There are several types of recommendation letters you can use for job searching including academic recommendations from teachers or professors, references from employers, character references, and online recommendations on professional networking site LinkedIn.
It's always a good idea to have recommendations on hand, even if you aren't actively job seeking. Plan ahead and get your references in order, before you need them. It will save time scrambling to put together recommendations at the last minute.
Keep in mind that good references can help you clinch a job offer, so, be sure to have recommenders ready who are willing to attest to your qualifications and capabilities.
Here is information on the different types of recommendation letters you can use including employment, academic, personal, character, student and more sample recommendation letters.
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Interested in teaching abroad? It's one of the ways many Americans who want to spend time abroad get to travel overseas and get paid while they are there.
The most common subject taught by Americans is English as a second language. However, there are many other teaching opportunities in a wide range of subjects at international schools which serve the children of English speaking diplomats, business people and other expatriates.
There are different ways to find a job. You can work with an agency which will help place you or you can apply directly to schools. Positions typically require certification or the equivalent background in teacher training and some experience.
If you would like to spend time teaching abroad, plan ahead because the applicant process can be lengthy. You will also need to obtain a visa and permission to work in the country where you're going to be.
Here's information on how to find a job teaching abroad from Guest Author Mike Profita.
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I'm always thrilled when someone thanks me for helping them or for giving them advice. I'm not the only one who likes being appreciated - employers like being thanked, too.
The job applicants who make the best impression are the candidates who take the time to say thank you after a job interview. It doesn't take much time to send a quick thank you letter, thank you note, or email. In addition to being polite, a thank you letter is a good way to reiterate your interest in the job and to remind the hiring manager of why you would be an asset to the company.
It's important to say thank you after a job interview and after a second interview as well. It's also important to thank everyone you interviewed with and everyone who assisted with your job search. Here's information on thank you letters including who you should thank and the best way to thank them.
If you're not sure what to write, review a sample thank you letter or two to get some ideas and suggestions.
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Update March 7, 2014: Republican Senators have introduced legislation (S. 2097) that would extend unemployment insurance benefits for the more than 2 million workers who have run out of Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) which expired in December. If passed, the legislation would extends federal unemployment insurance benefits for five months, allowing for retroactive benefits.
Update March 4, 2014: Legislation which would extend federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits which expired at the end of December, 2013 for six months was filed today. The legislation (S. 2077, the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2014) is for a 6 month retroactive extension that would restore unemployment benefits for the 2 million unemployed workers who have run out. News reports indicate there may be a vote next week.
In addition, President Obama has announced an initiative to encourage hiring of the long term jobless. Here's a list of companies that have pledged to encourage the hiring of unemployed workers.
If you are out, or running out, of unemployment benefits here's a list of resources where you can get assistance. President Obama has announced an initiative to encourage hiring of the long term jobless. Here's a list of companies that have pledged to encourage the hiring of unemployed workers.
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Important: Some states have advised claimants to continue filing, others say they will file for you if EUC is extended, and others won't let you file. Your state unemployment office may provide notification saying no further extension benefits can be paid. However, that doesn't mean that there isn't a chance of benefits being continued for 2014. Check your State Unemployment Office for details.
Update February 27, 2014: News reports indicate that Senator Harry Reid is working on legislation that would provide for a six month retroactive extension of Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) which expired at the end of December. However, the Senate has adjourned until Monday, March 3 at 2 pm, so the earliest possible action will be next week.
Update February 12, 2014: Legislation to renew expired Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) was voted down in the Senate last week. Majority Leader Harry Reid has said that the Democrats would continue pushing to extend the benefits, and it will be voted on again: "When the Senate returns, we will revisit the issue of extending unemployment insurance benefits. I want to be absolutely clear: This issue is not going away. We are one Republican vote away from restoring this lifeline." The Senate will be back in session on February 24th.
Update January 29, 2014: Democrats are continuing to call for a renewal of Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits which expired at the end of last year. Senator Sander Levin (D-MI) said "The President spoke forcefully of the value of the 1.6 million unemployed millions whose insurance has been cut off and the urgent need for Congress to re-start the federal unemployment insurance program that is a vital lifeline during their job search."
Update January 28, 2014: President Obama's State of the Union address discussed renewing expired He said "I'm also convinced we can help Americans return to the workforce faster by reforming unemployment insurance so that it's more effective in today's economy. But first, this Congress needs to restore the unemployment insurance you just let expire for 1.6 million people."
Update January 23, 2014: Legislation to extend Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) which expired at the end of December 2013 has been voted down in the Senate. A motion to reconsider was approved.
In addition, the Responsible Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2014, S. 1931, has been introduced by U.S. Senators Dean Heller (R-NV), Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Rob Portman (R-OH), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Dan Coats (R-IN), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), and John Hoeven (R-ND). This legislation would pay for an extension of unemployment insurance benefits for three months. The bill also repeals recent cuts in the military retiree cost-of-living adjustment included in December's budget agreement.
Update January 13, 2014: A vote on legislation to extend Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) which expired at the end of December 2013, has been delayed until tomorrow. Negotiations are continuing, so hopefully legislation will be passed in the Senate tomorrow. If approved, it will then go to the House for a vote there.
From a news release from Senator Dean Heller: "We continue to negotiate in good faith, and we are all encouraged that we are making progress on a package that could pass with bipartisan support. The proposal includes (1) a three-month extension of the temporary federal long-term unemployment insurance program; (2) a repeal of the recent cuts in the military retiree cost-of-living adjustment included in December's budget agreement; and (3) offsets to pay for the unemployment extension and restoring military retiree benefits within the budget window."
Update January 9, 2014: A Senate vote on extending expired unemployment benefits has been postponed until Monday, January 13. News reports indicate that the legislation could contain a 9 month extension of federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) through November 15, 2014. However, what is included in the legislation could change. Reuters reported that "Democratic Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island, one of the negotiators, late on Thursday declared on the Senate floor that "We are still trying to find a bipartisan approach" that can pass the Senate and House of Representatives."
Important: Unemployment benefits vary from state to state, so check your State Unemployment Office website for details on who qualifies for extended benefits and when and how benefits will be paid or check this list of state unemployment extension websites to go directly to the information for your location.
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