-jumbo out there, even some (uber) phrases they use themselves. (read more)

Monday, July 15, 2013

Job Search: Indeed.com



GCF Learn Free: Job Search: Indeed.com

Learn how to conduct an effective job search with Indeed.com

For more videos about job training, computers, and other workforce readiness skills, visit GCF Learn Free Channel on YouTube.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Career Exploration: Occupational Outlook Handbook 2



GCF Learn Free: Career Exploration: Occupational Outlook Handbook

The Occupational Outlook Handbook from the U.S. Department of Labor is the most comprehensive resource for researching any career. You'll be able to learn about the nature of the work, normal working conditions, average salaries, projected job outlook, and more.

For more videos about job training, computers, and other workforce readiness skills, visit GCF Learn Free Channel on YouTube.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Career Planning: Occupational Outlook Handbook



GCF Learn Free: Career Planning: Occupational Outlook Handbook

Use the Occupational Outlook Handbook to find information about different careers.

For more videos about job training, computers, and other workforce readiness skills, visit GCF Learn Free Channel on YouTube.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Career Planning: Careers.org Occupation Profiles



GCF Learn Free: Career Planning: Careers.org Occupation Profiles

Learn how to use the Occupation Profiles on Careers.org to research potential careers.

For more videos about job training, computers, and other workforce readiness skills, visit GCF Learn Free Channel on YouTube.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Interactive: Career Planning Considerations

GCF Learn Free: Interactive: Career Planning Considerations

Planning for a career will require a lot of time and patience. Discover what you should think about as you start creating your career plan, such as networking and potential education costs.

You can see all of the Career Planning and Salary at GCFLearnFree: Career Planning and Salary

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Make a Career Plan

GCF Learn Free: Gain Job Skills

Once you figure out what you want, you will need to figure out how to get it. Use our career planning guide to set SMART goals toward success.

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

You can see all of the Career Planning and Salary at GCFLearnFree: Career Planning and Salary

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Gain Job Skills

GCF Learn Free: Gain Job Skills

Going back to school isn't the only way to learn new skills. Explore these free alternatives for gaining knowledge and experience.

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

You can see all of the Career Planning and Salary at GCFLearnFree: Career Planning and Salary

Monday, July 8, 2013

Career Exploration: Salary.com



GCF Learn Free: Career Exploration: Salary.com

Salary.com is one of the most popular resources for finding U.S. salary information. Beyond basic salary information, the results also include benefits and estimates of net or take-home pay.

For more videos about job training, computers, and other workforce readiness skills, visit GCF Learn Free Channel on YouTube.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Salary Basics

GCF Learn Free: Salary Basics

Money, money, money! Learn how to determine your financial needs, research salaries and calculate your take-home pay.

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

You can see all of the Career Planning and Salary at GCFLearnFree: Career Planning and Salary

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Career Exploration: CareerOneStop



GCF Learn Free: Career Exploration: CareerOneStop

CareerOneStop is also a powerful career planning tool. A central resource in the new American Job Center Network, it allows you to browse careers that are in demand, compare different occupations, create a career plan, and learn valuable resume writing and interviewing skills.

For more videos about job training, computers, and other workforce readiness skills, visit GCF Learn Free Channel on YouTube.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Interactives: Methods for Researching a Career

GCF Learn Free: Interactives: Methods for Researching a Career

Online research isn't the only way to research potential career paths. Learn about the different ways that you can research information about careers, like volunteering or attending a career fair.

You can see all of the Career Planning and Salary at GCFLearnFree: Career Planning and Salary

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Explore Careers

GCF Learn Free: Explore Careers

Starting down a career path without doing your homework can really mess you up. Let us show you how to effectively research careers.

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

You can see all of the Career Planning and Salary at GCFLearnFree: Career Planning and Salary

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Interactives: Assessing Your Career Needs

GCF Learn Free: Interactives: Assessing Your Career Needs

What are your skills and interests? What do you value? How will your financial needs affect your career choice? Explore the different things you should consider when assessing yourself and your career needs.

You can see all of the Career Planning and Salary at GCFLearnFree: Career Planning and Salary

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Discover Your Career Needs

GCF Learn Free: 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.

