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Lesson 3: Job Ads
Must be able to speak English.

I can read and understand a job advertisement.

INTRODUCE

It’s important to carefully read a job ad to know if you’re fit for the position.

PRESENT

STEP A VOCABULARY

I. Listen and repeat.

have [number] years’ experience in [thing]

have excellent interpersonal skills

be a problem solver

have good time-management skills

be willing to travel overseas

be flexible

II. Which of the skills/qualities above do you think you have? Choose two or three.

III. Practice reading the words.

/j/

/dʒ/

years

jeer

yolk

joke

yam

jam

STEP B GRAMMAR TIP

Use must to say that something is a requirement.

  • Applicants must be willing to work overseas.
  • You must be flexible when working with other people.

Use must not to say that it’s very important not to do something. You can also use the contraction mustn’t.

  • Employees must not take a lunch break for more than one hour.
  • You mustn’t leave early without permission.

UNDERSTAND

READING

Mr. Goto wrote a job ad for an open position at the bank and asked Daniel to proofread it.

Kane Banking

Bank Office Staff

 

Kane Banking is an international financial institution that provides service to over 25 countries around the world, including the United States, Japan, and Canada.

Kane Banking is currently looking to hire (1) full-time office staff member.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Assist the bank manager
  • Run errands for the bank manager when necessary

 

Requirements:

  • Must be 30-35 years old
  • Must have five years’ experience in administrative work
  • Must be able to speak English
  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills
  • Must have A or AB blood type
  • Must be willing to put in up to 12 hours a day
  • Must attach photo to résumé (white background, black corporate clothes)

TRIVIA

In the United States, it’s illegal to require photos on résumés or to ask for information such as age, marital status, and number of children during interviews. This is to avoid discrimination.

PRACTICE

STEP A EXERCISE

Read the job ad. Then, complete the conversation below with must or must not.

Urgent hiring!

Bento Foods Corp. needs (1) full-time copywriter.

 

Requirements:

  • 2 years’ experience in writing
  • willing to travel overseas

 

IMPORTANT: Do not send résumés via e-mail. Click here to apply.

Tutor: I want to apply as a copywriter. What are the requirements?

Student: Well, you _____ have 2 years’ experience in writing. Also, you _____ be willing to travel abroad. Please note that you _____ send your résumé by e-mail. Résumés _____ be submitted through their website.

STEP B EXERCISE

Make sentences with must or must not using the pictures and words.

ex. you / be a problem solver

You must be a problem solver.

1. you / be a team player

2. employees / be late for meetings

3. applicants / know Chinese

4. you / use personal phones during work

CHALLENGE

Challenge 1

Your friend is looking for a job and you want to help.


Read the job ad. Then, meet your friend for coffee and talk about the job ad that you read.

Today's grammar tip

  • must (not)

English Translator

Join Shi Manufacturing!

We are the world’s leading car manufacturing company for more than 25 years. With branches all over Europe and North America, Shi Manufacturing is popular among car enthusiasts and governments that require reliable public transportation.

Apply now as an English translator and earn as much as US $5,000 monthly.

As an English translator, you will:

  • translate documents
  • join meetings as a translator for Chinese staff

 

Interested applicants must:

  • speak, write, and read in fluent English and Mandarin Chinese
  • be willing to travel overseas
  • be flexible (work hours change depending on meetings with international staff and clients)

Challenge 2

Discuss your ideas.

If Time
Allows
1

JOB ADS

2

REQUIRED SKILLS

3

RÉSUMÉS

1

JOB ADS

  1. Do you read job ads?
  2. Where do you usually find job ads (ex. newspapers, the Internet)?
  3. What jobs are often advertised in Japan these days?
  4. Have you ever written a job ad?

2REQUIRED SKILLS

  1. Do you think you have good time-management skills?
  2. Is it always important for applicants to have excellent interpersonal skills?
  3. Imagine you are writing a job ad for a position that requires 5 years’ experience. Will you interview applicants with only 4 years’ experience?
  4. Imagine you are writing a job ad for a secretary position. What skills must applicants have?

3RÉSUMÉS

  1. What information do you usually put on your résumé?
  2. Do you think résumés should include a picture?
  3. Should résumés include personal information like hobbies and interests?
  4. Imagine you are updating your résumé. What information will you keep in it? What information will you delete?

FEEDBACK

I can read and understand a job advertisement.

LESSON GOAL ACHIEVEMENT

  • 4
    Very Good

    Could complete the task with ease

  • 3
    Good

    Could complete the task with some clarifications

  • 2
    Fair

    Could complete the task with additional instructions

  • 1
    Poor

    Could somehow complete the task with difficulty

PERSONALIZED FEEDBACK

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