Task 1 Read the CV and decide if the sentences (1-7) are true (T) or false (F)

Task 1. Read the CV and decide if the sentences (1-7) are true (T) or false (F).
Gavin Alvarez lives in Cambridge. T/F
He is a Student at Cam College. T/F
He passed his GCSEs in 2001. T/F
He has had Saturday and holiday jobs since 2000. T/F
He left Cam College in 2000. T/F
He is quite good at languages. T/F
He isn’t interested in technology. T/F

NAME Gavin H Alvarez

ADDRESS 26 Dryfield Road
Cambridge
CB2 2DS
TELEPHONE NUMBER 012233268452
E-MAIL ADDRESS gavinhalvarez@btinternet.com

DATE OF BIRTH 14 June 1984
education
1995-2000

Graves High School for Boys
Graves Avenue
Cambridge CB3 4RG
2000-2002

Cam College of Engineering and Technology
Birch Road
Cambridge CB6 7YT
qualifications
2000 GCSEs: English, Maths, General Science, Design and Technology, French, Spanish, Art, and History
2001

Level 1 Engineering and Technology foundation course
2002 Level 2 Computing course specializing in software development
work experience
august-september 2000 Temporary job as IT assistant at Norris’s Aeronautics, Cambridge.
OCTOBER 2000-JUNE 2002 Saturday and holiday job testing computer games at Silicompany, Cambridge.
OTHER INFORMATION bi-lingual in Spanish and English;
clean driving license
INTERESTS developing computer games, member of college football team, photography
REFEREE

Ms Daisy Valentine (course tutor)
Cam College of Engineering and Technology
Birch Road
Cambridge CB6 7YT

Task 2. Read this letter of application. Put the verbs in brackets into the past
simple or present perfect.

5 Cley Street
Swaffham
Norfolk NR8 3AT

3rd April
Personnel Manager
18, Oak Street
Norwich
Norfolk NR9 5QP

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing to apply for the post of ‘Computer Sales Assistant’ which was advertised in the Evening News on April 3rd.

After I left university in 1990 in France, I (1) completed a course on computer hardware and networking. Five years ago I (2) did a course on Web design at the Cybernetics College. Here I (3) learnt how to use HTML and the Java language.

I (4) studied languages at school and, when I was a teenager, I (5) spent six months in Morocco; I am fluent in French, English and Arabic.

For the last three years I (6) have worked part-time in Kleo.com, where I (7) have been responsible for updating their website regularly.

Since May this year I (8) have used Macromedia Flash to create media animation. I really enjoy working on the Web.

I enclose a curriculum vitae and samples of my work. I will be available for
an interview at any time.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

Francoise Corrigan

Task 3. Write questions using verbs in the past simple, past continuous, present
perfect or present perfect continuous. Sometimes more than one answer
is possible.

How many companies / you / work for?
How many companies have you worked for?
What subject / you / study / at university or college?
What subjects did you study at university or college?
What subjects were you studying at university or college?
……………………………………………………………………………………
How many / jobs / you / apply for / when / you left university or college?
How many jobs did you apply for when you left university or college?
……………………………………………………………………………………
When / you / start / working for this company?
When did you start working for this company?
……………………………………………………………………………………
/your company / expand / since you joined them?
Have your company expanded since you joined them?
……………………………………………………………………………………
you / work / on any interesting projects this year?
Have you worked on any interesting projects this year?
Have you been working on any interesting projects this year?
……………………………………………………………………………………
you / ever / speak / at a conference? If so, what / you / talk about?
Have you ever spoken at a conference? If so, what have you talked about?
……………………………………………………………………………………
you / have / a pay rise this year? If so, how much / you / get?
Have you had a pay rise this year? If so, how much have you got?
……………………………………………………………………………………
How much time / you / spend / abroad in your working life so far?
How much time have you spent abroad in your working life so far?
……………………………………………………………………………………
Is this the first time / you / study / another language?
Is this the first time you have been studying another language?
Is this the first time you’re studying another language?
…………………………………………………………………………………….

Task 4. The manager of а hotel interviewed the young man for а job. Afterwards
the interviewer discusses the candidate’s questions with her colleagues.
Write down the actual questions the young man asked.

Example: The interviewee asked whether there were any language courses for the
staff.
………………….Are there any language courses for the staff?……………………

The young man wanted to know how many people the hotel employed.

How many people does the hotel employ?
……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Не wondered if he would sometimes have to work at night.
Will I have to work at night sometimes?
……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Не asked how many hours а week he would have to work.
How many hours a week will I have to work?
……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Не needed to know how many days off he would have.
How many days off will I have?
…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

Не wanted to know what his salary would be.
What my salary will be?
……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

READING

Questions 1 — 7

Look at the statements below and the comments given by mobile phone retailers.
Which section (A, B, C or D) does each statement 1-7 refer to?
For each statement 1 — 7, mark one letter (A, B, C or D).
You will need to use some of these letters more than once.

Example:
the extent to which mobile phones have changed in size
0 B

the need for retail staff to stay informed about the mobile phones they are selling
C

the belief that the market will not sustain the present number of mobile phone retailers
A
the use of mobile phones no longer being restricted to a specific group of people
D

the relationship between charges and the number of mobile phone users
B

a negative view of competing mobile phone retailers
C

a comparison between change in the mobile phone industry and that in a different sector
D
those services available at mobile phone outlets that are not provided by other retailers
A
A
M Market awareness of the mobile telephone has exploded and the retailer who specialises in mobile phones is seeing growth like never before. Admittedly, some customers buy their first mobile phone in the supermarket, but for advice, add-ons and particular services they turn to the specialist. There are a large number of mobile phone retailers and I can’t help but feel the market only has room for four players. Undoubtedly, customer service is the factor that differentiates operators and I think this year we will probably see rationalization in the sector.

B
When I first started in the industry, mobile phones were retailing at a thousand pounds and were as large as box files. Now, prices are constantly being driven down and handsets are considerably more compact. There is intense competition between the network providers, and every time they lower their tariffs, more people come into the market. This will continue, and while retail dealers’ profits will be affected dramatically, network providers will have to generate more revenue by offering internet provision and data services to the mobile user.

C
Ov Over a few years, prices have dropped sharply and technological advances have meant products have changed — and are changing. Successful retailers must try to keep on top of these developments and invest in the training of employees so they are able to offer impartial advice to customers. E-commerce is taking off but this won’t necessarily replace traditional retail outlets. In order to stand out, you need innovative ideas on customer service. We don’t believe in criticising other retailers, but there’s nothing particularly exciting out there at present.

D
The mobile phone business is behaving like the internet industry in take-up and the pace of innovation, and it’s important not to be left behind. We must continue to innovate in delivering the product to the customer. In terms of service provision, you can draw comparisons between us and our closest rival, but clearly all the main mobile phone retailers have succeeded in taking the industry forward. Growth has accelerated rapidly and the mobile telephone has changed from simply being a business tool, to being a means of communication for everyone.

WRITING

Write your own CV in English, using a sample CV as a guide.

Letter of Application/ Covering Letter /Cover Letter

Write an email applying for a job.
Some ideas are given below, but adapt and change them as you wish.
a) Look in some newspapers/magazines and find a job you might be interested in.
b) Think of a real-life job you would be interested in. It doesn’t matter if the position is not vacant at the moment.
Remember the structure of a job application:
• Reason for writing
• Your background and experience
• The job itself, and why you would like to do it
• Refer to your CV
• Final comments
When you finish, check your grammar, spelling, punctuation and style. Is everything clear, well-structured and easy to understand?

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