Answer Key: 2015 Job Tips

Lesson Plan: 2015: Tips To Get That Job


II. While Reading Tasks

Word Inference

  1. tempted |tem(p)t| verb [ with obj. ]entice or attempt to entice (someone) to do or acquire something that they find attractive but know to be wrong or not beneficial: don’t allow impatience to tempt you into overexposure and sunburn |
  2. customize |ˈkəstəˌmīz| verb [ with obj. ] modify (something) to suit a particular individual or task: the suit can be customized for every skydiving need | (as adj. customized) : many caterers offer private tastings and customized menus.
  3. generic |jəˈnerik|  adjective -characteristic of or relating to a class or group of things; not specific: chèvre is a generic term for all goat’s milk cheese.
  4. ensure  |enˈSHo͝or| verb [ with obj. ] make certain that (something) shall occur or be the case: [ with clause ] : the client must ensure that accurate records be kept.
  5. bland |bland| adjective- lacking strong features or characteristics and therefore uninteresting: rebelling against the bland uniformity.
  6. candidacy |ˈkandidəsē| noun-a person who applies for a job or is nominated for election: candidates applying for this position should be computer-literate | the Republican candidate.
  7. red flags |ˈˌrɛd ˈflæɡ| noun-a red flag as a warning of danger or a problem: figurative : they had overlooked the red flags that should have alerted them to the county’s disastrous investment strategy |
  8. Vow |vou| noun-a solemn promise.
  9. agonizing |ˈagəˌnīziNG| adjective-causing great physical or mental pain: there is an agonizing choice to make | an agonizing death.
  10. approach |əˈprōCH| noun- a way of dealing with something: we need a whole new approach to the job.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary

Reading Comprehension

True /False/NA-Statements

  1. F-When sending out job applications the rule is quality over quantity.
  2. F-It’s better to send out fewer applications, and spend time customizing each.
  3. T-You should write cover letters that are specific to each job.
  4. F-Your cover letter should do more than summarize the experience that’s already listed on your résumé.
  5. T-Your cover letter should add new information to your candidacy.
  6. T-Identify apply for those jobs where you’ll excel and be happy.
  7. F-Avoid making similar mistakes in the future by reflecting on what red flags you ignored in the past.
  8. T-An unpleasant interviewer is an example of a red flag.
  9. NA-Your résumé should be detailed.
  10. T-Don’t sit around waiting to hear back from an employer after you interview.

 Grammar Focus

Structure and Usage


You might be tempted to apply to as many jobs as possible.


Write cover letters that are specific to each job.


Your cover letter is probably bland and pretty boring.