Useful English Words and Expressions: Work & Employment

Learn commonly used words and expressions relating to work and employment...


Work & Employment Vocabulary

1. application - A letter or form with details of your qualifications, skills, experience, ... sent to a firm or company when requesting to be considered for a job or position.

2. background - A person's education, qualifications and/or work experience

3. bonus - Money added to someone’s wages, especially as a reward for good work

4. curriculum vitae -  A short written description of a university teacher’s previous jobs and work, that they send when looking for a new teaching job

5. employee - Someone who is paid to work for someone else

6. employer - A person, company, or organization that employs people

7. full-time - Work a full number of hours considered normal or standard.

8. worker – A person who does a particular job to earn money

9. trainee – A person who is practising the skills of a particular job or profession

10. hire - Employ someone

11. interview - An oral examination of a candidate for a job

12. dismiss - Remove or discharge from employment

13. make redundant - Dismiss because of not being needed

14. maternity leave - Period of absence from work when having a baby

15. notice - Advance warning of intention to resign

16. perk - Something additional to regular salary

17. apprentice - Works for a skilled employer in order to learn a trade

18. internship - A student or recent graduate who works for a period of time to gain practical experience

19. flexitime - A system that allows people to choose the time they start and finish their work

20. part-time - Work fewer hours of days than is considered standard

21. overtime - Work more than the number of hours required by contract

22. shift work - In a 24-hour day, set periods of time during which different groups of people work

23. redundancy pay - Compensation received when you are asked to leave because your job is no longer needed

24. unemployment benefits - Social welfare payments made by the state to unemployed people who meet the required conditions


Idiomatic Expressions & Phrases to Use at Work

1. crunch the numbers - Do a lot of calculations

2. put something off - You delay doing it

3. take off - It increases or becomes popular very quickly

4. people person - Person who has great social skills, and loves interacting with people

5. have a lot on your plate - You have a lot of work and responsibilities at the moment

6. eager beaver - An enthusiastic person who works very hard

7. hold the fort - Have the responsibility for something or care of somebody while other people are away

8. golden handshake - A large sum of money that is given to somebody when they leave their job, or persuade them to leave their job

9. walking paper - The letter or notice dismissing somebody from a job

10. cash cow - The part of a business that always makes a profit and that provides money for the rest of the business

11. a foot in the door - Manage to enter an organization, a field of business,... that could bring you success

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