Jobs & related verbs (English for Human Resource Management)

20 Aug

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.

Let us check what knowledge we have earned from this section of English for Human Resource Management!

Exercise 1

Exercise 2

Exercise 3

Exercise 4

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