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Job application and correspondence

15.8.2018, , Zdroj: Verlag Dashöfer

Job application and correspondence

Edward Thomas


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


Look at the following job description which follows on from the basic details described in exercise 1. 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.

Correct answers are here3


The Candidate. Look at the example of a CV that you can see below. Pay attention to the highlighted words - they are useful. Answer the questions which follow the CV about the language used.

Details Philip Sanders (BScHons)


Mob: 07446 673728
eMail: 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
  • 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.