You can see all of the Career Planning and Salary at GCFLearnFree: Career Planning and Salary

Monday, July 1, 2013

Merchants Embrace New Spin on Advertising



VOAVideo: Merchants Embrace New Spin on Advertising

Billboards, signs and posters remain an important way for business owners to advertise their goods and services. But in many cities across the United States, some of these signs are not stuck in the grass or hung up on a wall - they are in constant motion thanks to sign spinners. People spin signs of all shapes and sizes, in all directions, to attract the attention of both pedestrians and car drivers. VOA's Faiza Elmasry reports. Faith Lapidus narrates.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

High End Jean Manufacturers Fear Tariff Will Cripple Their Industry



VOAVideo: High End Jean Manufacturers Fear Tariff Will Cripple Their Industry

The 'Made in USA' label is still coveted in many parts of the world. Some consumers, especially in Europe, will pay a high price for a pair of American-made designer jeans, many of them made in California. Now, the industry says it is being threatened by a new European tariff, which it says could cost California jobs and have an impact on other parts of the world. VOA's Elizabeth Lee has this report from Los Angeles, home of many designer jean companies.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Weddings Are a Billion Dollar Business in America

VOA Learning English: Weddings Are a Billion Dollar Business in America

More than 2.3 million couples get married in the United States every year. Sometimes a couple may simply go to a courthouse or city hall and be married by a judge or other official. But more elaborate wedding ceremonies are big business, adding $70 billion to the American economy every year. (read more) (listen)

Monday, June 24, 2013

How to make a first good impression in a job interview?



learnexmumbai: How to make a first good impression in a job interview?

How to make a first good impression in a job interview :

In this lesson Ceema explains how to make a good impression to impress your potential employer.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Money Talks

VOA Learning English: Money Talks--Words and their Stories

People often say that money talks. They mean that a person with a lot of money can say how he or she wants things done. But it is not easy to earn enough money to gain this kind of power. (read more) (listen)

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Immigrant's Success Creates Abundant Opportunities for Many Others



VOAVideo: Immigrant's Success Creates Abundant Opportunities for Many Others


America is often called "The Land of Opportunity." And in 2011 alone, more than a million immigrants became permanent residents on the path to citizenship. Many come to the U.S. to escape hardships where they live, and some to give their children better opportunities. But for those with an entrepreneurial spirit, the United States sometimes helps them realize their dreams. And when that happens, it can change other people's lives as well. Arash Arabasadi of VOA's Persian News Network has one example.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Living in the U.S. is Just $1,000,000 Away

ESLPod Blog: Living in the U.S. is Just $1,000,000 Away

Getting official permission to move to the United States ranges from fairly easy for some countries to nearly impossible for others. But if you have $1,000,000 to spare (extra; to spend), you may have a shortcut (an easier way) to getting a green card (the permanent resident status that allows you live and work in the U.S.). (read more)

USCIS: Info about the E-B Immigrant Investor Visa

For more info about Citizenship and Immigration, visit US Citizenship Podcast

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Indonesia: Young Entrepreneur Starts a Learning Center



VOA Learning English: Indonesia: Young Entrepreneur Starts a Learning Center

Conversational practice with VOA's Avi Arditti and Madeline Smith, a Canadian intern in VOA Learning English. Read, listen and learn about different subjects with captioned videos in slower-speed Special English at http://youtube.com/voalearningenglish

WANT TO PRACTICE YOUR CONVERSATIONAL ENGLISH?

Skype with VOA Learning English
Tuesday and Friday at 1500 UTC

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

From Cake Baking to Movie Making: How Kickstarter Is Changing Business (VOA On Assignment June 14)



VOAVideo: From Cake Baking to Movie Making: How Kickstarter Is Changing Business (VOA On Assignment June 14)

On Assignment's Philip Alexiou interviews VOA correspondent Suzanne Presto about the rise of the popular fundraising website Kickstarter. Suzanne profiled a Washington-area woman using the crowdsourcing tool to fund her bakery business. And as Suzanne reports, even Hollywood has gotten in on the trend.

For more info, visit Kickstarter.com.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

New Life Cafe (Part 3)



WeAreNY: New Life Cafe (Part 3)

Rosa is about to open a Dominican café. But when her lab tests come back and the doctor tells her the bad news, her dreams are over. Or are they? A heart-warming drama about family, friendship, and coming to terms with diabetes.

For more information,
Visit www.nyc.gov/LearnEnglish

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

New Life Cafe (Part 2)



We Are NY: New Life Cafe (Part 2)

Rosa is about to open a Dominican café. But when her lab tests come back and the doctor tells her the bad news, her dreams are over. Or are they? A heart-warming drama about family, friendship, and coming to terms with diabetes.

