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employ a steam engine to crack a nut

To use excessive, overcomplicated, or extravagant means or force to accomplish something relatively minor or simple. With this new system of issuing licenses, the government has employed a steam engine to crack a nut: four separate departments now handle each stage of an application, when a single department could easily process applications from start to finish.
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employ (someone) as (something)

To employ someone in a particular role or job. I thought they were going to employ me as a file clerk, but because they needed help with data entry, I wound up doing that instead.
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employ (someone) for (something)

To employ someone in a particular role or job. I thought they were just going to employ me for filing, but because they needed help with data entry, I wound up doing that instead.
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employ (someone) in (something)

To employ someone to work in a certain area. I applied for the job as file clerk, but they employed me in data entry instead.
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employ someone as something

to pay someone to work in some capacity. I employed Fred as a personal secretary for about three months. Can you employ me as a stock clerk?
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employ someone for something

to hire someone for a particular purpose. I employ him for special chores around the factory. Kelly employed Walter for emergency repairs on the night shift.
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employ someone in something

to pay someone to work in a particular type of work. I employ Tom in machine maintenance. Laura is employed in accounting.
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He said: "The five-star rating recognises that employability continues to feature highly on the university's agenda.
The University of Bradford also believes in the importance of industry placements and hopes to encourage more students to take them in a bid to improve the employability of its graduates, which HESA data rated at 89% in 2012-13.
The next sections provide an overview of the development of employability concept during the past century, and how at present, education and employability skills meet labor supply and demand.
In contrast, temporary workers with low voluntariness have a more social employment relationship because they see future benefits as incentive for their actions, which in turn maximizes internal employability benefits by the employer, namely a future direct contract (Coyle-Shapiro & Kessler, 2002).
Employability is also closely related to the perspectives and demands of employers.
Aspire SkillsWorld aims at highlighting the importance of embedded employability skills training in Indian education system.
However thanks to the Welsh Government's Employability Skills Programme Eve has now secured a permanent job at St David's Care Home and is hoping to work towards becoming a fully qualified carer.
Cheema, during the MoU signing Ceremony, highlighted the initiative as a breakthrough in provision of greater employability opportunities to the skilled youth.
The Ministry of Finance, the Embassy of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the United Nations, in the framework of cooperation with Luxembourg, will organize, on 23 February at the Hotel Praia Mar, from 8:30 to 13:30, the Committee of Pilot Joint - COPIL, of the programs in the Employment and Employability sector, namely:
New Delhi [India], Feb 9 ( ANI ): The past five years have seen a rise in employability in higher education from 33 to 45 percent, a report drafted by a joint imitative of Wheebox, a global talent assessment company, PeopleStrong, an HR tech company and the CII stated.
In the first section of this article, we will compare means of PsyCap and SEP of business and agriculture students and in the next section we will propose and test a conceptual model that measures the impact of PsyCap on self-perceived employability.
Georgina Scott, Employability Student at NSC comments, "I really enjoy taking part in hairdressing every week.
The India-based Aspiring Minds helps companies and institutions measure employability.
Summary: The American University of Beirut was ranked first in the MENA region for the second year in a row in the rigorous 2018 QS Graduate Employability Ranking, released Tuesday.
ISLAMABAD -- National Vocational and Technical Training Commission (NAVTTC) has established a National Skills Information System to develop linkages between industries and trained labour force for employability.