Job Fair at Kelly Services

Job Fair at Kelly Services

Below is the Job Fair Information in Spanish

Spanish Job Fair Flyer

Spanish Job Fair Flyer

More Info on Job Profile for Pickers/Packers

Job Functions:

  • Perform duties to inspect product on production line
  • Prior to packaging, gather and store product as required and feed product back into production line
  • When Appropriate. Perform duties to in spectate packaged product and remove defective products classified as rejects
  • Pack first line product into cartons or tray as required
  • Perform necessary sanitation inspections
  • Continually check product for food safety and product quality
  • Follow safety rules
  • Keep work area clean and orderly
  • Monitor cross contamination

WRAL Capital Area Career Expo

Are you an advanced / high level ESL student looking for a job?  You may be interested in attending the WRAL Capital Area Career Expo on August 4th in Raleigh .  At this job fair, there will be employers looking to fill existing job openings.   The fair is free BUT you must have a resume to enter the expo.

For more information   (including an employer listing) visit

WRAL Expo Flyer

Millbrook Area Career Expo

Coming soon is the  Millbrook Area Career Expo that will feature job employers and service providers focused on the Millbrook area.  This is a free event that will also give the first 30 registered attendees  the opportunity to receive Free professional resume and interview assistance prior to the event.

When:  May 10, 2016 10:30 am to 2:00 pm

Where:  Millbrook United Methodist Church 1715 E. Millbrook Rd., Raleigh, 27609

How to register:  Submit a resume and register at:

For more information, please see the 2016 MB Area Career Expo Flyer

Welcome to the Job Skills and Opportunities Blog!

Welcome!  This website can help you find a new or better job.  It will give you resources to update old skills or learn new skills.  You can also learn about worker’s rights in the United States and local job safety laws here.  On the right side of this page, you can find links to the other ESL blog sites, links to help you find jobs, and links to help you find volunteer opportunities.

 Click here to learn about new jobs available!


Additional Job Information Links

Job Search Classes at Wake Technical Community College

Looking for a Job?

Are you looking for a job?  Wake Technical Community College has classes to help you find a job in the United States.

Go to to learn more about these classes and decide which class is best for you.  We have classes on building a resume, writing a cover letter, interviewing, and searching for specific jobs that you may be interested in, such as childcare, writing, office work (human resource assistant or administrative assistant), and many more.

All of these classes are fee-waived for qualifying individuals who are unemployed, “underemployed,” or who have received notice of layoff or pending layoff.

For Students Who Have Degrees from Another Country

Do you have a university degree from outside of the United States?  This degree may help you to find a job in the United States.

Who decides whether your degree has value in the United States?  There are three authorities who can make this decision: the company that hires you, the university that you apply to study at in the United States, and/or a credential evaluation service.  To learn more about the United States’ policy on foreign degrees click here.  This website also has a link to a comprehensive list of credential evaluation services for many careers and advice for finding work and studying in the United States with the help of foreign degrees.

How to Use Career Builder to Find Jobs

1.  On the left side of this website, you can see the phrase “Job Resources”.  Under “Job Resources”, click on “Career Builder” Job Search Website.  I took some pictures to help you see how to use this website.  If it is difficult to see the pictures on your computer, click on the pictures to make them bigger and more clear.

2.  Under “Keywords”, type a job skill that you have.  For example, maybe I have cooking experience.  I type “cook” under “Keywords”.  Under “Location”, type your zip code.  For example, maybe I am a student who lives near Wade Avenue.  I type the zip code “27607”.  Then, I click “Find Jobs”.

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3.  For this example, I found 84 job opportunities!  Maybe I don’t have time to carefully read 84 job ads today.  I want to find the cook jobs that are best for me.  I click on “Advanced Search“.

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4.  Now I have many options to find the best jobs for me.  Maybe I need a job that is very close to my apartment.  Under “Include Jobs Within“, I will select “5 miles“.  I only want jobs that were posted recently.  I don’t want old job opportunities, so under “Include Jobs Posted Within“, I will select “Last 7 Days“.  Then, I click on the orange “Find Jobs” link at the bottom left corner of this screen.

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5.  Now I have 18 job ads.  I have time to carefully read 18 job opportunities today.  I begin looking at the job options by clicking on each of the orange links below “Search Results“.

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6. Now it is your turn to look for jobs!  Good luck!

If you have any questions about searching for jobs on, type your questions in the “Leave a Reply” box below.


