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General Listening Quiz

“Job Hunting”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
difficult jobs man – woman 02:15

Pre-Listening Exercise

Which factor is most crucial when looking for a new job? Rank the following points in terms of importance and then discuss your reasons:

  • opportunities for promotion or advancement
  • working hours
  • vacation days
  • pension plan
  • interest level
  • salary
  • benefits such as health and life insurance
  • sick or maternity leave


bone up on” = study hard before a test
“I suggest you bone up on your typing skills before going to the job interview.”

work your fingers to the bone” = work extremely hard
“My father worked his fingers to the bone to provide for our family and send me to college.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Post-Listening Exercise

What are ten common questions asked during a job interview in your field? How would you personally respond? What suggestions and advice can you come up with to answer such questions? What questions would you ask the interviewer to show you are informed about the company and you are serious about the position?

Online Investigation

Use the Internet to find two services where you can post your resume in order to find a job. What kinds of options do these services provide? Is there a cost associated with posting your resume?

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