Job Promotion and Work Opportunities

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Part 1Listen and Read: Listen to the recording, answer the questions, and then read along with the audio recording.

I have great news to report. I just got a promotion and a raise! I’ve been working for my company for the past three years, and things have gone extremely well. First, I helped my department increase sales by 200% during that time. We have advertised and promoted our products at trade shows, in the newspaper, and on TV, and customers have really enjoyed our products. As a result, our company’s reputation and image have expanded beyond our area. Now, more and more customers are learning about us by word of mouth; when you have satisfied customers, the news gets around. In addition to increased sales, I’ve established a good working relationship with my colleagues. We recognize each person’s strengths and respect other’s opinions. I think my coworkers feel I can lead the department in the right direction. Therefore, I humbly accepted the promotion and raise, and I’ll strive to do my best for my company and my customers in the future.

Part 2: Discussion

What factors and personal qualities do you think companies consider when giving an employee a promotion? On the other hand, what behaviors and personality traits work against a employee who is seeking a promotion?

Part 3: Online Investigation

Knowing what to do and say on the job is critical to getting a promotion. Search the Internet for specific tips and advice on improving your chances of getting a promotion at your current or future job. Do these suggestions vary depending on your field of work? What is the perception of the “ideal” worker in your country and how does this differ from similar jobs overseas? You might want to interview people to prepare your ideas.

Part 4: Online Listening Practice (from