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WORK & EMPLOYMENT

1. Match each job from the list with the sentence which best refers to the job.

Accountant chef estate agent plumber architect refuse collector


firefighter postman/woman carpenter electrician optician vet

a) Yesterday I had to give an injection to an injured bull. ........................................


b) I get rather tired of picking up rubbish all day. ..................................
c) I can help you sell your house. ...................................
d) I can make new doors for the wardrobe if you like. ................................
e) Make sure that the fish is fresh by looking at the eyes. ...................................
f) I'll come round and replace all the pipes in the kitchen. ..................................
g) Unless you keep the receipts you'll pay more taxes. ..................................
h) The cause was either an electrical fault or a cigarette. .................................
i) You can see the balcony on the plan for the second floor. .................................
j) Always turn the power off at the mains before you start. ..................................
k) It's a registered parcel. Can you sign here? ..................................
l) This pair also protects your eyes from the sun. ...............................

2. Complete each sentence a) to j) with one of the endings 1) to 10. Use each ending
once.
a) If you work hard, the company will give you ...
b) In a different job I could get a higher ....
c) The best way to find a new staff is to put a/an...
d) Because he had stolen the money, we decided that...
e) She has a pleasant personality but hasn't got the right...
f) In the meeting we are going to discuss the...
g) As he has three young children he doesn't want ...
h) I think it would be a good idea to send in your ....
i) I'm afraid that in this job there aren't very good ...
j) We cannot give you the job without....

1. ....qualifications for a job of this kind.


2. ....advertisement in the local press on Friday.
3. ...application for the job as soon as possible.
4. ....promotion to a more responsible position.
5. ....full-time employment at the moment.
6. .... references from your previous employer.
7. .... dismissing him was the only possible action we could take.
8. ....prospects for the future at the moment.
9. …salary and better conditions of employment.
10. … appointment of a new sales representative.

3. Choose the most suitable word or phrase in each sentence.


a) The building workers were paid their salary/wages every Friday.
b) She’s only here for three weeks. It’s a part-time/ temporary job.
c) When he retired he received a monthly reward/pension.
d) Apparently she earns/wins over $20,000 a year.
e) While the boss is away, Sue will be in charge/in control of the office.
f) Could I have two days away/off next week to visit my mother?
g) Paul was always arriving late, and in the end he was thrown/sacked.
h) When I left the job, I hand to hand in my application/ notice three weeks
beforehand.
1. Read the text below and decide which answer a, b, c or d.

FINDING EMPLOYMENT

My first (1) …………………….. was as a sales (2) ……………………… at a large


department store. I wanted to work-part time, because I was still studying (3)
…………………. university and I was only (4) …………………..to work a few nights
a week.
I came (5) …………………… the advertisement in the local paper. I remember the
interview as though (6) …………………….. were yesterday. The personnel manager
sat behind a large desk. He asked me various questions which surprised me because all I
wanted was to work in sales. An hour later, I was told I had got the job and was given a
contract to go (7) ………………… . I was to be trained for ten days before I took my
post. Also, as a member of (8) ………………… I was entitled to some benefits,
including discounts.
When I eventually, I was responsible (9) …………………..the toy section. I really
enjoyed it and I loved demonstrating the different toys. I was surprised at how friendly
my (10) colleagues were, too. The made working there fun even when we had to (11)
…………………… customers who (12) …………………...on our nerves. On the
whole, working there was a great experience which I will never forget.

1. a. occupation b. job c. work d. employment


2. a. employee b. attendant c. officer d. assistant
3. a. in b. on c. at d. for
4. a. excellent b. able c. proud d. experienced
5. a. across b. into c. on d. round
6. a. it b. I c. that d. there
7. a. on b. over c. ahead d. with
8. a. staff b. crew c. team d. party
9. a. of b. at c. with d. for
10 a. assistants b.staff c. colleagues d. employees
11. a. control b. deal with c. manage d. cooperate
12. a. came b. went c. got d. were