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Employment Status? Working Situation?

Discussion in 'English Only' started by kuleshov, Nov 30, 2008.

  1. kuleshov Senior Member

    Spain Spanish
    Is there in English a similar expression to "marital status" when we talk about your "working situation," that is: unemployed, retired, etc.

    Is there an informal expression? Is there a formal one -when you fill in a form, for example-?

    Thanks world :D
  2. Aardvark01

    Aardvark01 Senior Member

    Midlands, England
    British English (Midlands)
    Formally I'd say either I'm employed (+ as a xxxxx) or unemployed.

    xxxxx = job description. This can include: teacher, clerk, voluntary worker, homekeeper...

    Informally we can simply say what we do without saying 'I am employed as...':

    I'm a teacher, she's a housewife, he's between jobs...
  3. kuleshov Senior Member

    Spain Spanish
    Thanks Aardvark01.

    Do you happen to know what the most common formal and informal expressions are? I've found Working Status, Employment Status, etc.

    The point is, what do people use when they have to fill in a form? or when they have a job interview?

  4. Aardvark01

    Aardvark01 Senior Member

    Midlands, England
    British English (Midlands)
    The key word in formal settings is 'employment':

    See this template: Application Which suggests 'Employment Record'. Most job application forms ask for details of all jobs you have had, rather than just your present employment status.
    Note that 'job' is less formal but is used in forms.

    This example Application2 asks for details of your present employment with previous employment in a seperate section.

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