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CHAPTER 1 – Getting ready for a job search

“Thou shall earn thy bread with the sweat of thy brow”
The Bible
“Jack of all trades, master of none!
Anonymous
“The man who has the largest capacity for work and thought is the man who is bound to succeed”.
Henry Ford.

Objectives: After this chapter, I will be able to
1. get the message from a cartoon.
2. discuss my experiencein applying for a job.
3. describe and make sentences using terms commonly included in a job posting.
4. write a job opening.
5. listen to a tape and complete sentences.
6. order the parts of a cover letter
7. write my own cover letter

The light side

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Exercise. Answer these questions and then share your experience with a partner.
Have you ever appliedfor a job? Why?

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Describe the steps you followed to get the job.
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Were you successful or not? Why?____________________________________________________________

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Was it a rewarding or frustrating experience? Why?
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Do you feel you made any mistakes? Which ones?____________________________________________________________

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If you could change one thing about your experience, what would that be?
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Finding the Right Job

Reading.
Understanding yourpotential employer can help you get the job you are looking for. This section focuses on developing skills that will help you prepare for a job in an English speaking country.
The Personnel Department
The personnel department is responsible for hiring the best possible candidate for an open position. Often hundreds of applicants apply for an open position. In order to save time, the personneldepartment often uses a number of methods to select applicants who they would like to interview. Your cover letter and resume must be perfect in order to ensure that you will not be looked over because of a minor mistake. This unit focuses on the various documents required for a successful job application, as well as interviewing techniques and appropriate vocabulary to use in your resume, coverletter and during the job interview itself.
Exercise: There are some terms and expressions above that you need to know and use when applying for a job. Give a short description of the following words and then use them in sentences.
|Term |Description |Sentence |
|Employer| | |
|Interviewing skills | | |
|Personnel department | ||
|Open position | | |
|Applicants | | |
|To apply for | |...
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