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Employment vocabulary and exercises

One of the key topics in IELTS is work and employment. To help you out, here is a selection of useful employment vocabulary. There are also examples of how the words are used and a series of exercises.

Employ – an exercise in word formation

If you want to learn words well, it is important to learn different forms of them. Employ is one of the key words and it has several different forms – you need to able to use them all if you want to write flexibly.

Job and work

Sometimes the trickiest words are very common words. You definitely need to be able to use both these words. One way to how to use them correctly is to learn phrases.

Career words

These words should come in useful when describing career paths.


Money words

There are a variety of different words we use to describe money and work.

Adjectives to describe jobs

Feeling ambitious?

Try this crossword to test your knowledge.

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31 Responses to Employment vocabulary and exercises

  1. Jiss January 14, 2012 at 6:16 am #

    hi sir could you please tell me something about conditional sentences….i mean something more about second conditionals…..i did not understand it properly……i saw in your essays..this structure…”……………there were unable to drink cocacola and wear nike then that would mean their society was not part of the international community…” topic is cultural globalization. i understand that this is a good sentence construction so kindly clear this doubt…thank you…

    • Dominic Cole January 14, 2012 at 9:05 am #

      Complex to explain briefly. The main point is we are talking about the present situation – so don’t get confused by verbs that look as if they are in the past. The present we are talking about is “unreal” though. The normal teacher example is “If I had a million pounds, I wouldn’t be a teacher!” I am talking about now, but not the real now. The language you quote has the same grammar. You use a past tense with the If bit and either would/might/could/should in the other bit.

  2. Jiss January 14, 2012 at 10:16 am #

    thank you sir…now i can understand……….thanks a lot…..

  3. kisses January 15, 2012 at 2:57 am #

    hi, I’m currently enrolled in an ilet’s review center,and I found myself having difficulty in writting essay due to lack of an idea on the topics,and even it’s only a gen. info. I did’nt able to start , I’m about to lose hope,could you pls give me some advise to boost my confidence?

    • Dominic Cole January 15, 2012 at 4:13 am #

      Hi there. I know your problem – it’s a very common one. While there are things on the site already about this, I shall post something especially for you tomorrow. The general point is that you don’t need many ideas to write an essay. You need a couple of main points and a few reasons and examples. Indeed, many essays go wrong because they have too many ideas.

      The key is in many ways to remember that it is a language test.

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  4. shah January 29, 2012 at 11:50 pm #

    i am having a problem with my writing,can you give some ideas?

    • anonima March 4, 2013 at 1:45 am #

      no problem, you only have to read a lot of books in english and try to copy the words that they look more diffiicult

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  8. Anonymous August 29, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    i cant understand difference between Salary and Wages. I look in dictionaries but they both have the same meaning 🙁
    I suppose, Wage is kind of level of salary for people, and money paid by employer cant be less then the wage, that was set up by government. Is it right?

    • Dominic Cole November 13, 2014 at 5:24 pm #

      They are the same in meaning. We just use then slightly differently. If you are a professional you are more likely to use the word salary, but if you are a manual worker it is more likely to be wages.

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    • Dominic Cole February 12, 2013 at 2:08 am #

      Hope it was just a temporary problem. Let me know if you still can’t see it.

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      I hope the system is back up and working now

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