For more information, visit www.nyc.gov/LearnEnglish

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Friday, May 17, 2013

ESL Podcast 891 – Checking on the Status of an Application

ESL Podcast 891 – Checking on the Status of an Application 

Waiting to hear about whether you were successful in applying for a job or position can be stressful. Learn how to talk about it in English in this episode. Download Podcast 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

ESL Podcast 884 – Types of Meetings

ESL Podcast 884 – Types of Meetings 

What could be more fun than going to a lot of meetings? Learn how to talk about different kinds of business meetings in this episode. Download Podcast 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Some US Nurses Struggle to Find Work



VOAVideo: Some US Nurses Struggle to Find Work

U.S. nurses are caught between a sour economy, a demographic bump and a flood of unemployed new graduates. After years of worry about a shortage of nurses, about one-third of new nursing graduates in the United States have been struggling to find work. Experts tell VOA's Jim Randle there will be many job openings for nurses - eventually.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

US Working Mothers Struggle Daily to Balance Family and Career



VOAVideo: US Working Mothers Struggle Daily to Balance Family and Career

A growing number of mothers in the United States are joining the workforce, from fewer than 50 percent in the 1970s to close to 75 percent today. And while U.S. labor policies in support of working mothers have come a long way, VOA's Julie Taboh reports they have not caught up to the realities of women who struggle daily to balance family and career.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

US Colleges Struggle to Keep Up with New Technical Skills



VOAVideo: US Colleges Struggle to Keep Up with New Technical Skills

Despite recent improvements, U.S. unemployment remains high. But at the same time, experts say a lack of computer-savvy workers means several million technology jobs could go unfilled. The president of a college that grants thousands of technical degrees each year says schools are struggling to keep up with the new skills needed for technical professions that didn't exist a couple of years ago. VOA's Jim Randle reports.

Friday, May 10, 2013

US Hiring Beats Expectations, Unemployment Falls to 7.5 Percent



VOAVideo: US Hiring Beats Expectations, Unemployment Falls to 7.5 Percent

The U.S. economy continues to be resilient. Despite steep government spending cuts, American businesses hired more workers than expected last month. The government also revised the February and March job numbers higher - driving the U.S. unemployment rate down to 7.5 percent - the lowest since December 2008. Mil Arcega has more for VOA.

Monday, April 29, 2013

VOA Technology Report - China and California exchange ideas - The Green Team



ListenAndReadAlong VOA Technology Report - China and California exchange ideas - The Green Team>

From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report.
California Governor Jerry Brown wants to increase partnerships between his state and China. The governor traveled to China last week to seek Chinese investment in things like high-speed rail, renewable energy and electric vehicles.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

ESL Podcast 884 – Types of Meetings

ESL Podcast 884 – Types of Meetings 
What could be more fun than going to a lot of meetings? Learn how to talk about different kinds of business meetings in this episode. 
Download Podcast 

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Teacher Jennifer Goes to Washington DC!

USCIS 100:94. What is the capital of the United States?*


Hi, I am spending Spring Break in Washington DC.  
Follow my trip on Twitter @USCitizenPod

USCIS 100:94. What is the capital of the United States?*

▪ Washington, D.C.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

How Cambodian Woman Became a Walmart Manager in Florida



VOALearningEnglish: How Cambodian Woman Became a Walmart Manager in Florida

Skype caller Ron also explains how she met her Guyanese husband. She talks with Avi Arditti from VOA Learning English and Carolyn Presutti from VOA News.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Critical Thinking on the Job



soomopublishing: Critical Thinking on the Job

Soomo Publishing's "Critical Thinking on the Job" video series examines the use of critical thinking in various professions. Here we see a sound technician, an auto mechanic, and a restaurateur discussing some of the basic thought processes involved in their work.

All videos were filmed on location in Asheville, North Carolina. The subjects featured include Michel Baudouin (Owner, Bouchon Restaurant), Dougal Bailey (Owner and Chief Mechanic, Dougal's Automotive), and Dan Cochren (Technical Director, The Orange Peel).

Soomo Publishing creates webtexts and online assignments that bring the best web resources to the college classroom. For more information, please visit soomopublishing.com.

