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Employment Terminology – A job seekers A-Z guide

L = “Letter”. This could be any type of letter, be it a letter of job offer, letter of resignation, letter of complaint, cover letter etc. The point is that it is often better to record in writing the more formal parts of your employment history, so that you have written proof that this has been said or done.

M = Minimum Wage. In many countries there is a minimum hourly rate that you should legally be paid to work for. Check out if this is the case where you are…

N = Networking. Not many peoples’ favourite pastime, however networking whether it be via social media or at meetups or networking groups can be really influential on your job searching success.

O = Offer of Employment. If you get an offer of employment, be it verbal or written, then great stuff, you are on your way to employment!

P = Permanent role. This might seem obvious, but this is a role / position that has no end date, and is a permanent role working for one company who employ you.

Q = Qualifications. Kind of speaks for itself really, but is generally the grades you have received via formal education or training. Qualifications are often used to shortlist candidates for jobs.

R = References. If you are currently job seeking, it is worthwhile at least knowing that most recruiters or employers will want to take references that cover the last 2-3 years of your employment or education history. Many companies will only confirm job titles and employment dates, but you still need to make sure that your CV or application form accurately matches actual reality!

S = Self Starter. A term that refers to someone who takes their employment situation into their own hands and creates their own job and opportunity.

T = Temping. When you are temping you generally work for a Recruitment Agency and will be employed on a hourly rate to work on their behalf with clients who they supply staff to in the local area. Temping roles can be for 1 day or could be ongoing positions.

U = Under-employed. Sadly this is becoming more and more typical in a difficult job market. Being under-employed means that you are working in a role that is not using the skills, work experience and qualifications that you have.

V = Value. You need to work out how you can add value to an employer when apply for a job. What is your unique selling point or value that will make you stand out?

W = Working Time Directive. Set up by the EU and applicable to EU based workers, this provides workers with specific employment rights and allowances in terms of working hours, holidays, and hours they are allowed to work per working week*. ( N.B. This is no legal explanation!)

X = X-Factor. Not really a term used in recruitment, but you need to get the x-factor to be successful in finding employment these days!

Y = Your skills. Okay, appreciate this one is rather stretching it somewhat. However you need to make sure that on your CV or application form, and at interview that you highlight all the skills that make you suited to the role. Always try to take into consideration the type of duties the role will entail and then relate your skills to those particular duties.

Z = Zzzzz. Often you can get rather caught up in all the red tape and employment terminology can’t you!

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