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Phrasal Verbs 2

In English, we use a lot of phrasal verbs. These are verbs with more than one part; the verb and one or two particles. Let’s continue looking at some of the most common in...

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Phrasal Verbs

Learn the most common phrasal verbs used in Human Resources in English: ‘close down’ = to shut We have closed down the small local branches and created bigger regional offices. The factory closed down in...

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Time off

Learn the vocabulary to talk about being absent from jobs in English: to take time off = to be absent from work, at home or on vacation. I’m going to take a few days off...

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Changes 2

Learn the vocabulary in English to talk about the many changes that take place in a company or organization : ‘to streamline’ = to improve the effectiveness of parts of an organization, often by simplifying...

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Changes

Learn the vocabulary in English to talk about the many changes that take place in a company or organization : ‘to promote’ = to move someone up to a higher position in the organization. He...

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Working Hours

Learn the vocabulary to talk about working hours in English: 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...

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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...

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Applying for a Job

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...

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Management

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,...

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Contracts

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...

Careers

Careers

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...

Job related 2

Job related 2

If you ‘hire’ someone, you employ them.  We hired him on a six month contract.  I hear that they are not hiring people at the moment because of budget problems.  If you ‘fire’ somebody, you dismiss them from...

Job related

Job related

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...

Salary

Salary

A ‘salary’ is the money you are paid, usually monthly, for doing a job, usually non-manual.  I get a good salary but I need more money.  What sort of salary are they offering?  A ‘competitive salary’ is a...

Pay 4

Pay 4

More vocabulary on the important topic of money. This time, we look at what you receive when you are unable to work in a typical country within the European Union: When you are ill...

Pay 3

Pay 3

More vocabulary on the important topic of money: ‘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...

Pay 2

Pay 2

We all go to work to earn money. Let’s look at more vocabulary to talk about our salaries: ‘gross salary’ is the salary before anything is deducted for contributions and tax. Her gross salary is...

Pay 1

Pay 1

‘Pay’ is money that you get from your employer, either as a wage or as a salary.  What are the pay and conditions for the job?  Pay rates in the industry are very poor.  ‘Back...

Hire and Fire

Hire and Fire

If you ‘hire’ someone, you employ them.  We hired him on a six month contract.  I hear that they are not hiring people at the moment because of budget problems.  If you ‘fire’ somebody, you dismiss them from...