If you’ve been in the hunt for a job in the past five years, then you’ve likely heard how important networking is to landing your next position. That’s because getting your foot in the door usually means having an “in” at the company. Studies show that 89 percent of career builders actively networked while seeking a new role. When it comes to finding a job, I tell my clients, “Your network is your net worth.” Today, LinkedIn made changes to their platform making that statement even more accurate.
Alumni + connections = more chances to get noticed.
When you check job descriptions on LinkedIn, they now have the added benefit of showing you:
A). any alumni from your school who work there.
B). any connections from your network who work there.
Why is this valuable?
With a click of your mouse, you can review the profiles of these individuals and reach out to them to learn more about the company. If done right, you can even inquire if they can provide some guidance on the best way to stand out when you apply.
Why should you bother?
Even if you don’t know the person that well (i.e., didn’t know them in school, or have fallen out of touch with the old connection, etc.), it’s still worth reaching out. Why? Companies know their single best resource for recruiting talent is referrals via their employees. As a result, many companies offer incentives in the form of referral fees to existing employees who pass along names of qualified candidates. Thus, you could help this person earn some extra cash should you get hired.
Premium LinkedIn members get bigger bonus.
LinkedIn also announced today their premium members will have access to additional insights that nonpaying members won’t see. For example, when premium members open their homepage, they will see recommended jobs for which LinkedIn’s data signals they’d rank among the top 50 percent of applicants, based on the role and the experience and skills listed on their profile.
In summary, now boasting over 433 million users, LinkedIn has given us all more reasons to find and connect with professionals in our industry, skill set, and alumni circles.
21. What changes did LinkedIn make to their platform?
A. They linked the users so that they have more connections.
B. They added information about your alumni and connections from your network.
C. They added recent news about the company you are interested in.
D. They added information of salary range of the company you are interested in.
22. Why is this strategy valuable to the employers?
A. They can hire more employees.
B. They can get more reviews.
C. They get higher chances of recruiting the talent.
D. They can receive more applications
23. What additional insights could premium members see?
A. Recommended job that appear easier for them to apply.
B. More chances to get noticed.
C. Connections from network who work there.
D. Alumni from school who work there.
24. Why should you reach out even if you don’t know the person that well according to the passage?
A.It’s a good chance of meeting new people.
B.You might help this person earn some extra cash.
C.The employer will be happy to receive more application.
D.Your alumni should be very helpful.
25. What is the probable title for this passage?
A.Getting referred to a new job just got easier
C.Premium LinkedIn members get bigger bonus
D.Reach out to your possible colleague
The garden city was largely the invention of Ebenezer Howard (1850-1928). After immigrating from England to the USA, and an unsuccessful attempt to make a living as a farmer, he moved to Chicago, where he saw the reconstruction of the city after the disastrous fire of 1871. In those days, it was nicknamed “the Garden City”, almost certainly the source of Howard’s name for his later building plan of towns. Returning to London, Howard developed his design in the 1880s and 1890s, drawing on ideas that were popular at the time, but creating a unique combination of designs.
The nineteenth-century poor city was in many ways a terrible place, dirty and crowded; but it offered economic and social opportunities. At the same time, the British countryside was in fact equally unattractive: though it promised fresh air and nature, it suffered from agricultural depression (蕭條) and it offered neither enough work and wages, nor much social life. Howard’s idea was to combine the best of town and country in a new kind of settlement, the garden city. Howard’s idea was that a group of people should set up a company, borrowing money to establish a garden city in the depressed countryside, far enough from existing cities to make sure that the land was bought at the bottom price.
Garden cities would provide a central public open space, radial avenues and connecting industries. They would be surrounded by a much larger area of green belt, also owned by the company, containing not merely farms but also some industrial institutions. As more and more people moved in, the garden city would reach its planned limit — Howard suggested 32,000 people; then, another would be started a short distance away. Thus, over time, there would develop a vast planned house collection, extending almost without limit; within it, each garden city would offer a wide range of jobs and services, but each would also be connected to the others by a rapid transportation system, thus giving all the economic and social opportunities of a big city.
26. How did Howard get the name for his building plan of garden cities?
A. Through his observation of the country life.
B. Through the combination of different ideas.
C. By taking other people’s advice.
D. By using the nickname of the reconstructed Chicago.
27. The underlined phrase “drawing on” in Paragraph 1 probably means ______.
A. making use of B. making comments on
C. giving an explanation of D. giving a description of
28. According to Howard, garden cities should be built ________.
A. as far as possible from existing cities
B. in the countryside where the land was cheap
C. in the countryside where agriculture was developed
D. near cities where employment opportunities already existed
29. What can we learn about garden cities from the last paragraph?
A. Their number would continue to rise.
B. Each one would continue to become larger.
C. People would live and work in the same place.
D. Each one would contain a certain type of business.
30. What could be the best title for the passage?
A. City and Countryside B. The Invention of the Garden City
C. A New City in Chicago D. A Famous Garden City in England
Professor Smith recently persuaded 35 people, 23 of them women, to keep a diary of all their absent-minded actions for a fortnight. When he came to analyse their embarrassing lapses (差錯) in a scientific report, he was surprised to find that nearly all of them fell into a few groupings. Nor did the lapses appear to be entirely random (隨機的).
One of the women, for instance, on leaving her house for work one morning threw her dog her earrings and tried to fix a dog biscuit on her ear. “The explanation for this is that the brain is like a computer,” explains the professor. “People programme themselves to do certain activities regularly. It was the woman’s custom every morning to throw her dog two biscuits and then put on her earrings. But somehow the action got reversed in the programme.” About one in twenty of the incidents the volunteers reported were these “programme assembly failures”.
Altogether the volunteers logged 433 unintentional actions that they found themselves doing — an average of twelve each. There appear to be peak periods in the day when we are at our zaniest (荒謬可笑的). These are two hours some time between eight a.m. and noon, between four and six p.m. with a smaller peak between eight and ten p.m. “Among men the peak seems to be when a changeover in brain ‘programmes’ occurs, as for instance between going to and from work.” Women on average reported slightly more lapses — 12.5 compared with 10.9 for men — probably because they were more reliable reporters.
A startling finding of the research is that the absent-minded activity is a hazard of doing things in which we are skilled. Normally, you would expect that skill reduces the number of errors we make. But trying to avoid silly slips by concentrating more could make things a lot worse — even dangerous.
31. In his study Professor Smith asked the subjects ______.
A. to keep track of people who tend to forget things
B. to report their embarrassing lapses at random
C. to analyse their awkward experiences scientifically
D. to keep a record of what they did unintentionally
32. Professor Smith discovered that ______.
A. certain patterns can be identified in the recorded incidents
B. many people were too embarrassed to admit their absent-mindedness
C. men tend to be more absent-minded than women
D. absent-mindedness is an excusable human weakness
33. “Programme assembly failures” (Line 6, Para. 2) refers to the phenomenon that people ______.
A. often fail to programme their routines beforehand
B. tend to make mistakes when they are in a hurry
C. unconsciously change the sequence of doing things
D. are likely to mess things up if they are too tired
34. We learn from the third paragraph that ______.
A. absent-mindedness tends to occur during certain hours of the day
B. women are very careful to perform actions during peak periods
C. women experience more peak periods of absent-mindedness
D. men’s absent-mindedness often results in funny situations
35. It can be concluded from the passage that ______.
A. people should avoid doing important things during peak periods of lapses
B. hazards can be avoided when people do things they are good at
C. people should be careful when programming their actions
D. lapses cannot always be attributed to lack of concentration