Questions specifically related to a job market and other aspects of employment and career in the companies located in and following the laws of the United States of America.

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When changing jobs, do I need to inform where the new job is?

I recently accepted a new job offer and handed my resignation to my current employer. However they are very insistent on knowing where I'm going to work. Is this a normal thing? I know that my ...
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Required to work unpaid overtime to “make up” for a shorter commute after moving closer to the office

So a friend of mine this weekend lamented one of the changes in his employment that happened recently. It got me thinking whether or not you can consider that acceptable. He works and lives in the US ...
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“Offensive” bumper sticker on car

I have a bumper sticker on my vehicle that says The sticker is about 3" × 5" (7.6 cm × 12.7 cm) in white block lettering. My employer has told me to remove the sticker or face disciplinary ...
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What do I say to my manager if he asked me about a colleague's raise?

So my boss asked me to come to his office to take my opinion about a raise that my colleague asked for earlier. This colleague started only months ago but he proved that he is very good at it. Took ...
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Rewriting resume so it falls under federal government standards? [closed]

I recently saw an IT job announcement for the US Federal government and I'm confident that I have the necessary experience/background to successfully apply for it. Unfortunately, my 2-page resume was ...
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Send more complete answers after the interview [duplicate]

I did a phone interview for a programming job with a hiring manager. He mentioned that I did well, although I couldn't come up with complete and optimized answers for some of the questions on the fly, ...
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Can I apply a visa sponsorship job while abroad?

I found some US company provide visa sponsorship, does this mean that I can apply it even if I'm not in US?
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What's the most important career advice for someone who is going to work in the U.S. for the first time? [closed]

I've been recruited to work at a large company overseas and this will be my first time working and living in the United States. I'm excited about the opportunity but part of me is worried about the ...
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Feeling stuck after relocating. Considering changing “specs” [closed]

I got my Bsc in CS from Polytechnic Univ. of Bucharest in 2014. I moved to London in February, this year. I have been struggling to get a job since. My experience with C++ consists of an year and in ...
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Handling Job Offers

My situation is this: I had a company recruiter (company A) apply "pressure tactics" on me to accept the offer soon. I had benefits questions that took some time to clear, the job also requires me ...
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Being told I am being forcably resigned instead of just laying off

First some details about myself, I am a 20 year old college student (Junior standing, soon to be Senior in a few weeks) interning in a Software Engineering position, I've been working at my currently ...
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UK based, new US employer changed contract on first day. How to handle professionally?

I am UK based programmer specialised in software for clinical data analysis. I was offered a job by a US software company, to support their customers in UK. I got a signed contract, I accepted and ...
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Can my boss/upper management fire me because of speak publicly outside of work about politics? [closed]

It so happened that my boss walked by while I was talking politics with a friend, totally after hours and not at work nor near it. Usually I never speak at work to anyone about my political/religious ...
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Ontario College Advanced Diploma (OCAD) what is equivalent in US? [migrated]

I have 3 year Advanced Diploma form Ontario want to ask what is equivalent in US ?
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Received lowball initial offer, how to ask for more

Interviewed with an advertising agency 5 times over the course of 4 months. I do not believe they had any parallel candidates and I believe they are invested in hiring me at this point. I currently ...
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Can my employer pay his personal rent from the company's fund? [closed]

We are in the restaurant industry and have a corporate office. The numbers of employee are around 100 or so. I just found that the CEO is paying his house rent from the company's fund. He doesn't ...
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Workaholics in American workplace [closed]

I'm an American who never lived in the US for more than two months. Recently, I've been reading a lot of John Grisham and there are stories where rookie lawyers or even the partners work themselves ...
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What's the purpose of “contract-to-hire” software jobs?

I've received a recruiter email that states that they're interest in both "full-time or contract-to-hire". While the position doesn't interest me in this case, I'm wondering, on both sides, what the ...
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What do employers do with the money they withhold for your income tax? [closed]

As per the rules, every employer withholds money from your paycheck for your income tax. These taxes are only paid once a year. What do employers do with the money they've withheld from you in the ...
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Single parent takes many sick days

We are a small (~20 employees) company in the US. We are a manufacturing environment and most jobs have to be completed on the shift they are scheduled - the work isn't something that can be made up ...
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Does the SSNVS count as a “List C document”? [closed]

My passport recently expired and I neglected to get a new one. Now that I'm starting a new job without that handy I-9 "List A" document, I need a B (e.g. driver's license) and C (SSN card, birth ...
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What are the odds of software companies contacting references at the time of job offer?

I am interviewing at some major software companies for senior engineer/scientist roles. My current boss is a very hands off kind of a guy, and is not very familiar with my precise roles and ...
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Should I Press My Questions? [closed]

My boss and I have a meeting every Tuesday to discuss happenings and current events. These discussions are by no means unprofessional or irrelevant, and some of them are incredibly important to my ...
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How can I stop my company from forging documents?

My boss often has one of my co-workers Photoshop new dates, prices, addresses, and even names onto invoices in order to fraudulently submit them for rebates. My boss and co-worker are very open about ...
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Verifying education/degrees AFTER employment

As some background, I have been in my current position for just over a year and I have nearly 20 years of experience in my field with two bachelor's degrees and a master's degree. Recently, several ...
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In North Carolina, should I be paid anything if I show up to work and am sent home right away? [closed]

Specifically the rules for this question for working in the state of NC. Say I show up to work and my employer says they don't need me and send me home, should I be getting paid for the hours I was ...
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How do I get equivalency of my degree in USA?