Monday, March 25, 2013

New Generation of Laptops Unveiled at Consumer Electronics Show



VOAVideo: New Generation of Laptops Unveiled at Consumer Electronics Show

Throughout the years, computers have gotten smaller and smaller and thinner, lighter and faster. With the newest advancements, there is a new breed of thin and fast laptops being introduced to the market. They are less than an inch thick and consume less energy than their predecessors. VOA' s Arash Aalaei has more:

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Activists: Minimum Wage Boost Would Especially Benefit Women



VOAVideo: Activists: Minimum Wage Boost Would Especially Benefit Women

President Obama's recent calls to raise the federally mandated minimum wage in the United States - from $7.25 to $9.00 an hour - has galvanized activists on labor issues, including those who note the wage boost would especially benefit women. VOA's Suzanne Presto in Washington has more

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Occupations



uscitizenpod: Occupations

Learn about these occupations:

  1. Assembler
  2. Babysitter
  3. Baker
  4. Bus Driver
  5. Cashier
  6. Computer Programmer
  7. Construction Worker
  8. Cook
  9. Delivery Person
  10. Dentist
  11. Dental Hygienist
  12. Doctor
  13. Driver
  14. Farm Worker
  15. Firefighter
  16. Gardener
  17. Garment Worker
  18. Hair Stylist
  19. Housekeeper
  20. Installer
  21. Janitor
  22. Lawyer
  23. Manicurist
  24. Mechanic
  25. Musician
  26. Nurse
  27. Office Assistant
  28. Painter
  29. Paramedic
  30. Pharmacist
  31. Plumber
  32. Police Officer
  33. Real Estate Agent
  34. Receptionist
  35. Sales Clerk
  36. Security Guard
  37. Stock Clerk
  38. Teacher
  39. Technician
  40. Waiter and Waitress

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Jobs and Job Duties



uscitizenpod: Jobs and Job Duties

Jobs and Job Duties: 

  • Assembler
  • Babysitter
  • Computer Programmer
  • Doctor
  • Hairstylist
  • Mechanic
  • Nurse
  • Sales Clerk
  • Teacher
  • Waiter and Waitress

Sunday, March 17, 2013

US Economy Adds 263K Jobs, Unemployment Rate Falls to 7.7%



VOAVideo: US Economy Adds 263K Jobs, Unemployment Rate Falls to 7.7%

U.S. hiring was stronger than expected last month. The Labor Department says American companies added 236 thousand jobs in February and the unemployment rate fell from 7.9 to 7.7 percent. That's the lowest level since December 2008 and suggests the U.S. recovery is gaining momentum. But some say the recovery may be short lived. Mil Arcega has more for VOA.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Robot Workers Help US Manufacturers Compete With China



VOAVideo: Robot Workers Help US Manufacturers Compete With China

After decades of losing jobs to China and other low wage countries, the manufacturing sector in the United States is now expanding -- thanks in large part to the integration of advanced technology into production processes. While this development has so far sparked only a modest increase in employment, VOA's Brian Padden reports from California that some American manufacturers are optimistic that technology will create more highly skilled jobs for those workers being replaced by robots

Friday, March 15, 2013

Building a Restaurant on Wheels from Inside Out



VOAVideo: Building a Restaurant on Wheels from Inside Out

In recent years food trucks have proliferated in big U.S. cities. As the popularity of the mobile kitchen continues to grow, a small business in the Washington D.C. suburbs is also profiting. VOA's June Soh takes us to East Coast Custom Coaches, a builder of food trucks.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Job Applications Online Activity

Job Applications Online Activity

Work History, Education, Desired Position and Salary...There is so much information needed for a job application. In this activity, you drag and drop information from your personal notes onto the application to completely fill it out. If you can't find an answer on the "cheat sheet", just click the question and the character will help you fill out the answer.

Check out GCF's Job Application Online Practice (download pdf).

Learn more about Job applications at GCF Learn Free: Job Applications.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Job Applications 3: Completing a Job Application

Job Applications: Completing a Job Application

In this lesson, you'll learn the basics of completing a job application, including ways to answer common questions (and more difficult ones, too). In addition, you'll understand the role of Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity Employers in the application process. (6 pages)

Learn more about Job applications at GCF Learn Free: Job Applications. Also check out GCF's Job Application Online Practice (download pdf)--it's very helpful!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Job Applications 2: Obtaining References

Job Applications: Obtaining References

In this lesson, you'll learn how to choose a reference, and what contact information you'll need to get from them. In addition, we'll show you how to write and format a list of references to give to potential employers. (4 pages)

Learn more about Job applications at GCF Learn Free: Job Applications. Also check out GCF's Job Application Online Practice (download pdf)--it's very helpful!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Job Applications 1: Gathering Your Personal Information

Job Applications: Gathering Your Personal Information

In this tutorial, we're going to discuss everything you need to complete a job application. This includes gathering your personal information, obtaining references, and finally, tips for completing a job application. (6 pages)

