18 Oct 2018


  • to accept a decrease in one's salary.
Example Sentence: The telephone workers were forced to take a pay cut after the strike.


13 Sep 2018


  • to get an increase in one's salary.
Example Sentence: My sister works hard and she recently got a raise in her new job.


20 Jul 2018


  • a top corporation officer.
Example Sentence: The president of our company was a captain of industry and when he retired.

WORK EXPERIENCE /wɜːk ɪkˈspɪə.ri.ənt s/

18 Aug 2015


  • a short unpaid period of time at a workplace, to gain experience of a working environment
Example Sentences:I’m working for the company unpaid for a few days just to gain work experience.
Although I was only employed by the company for a week, it was very valuable work experience.

SHORTLIST /ˈʃɔːt.lɪst/

17 Aug 2015


  • a list of people who have been judged the most suitable for a job, made from a longer list of people originally considered, and from which one person will be chosen
Example Sentences:We’ve drawn up a shortlist of five applicants for the position of head of sales.
Since the interview went so well, I’m confident of getting on the shortlist.

PERKS /pɜːks/

16 Aug 2015


  • extra things, such as money or goods, which you are given because of your job
Example Sentences:A company car and a mobile phone are some of the perks that come with the job.
One of the major perks of working for an airline is discounted or free travel.

EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT /ɪmˈplɔɪ.mənt ˈkɒn.trækt/

15 Aug 2015

noun phrase

  • a written agreement between employer and employee stating the terms and conditions of employment
Example Sentences:According to my employment contract, I have 28 days annual leave.
As you have been repeatedly in breach of your employment contract, we’ve decided to terminate your employment with us.

QUALIFICATIONS /ˌkwɒl.ɪ.fɪˈkeɪ.ʃəns/

14 Aug 2015


  • official records showing that you have finished a training course or have the necessary skills, etc
Example Sentences:You’ll never get a good job if you don’t have any qualifications.
Do you have any qualifications in book-keeping?

FULL-TIME JOB /ˌfʊlˈtaɪm/

13 Aug 2015


  • work done for the whole of a working week
Example Sentences:She took a full-time job when her youngest child went to school.
I work full-time for an insurance company.

JOBSHARE /ˈdʒɒb.ʃeər/

12 Aug 2015


  • divide the duties and the pay of one job between two people who work at different times during the day or week
Example Sentences:The city council is encouraging jobsharing to make it easier for parents of young children to work.
Since many of our workers are married mothers, we like to encourage jobsharing.

CURRICULUM VITAE /kəˌrɪk.jʊ.ləmˈviː.taɪ/

16 Jul 2015


  • (also known as a CV or résumé) a short written description of your education, qualifications, previous jobs and sometimes also your personal interests, which you send to an employer when you are trying to get a job
Example Sentences:She sent her curriculum vitae to fifty companies, but didn't even get an interview.
Applicants interested in applying for the position should submit their CVs to the Human Resources Department no later than February 15.

COVERING LETTER /ˈkʌv ər ɪŋ ˈlet.ər/

15 Jul 2015


  • a letter someone sends together with a job application form which explains why you want to apply for the job and why you believe you are suitable for the job
Example Sentences:Please send a covering letter with your job application form.
A well-written covering letter can help you get that all-important job interview.

PART-TIME JOB /ˌpɑːtˈtaɪm/

14 Jul 2015


  • If you have a part-time job, you work for only some of the day or the week.
Example Sentences:She’s a part-time receptionist in a medical clinic.
As I only work part-time, I don’t have to pay any income tax.

START-UP /ˈstɑːt.ʌp/

26 Sep 2014


  • a small business that has just been started
Example Sentences:Start-ups often fail in the first year of trading.
Although we’re a start-up, we’ve secured a lot business through heavy marketing.

SELF-EMPLOYED /ˌself.ɪmˈplɔɪd/

08 Oct 2013


  • a person who works as a writer, designer, performer, or the like, selling work or services by the hour, day, job, etc., rather than working on a regular salary basis for one employer
Example Sentences:Do you pay less tax if you're self-employed?
John is self-employed. He runs a small garden maintenance company.