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Job vs. Gig — What's the Difference?

Edited by Tayyaba Rehman — By Fiza Rafique — Published on October 5, 2023
A job is a regular position of employment, often long-term, with defined roles. A gig is a single task or short-term work, commonly seen in freelancing or the "gig economy."
Job vs. Gig — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Job and Gig

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Key Differences

Jobs and gigs represent two different paradigms of work in modern society. A job typically refers to stable, long-term employment where an individual might work for a single employer and receive regular wages or salary. Jobs usually come with set hours, defined roles, and often benefits like health insurance or retirement plans.
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Conversely, a gig signifies a more transient nature of work. When someone takes on a gig, they are often undertaking a specific task or project for a short duration. This might be a single performance for an artist or a freelance assignment for a writer. Gigs don't usually come with the long-term commitments or benefits associated with jobs.
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The rise of the "gig economy" has made the distinction between jobs and gigs even more pronounced. Platforms like Uber, Airbnb, and Upwork facilitate gig-based work, where people offer services on a per-task basis. This flexibility can be advantageous for some, but it might also lack the security and predictability of traditional jobs.
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Furthermore, the choice between a job and a gig can be a matter of personal preference and lifestyle. Some value the stability and routine of a job, while others may prefer the flexibility and autonomy associated with gig work. However, both serve the primary purpose of earning income and can coexist in one's career journey.
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Comparison Chart

Duration

Typically long-term
Short-term or per task
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Stability

More stable with set hours
Variable, often on-demand
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Employment Type

Regular position with one employer
Single tasks or projects, multiple clients
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Benefits

Often includes benefits (e.g., health insurance)
Typically lacks traditional benefits
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Association

Traditional employment model
Gig economy, freelancing
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Compare with Definitions

Job

A position of regular employment.
She started a new job at the marketing firm.
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Gig

A single performance or engagement by an entertainer.
The band has a gig in the downtown club tonight.
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Job

A specific task or responsibility.
His job is to oversee the finances of the company.
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Gig

A job or task done as a freelance or temporary activity.
She took a gig as a graphic designer for the event.
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Job

A particular duty or function.
The machine's job is to sort the items by size.
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Gig

A light, two-wheeled carriage drawn by one horse.
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Job

A paid position of regular employment.
She has a job as a teacher.
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Gig

A long light ship's boat, usually reserved for use by the ship's captain.
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Job

A regular activity performed in exchange for payment, especially as one's trade, occupation, or profession
Her job is doing drug research.
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Gig

A fast light rowboat.
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Job

A position of employment
How many jobs are open at the factory?.
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Gig

An object that whirls.
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Job

A task that must be done
Let's finish this job before we start another.
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Gig

(Games)A three-digit selection in a numbers game.
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Job

A specified duty or responsibility
Your job is to watch the kids while we're away.
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Gig

An arrangement of barbless hooks that is dragged through a school of fish to hook them in their bodies.
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Job

(Informal) A difficult or strenuous task
It's a real job getting people to help out at these events.
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Gig

A pronged spear for fishing or catching frogs.
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Job

A specific piece of work to be done for a set fee
An expensive repair job.
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Gig

A demerit given in the military.
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Job

The object to be worked on
Those overgrown shrubs are a big job.
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Gig

A job, especially a booking for musicians.
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Job

Something resulting from or produced by work
I like the job they did on those shrubs.
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Gig

A gigabyte.
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Job

An operation done to improve one's appearance, or the result of such an operation. Often used in combination
A face job.
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Gig

To ride in a gig.
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Job

(Computers) A program application that may consist of several steps but is performed as a single logical unit.
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Gig

To fish for or catch with a gig.
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Job

(Informal) A state of affairs
Their marriage was a bad job from the start. It's a good job that we left early to avoid the traffic.
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Gig

To catch a fish or frog with a gig.
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Job

(Informal) A criminal act, especially a robbery
A bank job.
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Gig

To give a military demerit to.
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Job

(Informal) An example of a specified type, especially of something made or constructed. Often used in combination
A new building that is just another glass and steel job.
A cowboy hat that is one of those ten-gallon jobs.
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Gig

To work as a musician
"gigging weekends as a piano player in the ski joints" (Joel Oppenheimer).
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Job

A jab.
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Gig

Originally (music), a performing engagement by a musician or musical group; a job or role for a performer.
Hey, when are we gonna get that hotel gig again?
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Job

See Table at Bible.
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Gig

(by extension) Any job, especially one that is freelance or temporary, or done on an on-demand basis.
I had this gig as a file clerk but it wasn’t my style so I left.
That guy’s got a great gig over at the bike shop. He hardly works all day.
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Job

To work at odd jobs.
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Gig

A demerit received for some infraction of a military deportment or dress code.
I received gigs for having buttons of my uniform undone.
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Job

To work by the piece.
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Gig

Clipping of gigabyte
This picture is almost a gig; don’t you want to resize it?
My new computer has over 500 gigs of hard drive space.
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Job

