(The following guest post comes courtesy of Gisele Navarro Mendez of Content Lobby)
Making the transition to becoming a fully fledged member of the English-speaking business world can be unnerving. Sympathetic and patient teachers are replaced by shrewd human resources managers or hard-nosed business consultants. Nevertheless, with the right preparation, securing a job is a very achievable goal.
The process of finding a job -from reading advertisements for vacancies through to compiling a CV and covering letter- involves being able to make use of a specific vocabulary. Don’t be afraid of taking extra business English lessons to ensure a thorough understanding of potentially difficult terms.
For example, a typical job advertisement might include the following words or phrases:
|Communication skills||A good ability to interact with people|
|Reliable||Someone who is dependable and trustworthy|
|Having a working knowledge of something||Possessing a basic understanding of a subject|
|Having a clean driving licence||Possessing a driving licence with no record of illegal driving|
|Managing a budget||An ability to ensure a fixed amount of money is wisely spent|
|Being keen to do something||Wanting to do something a lot|
|Work well under pressure||The ability to keep calm and work well in difficult situations|
An employer reading through a candidate’s CV will expect to see information relating to the following:
|Education||A list of schools and universities attended, as well as any other training and qualifications|
|Personal details||Name, age, nationality, address and other contact details|
|Profile||A few lines to summarise the candidate’s relevant positive attributes|
|Professional experience||List of previous jobs and a brief description of the candidate’s role in each|
|Interests||Activities carried out in the candidate’s spare time|
|Referees||Two or more former employers, teachers or other professionals who are willing to confirm that a candidate is of a high calibre|
Securing employment often requires one or more phone conversations. For those currently studying at a London school English phone conversations will be a familiar task. Students applying for jobs from outside of the UK may be able to carry out phone calls using Skype, which makes things easier by providing non-verbal cues.
Some words and phrases occur more often in phone-based conversations. For example:
|Hang up||Put the phone down|
|Ring off||Put the phone down|
|Put you through||Connect you to another person|
|Call back||Return a phone call|
Whether it’s calling the company’s secretary to ask for directions or carrying out a phone-based interview, it’s good to err on the side of formality.
Use words such as “could”, “can”, “may” or “would” when making a request and remember to say “please” and “thank you” when asking for and receiving inform