Current Job Opportunities

Here is a list of all of the job opportunities that we have available now (9/16/17).

New Job Opportunities:

 

Job Openings at Wake County Public Schools (Reposted with New Opportunities on 9/16/17)

Job Openings at YMCA

Earlier Job Opportunities That Are Still Open:

Retail Jobs Openings

Jobs Openings with Labor Ready

Job Openings with the Chipotle Mexican Grill and Restaurant:

Job Openings with UPS:

Olive Garden Restaurant

  • Host (4805 Capital Boulevard in Raleigh)  *Level 4 English and Above
  • Line Cook (1809 Walnut Street in Cary) *Level 3 Reading and Above
  • Line Cook (4805 Capital Boulevard in Raleigh) *Level 3 Reading and Above

Job Openings at NC State University:

How to Write a Professional Cover Letter

Many jobs require you to email a cover letter with a resume attached.  Some jobs require the cover letter and resume in addition to an online application.  Other jobs require the cover letter and resume instead of an online application.  A good cover letter should answer the following questions:

  • How did you learn about this job?
  • Why are you applying for this job?
  • What are a few basic things that you have learned about this job from the job advertisement or from researching the company?
  • What skills, education, or experience do you have to qualify you for this job?
  • What is your basic contact information?

If you know the name of the hiring manager of the company that you are applying to, you can begin the email with “Dear” and that person’s first and last name.  Before the name, there should be one of the following titles, depending on what you know about the person:

  • Mr. – Use this title if the hiring manager is a male.
  • Miss – Use this title if the hiring manager is a single female.  Only use this title if she included the title in the job advertisement.
  • Mrs. – Use this title if the hiring manager is a married female.  Only use this title if she included the title in the job advertisement.
  • Ms. – Use this title if the hiring manager is a female, and you do not know whether or not she is married.
  • Dr. – Use this title if you learned that the hiring manager has a doctorate degree.  In the United States, a doctorate represents a title earned after completing a minimum of 20 years of education, including primary school, high school, college, and graduate school.
  • If you do not know whether the person is male, female, or has a doctorate, it is better to avoid using a title.

If you do not know who the hiring manager is, begin the email with “To Whom It May Concern:”

Read the cover letters below.  Answer the comprehension questions.  Then, write your own cover letter for an imaginary job opportunity.


To Whom It May Concern:

I saw your job advertisement on careerbuilder.com, and I am very interested in the computer programmer position opening at ESL Computer Company in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Your job advertisement mentioned that you are looking for an experienced computer programmer who is willing to travel to other countries to train other computer programmers around the world.  I have three years of experience as a computer programmer at Raleigh Programmers.  Before I began working at Raleigh Programmers, I took several courses in computer programming languages at Wake Technical Community College.  I am an ideal candidate for world travel because of my language skills.  In addition to English, I speak Somali and Arabic fluently.  I am also proficient in French.  My volunteer work as a literacy teacher in public schools has also allowed me to develop the teaching skills that would be necessary for this job.

As I am passionate about both travel and computer programming, I feel I would be perfect for this position.

My resume is attached to this email.  Thank you for your consideration.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Regards,

Zahra Ibrahim
zahraibrahim947298@gmail.com
(919) 555-1294


1.  Who is the hiring manager for this position?  What do we know about this person(s)?

2.  Why do you think Zahra is interested in this job?

3.  What skills, education, and experience does Zahra have to qualify her for this position?

4.  What is the name of the company that Zahra is applying to in this cover letter?

5.  How did Zahra learn about this position?


Dear Dr. Marguerite Angelou,

I saw your advertisement in the Triangle Newspaper for the French teacher position opening at Little Geniuses Trilingual Preschool in Durham, North Carolina.

In my country, Guinea, I was an elementary school teacher for over 8 years.  I earned a Master’s degree in Education at the Université Kofi Annan de Guinee.  After moving to the United States last year, I began taking classes in childcare at Wake Technical Community College.  I have also been volunteering at the Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh for the past 6 months.

I would truly love to have the opportunity to teach my native language to young children in the United States.  I believe that I would have a lot to offer Little Geniuses Trilingual Preschool, due to my extensive teaching experience, high level of education, commitment to professional development, and native-level command of the French language.