I have just moved to USA from Pakistan. I have BsCS(hons.) degree from Pakistan. I also have verified/stamped my degree from HEC and MOFA I want to get equivalency of my degree here. What is the ...
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How to respond if a company disallows discussion of wages? [closed]

Based on questions like this, what is a good recourse to take if a company handbook does disallow discussing wages? If you start a new job and the company handbook or policy says that you are not to ...
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1answer
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Regarding my interim secret clearance denied [closed]

Recently I applied for a federal consulting Job. After 3 rounds of interviews I finally received an offer letter and I was excited to join. However, before I could join I needed to be given a security ...
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My office is 80 degrees in winter and 90 in summer and HR will not help what can I do?

I am a warm person to begin with, so I actually brought in a thermometer to verify. I have been working here for years and never had an issue, but recently we underwent an office renovation and ...
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2answers
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How much does salary go up after probation period? [closed]

For an entry level technical position requiring a bachelor's degree, if HR begins the salary negotiations by stating that there will be a significant increase after six months, and another increase ...
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Reporting Time Ethically

I started my job approx. 3 months ago. I went through a temp agency who I get paid through. The company I work at is responsible for confirming my hours. I was told by my supervisor there that I can ...
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Direct supervisor performed exit interview

I worked for a large company in a non-HR role, and have recently decided to move on to another job. In the middle of my transition, my direct supervisor was made a key figure in HR in addition to ...
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Handling drug testing when legally prescribed a tested substance [closed]

Recently I've been prescribed a legal drug that is often screened for in drug tests. I've kept my boss informed but haven't mentioned any medications by name. I have a desk job, so I do not have to ...
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Why do some employers withhold drug testing requirement until after interview?

I'm just trying to understand the reasoning behind why some employers would NOT tell you up front (if not in the online ad itself, at least early on in the process) that there is a drug testing ...
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Probation period before receiving medical benefits

How common is it that a company has a probation period of 90 days before an employee can enroll in health benefits? I will be working for a startup. Is this a generally accepted principle depending ...
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I signed an offer. Can I change my mind? [closed]

I signed an offer letter for a job that will start later this year. Now I changed my mind, and I want to accept another job. My question is: can I refuse a job after I signed an offer letter without ...
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No response from company for 2 weeks after receiving email acceptance. Should I contact them? [duplicate]

I applied for a software engineering position at a company, and went through a couple of rounds of interview. The recruiter and manager congratulated me, and I have since received their acceptance by ...
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Potential US employers require social security number as part of application; what am I not seeing?

My college age son is job hunting here in California, and a few large employers (Lowe's, Sears, Michael's) are requiring his social security number as part of the application process. The process ...
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Is there a “time of year” for hiring?

I recently graduated last December, and am now looking for a developer position. I have had several interviews, but no offers. Many of the recruiters have told me something to the effect of "The ...
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Do you pay for lunch during a lunch interview?

If I am invited to a lunch (or dinner) interview at a company, would I be expected to pay for it? Should I at least try to offer and "reluctantly" decline? The company set up the lunch interview, ...
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Does “background checks” also mean drug screening?

I got an offer letter from an employer that said my employement is contingent on a successful background check. There is no mention of drug screening anywhere. Do employers have to explicitly state ...
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Would drinking alcohol (when offered) during a meal that is part of an interview be likely to affect the perceptions of the interviewer?

A lengthy interview included lunch at a restaurant with one of the managers who had been interviewing me. The company with whom I was interviewing provides management consulting and other services for ...
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New office requires employees to have key to exit. We're locked in [duplicate]

My company (about 100 people, tech based) moved to a new office building last week. Now that the badge system and magnetic door locks are working, we've realized that in addition to waving our badge ...
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Is asking a recruiter (or HR department) of a company if there are other positions available OK?

I am acquainted with the notion of not applying to a position that I am not qualified for. But the question I wanted to ask is if it would be prudent to ask the recruiter for a position that is asking ...
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Is an employer allowed to deny a job to someone who withholds work history?

My relative is currently a temporary employee at a community library. Having demonstrated good performance and fit over 6 months, she was recently encouraged to apply to an internal posting for a ...
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Should I mark up my normal rate when using a freelancing site which takes a cut? [closed]

My rate for direct freelancing projects is X. A client has asked me to use Upwork, which takes a 10% cut. Should I increase my rate to X + 11%, putting the overhead on the client, or keep the same ...
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Salary Negotation Post-Verbal Accept, Internal Hire

I've read through most of the Q/A here about negotiating after accepting the verbal offer, which fall under a number of categories: 1)External hire, accepted verbal, no counteroffer, no leverage. ...
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How much is 35 w2 hourly to 1099 hourly? [closed]

Hi I am a software engineer. I'm in the process of negotiating with my current employer about my 1099 hourly rate. The background is that I was contracted to my current employer through a ...
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How to formulate an USA-style recommendation letter to be used optimally as a German Work Certificate (Arbeitszeugnis)?

I mainly work in Germany, but recently I had a little project for an US company. They were satisfied with my work and are ready to give me a Letter of Recommendation. I can make suggestions about ...