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Pros and Cons of Open Office

Downloading Open Office to your computer can save you at least a hundred dollars on purchasing Microsoft Office. It could save you much more than that, depending on the specific programs and features you need for your computer and whether you are a business, personal, school or non-profit user. However, Open Office, the free office suite software offered by Sun Microsystems is not the best choice of office software for all users. Depending on your needs, Microsoft Office may be the better choice.

Open Office is free of charge to all users. Developers constantly update and tweak the functionalities of Open Office’s programs, and it gets better with each version. Open Office’s programs are similar in feature and function to many Microsoft Office programs. They include Writer for text documents, Calc for spreadsheets, impress for slide show presentations, draw for creating drawings, Math for a calculator and formulas and Base for databases.

One pro of Open Office is that it is compatible with Windows, Mac, Linux, Solaris and Free BSD. This makes it easy to download and use for almost any operating system. Another plus of Open Office is that you can download it at one time. You don’t have to download individual programs. Open Office documents can also be saved as files that Microsoft Office programs can read. This enables you to send or receive a file created in Open Office without worrying over whether it can be read. You can also easily export the file as a PDF without having to install extra conversion software. If you want to build a web page using a presentation or a drawing, you only need to click File>Export.

Today, the PC is often still considered just a tool, but together we need to make it a lot more than that. We need to make it a path to experiences.

Jim Allchin

Drawbacks to Open Office are many, however, for many users. For example, it does not offer all of the same functionalities as Microsoft Office. This can be particularly irritating for business users who need the advanced statistical and analytical features of Microsoft Office. Another downside to Open Office is that it takes a significant amount of memory and CPU time to operate. It is thus much slower than Microsoft Office. However, each new release of Open Office seems to take less time to perform the same functions as Microsoft Office. Open Office also does not offer nearly as many fonts in all of its programs as Microsoft Office. Support for Open Office is also limited compared to Microsoft Office. Since it is a free suite of software, the only support is available from other users and developers. Getting and finding the help you need when you need it can be a bit difficult.

Home computer users will likely find that Open Office will meet their needs nicely. They can avoid having to pay for Microsoft Office licenses. Learning to use Open Office may take some time if they are used to working with Microsoft Office. Business users will likely want to stick with using Microsoft Office for its advanced features and support offerings. The reasons you use office software will ultimately dictate which office program suite you use.

3 Out Of 5 Companies Want Employees to Speak Fluent English

The majority of employers want their employees to speak English on the job. That makes sense for a variety of reasons. Employees who cannot communicate with each other are going to find it difficult to work together. Having one language on the job makes it easier for everyone to understand each other. What are some other possible reasons for wanting employees to speak English?

Majority of Americans Speak English

English is officially not the official language of the United States. However, most people in the United States do consider English to be their first language. Using English as the preferred language in the workplace makes sense because of this fact.

Employers Only Expect English To Be Spoken on The Job

Employees who are not fluent in English should not be too alarmed. Employers can only dictate the language you speak while on the job. This means that just a basic understanding of the English language is required. Taking some night classes after work should teach you enough English to get by on the job. It is only fair that foreign workers learn English as many more Americans are learning to communicate in other languages for business purposes.

English Is the Language of Business

The English language is the default language for business purposes around the world. Almost every student around the world learns a basic command of the English language. Learning how to speak English could very well help an employee no matter where they are employed. Many companies are going to do business with an American company at some point. Learning English just makes it easier to do business.

The art of communication is the language of leadership.

james humes 

Employers Can Monitor Employee Communication

You don’t want any illegal activity going on while employees are on the clock. The easiest way to slip something past your employer is to use a language that your employer does not understand. Not allowing employees to use a language other than English could add another layer of security for a business that pays employees to be ethical.

Communication is vital in the business world. Having all employees speaking the same language is important to good communication. There are many valid reasons why your employer may demand that English be spoken at all times while on the clock. Understanding everyone around you helps get the job done smoothly and safely at all times.

Working in Education: Job Search and Opportunities

Careers in the field of Education come in many flavors and varieties. Most of us just think of teaching positions when considering a job in education. There are many positions available in education that do not require a teaching credential or any classroom involvement.

For example, if your resume shows your solid background in business, do not overlook the education section when searching career sites. Colleges and Universities are Institutions of Higher Education and have many positions available, your business knowledge could be put to good use. Financial Aid is a vital area for most Higher Education Institutions. Your background in business could be the ideal fit for positions within the Financial Aid Departments. Remember, most Colleges and Universities rely on Financial Aid in the form of loans, scholarships, and grants, as their major source of income. Another example is using your resume filled with customer service related jobs allows you to emphasize those skills to become an Academic Advisor at a College or University. There are many education related positions available in School District Offices, County Offices of Education, and at the State and Government levels for individuals with diverse backgrounds.