My resume is attached for your consideration, and I hope to hear from you soon.

Thank you for your time.  Please let me know if there is any further information that I can provide.

Sincerely,

Mariam Konate
mariam.konatenc@gmail.com
(910) 555-2837


1.  Who is the hiring manager for this position?  What do we know about this person(s)?

2.  Why do you think Mariam is interested in this job?

3.  What skills, education, and experience does Mariam have to qualify her for this position?

4.  What is the name of the company that Mariam is applying to in this cover letter?

5.  How did Mariam learn about this position?


Writing Exercise:

Now it is time to write your own cover letter.  Imagine that you see an advertisement for your dream job online.  The advertisement asks you to send a cover letter and your resume in an email.  Type up a cover letter for this imaginary job.  Explain why you are applying for this job and why you are qualified for the position.  List any experience, training, or education that you have.

Remember, it is very important to proofread your cover letter carefully.  This letter represents your writing skills in English, and your prospective employer will see it as evidence of your ability to communicate effectively at work.  Before submitting a cover letter, you should read it aloud at least 4 times.  You should also ask a friend, family member, or teacher to check it for mistakes.  When you are finished proofreading your written cover letter, click “Leave a Reply”, and type your cover letter into the comment box.

Welcome to the Job Skills and Opportunities Blog!

Welcome!  This website can help you find a new or better job.  It will give you resources to update old skills or learn new skills.  You can also learn about worker’s rights in the United States and local job safety laws here.  On the right side of this page, you can find links to the other ESL blog sites, links to help you find jobs, and links to help you find volunteer opportunities.

1.  Click here to learn about new jobs available!

2.  Click here to learn about different jobs that you can choose (reading practice for Levels 2-5).

3.  Click here to learn about job search classes at Wake Technical Community College.

3.  Here are articles on “How to Use the NCWorks Website“, “For Students Who Have Degrees from Another Country“, and “Finding Jobs with Linked-in“.

Job Search Classes at Wake Technical Community College

Looking for a Job?

Are you looking for a job?  Wake Technical Community College has classes to help you find a job in the United States.

Go to hrd.waketech.edu to learn more about these classes and decide which class is best for you.  We have classes on building a resume, writing a cover letter, interviewing, and searching for specific jobs that you may be interested in, such as childcare, writing, office work (human resource assistant or administrative assistant), and many more.

All of these classes are fee-waived for qualifying individuals who are unemployed, “underemployed,” or who have received notice of layoff or pending layoff.

How to Use Career Builder to Find Jobs

1.  On the left side of this website, you can see the phrase “Job Resources”.  Under “Job Resources”, click on “Career Builder” Job Search Website.  I took some pictures to help you see how to use this website.  If it is difficult to see the pictures on your computer, click on the pictures to make them bigger and more clear.

2.  Under “Keywords”, type a job skill that you have.  For example, maybe I have cooking experience.  I type “cook” under “Keywords”.  Under “Location”, type your zip code.  For example, maybe I am a student who lives near Wade Avenue.  I type the zip code “27607”.  Then, I click “Find Jobs”.

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3.  For this example, I found 84 job opportunities!  Maybe I don’t have time to carefully read 84 job ads today.  I want to find the cook jobs that are best for me.  I click on “Advanced Search“.

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4.  Now I have many options to find the best jobs for me.  Maybe I need a job that is very close to my apartment.  Under “Include Jobs Within“, I will select “5 miles“.  I only want jobs that were posted recently.  I don’t want old job opportunities, so under “Include Jobs Posted Within“, I will select “Last 7 Days“.  Then, I click on the orange “Find Jobs” link at the bottom left corner of this screen.

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5.  Now I have 18 job ads.  I have time to carefully read 18 job opportunities today.  I begin looking at the job options by clicking on each of the orange links below “Search Results“.

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6. Now it is your turn to look for jobs!  Good luck!

If you have any questions about searching for jobs on careerbuilder.com, type your questions in the “Leave a Reply” box below.

