Work vs. job

Work and job are easily confused, so here are some examples to show when each one is used:


Work = mental or physical activity (usually as a means to earn money)


Work is a verb:


I work from 9 am to 5 pm


She works for a multinational company.


And a noun (uncountable):


In the accounts department they always have a lot of work at end of the month.


As it is uncountable, it has no plural form. So:


“Esta semana tenemos que terminar dos trabajos” could translate as:


This week we have to finish two projects / assignments.


Work also refers to the place where a person is employed:


At the moment, she spends more time at work than at home.


Job (countable noun) = a paid position of employment = profession


The company is going to offer over 500 jobs.


What is your job? I am a doctor.


A job might be full-time (tiempo completo) or part-time (tiempo parcial)


 

Verbs that we use with job:


To look for a job – buscar trabajo


To apply for a job – solicitar un empleo


To get a job – conseguir un trabajo/empleo