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PREPARAR OS TESTES

READING

MODULE 3 – THE WORLD OF WORK

MY FIRST JOB

It was early July 2002. I had just turned 17 and was sure there were thousands of employers ready to hire me. I had done plenty of volunteer work; I could type; I was friendly and motivated. What more could they ask for? I drove all around Los Angeles filling out applications and doing on-the-spot interviews. Then I patiently awaited the phone calls. Well, the phone calls never came. And I was sick of wasting my time filling out applications that I had to leave half blank, because I didn’t have a previous employer or previous experience. I got discouraged because I couldn’t even get hired at McDonald’s.

NO FAST-FOOD JOB FOR ME

That day I read the tiny classified ads to find something that was interesting. I plan to work in the health field, so I was looking for something that would get me prepared for that. But all the jobs were in grocery stores and fast-food restaurants. I could have done those jobs, but I could not see myself in a paper hat or pushing carts through the parking lot.

I circled the ads that looked promising, like "Make $16 an hour," but they all

turned out to be selling magazines door-to-door. I wanted a job that was just a short drive away and did not involve risking my life. Finally, I found about five jobs that fit my standards.

I called these places and faxed my short résumé. Many of the businesses

advertising that they were looking for students were actually looking for col- lege students, basically people over 18. As I continued to skim the pages, since I was tired of reading all the microscopic print, I saw a bold advertisement. "Tele- marketing. No experience required and paid training."

marketing. No experience required and paid training." This job paid $8 an hour and sought people

This job paid $8 an hour and sought people with minimal experience, offered flexible hours – so I could still enjoy my summer – and had an office that I could get to in 10 minutes. I knew this job was for me, so I called immedi- ately. The lady told me I was qualified and gave me directions. My appointment was for 2 p.m. the same day. I dressed in a nice white button-down blouse and a black skirt. I grabbed my résumé and was out the door by 1.25 p.m. I arrived at the office at 1.40 p.m. I felt confident and strolled into the building.

By Nicole Bryant, 18

www.layouth.com (abridged)

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3.3 FINDING A JOB

SAMPLE EXERCISES

PREPARAR OS TESTES

TEXT COMPREHENSION

1

Are these statements true, false or not mentioned? Quote from the text to support your answers.

1

Nicole believed it was easy for her to find a job.

2

She looked for a job on the Internet.

 

3

She thought about pursuing an acting career.

2

Find words or phrases in the first paragraph which mean the following:

1

reached or passed

2

immediately; then and there

 

3

using needlessly or without an adequate result

3

Complete the sentences according to the text.

1

Nicole had just turned 17 when

 

2

She thought she had

3

Although she tried hard,

 

4

Give complete answers to these questions.

1

What sort of job was Nicole looking for and why?

2

Why didn’t she want a fast-food job?

 
SOLUTION
SOLUTION

1

1.True. “I had just turned 17 and was sure there were thousands of employers

ready to hire me.”

2. False. “I drove all around Los Angeles filling out applications and doing on-the- spot interviews.”

3. Not mentioned.

2

1. turned

2. on-the-spot

3. wasting

3

1. … she decided to look for a job.

2. … the skills and qualities required for a job.

3. … she couldn’t find a job.

4

1. She was looking for a job in the health field to get prepared for the job she planned to do in the future.

2. She didn’t want a fast-food job because she didn’t like the sort of things she had to do at work.

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