To act as a jobber.
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Gig

Any unit of measurement having the SI prefix giga-.
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Job

To purchase (merchandise) from manufacturers and sell it to retailers.
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Gig

(obsolete) A top which is made to spin by tying a piece of string around it and then throwing it so that the string unwinds rapidly; a whipping-top.
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Job

To arrange for (contracted work) to be done in portions by others; subcontract.
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Gig

)|archaic|or|dialectal}} A person with an odd appearance; also, a foolish person.
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Job

To transact (official business) dishonestly for private profit.
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Gig

Senses relating to enjoyment.
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Job

To jab or make a jab.
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Gig

Fun; frolics.
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Job

A task.
I've got a job for you - could you wash the dishes?
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Gig

(obsolete) A fanciful impulse; a whim; also, a joke.
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Job

An economic role for which a person is paid.
That surgeon has a great job.
He's been out of a job since being made redundant in January.
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Gig

Senses relating to vehicles.
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Job

(in noun compounds) Plastic surgery.
He had had a nose job.
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Gig

(watercraft)
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Job

(in noun compounds) A sex act.
Hand job
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Gig

A two-wheeled carriage drawn by a single horse.
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Job

(computing) A task, or series of tasks, carried out in batch mode (especially on a mainframe computer).
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Gig

(obsolete) A frivolous, playful, or wanton young woman; a giglet or giglot.
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Job

A sudden thrust or stab; a jab.
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Gig

(fishing) fishgig or {{en}}.
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Job

A public transaction done for private profit; something performed ostensibly as a part of official duty, but really for private gain; a corrupt official business.
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Gig

(transitive)
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Job

Any affair or event which affects one, whether fortunately or unfortunately.
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Gig

(music) To play (a musical instrument) at a gig.
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Job

(colloquial) A thing (often used in a vague way to refer to something whose name one cannot recall).
Pass me that little job with the screw thread on it.
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Gig

To impose a demerit (on someone) for an infraction of a military deportment or dress code.
His sergeant gigged him for an unmade bunk.
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Job

The police as a profession, act of policing, or an individual police officer.
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Gig

(intransitive)
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Job

(intransitive) To do odd jobs or occasional work for hire.
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Gig

To engage in a musical performance, act in a theatre production, etc.
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Job

(intransitive) To work as a jobber.
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Gig

(by extension) To work at any job, especially one that is freelance or temporary, or done on an on-demand basis.
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Job

To take the loss.
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Gig

(transitive) To make a joke, often condescendingly, at the expense of (someone); to make fun of.
His older cousin was just gigging him about being in love with that girl from school.
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Job

To buy and sell for profit, as securities; to speculate in.
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Gig

(intransitive) Sometimes followed by it: to ride in a horse]].
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Job

To subcontract a project or delivery in small portions to a number of contractors.
We wanted to sell a turnkey plant, but they jobbed out the contract to small firms.
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Gig

(transitive) To spear (fish, etc.) with a gig or fizgig.
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Job

(intransitive) To seek private gain under pretence of public service; to turn public matters to private advantage.
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Gig

(intransitive) To catch or fish with a gig or fizgig.
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Job

To strike or stab with a pointed instrument.
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Gig

A fiddle.
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Job

To thrust in, as a pointed instrument.
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Gig

A kind of spear or harpoon. See Fishgig.
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Job

To hire or let in periods of service.
To job a carriage
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Gig

A playful or wanton girl; a giglot.
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Job

A sudden thrust or stab; a jab.
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Gig

A top or whirligig; any little thing that is whirled round in play.
Thou disputest like an infant; go, whip thy gig.
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Job

A piece of chance or occasional work; any definite work undertaken in gross for a fixed price; as, he did the job for a thousand dollars.
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Gig

A light carriage, with one pair of wheels, drawn by one horse; a kind of chaise.
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Job

A public transaction done for private profit; something performed ostensibly as a part of official duty, but really for private gain; a corrupt official business.
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Gig

A long, light rowboat, generally clinkerbuilt, and designed to be fast; a boat appropriated to the use of the commanding officer; as, the captain's gig.
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Job

Any affair or event which affects one, whether fortunately or unfortunately.
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Gig

A rotatory cylinder, covered with wire teeth or teasels, for teaseling woolen cloth.
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Job

A situation or opportunity of work; as, he lost his job.
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Gig

A job for a specified, usually short period of time; - used especially for the temporary engagements of an entertainer, such as a jazz musician or a rock group; as, a one-week gig in Las Vegas.
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Job

A task, or the execution of a task; as, Michelangelo did a great job on the David statue.
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Gig

To engender.
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Job

A task or coordinated set of tasks for a multitasking computer, submitted for processing as a single unit, usually for execution in background. See job control language.
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Gig

To fish with a gig.
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Job

The hero of the book of that name in the Old Testament; the prototypical patient man.
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Gig

Long and light rowing boat; especially for racing
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Job

To strike or stab with a pointed instrument.
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Gig

An implement with a shaft and barbed point used for catching fish
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Job

To thrust in, as a pointed instrument.
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Gig

