Basic Job Search Expressions – Spanish to English Translation

If you’re searching for a job, being bilingual can be a big asset. But you aren’t fluently bilingual yet, you’ll need to learn some common expressions used in finding a job in the English speaking world. Searching for a job requires you to know common conversational phrases and sentences, as well as phrases and sentences specific to the job search process. The following are some common terms and phrases that you’ll need to familiarize yourself with. Practice them until you’re comfortable speaking them.

Basic Introductions

Hello. – Hola. Good day, or good morning. – Buenas dias. How are you? – Como esta usted? I am well, thank you. – Estoy bien, gracias. I am pleased to meet you. – Mucho gusto. What is your name? – Como se llama usted? My name is ____. – Me llamo _____.

Language Skills

Do you speak Spanish? – Habla espanol? Do you understand me? – Me entiende? I do not speak English. – No habla ingles. Please speak slowly. – Hable despacio por favor. I do not understand. – No entiendo. Can you translate this for me? – Puede traducirme esto, por favor?

Common Courtesies

Yes. – Si. Of course. – Claro que sí. I don’t know. – Yo (no le) se. No. – No. Thank you. – Gracias. Please. – Por favor. You’re welcome. – De nada.

Asking Questions

I want (would like)___. – Quiero ____. Can you help me? – Puede usted aydarme? With your permission. – Con permiso. Excuse me. – Perdon.

Job Search Paperwork

Work visa – Una visa con actividad lucrativa Tourist visa – Una vista de turista Immigration office – La oficina de migracion Birth certificate – Acta de nacimiento Driver’s license – Licencia de conducer

Job Titles

Director – El director Lawyer – Un abogado Manager – El gerente Notary – Un notario Representative – Un representativo Salesman – Un vendedor Secretary – Una secretaria Business departments – Departamentos de los negocios Human resources – Recursos humanos

Employment Questions

What work do you do? – En que trabaja? I work from home. – Trabajo en casa. I’m self employed – Trabajo por cuenta propia. I have been unemployed for ___ months. – He estado en el paro ___ meses. It’s very difficult to get a job right now. – Ahora es muy dificil encontrar trabajo. What are your hours? – Cuales son sus horas de trabajo What time does the office open (close)? – A que hora abren (cierran) la oficina? From 9 to 5 – De nueve a cinco From Monday to Friday – De lunes a viernes How much vacation time do you get? – Cuanto tiempo tiene de vacaciones? Are you free to meet ____? – Esta usted libre para vernos ____? How do I get to your office? – Como se va a su oficina?

Organizational Details

I will confirm by letter (by fax). – Lo confirmare por escrito (por fax). I have an appointment with___. – Tengo una cita con ____. Do you have an appointment? – Esta usted citado(a)? Please be seated. – Sientese, por favor. Mr. (Mrs.) ___ is not in the office now. – Senor (Senora) ___ no esta en la oficina ahora. He (She) will be back in 5 minutes. – Estara de vuelta en cinco minutos. ___ will be with you in just a moment. – Ahora enseguida viene. I would like to talk with the office manager. – Quisiera hablar con el jefe (la jefa) de oficina. I must go now. – Tengo que ir ahora.

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