Learn more about Job applications at GCF Learn Free: Job Applications. Also check out GCF's Job Application Online Practice (download pdf)--it's very helpful!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Small Businesses Pay Price for Harlem's Success



VOAVideo: Small Businesses Pay Price for Harlem's Success

For more than a century, Harlem has been one of New York's most densely populated districts. And while it has always been a magnet for African Americans, it has also been one of the city's poorest and most crime-ridden areas. Today, Harlem is experiencing an economic surge largely due to an influx of outsiders attracted to its plentiful housing and a growing black middle class. But as VOA's Adam Phillips reports, the trend comes with a price.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Celebrating Working Women: International Women's Day



kronosinc: Celebrating Working Women: International Women's Day 2011

Kronos and Xplane created this video in honor of International Women's Day (March 8, 2011). The purpose of this video is to provide viewers with a look at several interesting facts and statistics about the changes and developments that have impacted women in the workforce.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Lan Looks for a Job



uscitizenpod: Lan Looks for a Job

Lan looks for a new cosmetology job: Barber, Haircutter, Hair Stylist, Beautician, Manicurist, or Cosmetics Saleswoman.

For more, see MiliptasVESL.com or MilpitasChat.com.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Job Interview Skills - DOs and DON'Ts



EnglishLessons4U: Job Interview Skills - DOs and DON'Ts

http://www.engvid.com Job interview tips: what to do and what NOT to do to get your dream job! Some of the tips might seem obvious, and some are more subtle. Make sure you are prepared fully by watching this video.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Job Interview Skills - Questions and Answers



EnglishLessons4U: Job Interview Skills - Questions and Answers

http://www.engvid.com Job interview tips: some common questions you will be asked and how to answer them! Learn what to say to impress and get that job!

Thursday, February 28, 2013

SaberHacer Careers and Jobs videos



SaberHacer: Questions to ask an interviewer

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.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Milpitas Adult School: Job Interview



Milpitas Adult School: Job Interview

This is a video created by Ann Taguchi, Reva Larson, and Hongyan Zheng at Milpitas Adult Education center. The two actors in the video are current ESL students at the school, one from level 3 and the other from level 4.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

The Average American Wedding: Big And Expensive



VOAVideo: The Average American Wedding: Big And Expensive

More than two million three hundred thousand couples get married the United States every year. That averages out to six thousand two hundred weddings a day. Overall, the U.S. wedding industry is estimated at more than $70 billion a year. And as Tatiana Vorozhko, of VOA's Ukrainian Service tells us, many wedding ceremonies are huge productions -- which take a year or more to plan.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Job Interview Tips

DailyESL: Job Interview Tips

Suppose you are the owner of an English school, and you are hiring a new English teacher for a new position. What questions would you ask the person to see if he or she is a qualifed candidate for the job?

Friday, February 22, 2013

Interview Skills 5

Minire has hired and trained many salespeople.

ListenAMinute: Job Interviews: Job interviews are always hit and miss for me.
Get off your couch and get a job! Learn about how employers review job applications in this episode. Download Podcast

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Interview Skills 4

The best way to get a job is through a friend of a friend...

Learn how to ask about someone's job in this podcast. Download Podcast



Learn how to make a business call in English to someone you don’t know in this episode. Download Podcast

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Interview Skills 3

Ivy Wei is an efficient, yet friendly, cashier
at Mayflower, Great Mall, Milpitas.
I was on my way to an interview and there was a lot of traffic on the road. I got to the office in the nick of time for my appointment. Download Podcast



I was just in time for my interview and I was very nervous. Download Podcast

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Interview Skills 2

Dai Yanchun is the sole proprietor of Hair Dimension, Milpitas.

ESLPodcast 56 - Hiring for a Job

Find out how to talk about hiring someone for a job in this podcast. Download Podcast

ESLPodcast 59 - Teamwork

At school and at work, you have to be able to work with others. Find out how to talk about it in this podcast. Download Podcast

List of Characteristics that employers look for in good employees. Which ones describe you?

