You're quitting your job at the end of this year. Your company will probably need to hire someone to replace you, but they haven't placed any job ads or hired a recruiter.
They're not actively searching for a replacement yet.
Doing something "actively" means that you're working on it and directly trying to do it. In the example above, the company isn't trying hard to find a new employee yet.
The opposite of "actively" is "passively". To understand the difference, think about two ways that you can search for a new job:
- actively searching for a new job means responding to job postings, sending your résumé to lots of companies, attending networking events, and so on
- passively searching for a new job means doing something like posting your résumé on an Internet job board, and waiting for interesting companies to contact you
When someone leaves a job or gets let go, you have to "search for a replacement". This means interviewing and hiring a new person to take the job.
You can call the new person who takes a job a "replacement" for the old person. A "replacement" is permanent. If an employee is gone temporarily but is going to come back later (like because of a pregnancy), you hire a "fill-in" or a "temp".
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