Unit 05 :
Job hunting in the digital age




Repeat these sentences with your teacher first.

1.job hunt(n.)
to try to find a job

2. drag(n.)
to move something by pulling it along a surface, usually the ground

3. apply(v.)
to request something, usually officially, especially in writing or by sending in a form

4. empathize(v.)
to be able to understand how someone else feels

5. reviews(n.)
to think or talk about something again, in order to make changes to it or to make a decision about it

6. alter(v.)
to change something, usually slightly, or to cause the characteristics of something to change

7. vacancies(n.)
a space or place that is available to be used

8. poach(v.)
to cook something such as a fish, or an egg with its shell removed, by putting it in gently boiling water or other liquid

9. recruiters(n.)
a person who persuades people to work for a company or become new members of an organization, especially the army

10. insane(adj.)
mentally ill

11. mission(n.)
an important job, especially a military one, that someone is sent somewhere to do

12. vision(n.)
an idea or mental image of something

13. align(v.)
to put two or more things into a straight line



Read the dialogue aloud with your teacher.



Hey, Danielle! How’s the job hunt going?

Honestly, it’s such a drag! I’ve been so busy rewriting my resume, tweaking them for each job I apply for, and updating my LinkedIn profile. Job hunting is a job in and of itself.

I completely empathize. I was you three years ago. How do you go about your search?

There are lots of sites and apps now that let you browse job posts easily. You can often apply with a single click.

That sounds super convenient! Any standout sites?

Indeed and ZipRecruiter are two major job search engines. I also use Glassdoor, since employees can leave honest reviews that companies can’t alter.

Kind of like Yelp for companies?

Exactly! I also read that over 50% of vacancies aren’t even advertised. In other words, networking is key.

That’s insane! I’ve actually been thinking about jumping ship recently. A number of recruiters have tried to poach me these past few months, but the companies don’t really interest me.

I’m so jealous, Peter! I’d love to be a passive job seeker. That’s why I’m also searching for job opportunities by company, since I already know their mission and vision align with mine.

Well, best of luck! Let’s celebrate once you’ve found your perfect match!



Read the article with your teacher.

Mistakes to avoid in the job search

Mistakes in the job search, even minor ones, could cost you the opportunity. Here are a few mistakes to avoid from Business News Daily to help you when searching and applying for jobs:

Using one standard resume without customization. It is in your best interest to tailor your resume and cover letter for the specific position.

Mass-emailing recruiters or employers without a specific role in mind. “If you can’t take the time to look at the list of job openings and apply for a specific role, why should the hiring manager bother taking the time to review your application?”

Having a less-than-perfect online presence. Make sure your online profiles are all up to date and look good to an employer. “If your resume does get noticed, the first thing a recruiter or hiring manager will do is Google you and look you up on social media.”

Not referencing the job title. If you are emailing your application for a specific job, mention the position (and job ID, if applicable) in the subject line, as well as the body of the email.




Answer the following questions to your teacher.

1. How important do you think it is to make a good self-introduction? 
2.What are some other tips that you would give to someone for making a good introduction?


Let’s practice

Choose the correct answer.

1. If you are going to make small changes to your proposal, you’re going to ____ it.


2.Derek writes book ____ for the newspapers.

3. If there are no rooms left, the receptionist will say “No ____”.


4. I had to wait two hours just to return my products. Such a ____ .