Saturday, October 15, 2011

Resources for Job Seeking Students

Highly, Highly Recommend

Email account >Learn the Terms Login Username Password
Cell / home phone number>Use your cell phone to practice interviews
A jump/ flash drive >Keep copies of resume in your email and on your person.

English for Work Interactive
Functional Work English instructor Bethany Gustafson combined video field trips and flash interactive activities to create a videos that allows students to not only experience job skills but targeted vocabulary as well. Jobs include housekeeping, dishwasher and laundry worker. The videos are now available for download and on-demand streaming from Minneapolis Adult Basic Education at
 Choose Online Activity List>> English for Work Interactive

O*NET Online
While not a job posting site, O*NET OnLine was created for the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration, by the National Center for O*NET Development and has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers. The site also tags jobs as to a bright outlook or a green job.

Forms Practice
In this day and age more and more businesses only accept online applications. Filling out these forms is a skill that can seem overwhelming, this website allows you to practice filling out forms from simple to complete job applications.

Build a Resume
Do your students need to write resumes, but struggle with formatting issues and making their work look professional? Check out for an alternative to laborious word processing! This free online application allows you to enter the necessary information into its online form, and then use templates to construct a professional-looking resume that you can download and print or send by email directly from the website.

Interview Skills
Help your students sharpen their interview skills with The Do’s and Don’ts of Interviewing for a Job. Ric Dwyer worked with a local temp agency to create a DVD good and bad interviews examples. The website is a follow up to the DVD.

To request a copy of the DVD contact

Minnesota’s career, education, and job resource

Minnesota Works

Links from Fall Kick-off Tutoring Event : Great Websites

Great Websites for Learning and Life
Allows you to download Jing which lets you do screen captures of graphics and videos. It is FREE and extremely easy to use.
This website allows for simple, free online collaboration.
Playing this vocabulary game not only increases your knowledge but also donates 10 grains of rice for each correct answer. Get smarter and feed the world at the same time.
A great visual dictionary with lots of diagrams and views. Very helpful !
Enter a word and it becomes a universe. The colors correspond to related words and definitions. Click on an orbiting sphere and it expands as well.
easy-to-follow pictorial lessons on using various versions of Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Open Office and more

Mac Users find help here:
Check out over 50 handouts from the Statewide ABE Conference
Create a temporary email account for those times you need to click something to confirm your email but don’t want the baggage that comes with it. and
Use the satellite images to learn about the world around you. Cool, interesting and helpful tips on how to make your life better.

Minnesota Literacy Council Website Resources Minnesota ABE Disability Specialsits  Award Winning Daily Posts of websites specifically for Teaching ESL/EFL& ELL

Literacy and Technology in Minnesota

Volunteer Match With this site, organizations can find a great volunteer, or volunteers can find a great organization. Search results can be narrowed to as close as five miles from home or expanded to encompass the volunteer’s state. Opportunities to volunteer include arts and culture, education, homelessness, immigration and many others.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Dropbox Pro for Life Contest

App Sumo ( a daily geek deals website ) is holding a contest to give away ten 50GB Lifetime Dropbox accounts.

If you are already a fan you know how useful Dropbox can be and a Free , Lifetime, Pro account would be awesome !

If you are not familar with Dropbox, it is a handy software program that allows you to store and share data across multiple computers. I use the free version but the Pro version is much larger and normally runs $99 a year.

To enter simply go the the link below and enter your email address.

(Yes, I  do assume this will mean they will send me their newsletter or some other promotional email at some point)


Best of Luck ! Hope you are one of the other 9 winners!