Understanding Your Pay Stub

Look at the example pay stub below.  Answer the comprehension questions on a sheet of paper.  Then, read the article explaining vocabulary related to paychecks.  When you are finished, answer the reading comprehension questions below on a sheet of paper.  Check all of your answers to make sure that they are correct.  Then, type your answers into the website:

1.  Click Leave a Reply

2.  Type your first name in the first box.

3.  Type your email address or “” in the second box.

4.  Type nothing in the third box.

5.  Type your questions in the fourth box.

Employee Pay Stub

Employer Name: Raleigh ESL Hotel
Employer Address: 2958 Gorman St./Raleigh, NC 27607
Employer Phone Number: (919) 555-1234

Employee Name: Ibrahim Mohammed Ali
Employee Address: 2947 Wade Ave./Raleigh, NC 27606
Employee Phone Number: (919) 555-5678

Employee No.: 3957293
Employee Social Security Number: XXX-XX-1234
Pay Period: 9/4/2014-9/18/2014
Pay Date: 10/3/14

       Current Earnings                                                                          Taxes Withheld

Type Hours Wage Total Type Current Year to Date
Regular 80 $10.00 $800.00 FICA-Medicare $18.30 $63.50
Overtime 20 $15.00 $300.00 FICA-Social Security $77.59 $486.27
Federal Tax $176.24 $1,090.62
State Tax $52.19 $292.43

Total Gross Income: $1,100.00
Y.T.D. Gross Income: $7,850.00

Total Taxes Withheld for this Pay Period: $324.32
Y.T.D. Taxes Withheld: $1932.82

Total Net Income: $775.68
Y.T.D. Total Net Income: $5917.18

Pay Stub Comprehension Questions

1.  How many hours did Ibrahim work?

2.  How much money did Ibrahim receive before taxes?

3.  How much money did Ibrahim receive after taxes?  How much money will he take home?

4.  How many weeks did Ibrahim work to earn this money?

5.  Why does Ibrahim earn more money for some of the hours he works?  Does he do two different jobs?

6.  What are the four different types of tax that Ibrahim has to pay?  Why do you think he needs to pay four different types of tax?

7.  Is this paycheck correct?  Check the math to make sure that Ibrahim received the correct amount of money for his work.

8.  What is the minimum amount that Raleigh ESL Hotel can legally pay Ibrahim for his work in the state of North Carolina?  Does Ibrahim earn more than or less than this amount?  If you do not know the minimum wage in North Carolina, read the information below.

Understanding Your Pay Stub

This pay stub has a lot of difficult vocabulary.  These are words that we need to understand finance in the United States.  Let’s look at some of these difficult vocabulary words and phrases:

  • Current Earnings – A person’s current earnings are the amount of money a person is receiving from a paycheck.
    • When you receive a paycheck, it is usually giving you money that you earned one week ago, two weeks ago, or even a month ago.  This gives your manager time to complete paperwork and send your taxes in for you.
      • This is very difficult for new employees, who often have to wait an extra week, two weeks, or even a month to receive the money that they already earned.
      • However, when you leave your job, you will probably receive one more paycheck after you leave to cover your last week of work.  If you quit your job, remember to ask your manager when you will receive your last paycheck.  Some jobs require you to collect a paycheck in person, while other jobs mail your paycheck or deposit it directly into your bank account.
  • Wage – A wage is the amount of money that you receive for one hour of work.
    • The minimum wage in North Carolina is $7.25 per hour before taxes.  This means that it is illegal for an employer to pay less than $7.25 per hour before taxes.
      • There is one common exception to this law: If a person is working in a job where he or she is earning tips that are expected to result in more than $7.25 per hour total, the employer is not required to pay this amount in addition to tips.
        • For this reason, servers in restaurants may earn as little as $2.13 per hour.  However, most people give a 15% to 20% tip to the server, when they pay for a meal.  For example, if a person orders a $20 meal, he or she would normally give a $3 or $4 tip to the server in addition to the $20 that he or she pays for the meal.  This causes many servers to earn significantly more than $7.25 per hour for their work.  They receive most of their money in cash.
    • Employees who work more than 40 hours in one week are required to receive overtime pay.
  • Overtime – An employee who works more than 40 hours receives overtime pay.  This is an increased wage for all hours worked after 40 hours.
    • Overtime pay is usually 1.5 (or one and one half) times the regular pay rate of an employee.
      • If an employee earns $7.25 per hour, overtime pay would be $10.88 per hour.
      • If an employee earns $8.00 per hour, overtime pay would be $12.00 per hour.
      • If an employee earns $10.00 per hour, the overtime pay would be $15.00 per hour.
      • If an employee earns $20.00 per hour, how much would the overtime pay be?
  • Gross Income – Gross income is the amount of money a person receives before taxes.  Most people never see this money in person because most companies pay your taxes to the government before they give you your paycheck.
    • Sometimes companies send in too much money for taxes.  This is why some people receive part or all of their money back from the government when they file taxes in April.
  • Year-to-Date – Year-to-Date is a term used to describe the amount of money that is earned or spent on taxes beginning this January and ending with this paycheck.  On some pay stubs, the words “Year-to-Date” are written as “Y.T.D.”
  • Taxes Withheld – The taxes withheld are the amount of money the company takes from your paycheck to give to the government.
  • FICA-Medicare – Medicare taxes are money that we pay to the government, so that we can have Medicare when we are older.  Medicare is a form of government health insurance offered to people over the age of 62, who have paid taxes throughout their lives.
  • FICA-Social Security – Social Security taxes are money that we give to the government, so that when we retire (at age 62 or older) or if we become disabled, the government will give us money each month to live.  How much money the government gives a retired or disabled person each month depends on how much money this person paid in taxes throughout his or her life and how old the person is when he or she accepts the money.
  • Federal Tax – The Federal Tax is money that we give to the United States government each time we receive a paycheck.
  • State Tax – The State Tax is money that we give to the state of North Carolina each time that we receive a paycheck.
  • Net Income – Your net income is the amount of money that you receive after your company pays taxes for you.  If you are self-employed, this is the amount of money you receive after you pay taxes.  Even if your company pays taxes for you, you still need to file taxes every April to make sure that your company paid the correct amount!  Not paying taxes can cause problems later if you apply for a visa, government assistance, or for US citizenship.

