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Working out a job application


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What are your strengths and what are your weaknesses? Which job could suit to your personality? What do you have to consider for a job application and how can you prepare for a job interview?

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Working out a job application

  1. 1. ___________________________________________________________________________ JOB APPLICATION WORKSHOP Additional material and worksheets
  2. 2. Analysis of strengths / weaknesses Personal traits and skills low degree average high degree analytical thinking communicational skills creativity fantasy flexibility helpfulness initiative of one’s own language skills logical thinking memory organisational skills patience planning skills power of concentration punctuality readiness to learn readiness to learn in a team reliability self-assurance self-control
  3. 3. self-criticism self-discipline sense of responsibility skills for solving problems social engagement technical knowledge tolerance willingness to compromise
  4. 4. Evaluation MY BIGGEST STRENGTHS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. MY BIGGEST WEAKNESSES 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
  5. 5. Personality profile Hobbies and free time activities Favourite subjects at school Personal competences and skills Achievements for my working career
  6. 6. Different jobs Sector Possible jobs Technology Engineer: electrical engineer, electronics engineer, telecommunications engineer, mechanical engineer, chemical engineer, Engineering technician: electrical engineering technician, electronics engineering technician, telecommunications engineering technician, mechanical engineering technician, chemical engineering technician, car mechanic Computing: computer programmer, computer technician, Science: chemist, chemical science technician, physical science technician Health medical doctor, dentist, veterinarian, pharmacist, medical assistant, dental assistant, pharmaceutical assistant, nurse Education teaching professional for pre-primary education, primary education, secondary education, special needs education, teacher Office communication, business, finance administration administrative department manager, sales department manager, advertising department manager, economist, lawyer, travel agent, secretary, bank clerk, receptionist, translator, office management assistant, customer adviser Social affairs social work professional, social worker, child-care worker, childcare assistant, police officer, detective, firefighter Public relations journalist, radio/TV presenter, film director, actor, musician, dancer, singer, photographer Trade and handicraft cook, waiter, hairdresser, gardener, builder, carpenter, plumber, building electrician, painter, butcher, baker, tailor, shop assistant, make-up artist, fitness instructor
  7. 7. A letter of application __________________________________________________ Complete this covering letter with the following words. application – apply – Dear – details – enclose – experience – hearing – improve – interesting – organized – sincerely – skills __________________________________________________ Job _______________________________: full-time retail assistant ______________________ Mr. Howard I am writing to _________________________ for the position of full-time retail assistant which I saw advertised on the internet. I have just completed vocational school and I am looking for a job. I would like to work in Great Britain to gain _______________________________ of working in the country. Although, my English is very good, I would like to ______________________________ it by using it at work every day. I find the job with Gourmet International very _________________________as I am interested in the food retail trade. I developed this interest whilst working part-time as a sales assistant at our local organic food shop while I was still at school. I am sure that I can offer you the right _______________________________ and personal qualities for the job. I like working with other people and feel that I am a good communicator. I am also well ______________________________ and have experience of working on my
  8. 8. self-criticism self-discipline sense of responsibility skills for solving problems social engagement technical knowledge tolerance willingness to compromise
  9. 9. Rules for writing CVs ______________________________________ 1. A CV should be no longer than two pages and has around five sections. 2. The first section is called ‘Personal Information’. Here you give information about yourself like the full name, your date of birth, your address and your nationality. 3. The second section is called ‘Education and Training’. Here you list which schools you went to and what qualifications you have. You start with your last school and then work backwards. 4. The next section is ‘Work Experience’. Here you list all the jobs you have had, with which companies and when. Again, you start with your last job. 5. The next section is called ‘Personal Skills and competences’. Here you list your language skills, computer skills, organizational skills, special activities or any other experience you got. 6. Finally, you have ‘Hobbies and Interests’. This is where you tell the company what you do in your spare time. It should be short. Companies like to know what sort of person you are outside of work.
  10. 10. Preparing for an interview I ____________________________________________ 1. What will you wear? Different styles of clothes are appropriate for different situations. Have you found out what will be expected of you? Suit? Casual? Better overdressed than underdressed. Will the company give you a uniform? Will the company give you protective clothing? Make sure you are not the odd one out. 2. What do you need to take? Directions to the workplace / map / bus timetable Letter with instructions from the interviewer Name of person you are to report to on arrival Money for bus fares, lunch, etc. 3. What time will you get up? Get a good night’s sleep. Go to bed early and RELAX! Set your alarm clock – make sure that you have enough time for a good breakfast. 4. How long will it take to get there? Make sure that you have enough time for your journey so that you can get to the Interview on time. You might need extra travel time to allow for weather conditions, roadwork etc. 5. What will you do when you are there? When you are there, go straight in and ask for the person you have been told to report to. / Stefano Valle
  11. 11. Preparing for an interview II ____________________________________________ Listen to the podcast and choose the correct answer. 1. Stage one of an interview is… O the preparation of the candidate O finding the location of the interview O greetings and introduction 2. When you walk into the room you should … O sit down straight away O look at the interviewer and shake hands O look at the room carefully 3. Small talk at the beginning of the interview might be about … O what sort of work your mother does O where you went on holiday when you were a child O where you live and what are your hobbies 4. The interviewer will ask you about … O your strengths and weaknesses O your father’s health problems O your sister’s job 5. If you don’t understand a question … O ask the interviewer to explain what he/she means O say something and hope it is the right answer O leave the room, think about the question, then go back 6. Finding out information about the company means … O information about the interviewer’s job O information about the salary of the employees O information about the developments of the company
  12. 12. 7. In order to find the information, you should … O contact your headmaster O look at the homepage of the company O look into your Facebook account 8. At the end of the interview you have the chance to ask questions about … O the job itself O the free time activity of the interviewer O other candidates for the job
  13. 13. Evaluation MY BIGGEST STRENGTHS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. MY BIGGEST WEAKNESSES 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
  14. 14. Typical questions in a job interview 1. Why would you like to work for us? __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ 2. What do you know about our company? __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ 3. What is your greatest strength? __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ 4. What is your greatest weakness? __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________
  15. 15. 5. What are your goals for the future? __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ 6. What do you think about working on a team? __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________