BUSINESS ENGLISH

RESUMES (page 1)


THE EMPLOYER

Imagine that you are an employer. You have a vacancy for a Trainee Office Administrator. You place an advertisement in the newspaper. You get two hundred applications.

How will you decide who to give the job to?
If you spend 10 minutes reading each application, it will take you 2000 minutes (10 minutes X 200 applications). That is over 33 hours! That’s far too long! If you spend one minute looking at each one, it will take you over three hours!

The best approach is to spend 30 seconds looking at each one. Then sort them into three piles; YES, MAYBE, NO. Even that will take you almost two hours!

How will you decide which pile to put each one in?
You usually have criteria. You know what you are lookig for. You probably have specific requirements for education, computer ability and experience. For an office job you will also look at spelling, punctuation and grammar. So if the first few pages of an application have errors you will put the resume straight in the NO pile. If the first few pages don’t make it clear that the applicant has the relevant education or experience, the resume will land straight in the NO pile.

This is heartbreaking knowledge for many applicants. They may spend hours preparing their resume, but the employer may discard it in less than 30 seconds.

Look at the words in light blue. What do they mean? Choose the best meaning for each word.

vacancy

trainee

application

approach

sort

pile

criteria

applicant

heartbreaking

discard