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Changing Times: Job Application

16.7.2018, , Zdroj: Verlag Dashöfer

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Changing Times: Job Application

Edward Thomas

1. CHANGING TIMES: JOB APPLICATION: THE TERMS

When you apply for a job in English, the first thing you need is a clear understanding of the most important words. In the following table, the words on the left are taken from typical job advertisements. The phrases on the right are connected with them but are mixed up. Can you re-connect them correctly?

Funky and Fresh TV Company Seeks Finance Assistant

1. Employer: a) Greater London- West London
2. Posted: b) Full-time
3. Contact: c) Sensations Recruitment
4. Location: d) Permanent
5. Industry: e) Laura Owen
6. Contract: f) Batchelor's degree
7. Hours: g) Finance - General
Media - TV
8. Salary: h) 31 Jul 08
9. Relevant work experience: i) Junior (assistant)
10. Education level: j) £24,000
11. Career level: k) 2 - 5 years

Correct answers are here1

Extra questions:

1. The antonym of „full time” is……………..?

2. The antonym of „permanent” is……………………..?

3. Can you think of two synonyms for „salary”?

Correct answers are here2

2. THE AD

Look at the following job description which follows on from the basic details described in last exercise. Look at the statements below and decide which are true and which are false.

Snazz 1 are a fairly new TV production company who are looking for an enthusiastic Finance Assistant to join their expanding team. Reporting to and working closely with the Financial Controller, your duties will include sales and purchase ledger, petty cash, bank reconciliations, posting journals, accruals and prepayments, credit control, assisting with payroll as well as the preparation of financial reports. The Financial Controller is a dynamic but easy - going person who will take a relaxed approach that really offers you a great opportunity to shine!

The ideal candidate will be proactive, polite and helpful, be able to work on their own initiative but also as part of a team. This is a creative company so if you have previously worked in the media it will be beneficial but not essential. Strong inter-personal and advanced Excel skills however are essential. Most importantly, you must have an outgoing personality with a good sense of humour!

Based in trendy offices in West London, this company would really like to see the successful candidate develop their role by taking on more and more responsibilities. So, if you are looking to work for an exciting business that can offer you a progressive career in a dynamic and fun environment, please apply now to find out more!

True or False:

1. Snazz 1 are a long - established company.

2. The job includes responsibility for recruitment.

3. The Financial Controller is a nice person.

4. It's most important to be polite and helpful.

5. Experience is necessary.

6. The candidate must be good with people.

7. It is vital that the candidate enjoys a good laugh.

8. The company is located outside the city.

9. The company want candidates who will accept more responsibilities over time.

10. It's an enjoyable place to work.

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3. THE EMPLOYER

Read through the descriptions of the jobs described and answer the detailed questions which follow. Look up important words you don't know in a dictionary as you read.

A) „Tandem partners is an industry leader providing consulting services to the advertising industry. With offices in NY, Chicago, and LA and 200+ employees we're a rapidly growing company seeking bright, energetic, and ambitious people who want to be part of a visionary company. We offer a challenging and fulfilling work environment, training, excellent benefits and growth opportunities.”

B) „The Luckmobile (www.theluck.com) is a successful integrated marketing agency, working across digital, direct marketing, advertising, branding and public relations. We have major clients in sectors including technology, customer loyalty, exhibitions and financial services. We currently need a Digital Project Manager to join our busy team in a permanent role, working on a wide variety of B2B and B2C projects.”

C) „Snazz1 TV/production company are looking for an enthusiastic Finance Assistant to join their expanding team. Based in trendy offices in West London, this company would really like to see the successful candidate progress their role by taking on more and more responsibilities. So, if you are looking to work for an exciting business that can offer you a progressive career in a dynamic and fun environment, please apply now to find out more!”

D) „WF is a diversified financial services company providing banking, insurance, investments, mortgage and consumer finance for more than 23 million customers through 7,200 stores, the internet and other distribution channels. We provide an inclusive, customer-focused work environment where innovation is encouraged and performance rewarded. We invest in our team members, develop their talents, and help them maximize their potential. If you're looking for a company with integrity that you can believe in and one that believes in you as well you will find it at WF.”

Questions:

Which company:

1. works in many areas related to products?

