II. While Reading Tasks
1.Technology and social media have altered the way some employers consider candidates.
alter |ˈôltər|-verb-change or cause to change in character or composition, typically in a comparatively small but significant way: [ with obj. ] : Eliot was persuaded to alter the passage.
2. Simply sifting through job postings and sending out applications en masse was never a good route.
sift |sift|-verb [ with obj. ]-2 examine (something) thoroughly so as to isolate that which is most important or useful: until we sift the evidence ourselves, we can’t comment objectively.
3…job seekers spend serious time detailing their skills and experience on commercial sites…
detailing |ˈdētāliNG|verb [ with obj. ]-1 describe item by item; give the full particulars of: the report details the environmental and health costs of the car.
4. On Facebook, “liking” a company can mean receiving early notice of job openings…
receive |riˈsēv|-verb [ with obj. ]-1 be given, presented with, or paid (something): most businesses will receive a tax cut | she received her prize from the manager.
5...resolve to be thoroughly professional on Facebook at all times…
resolve |riˈzälv, -ˈzôlv|-verb-2 [ no obj. ] decide firmly on a course of action: [ with infinitive ] : she resolved to call Dana as soon as she got home.
6. Old-fashioned, personal networking can still be an effective way to land a job…
effective |iˈfektiv|-adjective-1 successful in producing a desired or intended result: effective solutions to environmental problems.
7. The site offers premium services for a fee, but almost all of the main features for job seekers are free.
fee |fē|-noun-1 a payment made to a professional person or to a professional or public body in exchange for advice or services.
8. Instead of saying that you have marketing skills, note the exact areas…
marketing |ˈmärkitiNG|-noun-the action or business of promoting and selling products or services, including market research and advertising.
9…make sure you know how your résumé and cover letter look on a small screen.
résumé |ˈrezəˌmā, ˌrezəˈmā|-noun-1 a curriculum vitae.
10. Cover letters are still a great way to differentiate yourself from the competition…
differentiate |ˌdifəˈrenSHēˌāt|-verb [ with obj. ]-• make (someone or something) appear different or distinct: Twain was careful to differentiate Huck’s speech from that of other white people.
Source: New Oxford American Dictionary
- Reading Comprehension
True / False
- T-Technology and social media have altered the way some employers consider candidates.
- F- Simply sifting through job postings and sending out applications en masse was never a good route to success, and is even less so now.
- F- One of the most important questions that many job seekers can ask these days is this: How searchable am I?
- F- Some employers aren’t even bothering to post jobs, but are instead searching online for the right candidate.
- T- Not having an Internet presence can be damaging.
- F- On Facebook, “liking” a company can mean receiving early notice of job openings and other news.
- F- Old-fashioned, personal networking can still be an effective way to land a job.
- T- Baldly asking someone at a company for help in landing a job is never a good idea.
- T- An employer may be viewing your application via a mobile phone.
- T- Cover letters are still a great way to differentiate yourself from the competition.
- Grammar Focus
Structure and Usage
Directions: The following groups of sentences are from the article. One of the sentences in each group contains a grammatical error. Students are to identify the sentence (1, 2, or 3 ) from each group that contains the grammatical error.
I.Technology and social media have altered the way some employers consider candidates.
II. If an employer comes across a video of you giving a speech or a training presentation, you may gain an advantage.
III. Baldly asking someone at a company for help in landing a job is never a good idea.
IV. Listening Activity
True /False statements
T-Students usually don’t like this question.
F-This is a tough question for many people to answer.
F- The narrator always asked this question as a recruiting director.
T-3 out of 4 people gave the same answer.
T- The answer used the most was “I work too hard.”
T- The next common response was “I’m a perfectionist.”
F- According to the narrator both are the weakest answers.
F- A good response to this question is “I tend to procrastinate.”
T- Other good responses are: being more organized, being more patient, managing your time effectively.
F- Another place to get advice on how to answer interview questions is from your career center.
T- Other poor responses are; I’m bad at math, I not a morning person, I hate people.
T-Another tip is to be aware of how you formulate your responses.