Interview Skills / Resume

Here is invaluable information about taking charge of the interviewing process - to make sure you're sold on the company, and to assure that the company is sold on you. From the author of 101 Great Answers to the Toughest Interview Questions and Your First Resume, this book has proven to be a favorite with high school and college students throughout the world. 

While its status with students is understandable, Your First Interview is an essential tool for anyone needing the fundamental, step-by-step, "first time" guidance it offers- from mothers reentering the job market to professionals making a job change after many years at the same company. 

From advice on making initial contact with a prospective employer to negotiating salary and, hopefully, fielding more than one job offer, author Ron Fry arms readers with the knowledge and confidence to transform the job interview from a sweaty-palm experience into a job-winning joy. 

Your First Interview: For Students and Anyone Preparing to Enter Today's Tough Job Market 

Career Press | 2002 | ISBN: 1564145867 | 188 pages | PDF | 10 Mb 

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Thank You for Arguing: What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion

Thank You for Arguing is your master class in the art of persuasion, taught by professors ranging from Bart Simpson to Winston Churchill. The time-tested secrets the book discloses include Cicero’s three-step strategy for moving an audience to actionÑas well as Honest Abe’s Shameless Trick of lowering an audience’s expectations by pretending to be unpolished. But it’s also replete with contemporary techniques such as politicians’ use of “code” language to appeal to specific groups and an eye-opening assortment of popular-culture dodges, including:

The Eddie Haskell Ploy
Eminem’s Rules of Decorum
The Belushi Paradigm
Stalin’s Timing Secret
The Yoda Technique

Whether you’re an inveterate lover of language books or just want to win a lot more anger-free arguments on the page, at the podium, or over a beer, Thank You for Arguing is for you. Written by one of today’s most popular online language mavens, it’s warm, witty, erudite, and truly enlightening. It not only teaches you how to recognize a paralipsis and a chiasmus when you hear them, but also how to wield such handy and persuasive weapons the next time you really, really want to get your own way. 

335 pages | Publisher: Three Rivers Press (February 27, 2007) | English | PDF | ISBN-10: 0307341445 | 6.1 Mb

Words you need to Know

This book is better than ever in a brand new fourth edition. In addition to its standard vocabulary lists, this edition includes a new section called Panorama of Words. In this feature, each of the 1100 words appears in a sentence selected from among well known novels, plays, poems, and even newspaper editorials and TV broadcasts. The book is a vocabulary builder aimed directly at college-bound high school students, as well as college students who need extra vocabulary help. Students will find word lists with definitions, analogy exercises, entertaining word games, and fascinating words-in-context exercises.
From the Author
More than a half-million readers have already been exposed to the controlled vocabulary in 1100 Words You Need to Know and the techniques that we devised to help them learn how to use those important words. We have received grateful letters from across the country and abroad, praising us for the timeliness of our selection--words appearing in newspapers and books, on standardized exams, and in business correpondence.

We realize that possessing a rich treasury of words brings material gains as well as confidence in one's ability to communicate and to be accepted as a mature person. As you spend the time to master the 1100 words and idioms--even 15 to 20 minutes daily--you will discover the pleasure of recognition and understanding when you come across these challenging words in your listening, reading, and conversing.

In this fourth edition we have updated all of the material and added a major component, "The Panorama of Words," where you will find a valuable sentence reference for each of the words you have learned. The material presented is consistent with our successful blueprint of interest, variety, relevance, and repetition. Regard it as a dividend on your investment.

Murray Bromberg and Melvin Gordon

Murray Bromberg, Melvin Gordon, "1100 Words You Need to Know" 
B.rron's Ed.nal Series | 2000 | ISBN: 0764113658 | 384 pages | PDF | 1,5 MB

Technical English

Basic Technical English is a reading course for beginner elementary level students in secondary schools, vocational schools and colleges, or in-company training programmes. The main aim of the course is to develop confidence and ability in extracting information from technical manuals and textbooks in a wide range of technical areas including mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, workshop practice, electronics, etc.

