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English for Human Resources

Jobs & related verbs

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 as this

If you 'are out of' a job, you do not have any work. If you are 'put out of a job', you are made redundant.

  • I'm out of a job at the moment but I'm hopeful I'll get something soon.
  • My biggest fear is being put of my job. At my age, I would struggle to find another one.

If you are 'sacked from' your job, you lose it for disciplinary, not economic, reasons.

  • He was sacked from his job for stealing.
  • I wouldn't employ somebody who had been sacked from a previous job.

If you 'create' a job, you establish a new job which didn't previously exist.

  • We've created ten new jobs in the Production Department.
  • I think we need to create a new job specifically to look after this project.

If you 'find somebody' a job, you use your contacts to get them a job.

  • I'm sure I can find your son a job in our warehouse for the summer.
  • Can you find me a job in your company?

If you 'give up' a job', you resign from it.

  • I'm giving up my job and devoting all my time to my song writing.
  • If you give up your job, you won't find it easy to get another one in this economic climate.

If you 'hold down' a job, you keep it.

  • I've held down this job for over three years now.
  • She manages to hold down two jobs.

If you 'hunt for' a job, you actively look for one.

  • She's been hunting for a job for two months without any success.
  • You need to hunt for a job more systematically; not just when you feel like it.

If you 'resign from' a job, you give it up. (see number 6!)

  • He resigned from his post because he couldn't stand the long hours.
  • I resigned from my previous employer because I thought some of their sales techniques were unethical.

If you 'take up' a job, you start it.

  • I'm leaving here at the end of the week and I take up a new job with OUP next month.
  • It's quite difficult taking up a new job and having to learn all the ropes again.

If your job 'is at stake', it is at risk of being lost.

  • There are 500 jobs at stake if we don't get the contract.
  • If I make a mess of this, my job will be at stake.

If your job 'is in jeopardy', it is also at risk.

  • The fall in demand puts all our jobs in jeopardy.
  • With their jobs in jeopardy, you would have expected the unions to have been more cooperative.
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