by Liz Walter
One of our readers recently asked for a post on collocations relating to the world of work. Well, she’s lucky because she’s getting two of them! This first one focuses on starting and leaving jobs.
John’s a designer, but he’s out of work at the moment.
Eva’s looking for work in the retail sector.
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I’ve applied for several jobs recently.
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Liam had an interview for the post of deputy manager.
She’s been offered work at the restaurant.
I hope you get the job, Paul!
They offered me the job, but I decided to turn it down.
We usually take on extra staff over the summer.
Orders fell and Mike was laid off.
We have taken the decision to terminate your employment.
One in three car companies is shedding jobs.
Several of these firms are axing jobs.
Hundreds of people lost their jobs when the factory closed.
The restructure is likely to lead to job losses.
When someone decides to leave a job, they hand in their notice (tell their employer that they are going to leave). We say that people leave their job or quit their job. ‘Quit’ used to be more common in American English but is now widely used in British English too, especially when people leave a job suddenly. When people retire at an earlier age than usual, we say they take early retirement:
Katie has handed in her notice and will be leaving next month.
We decided to quit our jobs and travel the world.
I took early retirement in order to concentrate on my painting.
Look out for my next post, which deals with collocations connected to the experience of having a job.