Jeremy Comfort, Steve Hick, Allan Savage, "Basic Technical English. Student's Book" 
Cornelsen & Oxford University Press | 2001 | ISBN: 346402816X | 44 pages | PDF | 3,3 MB


An advanced introduction to the acquisition of phonology and the first textbook on normal (non-disordered) phonological acquisition. This book steers readers toward an investigation of the extent to which theories of speech production explains recurring sound patterns in child language and introduces perceptual aspects of acquisition. Patterns in Child Phonology guides the reader in advancing the observational skills of phonological analyses and in asking important questions in the field of phonological acquisition. This student-friendly textbook includes definitions of phonological terms and concepts and covers child phonological patterns, phonological theory, the pre-production stages of phonological acquisition, non-grammatical factors affecting acquisition, and an overview of issues in phonological acquisition. Applicable to students of all disciplines.

Wyn Johnson, Paula Reimers, "Patterns in Child Phonology" 
Edi-rgh Univ-sity Press | 2010 | ISBN: 0748638202 | 320 pages | PDF | 1,1 MB

Letter Writing

Expert tips and 300 sample letters make business and personal correspondence a snap.
When trying to close a sale, answer a complaint, or offer thanks, a well-crafted letter can make all the difference. Packed with practical advice and 300 easy-to-adapt sample letters, this all-purpose guide shows readers how to write letters that get results -at work and at home.
Covering the nuts-and-bolts of letter writing as well as the secrets of high-impact prose, the book delivers proven recipes for attention-grabbing introductions, persuasive arguments, memorable phrases, and closing clinchers. Best of all, it offers guidance on business and personal letters for every circumstance, from job hunting, selling, fundraising, and asking favors to giving a reprimand, responding to criticism, expressing sympathy, and declining gracefully. It's the only reference anyone will ever need to write the perfect letter, whatever the occasion.

The New World Letter Writing Handbook covers far more than just cover letters and thank-you notes; you’ll find unbeatable examples and world-class advice for crafting every kind of letter:

• congratulations • apologies • expressions of sympathy • fundraising • requests for favors • requests for information • job search • selling • complaints and responses to complaints • feedback • reprimands • refusals • bill collections • and more! 

Robert W. Bly, "Letter Writing Handbook" 
Web.ster's N.w W.ld | 2003 | ISBN: 0764525247 | 408 pages | PDF | 2,4 MB

English Usage

Some foreign students find English very difficult, some others find it quite easy. There is one thing, however, on which they all agree: English sounds are vague, complicated, often confusing and totally inconsistent as regards punctuation.

This book is an exhaustive compilation of the most curious words that can be found in the language. It will serve students as a reference when they want to find the correct word to use. It will also help the teacher who wants to show pupils the oddities of the language. 

Edward R. Rosset, "Odds & Ends of English Usage" 
Editorial Stanley | 2004 | ISBN: 8478733736 | 80 pages | PDF | 6,2 MB


This textbook is the fourth edition of the revision and expansion of A Manual for Articulatory Phonetics, compiled by Rick Floyd in 1986. It includes many other people's materials from articulatory phonetics courses as taught for over sixty years in the training schools of SIL International. It also includes much information from sources outside of SIL.

It is written in an informal, personal style and is a practical book for teachers and students alike. Most chapters begin with a statement of goals and conclude with a list of key concepts and exercises. Examples, tables, and explanatory figures are distributed liberally throughout.

This book is oriented primarily towards native speakers of American English, particularly with reference to examples used to guide pronunciation of new sounds. However, most of the information included should be profitable to students regardless of their native language.

The International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) is used for the phonetic transcription, but the equivalent Americanist symbols are also given in order to equip the student to use other linguists' materials, regardless of which system they use to transcribe their data.

Anita C. Bickford, Rick Floyd, "Articulatory Phonetics: Tools for Analyzing the World's Languages, 4th Edition"
SIL International | 2006 | ISBN: 1556711654 | 219 pages | Djvu | 3,2 MB

Body Language Rules