More on working hours

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Learn more of the vocabulary to talk about working hours in English: part-time = to work a part of the day or week When I was a student, I had a part-time job in a bar. We are looking for a part-time receptionist to work mornings. to be punctual = to start or arrive at the specified […]

Working Hours

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to work overtime = to do more than the usual hours required by the contract We aren’t paid when we work overtime, we can take time off in lieu. We had to work overtime to get the project finished on time. to work shifts = to work in teams at different times of the day and night […]

More on Applying for a Job

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Let’s continue learning vocabulary to talk about getting or changing jobs in English: Applying for a job may mean filling out an ‘application form‘ giving your personal details. If you are interested in the job, could you fill out this application form, please? I have completed the application form for that job and sent it […]

Applying for a Job

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Learn the vocabulary to talk about getting or changing jobs in English: If there is ‘a vacancy’, there is a job available because a new post has been created or a person has left. Larry’s move to London has created a vacancy in Marketing if you are interested. We don’t have any vacancies at the moment […]

Expressions used with ‘management’

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The top people in a company can be called ‘senior management’. We need to get approval for this from senior management. With my qualifications and experience, I should have a job in senior management. Of course, another term for this is ‘top management’. He rose quickly through the company and had a top management position before he […]

Expressions used with contract

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Learn the vocabulary in English to talk about job contracts: A ‘binding contract’ is one which cannot be legally avoided or stopped. We have a legally binding contract and you must supply us with these services.  You can’t walk out on your binding contract just because you have received a better offer elsewhere. An ‘exclusive contract’ is one which […]

Expressions used with ‘career’

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Learn the vocabulary in English to talk about the evolution of your jobs since you began working: If your ‘career has its ups and downs’ , it has good moments and bad moments. My career has had its ups and downs but I’m doing very well at the moment. His career has its ups and downs but […]

Adjective intensifiers

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There are some words which can be used to ‘intensify’ many adjectives – ‘very’ ‘really’ ‘totally’ ‘absolutely’ ‘completely’ ‘utterly’ ‘entirely’. It’s very tall. We’re really happy. She’s totally exhausted. I’m absolutely horrified. He’s completely hopeless. You look utterly miserable. I’m entirely satisfied. Certain adjectives have their own ‘special’ intensifiers which are often used with them. […]

Adjectives used with ‘Job’

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An ‘absorbing’ job is one that is very interesting and claims all your attention. My job is so absorbing that I sometimes forget to have lunch. I get bored in my job. I need one that is much more absorbing. A ‘badly-paid’ job is one where you receive less income than the average. The hotel industry has a lot […]

Job collocations

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Here are some useful words that are often associated with job. If you ‘apply for’ a job, you ask a company for a job. I’ve applied for six jobs in the last week and haven’t heard back from any of them. We were expecting a lot of people to apply for the job but not as many […]

For – part 2

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We can use for to mean ‘because’. We only use this in very formal English. The divers have to be careful for a sudden change in conditions could be dangerous. Read the instructions carefully for you will only get one chance to enter the information. We can use for to talk about a purpose or […]

For – part 1

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We can sometimes use for + ing to talk about the purpose of a thing. When we do, it means the same as to + infinitive. What is that for? It is for opening envelopes This bell is for calling the waiter. This bell is to call the waiter. When we talk about the purpose […]

Work – pay 2

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‘commission’ is paid to people in sales based on the amounts of goods sold. Working here I get paid a fixed salary and commission based on my sales. I get paid a commission on the deals I negotiate. People who are ‘hourly paid’ are paid a fixed rate for each hour that they work and not a fixed […]

Jobs – money

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‘gross salary’ is the salary before anything is deducted for contributions and tax. Her gross salary is £50 000 but obviously she takes home considerably less than that. He earns £40 000 a year gross. ‘net salary’ is the salary that you are paid after deductions have made My gross salary is around £60 000 but the […]

English Phrasal Verbs – go

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If food is stored in a hot place for too long, it will ‘go off’. I think this fish has gone off. It smells terrible. If you don’t keep it in the fridge, it will soon go off. As time continues, we say that time ‘goes by’. One year went by without any news from […]

English Phrasal Verbs – into part 3

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If somebody ‘flies into’ an emotional state, they do it very suddenly and without warning. He flew into a panic when he heard that the big boss was coming. She flew into a rage when she heard that her project had been cancelled. If you ‘fool someone into’ doing something, you trick them into doing […]

English Phrasal Verbs – into part 2

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If you ‘check into’ a hotel, you arrive at the hotel and complete the registration process. I’m going straight to the meeting. I’ll check into my hotel later. Just give me thirty minutes to check into my hotel and I’ll be ready to go. If you ‘check into’ some information, you verify if the information […]

English Phrasal Verbs – into part 1

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If you ‘bump into’ someone, you meet them by chance. I bumped into Martin in the mall. You’ll never guess who I bumped into today. If you ‘burst into a room’ or ‘burst into tears’, you do it suddenly and without warning. Don’t burst into my room like that. Please knock first. When I told […]

English Phrasal Verbs – out part 7

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If you ‘fall out’ with somebody, you have a bad argument with them. They fell out over the arrangements for the meeting. I don’t want to fall out with you but I’m very unhappy with what you have done. If news ‘leaks out’, people who shouldn’t know about it do. Details of the report leaked […]

English Phrasal Verbs – out part 6

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If you ‘burst out’, you suddenly say something. If you ‘burst out laughing’, you suddenly start to laugh. If you have an ‘outburst’, you express your feelings (usually anger) strongly. I burst out laughing when I saw Derek wearing his kilt. He suddenly burst out crying when I told him he had lost his job. […]