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Job Application English Vocabulary

Learn English for job applications with the games, activities and exercises on this page. This is perfect for pre-intermediate or intermediate English students. A list of the terms and definitions for this English vocabulary can be found at the bottom of the page. You can get started with these three useful job application activities.

Job application vocabulary worksheet – list of words and definitions

Term Definition
position the rank or role of someone or something in an organization or society
experience  skill or knowledge that you get by doing something
qualification a special skill or type of experience or knowledge that makes someone suitable to do a particular job or activity
ability to the power or skill to do something
CV Currriculum Vitae: a short document that describes your education, work experience, etc.
candidate a person who is being considered for a job, position, award, etc.
opportunity an amount of time or a situation in which something can be done 
interview  a formal meeting with someone who is being considered for a job or other position
salary an amount of money that an employee is paid each yea
benefit something extra (such as vacation time or health insurance) that is given by an employer to workers in addition to their regular pay
achievement something that has been done or achieved through effort
skill the ability to do something that comes from training, experience, or practice

You can also find our list of 50+ jobs in English and the guide to working culture

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Job application vocabulary – Find the words game

Play this game to practice identifying the words related to job applications. Remember, most of these words are related to similar words from different parts of speech, i.e. qualify / qualification. A good way to learn more vocabulary is to start making connections between word families.

Job application vocabulary – Interactive video activity

Watch this interactive video about people describing their work, skills, and job interview experiences. Think about your job. How can you describe it? What qualifications does one need to do your job? What are your achievements?


Learn English for Job Applications – Speaking Exercise

This exercise is a great chance to practice pronunciation and remember the meaning of jobs vocabulary. This speaking activity is only available with the Chrome browser. For best results, speak clearly and use a good microphone.

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