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Important Employment Related Vocabulary Words

An easy way to be better prepared for a job is to understand many of the common words people use when discussing jobs. Below are some words that you may come across when searching for a job, interviewing, or on the job and examples of how they may be used.


A form used to apply for a job


A feeling or opinion about something or someone; a mental position with regard to a state (a "negative" or "positive" attitude)


Things that employers may offer you in addition to your wages; for example, health insurance, annual or sick leave, holidays, paid vacation, parking space or monthly reimbursement for parking space area, mileage for travel, and tuition reimbursement


A profession for which one trains; a job or series of job that you do during your working life He wants a career in social work.

Classified Ads/Classified Section/Classifieds

Advertisements in a newspaper, magazine, or online, regarding job opportunities; the section of a newspaper, magazine or Web site devoted to advertisements about job opportunities


An amount of money taken from your paycheck every payday (usually for things such as federal and state income taxes, employment taxes, social security taxes, workers compensation coverage, and health insurance payments)


Knowledge or skill that one gets from doing, seeing or feeling something; the experience a person already has of working


Aim or purpose; the end toward which effort is directed

Gross Wages

The total amount of your pay or wages before any deductions are taken out of your paycheck


The desire to learn about and/or be involved in a particular field or topic; activities that you enjoy doing or subjects that you like to learn about and spend time studying

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

A department of the U.S. government that collects taxes


Employment; the regular work a person does to earn money; a specific task or piece of work; a specific task or project that is one's responsibility

Net Wages

The amount of pay or wages you take home after all your deductions are taken out of your paycheck


Using friends, family, and people in organizations that you know to help you find a job


A person's job


The chance to do something you want to do, advance, or progress; the chance to get a job


An ability, characteristic or experience that makes you suitable for a particular job or activity


A person who knows you and is willing to describe and usually praise you to support you when you are trying to get a job; a statement as to a person's character or ability


A short written description of your education, qualifications, and previous employment, which you send to an employer when you are trying to get a job; also sometimes called a curriculum vitae or CV


The ability to do an activity or job well, especially because you have practiced it


An amount of money that is paid to the government, which is based on your income


How important or useful something is; "value" can be used to describe something's basic worth (how important or useful people find it) or monetary worth (how much something costs)

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