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A new survey out today seems to confirm some of our worst fears about what work is doing to our lives. The survey shows that people throughout the country are being made to put work before everything else.
It isn’t a surprise to learn that people are working longer and longer hours, or that this is leading to greater stress and pressure on relationships and family life. Ambitious young professionals are having to make greater personal sacrifices than their parents or even their older brothers and sisters. A third of all the people who responded reported that they had lost an important relationship or that overwork had caused the breakdown of a marriage.
One of the greatest regrets was that people missed seeing their children grow up; it is quite common for male managers with young families to leave home before their children are awake, and to return after they have gone to bed. Many men admitted to being away on business trips when their children were born.
For women the situation is worse, as many say they have to wait for the right time and situation before having children. Even today, it is commonly accepted that many women’s careers effectively end once they have family commitments. One in four men and 40% of women say they would happily accept a lower salary if this meant they had greater personal time and freedom. The survey results also show that, as many of us have already suspected, women are affected far more than men and that they have to make far greater personal sacrifices to achieve any career goals. Married women still complain that their husbands don’t do enough at home. They feel that they are the ones who carry the main responsibility for housework, cooking, and bringing up the children.
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1 They received fifty ………….. for the secretarial post that they advertised.
2 Her new employer wrote to her old employers to ask for written ………….
3 Only include certificates of your ……………. if employers ask for them.
4 You’ve got the right qualifications, but we are looking for someone with more ………….. of this type of job.
5 Could you help me to ………….. this form? I don’t know what to write.
6 A ………….. job is difficult but satisfying at the same time.
7 They need a …………. person for this job; someone with lots of fresh ideas.
8 We’ll have to ……..more staff if we don’t get some more orders.
9 I don’t want to work for someone else; I’d like to work ……… .
10 He ……. his own Internet company and now he’s a millionaire.
11 The company pays your ………. into your bank account at the end of each month.
12 If you work extra hours, the company will pay you for ……….. .
13 She doesn’t have a job; she’s been ………. for nearly two years.
14 She went to the ……….. agency to find out if there were any ……….. for a sales
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I (am writing/write) (to apply/applying) for the post of export marketing assistant which (has advertised/ was advertised) in the last edition of Enterprise magazine. I(believe/am believing) that I(am having/ have) the right combination of academic and personal qualities (doing/to do) the job.
I am in my final year of an international marketing course in Nantes and (look/am looking) for a permanent position. Last summer I(have worked/ worked) in an export company in Athens where I (have found out/found out) a lot about different aspects of the business. In that job, I (have learnt/ learnt) to deal with orders by fax, letter, and e-mail and to complete the forms and documentary procedures for export to different markets. The same company (already offers/has already offered) me a job but I (am feeling/feel) I would learn more about the import-export trade in a larger business such as yours. I am bilingual in French and Greek and I(have been studying / study) English for ten years. I (am coming/ will come) to London next month for an intensive language course so l (am/will be) available for an interview then. I look forward to hearing from you.
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