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Annual leave

Annual leave refers to the amount of time an employee is permitted to be away from their work within a year, as part of their employment contract.

Applicant tracking system (ATS)

An ATS is the software that companies use to quickly scan resumes for information relevant to open positions, identifying the resumes that best match the job description and filtering out unqualified applicants.

Apprenticeship

An apprenticeship is a system of training future members of a workforce within a specific industry. Apprenticeships typically include both on-the-job training and studying.

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Background check

Background checks are screenings that employers conduct of a job applicant's or recent employee's criminal record, credit history, references and more.

Benefit-in-kind

Benefit-in-kind refers to benefits that an employer gives that aren't included in the employee's regular salary. They are also referred to as "perks" or "fringe benefits" and generally include things like private medical insurance or company cars.

Benefits

Benefits refer to additional help an employer offers outside of compensation. Benefits usually include things like health insurance, tuition assistance, stock options and paid time off (PTO).

Branding statement

This is a brief subtitle on a resume that tells the potential employer what an applicant is—or wants to be—known for.

Breaks

Breaks are short periods of time that employees take away from their work during the day.

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Code of practice

A code of practice is a set of written rules that presents expectations for how people should conduct themselves. While the document presents good practices for employment, the document is typically not legally binding.

Collective agreements

A collective agreement is a written contract negotiated for employees by trade unions with a company's management. It regulates the terms and conditions of employees at work.

Compensation package

A compensation package refers to all of the benefits that a company is providing its employees. A compensation package includes salary, PTO, pension contributions and any other benefits.

Constructive dismissal

Also known as constructive termination or constructive discharge, a constructive dismissal occurs when an employee resigns as a result of the employer creating a hostile work environment.

Continuity of employment

Continuity of employment is the length of time that an employee has worked for their employer without a break.

Contract employee

A contract employee is someone retained by a company for a specified period of time at a predetermined rate of pay.

Contract of employment

A contract of employment, or an employment contract, is a signed agreement between an employer and employee that establishes the rights and responsibilities for both parties.

Cover letter

A cover letter is a letter candidates provide along with their resume when applying for a job. Within the cover letter, an applicant can explain why they are qualified for the job.

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Deductions

Deductions are amounts taken out of an employee's pay, lowering their taxable income and reducing their tax liability.

Disciplinary procedure

Disciplinary procedures are the process of dealing with employee misconduct. It puts in writing how an employer will handle any alleged shortcomings.

Dismissal

Dismissal is when an employee is terminated against their will. A dismissal can occur for a variety of reasons, ranging from performance-related issues to economic problems.

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Employee

An employee is someone who works for a company in return for payment.

Employment contract

An employment contract is a legal document that lays out the terms and conditions of employment between a company and an employee. It may include compensation information, a description of the job and primary responsibilities, termination procedures and other information.

Employment gap

An employment gap occurs when there is a period of time in between jobs where someone is unemployed. An employment gap can be the result of child leave, career changes, illness, education or other reasons.

Employment permit

An employment permit is when someone has permission to take a job in a country that's not their own.

Experience

Experience refers to a candidate's prior work history, including past jobs, volunteer work, skills, training and responsibilities.

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Fixed-term contract

A fixed-term contract is when an employment contract has an agreed-upon end date.

Follow-up

A follow-up refers to the act of calling, emailing or sending a note after submitting a resume or job application. Candidates follow-up to remind employers that they are waiting for a response and to encourage them to review their application.

Freelancer

A freelancer is a professional who is self-employed and works independently for one or multiple companies or clients. Freelancers generally set their own payment rates and work schedules.

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Hiring manager

A hiring manager is a person who is responsible for hiring a new employee to fill a position. They typically are the new employee's direct manager.

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Informational interview

An informational interview is designed to help a candidate learn more about a type of job or industry. People may set up informational interviews with industry professionals to learn more about different career paths and experiences.

Internship

An internship is a period of work experience that an employer offers for a limited period of time. Businesses, government agencies and non-profits often provide internships to students and people looking to make a career change.

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Job sharing

Job sharing is the practice where two people share the same position on a part-time or reduced-time basis. Together, they perform a job that's normally held by one person full-time.

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Leave

Leave is when an employee has permission to be absent from work. Some examples of this are maternity leave, annual leave or parental leave.

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Maternity leave

Maternity leave refers to the period of time that a mother takes off from work following the birth of a child.

Minimum wage

Minimum wage is the minimum rate of pay that employers must pay their employees.

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Notice

Notice is an announcement by an employee that they intend to end their employment contract, as of a specific date.

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Offer letter

An offer letter is a letter that an employer gives to a potential employee, offering them a position. The offer letter typically includes the date, benefits and terms of employment.

Onboarding

Onboarding is the process through which new employees acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to be effective members of the organisation.

Open-ended contract

This is a contract of employment that continues until either the employee or employer ends it. It is also referred to as a "contract of indefinite duration."

Outsourcing

Outsourcing is the process of hiring another person or organization to perform a service that is or could be done internally.

Overtime

Overtime refers to the hours of work completed outside of normal working hours.

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Pension

A pension is a regular payment made to a former employee after they've retired. The money is taken from an investment fund into which that person or their employer has contributed throughout the course of their career.

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References

References are a list of people who can speak to a candidate's credentials and qualifications for a role. They should be able to answer questions about the candidate's work history, skills, abilities and work style.

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Soft skills

Soft skills are a set of behaviours and personality traits that help facilitate human connections in and out of the workplace. They are essential for building relationships, successfully leading teams and creating opportunities for advancement.

STAR method

The STAR method is an interview technique that candidates use to successfully answer behavioural interview questions. STAR stands for situation, task, action and result.

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Temp

Temp is short for a temporary employee. Temps are usually hired for short periods of time while a full-time employee is on vacation or leave. They may also be hired as additional help in an office during a particularly busy season.

Temp-to-hire

Temp-to-hire refers to when someone is hired on a temporary basis but on the assumption that they may possibly become a full-time employee depending on the quality of their work and budgetary allowances.

Trade union

A trade union is an organized group of employees that negotiates with an employer for better pay and working conditions.

Transferable skills

Transferrable skills are abilities that a candidate has learned in earlier work environments that can be used in other positions or industries, even if they aren't directly related.

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White-collar

White-collar describes mid- to high-level jobs where employees work in an office environment.

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Zero-hours contract

This is a type of casual agreement between a company and an individual where the employer isn't obligated to provide the contractor with a minimum number of hours.