  • active
  • attentive
  • careful
  • caring
  • civic-minded
  • creative
  • dependable
  • detail-oriented
  • efficient
  • encouraging
  • enterprising
  • family-oriented
  • flexible
  • friendly
  • gentle
  • good concentration
  • good with numbers
  • great with people
  • hard-working
  • helpful
  • honest
  • independent
  • nice
  • obedient
  • open-minded
  • optimistic
  • patient
  • polite
  • positive
  • a problem solver
  • punctual
  • a quick learner
  • reliable
  • respectful
  • responsible
  • self-motivated
  • talented
  • a team player
  • well-groomed
  • well-organized
  • willing to accept responsibility
  • works well under pressure

Monday, February 18, 2013

Interview Skills 1


Learn how to talk about interviews and getting a job on today's podcast. Download Podcast

ESLPodcast 44 - Making a Good Impression

It is important to prepare for an interview. Learn how on today's podcast. Download Podcast

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Resume Writing Interactives 12: Cyber-Safe Resume

GCFLearnFree: Resume Writing Interactives 12: Cyber-Safe Resume

Learn how to protect your privacy by creating a cyber-safe version of your resume.

You can see all the Resume Writing Interactives at GCFLearnFree: Resume Writing Interactives

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Resume Writing Interactives 11: Additional Information

GCFLearnFree: Resume Writing Interactives 11: Additional Information

Learn the types of additional information that may be appropriate to include in your resume.

You can see all the Resume Writing Interactives at GCFLearnFree: Resume Writing Interactives

Friday, February 15, 2013

Resume Writing Interactives 10: Education Samples

GCFLearnFree: Resume Writing Interactives 10: Education Samples

Review the various ways you may list your educational background with these samples.

You can see all the Resume Writing Interactives at GCFLearnFree: Resume Writing Interactives

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Resume Writing Interactives 9: Combination Employment History Sample

GCFLearnFree: Resume Writing Interactives 9: Combination Employment History Sample

Learn how to write an employment history by reviewing this sample in a combination resume.

You can see all the Resume Writing Interactives at GCFLearnFree: Resume Writing Interactives

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Resume Writing Interactives 8: Functional Employment History Sample

GCFLearnFree: Resume Writing Interactives 8: Functional Employment History Sample

Learn how to write an employment history by reviewing this sample in a functional resume.

You can see all the Resume Writing Interactives at GCFLearnFree: Resume Writing Interactives

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Resume Writing Interactives 7: Chronological Employment History Sample

GCFLearnFree: Resume Writing Interactives 7: Chronological Employment History Sample

Learn how to write an employment history by reviewing this sample in a chronological resume.

You can see all the Resume Writing Interactives at GCFLearnFree: Resume Writing Interactives

Monday, February 11, 2013

Resume Writing Interactives 6: Resume Introduction Information

GCFLearnFree: Resume Writing Interactives 6: Resume Introduction Information

Learn how to write an appropriate introductory statement including which type of statement will work best for your resume.

You can see all the Resume Writing Interactives at GCFLearnFree: Resume Writing Interactives

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Happy New Year!


ESL Holiday Lessons.com: Chinese New Year's Day

Chinese New Year is the most important of the Chinese holidays. Many people who live outside China call it the Lunar New Year.

DOWNLOADS: Word Doc | PDF | MP3 Listening | Online Exercise

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Korean American Deli Owner Is A Calligrapher



VOAVideo: Korean American Deli Owner Is A Calligrapher

Kwon Myoung-Won from Korea works hard, like many immigrants, running a small business for long hours every day. But he never lost his passion for the calligraphy he began doing as a boy. Although few may know about this art, some of his works are displayed in museums and galleries across the US and around the world. VOA's June Soh visited Kwon's convenience store in the Washington suburbs, where his art flourishes.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Resume Writing Interactives 4: Combination Resume

GCFLearnFree: Resume Writing Interactives 4: Combination Resume

Explore a sample of a combination resume which may best showcase a steady, but unrelated work history.

You can see all the Resume Writing Interactives at GCFLearnFree: Resume Writing Interactives

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Resume Writing Interactives 3: Functional Resume

GCFLearnFree: Resume Writing Interactives 3: Functional Resume

Explore a sample of a functional resume which best showcases diverse skills and de-emphasizes age and employment gaps.
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You can see all the Resume Writing Interactives at GCFLearnFree: Resume Writing Interactives

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Resume Writing Interactives 2: Chronological Resume

GCFLearnFree: Resume Writing Interactives 2: Chronological Resume

Explore a sample of a Chronological Resume which best showcases steady employment

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Monday, February 4, 2013

Resume Writing Interactives 1: Sample Resume Layout

GCFLearnFree: Resume Writing Interactives 1: Sample Resume Layout
Identify the basic layout and information sections that should be included on a resume.

