Section I

Exercise 1

Pronunciation Practice.

Practise saying the words:


ire [aiə] qu [kw]
fire qualification
retire question
expire quality
hire queen

b) international words:

curriculum vitae (CV) President
resume finance
personnel profession
recruit company
department detail
position interview
business producer
person contract
agency discipline
service normal
title expert

Text 1


Pre-reading task: Skim the text and make its plan.

1. Personnel refers to all the people who work for a firm(company). Most large companies have special personnel departments which are responsible for employer-employee relations. The personnel department deals with recruiting (that is finding new workers or managers for the company), choosing the best applicants for the position, and developing personnel policies forthe company.

2. Most businesses need to recruit good personnel to replace
workers who retire or quit and to fill new jobs or positions. The person for the position can be selected from the current employees of the company (by promotion or transfer) or recruited from outside the firm: at university campuses, from other firms, or with the help of an employment agency (i.e., an executive placement service).

3. Most recruiting involves a job announcement containing a description of the job. The personnel department produces a formal job description. First comes the title of the position, for example, Senior Design Engineer or Vice President in Charge of Finance. Then the duties and responsibilities of the job are given and the position in the organizational chart(plan). Next appear the qualifications for the job, such as the professional training or skills needed. The salary andfringe benefits (extra benefits) paid for by the company should also be mentioned.

4. People who want to apply forthe job send a letter of application and curriculum vitae containing details of their education and experience. The HR Department evaluates the applications and invites the best qualified applicants to an interview. In the interview, the applicant’s personality and ability to work with others may be judged.

Exercise 2

Comprehension questions:

b. What are the functions of the Personnel Department?

c. What methods of recruitment are mentioned in the text?

d. What is the plan of a job advertisement?

e. What are the steps of the recruitment procedure?

Exercise 3