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Archive for August, 2009

Summer is drawing to a close and we’re still not out of this downturn, so it’s nice to have some good news!

Euro London has been short listed in not one, but three categories in the upcoming London and South East Recruitment Awards. The Windsor team is a finalist for the Recruitment Team of the Year Award for its continued success and high quality service. Consultant Helen Pacey is in the running for Recruitment Consultant of the Year and Wayne Tritton is up for the Rising Star award.

Let’s face it; it’s been a tough year for everyone in recruitment, so being finalists for awards which recognise our hard work and success is great and a real motivation boost. The awards are being held in Portman Square in London on Friday 13th November so we’re crossing our fingers until then. Let’s hope Friday 13th isn’t unlucky for us – we want to make it a hat trick!

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With Germany feeling the effects of the credit crunch like much of the rest of Europe, political talk has been addressing the issue of unemployment.

The SDP, or social democrats, have promised to create four million jobs if they win the election in September, by transforming Germany into its own version of California’s Silicon Valley and end unemployment by 2020. The FT reports that Frank-Walter Steinmeier has a 67-page “Deutschland Plan”, detailing “how he would create 2m industrial jobs, 1m jobs in the health sector and 500,000 jobs in both the creative and services sectors.”

However the bad news is that most analysts say that the SDP has little or no chance of success in the elections. Let’s hope that whoever is victorious has unemployment near the top of their agenda.

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Mobile phones have been an indispensable technology for us for so long now that I can’t even remember how long it’s been – but I know it’s at least ten years. Phones have evolved so much that they are no longer phones, but devices that you can use for listening to music, taking photos, browsing the internet and maybe the odd phone call or text message. So all this considered, it’s quite shocking to hear that until now, there hasn’t been a mobile phone for Welsh speakers!

Both a phone with Welsh menus and predictive text and also an iPhone application for those wanting to learn Welsh have been unveiled at the National Eisteddfod festival to celebrate Welsh culture.

The Samsung S5600 will have over 44,000 Welsh words and be available on the Orange network. The iPhone application was developed with the help of the head of Computer Science at Aberystwyth University Professor Chris Price, who is also a Welsh learner. He said “There are many apps for learning other languages available to iPhone users, amongst them 27 for French, 23 for Italian and even ones for Irish, and Tagalog, which is spoken in the Philippines. I felt it was high time that help of this kind was made available for those learning Welsh.”

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Top language blogs of 09

Apart from our own of course (we’re slightly biased) there are some great blogs on languages out there. Language blog Lexophiles and language portal bab.la have recently held the Top 100 Language Blogs 2009 competition. You can read the results here.

We’ll definitely been taking a look through these blogs. And hopefully now that ours is off the ground, we’ll make the 2010 list! 

We’re putting together our own list of favourite language blogs so please leave us your suggestions!

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There’s no doubt about it – learning another language is no easy feat. Most of us will recall French textbooks and trying to remember those irregular verbs at school. But should you want to learn a new language from scratch or brush up on your existing skills, the power of the internet brings us a website called Babbel, which can help you do just that.

Registration is free and users can learn English, French, German, Italian or Spanish, through vocabulary and writing exercises, with the site in their native language. As well as this, you have access to the over 420,000 other users of the site, to chat to, receive help from and also offer advice to.

A language learning community seems like a great idea, and a cheap, easy and fun way to improve language skills. So if you fancy getting another language under your belt to put on your CV, why not take a look? I’m going to give Italian a go…

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The credit crunch has caused a wide range of problems – but some are more obscure than others. A graduate from Monroe College in New York is suing the University, because like many graduates and experienced professionals worldwide, she hasn’t been able to find a job in the four months since finishing her degree.

Trina Thompson said that the University’s careers service had promised contacts and advice for job hunting but not provided them. She’s therefore asking for her tuition fees to be re-paid – all $70,000 of them.

This got us thinking – could we see similar lawsuits against recruiters?! Hopefully not – recruiting professionals will always be able to find positions for candidates, even during the tough times. It’s just a bit harder. But whether we can help or not, customer care should remain at a high level. If you’re looking for a job with languages, take a look at our latest positions here.

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