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4. Interpreting Employment Classifieds

Read over the following selection of advertisements, or look over last Saturday's paper, and answer the questions.

Try to:
  1. work out what any abbreviations used might mean.

  2. locate those advertisements which provide a lot of information about the job and the type of person needed. Notice how this type of advertisement has also had a little more thought put into the "arrangement " of the advertisement, to make it more attractive and easier to read and understand.

  3. find those advertisements which don't give enough details about the job - are any of these "suspicious" or are they just vague and unclear?

  4. decide whether any advertisements use any "clever" features or lines to make you notice them, and the "interesting" job being offered. Are they "fair dinkum"? How can you tell?

16 yrs City Film Co. 45 w.p.m. and willing
to learn telex/swbd. Ph. XXXXXX
We have two (2) posns available in our
mod. off. No exp. necessary but some back-
ground in office duties an advantage.
Please contact Mr B Smith by ph. after
9.00am to arrange an appoint.
        SMITH & BROWN P/L
           1 Queen Street
           Ph: XX XXXXX

J & B

CLERK/TYPIST Something a little different. A position exists for a capable young person with commonsense to join our Personal Products/Health Care sales team. The successful applicant will be a fun loving, thorough and conscientious person with an eye for detail, a good telephone manner and willingness to work with and for a variety of people. Attractive salary is negotiable. Benefits include a mod working environment, 20 percent annual leave loading, exc. super cover, & good public transport or parking. Please phone Joy Jones on XXXX XXXX for information and arrangements for an interview. __________________________________________ JUNIOR TYPIST 18-20 Exec working atmosphere, Nthn subs Co. will train W. Proc., Dicta, gen. off. duties. Typ. essent. Att. salary, Ph: XX XXXXX __________________________________________ JUNIOR for storeroom duties. Exp. in packing fragile goods an advantage. Phone XX XXXXX after 9 Mon. __________________________________________ JUNIOR, 16 to 17 Finance industry req keen, intelligent girls for junior duties. Willing to train successful applicants. Must be interested and quick. Pls ph Tania on XXXX XXXX or William on XXX XXXXX. __________________________________________ JUNIOR BOY, Sthn Subs, 15-16. willing to learn panel beating. Ph XX XXXX Tues after 8.30 am. __________________________________________ JUNIOR Smart young person wanted to assist cutter in jean factory. Poss. of trng for right applicant. Perm posn. Excel wages and conds. Only reliable persons need apply. XX XXXXX __________________________________________ PUBLISHING - JUNIOR Large publishing company located in the city requires a junior to work in the Acc. Dept. Duties include gen clercl. work and daily banking. Oppty. for advancement. Apply by ph. to Ms James on XXXX XXXX ext. XXX. __________________________________________ DISPATCH Hands, 2 reqd, 16-17. Immed. start. No exp. nec. Apply G Thomas XXXX XXXX aft 8 Tues. __________________________________________ *YOUTH to 19 yrs. Handyman's asst. Ph XX XXXX. __________________________________________ *JUNIOR SALES/CASHIER We are seeking an enthusiastic junior for our city "Store at the Museum ". Age: 16 to 19 years Hours: Monday to Friday Good education essential Experience in cashiering or sales an advantage but not essential. The person we are looking for will be good with figures and willing to learn. Full training will be given. The position offers an opportunity to start a career in retail if you have enthusiasm and drive. Staff benefits include discounts and superannuation after qualifying period. For an appt. for interview, pls ph Mrs Grace XX XXXX after 9am Mon. __________________________________________ GUYS/GIRLS. Weekend work avail. in collection. Pay nightly. Students welcome. Ph. XX XXXX. __________________________________________ *CARWASH HAND Casual and Perm work avail. for energetic young people willing to pitch in and work. Plenty of opportunity for those with ambition and good car drivers. Apply in person to SPARKLE WASHES 44 Muddie Street GUM FLAT If raining, apply first fine day. Weekend workers welcome. __________________________________________ *TYPIST/JUNIOR START HERE Join a friendly team in an interesting office. Loads of variety. Full training. Open the door with your interest and enthusiasm. Call Janelle Bowen XX XXXX. __________________________________________


If you're the type who gets turned on by lumping around 250lb equipment, enjoys being locked in small rooms phoning for appointments, loves rejection, then:


You won't be paid until you've made a sale, but when you do, we offer 20 per cent commission and an agency arrangement which should earn you $50,000p.a. Abuse, Self Discipline, Hard Work and Big Income - they're all yours at: XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX __________________________________________

Look at the LAST advertisement. Do you think it is a good ad, or is it a bad one? Why?

Find the advertisements marked *, and look at the following details about each one:
  1. What age is asked for? Is it stated or did you have to guess it from other information?

  2. What experience is required? Is useful?

  3. What skills are needed?

  4. What type of personality would you need to do that job?

  5. Do you know EXACTLY what sort of work the applicant will be applying for?

  6. What other information is given? What can this tell you about the job or the workplace?

  7. Are any of these jobs a bit "suspicious"? How can you tell?

  8. How do you go about applying for each job?

  9. Which advertisement appeals to you most? Why does it? Why don't the others?

  10. Would you apply for any of these jobs? Why? Why not?

    And finally...

  11. Which of these advertisements actually helps you to write your resume and application to suit the position being advertised?

Beware - misleading advertising is quite common!
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