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Resigning during probation period - can I ask for a different role?

I have been in my current role for 4 months (working remotely), and am currently on a 6-month probation. The role involves far more web development than I was expecting, rather than the other areas I ...
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I've been given knowingly conflicting instructions by my direct supervisor and their supervisor

There is conflict in my workplace that is much higher up than me. I am a receptionist/admin person in a small branch of a large organisation. As a result of this situation, I have been given ...
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How do I articulate clearly selection criteria when I want to move from academia (after Science Ph.D.) to industry and work for that employer?

After the Ph.D. (in Molecular Sci), I decided to move to the industry job. When I am writing job application selection criteria essays (this is a must thingy in Australia), How do I articulate clearly ...
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Should I bring up family expansion plans in interviews as a man? [closed]

Would it be beneficial or detrimental for a young man to reveal his family/relationship status during job interviews? Would it be better to maintain an attitude of strict non-disclosure regarding your ...
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How can I get employees to respect the leave policy?

I have taken over the management of a child care center. The problem that I am hoping to address at the very least is staff who calls in sick very late in the night the day before. We have about 20 ...
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Tricky situation causing great mental fatigue

Context Asking for my mum. She is a head at a warehouse. There is a new employee that has been causing some hassles. This has created some tension. Description The new employee, by all accounts, is ...
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Redundancy for transitioning from employee to contractor

I am currently a web developer for an Australian company, in a full time salaried position. Due to COVID we have much less work, and redundancies are expected. My manager has been put under pressure ...
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What licence to provide with code for possible employment?

I am looking at getting my first full-time employment at a web design company. They have given me a design to recreate which they WILL be using in a presentation for a client. My question is, what ...
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Being a good mentor to software developers whose skills are below-par

For the last ten years, I have worked as the only senior developer in a team of 4-5 developers within a larger organisation, supporting a range of corporate systems. Within the first couple of years, ...
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What exactly is an honours degree? [closed]

For your info, I am a 17yr high school student currently live in Australia. As the applications for university entry is just around the corner, I am searching for an appropriate degree that suits my ...
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Organisation refusing to train me

EDIT: To include comments, to make it more cohesive. I have been working in my job for four years. My job is a very technical one, and to be 'qualified' to do the job I am doing (according to HR at my ...
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Workplace email says Coronovirus Tracking App is mandatory for work, despite Government saying it's optional

I work for an IT firm and am currently the person in charge of doing onsite troubleshooting for PCs in the office while everyone is working from home (Remote Desktop solution we adopt requires out PCs ...
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My current company agreed to take me back after I had another offer rescinded. Is it acceptable to start applying again immediately?

I've been with my current company (Company A) for about a year and 4 months. A couple of months back I decided to start applying for new opportunities due to issues with my pay and personal growth. ...
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What should I consider when negotiating a part-time, salaried position?

I'm currently reviewing an employment agreement for a permanent part-time (3 days/week) role. The agreement includes the following (simplified) clause: The employee agrees and acknowledges that [...
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How can I handle job offers when I'm on a student visa?

I've been living about six months abroad on a student visa. Currently, I am receiving many offers to work here, but I'm always blocked because my visa limitations. How could I approach the ...
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How to change manager after giving up on current one who lied about me

A couple of years ago I was reporting to J as one of ten developers, then moved under S, who is the manager of J. The reason was that I am looking after a piece of software (F) which required a higher ...
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How to negotiate employer's pre-offer requests for personal investment

I am currently interviewing with a company for an interesting position that will allow me to grow professionally. After the initial interviews, the employer is now asking me to study two academic ...
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Invoices (owed to me) always late; also late on deliverables (me to them); past monies disputes; being strongarmed

Let me expand on the title as it is directly relevant: I am 26 and this is my first contracting experience, being contracted by this company. The only stipulation is $70 an hour. This is in Australia,...
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Can graduating from university and reaching 1 year help justify a significant (>10%) pay raise?

I was hired by my current company while I was in the final year of my Software Engineering degree. It has been a year since then and I have graduated and work has been going swimmingly. I believe I ...
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How to handle a manager who's not assigning any work

I am relatively new to my current role, being hired as a 'Junior' on a low salary because of my lack of experience with CAD. As part of the hiring process I was told that I would be training with ...
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Recommended training courses for a Junior Software Engineer? [closed]

I've been working at my current job as a Junior Software Engineer for approximately 1 year. I have a performance review coming up soon and know that I will have the opportunity to request additional ...
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Is it illegal to deny or charge customers for receipts? [closed]

I've had an unfortunate experience with a passive aggressive secretary who initially demanded payment when I presented her with a request for a digital record of my invoice/receipt history. I promptly ...
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How should I deal with an overly annoying colleague?

I currently work in an office that houses two separate companies that are owned by the same person. I work for Company A. Annoying colleague works for Company B. Annoying colleague has pretty much ...
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Defense against HR bully

Today a HR representative (G) made a mistake; she left confidential material in the printer, and someone unknown put it on the desk of the person (P) whose name appears on top of the documents. P went ...
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How to deal with team lead who keeps recommending you new jobs?

