resume– a summary of a person’s work and education
responsibilities– things that must be done
to oversee– to be the boss of, to make sure something is done, to supervise
to keep track of– to be aware of or notice something
inventory– the number of items a store has
to handle– to take care of, to deal with
to be transferred– to be moved from one place to another
an opening– an available job
a position– a job
reputation– how other people feel about something, the opinion of other people
to jump on something– to do something immediately
Ms. Ballard: I see on your resume that you worked as a manager at Computer Country. Could you tell me a little more about your responsibilities there?
Carey Cornwall: Sure. I was responsible for overseeing about 30 employees, I did all of the ordering for the store, and I kept track of the inventory.
Ms. Ballard: What was the most difficult part of your job?
Carey Cornwall: Probably handling angry customers. We didn’t have them very often, but when we did, I needed to make sure they were well taken care of. After all, the customer is always right.
Ms. Ballard: That’s how we feel here, too. How long did you work there?
Carey Cornwall: I was there for 3 1/2 years. I left the company last month.
Ms. Ballard: And why did you leave?
Casey Cornwall: My husband has been transferred to Emoryville and I understand your company has an opening there, too.
Ms. Ballard: Yes, that’s right, we do. But the position won’t start until the middle of next month. Would that be a problem for you?
Carey Cornwall: No, not at all. My husband’s new job doesn’t begin for a few weeks, so we thought we would spend some time driving to Emoryville and stop to see my parents.
Ms. Ballard: That sounds nice. So tell me, why are you interested in this particular position?
Carey Cornwall: I know that your company has a great reputation and a wonderful product. I have thought many times that I would like to be a part of it. When I heard about the opening in Emoryville, I jumped on the opportunity.
Ms. Ballard: Well, I’m glad you did. Now, please tell me about…
Check Your UnderstandingChoose True or False. Check your answers by clicking the arrow below.
1. Carey was a boss at Computer Country.
2. Carey knew how many computers were in her store.
3. Carey liked taking care of angry customers.
4. Carey’s husband has a new job in a new city.
5. Carey would be able to start her new job next week.
6. Carey would like to work at Ms. Ballard’s company.
7. Ms. Ballard’s company isn’t liked by many people.
Answers 1. T, 2. T, 3, F. 4, 5. F, 6. T, 7. F