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

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Do the Preparation task first. Then watch the video. Next go to Task and do the activity. If you need help, you can read the transcript at any time.

Task 1

Decide if the statements are true or false.
 
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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 Lucie,

You're right, there's really no task to do in Task 2 - it's advice on how to write a CV. Thanks for your idea - I'll certainly add it to the list of suggestions we've received. You might want to take a look around the Magazine and Stories & Poems. There are no writing tasks there like the one you suggest, but users sometimes submit their writing for others to read and comment on.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

First video page only contains " Can't see the video? Click here! " link
Remaining video pages don't have the link " Can't see the video? Click here! "
Kindly update the link in all video pages

I am unable to see the video in normal page, if i click the " Can't see the video? Click here! " link i can see the video
But the problem is " Can't see the video? Click here! " link is not available for all the pages

Example:

First video page only contains the link " Can't see the video? Click here! "
http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/youre-hired/episode-1

but the next video pages upto episode 10 don't have that link " Can't see the video? Click here! "
http://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/youre-hired/episode-2

I have tried in chrome, mozilla firefox and internet explorer and i have latest flash player also

Thanks in Advance

Hello gopikrishnanp,

The links you refer to are available only on some pages and are aimed at users whose geographical location prevents our regular videos from loading. The reason these links are not available on all pages is not because the links are not updated, but rather because it is necessary to format each video in a different way to create such a link and this is not something we can do very easily. It is possible that we will put more such links on the pages in the future but I cannot guarantee when this will happen. However, we have noted your request.

Best wishes,

 

Peter

The LearnEnglish Team

I have a question about the sentence below:

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.

For what reason there is not personal pronoun after the "and"? Is there any grammatical rule that indicates when to omit the pronoun and when it is mandatory to use it? Reading the text, the context give the pronoun for comprehension; nevertheless, I would like to know whether a rule exist.

Thanks

Hi Mayela,

In general, a pronoun can be omitted within the same sentence when it has already been used within that same sentence. It is never omitted completely from a sentence, at least in formal English.

In writing that represents an informal conversation, subject pronouns are sometimes omitted when it's obvious who's being referred to, though it's much more unusual than in Spanish. But I wouldn't recommend omitting pronouns as an English learner.

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

To English Language Team,
Is the following sentence correct?
It was my parents' dream that having been grown up, I would be a doctor.

Hello alphabet26,

That's a great sentence, but it is not quite correct. grow up is an intransitive verb (it has no direct object) and therefore cannot be used in the passive voice. The good news is that if you use grow up in the active voice and make a couple of other minor changes, the sentence is correct: "It was my parents' dream that, having grown up, I become a doctor."

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

For English language learners, this web page is invaluable. It is useful and easy to understand. The materials presented here help in many ways to improve English language skills. As an English language learners, it is my favorite web page.

Hello alphabet26,

Thanks very much for you feedback. It's great to hear that our users appreciate our work.

Good luck with your studies!

Best wishes,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

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