Monday, February 18, 2008

Unit 3.Finding a Job on line!

Unit 3. Finding a job on line

Well, now you're about to graduate... and comes the hard task of finding a job... So, where do we start? A good way to find a job is by looking for the perfect job in the internet. Let's get ready to ship off in this exciting adventure!

Finding a Job!

First of all... ask yourself this question: What do you want to do? What can you do? What are you certified or will be certified ...soon... to do?

Next, go to Yahoo Hot Jobs , or Vault and try to located a job you'd like to have. This is how your degree is called in the United States or these are your Certifications.

Now, that you have selected a job, apply on line and check on vocabulary.

This is a useful article about how to find an online job

When it comes to a fruitful online job search, successful job seekers follow these 10 guidelines.

1. If you build it, they can come. Instead of simply posting your resume on a Web site, take it one step further and design an easily-navigable Web site or online portfolio where recruiters can view your body of work, read about your goals and obtain contact information.

2. Check yourself to make sure you haven't wrecked yourself. Google yourself to see what comes up -- and what potential employers will see if they do the same. If you don't like what you find, it's time to do damage control.

3. Narrow your options. Many job boards offer filters to help users refine their search results more quickly. You should have the option to narrow your job search by region, industry and duration, and, oftentimes, you can narrow it even more by keywords, company names, experience needed and salary.

4. Go directly to the source. Instead of just applying for the posted job opening, one of the best strategies to finding a job is to first figure out where you want to work, target that company or industry and then contact the hiring manager. Also, many employers' career pages invite visitors to fill out candidate profiles, describing their background, jobs of interest, salary requirements and other preferences.

5. Find your niche with industry Web sites. Refine your search even more by visiting your industry's national or regional Web site, where you can find jobs in your field that might not appear on a national job board. More and more employers are advertising jobs on these sites in hopes of getting a bigger pool of qualified applicants.

6. Try online recruiters. Recruiters will help match you with jobs that meet your specific skills and needs. Not sure where to start? Sites such as,, and provide links to online headhunters for job seekers.

7. Utilize video resumes. Video resumes are just one more way to stand out to employers. Intended as supplements to -- not replacements for -- traditional resumes, video resumes allow job seekers to showcase a little bit of their personalities and highlight one or two points of interest on their resumes.

8. Run queries. You run searches on everything else, from your high school sweetheart to low-fat recipes, so why not jobs? Enter a query that describes the exact kind of job you're seeking and you may find more resources you wouldn't find otherwise (but be prepared to do some sorting).

9. Utilize job alerts. Most job boards have features that allow you to sign up to receive e-mail alerts about newly available jobs that match your chosen criteria. Or go a step further and arrange an RSS (really simple syndication) feed from one of these job sites to appear on your customized Internet homepage or your PC's news-reader software.

10. Get connected. How many times have you been told that it's not what you know, but who you know? Thanks to the emergence of professional networking sites like, job seekers no longer have to rely on the old standby of exchanging business cards with strangers. These sites are composed of millions of industry professionals and allow you to connect with people you know and the people they know and so forth. (A word of caution: When you sign up for online social networking sites, you are in a public domain. Unless you are able to put a filter on some of your information, nothing is private, and it can be difficult to erase once it is posted.)
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Here, there's a nice video with some other tips on how to find a job on line..

