Language Skills for Job Seeking 1. Work in pairs and discuss the following: John Powell (1964) is an American composer who states that “Communication works for those who work on it”. What does this quote mean to you? Do you agree with his statement? What makes a good communicator? Are you a good communicator in your mother tongue? If so, how did you acquire this skill? If not, why do you think you lack this ability? How about English, are you good communicating your ideas? How important is it to be able to communicate effectively in English when applying for a job? Alison Doyle is a job search and employment expert with many years of experience in human resources, career development, and job searching. In her article “Top Skills and Attributes Employers Look For” published in 2020 she claims that communication is one of the top skills employers look for on employees. She mentions that “The ability to communicate effectively — both verbally and in writing — is both essential and rare. Those with strong communication skills are in high demand, regardless of the job or industry. You need to be able to communicate successfully with employees, managers, and customers in person, online, in writing, and/or over the phone”. Do you agree or disagree with her? How do people develop the ability to communicate effectively? 2. Work in trios and discuss which words of this list apply to good communicators and which apply to bad communicators. Add two adjectives of your own to the list. articulate focused reserved coherent hesitant responsive eloquent inhibited talkative persuasive fluent vague ________________ ________________ 3. Work on your own and choose the three most important factors in applying for a job from the list below. Then, get in pairs, share the factors you chose, and try to convince your partner to choose the same you chose. Important factors in applying for a job Fluency in the language Grammatical accuracy An awareness of body language An extensive vocabulary Being a good listener Not being afraid of making mistakes Being a good negotiator Being bilingual 4. Finally write a paragraph about how you can improve your skills for job seeking and for getting the job you want. References Doyle, A. (2020). Top Skills and Attributes Employers Look For. Retrieved from (https://www.thebalancecareers.com/top-skills-employers-want-2062481 Ortega Hernandez, E. (2020). Language skills for job seeking.