 

Understanding Worker’s Rights in North Carolina

Read the article below explaining basic worker’s rights.  Then, answer the reading comprehension questions below the article on a sheet of paper.  When you are finished:

1.  Click “Leave a Reply

2.  Type your first name in the first box.

3.  Type your email address or “esl@gmail.com” in the second box.

4.  Type nothing in the third box.

5.  Type your questions in the fourth box.

Minimum Wage

The minimum wage is the smallest amount of money a person can legally receive for working in North Carolina.  The minimum wage in North Carolina is $7.25 per hour.  This means that it is illegal to pay employees less than $7.25 per hour before taxes.

One common exception to this law happens in restaurants.  If a person is working in a job where he or she is earning tips that are expected to result in more than $7.25 per hour total, the employer is not required to pay this amount in addition to tips.  As a result, many restaurant servers earn as little as $2.13 per hour.  This is legal because the server earns a average total of more than $7.25 per hour with tips.

If you are receiving less than minimum wage and your employer owes you more than $50 as a result, you can report this by calling 919‐807‐2796.  The Department of Labor will pursue your money for you for free.  For more information, go to the Department of Labor Website and click “Wage Complaints“.  It is in blue on the left side of the webpage.

Wage Payment

Workers in North Carolina have a right to receive their wages on a regular payday.

Workers must be informed of the dates that they will receive pay.

All workers have the right to know their wage or pay rate, before they receive their paycheck.  Employees have a right to know information about their company’s policy for vacation, sick leave, and any other benefits that the company may or may not choose to offer their employees.

Equal Opportunity

It is illegal for employers to discriminate against workers because of race, religion, gender, national origin, or disability.  Employers are also required to pay the same amount of money to women and men for the same work.  If you think that your employer or a potential employer has discriminated against you because of your race, religion, gender, national origin, or disability, you can make a formal complaint in one of the following ways:

  • Write a letter to The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210
  • Call 1-800-397-6251 (toll-free) or (202) 693-1337.
  • E-mail The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs at OFCCP-Public@dol.gov

If you believe you have been discriminated against, it is important to make a formal complaint immediately because of legal time limits.

For more information, see the Equal Opportunity is the Law Poster.

More Information

This is a list of some of the basic rights that workers in North Carolina have, but workers in North Carolina have many other rights as well.  For additional information about workers rights, go to the Department of Labor Website on the “Legal Affairs” webpage.  The Labor Law Posters on the left side of the webpage explain worker’s rights in more detail.

Reading Comprehension Questions

1.  Name three examples of basic rights that all workers in North Carolina have.

2.  An employee has been working at a factory in North Carolina for six months.  She has been earning one dollar an hour for her work.  She never complained because she believed that this was normal in North Carolina.  Then she learned that the minimum wage in North Carolina is $7.25 per hour.  What should she do?  Is it possible for her to receive the money that her employer should have paid her for the last six months?  Why or why not?

3.  Is it okay for an employer to not give a person a job because of his or her religion?

4.  Is it okay for an employer to not give a person a job because he or she has little or no experience related to the job?

5.  Is it okay for an employer to not give a person a job because of the country that he or she is from?

6.  Many servers in North Carolina earn as little as $2.13 per hour, even though the minimum wage is $7.25 per hour.  Is this legal?  Why or why not?

7.  A man was hired two months ago.  The employer never told him how much money he was going to earn per hour.  He has not received a paycheck for his work.  He does not know when he will receive a paycheck.  When he asks, his employer says he will tell him later.  Is this legal?  Why or why not?  What do you think this man should do?

8.  What are some questions that you have a right to ask when you are hired for a job?  What does an employer need to tell you when he or she offers you a job?

9.  Do you have any questions related to worker’s rights?

Understanding Your Pay Stub

Look at the example pay stub below.  Answer the comprehension questions on a sheet of paper.  Then, read the article explaining vocabulary related to paychecks.  When you are finished, answer the reading comprehension questions below on a sheet of paper.  Check all of your answers to make sure that they are correct.  Then, type your answers into the website:

1.  Click Leave a Reply

2.  Type your first name in the first box.

3.  Type your email address or “esl@gmail.com” in the second box.

4.  Type nothing in the third box.

5.  Type your questions in the fourth box.

Employee Pay Stub

Employer Name: Raleigh ESL Hotel
Employer Address: 2958 Gorman St./Raleigh, NC 27607
Employer Phone Number: (919) 555-1234

