Attribute
Quality or characteristic inherent in or ascribed to someone or something.
Cafeteria benefits plan
Plan that allows employees to choose the benefits they want.
Career portfolio
Collection of accomplishments which showcases an applicant’s skills, interests and abilities; work samples.

Chronological
The science that deals with determining details and events.
Competence
Acceptable levels of achievement.
Contact list
List of people one knows who might be helpful in a job search.
Cover letter
A letter of introduction and purpose; a one-page letter a job seeker sends to an employer telling them who he/she is and why he/she is sending a resume.

E-mail
(Electronic mail) Message delivered to a computer from another.
Electronic resume
A resume sent via the Internet.
Employment Security Commission (ESC)
Public government employment agency in North Carolina.

FICA
Amount of social security tax withheld from a paycheck.
Flextime
A plan that allows employees to set their own work schedules within a wide range of hours.
Follow-up letter
Brief letter written in business form to thank the interviewer for the interview.
401(k) program
Type of retirement program offered to employees; contributions can be paid out tax free at any time.

Fringe benefits
Any financial extras beyond the regular pay check, such as health insurance, life insurance, paid vacation and/or retirement.
Gross pay
Amount of salary or wages earned for a certain period of time before deductions are withheld.
Honesty
Truthfulness; sincerity.
Interview
A formal, personal meeting, esp. one arranged for formal discussion or to evaluate an applicant.
Job application
Document that job seekers fill out so employers can use it to screen applicants.
Job lead
Information about a job opening.
Letter of application
Letter written to an employer to apply for a job.
Net pay
Amount of income left after taxes and deductions have been taken out.
Networking
Communicating with people one knows or can get to know to share information and share advice.
Occupational skills
Learned abilities to perform tasks or duties of a specific occupation.
Private employment agencies
Help employers locate workers and job seekers; locate jobs for a fee.
Professionalism
The ability to handle problems and criticism gracefully and maturely.
Psychological test
Pre-employment exams given to find out more about a job applicant’s personality, character, and interests.
Referral
Recommendation from a contact who is part of one’s network.
Resume
A summary of one’s personal information, education, skills, activities, interests, and employment experience.
Salary
Fixed amount of pay for a certain period of time, usually a month or a year.
Unemployed
Not working and looking for work.
W-4 Form
Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate that shows the employer how much tax to withhold from an employee’s check.
Work ethic
How a person feels about his or her job and the effort he or she puts into it.
Work permit
Written statement that makes is legal for an underage student to work for an employer.