by Liz Walter
My last post looked at collocations for starting and leaving jobs. This one will look at collocations that describe the experience of having a job.
I’m looking for a full-time job in a language school.
He works part-time at the museum.
A permanent job/post has no end date, whereas a temporary job lasts for a limited period of time. In the UK, if you are on a zero-hours contract, you work when the employer needs you and do not have a guaranteed amount of work:
We have several permanent posts available from next month.
I’m looking for a temporary job before I start university.
All their workers are on zero-hours contracts.
Casual workers do short, temporary jobs when they are needed. We often talk about casual employment. In contrast, secure or steady jobs last a long time and the people who have them do not feel likely to be made unemployed:
They employ casual workers to pick the fruit.
Eventually, he settled down and got a steady job.
A fulfilling job or career makes you feel that you are doing something worthwhile. If you have a high-powered job or career, you have an important and interesting job, whereas a dead-end job is one with no prospect of being promoted:
I have found teaching a very fulfilling job.
She’s got a high-powered job in advertising.
Bob took a series of dead-end jobs.
Skilled jobs are ones that need qualifications or experience, while unskilled jobs do not. We also talk about skilled or unskilled workers. In the UK, white-collar workers usually work in offices and blue-collar workers do physical jobs:
Most graduates go on to get skilled jobs.
They recruit a lot of unskilled workers from neighbouring countries.
Many white-collar workers are now working from home.
When people have a lot of work to do, they have a heavy workload and may work long hours. People in well-paid jobs/employment have high salaries/pay and people in badly-paid jobs/employment have low salaries/pay:
We were working long hours in a meat factory.
The car plant brought many well-paid jobs to the area.
I can’t survive on such a low salary.
I hope you find these collocations useful, and that learning English will help you get your dream job!