An 'absorbing' job is one that is very interesting and claims all your attention.
- My job is so absorbing that I sometimes forget to have lunch.
- I get bored in my job. I need one that is much more absorbing.
A 'badly-paid' job is one where you receive less income than the average.
- The hotel industry has a lot of badly-paid jobs.
- My salary may sound high in absolute terms but I am comparatively badly-paid for the job I do.
A 'boring' job is dull and without interest.
- I think that being an accountant would be a really boring job.
- Would you stay in a boring job if you were really well paid?
A 'casual' job is one which is not regular or fixed.
- We offer a lot of casual jobs during the Christmas rush.
- The unions want us to have fewer casual jobs and more permanent employees.
A 'challenging' job is one that is very difficult and tests a person's ability.
- It is a very challenging job and we need to find somebody who is tough mentally.
- I don't find my job very challenging any more and I need a fresh challenge.
A 'dead-end' job is one with no hopes of promotion or advancement.
- I was in a dead-end job with no hope of further progress so I left the company.
- If people think they are in dead-end jobs, they lose their motivation.
An 'exacting' job is one that requires a lot of care, effort and attention.
- Being a surgeon is a very exacting job – you can't afford to lose your concentration.
- Research jobs are very exacting – you must get every detail right when you are running tests.
A 'demanding' job requires a lot of effort from you.
- I have a very demanding job. I don't have much spare time.
- My job is very physically demanding. I get very tired.
A 'part-time' job is one where you do not work 'full-time'.
- I only want a part-time job as I have to look after my children.
- The company is trying to replace full-time jobs with part-time jobs to save money.
A 'menial' job is one with a low social value.
- I can only find menial jobs such as cleaning.
- He thinks that making the coffee is a menial job and he won't do it.
A 'prestigious' job is one that gives the person a lot of respect.
- Being Prime Minister is a prestigious job but the salary is not all that good.
- Running our New York office is the sort of prestigious job I am looking for.
A 'secure' job is one that is safe from redundancy etc.
- There are no more secure jobs in this company. Everybody's job is at risk.
- I want to make sure that the next job I get is really secure. I'm fed up with all this job insecurity.
If your 'career has its ups and downs' , it has good moments and bad moments.
- My career has had its ups and downs but I'm doing very well at the moment.
- His career has its ups and downs but he remains as enthusiastic as ever.
If your 'career has blossomed', it has done very well.
- She started out as an office junior but since then her career has blossomed .
- Since I improved the level of my English, my career has blossomed.
If you have had a 'brilliant career', you have a very good one.
- She's had a brilliant career with top jobs in several Wall Street firms.
- When you look back on your brilliant career, you must be very proud.
If you have had a 'colorful career', it has been interesting and exciting.
- His colorful career has taken him to many exciting locations.
- As an accountant, you won't have a very colorful career.
A 'demanding career' is one which takes a lot of effort and/or time.
- He has had a very demanding career in finance with little time to spend with his family.
- I don't want a very demanding career. I want plenty of time for my hobbies.
A 'distinguished career', is one which is respected for its extremely high standard.
- He had a distinguished career in the Ministry of Finance before moving to the private sector.
- You haven't had a very distinguished career so far, have you?
If you spend your 'entire career' doing something, that is all you have done.
- I have spent my entire career working for the one company.
- I don't want to spend my entire career doing nothing but research.
If you have a 'flourishing career', it has grown and developed successfully.
- She has had a flourishing career as a designer of children's clothes.
- I don't seem to be having much of a flourishing career in this company.
A 'glittering career' is one which causes excitement and admiration.
- His glittering career as an actor has brought him wealth and fame.
- The boss began her glittering career with the firm as a humble receptionist.
A 'modest career' is one where there are no notable achievements.
- He has had a very modest career in our auditing office with no real successes or failures.
- You've had a very modest career so far with very little in the way of achievements.
A 'promising career' is one which promises great success in the future.
- She has started a very promising career in the City and we are sure she is going to do well.
- I seemed to have such a promising career when I was starting out but it has all gone badly wrong.
If you have a 'varied career', you have done lots of different jobs.
- I've had a varied career so far, from policeman to actor.
- We're looking for a candidate with a varied career as this job requires a range of skills.
to work overtime = to do more than the usual hours required by the contract
- We aren't paid when we work overtime, we can take time off in lieu.
- We had to work overtime to get the project finished on time.
to work shifts = to work in teams at different times of the day and night
- In today's twenty-four hour society, more and more people work shifts.
- We get paid more when we work shifts to compensate for the irregular times.
shift work = when groups of workers work at different times of the day and night
- The irregular rhythm of shift work can be very hard on family life.
- Production keeps going non-stop so we have a lot of people who do shift work.
to be on the night shift = to work with a group during the night, often from ten pm to six am
- It's very hard on the night shift because I can't sleep very well during the day.
- Some people prefer to be on the night shift because they are at home when the children come home from school.
flexitime = a system where people can vary the start and end times
- As we work flexitime, I take the children to school and arrive at nine thirty.
- With flexitime, as long as I have done my seven hours, I can leave at four thirty.
a roster = a list of who's working when and where
- The weekly roster is put up on the board so that you can see who is working.
- Look on the roster to see what job you are doing.
to have time off = to take vacation or leave
- I'd like to have some time off next month. I need a break.
- If you want to have time off, you have to fill out a request form and give it to your line manager.
to take a day off = to have an authorised absence from work for a day
- I had two days off last week so I have a lot of work to catch up on.
- I'd like a day off next week to deal with some family matters. Friday if that is convenient.
full-time = work a whole working week
- At the moment I only work two days a week but I would like to work full-time.
- After the birth of my son, I didn't want to go back full-time so do three days a week now.
part-time = to work a part of the day or week
- When I was a student, I had a part-time job in a bar.
- We are looking for a part-time receptionist to work mornings.
- She's very punctual, always here on time.
- Please be punctual. I don’t want to have to wait for late arrivals.
- Home working misses the social element of going to work.
- Modern technology means that home working has become a real possibility for many people.
- Fill out this time sheet every day and hand it to your manager on Fridays.
- We no longer have time sheets as this is done automatically by the electronic ID badges.
- Although the hours are rather unsocial, I don’t want a nine to five job.
- Lots of professions work very unsocial hours and don't necessarily get compensated for it.
- You can buy tea or coffee when you take a break.
- Sometimes it's a good idea to take a break and come back to a job refreshed.
- The staff clock in when they arrive and clock out as they leave.
- Flexitime means that everyone has to clock in and out to keep a check on the hours worked.
- Your holiday entitlement does not include public holidays like Christmas Day.
- If a public holiday is on a Thursday, many people take the Friday off and have a long weekend.
- We are paid a considerably higher hourly rate for Sundays or evening work.
- The part-time employees are paid an hourly rate but the permanent staff are paid a fixed salary.
- The admin staff work fixed hours; nine to five, five days a week.
- As a freelancer, I don't have any fixed hours but work when the work is there.