After firing the sales director, Phillip and Marcia discuss some job applications and the interview format.


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Task 1

Decide if the statements are true or false.

Task 2

Business notes

When applying for a job in the UK it is usual to have to submit a Curriculum Vitae or CV (also known as a résumé in the USA).

A CV is a personal history of one’s education, professional history and job qualifications with a strong emphasis on specific skills relating to the position being applied for.

When shortlisting for suitable interview candidates employers will usually make this decision based on the CV and possibly a cover letter.

A cover letter, or covering letter, is a letter of introduction attached to or accompanying another document such as a curriculum vitae. Cover letters are generally one page at most in length, divided into a header, introduction, body, and closing.

Header: Cover letters use standard business letter style, with the sender's address and other information, the recipient's contact information, and the date sent after either the sender's or the recipient's address. The final part of the header is a salutation (e.g., "Dear Hiring Managers").

Introduction: The introduction briefly states the specific position desired, and is designed to catch the employer's immediate interest.

Body: The body highlights or amplifies on material in the résumé or job application, and explains why the job seeker is interested in the job and would be of value to the employer. Also, matters discussed typically include skills, qualifications, and past experience. If there are any special things to note such as availability date, they may be included as well.

Closing: A closing sums up the letter, and indicates the next step the applicant expects to take. It may indicate that the applicant intends to contact the employer, although many favour the more indirect approach of simply saying that the applicant will look forward to hearing from or speaking with the employer. After the closing is a valediction ("Sincerely"), and then a signature line.




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Hi English Language Team
Would you mind explaining for me this sentence's meaning: And how they see themselves taking us there? This sentence is used in the video clip and I dont really get what Marcia means! Thank you so much!

Hi Alen Luna,

The meaning here is something like 'how they think they could achieve this'. 'See yourself doing something' means 'imagine how you would do it'. For example:

I want to be a successful writer.

Really, and how do you see yourself becoming that?

Well, first I'm going to send some short stories to publishers to see if they like them. After that...

I hope that clarifies it for you.

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Hi Team,

I watched the video and completed task 1, but I don't understant what I am supposed to do in task 2? Is this a task that I can carry out or just given information?

I am always so grateful for team's hard work and have been thinking it would be by far better if you guys could provide writing practice areas that users can continue writing stories after watching a short video clip, it would be very fun to see how creative other people from all around the world think and encourages me to make even more peculiar ideas.
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