Hello guys! How are you doing?
Look at these photos. What are the people doing?
Right, they are reading the adverts in the newspapers or surfing the job search webs. – They are looking for a job.
Let’s have a look at some of the advertisements.
Yesterday she got the letter. Read this letter and answer the following questions.
1. Which job in the advertisements is Katherine interested in?
2. Who is the letter from?
3. Why is he writing?
10 Brick Street
Dear Ms Winston,
Thank you for your recent phone call about the position of assistant chef at Eats restaurant. I’m writing to summarise our conversation.
The job is for an assistant chef at our restaurant in Edinburgh. No experience is necessary, but training takes two years. There is a lot of on-the-job training, but assistant chefs also take courses at Edinburg, Liverpool and Manchester.
Staff work very hard at the restaurant. Assistant chefs usually work at least nine hours a day and sometimes for longer. The salary is low while you are training, but we also offer holiday pay and sick pay. After training there are good opportunities for promotion.
If you are interested in the job, please send your CV to the above address. We will contact you to arrange an interview.
As you see from the letter, Katherine is interested in the job of an assistant chef.
She’s going to send her CV to the manager of the restaurant.
Today we’ll help her with writing a Curriculum Vitae.
Curriculum Vitae (often shortened CV or vita) is a written overview of a person's experience and other qualifications for a job opportunity.
The purpose of this document is to demonstrate that you have the necessary skills (and some complementary ones) to do the job for which you are applying. Literally you are selling your talents, skills, proficiencies etc.
First, read the letter again and complete Katherine’s notes.
Training is on-the-job and at college.
Sick pay and holiday pay.
Good opportunities for promotion after training.
Training is two years.
Long working hours – at least nine a day!
Low salary while training.
Read the CV and write the correct information in a)-f).
a) Her full name. – Katherine Winston
b) Her e-mail address. – [email protected]
c) The year she was born. – 11.03.1989
d) The name of her school. – Edinburgh High School for girls
e) A restaurant she worked at in France. – Le Train Bleu, Paris
f) A prize she won. – Edinburgh Young Chef of the year
Elizabeth Katherine Winston
3 South Street
Edinburgh E22 5EG
Home: 0782 567399 Mobile: 07986 004123
Date of Birth: 11.03.1989
2005-2006 Northampton College,
Hospitality and Catering Course
This course included work on:
· preparation of meat, vegetables
· food presentation
· menu preparation
2000-2005 Edinburgh High School for Girls
8 GCSEs including Mathematics, English and French.
Summer 2003 Le Train Bleu, Paris
Trainee chef experience including vegetable preparation.
Summer 2002 The Fox Public House
Bar work serving food and drinks to customers
2004 Winner of Edinburgh Young Chef of the Year
· Computers – word processing and spreadsheets
· Fluent speaker of French
Mrs M. Smith
Hospitality and Catering Courses
GCSE = General Certificate of General Education, an English school exam
referee = someone who can describe you when you are applying for a job
Look at the organization of the CV. Fill in the gaps 1-4 in the CV with headings a)-d).
a) WORK EXPERIENCE
b) ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
c) ACTIVITIES AND INTERESTS
d) EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS
Read the CV tips
1. List your name, address, telephone number, and email at the top of the page. Standard format would be to have your name in the center of the page. Your home address should be listed in a block format on the left side of the paper. Put your telephone number and email below your home address. If you have another address (such as your address while you are at school) list this address on the right hand side of the paper.
2. Use bold for important words.
3. Use bullet points for lists.
4. List your education in reverse chronological order.
Include the dates that you began and ended your term at each particular job, course etc.
5. Include important courses.
6. Summarise your school examinations.
7. Include important work experience.
These can be both jobs you hold currently and jobs you have held in the past.
8. List other skills you have.
9. Try to list hobbies that portray you as a team-oriented individual rather than as a solitary, passive person. Companies want someone who works well with others and can take charge if need be.
Choose one of the job advertisements A-C. Make notes for your CV in the table. You can invent details if necessary.
courses and qualifications
include other skills you have
Write your CV for one of the advertisements: Follow these steps to create a CV and hopefully achieve the role you are hoping for.
· Use your notes from the table.
· Use the CV tips.
· Read and check for mistakes.
Well, after Katherine had sent her CV to the manager she was invited for an interview. She made a good impression on Mr Johns and he offered her a job! Lucky she is!