Your resume should reflect keywords used in the education position for which you wish to apply. Often these keywords include ‘Best Practices’, ‘Rigorous Standards and Practices’, ‘Fully Qualified Educator’, and other terms that apply broadly throughout the education industry. If your strengths include logical, progressive thinking abilities, be sure that your resume reflects those talents. Credential Analysts are needed in nearly every area of education, but that position requires strong abilities in analyzing and evaluating documents as well as people. There is little or no tolerance for mistakes or errors in this area, so place emphasis on projects you have done that reflect successful qualities with measurable results.

Education is a shared commitment between dedicated teachers, motivated students and enthusiastic parents with high expectations.

Bob Beauprez

If you are interested in pursuing careers in the field of education, or looking for ways to fund your own education, this is a great field to pursue. Many Colleges and Universities will provide free education to their employees, and free or reduced tuition costs to the employee’s immediate family members. This is an ideal way to obtain a teaching credential without paying high tuition fees, and it has the added benefit of interacting with school district personnel who can prove to be invaluable contacts to find a teaching position once you have obtained your credential!

Do not limit your future by limiting your job search to a narrow range defined only by what your current career may require. Jobs in education are available to individuals from every industry. Use your resume as a flexible tool to place particular emphasis on skills required by a job posting in the education field. You may find that taking a job in education allows you a platform to use as a springboard to a Bachelor or Master’s Degree in nearly any degree plan offered and may open doors to careers that may previously have appeared out of your reach. A job in education may prove to be the best career choice for your live and your entire future.

 

What a letter of Introduction and Resume for Teaching should Look Like

When applying for a job as a teacher there are two sections to your application.

  1. The letter of introduction
  2. The resume.

Here is a sample letter to a high school:

Dear Principal Jones,

Attached please find my resume for your review in consideration of a teaching position at Grant High School. I have always enjoyed the marvelous sense of accomplishment that comes from teaching and would appreciate the opportunity to use this enthusiasm at Grant High School.

For me, teaching is an opportunity to create a place for students to learn in a positive, creative, fun environment. I can contribute to History, Government, English, and Literature studies. I possess a full accreditation and I have experience teaching at all high school levels in addition to teaching pilots and navigators to speak and understand English while stationed in Japan

I have no doubt that the students as Grant High School will benefit from my varied professional accomplishments. I hope you agree.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to setting a time for us to meet in person and discuss the possibilities further.

Sincerely

James Gleason

In any resume there are some very obvious things you must cover. Objectives, Skills, Experience and Education. Here is a summary of how to use these headings to create your resume as a teacher.

OBJECTIVES

I am seeking an opportunity utilizing my teaching skills with an organization that strives to stay at the forefront of their industry. My diverse and rich background allow me to fit into any situation that calls for calm demeanor while working under pressure and using creative ways to problem solve. I have extended knowledge of developing curriculum for a classroom setting.

SKILLS AND HIGHLIGHTS

  • Strong interpersonal and excellent communication skills.
  • Excellent record keeping abilities.
  • Skilled at making presentations to large groups as well as on a one-on-one basis.
  • Instrumental at developing a classroom atmosphere that is scholastically safe, enriching & creative.
  • Able to cultivate excellent working relationships with students and associates.

What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches.

Karl A. Menninger

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • 2011-2012: George Washington High School, Mission Hills, CA; English Literature; History
  • 2010: Wilber Prep Wood Hills, CA; English; Physical Education
  • 2002-2010: Wilson High School, Bayside, New York; English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • 1990-2002 Defense Language Institute, San Antonio, TX; English as a Second Language (ESL)

EDUCATION

  • American University, Washington D.C.; Bachelor of Arts / Social Science
  • UNITED STATES AIR FORCE – Honorable Discharge; Worked as an ESL teacher to Pilots and Navigators while stationed in Japan…

ACIVITIES

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS CLUB, American University, Washington, DC

Membership Relations

Responsible for expanding Membership. Instrumental in developing and implementing outreach programs for other Academic organizations.

Also served as a member of the Board of Directors; KTRC RADIO, Washington DC (Campus Radio Station), On Air Personality News, Sport and Play-by-Play Announcer & Interviewer.

I hope you find this helpful in your job search.

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