2. thinks that enthusiasm is an important quality?

3. is growing quickly?

4. says that the successful applicant will be taught new things?

5. values personal maximization?

6. says it is honest and reliable?

7. suggests the applicant will be busy?

8. talks about its location as being attractive?

9. suggests that employees get bonuses?

10. suggests that employees have a good time?

Correct answers are here4

4. PERSONAL QUALITIES

Look at the following table. There you can see words which were all found in job advertisements to describe the kind of candidate / applicant want. Which of the two boxes could be called „creative”? Which could be called „ordered”? Can you label the boxes in the right way? Then answer the questions which follow.

enthusiastic                                
passionate supportive
proactive polite
outgoing helpful
sense of humour experienced
loves a challenge in-depth understanding
interpersonal skills attention to detail
energetic self-driven
ambitious                                 

1. Which word shows you have done similar work for quite a long time?

2. Which phrase shows that you like a joke?

3. Which phrase shows that you are positive socially?

4. Which word shows that you will not be rude to anyone?

5. Which phrase shows that you will care about little problems?

6. Which word shows that you really want to develop your career?

Correct answers are here5

Now think about possible descriptions for the following two applicants:

A) Human Resource Officer in a media firm.

B) Compliance Officer in a finance company.

Complete the gaps in the following descriptions and label them A) or B). Which job do you think would be most ideal for you?

„We are looking for someone with a 1. …………………………… …………………………… …………………………… who is 2. …………………………… and 3. ……………………………; They must have good 4. …………………………… …………………………… …………………………… as they will be working with others in a team.”

„We require someone who is 5. …………………………… in the field, with good 6. …………………………… …………………………… …………………………… to be able to work with precise regulations, who is also 7. …………………………… and 8. …………………………… to be able to assist others to act within the rules of the company.”

Correct answers are here6

5. THE CANDIDATE

Look at the example of a CV that you can see below. Answer the questions which follow the CV about the language used.

Details Philip Sanders (BScHons)

GU4 7HH

Mob: 7 446 673 728
e-mail: pbs21@yahoo.com
Web: www.sanders.net
DoB: 27-AUG-81

Education BSc (Hons) 2:1 Chemistry with Computing

University of Sussex

5 A-levels A-C from Yates School, Cuthshire

Career Summary:

                                                                                           
2005 - present:                                                                                               
                                                                                                
Web Executive                                                                                                
                                                                                                
Achievements:                                                                                                
• Developed role as internal consultant to recommend on technical aspects of the online systems • Introduced new systems of data input, checking, searching and back up. • Designed and conceived search system for online users
Skills gained:                                                                                                
• Communication of technical concepts to people untrained in technological potential.• Knowledge of centrality of people and business processes to online business development.• Understanding and insight into the central role of user-friendly systems in increasing traffic for commercial websites.
2003 - 2005:                                                                                                
                                                                                                
Electronic Operations Co-ordinator                                                                             
                                                                                                
Achievements:                                                                                                
• Created a new role coordinating online activity • Conceived and implemented electronic operations meetings to bring all departments together online.• Trained users in the BroadVision system • Constructed user-guides as aid to users online.• Transformed support and reduced fix-times 14 days (target 21) • Began standardised management statistics reporting for customer use of websites
Skills gained:                                                                                                
• Learned significance of branding (again)• Understood the importance of supported training• Learned that process requires attitudinal and cultural change.

Education

1998 - 2002 Bsc Hons Chemistry with computing for University of Sussex

1991 - 1998 Downs School Leominster 5 science/maths A Levels (3 A grades, 2 Bs)

Further skills

Proficient in Java script

Fluent in three foreign languages: French, German, Italian

Personal details

Driving Licence: clean

Health: Excellent. Non-smoker

Other Details: Qualified first - aider

Questions:

What word(s) or sentence:

1. shows that Phillip is good at languages?

2. shows that he has the imagination to find new ideas?

3. show that he is able to bring new things into a company?

4. show that he is able to teach people?

5. are used to show that he knows a lot about his business?

6. means that Phillip is good in programming language?

7. shows that Phillip has no problem with his driving record?

8. shows that Phillip has developed routine procedures in online business?

9. shows that he

 
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