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Questions tagged [australia]

Questions about the workplace that may specifically relate to cultures or customs in Australia

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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 ...
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My employer is not honouring a clause in my contract

I'm located in Australia. When I signed my employment contract last year, there was a clause in it that stated word for word "you are entitled to a company motor vehicle to perform your duties". ...
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How should one dress while meeting a recruiter in Sydney?

I am a Chartered Accountant from India who is soon to move to Sydney and will be looking for mid-senior level positions in management accounting. My employer would most likely be a large business, ...
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What are the advantages of a high GPA after a few years of experience?

I'm half way through a bachelor of software engineering, and my GPA is currently quite high. However, I also work as a full-time software developer, and have had one previous job as a network engineer....
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Company made me use my own camera for work - can I ask for compensation? [closed]

I was hired as a marketing/social media/digital content manager for a company. They are a relatively new company, and when they hired me, I was the first person to be hired for the position. There was ...
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How to convince new employee to stop trying to change our office culture on profanity

Programmers and clients alike will use the F word very casually in my office (IT in rural Australia). It's not an insult but only acts as a qualifier to how difficult (or easy) the situation or ...
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Is it ok to ask my employer to reimburse me for meals? [closed]

I was recently hired for a few days to work for a certain employer at a certain location. The place has no facilities whatsoever (no fridge, no microwave, etc.). Would it be OK to ask my employer to ...
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How to handle this workplace harassment? [closed]

I am asking on behalf of my colleague. She started working with this company four years back. She is the finance manager. From day one she faced sexual harrasment from her boss. Little history, She ...
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How to deal with difficult boss. Should I continue or move on?

I joined this company as a developer in June 2016 so around two years I am working here. The work pressure is too much.So literally this is no work life balance.On top of that my boss is really a bad ...
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How can I ask my employer if I can divulge our clients' names to another potential employer?

I do casual web design work where I am employed by employer X to do work for various clients (say client A, client B, client C). My university is looking for a website designer to redesign a webpage. ...
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Should I have to pay back overpaid superannuation? [closed]

Superannuation is the regular payment made into a fund by an employee toward a future pension. I recently left an employer to start work at a different company. Payroll was not notified, and I kept ...
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When is it OK to play a prank this April Fool's day? [closed]

This is the closest Stack Exchange that I could think of, for this question. I am planning to play a prank on my office mates this April Fool's Day, but it occurs on a Sunday. Considering there would ...
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I want to turn down an award nomination; what am I missing?

tl;dr I was offered an award nomination. I think I could do much better if I was to enter the awards next year instead, but I’m concerned turning down an award would be a career limiting move. What ...
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Is there a reason why Recruitment Agency contacted Main Office and asked for Person instead of contacting them directly?

This didn't actually happen to me, it happened to a coworker. Where I work is a relatively new department of an established company (this may be relevant), and the manager is allowed final say in ...
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What does getting part-ownership of a company mean when offered on employment? [closed]

I'm being offered 2% ownership of a company as an additional benefit to accept employment at a company (on top of wages). In the contract it says I'll own 2% while my employment lasts. I have no idea ...
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Previous employer possibly spreading lies about me to prospective employers [closed]

I was working in a Centre, where I became really depressed and stressed, both due to my personal situation and also because of the workload, discrimination and inequalities. I resigned after sending a ...
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Is my manager allowed to tell me to stay behind until I finish something? [closed]

If I am rostered until, say, 9pm. Is my manager allowed to tell me that I need to complete something (clean something, do this, etc.) before I am allowed to leave, even when it is past my rostered ...
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Taking a leave of absence [closed]

I would like to take a leave of absence due to work related issues causing me a mental illness (depression). How do I go about this situation?
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Would not having a degree negatively affect my chances of getting a more senior role if I already have experience?

I am currently employed as a software developer. I have been at uni for the last few years part time, studying computer science, in my old job (also software developer, but for a smaller agency) they ...
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Switch from full time to part time due to illness

Over the past few months I've gotten quite ill, and because I've developed quite bad anxiety. I love my job, though I find working full time is exhausting, and I feel that going part time will help ...
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Transfer of buisness, being ask to resign and to sign new contract

I have been working with a company for around 7 years. They're now splitting the company and moving a number of employees to the new entity, same owners. Now they sent an email saying the employees ...
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Can an employer interpret an email with the intention to move on as resignation? [closed]

I sent my employer the email 3 weeks ago which contained my intention to "secure employment with XXX (another company)". At the time my boss was trying to secure work for me in another city, however I ...
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Handling employee who has disclosed anxiety and depression [closed]

We're new business owners in Australia. We were only a couple of weeks in to our business when we moved a confident employee who really wanted to work for us (with a customer-facing role) from casual ...
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Unemployed with health issues last 9 years, how do I present myself in best light for volunteer then paid work? [duplicate]

I am a female in my 40s who has not worked for 9 years due to severe personal trauma and health issues (PTSD, depression, back/spine injury, sciatic pain & fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue). I am ...
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Hourly tracking in a salaried position - how to do peaceful protest?

I am a full time salaried employee (ie. my contract states I am payed a fixed annual amount, for minimum number of hours a week) for a medium-sized company, working as the sole tech lead for a major ...
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What is the concept of a “personal brand” and why do companies put so much emphasis on it?

I'm currently nearing the end of my degree and I'm going through the process of applying for various graduate programs in my field (technology). A common question amongst all the companies that I've ...
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Are ties still worn with suits? [closed]

I live in Melbourne Australia, and one day I wore a suit and tie to work because I had to do my corporate photo. Whilst I was having lunch I took a look around (this is in the city) and I couldn't see ...
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Does having a Linkedin with no connections reflect badly on me?

A few months ago I made a LinkedIn profile and filled it in with my skills and work experience. I didn't, however, get around to adding all my coworkers and currently only have one connection. There ...
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Is graduate certificate the right thing to do in Australia for an expat who has a Masters degree in same stream from a foreign college [closed]

I have a Masters degree in Human resource from a foreign Uni. I recently migrated to Australia and want to continue in the Human resource domain. In order to get some exposure to the local laws and ...
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How to deal with an overly flirtatious friend?

I have a friend who I consider lucky to have. Her kindness, intelligence and understanding helped me on many occasions since childhood. There is just one problem; she does not understand professional ...
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How do I ask to be upgraded from casual to part time, AND get a raise? [duplicate]

I'm a computer engineering student (3rd year) and I've been working with my company as a software developer for almost a year now. I work 16h a week. Since it was my first job in IT and I was a ...
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Is this attitude common or rude in western countries? [closed]

Our manager has recently changed. The new manager's attitude is weird. For example, a couple of times, I have seen that my colleagues ask her a question and in response she said: I don't know. ...
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How intrusive is the vetting process for an Australian security clearance?

I'm thinking about applying for an Australian government job which will require a security clearance. I have heard the vetting required to get these clearances can be quite intrusive and they may ask ...
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This will be the third time I've job hopped this year. Boss is overseas. I want to make sure I am resigning correctly [closed]

I start the new job in Jan 9. I need to provide 1 weeks notice to my employer. My work at my current employment is mediocre and I think it would be best for both myself and the company to forego the ...
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Will my criminal record in the UK show up on my background check in Australia?

I got deported from the United Kingdom due to my criminal conviction. I now live in Australia to start a new life. I am applying for jobs here and I was wondering if they perform a background check, ...