HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!!

Today is one of my favorite holidays! Thanksgiving! Here’s what it’s all about:

The story of an American Thanksgiving:

-Based on a Harvest festival
-1621 celebration in Plymouth, Massachusetts
-The Plymouth colony didn’t have enough food, so the Wampanoag tribe helped
-Gave seeds and taught them how to fish

Now it’s a big deal today!

Takes place on the 4th Sunday of November (Abraham Lincoln, civil War reasons)
The first Thanksgiving:
File:Thanksgiving-Brownscombe.jpg

Thanksgiving Taditions:

The Food!







Traditions:


The Macys Day Parade!

 

My Thanksgiving, 2010:

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Globalization/Globalisation!

What is Globalization?
The increasing unification of the world’s  economic order through the reduction of barriers to international trade.
(tariffs, import quotas, export fees)

What does that really mean?
National borders are becoming less important in business.
International products are easier to find.

Examples:

Question 1:  What is this an example of?

File:Silk route.jpg

This is a map of the “Silk Road” and Indian “Spice Trade” that began in China and lasted until 1453.

Question 2: What is the most popular international franchise?
File:Subway world map1edit.png

Subway was founded in the USA in 1965. It now has over 35,519 restaurants in 98 countries.

Question 3: What else is the Mcdonalds Big Mac used for besides eating?

To measure purchasing power parity (PPP) in other countries.

Question 4: How was this map made?

By connecting friends worldwide using lines and dots. It created a map of the world.

Question 5: Why do we outsource? And where?

This is a map scaled to match population sizes. Why do you think we outsource to India and China now?
http://www-personal.umich.edu/~mejn/cartograms/

Question 6: Where was this photo take?

Question 7: What does all this mean for you? Good and bad?

Sporcle Quiz:
http://www.sporcle.com/games/g/corplogos

Activity: Think of everything you use/eat on a daily basis ad write it down.

Vocabulary:
Tariff: Extra price on goods brought into a country
Import Quota: Limit on the number of good brought into a country
Export Fee: Extra price on goods leaving a country
Purchasing Power Parity: The amount of money in each country it takes to buy the same goods.
Outsourcing: Hiring businesses in other countries to do part of your work

Tourist Destinations!

Destinations!!

Click above to see some popular tourist destinations in English-speaking countries!

Writing a “Letter of Motivation” a.k.a. a “Cover Letter”

Openers:
Dear Mr./Ms./Dr. etc.,
Dear Sir or Madam,
To whom it may concern,

Body:
I am writing in response…
I believe this position is…
I am applying for…
My strengths are…
My qualifications are…
My skills are such that…

My native language is…(German)
I have an excellent command of…(English)
I have attached my resume…
Please feel free to contact me with questions.

Closers:

Sincerely,
Yours sincerely,
Respectfully,
Respectfully yours,
Best regards,

British and American English

There are sometimes differences between British and American English and conventions. Here is a guide to some of the most important differences for your CV/resume and covering letter. But remember, this is a guide only – there are no strict rules. For example, some British people like to use ‘American’ words, and some American people like to use ‘British’ words.

British (European) American
CV/curriculum vitae resumé
resume, CV
covering letter cover letter
covering letter
Standard paper size:
A4 (210 x 297 millimetres)
Standard paper size:
Letter (8 1/2 x 11 inches)
Mrs Ms
Miss
Dear Sirs Gentlemen, Dear Sir
Yours faithfully Yours truly
Yours sincerely Sincerely
Sincerely yours
Yours truly
Managing Director (MD) Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
General Manager
date format: DD/MM/YY
example: 30/12/99
30 December 1999
date format: MM/DD/YY
example: 12/30/99
December 31st, 1999
labour, organise, prioritise labor, organize, prioritize


General Tips:

1) Research where you are applying
2) Give reasons why you should be hired
3) Show something you did
4) Try not to use a template too often
5) Keep it to 1 page
6) Use a permanent address

Vocabulary: 
Concern: to relate to, to be about
Position: A placement
Qualification: A quality, skill or ability that fits a person
Command: to control or be able to easily use
Sincerely: genuine, truly felt
Regards: Feelings of respect
Prioritize: to put in order of most to least important

If Time: Look for any of the above things in my cover letter attached.
Cover Letter for “Accenture”