English Vocabulary: 40 Work and Employment-Related Words

Hello everyone!

Check out our new blog post all about work and employment vocabulary.

Whether you’re new to the workforce, thinking about changing jobs, or just want to improve your English, this guide has got you covered.

I’ve put together 40 important words and their meanings to help you feel more confident and understand the professional world better.

You’ll learn about job titles, workplace language, and important terms for hiring and performance.

Get ready to boost your professional English skills!

Here’s a friendly list of 40 work and employment-related words along with their meanings:

1. Job

A specific role or position you hold at a company or organization.

2. Career

A long-term pursuit of a goal or profession, often with opportunities for advancement.

3. Resume

A document outlining your skills, experience, and qualifications for a job.

4. Interview

A meeting where you answer questions and discuss your suitability for a job.

5. Employer

A person or organization that hires people to work for them.

6. Employee

A person who works for an employer in exchange for compensation.

7. Salary

A fixed regular payment, typically made on a monthly or biweekly basis, for your work.

8. Wage

Payment based on the hours you work or the amount of work you do.

9. Promotion

Advancement to a higher position or rank within a company.

10. Hired

When someone offers you a job, you are officially “hired.”

11. Resignation

When you decide to leave your job voluntarily.

12. Contract

A formal agreement outlining the terms of employment between you and the employer.

13. Freelancer

A person who works independently, often for multiple clients, rather than being employed by one company.

14. Intern

A student or recent graduate undergoing supervised work experience.

15. Part-time

A job with fewer hours than a full-time position, often less than 30 hours a week.

16. Full-time

A job with a standard number of working hours, usually 35-40 hours per week.

17. Boss

The person who manages and oversees your work.

18. Colleague

A fellow worker or person you work with.

19. Supervisor

A person who oversees your work and provides guidance.

20. Team

A group of people working together towards a common goal.

21. Task

A specific job or duty that you need to complete.

22. Project

A larger, often complex, set of tasks with a goal and deadline.

23. Office

A place where people work, often with desks and computers.

24. Remote Work

Working from a location other than the company’s office, often from home.

25. Networking

Building relationships with other professionals to help with career growth.

26. Reference

A person who can vouch for your skills and character to a potential employer.

27. Benefits

Additional perks of a job, like health insurance or vacation time.

28. Probation

A trial period at the beginning of employment to see if you’re a good fit for the role.

29. Leave

Time off from work, which can be for vacation, illness, or personal reasons.

30. Salary Increase

An increase in your regular payment due to good performance or inflation.

31. Skills

Abilities or expertise that help you perform your job well.

32. Training

Instruction or education to help you improve or learn new job-related skills.

33. Workplace

The physical location or environment where you do your job.

34. Job Description

A detailed explanation of the duties, responsibilities, and expectations for a role.

35. Onboarding

The process of integrating a new employee into the company’s culture and procedures.

36. Performance Review

A formal evaluation of how well you are doing your job.

37. Applicant

A person who applies for a job.

38. Gig Economy

A labor market characterized by short-term, flexible jobs or freelance work.

39. Work-life Balance

The ability to manage work responsibilities and personal life effectively.

40. Work Ethic

The attitude and dedication you bring to your job, including reliability and commitment.

I hope you find these words useful for your work and employment conversations! 😊

Here are some effective ways to remember new words:

Use the word in context: Write sentences using the new word.

Visualize: Create a mental image associated with the word.

Mnemonics: Use memory tricks like acronyms or rhymes.

Repetition: Review the word regularly over time.

Group words: Organize related words together.

Word association: Link the new word to one you already know.

Write it down: The act of writing helps reinforce memory.

Teach others: Explaining the word to someone else solidifies your understanding.

Use flashcards: Test yourself regularly.

Learn word roots, prefixes, and suffixes: Understanding word parts can help you guess meanings.

Use the word in conversation: Practical application aids retention.

Create a story: Weave new words into a memorable narrative.


Check out these awesome vocabulary books I recommend:


10 Minutes A Day Vocabulary, Ages 7-11 (Key Stage 2)

English Vocabulary In Use: Pre – Intermediate And Intermediate With CD

Word Power Made Easy By Norman Lewis 

Oxford Pocket English Dictionary 

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