Employee Name: Ibrahim Mohammed Ali
Employee Address: 2947 Wade Ave./Raleigh, NC 27606
Employee Phone Number: (919) 555-5678

Employee No.: 3957293
Employee Social Security Number: XXX-XX-1234
Pay Period: 9/4/2014-9/18/2014
Pay Date: 10/3/14

       Current Earnings                                                                          Taxes Withheld

Type Hours Wage Total Type Current Year to Date
Regular 80 $10.00 $800.00 FICA-Medicare $18.30 $63.50
Overtime 20 $15.00 $300.00 FICA-Social Security $77.59 $486.27
Federal Tax $176.24 $1,090.62
State Tax $52.19 $292.43

Total Gross Income: $1,100.00
Y.T.D. Gross Income: $7,850.00

Total Taxes Withheld for this Pay Period: $324.32
Y.T.D. Taxes Withheld: $1932.82

Total Net Income: $775.68
Y.T.D. Total Net Income: $5917.18

Pay Stub Comprehension Questions

1.  How many hours did Ibrahim work?

2.  How much money did Ibrahim receive before taxes?

3.  How much money did Ibrahim receive after taxes?  How much money will he take home?

4.  How many weeks did Ibrahim work to earn this money?

5.  Why does Ibrahim earn more money for some of the hours he works?  Does he do two different jobs?

6.  What are the four different types of tax that Ibrahim has to pay?  Why do you think he needs to pay four different types of tax?

7.  Is this paycheck correct?  Check the math to make sure that Ibrahim received the correct amount of money for his work.

8.  What is the minimum amount that Raleigh ESL Hotel can legally pay Ibrahim for his work in the state of North Carolina?  Does Ibrahim earn more than or less than this amount?  If you do not know the minimum wage in North Carolina, read the information below.

Understanding Your Pay Stub

This pay stub has a lot of difficult vocabulary.  These are words that we need to understand finance in the United States.  Let’s look at some of these difficult vocabulary words and phrases:

  • Current Earnings – A person’s current earnings are the amount of money a person is receiving from a paycheck.
    • When you receive a paycheck, it is usually giving you money that you earned one week ago, two weeks ago, or even a month ago.  This gives your manager time to complete paperwork and send your taxes in for you.
      • This is very difficult for new employees, who often have to wait an extra week, two weeks, or even a month to receive the money that they already earned.
      • However, when you leave your job, you will probably receive one more paycheck after you leave to cover your last week of work.  If you quit your job, remember to ask your manager when you will receive your last paycheck.  Some jobs require you to collect a paycheck in person, while other jobs mail your paycheck or deposit it directly into your bank account.
  • Wage – A wage is the amount of money that you receive for one hour of work.
    • The minimum wage in North Carolina is $7.25 per hour before taxes.  This means that it is illegal for an employer to pay less than $7.25 per hour before taxes.
      • There is one common exception to this law: If a person is working in a job where he or she is earning tips that are expected to result in more than $7.25 per hour total, the employer is not required to pay this amount in addition to tips.
        • For this reason, servers in restaurants may earn as little as $2.13 per hour.  However, most people give a 15% to 20% tip to the server, when they pay for a meal.  For example, if a person orders a $20 meal, he or she would normally give a $3 or $4 tip to the server in addition to the $20 that he or she pays for the meal.  This causes many servers to earn significantly more than $7.25 per hour for their work.  They receive most of their money in cash.
    • Employees who work more than 40 hours in one week are required to receive overtime pay.
  • Overtime – An employee who works more than 40 hours receives overtime pay.  This is an increased wage for all hours worked after 40 hours.
    • Overtime pay is usually 1.5 (or one and one half) times the regular pay rate of an employee.
      • If an employee earns $7.25 per hour, overtime pay would be $10.88 per hour.
      • If an employee earns $8.00 per hour, overtime pay would be $12.00 per hour.
      • If an employee earns $10.00 per hour, the overtime pay would be $15.00 per hour.
      • If an employee earns $20.00 per hour, how much would the overtime pay be?
  • Gross Income – Gross income is the amount of money a person receives before taxes.  Most people never see this money in person because most companies pay your taxes to the government before they give you your paycheck.
    • Sometimes companies send in too much money for taxes.  This is why some people receive part or all of their money back from the government when they file taxes in April.
  • Year-to-Date – Year-to-Date is a term used to describe the amount of money that is earned or spent on taxes beginning this January and ending with this paycheck.  On some pay stubs, the words “Year-to-Date” are written as “Y.T.D.”
  • Taxes Withheld – The taxes withheld are the amount of money the company takes from your paycheck to give to the government.
  • FICA-Medicare – Medicare taxes are money that we pay to the government, so that we can have Medicare when we are older.  Medicare is a form of government health insurance offered to people over the age of 62, who have paid taxes throughout their lives.
  • FICA-Social Security – Social Security taxes are money that we give to the government, so that when we retire (at age 62 or older) or if we become disabled, the government will give us money each month to live.  How much money the government gives a retired or disabled person each month depends on how much money this person paid in taxes throughout his or her life and how old the person is when he or she accepts the money.
  • Federal Tax – The Federal Tax is money that we give to the United States government each time we receive a paycheck.
  • State Tax – The State Tax is money that we give to the state of North Carolina each time that we receive a paycheck.
  • Net Income – Your net income is the amount of money that you receive after your company pays taxes for you.  If you are self-employed, this is the amount of money you receive after you pay taxes.  Even if your company pays taxes for you, you still need to file taxes every April to make sure that your company paid the correct amount!  Not paying taxes can cause problems later if you apply for a visa, government assistance, or for US citizenship.

