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Chapter 26. Employment > Job Performance

Job Performance

Employee Wanted

New, high-tech firm has immediate opening for versatile individual to do word processing and answer telephones. Applicants must be proficient in at least two word-processing programs and like to act on own initiative. Competence in other computer applications a plus. Send resume to this paper, Box J.


WHAT DO YOU KNOW?

Circle T or F to indicate whether each of the following statements is true or false.

1:

TFThe firm wants someone who writes poetry.


A1:

False. The firm wants a versatile person. A versatile person is someone who has skills in several different areas, but not necessarily poetry.

2:

TFApplicants must know something about two word-processing programs.


A2:

False. Proficient means highly skilled. The ad indicates that applicants must be proficient—that is, highly skilled—in two word-processing programs.

3:

TFThe person in this job will be closely supervised and directed.


A3:

False. The firm wants someone with initiative—that is, someone who is a self-starter. Therefore, the person will probably not be closely supervised and directed, but given more independence.

4:

TFThe firm will give extra consideration to someone who knows and can work with other computer programs as well.


A4:

True. The ad says that competence in other computer applications is “a plus.” Competence means “ability,” so people who know other computer programs will be viewed more positively.



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