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More Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!

This time Class 3A wrote about current or past jobs. Read one below and then take the quiz to test your understanding:

Esther Li

My First Job

I left high school in 1986 and I got my first job. The company’s name was Seagull Flashlight Company. It was the second biggest flashlight brand in China. It shipped to Asian countries. Although at that time China was not modern and people were not rich, we still had street lights at night. But in other Asian countries, they didn’t have street lamps, so they needed to use flashlights. So in fact other Asian countries were poorer than China. They had to use many, many flashlights. My company was very busy.

My company had seven departments: ingredients, metal pressing, sanding, polishing, assembly, packaging, and headquarters. I was a general worker first. I worked in the assembly department for two years. My duties were checking product quality and assembling flashlights. It was piece work.

After two years I became an office worker. I was an accountant. My job duty was counting how many products each worker made every day. Workers’ pay depended on how many pieces they made. So if you were hard working, you would get more money. At that time, people didn’t have computers, and the calculator was not popular. They almost always used an abacus to count, so when you came to our office, you would heard tap, tap, tap.

I also had to handle phone calls and handle money. I was multitasking. Every day I was tired, but I was happy. I had a good group of co-workers. Sometimes on weekends we went to have a picnic or sing karaoke. The job was hard and tiring, but we were young so the next day we had energy again.

Time flies. I worked at Seagull Flashlight Company for twelve years. In twelve years I made many friends and learned job skills. I did this job until I opened my own business.

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Ready to Work

Workforce One Workshop

Last week several of our Level 3 students attended a workshop at the Upper Manhattan Workforce 1 Center about preparing for job interviews. They also applied to use Workforce 1’s job search services, which is why they have the blue cards. Way to go!

About Workforce 1:

Workforce1 is a service provided by the NYC Department of Small Business Services that prepares and connects qualified candidates to job opportunities in New York City. We make strong matches for both candidates and employers by using a unique combination of recruitment expertise, industry knowledge, and skill-building workshops to strengthen candidates’ employment prospects.

How do we do it? We develop relationships directly with businesses that are hiring, then we get a deep understanding of what they’re looking for in a candidate. We use that understanding to help you  connect to the right employer – and then succeed by putting your best foot forward.

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Job Readiness Workshop

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Last Tuesday, there was a job readiness workshop held at the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA) at 62 Mott St. It was sponsored by City Council Member Margaret Chin, and a number of neighborhood organizations sent representatives to talk about job searching, writing resumes and cover letters, filling out applications, and the dos and don’ts of job interviews.

These representatives included Joan Fang from Chinatown Manpower Project, Jeanie Tung from Henry Street Settlement, Vickie Wong from the Chinese-American Planning Council, Katya Zaitseva from CAMBA, Danielle Rothman from Streetwise Partners, Thea Goodman from Hamilton Madison House, Gaspar Caro from the LES Employment Network, and our very own Melody Lai-Nguy from University Settlement. Eva Wong from Project Hope was the moderator.

To watch a NTDTV news report on the workshop, click here or on the picture above.

To take a look at the great material presented at the workshop, click here.

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