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.

JOB INTERVIEW /dʒɒb ˈɪn.tə.vjuː/

05 Sep 2012

noun phrase

  • a meeting in which someone asks you questions to see if you are suitable for a job
Example Sentences:I had an interview for a job with a publishing company.
The interview didn’t go very well. I doubt I’ll get the job.


04 Sep 2012


  • someone who works in offices, doing work that needs mental rather than physical effort
Example Sentences:Cambridge has a lot of high-tech industries employing mostly white-collar workers.
White-collar workers tend to earn considerably more than blue-collar workers.


03 Sep 2012


  • someone who does work needing strength or physical skill rather than office work
Example Sentences:Pittsburg is a steel town, mainly populated by blue-collar workers.
Blue-collar workers tend to earn much less than skilled professionals.

TEMPORARY WORKER /ˈtem.pər.ər.i ˈwɜː.kər/

02 Sep 2012


  • Employee who is not permanently hired but hired just for a limited period of time
Example Sentences:During the peak season, the hotel employs a number of temporary workers.
As a temporary worker, I’m not entitled to the same benefits as the permanent workers.

PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL /pəˈfɔː.mənt s əˈpreɪ.zəl/

01 Sep 2012

noun phrase

  • when an employee meets with their manager or employer to discuss their progress, aims and needs at work
Example Sentences:I’m really worried about my performance appraisal tomorrow.
My performance appraisal was much better than I expected.

JOB DESCRIPTION /dʒɒb dɪˈskrɪp.ʃən/

31 Aug 2012


  • a list of the responsibilities which you have and the duties which you are expected to perform in your work
Example Sentences:Have you finished writing the job description for this new position?
According to my job description, I’m not responsible for old accounts.


30 Aug 2012


  • To be removed from your job, either because you have done something wrong or badly
Example Sentences:Jennifer was fired for repeatedly being late for work.
Jeff was fired for his poor performance.

CAREER BREAK /kəˈrɪər breɪk/

29 Aug 2012


  • a period of time when one chooses not to have a job, for example because they want to travel or look after their children
Example Sentences:Susan is taking a career break in order to take care of her young children.
I’m taking a career break so I can travel around the world.