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 These are headings and categories commonly used in CVs.

marital status referees employment history permanent address skills

educational history title personal details
hobbies and interests surname qualifications date of birth

1. Which one means:

a) basic facts about you? ……
b) practical abilities? …….
c) where you live most of the time? ……
d) what you do in your free time? ……
e) when you were born? ……
f) Mr., Mrs., Ms., or Dr.? ……
g) if you are married or single? ……
i) people who can tell us about your qualities and character? ……
j) proof that you have successfully completed a course? ……
k) schools and college? ……
l) family name? ……

2. Which information is not usually asked for your country? Should you give any
information that is not mentioned here?

 Complete the passage below using the appropriate words or phrases from the
letter of application interview applicants
apply for CV shortlist
covering letter application form recruitment agency
position recruit hire

When a company needs to 1) ______ or employ new people, it may decide to advertise
the job or 2) ______ in the appointments section of a newspaper. People who are
interested can then 3) ______ the job by sending in a 4) ______ or 5) ______ and a 6)
______ containing details of their education and experience. In some cases a company
may prefer to do this initial selection after asking candidates to complete a standard 7)
______. The company’s human resource department will then select applications that it
considers the most suitable and prepare a 8) ______ of candidates or 9) ______ , who are
invited to attend an 10) ______. Another way for a company to 11) _______ is by using
the services of a 12) ______ (US = search firm) who will provide them with a list of
suitable candidates.
Teacher’s book, p. 66 Key vocabulary exercises Recruitment
Fill in the blanks with the appropriate preposition. Then, make sentences related to

1) to congratulate sb. on sth. 8) to be interested ____

2) to retire ____ a job 9) to be experienced ____ sth.
3) to apply ____ a position 10) to be qualified ____ noun/-ing
4) specialize ____ sth. 11) to be suitable ____
5) deal ____ sth. 12) to be responsible _____ sth.
6) to have experience ____ 13) skilled _____ noun/-ing
7) to be impressed ____ sb/sth. 14) good ____ sth
15) to fill ____ an application.


 This is part of a report that a personnel manager wrote after interviewing a candidate for the
position of Director of Software Development. Put the verbs in brackets into the Present
Simple or Present Continuous.

Articulate and well presented, Paul Sutherland is an excellent candidate for the post of Director of
Software Development. Не 1 wants (want) to leave his present employer, а small computer
company, because he ___________ (feel) that he 3________________ (not use) his knowledge of

software engineering со the full. Не 4____________ (look for) а тоге challenging position where his
field of specialisation can be exploited in а more stimulating environment. Не 5______________
(realise) that our company 6____________ (grow) rapidly, and that he would be expected to contribute
to that growth. Не is familiar with our existing range of software and regularly 7______________ (read)
our publications.
Although at present he 8_______________ (live) in the south, he 9____________ (say) that he is willing
to go wherever we 10____________ (decide) to send him. Не occasionally 11__________ (travel) to
various European countries for trade fairs and exhibitions and 12___________ (enjoy) meeting people of
different nationalities. At the moment he 13________ (attend) а training course at the Goethe Institute in
order to perfect his German.

 Complete this part of a job interview.

- Where 1) _______? (you / work)

- I work at Central Telecoms. I’m a technician there.
- How long 2) _______ there? (you / be)
- 3) ______ there for two years. (I / be)
- And where 4) _______ before that? (you / work)
- Before that 5) _______ a junior technician at MobileForce. (I / was)
- Why 6) _______ MobileForce? (you / leave)
- Because 7) _______ to work in a bigger company. (I / want)
- 8) _______ your part0time diploma? (you / finish)
- Yes, I have
- When 9) _______ it? (you / complete)
- Last July.
From Tech English 2 p. 18

"Yоu'rе just the man we're looking for. Соте

around to this side of the desk, and I'll gather up
my things and get the heck out of hеrе."

EX.11 Complete this job description with the words in the box.

check have inspect make maintain order repair report supervise work

Job description of the chief mechanic on the Nord Oil Platform

The Chief Mechanic is responsible for maintaining all the mechanical equipment on the
oil rig. He or she 1) repairs the diesel generators, and 2) ______ every machine on the
rig. He/She 3) ______ all the equipment daily, and 4) ______ sure that all machines are
in good working order. He/She 5) ______ broken equipment and 6) ______ replacement
parts and new tool. Most of the time he/she 7) ______ outside or on deck. The Chief
Mechanic 8) ______ to the rig Maintenance Manager, and 9) ______ a small crew of two
assistant mechanics and two motormen. He/She normally 10) ______ a two weeks
on/two weeks off schedule.
From Tech English 2 p. 18


 Active or passive? Underline the correct verb in each of the following

a) Tom’s just promoted/’s just been promoted to area manager of Eastern Europe.
b) I’ve applied/’ve been applied for a new job.
c) How many times have you made/have you been made redundant?
d) Bob’s wife has just lost/has just been lost her job.
e) My father has taken/has been taken early retirement.
f) My brother has given/has been given the sack. His boss said he was lazy.
g) The number of people out of work has risen/has been risen to nearly 3 million.
h) A strike has called/has been called by the air traffic controllers.
i) They haven’t offered/haven’t been offered more money by the management.
j) How much money have you saved/have you been saved for your retirement?

 Rewrite these sentences in either the passive or active form starting with the
words given.
1. Most business these days is done over the phone.
People do most of their business over the phone these days.
2. Hans Angst set up the company twenty years ago.
The company _________________________________________________.
3. The manager must sack employees for being late.
Employees ___________________________________________________.
4. It has been agreed to extend the hours of work.
We _________________________________________________________.
5. People in this culture regard punctuality as a sign of politeness.
Punctuality ___________________________________________________.
From Business results Student’s Book, p. 129
 Complete the sentences be rearranging the letters in CAPITALS to form a word to do
with work, as in the example.

1 They've sent me an application___ form. PLITACAIOPN

2 They want two written __________; they suggest an employer and а teacher. EFEERRNCES
3 Well, they'vе invited me for an _____________ next week. Can 1 borrow your suit? ITEWRVNIE
4 The job offers а _______________ of $25,000 а year. SARAYL
5 His academic ______________ are good but he doesn'1 have any previous _____________.
6 Employers are interested in practical ________________ like word-processing and fluency in
languages. SLKLSI
7 In Britain, the normal working week for ________________ -time employees is anything up to eighteen
hours а week, while people working ________________ -time do around thirty-eight hours. PATR /
8 Officially, she works thirty-five hours а week but sometimes with _____________ she does as many as
9 Now she works from home, she doesn'1 have to _______________ by train to and from London every
10 Nowadays many designers or information technology workers are ______________ that is, they sell
their work or services to different organizations. ERLENAEFC