Monthly Archives: May 2016

League’s Starting Line Up, LCA Edition: Francisco Escalante

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We are so happy to welcome Francisco Samuel Escalante as a new League Central America employee! Due to his visual impairment, Francisco never thought he would be able to find work.  League Central America works hard to find opportunities for everyone. We are honored to be the beginning of what is hopefully a long career for Francisco.

Francisco is working in the Quality Lab area as a fabric auditor. Because of his pronounced sense of touch, he has great sensitivity in his hands and finger. Francisco has helped us to verify the quality of the fabric that is used in our manufacturing process. He take meticulous notes in braille.

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We asked Francisco about his life and work.

What interested you in working for us?

First of all, I wanted to find out more about different fabrics. Also, I have never had the chance to work in a company as I did not have the know how, but I thank God that Rodrigo told me that I was going to work with League.

Describe your typical day.

In the morning my coworkers give me fabric samples that the night shift left for them in order to test the quality. My coworkers cut the fabric and they give them to me, they keep notes of the quality that I tell them. I also make notes using the brail system.

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What’s your favorite part about League so far?

My favorite part is the cafeteria, because I don’t have warm up my food or look for a place to eat! Also, I enjoy my work in the lab and the environment.

What do you like to do when you’re not working?

During my time off, I read and listen to music or do my housework.

Tell us about your family.

I live with my four sisters and my mother and father.

Tell us something most people wouldn’t guess about you.

That I like to sleep a lot! I enjoy sleeping.

Francisco enjoys the work he does here at League Central America, but above all, he tells us he likes the new useful person that he feels he’s become, and feeling like he belongs to a great family such in League Central America. We’re glad you’re on the team, Francisco!

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Kick It Up A Notch: How To Make Your Resume Stand Out

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Whether you’re looking for a last-minute internship or a post-graduation job, it can be a tough market out there. If you want to land an interesting, challenging, and fun job that will help you on your career path, you’re going to need to tune up your resumé. A well-crafted resumé can help you stand out from other applicants.

We see our own fair share of resumés at League (because, after all, we’re hiring), where we’ve seen it all.  So we’ve assembled a list of suggestions and what we like to see from applicants to help you land the job of your dreams.

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Have a Clear Objective

Your resumé should begin with a clear and concise objective. So what does that mean? While your objective is “hire me,” the company’s objective is different. Your objective — basically the introduction to your resumé— needs to say “here’s what I’ll bring to your company.” Be up-front about what kind of position you’re seeking, whether it’s a part-time, temporary, internship, co-op position, or full time. Be clear about your skills, keep it short, and be specific. Your objective should be tailored differently for EACH JOB you apply for, even if the rest of the resumé doesn’t change.

Highlight Relevant Coursework

If you’ve already completed coursework in your field of interest, you should highlight it in your resumé. Citing relevant coursework shows employers you’re serious about your field and have a clear direction in mind. However, keep it reasonable: stick to your upper level classes, internships, and other experience rather than listing each class you’ve attended in your major. If you’ve already listed your degree, most of that class work is implied. Just hit the highlights. And please don’t mention high school; most employers are more interested in college courses, not high school, even if they’re relevant.

Emphasize Your Work Experience

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If you have prior work experience, even if it was only a part-time job in high school, be sure to highlight it on your resumé. Naturally, you’ll want to emphasize any positions that are relevant to your career path, but also include those that highlight your ability to meet deadlines, excel under pressure, and contribute to team goals. If your work experience is limited, be sure to include additional skills that might be beneficial.

Skip the References

Yes, that might seem unusual, but according to employment expert Amanda Augustine, employers prefer to ask you for references once they’ve completed an initial interview or phone screening. Most people say “references upon request” on their resume, but Ms. Augustine doesn’t believe you need even that in today’s market. If you’re an entry-level employee, in particular, there isn’t a high expectation for significant references.

Keep It To ONE Organized Page of Text

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Organize your resumé in a logical fashion. There are many samples online, so you can choose a template that works best with your experience. Be clear and concise in your writing. Time is precious to employers so keep to the point. A single page resumé is best, and avoid fancy or hard-to-read fonts — although if you’re a graphic designer, some leeway in having a “designed” resume is expected. It’s also a good idea to have both paper and digital versions of your resume as well.

Proofread, and Get Someone Else To Proofread As Well

Watch your spelling and grammar. Here’s a hard truth: a single misspelling can get your entire resumé recycled before it’s even considered. In a competitive job market you don’t want to be the person with the typo. A great trick to catching mistakes beyond spellcheck is to read it out loud to yourself. You’ll easily catch syntax mistakes that way. But definitely have someone in your life — and probably someone with work experience instead of just your BFF — review it before you send it as well.

Don’t Box Yourself In

The good news about careers is there are many paths to the same destination. If you know what you want, look for creative ways to work in your field that are a bit outside the box. If you look beyond the most obvious positions there will be less competition.

Hopefully with these tips in mind, you’ll land that perfect position. Happy job hunting!

