The Immigrants Guide to the American Workplace: Making It In America / Edition 1

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This easy-to-read book helps people who want to be successful in the U.S. job market—targeting the needed life and professional skills and providing the "how to" for integrating into the American workforce. It gives concrete, prescriptive techniques for workplace success to immigrant populations and the people who mento them. Coverage includes hygiene and dress, finding and working with a mentor, dealing with culture shock, learning to understand and communicate with others, getting around, government services, housing, handling money, getting and keeping a job, on-the-job benefits, being professional, and becoming independent. For human resource managers, construction mangers, and managers and supervisors in the fields of business, technology, hotel restaurant management, hospital and home health care, career placement, childcare—and basically everything else.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130619433
  • Publisher: Pearson Education
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 266
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Intro to the USA.
2. Getting Here—All about Immigration.
3. Learning the Language—How to Communicate.
4. Hygiene, Grooming, and Dress.
5. Government Services.
6. Cash and Credit.
7. Housing.
8. Transportation.
9. Shopping.
10. Dining In and Dining Out.
11. Out on Your Own.
12. Managing the Family.
13. Education.
14. Getting a Job and Keeping a Job.
15. On-the-Job Benefits.
16. Communication at Work.
17. Technology.
18. Media.
19. Mentoring.
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If you are reading this book, you are probably one of the following:
  • new immigrant to the United States
  • someone who is planning on visiting the United States
  • an exchange student from outside the United States
  • a person who has a friend or relative who is coming to work or live in the United States
  • a manager or mentor of a new immigrant.

Getting Ahead

This book was written to give immigrants an easy-to-read, direct look at daily life in the United States and the American workplace. People have always come to the United States to find new opportunities and to make a better life for themselves and their families. America offers many jobs and many choices, both personally and professionally.

Use this book to build your confidence and get ahead faster in the workplace. Learn what to expect at home and on the job. The more you know about America, the easier it will be to understand and work with your coworkers and managers on the job.

Getting Started

America is always changing and growing. People bring the best of their traditions and culture from all over the world, making America a blend of many different countries. Leaving behind friends and family and starting in a new country is not easy. Learning to understand and communicate with new people can be challenging.

This book provides basic information about the language, people, culture, and workplaces of America. We have used easy-to-read sentence structure and grammar to make it easier for people who are just learning English.

The Immigrant's Guide to the American Workplace: Making It in America is designed to cover essentialinformation on many topics. We do not go too deeply into each topic, but give you enough information to understand America and to be successful in the workplace. You will find information on:

  • learning the language
  • communicating in the workplace
  • hygiene and dress expectations
  • how to use transportation
  • shopping
  • eating and dining
  • managing money
  • education for adults and children
  • managing your health
  • security and safety
  • getting a job.

Using This Book

You will find several features in the book to help you learn about the United States. Look for feature boxes in each chapter containing important information. Complete the exercises at the end of each chapter to learn even more about the topics discussed. Improve your vocabulary by working through the extra exercises in Appendix A.

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