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1answer
15 views

How long should a trainer talk before offering a chance for questions?

This a flip-side to a question I just read As someone who has given classroom training, I know that it is easy to get a flow going and keep talking for extended periods of time. And I know all too ...
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0answers
65 views

Hidden fallout or consequence of using an Empoloyee Assistance Program? [on hold]

How annonymous is using EAP benifits? Does it show up anywhere identifiable in accounting or otherwise?
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3answers
6k views

How can I avoid telling my boss about the new company that I'll be working for during resignation?

I got a job offer from a company (say Company A), recently. I don't particularly like my current job due to a few reasons and I'd like to say yes to the job offer. The CEO of company A used to work ...
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0answers
33 views

My customer comments in English. Should I reply him in our mother language?

Because my organization mainly works with Americans, its website is 100% in English although the members 100% use a non-English mother language. Before we decide to close the comment section in the ...
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2answers
156 views

What order should experiences appear in a coverletter?

In cover letters what order should experiences (for example work you did in previous jobs) be discussed? Chronological, reverse chronological or by order of relevance? I'm applying to a job right now ...
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3answers
159 views

My boss has two possible roles in mind for me. How can I influence his decision on which to assign me to?

My boss is undecided whether to assign me to: role A: office (managing spreadsheets, image editing, vectorial drawing, etc.) role B: warehouse stock assistant How can I convince him or ...
11
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9answers
2k views

How do you expose your need for team interaction without sounding like a slacker?

I have been working at internships on and off for the past 2 years, and at least twice I have been in the situation of having my own project to myself. The first time it happened, I was doing ...
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2answers
2k views

How to react to boss' question about reason for sick leave

Assume that employee A is on sick leave. In his/her company it is normal to call in and notify about the illness ASAP. However, it is always the case that one has to talk to the boss directly who ...
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2answers
75 views

Should one lower standards of 'alienated' employees for projects?

I am a lead programmer on a small development team. Normally, I give my other subordinates less critical things to program and my 'second in command' has brought it to my attention that they feel ...
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2answers
950 views

Can hire benefits vary by manager?

I'm at a workplace where we have a written vacation/sick leave policy in our employee handbook. However, the recently hired management seems to be getting more vacation/sick leave than stated in the ...
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4answers
134 views

When to ask questions during online training - at the very end or at anytime throughout?

I am attending training with several other team members. This training is online through Skype. Typically, the trainer talks continuously for, say, 20-25 minutes. After this, he asks if anyone has ...
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12answers
14k views

Preventing cheating in a phone interview

I'm going to interview someone on the phone, I have been involved in a few in-person interviews before but this is my first phone interview so I have some concerns about the process. It's a technical ...
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11answers
9k views

Is it appropriate for an employer to ask skilled professionals to do manual labor?

Although I think it applies to many positions, I am a software developer (mid-level). The company is rather small (30-40). Recently, my employer brought up the idea that to help another department, ...
12
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2answers
829 views

Is it okay to reveal interview questions to your friends?

I recently got an offer from one of the bigger technology companies (a publicly traded fortune company). On glass door I see people saying that they cannot share the questions that they were asked ...
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4answers
5k views

How do I communicate in a Japanese Work Culture where the norm is to be less direct?

It is quite common in Japanese culture to communicate using indirect means. Being a foreigner in the workplace I sometimes find it difficult to convey my thoughts. Some examples are: My boss never ...
12
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7answers
617 views

Contractor ethics on budgets - should I choose and buy parts myself, or tell the client what I need and have them choose?

I run a business where sometimes I'll go into a client's premises and install network infrastructure. Most of my clients are small business firms which have no IT staff. Nearly in every case they ...
0
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1answer
2k views

Employer refuses to give relieving order/letter? (India) [duplicate]

This is my first company and I have been working here for almost a year now. It is a small company of about thirty employees and we mostly communicate verbally than through email or other means. When ...
0
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2answers
44 views

Job change into a new field - good wording for cover letter to address (lack of) experience

I'm looking for a new job in a different industry, and I'm sending out unsolicited applications. So I don't have a laundry list of requirements that I can orient myself with. Because I'm changing ...
14
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6answers
1k views

How can I tell if my shyness is an issue at a workplace?

I find myself to be excessively shy and at times, under-confident. I am unable to network well or express my opinions the way I want to to my bosses. Sometimes, my job (as a researcher) requires me ...
0
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0answers
18 views

How to ask for reference from supervisor of my last year's internship?

I'm looking to intern at a different place this year, and the new place wants to contact my past internship to ask about my performance. Should I email my past supervisor and let them know that they ...
0
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1answer
28 views

Contact company for job description enquiry or use cover letter to communicate intentions

I saw on a company website two job descriptions that intrigues me. One seems for a role that is pretty generic, but list among the duties the field in which I am interested to. Another one is a ...
6
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2answers
6k views

How to decline a counteroffer offer professionally and politely when I've accepted another and offered resignation?

I am working for Indian outsourcing organization for 5 years. I got frustrated with the recent situations faced with the management and also not happy with the assignments that I got. Hence, I decided ...
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2answers
105 views

HR Rep helping me left the company with no word

I am unsure of how to progress on this matter: Four weeks ago I initially interviewed with an HR representative for 30 minutes. I updated her one week later as a courtesy e-mail informing her I had ...
8
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6answers
1k views

Do previous, unrelated jobs look bad on a resume once you have had a real job?