Reading Comprehension Questions:

1.  What is the difference between gross income and net income?

2.  Why do we pay Social Security and Medicare taxes?

3.  When is it okay for an employer to pay less than $7.25 per hour in North Carolina?  Why?

4.  What does Y.T.D. mean?

5.  When does a person earn overtime pay?

6.  If a person who earns $12 per hour earns 2 hours of overtime, how much overtime pay will this person receive.

Answering Common Questions that Appear on Online Job Applications

Here are some common questions that often appear on job applications and some ideas about how to answer the questions.

1.  What are your salary requirements?

  • This is a very difficult question.  Why?  The manager of a company knows the maximum amount that he or she can pay an employee.  If you ask for a salary that is too high, the manager will not call you for a job interview because the manager will think that you will not be interested in the job.  If you ask for a salary that is too low, the manager will hire you, but pay you less than other employees to do the same work.
  • How can I answer this question?  If possible, type “open.”  This means that you are willing to negotiate the salary.
  • If you are required to type an answer, it may be a good idea to do some research.  If you have a friend who works at this location, ask the friend what the salary for this position is.
  • You can also search for a company on www.glassdoor.com to get an estimate of the salary of a given position at a given company.  Use this information only if you have no other options because the information can be outdated or inaccurate.

2.  Why did you leave your previous position?

  • This is another difficult question.  American employers do not like to hire applicants who complain about previous managers.  If you did not like a previous employer, it is not a good idea to talk about it on a job application or during a job interview.
  • It is better to use a personal reason, such as “I moved to the United States,” “I was offered a job with a higher salary,” “I wanted to go back to school,” or “I wanted to explore other career options.”
  • Do not offer too many details.  This answer should be short.

3.  List three references.

  • Your references can not be family members.
  • Your references should be someone who you know would say good things about you.
  • Good reference choices include: former supervisors who were impressed with your work, current or former instructors (teachers), or friends.
  • Remember to always tell your references when you are using their reference to apply for a job.  You want your references to be ready to say good things about you.

4.  Describe your job duties for a previous position.

  • A job duty is a responsibility that you had in a previous position.  Talk about what you were required to do.
  • Always list any responsibilities from a previous job that are similar to your current position first.

5.  Why are you interested in this position?

  • This is an opportunity to show that you have learned a little bit about the company that you are applying to.  You should say something positive that demonstrates understanding of the position.
    • For example, if the job requires serving large numbers of customers quickly, you can say “I prefer to work in an exciting, fast-paced atmosphere.”
  • If you have skills that are related to the position, this is an opportunity to talk about those skills.
    • For example, if you are applying for a cook position in a busy restaurant and you already have three years of cooking experience in a restaurant, you can say, “I would like to apply my extensive cooking skills to an exciting, fast-paced atmosphere.”
  • If you do not have the skills required for this position, now is the time to express interest in developing those skills.
    • For example, if you are applying for a cook position in restaurant, you can say, “I have always been interested in learning how to cook the highest quality food possible.  I think that I could develop excellent cooking skills in the environment that this position has to offer.”

