Languages › English as a Second Language Dialogue and Multiple Choice Questions: Having a Hard Time Finding a Job Share Flipboard Email Print Ariel Skelley/Getty Images English as a Second Language Reading Comprehension Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Writing Skills Grammar Business English Resources for Teachers By Kenneth Beare English as a Second Language (ESL) Expert TESOL Diploma, Trinity College London M.A., Music Performance, Cologne University of Music B.A., Vocal Performance, Eastman School of Music Kenneth Beare is an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher and course developer with over three decades of teaching experience. our editorial process Kenneth Beare Updated July 04, 2017 Original Conversation Mark: Hi Peter! How are you doing these days?Peter: Oh, Hi Mark. I'm not doing very well, actually. Mark: I'm sorry to hear that. What seems to be the problem?Peter: ... you know I've been looking for work. I can't seem to find a job. Mark: That's too bad. Why did you leave your last job?Peter: Well, my boss treated me badly, and I didn't like my chances of advancing in the company. Mark: That makes sense. A job without opportunities AND a difficult boss isn't very attractive.Peter: Exactly! So, anyway, I decided to quit and find a new job. I sent out my resume to more than twenty companies. Unfortunately, I've only had two interviews so far. Mark: Have you tried looking online for a job?Peter: Yes, but so many of the jobs require moving to another city. I don't want to do that. Mark: I can understand that. How about going to some of those networking groups?Peter: I haven't tried those. What are they? Mark: They're groups of people who are also looking for work. They help each other discover new opportunities.Peter: That sounds great. I'll definitely try some of those. Mark: I'm glad to hear that. So, what are you doing here?Peter: Oh, I'm shopping for a new suit. I want to make the best impression possible at my job interviews! Mark: There you go. That's the spirit. I'm sure things will look up for you soon.Peter: Yes, you're probably right. I hope so! Reported Conversation Mark: I saw Peter today.Susan: How's he doing? Mark: Not too well, I'm afraid.Susan: Why's that? Mark: He told me had been looking for work, but hadn't found a job.Susan: That surprises me. Was he fired or did he quit his last job? Mark: He told me his boss had treated him badly. He also said he didn't like his chances of advancing in the company.Susan: Quitting doesn't sound like a very wise decision to me. Mark: That's true. But he's been working hard at finding a new job.Susan: What's he done? Mark: He said he had sent out his resumes to more than twenty companies. Unfortunately, he told me that only two had called him for an interview.Susan: That's tough. Mark: Tell me about it. However, I gave him some advice and I hope it helps.Susan: What did you suggest? Mark: I suggested joining a networking group.Susan: That's a great idea. Mark: Yes, well, he told me he would try a few groups.Susan: Where did you see him? Mark: I saw him at the mall. He told me he was shopping for a new suit.Susan: What?! Buying new clothes and no work! Mark: No, no. He said he wanted to make the best impression possible at his job interviews.Susan: Oh, that makes sense. More Dialogue Practice - Includes level and target structures/language functions for each dialogue.