Business English: Skills and Qualifications

In this episode from Perfect English Podcast, you will learn to talk about skills and qualifications, which is related to business English, but it can be used in everyday conversation as well. After you listen to the episode, check your understanding by taking this short quiz.

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Choose the option that best completes the job ads extracts:

As part of our sales team, you'll be working independently, so you have to be ________.

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Choose the option that best completes the job ads extracts:

You'll be researching developments on the internet, so you have to be (a)________. You must be (b)________ able to work on your own initiative, and a (c)_________. But as part of a team of researchers, you need to be a good (d)_________ too.

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Choose the option that best completes the job ads extracts:

We're looking for someone who can work on ten projects at once. You must be ________.

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Choose the option that best completes the job ads extracts:

We need (a)________ journalists who are very good at their job and extremely (b)_______ to find out as much as they can.

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Choose the option that best completes the job ads extracts:

You'll need to be ______, as you'll be working on financial budgets.

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Perfect English Episode 24 Business English: Skills and Qualifications Quiz
Perfect English Episode 24 Business English: Skills and Qualifications Quiz

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Episode Transcript

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Welcome to a new episode from perfect English podcast. Today we are going to talk about skills and qualifications. A skill is the ability to do something well, especially because you have learned how to do it and practiced it. Now jobs and the people who do them can be described as highly skilled, skilled, semi skilled and unskilled. We’re not saying that one is better than the other, but when we want to classify jobs and the people who do them, we use these words. If we take the example of people working with cars, we can say highly skilled about a car designer, we can say skilled about car production manager, we can say semi skilled for a taxi driver and I unskilled for car cleaner. Now all these jobs are respectable. But the idea is the classification goes from highly skilled to unskilled jobs or the people who do them. Now let’s look at how we can use the word skilled in a sentence. We can say that someone is skilled at or skilled in a noun or an IMG verb we can say for example, somebody is skilled at customer care, electronics computer software, or we can say that somebody is skilled in or at communicating using PCs or working with large groups. You can also say that someone is good with computers, figures or people. Now we will look at some adjectives companies use a lot in their job advertisements. So the next time you look at a job advertisement and you see one of these adjectives, you should know exactly what they’re looking for to see if you are the right person for the job or not. Also use these adjectives to describe yourself in job interviews. So what are these adjectives? companies look for people who are self starters, proactive, self motivated, or self driven. These adjectives are used to describe people who are good at working on their own. So if you are good at working on your own, you are self starter, proactive, self motivated, or self driven. Companies also look for people who are methodical, systematic and organized. And these are the people who can work in a planned orderly way. Companies also look for people who are computer literate, and these are the people who are good with computers. They can also look for people who are numerous people who are good with numbers, people who are motivated people who are very keen to do well in their jobs. They can be looking for people who are talented people who are naturally very Very good at what they do. And finally, they can look for people who are team players, people who work well with other people. So you might have one of these adjectives, or you might have them all. But knowing which ones you have and which ones you don’t, will help you a lot. pick the right job for you, at least that will help you know what companies are looking for. When you want to go to a job interview, you know exactly if you are the right person for the job. And that’s all I have to say today about skills and qualifications. Thank you very much.

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