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1. Match the words and expressions to the correct definitions.

1. to be sacked
2. staff
3. to resign
4. to do shift work
5. a nurse
6. interview
7. to get a pay rise
8. unemployed
9. to work overtime
10. experience
11. part-time job
12. vacancy
13. a journalist
14. curriculum vitae
15. a shop assistant
16. skills
17. to promote
18. shortlist
19. applicant
20. qualifications
21. application form
22. reference

a)
b)
c)
d)
e)
f)

a person who sells things


to work at different time
a person who writes for a newspaper
without a job
to earn more money
to give a higher position with more money and
responsibility
g) to be told to leave the company
h) to leave the job
i) workers in a company
j) working only some of the day or some of the week
k) to work extra hours
l) a person usually with a special training, who cares
for sick or injured people
m) resume
n) work of the same type you have done before
o) a letter written by someone who knows you well,
usually to a new employer, giving information
about you
p) a job that is available for someone to start doing
q) abilities, things you can do
r) a paper on which you write your details
s) certificates and exams passed
t) someone who has formally asked for a job
u) a talk with a company about a possible job
v) a list of the most suitable people for a job

2. Look at the five job advertisement below and the extracts from five letters of
application on the following page. Match each letter with the corresponding
advertisement.
We are a leading firm of Chartered Accountants and are presently seeking a

MEDICAL EDITOR
Science graduate required to
work on Medical journal.
Editorial experience desirable
but not essential as full
training given.
Excellent prospects.
Subsidised staff canteen.
Apply in writing to:

HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER


The successful candidate will be educated to degree level with IPM
qualifications and a minimum of 3 years experience. Responsibilities will
include:
-developing policies and procedures
-advising on aspects of employment law
-co-ordinating training programmes
-recruitment selection
In return we offer a competitive salary and generous benefits
including a non-contributory pension, 25 days holiday, private health

Jonathan Shepherd,

insurance.

Williams & Faulkner Ltd.,


18 Marryat Rd,

Apply with CV and covering letter to:

London SW19.

Sally Fraser, Director of Human Resources,


Brooks Thornton & Co., Norfolk House,

153 Aldwych, London WC2B 4JY.

OPERATIONS OFFICER
International childrens charity with headquarters in New York and offices throughout the world has an
opening for an operations officer to fill a position in Mali. The successful candidate will be responsible for all
aspects of the management of this office. He or she should possess an advanced university degree in business
administration or a related qualification and should have at least five years experience in office management at
international level. Fluency in English and French is essential. Willingness to travel and live and work under
difficult conditions. Benefits include a competitive international salary and overseas allowances.
Please write with your CV and stating current salary to:
Box number RL 147, The Guardian,

164 Deansgate, Manchester M60 2RR

CUSTOMER SERVICES ASSISTANT

SENIOR PRODUCTION MANAGER


Electronic and optical equipment

Are

you

highly

efficient

with

good

communication and inter-personal skills? We are

You are a qualified engineer with several years

a leading manufacturer of video and audio

experience of computer assisted technology and

equipment, and are looking for someone special

design.

with good administrative and secretarial abilities

Your

proven

managerial

skills

and

commitment to quality will enable this expanding

to

company to reach its full potential. Excellent salary

Department.

plus sales-related bonus and company car.

experience.

Please write with full CV to:

our

very
Salary

busy

Customer

dependent

on

Services
age

Apply to: Brenda Howarth,

John Hart, Redwood

Spectro (UK) Ltd.,

Marshall, Thorpe Industrial Estate, Crabtree Rd,


Feltham TW14.

join

12 Rothesay Terrace,
Edinburgh EH3 7SE.

and

The management experience that I acquired during


my six years with the Council for Economic Affairs
has equipped me to deal with the various demands of
an international organisation. During my time with
the Council I was in charge of the finance, accounts
and administration of our Asian operations.

B
During my time at Manchester, I worked
on a number of university magazines and this
has made me keen to pursue a career in
publicity.

C
I have good office and word-processing
skills which I would like to put to use in a more
interesting and challenging role. I enjoy working
in a team and dealing with the public as well.

My current position involves me in all


aspects of personnel, with particular emphasis
on interviewing, induction and organizing
training courses.