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Friday, February 1, 2013

Learn ESL: How to Write a Resume



About.com Learn ESL: How to Write a Resume

Writing a resume can be a difficult task if English is your second language. Watch this how-to video from About.com for easy tips and ideas for writing a resume.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Resume Writing 9: Preparing your Resume for the Internet

GCFLearnFree: Resume Writing 9: Preparing your Resume for the Internet

In this lesson, you will learn how to format a resume for privacy and online posting. You will also learn rules and strategies for effective emailing to potential employers.

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

You can see all of the Resume Writing lessons at GCFLearnFree: Resume Writing

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Resume Writing 8: Additional Information and References

GCFLearnFree: Resume Writing 8: Additional Information and References

In this lesson, you will determine what type of additional information is appropriate to include on your resume.

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

You can see all of the Resume Writing lessons at GCFLearnFree: Resume Writing

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Resume Writing 7: Education Information

GCFLearnFree: Resume Writing 7: Education Information

In this lesson, you learn how to craft your educational background and what information you should include.

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

You can see all of the Resume Writing lessons at GCFLearnFree: Resume Writing

Monday, January 28, 2013

Resume Writing 6: Employment History

GCFLearnFree: Resume Writing 6: Employment History

In this lesson, you will learn which format is best for listing your employment history. You will learn how to market your resume by focusing your history on accomplishments and measures rather then simply listing duties. Then you will craft an employment history for your own resume.

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

You can see all of the Resume Writing lessons at GCFLearnFree: Resume Writing

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Resume Writing 5: Objectives, Summaries or Professional Profiles

GCFLearnFree: Resume Writing 5: Objectives, Summaries or Professional Profiles

In this lesson, you will compare statements and understand their purpose. Then you will determine which one is best for you in order to create one for your own resume..

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

You can see all of the Resume Writing lessons at GCFLearnFree: Resume Writing

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Resume Writing 4: Contact Information

GCFLearnFree: Resume Writing 4: Contact Information

It all starts with your name and other contact information. In this lesson, you learn what contact to include and how to place it on your resume.

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

You can see all of the Resume Writing lessons at GCFLearnFree: Resume Writing

Friday, January 25, 2013

Resume Writing 3: Resume Tips and Strategies

GCFLearnFree: Resume Writing 3: Resume Tips and Strategies

during this lesson, you will review tips and strategies for creating a winning resume and identify common mistakes to avoid in the process. You will also learn about considerations for including links to online profiles and personal web pages.

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

You can see all of the Resume Writing lessons at GCFLearnFree: Resume Writing

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Resume Writing 2: Resume Formats - Choosing the Right One

GCFLearnFree: Resume Writing 2: Resume Formats - Choosing the Right One

In this lesson, we will explore the various ways key information is presented on a chronological, functional and combination resume.

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

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Resume Writing 1: Why You Need a Resume

GCFLearnFree: Resume Writing 1: Why You Need a Resume

In this lesson, you will understand what a resume is and the various ways in which it is used. We will also explore what information is contained in a resume.

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

You can see all of the Resume Writing lessons at GCFLearnFree: Resume Writing

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

How To Write a Resume



HowCast: How To Write a Resume
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Want to get yourself out of a bad situation and into a better one? A solid resume is the first step.

To complete this How-To you will need:
A computer
A printer

Step 1: Write name in bold w/ info
Write your name in bold at the top of the page, followed by your address, phone numbers, and email address. Then center the whole thing.

Tip: It also helps to make your heading slightly bigger than the rest of your resume so it stands out at the top of the page.

Step 2: List work history

List your work history, starting with your most recent position. Include the place of employment, the dates you were employed there, and the type of job you performed.

Tip: If it's your job titles that are impressive, lead with them in bold. If the places you worked are more impressive than what you actually did there, bold them instead.
Step 3: Summarize positions
Give a brief summary of what you did at each position.

Step 4: Adjust to job description
Look closely at the description of the job you're applying for, and adjust what you've written to emphasize your most relevant skills and experience.

Tip: If you're not applying for a specific job, use an "Objective" line to describe what kind of work you're looking for and why you want it.

Step 5: Leave spaces
Leave at last three spaces between job summations so your resume is easy to read—even if that means shortening some sections.

Step 6: List education
When you're done listing former jobs, list your education, including the school you graduated from and the degree you earned there.

Step 7: List personal information
After your education, list any personal information—like hobbies, interests, or skills—that pertain to the job you're seeking. But leave out the stupid stuff—if you're applying for a job as a mortician, nobody cares if you can juggle.

