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A dream job – What is it like?

A DREAM JOB – WHAT IS IT LIKE? Here´s a new dialogue. Listen to Josh talk to Rhonda about his new job. Vocabulary: LAND A JOB – PERKS – OPENINGS – COMPENSATION PACKAGE – KEEP SOMEONE POSTED – MARKETPLACE – DRESS CODE.  An activity meant for B2 level students . Hope you like it!


Dialogue comprehension – True, False or I don´t know?

  1. The company where Josh works is looking for someone with advanced computer skills.  True ___ False ___ I don´t know ___
  2. Rhonda is looking for a new opportunity in the marketplace.  True ___ False ___ I don´t know _
  3. Josh is very happy about his new job.  True ___ False ___ I don´t know ___
  4. The dress code where Josh works is formal.  True ___ False ___ I don´t know ___

Find words or expressions in the dialogue that mean the same as:

  1. Benefits beyond regular pay: _______________________________
  2. Fail to see or consider; ignore: ______________________________
  3. The world of business and commerce: __________________________
  4. A set of rules specifying what you can wear for a particular occasion or place: ____
  5. The salary and other benefits that an employee receives: ____________________
  6. Every day: _______________________________
  7. Get something desirable such as a job or an opportunity: ___________________
  8. A school in a university where students who already have a first degree can study for a master´s degree or a doctorate: _______
  9. Leave: ______________________________
  10. An available job or position: ____________________________
  11. Keep you informed: __________________________

Business vocabulary & expressions – Match the words and expressions below to the definitions.

  1. RESIGN     2. GRAND OPENING      3. CURRENCY        4. RÉSUMÉ                                                                              5. GO PUBLIC     6. WORKFORCE      7. BONUS      8. ORGANIZATION CHART

A. A diagram showing the management structure of a company. _______
B. Additional pay given to employee as incentive or reward. _______
C. Sell shares of a privately owned company to the public. _______
D. Money used in a particular country. _______
E. Give up a job or position formally. _______
F. Summary of one´s academic qualifications and work experience. _______
G. Official opening of a new business. _______
H. The workers employed by a company. _______

Gap filling  

          BONUS      ORGANIZATION CHART      GO PUBLIC     WORKFORCE              

          CURRENCY            RÉSUMÉ          GRAND OPENING             RESIGN                        

  1. About one third of the company´s ______________ was laid off as a result of the financial crisis.
  2. “How many people do they plan to invite for the ________________ of the new store?”, Patty asked Dana.
  3. The Australian dollar is the ________________ in Australia.
  4. “Have you heard the news? The head honcho promised us a ___________ if we reach the sales goals for the quarter.”, Louis told a coworker.
  5. “I was not surprised when I heard Mario had ______________ from the company since I knew he had plans to start his own business.”, said Alex to a friend.
  6. “That company seems to be doing really well since they _____________.”, Jim told a colleague.
  7. “So, I see from your _______________ that you have almost 5 years of managing experience. Can you tell me a little more about it?”, the interviewer asked Jane.
  8. The ____________________ of a company lays out exactly in what position each person is in each department.

Listen & Write & Answer – Write the questions you listen to and then choose the right answer.


1. _________________________________________________?

a. They´ve been doing it.
b. He´s planning to start a new company.
c. We got two new clients recently, so things are looking up.
d. Let´s check and see what´s going on there. 

2. _________________________________________________?

a. There might be some openings right now.
b. No, not really. We still need to take care of some details.
c. It´s been set for Thursday at 5 pm.
d. That would be okay. 

3. _________________________________________________?

a. They´re currently importing from China.
b. We spent about five hundred bucks there.
c. I think you got a good deal.
d. I have no idea. Why don´t you ask Gregory? He might know.

4. _________________________________________________?

a. Sorry, I can´t talk to you now, but Gary will tell you all about it.
b. I don´t like that game so much.
c. We plan to visit them later today.
d. No, it´s not just a game people play.

DIALOGUE SCRIPT: A dream job – What is it like?

Rhonda: I heard you landed a dream job. So, tell me, what is it like?
Josh: Uh, well, I can´t really complain, I mean, I´ve just been working at this new company for a couple of weeks, but I guess I can honestly say it feels great.
Rhonda: Good for you! What´s the compensation package like? It must be pretty attractive, huh?
Josh: Yeah, the compensation package is quite generous as a matter of fact, it´s actually above average if compared with companies in the same segment in the marketplace.
Rhonda: Sounds great! And the perks? I bet they offer great perks, don´t they?
Josh: They do. They will even pay for graduate school once you´ve been with the company for over two years. But you know, I guess one of the best perks at this new company really is the informal environment and the friendly atmosphere.
Rhonda: I see, I guess people often overlook that, uh? So, is the dress code informal?
Josh: It is. Most people there wear casual clothes on a daily basis, even my director likes to dress informally.
Rhonda: I wonder if they have any openings right now, I have a friend who happens to be looking for a new opportunity and this company seems to be a great place to work.
Josh: I´ll tell you what, I´m making a lot of friends there so I´ll see if I can find out about new openings and I´ll keep you posted.
Rhonda: That´d be great! Thanks Josh!
Josh: You´re welcome Rhonda! Well, I have to get going now. Talk to you later.
Rhonda: Sure Josh, take care!

TALKING BUSINESS – Author: José Roberto A. Igreja/Disal Editora

José Roberto A. Igreja is the author and co-author of several ELT books, including:

LET´S TALK ABOUT IT! – The Ultimate ELT Conversation Book  / Available on UICLAP as well


Let's Talk About It!: The Ultimate ELT Conversation Book (English Edition) por [Jose Roberto A. Igreja]

600 Phrasal Verbs (with Jonathan T. Hogan)

How do you say … in English?

Fluent Business English (with Robert C. Young)

What to say when …?

False Friends

English for Job Interviews (with Robert C. Young)

Say it all in Brazilian Portuguese!

American Idioms! (with Joe Bailey Noble III)