5 Minute Listening: Out of a job...temporaily

  • Krish, Carrie, Alex and Yee-ching are jobless at the moment. 
  • Listen to what they say to a job recruiter about their present situations.
John Millen |

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Krish: I lost my job three weeks ago, but I’m not worried because I know I’ll get another job soon. I’m very optimistic about my chances for finding work again quickly. I work in retail, and there are lots of opportunities in this work sector at the moment. I’ve already had three interviews and was offered the position after each interview. However, the working hours were not what I wanted so I didn’t take the jobs.

I’ve got three more interviews scheduled for Thursday and Friday the week after next. I’ve worked in four different types of shops over the last five years, so I have plenty of experience selling all sorts of goods. I love meeting people. I am a very sociable person and the retail sector is definitely the right place for me.

Carrie: This is the second time I’ve been out of work in the last two years. My last job ended four weeks ago, but I knew it would because I was on a contract for six months. I am a waiter and usually work in a hotel.

I enjoy my work but really I would like to get a part-time position and go to college to train to be a chef. I know that I could cook as well as some of the chefs I’ve worked with. I’m a little anxious because no hotels are hiring part-timers at the moment. I have an interview next Friday in an Italian restaurant but it’s for a full-time position. I’ll take it if they offer it to me and look around for something with fewer hours in the meantime.

Alex: I’ve been working full-time since I was eighteen, and this is the first time I’ve been out of work. Yes, I’ve been working for more than ten years now so it seems very strange at the moment not to have a job. I need to find something quickly because my wife doesn’t work and we have two children and a mortgage.

I also give my mother some money each month to help her out. I’m a shipping clerk and have worked in the same company for the last four years. Three of us lost our jobs at the same time because our company owed thousands of dollars to factories in China. I don’t know how long the company will survive. It’s a worrying time for everyone who works there.

Yee-ching: My friends think I was very silly to give up my last job, but I hated it so I had to leave. I couldn’t stand it anymore. We got a new hospital manager and there was a clash of personalities between the two of us. Everything changed when she came to work with us. Nobody got on with her, but I was the one she disliked the most. I want to make it clear that I chose to leave. She didn’t push me out. I think she had a very unprofessional approach to her job. I’m not going to give you all the details, but she should have felt forced to leave, not me.

But I have an interview tomorrow and I think it’s pretty certain I’ll get the job because I’ve worked there before and everyone knows me. So, wish me luck!

1.   B
2.   B
3.   C
4.   A
5.   temporary
6.   service
7.   qualifications
8.   Italian
9.   18
10. wife
11. shipping clerk
12. thousands of dollars
12. shipping clerk
12. shipping clerk
15. confident

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