Module 1: Get a job

The first thing you need to do is to look for a job. You may find job information through the advertisements on the newspaper (a very traditional way) or through the internet resources (social websites). It can be a good way to improve your vocabularies by studying the language used in job advertisements.


Warming Up: 


Reading Task: Read the following advertisements and answer the questions. (You can click on the picture to view its large picture if you wish)

subwayretail managerCorporate-Affairs-Jobs-in-PakistanCareer-Opportunities-Zaitoon-Group-Real-Estate-Jang-News-Paper-Jobs-ads-03-02-2013business unit manager jobs D5financial officers

When you are scanning a piece of newspaper or browsing a website, you may first notice the headings. The headings of job advertisements are not restricted to ‘Job Advertisement’, rather they appear to be in various forms. Traditionally in a newspaper, expressions like job opportunities, career opportunities, vacancy announcements are commonly used. Nowadays, people tend to find jobs through Internets, as  websites usually display  job items in small and detailed subgroups, which makes it easy and efficient for people to find the job they are interested in.

Follow-up Exercise Here is a link of LinkeIn website, where you can get the latest information of recruitment advertisements and apply new jobs. Try to register an account and have a quick browse of the website, and then choose a occupation you are interested in.

If you don’t know how to start your LinkeIn profile, have a look at the video tutorial here:

Listening Task:  Now before you are invited for an interview, you need to contact the company and send your profile (CV) indicating that you are yearning for the job. Listen to John Woodrow, a Human Resources professional giving some advice on writing better CVs, and then finish the task below.

podcast- John Woodrow’s talk

Decide if the following statements are True or False.
1. Part of John Woodrow’s job is deciding which new people his company will employ.
2. Woodrow reads hundreds of CVs every month.
3. His company does not accept CVs.
4. Woodrow’s company keeps lists of potential employees on a computer.
5. Woodrow will ignore a CV which is too long.
6. He thinks the first CV he looks at is too short.
7. One problem with the first CV is that it includes irrelevant information.
8. Woodrow suggests that placements are not important when describing your experience.
9. The second CV has too much space on it.
10. The second CV includes information about the languages the person can speak.
11. Woodrow is only interested in people who can speak Spanish.

You may download the worksheet for exercises and transcripts from here:

Module1-John Woodrow’s talk(exercises and transcirpts)

tumblr_mgfp6q3t1k1qi9ea7o1_500 [photo from: DNLDNCN ]

Pre-writing activity: Take a look at the two samples of personal statements below,  distinguish which one is better and explain the reasons (Please Comment under this post with the title “Pre-Write Task + Your name” ).

Module1- Sample Personal Statements

You may refer some suggestions about PS writing from the following websites:

Write your personal statement:  Read the introduction of the job that you had chosen in LinkeIn and write a short personal statement (50-200 words).

You are suggested to write:

  • Where you are coming from(Educational background or job experience)
  • What you can bring to the table (your advantages, expertise and skills)
  • Your career aim(short-term/ long-term)
  •  How you are going to use your advantages and skills to contribute to the development of the company

peer assessment

 Follow-up Exercise: Post your personal statements on your  blog, find a partner in Mendeley study group that you have joined in, evaluate and give comments on  personal statement under the blog of  each other. You should  provide the link of the occupation you apply for with your personal statement  just to ensure that your peer assessor will know what you are writing for.

You may write your feedback based on the peer assessment sheet here: Module1-Peer Assessment Sheet


Pre-speaking Task

Think about your previous experience of interviews:

When did it happen?

What was it  about?

What did you do?

What was the outcome? and the reasons?

TALK ABOUT IT  with yourself , RECORD your talking  AND SEND YOUR RECORDING


1. Join our first group meeting on Mendeley;

2. Post your personal statements and written answers of other tasks (warming up, reading, listening ) on your blog;

3. Choose a partner from your discussion group, evaluate his/her personal statement and leave your comments under his/her post;

4. Further reading and learning materials :


Reference of pictures:

Train Visual Ltd. 2013.  Anonymous assessment. [Online].[Accessed 22 April 2014]. Available from:

Career opportunities from a leading pharmaceutical company. 2013.[Online].[Accessed 22 April 2014]. Available from:

DNLDNCN. 2013. Holy shit story of my life. [Online].[Accessed 22 April 2014]. Available from:

Job opportunities from a known largest textile group. 2011.[Online].[Accessed 22 April 2014].Available from:

National ICT R&D Fund. 2011. Challenging Opportunity. [Online].[Accessed 22 April 2014].Available from:

Subway.2011. Job opportunities. [Online].[Accessed 22 April 2014]. Avaible from:

Zaitoon Group. 2013. Civil Enineering Jobs Zaitoon Group Lahore Punjab Pakistan.[Online].[Accessed 22 April 2014]. Available from:




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