2011年 11月 23日, 星期三 - 格林尼治标准时间14:36

Finding a Job is No Joke 找工作可不易!

英语学习点: The Job Market 人才市场

Joe Busby wearing a T-shirt with his CV on it

Joe, a UK graduate, has found a way to stand out from the crowd.

Most people feel miserable when they are made redundant from their job.

Not Jason Schneider. After struggling to find a new post, this 26-year-old American decided to go freelance.

You'll find him in New York's Central Park holding a sign advertising his services: it says that he tells jokes for a dollar and that laughter is guaranteed.

But Schneider says that it is not an easy way to make a living. He finds himself on duty 80 to 88 hours a week.

Times have been hard for job seekers in many developed economies since the economic downturn started in 2008.

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As with everywhere else, in Britain the job market has been slow and vacancies are difficult to come by.

Jobless people are having to think outside the box in order to rejoin the workforce at a time when companies are having to lay off staff.

Joe Busby, a graduate from Gateshead, has also found a way to stand out from the crowd and possibly catch the attention of a prospective employer. Busby has printed his CV on a T-shirt.

But there are more conventional ways to win a new position. Experts advise job hunters to brush up on their skills.

They should intensify their networking and consider applying for jobs for which they are overqualified.

Quiz 小测验

1. Has Jason Schneider decided to work independently?

Yes, he decided to go freelance.

2. What has been making it difficult for people to find work?

The economic downturn that started in 2008.

3. Where can potential employers learn about Joe Busby's work history?

He has had his CV printed on a T-shirt.

4. Is this statement true, false or not given? According to the experts, there is value in making contact with people who may be able to recommend or offer you work.

True. Experts advise job hunters to "intensify their networking".

5. Look at the article. What phrase means "to appear different from other people"?

To stand out from the crowd.

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