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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My current company agreed to take me back after I had another offer rescinded.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 ...
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Am I coming across as rude in my written (email) communication?

I'm currently searching for a new job. Over the past two weeks, I've had three seperate companies make first contact with me via email, asking me to have an initial talk/interview, and to let them ...
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I just got fired. What to tell in future interviews? And was I dismissed fairly? [duplicate]

I was laid off 2 hours ago and I don't have a big savings buffer, so I am immediately sending out job applications and getting in contact with my network to try and land a new job ASAP. My question ...
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New job started and 3 weeks after received another offer

I am struggling with this situation, I am from Australia, specifically Sydney, end of October I started a job but I had to relocate in Brisbane, I left my wife in Sydney because she has a stable job ...
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Basic security checks

I may be going through a basic security clearance check soon. Would this cover driving license suspension? When I was abroad, I forgot to change my address and forgot to vote. Then I returned and ...
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Should I provide my boss a list of all the passwords I know [closed]

I'm a senior developer (relative to this company, by years, and knowledge of how the company runs and knowledge of systems, passwords, networks etc.) in a small business of 8 people including the ...
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Should I let my employer know if I plan to go through Hormone Replacement Therapy/Sexual Realignment Surgery? [closed]

For the past few years I've been weighing up the decisions on whether to transition from male to female by seeing doctors, therapists and doing research into the procedures/medication I may have to ...
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Is it normal for a prospective employer to require a reference from the applicants current supervisor?

I was recently applying for a job in Australia, and it said It is a requirement that your most recent supervisor is nominated as one of your referees. Nominated referees may be contacted at any ...
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Why would a recruitment agent want a face to face interview?

As part of the software development industry some things are standard. Asking about your experience, skills, projects you have worked are usually expected. Job agents aren't technical people so a ...
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Options vs Equity vs Percentage

I received today an job offer via email for a role with a package including "Equity/options/%" as below: I am very pleased to present the offer from company xxx! $xxx + Super 12-month retention ...
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Racism in Workplace [closed]

I'm an immigrant Indian ethnic, Software Engineer, working in Australia. I work as developer building iOS Apps. But my reporting manager thinks, "Indians" can't write good code. They may be good for ...
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Dream job straight out of Highschool [closed]

I'm pretty lucky I think, I was able to get my dream job pretty much directly after graduating high school. Three months after graduating high school and doing some computer programming work for a ...