Greek Listening #17: Greek Job Search Vocabulary Challenge | Greek Comprehension

Helinika’s Greek listening exercise #17 will help you expand your Greek career and job search vocabulary. With the help of the story of a young Greek college graduate named Alexandros. Can you respond to the questions correctly?

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Read the script:

Γεια σας! Σήμερα θα κάνουμε κάτι διαφορετικό. Θα αφηγηθώ μια ιστορία χωρίς υπότιτλους και θα κληθείτε να απαντήσετε σε ορισμένες ερωτήσεις. Η ιστορία σχετίζεται με την αναζήτηση και εύρεση εργασίας – δουλειάς δηλαδή. Έτσι θα προσθέσετε περισσότερες λέξεις στο λεξιλόγιό σας που σχετίζονται με τον εργασιακό χώρο.

Καρτέλα λέξεων:

(η) δουλειά= (the) job

(η) εργασία= (the) work

(το) βιογραφικό (σημείωμα)= (the) resume/ CV

(η) συνοδευτική επιστολή= (the) cover letter

(ο/η) εργοδότης-τρια= (the) employer

(ο/η) υπάλληλος= (the) employee

(ο/η) υποψήφιος-α= (the) candidate

(η) συνέντευξη= (the) interview

(η) αγγελία= (the) posting/ ad

(η) προϋπηρεσία= (the) previous job experience

(η) εμπειρία= (the) experience

(η) πλήρης απασχόληση= (the) full-time job

(η) μερική απασχόληση= (the) part-time job

(η) μαθητεία/ (η) πρακτική (άσκηση)= (the) internship

*Δεν χρειάζεται να γνωρίζετε όλες τις λέξεις που θα ακούσετε παρακάτω. Σημασία έχει να «πιάσετε» το νόημα.

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Η ιστορία:

Ο Αλέξανδρος πρόσφατα αποφοίτησε από το Πανεπιστήμιο. Ολοκλήρωσε τις σπουδές του στον τομέα της Πληροφορικής. Ασχολείται δηλαδή με τους υπολογιστές – με τα κομπιούτερ που λένε κάποιοι. Ο πατέρας του Αλέξανδρου αγόρασε μια εφημερίδα για να τον βοηθήσει με την εύρεση εργασίας.

Όμως, ο Αλέξανδρος είχε ήδη αρχίσει να αναζητά αγγελίες εργασίας στο διαδίκτυο – στο Ίντερνετ δηλαδή. Και εκεί βρήκε μια αγγελία που του τράβηξε το ενδιαφέρον. «Ζητούνται Πτυχιούχοι Πληροφορικής για Οχτάωρη Εργασία σε Νεοσύστατη Επιχείρηση».

Ο Αλέξανδρος διάβασε με προσοχή το περιεχόμενο της αγγελίας. Ο εργοδότης δεν ζητεί προϋπηρεσία, όμως ο Αλέξανδρος είχε την τύχη να εργαστεί για τρεις μήνες σε μια εταιρεία ηλεκτρονικών παιχνιδιών στην πόλη όπου σπούδαζε. Εκεί έκανε την πρακτική του. Ήταν Διαχειριστής Συστημάτων Πληροφόρησης. Δηλαδή, είχε την ευθύνη για την ασφαλή και αποτελεσματική λειτουργία των συστημάτων ηλεκτρονικών υπολογιστών. Η αγγελία περιέγραφε έναν παρόμοιο ρόλο.

Ο Αλέξανδρος άρχισε να συμπληρώνει το βιογραφικό του σημείωμα με την βοήθεια ενός προγράμματος στον υπολογιστή του. Συμπλήρωσε τα στοιχεία επικοινωνίας του, όπως την διεύθυνση ηλεκτρονικού ταχυδρομείου (το e-mail του δηλαδή) και τον αριθμό τηλεφώνου του. Το κινητό του φυσικά, καθώς το έχει πάντα μαζί του. Έπειτα, πρόσθεσε τις σπουδές του και την σύντομη -μικρή δηλαδή- εργασιακή του εμπειρία.

