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 their job, usually because of something they did.
- I had to fire Sally because she kept on making mistakes.
- If you don’t improve, they may decide to fire you.
If you ‘make somebody redundant’, you dismiss them from their job for economic reasons.
- They are closing down the factory and making 500 people redundant.
- I was made redundant from my last job.
An ‘absorbing’ job is one that is very interesting and claims all your attention.
- My job is so absorbing that I sometimes forget to have lunch.
- I get bored in my job. I need one that is much more absorbing.
A ‘badly-paid’ job is one where you receive less income than the average.
- The hotel industry has a lot of badly-paid jobs.
- My salary may sound high in absolute terms but I am comparatively badly-paid for the job I do.
A ‘boring’ job is dull and without interest.
- I think that being an accountant would be a really boring job.
- Would you stay in a boring job if you were really well paid?
A ‘casual’ job is one which is not regular or fixed.
- We offer a lot of casual jobs during the Christmas rush.
- The unions want us to have fewer casual jobs and more permanent employees.
A ‘challenging’ job is one that is very difficult and tests a person’s ability.
- It is a very challenging job and we need to find somebody who is tough mentally.
- I don’t find my job very challenging any more and I need a fresh challenge.
A ‘dead-end’ job is one with no hopes of promotion or advancement.
- I was in a dead-end job with no hope of further progress so I left the company.
- If people think they are in dead-end jobs, they lose their motivation.
An ‘exacting’ job is one that requires a lot of care, effort and attention.
- Being a surgeon is a very exacting job – you can’t afford to lose your concentration.
- Research jobs are very exacting – you must get every detail right when you are running tests.
A ‘demanding’ job requires a lot of effort from you.
- I have a very demanding job. I don’t have much spare time.
- My job is very physically demanding. I get very tired.
A ‘part-time’ job is one where you do not work ‘full-time’.
- I only want a part-time job as I have to look after my children.
- The company is trying to replace full-time jobs with part-time jobs to save money.
A ‘menial’ job is one with a low social value.
- I can only find menial jobs such as cleaning.
- He thinks that making the coffee is a menial job and he won’t do it.
A ‘prestigious’ job is one that gives the person a lot of respect.
- Being Prime Minister is a prestigious job but the salary is not all that good.
- Running our New York office is the sort of prestigious job I am looking for.
A ‘secure’ job is one that is safe from redundancy etc.
- There are no more secure jobs in this company. Everybody’s job is at risk.
- I want to make sure that the next job I get is really secure. I’m fed up with all this job insecurity.-
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