l If you 'headhunt' someone for a job, you approach them because you think they are well-qualified for the job and offer them the job.
l We need to look at the people doing similar jobs in other companies and headhunt the best one.
l He was headhunted at great expense but the job didn't work out and he left.
l If you 'take up' a job, you start it.
l I'm leaving here at the end of the week and I take up a new job with OUP next month.
l It's quite difficult taking up a new job and having to learn all the ropes again.
Hand in your notice
l If you 'hand in (or give in) your notice', you tell your employer that you are going to leave the company.
l She handed in her notice this morning and is leaving at the end of the month.
l He gave in his notice and they told him he could leave straight away.
l If an employer 'sacks' someone, they fire them.
l They sacked me without notice after ten years with the company.
l I hear they intend to sack him because of his bullying.
l A 'casual' job is one which is not regular or fixed.
l We offer a lot of casual jobs during the Christmas rush.
l The unions want us to have fewer casual jobs and more permanent employees.
l A 'menial' job is one with a low social value.
l I can only find menial jobs such as cleaning.
l He thinks that making the coffee is a menial job and he won't do it.
l A 'competitive salary' is a good one for that particular job.
l We are offering a very competitive salary so we should get good applicants.
l We are not recruiting the best people because our salaries are not very competitive.
Career has blossomed
l If your 'career has blossomed', it has done very well.
l She started out as an office junior but since then her career has blossomed.
l Since I improved the level of my English, my career has blossomed.
l If you have had a 'colorful career', it has been interesting and exciting.
l His colorful career has taken him to many exciting locations.
l As an accountant, you won't have a very colorful career.
l A 'distinguished career', is one which is respected for its extremely high standard.
l He had a distinguished career in the Ministry of Finance before moving to the private sector.
l You haven't had a very distinguished career so far, have you?
l Your 'employment history' includes the list the previous positions you have held with the name of the company, job title and dates of employment.
l I have already held similar positions as you can see from my employment history.
l There are gaps in her employment history. I would like to know what she was doing during these periods.
l The job offer will also specify a 'probation period' at the end of which a new recruit can be dismissed if they are not suitable for the position.
l They let him go at the end of the probation period.
l She is still on her probation period. We have another two weeks to make a final decision.
To lay off
l 'to lay off' = to make redundant, to stop employing someone
l When we closed the warehouse, we laid off more than fifty people.
Technological advances mean that we have had to lay off more and more unskilled workers.
l 'to relocate' = to move to a new place
l Production is being relocated to Bulgaria next year creating lots of redundancies here.
l My company paid all the costs when I was relocated to my previous job in Scotland.
l 'to downsize' = to make a company or organization smaller by reducing the number of people working for it.
l The organization has a plan to downsize in order to reduce costs.
l Many organizations downsized during the 1980s when new technologies were introduced.
To turn down
l ' to turn down' = to refuse, not accept
l We offered a two per cent increase but it was turned down.
l We offered him a much higher salary but he turned it down and didn't join our team.