A cluster of hooks (without barbs) that is drawn through a school of fish to hook their bodies; used when fish are not biting
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Job

To do or cause to be done by separate portions or lots; to sublet (work); as, to job a contract.
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Gig

Tender that is a light ship's boat; often for personal use of captain
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Job

To buy and sell, as a broker; to purchase of importers or manufacturers for the purpose of selling to retailers; as, to job goods.
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Gig

Small two-wheeled horse-drawn carriage; with two seats and no hood
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Job

To hire or let by the job or for a period of service; as, to job a carriage.
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Gig

A booking for musicians;
They played a gig in New Jersey
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Job

To do chance work for hire; to work by the piece; to do petty work.
Authors of all work, to job for the season.
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Gig

A period of employment, especially in the entertainment field.
He landed a gig on a popular TV show.
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Job

To seek private gain under pretense of public service; to turn public matters to private advantage.
And judges job, and bishops bite the town.
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Gig

A task or assignment in the gig economy.
She found a gig driving people around the city using a rideshare app.
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Job

To carry on the business of a jobber in merchandise or stocks.
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Gig

An arrangement or setup, especially in the context of equipment.
The drummer set up his gig at the front of the stage.
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Job

The principal activity in your life that you do to earn money;
He's not in my line of business
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Job

A specific piece of work required to be done as a duty or for a specific fee;
Estimates of the city's loss on that job ranged as high as a million dollars
The job of repairing the engine took several hours
The endless task of classifying the samples
The farmer's morning chores
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Job

The performance of a piece of work;
She did an outstanding job as Ophelia
He gave it up as a bad job
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Job

The responsibility to do something;
It is their job to print the truth
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Job

A workplace; as in the expression
On the job
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Job

An object worked on; a result produced by working;
He held the job in his left hand and worked on it with his right
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Job

A state of difficulty that needs to be resolved;
She and her husband are having problems
It is always a job to contact him
Urban problems such as traffic congestion and smog
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Job

A damaging piece of work;
Dry rot did the job of destroying the barn
The barber did a real job on my hair
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Job

A crime (especially a robbery);
The gang pulled off a bank job in St. Louis
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Job

A Jewish hero in the Old Testament who maintained his faith in God in spite of afflictions that tested him
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Job

Any long-suffering person who withstands affliction without despairing
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Job

(computer science) a program application that may consist of several steps but is a single logical unit
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Job

A book in the Old Testament containing Job's pleas to God about his afflictions and God's reply
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Job

Profit privately from public office and official business
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Job

Arranged for contracted work to be done by others
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Job

Work occasionally;
As a student I jobbed during the semester breaks
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Job

Invest at a risk;
I bought this house not because I want to live in it but to sell it later at a good price, so I am speculating
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Job

A piece of work or assignment.
I have a job to finish before the weekend.
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Common Curiosities

Can someone have both a job and gigs?

Absolutely, many people have regular jobs and take gigs for extra income or passion projects.
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Do jobs offer more security than gigs?

Generally, jobs offer more security and predictability than gigs.
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Is the gig economy growing?

Yes, the gig economy has seen significant growth, especially with digital platforms.
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Is there a difference in commitment between a job and a gig?

Jobs usually have long-term commitments, while gigs are more transient.
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Can one make a full-time income from gigs?

Yes, many people earn full-time incomes by stringing together multiple gigs.
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Which offers more flexibility: job or gig?

Gigs often offer more flexibility in terms of hours and tasks.
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What is the primary distinction between a job and a gig?

A job is typically long-term and stable, while a gig is short-term or task-based.
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Are gig workers considered employees?

Typically, gig workers are independent contractors, not traditional employees.
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Do jobs always provide benefits?

Not always, but jobs are more likely to offer benefits than gigs.
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Is a gig limited to entertainment?

No, gig refers to any short-term work or task, not just in entertainment.
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Are gigs only facilitated by online platforms?

No, while online platforms are common, gigs can exist offline too.
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Can a gig turn into a job?

Yes, sometimes gig work can lead to regular, long-term employment.
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Can gigs offer long-term stability?

It depends. Some can have stable gig work, but it's generally less predictable than traditional jobs.
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Are jobs always full-time?

No, jobs can be full-time, part-time, temporary, or permanent.
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Which is better for career growth: job or gig?

Both can offer growth opportunities, but jobs might provide clearer career ladders.
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Fiza Rafique is a skilled content writer at AskDifference.com, where she meticulously refines and enhances written pieces. Drawing from her vast editorial expertise, Fiza ensures clarity, accuracy, and precision in every article. Passionate about language, she continually seeks to elevate the quality of content for readers worldwide.
Tayyaba Rehman is a distinguished writer, currently serving as a primary contributor to askdifference.com. As a researcher in semantics and etymology, Tayyaba's passion for the complexity of languages and their distinctions has found a perfect home on the platform. Tayyaba delves into the intricacies of language, distinguishing between commonly confused words and phrases, thereby providing clarity for readers worldwide.

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