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Job – IELTS word of the day

Today’s word from the Academic Word List is



This is an absolutely huge word with any number of useful word combinations. Here are just a few of the more common:

Have a full-time job as opposed to a part-time job (ie how many hours a week you work)

Apply for a temporary job, rather than a permanent job (ie how long you will be employed for)

Value your job security

Have poor job prospects when you leave university

Believe that job satisfaction is more important than your salary

This might result in job losses

Not be able to find a steady job

There are far fewer job opportunities for new graduates nowadays

a desk job/an office job

There are also a number of less formal expressions that we often use in spoken language – often using phrasal verbs

(not be able to) hold down a job

get a job done

give something up as a bad job (decide it’s not worth doing something)

have a job doing something (meaning it’s difficult/hard work)

There are also a numbe rof different close synonyms that you need to be able to use:

work – note that this word is uncountable, while job is countable; you do work, but have a job

post/position – much more formal and normally only used in writing

occupation/profession – again more formal words. These words are typically used to describe the type of work you do. Accountancy is a very well-paid profession.


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2 Responses to Job – IELTS word of the day

  1. Paula March 29, 2013 at 7:42 am #

    Hi Dominic,

    Sometimes I struggle with the main differences between job and work.. for example if you ask someone: how was your work or job? What time will you finish work? Could you clarify using some examples? Thank you.


    • Dominic Cole March 29, 2013 at 8:23 am #

      Yep. Some of these academic word are much “bigger” than others. Job is an example, little as it is. Job/Work can be a problem I know. Part of this problem is that some of the differences are “conventional”, by which I mean it isn’t so mcuh a case of learning rules, but just seeing examples of how we use the different words.

      I will do a much longer post on this on Monday coming (my vocabulary day). Employment is one of the key areas for IELTS – just because it is a key area in life!

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