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"odd jobs" = different jobs

"He had a number of odd jobs before he was hired as a computer programmer."

"land a job" = succeed in getting a job

"She was able to land a job with a very prestigious computer company."

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[ Quiz Script | Text Completion ]

World of Computers
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Post-Listening Exercises
4. Online Investigations

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mediumcomputers conversationtwo men01:19

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

Suppose you are applying to work for a computer software company. What qualifications and skills would be needed in different positions within a company? What kinds of questions do you think you would be asked in a job interview for such positions?

HELPFUL TIP: If you are looking for a computer-related job, be sure you have the proper skills. Taking computer classes and/or educating yourself by reading up on the newest technologies will help you prepare.


2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play Audio" button and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. What is the main topic of this conversation?
A. computer sales negotiations
B. a preliminary interview
C. an Internet seminar meeting

2. From the discussion, what did Mr. Taylor probably do for his previous company?
A. He managed the sales department.
B. He gave seminars on the Internet.
C. He worked as a custodian.

3. Mr. Taylor thinks that Java is:
A. a Web page authoring program.
B. a kind of beverage.
C. a computer game software.

4. What does the man mean when he says, "We'll be in touch" at the end of the conversation?
A. He will call Mr. Taylor in the next few days.
B. He talk over their discussion with others.
C. He will not contact him for further consideration.

5. Choose the best word(s) to describe Mr. Taylor:
A. on the ball
B. high achiever
C. uninformed

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Listen to the conversation again as you read the Quiz Script. Do the Text Completion Quiz.

3. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]

What are the most important computer or technical skills needed in the following jobs: (1) teacher, (2) auto mechanic, (3) engineer, (4) doctor, (5) store manager, and (6) architect. Explain your reasons.

4. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
Having some background in computers can make a major difference in your ability to land a good job in some fields. Imagine you want to learn more about computers to improve your job skills. Search the Internet for online schools that offer computer training. Compare the cost, types of courses, and class requirements for two schools. Report on your findings.

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