Finding a new job can be quite tedious. How many vacancies (job openings), the different companies of interesting offers — I want to try everything at once. But before you start you’ll probably have to go through the interview (interview). Although there is. First of all, you need to write a resume and do not forget to make the resume cover letter.
- To learn how to write a resume in English, we reported in our article «Key phrases and grammar to resume.»
- And on the cover letter it was said a lot in the article «Cover Letter. Writing a cover letter in English. »
- Our instructor Alex prepared our readers to undergo an interview in English with the help of the article «How to WOW at a Job Interview. How to impress everyone at the interview. » Here you will find general guidelines for the interview, a sample list of questions that are often asked at the interview.
So, in any interview, you will always be asked about present (fully) workplace. There is nothing complicated to talk about their work in Russian. But how to present their work in English? Even if you are not going for an interview for employment, in a conversation with unfamiliar person can somehow address the issue of trade and jobs. Therefore, I would like to provide you with a certain set of cliches, stable phrases that are used for a story about his work.
Story about the work begins with the name of the position you hold or have held. To begin?
Bill was the president. — Bill was president.
I used to be in charge of the HR team. — I was in charge of the team recruitment.
She is the head of the managers’ department. — She’s the chief of the department managers.
Official duties (responsibilities), as well as the performance of tasks related to the duties, — what interest a potential employer first. So try to brief and to the point to specify your main function in the workplace.
My main task is to take bookings over the phone. — My main task is to take orders over the phone.
She handles customer complaints. — She settles case with customer complaints.
I had to establish and adjust selling prices. — I had to set and adjust rates.
After mentioning the place of work, they tend to talk about how long a person has been in place. You can help offer:
I worked there for 4 years between 2003 and 2007. — I worked there for 4 years, from 2003 to 2007.
She has been working at the company for 5 years. — She works for the company for 5 years.
Bob left that place after just four weeks. — Bob left there after 4 weeks.
If you do not work there, it is necessary to use time Past Simple. If you are still working somewhere, then take the proposal to the Present Perfect or Present Perfect Continuous. The main thing — do not mix!
Recruitment. Hiring or employing people
In addition to verbs to hire (hire) and to employ (to employ), there are a couple of phrases that can help to talk about hiring. By the way, employer (the employer) — a man who has taken someone to work as employee (accent on the last syllable / ɪmplɔɪiː /) — is an employee, the person hired.
They took me about five months ago. — They took me to work about 5 months ago.
A new salesperson has been appointed. — They appointed a new seller.
She was contracted for the post of a PR manager. — They made a contract with her to the position of public relations manager.
How to get a job. Travel
Perhaps will ask questions relating to the way to work (commuting). The most simple phrases that are known at the level of Elementary, will help answer such questions.
I get to work by bus. / I go to work by bus. — I get to work by bus.
The journey takes about an hour. — The journey takes about an hour.
She gets in early to avoid the rush hour traffic. — She comes early to avoid traffic jams during peak hours.
Dismissal from work. Firing or telling people to leave
The longest list of words, perhaps, can be found in the description of the process of dismissal or termination of the work. Are the most common phrases.
- To get the sack — to be dismissed.
- To be fired — to be dismissed (an informal version).
- To give somebody a boot — dismiss someone (the informal version).
- To get a boot — to be dismissed.
- To be made redundant — to get laid off.
- To be laid off — be laid-off (informal version).
- To give up work in order to study — to quit work for the sake of study.
- To be on / take maternity (woman) or paternity (man) leave — on maternity leave.
- To be on / take sick leave — to be on sick leave.
- To throw a sickie — pretend to be sick to avoid going to work (school).
- To take early retirement — leave early for retirement.
Here are some examples to illustrate the use of certain phrases.
They got fired for industrial espionage. — They fired for industrial espionage.
My boyfriend was sacked for inappropriate conduct at the party. — My guy was fired for inappropriate behavior at the party.
Bill was given the boot for incompetence. — Bill fired for incompetence.
Unfortunately, their brand managers had to cut back on the workforce. — Unfortunately, they had to brand managers to save on labor force.
Employers laid off everyone in the London office. — Employers have cut all in the London office.
The contract, working hours. Contract, hours
When hiring the employee must go through a stage of learning, training or trial period. If a person shows a good side, he can offer an indefinite contract (indefinite contract) — it is not necessary to renegotiate after a certain period. When you are working a full day, this type of employment is called a full-time job, and if you learn while working several hours a day, it’s part-time job. If a person does not like to work for someone else, it can be self-employed or self-employed, that is, working for himself. The word «freelance» (freelancer), which was included in our everyday life, is a person who works without a contract, freelance (for example, a freelance designer). If the company is calling an employee when it comes to work, this person is working on zero-hours contract (the company does not provide full-time, and calling when there is a job for a single person). The most «dust-free» work is considered to be in the office from 9:00 to 17:00, 5 days a week (to work from 9 to 5). A little less lucky for those who work in the morning shift (morning shift), or, even worse, the night shift (late-night shift).
- Do not forget to read our article on business idioms «Business idioms. 20 idioms from the business world in the English language. » Knowing these phrases, you will be able to show off his erudition in any conversation.
Work — this is what the man most of his life. If you know how to present their work in English, then you will be able to start or maintain a dialogue with anyone. I propose to consider examples of stories of people about their work in the next record. And to listen to the stories were more interesting, try to pass a test in which you need to choose the right answer and fill in the blanks excuses you hear in the audio recording. Forward!