I'm currently doing work for one company on a trial basis and hence since I don't know 100% if I will be kept on or not at the end of the trial I have still been looking out for other positions.

Now, I am trying to write a cover letter stating something like..

I am currently working for one company but the work there is not ______ so I still am looking for other opportunities.

What word am I looking for here? Guaranteed and sustainable don't seem like the right word?

  • If you don't like the work, it could be "... the work there is not my cup of tea..."
    – Eilia
    Commented Sep 6, 2015 at 5:35
  • @Eilia I do like the work, it's just a means to tell the other prospective employer that I am currently working but I may not have a future in this company because of x...... but in a short and non-descriptive way.
    – Brett
    Commented Sep 6, 2015 at 5:44
  • "... the work there is not definite/certain..." ?
    – Eilia
    Commented Sep 6, 2015 at 5:51
  • @Eilia That's a little better. I may have to use that if nothing else comes forward :)
    – Brett
    Commented Sep 6, 2015 at 5:59

3 Answers 3


It is not reliable, from rely:

Reliable, a. Suitable or fit to be relied on; worthy of dependance or reliance; trustworthy. A reliable witness to the truth of the miracles." A. Norton.

Rely: To rest on something, as the mind when satisfied of the veracity, integrity or ability of persons, or of the certainty of facts or of evidence; to have confidence in; to trust in; to depend; with on.

nor is it dependable.

Dependable, a. That may be depended on; as dependable friendships

The definition of depend highlights why:

  1. To rely for support; to be conditioned or contingent; to be connected with anything, as a cause of existence, or as a necessary condition; -- followed by on or upon, formerly by of.

  2. To trust; to rest with confidence; to rely; to confide; to be certain; -- with on or upon; as, we depend on the word or assurance of our friends; we depend on the mail at the usual hour.

You rely upon the wages you earn from an unstable job to support you and your lifestyle. I believe that's the point, right?

However instead of writing "not _____" I'd suggest using the prefix un-, which also negates, as in unreliable or undependable. This means instead of writing the sentence as you suggested you'd write something like:

I am currently working for one company but the work there is unreliable so I am still looking for other opportunities.

This is purely stylistic preference though. The phrases "is not reliable" or "is not dependable" would work here too.


Webster's Revised Unabridged 1913 (Except as specified below)

The American Dictionary of the English Language by Noah Webster, first published in 1828. (Steady, rely)

American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition (Undependable link)


"... the work there is not definite/certain/bonded/secured..."

  • See the following answer from aparente001. This is a good answer from Eilia but this DOES NOT belong in your letter. You're cutting your own throat.
    – user116032
    Commented Sep 7, 2015 at 16:36

Even if you find the perfect word or phrase, please don't put it in your cover letter. The interview is the place to use it.

I believe the euphemism you need is opportunity for advancement.

Interviewer: We are looking for someone who will not get bored and move on after 10 or 12 months.

You: One reason I applied for your position is that my current position does not have any opportunities for advancement. The other reason is that it is such a good fit with my talents and interests. (And then you're off and running on that theme.)

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