I'm a software developer who has worked professionally for 2.5 years (5 years total experience). During my senior year of high school and a while after, I was programming for a company as an intern ...
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2answers
3k views

How do I deal with a manager who is now ignoring me a lot [duplicate]

I was assigned a new manager recently (about 3 months ago) as a result of an organization restructure. Since the manager was initially a peer (though of a higher designation), he was the one who was ...
4
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2answers
166 views

How do I handle non-technical project manager whose estimation is always half than my estimation [duplicate]

How do I handle the situation where the non-technical project manager never agreed to our estimated time line and as per him it should be half or even less than what we had estimated? According to ...
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2answers
68 views

Is it better to ask or not send a thank you? [on hold]

Recently, a friend had a Skype interview where they, unfortunately, did not catch the interviewer's name, though it was mentioned once at the beginning of the interview. The area is medicine, and ...
0
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1answer
121 views

What is an incentive bonus?

I am currently filling out an application and one of the questions asks me for my "current incentive bonus". I don't know how to answer that question because I don't know what it is. The application ...
7
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5answers
537 views

Too aggressive project estimation, what are my alternatives? [closed]

Our IT Managers give me a project and says estimate it, how long will it take to get it done. I say well 2 days or more. He think it can be done in 2 hours. Now the project is basically about adding ...
10
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4answers
3k views

Manager editing timesheets after submission

My manager is editing timesheets after we submit them. He's modifying something that often takes off 30 minutes to 1 hour. Is there any good way to approach this without seeming greedy and/or a ...
4
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4answers
1k views

How to deal with very variable lunch times and lunch room used for conferencing?

Situation I'm working at a startup (8 people, 4 sales/4 tech) in an open office setting. Lunch times always used to be from 12:30 to 1:30. We have a glass box room with a large rectangular table used ...
0
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2answers
242 views

Salary to increase by rate of inflation in a contract?

Is it reasonable to request that a salary increases annually at least by the rate of inflation in a employment contract, to allow staff to keep salary in line with living costs if there were no ...
8
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3answers
552 views

Getting asked to interview - when should I bring up my living situation?

I'm a software developer about to graduate college, and I have been getting quite a few calls about jobs which are both local and far, far away from me. I'm not sure when I should bring up that I ...
3
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2answers
168 views

Should I be getting reimbursed for travel miles?

I apologize if this question is stupid or obvious, but I'm relatively new to the workplace. I just recently turned 18 and have now started traveling domestically and internationally to support our ...
45
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13answers
6k views

How to handle constant jokes from senior coworkers and manager dissing your competence and gender

I am a young woman fresh out of college in a department filled with older men. I'm afraid if my situation isn't corrected soon I'll be dealing with it long term. My coworkers make the sort of jokes ...
39
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7answers
3k views

Breaking the accent barrier in a telephone interview

Recently I attended a phone interview. The interviewer had a very thick (Asian) accent and I could barely understand the questions he was asking. It was a technical round and trying to go by my ear, ...
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1answer
284 views

Polite way to approach boss about salary? [duplicate]

About 2 or 3 months ago I had been hired by a software firm as an intern. Upon talking with HR around that time, they told me that they would start paying me once clients started coming in (it's a ...
24
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4answers
3k views

What do I say if my manager asks me if there is someone in the company I would rather not work with?

As I was meeting with my manager the other day, he asked me who in the department I looked up to, besides my mentor. I named several people. Then he asked me if there was anyone in the company I would ...
2
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1answer
173 views

Still a temp in the company but my job position changed

I'm still a temp in the company, but my job position changed. I started as a packer for 2 months but then my position changed to be a machine operator. I have been a machine operator for at least 3 ...
2
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4answers
748 views

Achievements on resume

I am trying to come up with achievements to put on my resume but I am having trouble actually finding anything that could qualify as such. Don't get me wrong, I am certain I am doing a very good job ...
42
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12answers
7k views

What can I do at work when I have no work?

I am a chemical engineer, and I have been spending much of the last two months doing nothing (either surfing the web or chatting with other employees) since my project has been very slow. The company ...
1
vote
3answers
255 views

How can I make myself worth the hassle of being an overseas hire to a US tech firm?

Ideally I'd get sponsored, but I've just wanted to move to the US for so long that I'd be willing to cover costs myself, not to mention that after university I'd love to be a software developer, so ...
5
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7answers
920 views

How to have multiple lunch breaks in a day?

Due to heavy energy consumption of things I do outside of the office, I generally eat 5-7 meals (depending on what you call a meal) spread throughout the day. Typically, maybe three of these fall ...
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votes
1answer
69 views

How to follow up after interview when some interviewers did not show?

I just completed an interview for an entry level job. Some members of the panel originally scheduled to participate did not show. These people are VP managerial level or above. I know following up ...
0
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2answers
122 views

How to move into a development career with no formal programming education, but lots of informal experience [on hold]

I am becoming extremely frustrated and I don't know if my current situation is common or if I am doing something wrong. A little on my background: I am a technical person by nature. I moonlighted on ...
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2answers
73 views

Is my employer allowed to force me to leave work before the end of my shift? [on hold]

If my schedule is posted in advance is my employer allowed to force me to leave before the end of my shift?
3
votes
3answers
255 views

As an Assistant Manager how do I support the manager when the other team members hate her?

As a new assistant manager, I've come into a workplace where the head manager is a tyrant and doesn't follow company policy. For example, she changes the schedule without notification, uses her ...
3
votes
2answers
112 views

What should I do when I know my references are on leave?

What should I do when one (or more) of my planned references are on leave (or otherwise unavailable for some period of time)? I think there are 3 (or possibly more) aspects to this question: They ...
6
votes
2answers
3k views

Is it fine to ask employer to interview me via Skype when it is an out-of-state job interview?

I sent a cover letter to a company that is far away from where I live. A few days ago, I got an email from them to come to their office for an interview. After considering my circumstances in last few ...
4
votes
3answers
456 views

Client says “First round's on me”: do I say “I'll get the second round”? [closed]

A client wants to meet up for drinks, and they've offered to pick up the first round. Do I offer to pick up the second round?

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