English Exercise:

While applying for jobs, write down questions that are difficult to understand.  Write down questions that are difficult to answer.  Then:

1.  Click Leave a Reply

2.  Type your first name in the first box.

3.  Type your email address or “esl@gmail.com” in the second box.

4.  Type nothing in the third box.

5.  Type your questions in the fourth box.

I will add any questions that I see in the “Leave a Reply” box to the bottom of this article.  I will write an explanation for each question and some ideas for how to answer the questions.

The Conditional Tense Used in a Job Interview

Read the grammar lesson below.  Answer the questions, using the conditional tense.  Then, read the job interview dialog below the grammar lesson to see how the conditional tense is used in our everyday lives. 

The Conditional Tense: What would you do?

-We use the verb would to say what we think we may do in a hypothetical or imaginary situation (a situation that is not real at this time).

-To ask a question about a hypothetical situation, we use a past tense verb with the verb would.

        -If you were _______________, what would you do?

        -If you had _______________, what would you do?

        -If you worked ______________, what would you do?

.       -If you could _______________, what would you _________?

Examples of Questions:

1. If you were president, what would you do?

2. If you were rich, what would you do?

3. If you had children, what would you do?

4. If you worked on a farm, what would you do?

5.  If you could have any job, what would you be?

-To talk about a situation that is not real, we construct the sentence using a past tense verb and the verb would:

        -If I were _______________, I would ______________.

        -If I had ________________, I would ______________.

        -If I worked ________________, I would ______________.

Examples of Answers:

1. If I were president, I would try to increase the number of jobs.

2. If I were rich, I would open a homeless shelter with a school and a library.

3. If I had children, I would try to live in a small and safe city with good schools.

4. If I worked on a farm, I would harvest corn, strawberries, and tomatoes.

5.  If I could have any job, I would be a police officer.

Examples of Questions and Answers:

A: If a friend helped you to find a job, what would you do?
If a friend helped me to find a job, I would cook a special dinner for my friend.

B: If you had a headache, what would you do?
If I had a headache, I would take some aspirin.

C: If a customer was angry, what would you do?
If a customer was angry, I would remain calm and listen. Then, I would fix the problem. I would always be polite and professional.

D: If you could have any job, what job would you have? If I could have any job, I would be a nurse.

Conditional Tense: Practice Exercises

Now try answering the following questions, using the conditional tense.

1. If a friend helped you to find a job, what would you do?

2. If you had a headache, what would you do?

3. If a customer was angry, what would you do?

4. If you could have any job, what job would you have?

5. If you were rich, what would you do?

Job Interview Conversation Practice

Are you here for the job interview?

Yes. I am here for the job interview.

I see that you are ten minutes early. That is wonderful! It is nice to meet you.

It is nice to meet you too.

Let’s take a look at your job application. You have a very interesting job history. Tell me about it.

I have had many different jobs. I worked in a restaurant for three years, so I have a lot of customer service experience. In my country, I worked as a math teacher for five years, so I have a lot of teaching experience too.

What did you do before you were a math teacher?

Before I was a math teacher, I worked in a factory, where I used a sewing machine to make clothes. As a child, I also worked on my family’s farm for many years, so I have experience working in agriculture as well.

You have had a very interesting life. Now, I am going to ask you a couple of hypothetical questions. If a customer was unhappy, what would you do?

If a customer was unhappy, I would ask the customer about his or her experience. I would listen politely and find a solution to the problem as quickly as possible. I think it is very important to always be professional, efficient, and offer excellent customer service.

That’s a wonderful answer. If a coworker’s child was sick, what would you do?

If a coworker’s child was sick, I would offer to cover his or her shift.

Good. You sound like a team player. I think, given your experience and customer service skills, that you would be perfect for this job. When can you start?

I would like to start working immediately.

Excellent! Let me show you around and tell you more about the job.