How to Find a Job Online —powered by

This is the transcript
Hi! My name is Tine Buechler from Business Growth Training and I am here today on behalf of Expert I want to talk about in this clip the electronic component of job search. I haven’t talked about this so far. When you are looking for work, more and more job postings are available on line. You can e-mail resumes. All of that is becoming more and more common. There are some tips though that would make you be more successful in this process and there are some traps to be careful about.
Number 1 if you are going to attach your resume and you are going to be e-mailing it and attaching it, make sure that your title you have given to that document is respectful. Resume “Number 17” is not a good title for a resume. As the employer opens it and they will see resume 17, what kind of positive impact will that have. So the best way to do is to name your resume by your last name, your first name and identify it as your resume like your cover letter; last name, first name and cover letter or if you want to shorten it CL. Your references as well; your last name first, first name and indicate that they are references. Any documents that you are sending make sure that they are labeled by your name so that the employer is not getting any information that you don’t want them to get. The second thing you need to consider is what format you are using. When e-mailing by word to another computer and opened by another version of word, could actually change the whole formatting. Make sure you use the basic font. If you want to be sending your resume by e-mail, Times New Roman or Ariel is the two best fonts to use. They are the ones that have the least difficulty when changing from different programs and when changing from different versions of different programs. They maintain their integrity which is very important because I have seen some resumes come through that I can’t read. They’ve all ended up to be little boxes and things because people have chosen a font that my computer doesn’t recognize and doesn’t read. The next thing if you can at all, I would PDF your resume. Really get it into a picture format rather than something that people can doctor. That way no matter who you send it to when they open your resume, it will still maintain a good format and it can’t be changed. The integrity of your documents stays the same. When you are copying and pasting your resume into an electronic application again, use a font of Times New Roman or Ariel. Those are the ones that transfer best over the web. Be careful when you are doing an electronic job search just because it didn’t bounce back doesn’t mean it didn’t arrive safely. Make sure that in your subject line you have the information that you need in the subject line so that the information can be received. Always follow-up an electronic application with a phone call to ensure that it has been received. If you choose to use this method of application and it is very successful, it can be very successful as long as you apply the principals accurately.

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1. Find two jobs: a job for an entry level graphic designer (no experience or a little experience), and the job of your dreams. Post your jobs at your blog. Please, write an introductory paragraph explaining why you selected those specific jobs (experience, salary, preferences). Include the link to the job.

Here... check this site for 10 Great Places to Find Graphic Design Jobs

2. Who is a person in your field you look up to? Tell about him or her in your blog.

3. Read the article Top 10 Online Job Search Tips. Write a comment about it.

Well, that's all for finding a job. Don't forget to post all your work in your blog.

Keep on shining Love and Peace!

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Article taken from: Top 10 Online Job Search Tips

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Unit 1. Using online dictionaries

Second unit is about using an Online dictionary, identifying symbols used in them and

Let's start with how to use Online Dictionaries. The following article By eHow Internet Editor, recomends:

Unless you're a genius or you have memorized Merriam-Webster from A to Z, you need a dictionary every once in a while. Book dictionaries are helpful, but unfortunately they aren't very speedy. Hop online and you can quickly find multiple definitions for the same word. Here's how to use an online dictionary.
  • Step 1. Determine whether you will utilize a free or members-only, fee-oriented dictionary. There are plenty of free dictionary websites and plenty of sites that require paid membership. Usually the free dictionaries are just as effective. However, membership dictionaries offer extra benefits, like audio pronunciation of words. If you learn best by hearing things, you will benefit from paying for an online dictionary with this service.

  • Step 2. Use your favorite search engine, such as Yahoo, Google, Ask or MSN to search for an online dictionary. The phrase "online dictionary" will return a plethora of sites from which to choose.

  • Step 3. Select a preferred website and enter the term you are inquiring about in the search bar, usually found at the top of the webpage.

  • Step 4. Browse the results of your word search to find multiple definitions, grammar rules, variations of the word, synonyms, antonyms and proper part of speech.

  • Step 5. Combine an online dictionary with an online thesaurus to maximize the use of the tool. For example, look up the word "beautiful" at, then click on the tab to utilize the thesaurus at The dictionary will describe the word, and the thesaurus will provide words with similar meanings.

