Unit 5: Vocabulary

To pass this unit, please study the 15 vocabulary words below.
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adapt
to change to better suit a new situation
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After the fifth failed interview, Pete adapted his expectations to be more realistic in the type of job he was applying for.
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appraisal
a meeting during which a superior evaluates the performance of a subordinate
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All staff appraisals will be held in January.
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background
the history or experience to date
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His background is in sales but I think he would be a good choice for the position of customer service manager.
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career ladder
the series of professional jobs which make up your working life
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Mr Sinclair’s first step on the career ladder was as a junior member of the accounts team.
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dead-end
without chance for development
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He decided to resign when he realized that he was in a dead-end job with no chance of advancement.
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demotion
the process of being moved to a lower position at work
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She was really angry about her demotion to a lower position in the department.
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fast track
a course leading to advancement faster than usual
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The company offers a fast track program in which you will be assessed every two months to see if you are ready for advancement.
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gain
to get or acquire something (especially when using effort)
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She gained a lot of experience working in her previous job.
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impress
to cause someone to think positively about you
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The second candidate really impressed me. I think we should offer her the position.
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peer
a person at the same level as you
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Spending time with your peers from work outside of the office is a good way to build a better relationship with them
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promotion
the process of being moved to a higher position at work
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Her promotion to manager wasn’t a surprise to anyone as she clearly deserved it.
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prospects
future possibilities or opportunities
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I don’t earn very much at the moment but the financial prospects for the job are great.
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rapid
quick, fast
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Everyone in the department was pleased with Jason’s rapid progress.
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restructuring
the process of changing the organizational lay out of a company
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After the merger the company announced that they would be restructuring the entire sales force.
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training
the process of being taught the skills you need for a particular task / job
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All new staff will be given training on how to use the machines in a safe way.
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