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16 Songs For Your Summer Playlist

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Today we’re happy to feature another great blog post with an excellent summer playlist from our Penn State Foot Patrol member Anna Schweidle. Hope your summer is fabulous, Anna!

Finals have wrapped up, graduations are happening — it’s that time of year! While in some places the temperature is still hovering in spring-like territory, it doesn’t mean summer isn’t on its way!

Music and summer go together perfectly. Whether your lounging by the pool, sipping strawberry lemonade, relaxing on the beach, adventuring in the great outdoors, or traveling abroad this summer here are some tunes that will definitely get you in the summer mood.

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Dreaming by Smallpools

“The world is in your palm now
So take a breath and calm down.”

Fun, catchy song that perfectly captures the angst of summer. Be sure to check out the Chainsmokers remix, too. Listen here.

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Easy Love by Sigala

“Simple melody, simple melody, sing a simple melody
There’s something easy love can be.”

British DJ Bruce Fielder is the genius behind Sigala. You’ll love this catchy pop tune that will make you dance in your seat! Listen here.

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She Moves In Her Own Way by The Kooks

“So now you pour your heart out
You’re telling me you’re far out
You’re not about to lie down for your cause.”

This retro-sounding British band is great fun to listen to and is the perfect music for the beginning of a great party. Listen here.

Junk of the Heart (Happy) by The Kooks

 “See I notice nothing makes you shatter, no, no.
You’re a lover of the wild and a joker of the heart,
But are you mine?”

So good, The Kooks make this list twice! A great song for that summer romance you’re hoping will happen. Listen here.

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Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

Walking on a Dream by Empire of the Sun

“Thought I’d never see
The love you found in me
Now it’s changing all the time.”

This electronic music pair from Australia brings together deep beats with great vocals and great showmanship. Listen here.

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Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve

“I let the melody shine, let it cleanse my mind, I feel free now
But the airways are clean and there’s nobody singing to me now.”

Sadly, The Verve broke up in 1999 — but you can’t help loving this song with it’s incredible mix of orchestral and pop sounds (and a sample from the Rolling Stones). Listen here.

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Waves by Sleeper Agent

“In the sticks we’re barefoot friends
We chew on leaves
And quote Huck Finn.”

You might recognize Sleeper Agent’s lead singer as Alex Kandel appearing on The Voice. But while the band was together, they created a group of perfect road trip tunes. Listen here.

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Crash Into Me by the Dave Matthews Band

“Into your heart I’ll beat again
Sweet like candy to my soul
Sweet you rock
And sweet you roll.”

This was a massive hit in 1997, and is still one of the best lightly romantic songs around. Trivia point: Dave Matthews wrote this song on the campus of Sweet Briar College. Listen here.

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Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

Jackie and Wilson by Hozier

” ‘Cause with my mid-youth crisis all said and done
I need to be youthfully felt ’cause, God, I never felt young.”

Irish singer Hozier burst onto the scene in the USA with his brilliant song Take Me To Church last summer. But his album is full of other great songs, such as Jackie and Wilson. Listen here.

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Let’s Go Surfing by The Drums

“Wake up, it’s a beautiful morning
Honey, while the stars are still shining
Wake up, would you like to go with me
Honey, take a run down to the beach.”

What says summer more than surfing? This song features a bass line reminiscent of the classic surf bands of the sixties. Listen here.

Weekend Millionaires by Katelyn Tarver

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“All the young fools, we’re starving in the back
Credit card shoes, we’re weekend millionaires
Just tryna be cool, yeah one day we’ll be there.”

Katelyn Tarver might be best known for her role on the kid’s show Big Time Rush, but she’s become a pop powerhouse. Listen here.

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Image courtesy of YouTube.

Ocean Drive by Duke Dumont

“Don’t say a word while we dance with the devil
You brought a fire to a world so cold
We’re out of time on the highway to never.”

Another British DJ in the mix! Duke Dumont is definitely perfect for your summer playlist, and since summer is all about going to the ocean, this song is perfect. Listen here.

Diane Young by Vampire Weekend

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“Irish and proud, baby, naturally
But you got the luck of a Kennedy
So grab the wheel, keep on holding it tight
‘Til you’re tottering off into that good night.”

Try not to dance while you listen to this song. It simply isn’t possible. Great song for driving with all the windows open. Listen here.

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Middle by DJ Snake

“The silence in the air felt like my soul froze
Am I just overthinking feelings I conceal
This gut feeling I’m tryna get off me as well.”

The lyrics might be a bit love sick, but the beat is definitely danceable. You’ll want to blast this one while you groove. Listen here.

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Don’t Let Me Down by The Chainsmokers 

“Right now I need a miracle
Hurry up now, I need a miracle
Stranded, reaching out
I call your name but you’re not around.”

This is the perfect song for late night, hot and sweaty dancing. Check out the various remixes, too. Features Daya on vocals. Listen here.

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Cold Cold Man by Saint Motel

“You’re the only one worth seeing.
The only place worth being.
The only bed worth sleeping’s
the one right next to you.”

Referred to as “dream pop,” this band offers a danceable acoustic-style sound with great vocals and lyrics. Listen here.