E
As you will see from the attached CV, I am
presently responsible for managing a sophisticated
manufacturing site with a staff of thirty.
3. Put each word or phrase below in its correct place in the following passage.

references
fill in
short-list
application forms

interview
experience
applicants

vacancy
apply
qualifications

Applying for a job


In times of high unemployment there are usually very many (1) _____________
when a (2) _______________ is advertised. Sometimes large numbers of people (3)
______________ and send off (4) _____________ for a single job. It is not unusual, in
fact, for hundreds of people to (5) ______________ to a firm for one post. This number is
reduced to a (6) _____________ of perhaps six or eight, from whom a final choice is made
when they all attend an (7) _______________. Very possibly the people interviewing will

be interested in the (8) ______________ the candidates gained at school or university and
what (9) _______________ they have had in previous jobs. They will probably ask for
(10) _______________ written by the candidates teachers and employers.
4. Complete Fiona Scotts letter of application using the following verbs:

contact
apply

discuss
enjoy

Nathalie Baudoin
Patagonia GMBH
Reitmorstrasse 50
8000 Munich 22
Germany

employed
notice

welcome involved
advertised matches

Fiona Scott
52 Hanover Street
Edinburgh EH2 5LM
Scotland
UK
8th January

Dear Ms Baudoin,
I am writing to ___________ for the position of Public Affairs Associate which was
___________ last week in the International Herald Tribune.
Although I am presently _____________ by a non-profit making organisation, it has
always been my intention to work in a commercial environment. I would particularly
____________ the chance to work for your company and as you will ______________ on my
enclosed curriculum vitae, the job you are offering ______________ both my personal and
professional interests.
My work experience has familiarized me with many of the challenges _____________ in
public relations today. I am sure that this, together with my understanding of the needs and
expectations of sport and nature enthusiasts, would be extremely relevant to the position.
Moreover, as my mother is German, I am fluent in this language and would definitely
_____________ working in a German-speaking environment.
I would be pleased to ______________ my curriculum vitae with you in more detail at an
interview. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to _____________ me if you require further
information. I look forward to hearing from you.
Yours sincerely,

Fiona Scott
Fiona Scott

5. Make questions you could ask at the interview from the words given.

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

Why change you do want jobs to


train in accounting did Where you
worked How long you for your present have employer
of accounting have had you How much experience
abroad ever worked you Have

6. When start you can


7. you Could involves about be job the more what specific
8. any Have ask you questions me to
6. Complete the conversation with the words from the box.

wages
skills
experience
qualifications
Valerie:
Mr Watts:
Valerie:
Mr Watts:
Valerie:
Mr Watts:
Valerie:
Mr Watts:
Valerie:

interview
hours
personal qualities

Hello, Im Valerie Woods. Ive come for an (1)______________ for a job as


a secretary.
Oh, yes, Miss Woods. Please take a seat. Well, have you done office work
before? Have you any (2)___________?
Well, Im afraid I havent. Ive just left college. But I have some (3)
________________. Here are my typing and shorthand certificates.
Good. Have you any other (4) _________________? Can you use a
computer?
No, but I speak French and Spanish.
Good. Your teachers tell us youre very careful and you get on well with
other people, so theres no problem about your (5)_________. In fact you
seem very suitable.
Thank you. Can I just make sure of one or two points? I believe the
(6)___________ are $150 a week. Is that right?
Yes, thats right. And the (7)______________ are nine to five, Monday to
Friday. Well, wed like to have you, Miss Woods.
Thank you very much. I think the job will suit me very well.

Answer key
Ex.1: 1. g; 2. i; 3. h; 4. b; 5. l; 6. u; 7. e; 8. d; 9. k; 10. n; 11. j; 12. p; 13. c; 14. m; 15. a;
16. q; 17. f; 18. v; 19. t; 20. s; 21. r; 22. o.
Ex.2: 1. d; 2. b; 3. a; 4. e; 5. c
Ex.3: 1. applicants; 2. vacancy; 3. fill in; 4. application forms; 5. apply; 6. short-list; 7.
interview; 8. qualifications; 9. experience; 10. references.
Ex.4: 1. apply; 2. advertised; 3. employed; 4. enjoy; 5. notice; 6. matches; 7. involved; 8.
welcome; 9. discuss; 10. contact.
Ex.6: 1. interview; 2. experience; 3. qualifications; 4. skills; 5. personal qualities; 6.
wages; 7. hours.