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Words used to describe jobs and work

antisocial

adjective

making it difficult to meet people and have normal relationships

articled

adjective

if someone is articled to a company, they are employed by that company through a legal agreement while they finish their education or training

assistant

adjective

used as part of a title for someone whose job is to help someone who is in charge of doing something

associate

adjective

someone who is in an associate position has a job at a level below the highest level

casual

adjective

used about jobs that are not regular or permanent

ceremonial

adjective

a ceremonial job exists for traditional reasons, and the person who has it does not have much power

clerical

adjective

connected with the ordinary work that people do in offices

collaborative

adjective

involving people or groups working together to produce something

collegiate

adjective

sharing ideas and responsibilities with the people you work with, in a friendly way

cooperative

adjective

done by people or organizations working together

customer-facing

adjective

dealing directly with the customers of a business

entry-level

adjective

an entry-level job is at the lowest level in a company or organization

freelance

adjective

freelance work is done by a person who is not permanently employed by a particular company but who sells their services to more than one company

FT

abbreviation

full-time

full-time

adjective

done for the number of hours that people normally work in a complete week. Part-time work or study is done during just some of these hours

full-time

adverb

during the number of hours that people normally work in a complete week

high-ranking

adjective

a high-ranking person or job is very senior

honest

adjective

honest work is a job that you work fairly hard at

industrial

adjective

used about the people working in industry and their relationship with their employers

in-house

adjective

done, working, or happening inside a company or organization

monotonous

adjective

a monotonous job is very boring because you have to keep repeating the same thing

multiparty

adjective

involving several people, groups, or organizations that take part in something

non-residential

adjective

a non-residential course or job is one where you do not live at the place where you study or work

official

adjective

relating to your job, especially a job in which you have authority or represent other people

pastoral

adjective

pastoral work or activities involve giving help and advice to other people, especially about personal problems

peripatetic

adjective

involving travelling to different places and staying for a short time at each place, especially in order to do a job

prestige

adjective

a prestige job or position involves dealing with important people and making important decisions

probationary

adjective

a probationary period is a time during which someone who has been given a new job is watched to see whether they can do the job well and stay in the position

professional

adjective

relating to work that needs special skills and qualifications

professional

adjective

relating to a profession and its rules, standards, and arrangements

professional

adjective

played or done as a job rather than for enjoyment

professionally

adverb

as a job rather than for enjoyment

responsible

adjective

a responsible job or position is one in which you have to make important decisions or be in charge of a lot of people

secretarial

adjective

relating to the work or skills of a secretary

semi-skilled

adjective

a semi-skilled job needs some basic skills. Someone who does this kind of job is called a semi-skilled worker.

skilled

adjective

a skilled job needs someone who has ability and experience

unpaid

adjective

unpaid work is work that you are not paid for

unskilled

adjective

used about jobs that unskilled people do

unsociable

adjective

an unsociable job is one in which you have to work at unusual times of the day so that you do not have much time to spend with your family or friends

unsocial

adjective

someone who works unsocial hours works at unusual times of the day, so that they do not have much time to spend with their family or friends

vocational

adjective

relating to someone’s vocation

voluntary

adjective

voluntary work is done for no pay

industrially

adverb

in-house

adverb

vocationally

adverb

voluntarily

adverb

hand in glove

if you work hand in glove with someone, you work very closely with them

in house

in the offices of a company

on attachment

someone who is on attachment to an organization or company has been sent there for a short time by the organization or company that they normally work for. The American expression is on assignment

out of house

not in the offices of a company, and by people who may not be employed by that company

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