Background: I've just joined the firm a month ago and on my first week, I realized there's a mismatch in skills and expectations. Coming from an intensive consulting background to a more relaxed ...
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Do employers care about Stack Overflow reputation? [closed]

After reading this old post on Stack Overflow meta. It seemed to indicate that employers might care about your stack overflow reputation/activity in their hiring process for developers. Admittedly, ...
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How do I effectively conduct interviews for adults with special needs?

Recently when the company I work for released an advertisement for a software engineer, we had an applicant indicate that he was on the spectrum (autism) and would require a safe space for ...
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Could sharing my salary publicly affect me negatively in the future?

If I was to share my salary history for my entire career publicly, could I get into any strife down the line? The motivation for sharing: I subscribe to the theory that companies actively discourage ...
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Informal Meeting with Team Prior to Starting Work - what is that?

I've been invited to an informal meeting with my hiring manager and some members of my team a week prior to commencing work with the firm. Just a little background, I'm hired as a local expat in ...
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What legal action can be taken when you feel you were unfairly dismissed

I'm in Sydney, Australia. I was dismissed after less than 4 months working for this company, my probation period was set for 6 months. The thing is, I was hired as a software developer, but after a ...
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Is it unprofessional to hide my current salary from hiring managers? [duplicate]

I was interviewed at a place (an IT company) and when I was asked my current salary, I replied that I can't disclose it. The hiring manager said "oh, really? that is strange!" That made me wonder, ...
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Should I say that I need visa sponsorship in my cover letters?

I'm an Indonesian citizen but I have lived in Australia for 10 years, spent my high school, university & 2 years post graduate professional work at Australia. I'm looking for a sponsorship to ...
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Annoying Recruiters

I am looking for a job, so I apply for jobs in one jobs websites in Australia. What I have realized is that I get many calls from recruiting agents, asking me many questions (it takes around 15 min ...
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Being sick working in childcare

I’m a trainee at a day care centre, and I’ve had a lot of time off sick due to the flu I caught from the kids. Work has put a lot of pressure on me to come back to work when I haven’t fully recovered,...
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I developed a personal website between 2 interviews with the same company. Is it good to show them in the second interview?

I will be having my second round of interview this week with the same recruiter but different tech person. I did have an initial interview 2 weeks ago. Between those interviews, I decided to develop a ...
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After suffering personal loss manager has become inappropriate

This is a follow up of a post I made a few weeks ago because unfortunately things have escalated. So the summary of what has occured; I was in a job for a week when my manager suffered a close ...
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Is it OK to bring delicacies from hometown as tokens of gratitude for an out-of-town interview?

I've been invited for an all expenses covered out of town interview from Singapore to one of the states in Australia. I'm wondering if it is common practice for candidates to bring some of their local ...
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How likely a company accept a counter-offer for a graduate role?

TL;DR: how likely a company accept a counter-offer for a graduate role? Hi, I'm currently in my final semester of my master degree in IT. One of my final courses is a project which is supervised by ...
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How to hold a strong mentality if your boss is bullying you at work?

I'll try to be fair and explain the entire situation, if I am at fault please tell me. Till a few weeks ago everything with work was fine, until I started taking too long to finish a task and my boss ...
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Do IT job interviews in Australia require formal business attire? [closed]

I'm an Indian IT professional looking to move to Australia. I've been accustomed to workplace casual attire throughout my career here, and even during job interviews it tends to be business casual, a ...
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Should I still try and intern for this startup company after getting directed only to a github repository?

I’m trying to intern as a software developer but getting my foot in the door is next to impossible as our government are cracking down on companies due to exploitation. I’ve traveled a long way to ...
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Taking day off work every week this year - For a student work placement with a different company? [closed]

I currently have a position at a software company, company A. I am finishing my degree this year and am going to be working on a project with an industry partner, company B. This would be unpaid, ...
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Do I have the right to report 2 year old discrimination?

I live in Australia, almost 2 years ago one of my colleagues insulted my religion in the form of jokes a couple of times, once when we were at team lunch and the other when we were alone. I was new ...
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Choosing between a counter-offer and an already signed offer of employment

I have recently signed and accepted an offer of employment from another company that I applied for a role in. When I informed my current company of my intended resignation, they counter-offered with a ...
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How can I get a job if I have a passive personality?

There's tips out there for Aggressive and Assertive people, but nothing for Passive. I used to have a job thanks to my dad but he changed companies and now I can't get my foot in anywhere. I've been ...
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Could job offer be by text message (SMS)?

I had this unlucky feeling about NXSMS text I received from Manpower Group Australia that I applied to. The text says that they are thankful of my application and that they have a job opening right ...
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Cultural favouritism in the workplace

This is in relation to the software industry in Australia. I am noticing a repeated and consistent attitude stemming from Indians towards those of non-Indian background in the industry. Examples: ...
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Can employer require me learn a new technology that I have no interest to learn?

I was hired some time ago to work in a consulting company in the AWS team (Amazon cloud). Now they want to expand to other cloud providers namely Azure (Microsoft Cloud) and want me to learn and get ...
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How to ask client if job opening exists on behalf of a friend?

I have worked at a web dev agency about 5 months and get along with everyone. There is one particular client I do a lot of work for at this shop though contact is usually limited to meetings and the ...
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Why would employers prohibit employees from being referees to each other? [closed]

I just realized my employee agreement (which I signed several years ago) has a clause that prohibits me from being a referee for another employee at the firm. The clause does not distinguish between ...