II. While Reading Activities
- pandemic |panˈdemik| adjective (of a disease) prevalent over a whole country or the world.
- crocus |ˈkrōkəs| noun (plural crocuses or croci |-kī, -sī| ) a small, spring-flowering plant of the iris family, which grows from a corm and bears bright yellow, purple, or white flowers
- prioritize |prīˈôrəˌtīz| verb [with object] designate or treat (something) as more important than other things: prioritize your credit card debt.
- convert verb |kənˈvərt|• adapt (a building) to make it suitable for a new purpose: the space can be easily converted into a home office | (as adjective converted) : they lived in a converted chicken house.
- unprecedented |ˌənˈpresədən(t)əd| adjective never done or known before: the government took the unprecedented step of releasing confidential correspondence.
- candidate |ˈkandiˌdātˈkandidət| 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.
- conundrum |kəˈnəndrəm| noun (plural conundrums) a confusing and difficult problem or question: one of the most difficult conundrums for the experts.
- *brush up –phrasal verb- to improve or to renew one’s skill in: brush up your Spanish.
- headhunter |ˈhedˌhən(t)ər| noun a person who identifies and approaches suitable candidates employed elsewhere to fill business positions: a headhunter offering you a wonderful new position at a higher salary.
- *broaden one’s horizons – idiom, to increase the range of one’s knowledge, understanding, or experience. Travel can help to broaden your horizons/mind.
New Oxford American Dictionary
Grammar Focus: Structure and Usage
I – 1-flights
Airlines are canceling flights because they don’t have enough pilots to fly them.
II – 1- is
Across the industry, everyone is prioritizing hiring.
III – 1- for
If you’re looking for work, it can be helpful to share that with your own online network.
Identify The Speakers
- Kelly McCulloch, the chief people officer at Taco Bell.
“Across our industry, everyone is prioritizing hiring.”
“We’re constantly looking for new ways to market our jobs.”
2. Randi Weitzman, a recruiter for Robert Half, an international human resources consulting firm.
“The market for job candidates in the technology space is crazy right now.”
“People who’ve been out of the work force should practice setting up Zooms with their friends or family, so that they feel comfortable on video.”
“It takes practice to be able to shake off nerves when you’re going through the process.”
3. Richard Wahlquist, president and chief executive of the American Staffing Association.
“It’s frustrating when we hear job candidates say they’ve been looking for work and can’t find it.”
“And no matter what field you’re in, there’s probably a recruiter who’s looking to staff it right now.”