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English for Human Resources

Applying for a job 2

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 back to the personnel department.

The application form includes your 'contact details'; your home address, your phone number and your email address.

  • We have your contact details so we will be in touch soon.
  • If you give me your contact details, I'll call you to set up an interview.

It also includes your 'employment history' where you list the previous positions you have held with the name of the company, job title and dates of employment.

  • I have already held similar positions as you can see from my employment history.
  • There are gaps in her employment history. I would like to know what she was doing during these periods.

A list of previous positions held needs to highlight the 'relevant experience' showing why the candidate is suitable for the job.

  • As you can see from my CV, I have all the relevant experience you require.
  • This candidate doesn't have the relevant experience in our sector but is very well qualified in every other aspect.

A 'job description' is drawn up for candidates giving all the relevant information about the job detailing responsibilities as well as location and salary.

  • I don't think that my job description includes all the task I am currently doing.
  • We are currently writing job descriptions for the new jobs being created in the sales team.

After the final interviews, a formal 'job offer' is made to the best candidate.

  • We hope to make a formal job offer as soon as we have had replies from your referees.
  • I turned down the job offer I received from them because the salary wasn't as good as my present one.

The job offer will include information regarding salary and 'holiday entitlement'. (British English)

  • The holiday entitlement is only 20 days a year but that doesn't include public holidays.
  • Although the holiday entitlement is very generous, holidays have to be taken at certain times of the year.

The job offer will also give a 'starting date' for the job.

  • I have to work out my notice in my present job so can we put back the starting date?
  • Originally they wanted me to start next week but as I was available, I suggested an earlier starting date.

The job offer will also specify a 'probation period' at the end of which a new recruit can be dismissed if they are not suitable for the position.

  • They let him go at the end of the probation period.
  • She is still on her probation period. We have another two weeks to make a final decision.
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