Reading Comprehension Questions:

1.  What is the difference between gross income and net income?

2.  Why do we pay Social Security and Medicare taxes?

3.  When is it okay for an employer to pay less than $7.25 per hour in North Carolina?  Why?

4.  What does Y.T.D. mean?

5.  When does a person earn overtime pay?

6.  If a person who earns $12 per hour earns 2 hours of overtime, how much overtime pay will this person receive.

Answering Common Questions that Appear on Online Job Applications

Here are some common questions that often appear on job applications and some ideas about how to answer the questions.

1.  What are your salary requirements?

  • This is a very difficult question.  Why?  The manager of a company knows the maximum amount that he or she can pay an employee.  If you ask for a salary that is too high, the manager will not call you for a job interview because the manager will think that you will not be interested in the job.  If you ask for a salary that is too low, the manager will hire you, but pay you less than other employees to do the same work.
  • How can I answer this question?  If possible, type “open.”  This means that you are willing to negotiate the salary.
  • If you are required to type an answer, it may be a good idea to do some research.  If you have a friend who works at this location, ask the friend what the salary for this position is.
  • You can also search for a company on to get an estimate of the salary of a given position at a given company.  Use this information only if you have no other options because the information can be outdated or inaccurate.

2.  Why did you leave your previous position?

  • This is another difficult question.  American employers do not like to hire applicants who complain about previous managers.  If you did not like a previous employer, it is not a good idea to talk about it on a job application or during a job interview.
  • It is better to use a personal reason, such as “I moved to the United States,” “I was offered a job with a higher salary,” “I wanted to go back to school,” or “I wanted to explore other career options.”
  • Do not offer too many details.  This answer should be short.

3.  List three references.

  • Your references can not be family members.
  • Your references should be someone who you know would say good things about you.
  • Good reference choices include: former supervisors who were impressed with your work, current or former instructors (teachers), or friends.
  • Remember to always tell your references when you are using their reference to apply for a job.  You want your references to be ready to say good things about you.

4.  Describe your job duties for a previous position.

  • A job duty is a responsibility that you had in a previous position.  Talk about what you were required to do.
  • Always list any responsibilities from a previous job that are similar to your current position first.

5.  Why are you interested in this position?

  • This is an opportunity to show that you have learned a little bit about the company that you are applying to.  You should say something positive that demonstrates understanding of the position.
    • For example, if the job requires serving large numbers of customers quickly, you can say “I prefer to work in an exciting, fast-paced atmosphere.”
  • If you have skills that are related to the position, this is an opportunity to talk about those skills.
    • For example, if you are applying for a cook position in a busy restaurant and you already have three years of cooking experience in a restaurant, you can say, “I would like to apply my extensive cooking skills to an exciting, fast-paced atmosphere.”
  • If you do not have the skills required for this position, now is the time to express interest in developing those skills.
    • For example, if you are applying for a cook position in restaurant, you can say, “I have always been interested in learning how to cook the highest quality food possible.  I think that I could develop excellent cooking skills in the environment that this position has to offer.”

English Exercise:

While applying for jobs, write down questions that are difficult to understand.  Write down questions that are difficult to answer.  Then:

1.  Click Leave a Reply

2.  Type your first name in the first box.

3.  Type your email address or “” in the second box.

4.  Type nothing in the third box.

5.  Type your questions in the fourth box.

I will add any questions that I see in the “Leave a Reply” box to the bottom of this article.  I will write an explanation for each question and some ideas for how to answer the questions.