Tip: The most relevant skills to include are proficiency in a foreign language and knowledge of a specific computer application or platform.

Step 8: Offer references
Always offer to make "references available upon request" at the end of your resume. It's classy—and if you actually have them, it's even better.

Step 9: Spell-check your work
Be sure to spell-check your work, and ask a friend to look it over before you print it out.

Step 10: Print resume
When your resume is letter-perfect, print it out on the special paper of your choice.

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Working at the White House: What's It Really Like?



VOANews: Working at the White House: What's It Really Like?

VOA White House correspondents Dan Robinson and Kent Klein give us the inside scoop on what it's like to cover the president, from Twitter tracking to the thrill of flying on Air Force One. (turn on close captions)

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Souvenir Shops Lure Inaugural Customers



VOAVideo: Souvenir Shops Lure Inaugural Customers

The inauguration of America's first black president was a huge boon to Washington souvenir stores. But it's a challenge for them to ring up that same volume of sales for President Barack Obama's second term. President Obama's official inauguration in January 20, 2013 and his public inauguration and celebration in January 21, 2013--Martin Luther King Jr Day! VOA's Carolyn Presutti shows us what's new and how stores are luring customers.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Tough Economy Drives Entrepreneurs to Business on Wheels



VOAVideo: Tough Economy Drives Entrepreneurs to Business on Wheels

For decades, food vendors in cities throughout the United States have offered meals from trucks and consumers flocked to these mobile restaurants. Now, people who like to shop can also find clothing and accessory stores on wheels. The fashion truck trend is gaining popularity in cities across the country, including Los Angeles. Elizabeth Lee explains why.

Friday, January 18, 2013

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

Thursday, January 17, 2013

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

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Career Planning: 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

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Beginning Conversational English - Introductions - VOA English

During the next 6 weeks, Milpitas Adult School will be studying jobs interviews. 
Greetings and introductions are very important for a successful interview.



Listen and Read Along: Beginning Conversational English - Introductions - VOA English

Key Words - Good Morning! What do you do? How are you? Thanks!

Watch all of 10 videos at 
Listen and Read Along: Beginning Conversational English

Monday, January 14, 2013

Could Waste Plastic Reduce Our Need for Oil?

VOA Learning English: Could Waste Plastic Reduce Our Need for Oil?

The United States Environmental Protection Agency says only seven percent of plastic waste in the United States is recycled each year. A new company in northern New York says it can increase that percentage. It also says it can help the United States reduce the amount of oil it imports. The company has a machine it calls the “plastic-eating monster.” Every hour, thousands of kilograms of milk jugs, water bottles, and grocery bags are fed into the machine. (read more) (listen) (pdf)

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Studying How Plastic Pollution Enters Ocean Food Supply



VOA Learning English: Studying How Plastic Pollution Enters Ocean Food Supply

Marcus Eriksen is not really fishing. He is catching plastic in the Atlantic Ocean. Eriksen wants to publicize the growing buildup of plastic waste in our oceans and to study its effects.

MARCUS ERIKSEN: "These are five sub-tropical gyres in the world where the majority of the plastic in the world accumulates."

ANNA CUMMINS: "The gyre is formed by ocean currents that couple with the spinning of the Earth, the Earth's rotation. And what happens is that you have, effectively, a massive whirlpool, this large spinning system, where debris can accumulate."

Anna Cummins and her husband Marcus Eriksen set up a not-for-profit group called the 5 Gyres Institute. It helps researchers with studies of plastic pollution in the oceans. Cummins says plastic bags and bottles have little or no value after they are used. Most plastic waste can be found in solid landfills or along rivers. A lot of this waste also washes out to sea. (read more)

Friday, January 11, 2013

Recyling Plastic: Part 3



VOA Learning English Video: Recyling Plastic: Part 3

This is Peninsula Packaging -- a recycling business in the city of Wilson, North Carolina. Mark Rath works for the company. MARK RATH: "This is how it comes to us and then we reprocess it into another product." It is here that pieces of plastic become new products (read more)

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Plastic-Eating Monster Battles Trash



VOA Learning English Video: Plastic-Eating Monster Battles Trash

The United States Environmental Protection Agency says there is a problem with America's garbage. Only seven percent of plastic waste in the United States is recycled each year. JBI, A new company in northern New York says it can increase that percentage and, at the same time, reduce America's dependence on foreign oil. How? The answer may surprise you. JBI has a machine it calls the "plastic-eating monster. (read more)