Work Lingo and Slang

Work Lingo and Slang As boring as it is, we all have to do it and it may be the reason why you are in England to begin with. So the sooner that you learn to get on in the workplace and understand what the hell everybody is talking about, the better!


A full-time job. - Work that occupies five days a week usually from 9am-5pm.
Part-time - Work that may take just 2 or 3 days each week.
A freelancer. - Someone who works for different companies but is not employed by them.
I am self-employed. - You are the boss and own your own company.
A dotcom start up. - To launch a company which will operate online [on the internet].
A job share. - A job's responsibilities and salary are shared, usually by two people.
To float the company / to go public. - To sell shares in a company on the Stock Exchange to raise money or reduce personal responsibility.

Why don't you send in your CV with a covering letter? - Why not send to a company your curriculum vitae [a record of your employment, education and interests] with an accompanying letter explaining why you want the job.
Look carefully at the job spec. - Study the job description carefully first.
I've been shortlisted. - My application has been put on a smaller list selected from bigger group of applicants.
I'm down to the last three! - It's you or two others!
Calling a company cold. - Telephoning a company without any form of introduction.
I'm going on a go-see. - To literally go and see a company [models commonly do this].
I'm doing work experience. - I'm working for no money to gain experience and, hopefully, a job.
Work shadowing - To follow a specific employee to learn about their job.
I've just signed my contract! - I've agreed on the pay and conditions of my job and now I am an employee!


Fancy a coffee break? - Shall we go for a quick coffee?
I'd love to but I'm totally snowed under at the moment! - Thanks, but I am really busy just now.
It's manic! I'm working like a dog! - There's an awful lot to do!
I'd better just press on. - I'll stay here and carry on working.
How long until pay day? - When do we get paid?
I've done a lot of overtime. - I've worked for more hours than usual [so I should be paid extra].


She claimed for unfair dismissal. - She appealed against her dismissal.
To get the sack / To be fired - To be dismissed from your job.
Molly was made redundant last year. - Molly lost her job because the position disappeared.
She's set up a production company with her golden handshake. - She started another business with her large redundancy payment.
He was a trader for six years, now he's taking early retirement. - He's going to stop working before UK retirement age [60 for women and 65 for men].
He was a millionaire by the time he was 20, now he's burnt out! - He made his money by 20, now he's exhausted!
I'm taking a career-break. - I'm going to do something else for a while (possibly travel) and return to my job in the future.
Today I handed in my resignation. - I told my employers that I wish to leave my job.

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