Mark the following statements true or false, correct the false ones.
1. His worst interview experience was about six years ago.
2. Charlie had a group interview for a sales rep. job with a big media company.
3. When the interviewer asked him a question he suddenly began to feel very nervous.
4. They offered Charlie a bottle of juice and a cup.
5. Charlie was so embarrassed he had to leave the room.
1. Alison had an interview for a job that she really wanted.
2. She got stuck in traffic.
3. By mistake, Alison parked her old bike in the Managing Directorís parking place.
4. Managing Director hooted his horn and asked her to park somewhere else.
5. She didnít ignore him and parked her car in the other place.
6. Managing Director was the interviewer and he gave her an interview.
1. Kevinís first interview after leaving college was for an installation and service technician job.
2. When he walked into the room the interviewer threw an ashtray at him.
3. Unfortunately, he didnít get the job.
4. They told him afterwards that the ashtray was to test how people react.
5.The people who caught it and put it back on the desk got the job!
1.29. Listen again. In which story did the person Ö
1. not have an interview?
2. need a drink?
3. have to react quickly?
4. ignore interviewer?
5. still feel embarrassed about what happened?
6. not know they would throw an ashtray?
Applying for a job
apply for (v)
letter of application
make a career in
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
shortlist (n, v)
human resourse department
interview (n, v)
(Applying for a job)
Planning a Career
Having a job and having a career are two very different things. A job is something you do to make money. You may enjoy the job, work hard at it and do well, but you are primarily doing it for the money to satisfy your other interests outside of the work environment. A career is something that integrates your desires and interests so that it gives you satisfaction above and beyond the money you make. To have a career means commitment and development but first of all planning. This process can begin at any age. For some people it starts when they are a small child and visit mom or dad at their place of work. For others it can come later through the inspiration of a teacher or exposure to a wider range of fields.
It is up to each individual to decide whether a job or career is best for them. People may share the same talent and interest but other aspects of their personality will dictate which direction to go with that interest. For example, one guitar player may decide to plan a career as a professional musician. Another may decide that the financial insecurity is too much for him, get a regular job and satisfy his musical interests in his free time.
Whether you decide to get a job or plan a career, the job market today is quite different from that of your parents (and even probably from your elder sibling). In the Soviet system, under raspredeleniye, young people were guaranteed a job upon graduation. Now, not only are there any guarantees after university, institute or school, but available jobs are scarce and difficult to secure. The young person in today's Russia faces a very competitive job market.
What do the new dynamics of the Russian job market mean for young people? First, if they have decided they want a career, they must start early in their academic life to plan and take steps to develop their professional careers. Second, in addition to a suitable background for a desired career, creativity, self-promotion and preparation are absolutely vital for any sort of success in the job search. Last, students must develop confidence in themselves and recognize the power that each of them has to take control of their future and shape it in a way that is best for them.