I googled and found some examples with "in". But when I asked my native friend, he told me it should be "on".

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    Depends on the context/meaning.
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    Commented Nov 9, 2020 at 20:06

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In the US, on the job refers to a task assignment, while in the job refers to a job slot placement. You choose the one that means what you intend. It might be different in Britain.


Both are correct, but the meanings can be quite different:

  • "That looks difficult." ...

"Yes, we'll put that young Einstein chap on this job."


  • "Rimmer's struggling when it comes to avoiding asteroids. It's a good thing the deflector shields are working." ...

"Yes; do you think the skipper's put him in the right job?"

The first has 'job' = 'task', the second 'job' = 'post'.

From CED:

job [A2]

a particular piece of work:

  • The builders are aiming to get the job done by the end of the month.
  • [When I am working on a job I bear in mind that I am being paid for an assignment that an editor needs.][Linguee.com] .................

job [A1]

the regular work that a person does to earn money:

  • When she left college, she got a job as an editor in a publishing company.
  • It's very difficult trying to bring up two children while doing a full-time job.
  • [Good employees don't want to work in a job where they're not trusted by leadership.] [kununu]

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