  • Step 6. Choose a dictionary search engine for definitions from many websites at once. Engines such as narrow your search for you by pulling up only web dictionaries. For example, if you type in the word "smart," One Look will provide you with 25-50 web dictionaries that offer a definition. This is a great way to get a well-rounded definition of a word.
  • More resources:
Free online dictionary offering definitions, synonyms, antonyms, grammar and parts of speech.
Free online thesaurus providing synonyms for English words.
Free dictionary definition search engine.
Now, when using a dictionary it's useful to identify the different Parts of Speech, that will help us understand the meaning of the words when reading an article in English. The writing Center of the University of Ottawa describes the parts of speech as follow:

Traditional grammar classifies words based on eight parts of speech: the verb, the noun, the pronoun, the adjective, the adverb, the preposition, the conjunction, and the interjection.
Each part of speech explains not what the word is, but how the word is used. In fact, the same word can be a noun in one sentence and a verb or adjective in the next.

The next few examples show how a word's part of speech can change from one sentence to the next, and following them is a series of sections on the individual parts of speech, followed by an exercise.

* Books are made of ink, paper, and glue.
   In this sentence, "books" is a noun, the subject of the sentence.

   Deborah waits patiently while Bridget books the tickets.
   Here "books" is a verb, and its subject is "Bridget."

* We walk down the street.
   In this sentence, "walk" is a verb, and its subject is the pronoun "we".

  The mail carrier stood on the walk.
  In this example, "walk" is a noun, which is part of a prepositional phrase describing where the mail   carrier stood.

* The town decided to build a new jail.
   Here "jail" is a noun, which is the object of the infinitive phrase "to build."

   The sheriff told us that if we did not leave town immediately he would jail us.
   Here "jail" is part of the compound verb "would jail."

* They heard high pitched cries in the middle of the night.
   In this sentence, "cries" is a noun acting as the direct object of the verb "heard."

   The baby cries all night long and all day long.
   But here "cries" is a verb that describes the actions of the subject of the sentence, the baby.


For more on Parts of speech go to this site and work on the exercises: 

  1. Look for an article related to your field of expertise. Use Google, write key words related to a topic you want to read about. Add your article to your
  2. Create a document and write about the article. Introduce the topic of the article. Make sure to add the link where you got it from. Write a short summary of the article. Say what it is about.Give your opinion about it.
  3. Select two paragraphs from your article and copy them in your document.
  4. Choose at least 2 sentences per paragraph.
  5. Select a word in each sentence and find its definition in an online dictionary. Describe what you found. Follow the model in the image. 
  • Write the word, 
  • How it is pronounced, 
  • What part of speech is, 
  • Add the meaning you found in the dictionary that goes best with the context in the sentence you chose, 
  • Add a new example of the use of the word.
  •  Finally, add a related word.

Keep on shining love and peace!

Interesting links for everyone!

Hi, There! well, this post is to recommend some interesting sites in the internet that were recommended by some of you...

Let's start with Amanda Perozo. You can visit her blog "Welcome to my Life" and find out more about her. She's an industrial engineering school student and she recommended Strange Matter.

It's a fun site where you can learn about materials. They have games, experiments, videos and more that tackle the four big things materials scientists study.

Alexis Pirela is an electronics engineering student, You can visit his blog "Electronic's Blog" and read more about him. He posted a link to a great Electronics Glossary.

This glossary was abstracted from the book, Bebop to the Boolean Boogie (An Unconventional Guide to Electronics), with the kind permission of LLH Technology Publishing, Eagle Rock, VA, USA.

Angel Quesada another Electronics Student posted this awesome video in his blog. You can visit his "A little about me" blog and enjoy more videos like this.

He also recommended this great site "How Stuff works", it's excellent if you want to know how things ... any thing works.. believe me they explain all sort of things.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Are you going to be an industrial Engineer? Do you have all this?

Industrial Engineers:

  • Have strong leadership qualities
  • Communicate freely with people
  • Co-operate with various other professions
  • Have a wide knowledge of other disciplines
  • Provide strategic leadership in enterprises
  • Focus on enterprises and industries as a whole
  • Drive the improvement processes of enterprises
  • Understand the importance of knowledge
  • Have financial expertise.
Watch the following video and start dreaming big and getting ready to meet your dreams:
Engineering The Magic at Disney
What it's like being an industrial engineer for Disney... Watch video

Source: Industrial Engineering
Image by: spangineer
Engineering the magic at Disney