Video review of Week 1

In this video lead educator, David Lewis , looks at the first week of the course, and mentions some of the more interesting discussions that have caught his eye.

One of the first topics we had this week was talking about our likes and dislikes in the context of our job preferences. Tonia Kanteruk was just one of many people who wrote great examples on Step 1.9. However, David also highligted the form of the verb in the expressions ‘wouldn’t mind’ and ‘don’t mind’ - remember to use the -ing form with this structure. There is extra practice on these forms on LearnEnglish here and here.

The main focus this week was looking for work, and writing CVs and cover letters. A lot people, like Lyazzat Zhussupova said that they’d ask family and friends when job seeking, while Biljana Jovanovic, like so many others, suggested searching on the Internet or job portals.

But no matter where you find a job to apply for, there’s still the matter of submitting an application. One area of debate this week was whether to include a photo of yourself on the CV. This is common practice in many countries according to your comments, but isn’t automatic in the UK. You can check out this article from TechnoJobs for some advice on this.

For more help and advice on writing a CV, try the Writing a CV article form Oxford Dictionaries. You can also try this quiz from The Guardian on the most common spelling mistakes people make in CVs and job applications - it’s really helpful.

We had lots of questions about cover letters, and some really good examples, such as the one submitted by Anna Guryanova. It’s a good idea to go back to Step 1.20 and check the comments of David and the other educators there, you’ll find some useful tips.

If you find this type of writing difficult then doing some general email and letter writing activities before doing your actual cover letter could be useful. Our English for Emails resources are a great place to start, then you can practise writing a formal letter. For more cover letter advice and examples, check this page from Oxford Dictionaries, and this one from University of Kent.

Finally, this week we had our first Facebook Clinic. It was great to see so many of you taking part and asking such interesting questions. If you missed it, or want to read the conversation again, you can find it on the LearnEnglish Facebook page

If you have any comments or questions, let us know in the comments below.

Coming up in Week 2
Next week we’ll look at what happens once your job application is successful and you’re invited to interview. We’ll talk in detail about how to prepare for interviews and how to perform in them. If you want to get started straight away, go to the To do list for Week 2.

You can always use the To do icon at the top of the page to see what’s coming up or go back to previous weeks and catch up.

If you haven’t completed every step by the end of the final week, don’t worry! The course will remain open to you so that you can carry on at your own speed.

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English for the Workplace

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