Έπειτα, ο Αλέξανδρος έγραψε μια συνοδευτική επιστολή – ένα γράμμα που θα έστελνε στον εργοδότη μαζί με το βιογραφικό του. Ο πατέρας του Αλέξανδρου του πρότεινε να αρχίσει με την επίσημη προσφώνηση «Αξιότιμε κύριε/κυρία,». Όμως ο Αλέξανδρος γνωρίζει πως οι νεοσύστατες εταιρείες πληροφορικής έχουν έναν πιο ανεπίσημο χαρακτήρα. Επομένως, άρχισε την επιστολή του με ένα «Καλησπέρα,».

Ο Αλέξανδρος ανέφερε τους λόγους που ταιριάζει με το προφίλ του υπαλλήλου που ψάχνουν και έκλεισε το γράμμα του λέγοντας «Με εκτίμηση, Αλέξανδρος Παπαδόπουλος». Έπειτα, επισύναψε το βιογραφικό και την επιστολή σε ένα μήνυμα ηλεκτρονικού ταχυδρομείου και πάτησε «αποστολή». O πατέρας του Αλέξανδρου του είχε προτείνει ή να στείλει τα έγγραφα ταχυδρομικώς ή να παρουσιαστεί στην εταιρεία αυτοπροσώπως. Όμως οι συμβουλές αυτές δεν ανταποκρίνονται στην σημερινή εργασιακή πραγματικότητα. Επομένως, ο Αλέξανδρος δεν άκουσε τις συμβουλές του.

Οι ερωτήσεις:

Α) Ο Αλέξανδρος είναι φοιτητής Πληροφορικής. Σωστό ή λάθος;

Λάθος – ο Αλέξανδρος έχει ήδη αποφοιτήσει και αναζητά εργασία.

Β) Πόσα χρόνια εργασιακής εμπειρίας έχει ο Αλέξανδρος;

Όχι χρόνια, μήνες. Ο Αλέξανδρος έχει κάνει μόνο μια τρίμηνη πρακτική άσκηση.

Γ) Τι απέστειλε ο Αλέξανδρος μαζί με το βιογραφικό του σημείωμα;

Μια συνοδευτική επιστολή – αυτό που λένε στα αγγλικά “cover letter”.

Δ) Μπόρεσε ο πατέρας του Αλέξανδρου να βοηθήσει τον γιο του να βρει δουλειά;

Προσπάθησε αλλά δεν τα κατάφερε. Ο πατέρας δεν γνωρίζει τις σύγχρονες διαδικασίες εύρεσης εργασίας.

Μην διστάσετε να αφήσετε ένα σχόλιο εξηγώντας ποια ερώτηση σας δυσκόλεψε περισσότερο. Εάν σας άρεσε αυτού του είδους η άσκηση, μην διστάσετε να κάνετε like και θα επαναληφθεί στο μέλλον. Να έχετε μια όμορφη μέρα!

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Many people learn English as a foreign language to boost their chances of finding a high-paying job and increasing their income. This comes as no surprise: it is estimated that 360 million people are native English speakers, while 1,5 billion (20% of the Earth’s population) speak English fluently. In many non-English speaking countries, learning this specific language is considered an investment for the future. But what about other languages, especially the ones that are not so widely spoken? For example, can you increase your income by learning Greek?

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Work in the Tourism Industry

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Become a Tourist Guide for Greek Speakers

Museums and galleries around the world are often in need of polyglots, especially those who speak rare languages. If you are comfortable speaking in front of a small crowd, learning foreign languages, such as Greek, will make you the perfect tour guide. The museum/gallery will be able to offer tours to an international audience, increasing the chances of offering a positive experience to its guests. The latter will then leave an excellent review and recommend the museum/gallery to their inner circles.

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