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Learn English: At a Job Fair

Peter Schmid is currently unemployed and looking for a job. He has decided to attend a local job fair.

(Zdroj: hothiphopdetroit.com)

There are several employers there looking to hire the right candidate for the job. He is talking to a recruiter from OMB Group, a company that he is interested in.

Peter: Hi, my name is Peter.

Jack: Hi, my name is Jack. It’s great to meet you. What are you doing here today?

Peter: Well, I was researching the companies and I know you’ve got some great marketing opportunities. So I came here to learn a little bit more about your company and to also tell you about myself.

Jack: Great. So, tell me a little bit about your background and what you are looking for.

Peter: Well, I have worked for five years in a well-known marketing company and for four years in sales. I’m interested in working on marketing projects where I can be a part of a team, I can mentor others and learn from leaders in the field of marketing.

Jack: Peter, do you have a copy of your resume that I can see?

Peter: Yes, I do. Here you are.

Jack: Thanks. We are looking for someone with customer service and sales or marketing background. I would like to know what your career plans are.

Peter: Well, my hope is to move into an experienced level position where I can grow and move up within the organization.

Jack: It sounds like you are looking for a company which offers a lot of promotional opportunities. Let me provide you with a little bit more information about our company.

Peter: That would be great.

Jack: This booklet will tell you all about our benefits and some information about what our requirements would be.

Peter: OK. Thank you so much. It was nice to meet you. May I have one of your business cards?

Jack: Absolutely. Feel free to contact me anytime.

Peter: All right. Have a nice day.

1. Functional Language

Asking for Information

When you’re looking for a job, you need to be prepared to ask and to be asked some questions. Study the examples.

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Questions with YES/NO response:

  • Do you have any special skills?
  • Do you offer any benefits?
  • Is there any chance for a promotion or a raise?

Open questions:

  • What kind of experience do you have?
  • What did you study at university?
  • What are your good points / bad points?
  • What company do you represent?
  • What kind of job do you offer?
  • What kinds of skills do you look for in the employees you hire?
  • What are the characteristics of your most successful employees?
  • Which courses or experience do you suggest to be a successful candidate?
  • How much does the job pay?
  • Where is it located?
  • What has been your greatest achievement?

2. Words That Work

Lesson Vocabulary

background - tu: pracovné skúsenosti

booklet - brožúra

to mentor - radiť, viesť

promotional opportunities - možnosti postupu

benefit - výhoda

requirement - požiadavka

concise - stručný

to assess - ohodnotiť

to recruit - hľadať ľudí

reverse - obrátený

headings - nadpisy

3. Write It Right

Job Advertisement

Read the job advertisement and complete it with the following headings:


Salary offered (gross), Start date, Information about the selection process, Additional requirements, Contract type, Required education, Other benefits, Language skills, Place of work, Job description


Marketing Specialist for Central European Region

Job ID SK20110810-24 Job type Full-time

Work city Bratislava Posted August 10, 2011

Information about the position

a ..............................................................

Mlynská 21, 851 00 Bratislava 2

b ..............................................................

Marketing Specialist

Responsibilities include:

• Managing regional marketing activities

• Improving customer satisfaction

c ..............................................................

Competitive to the market

d ..............................................................

ASAP

e ..............................................................

• Interesting and challenging work in Bratislava • Motivating remunerations and bonus system

• Dynamic and multicultural environment • Laptop for personal use

f ..............................................................

Full-time

g ..............................................................

If you are interested in this position, please apply on-line. Please note that we will contact selected applicants only.

Requirements for the employee

h ..............................................................

University education (Master’s degree)

i .............................................................. English - advanced

j ..............................................................

• 2+ years of experience in marketing area

OMB Group is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status.

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4. Grammar Rules!

Present Simple

We use the Present Simple for routines and regular activities, and also for permanent and long-term situations.

Study these examples:

We have a video conference with people from the base every Friday.

My company is in Vienna but I work with an international team.

I write a report at home and then I send it to the team.

We work for the same company, but in different departments.

Practice:

Fill in the gaps with the most suitable word.

to be (3x) / advertise / have / want / enter / learn / hope / suggest / feel

1. We ............... to continue doing business with you in the future.

2. We ............... negotiations in order to start or continue a relationship.

3. A successful meeting ............... no surprises.

4. When everyone ............... motivated, morale ............... good.

5. Recent strategic thinking ............... that conglomerates ............... not good.

6. We ............... to avoid becoming bureaucratic, with slow decision making.

7. It ............... better to be a follower and ............... from the mistakes of the pioneers.

8 . We ............... heavily on television and in the national press.

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Key

3. a. Place of work, b. Job description, c. Salary offered (gross), d. Start date, e. Other benefits, f. Contract type, g. Information about the selection process, h. Required education, i. Language skills, j. Additional requirements

4. hope, enter, has, feels, is, suggests, are, want, is, learn, advertise

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