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I was asked to pay to write technical written test for internship

I applied for a research internship (computer science related, specifically natural language processing) at a finance company, and I was scheduled to take a technical written test (testing my ...
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Is a lowball salary then a part-time offer standard Japanese employment negotiations?

I have recently been interviewing for a remote position with a company based out of Tokyo, Japan. They are a fairly young start up, with one semi successful product currently out. They seem to be ...
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Company looks for long-term employees, but I know I won't be interested in staying long

I have an interview soon for a technical sales position. I initially got the interview through a temp-to-hire service, and the woman who initially interviewed me has advised me that the company I'm ...
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What is the most effective strategy of addressing a drug-related arrest during my job hunt?

I'm a second year Accounting & Finance student at a university which ranks in the top 10 universities in the UK. Last year (age 18) I was arrested and given a conditional caution for possession of ...
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How to request a counter offer in a resignation letter

I had a recruiter reach out to me a couple of weeks ago. I received an offer yesterday and I'm working on my resignation letter today, but was wondering if it would be appropriate to ask for a counter ...
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Do I send relative's resume to recruiters when I don't exactly support the candidate's track record?

My sister's husband is looking for a job. He has a good track record while he's holding a job, but he cannot hold a job for too long. I will avoid going too deep into issues, probably because I ...
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Can I intentionally omit previous work experience or pretend it doesn't exist when applying for jobs?

I had my first job at a manufacturing company when I was fresh out of university, and worked there for 2 months. I then left due to health reasons and didn't look for work for another 3 months, as I ...
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Employee has issues with proper grammar after numerous verbal and written warnings [closed]

I have an employee who, after a great pre-employment interview, has problems with the use of proper grammar even after, initially, being advised of the problem in private employment reviews and ...
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Should I remain in a job that I may have been hired for out of nepotism?

I was recently hired for a position that I am qualified for in the software industry. However, there were no advertised vacancies for this position at the time of my hiring and I found out afterward ...
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I refused work due to an injury, I was threatened with disciplinary?

I have an injury that happened outside of work - an infected toe. I am on antibiotics. I can walk but it is very painful. The job I normally do is standing all day so I was told to move to another ...
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Unsure of my competence level and employability [duplicate]

I am a programmer, I graduated in Engineering and have been living abroad (from the UK) since I graduated back in 2010. I spent 1 year working from home studying and developing personal websites. ...
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Informally degraded from a Lead role / Bad contract

A year ago I started working as an app developer for a small start-up (backed by the gov.) I was the first employee and was asked to take full responsibility when developing the app, both when it ...
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Should I bring up a job offer from another company if I don't intend to leave? [duplicate]

I'm happy working for my current employer and I'm paid relatively well. Recently I decided to interview at another company, the process went very well and knowing that I'm not actively looking for ...
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Can an employer reject a job application based on not having a passport? [closed]

I was contacted by a company after providing them my CV. After that, a few weeks down the line they asked me what my status is in the UK and stated they need this information for a security clearance. ...
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Been in my job for 10 years. Is it hurting my future career?

I've recently had my 10 years anniversary at work. Often when I mention it I hear that 10 years is way too long to stay at one place these days, and that I may find it hard to look for a job in the ...
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Should I notify candidate about the fragile state of my company?

I'm running a small IT startup (private firm), funded from my own pocket. We are working on a development project, which is not yet generating income. So far I've hired 3 employees with a 1-year ...
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Employing a contractor proving difficult [closed]

I am running a small startup that requires a particular skill that has been hard to locate. We have been through 2 people with this skill, and have had unfortunate luck in recruiting the right person. ...
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My former employer is withholding my w2 in exchange for supposed damage fees, what do I do?

My former employer, at a hotel my husband and I worked at, is refusing to mail me my W2 because he claims that my husband owes him damage fees for the room we stayed in there. However, when we left ...
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Significance of Blood Relation & Relatives working in an organization

I want to know why, when applying to some companies, they ask if we have any person of blood relation or any relatives in their organization. Why does it matter? Would an uncle count as a blood ...
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Determining how supportive potential employers would be of my disability

I suffer from a disability (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis or ME). Basically I am constantly tired, and am actually more productive if I do fewer hours. Sometimes I ...
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Does saying I work better individually make me look like a bad team player

Being a good team player is like a must-have for nearly all developers nowadays. However, I honestly believe that I work better (and happier) when working individually. To elaborate, I've worked ...
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Boss wants me to confirm a fraudulent employment verification request

The boss's daughter is looking to get a job. She put on her resume that she's worked at her mom's office (where I am the office manager) for 6 months last year. She did not. She's never worked in the ...
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Should I quit my job for before signing contract with another employer?

I'm a senior developer in an advertising company, which due to current economic situations I faced various problems with them. First : We have a delayed monthly payment which causes many problems. ...
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What do I do about an untidy engineering school tutor visiting my company soon?

I'm currently doing my final-year internship in a relatively big company which has a dress code. My engineering school tutor is required to come once to my workplace, and this is probably going to ...
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Can a non US citizen work remotely for a US company and be under their payroll? [closed]

Some context: I've been in the US for almost 5 years under a F1 visa. In the last year I've worked under OPT for a company in the US. I have a SSN but my card says "valid for work only with DHS ...
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Employing friends or family in the workplace [closed]

I've been running a web development business for around 5 years now and am starting to employ staff members to perform little tasks for me to help make my job a little easier to focus on. At this ...
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How to deal with a misleading employer?

I'm an IT student and I'm graduating this summer. (This is important because I need to remark my lack of experience dealing with employers, job offers and such). Because of this I've started to look ...
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What if the last day of a two weeks notice lands on a holiday? [duplicate]

I was offered a position at another company and have limited time to give my two week notice for my current job. However, I see that if I give my notice today (Monday 5/16) then exactly two weeks from ...
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My former employer doesn't count training as part of my time with the company..?

I was with my previous employer for one year and within that one year they have a four month training period. After leaving the company I've applied for another position at a different company. I ...
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What are my options if my waning company told me they value me highly?

I am a programmer and work for a small company (no more than 50 people) but we have international clients and offices. Recently, our performance has been in decline, and we took a major hit in ...
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how to ask client if he will be using me full time for 2016?

I am working with a client and he is currently giving me 40 hours of work a week. How do I politely ask him if he will continue to give me full time work for the entirety of 2016 without making waves ...
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My new employer requested a copy of my passport. Why do they need it?

I started working at a new company, where they asked me to bring a copy of my passport for them to keep. I have worked for many other big companies but they never ask for such document. I should ...
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Transition strategy from full time job to freelancing

I have been working full time employed since my university in different IT roles for almost 5 years. After I had to do a lot with freelancer developers, I realized that IT freelancers, no matter if ...
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Hired to work in IT on H1B visa in U.S. but being told not to do any work [closed]

I moved from Canada to Los Angeles (along with my wife) in early 2017, on a H1B visa to work in I.T. and virtualization for a medium-sized firm (technically, it's a firm run by one man, no board of ...
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Job offer from Italy to the USA, got Emplyment Contract without interview?

My father applied for a carpenter position in Miami, FL, for major ship construction company. He cannot speak english at all and send the resume in italian, he got a reply a few days later by someone ...
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An “unofficial” position in a CV [closed]

I own a small private limited company in the UK. A person I know (let's call her Alice) has helped me a bit for free with a couple of projects of mine (see footnote). Now, we would like Alice to be ...
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Employer trying to prevent union meeting? (sort of)

EDIT: I have reorganised my question because all responses so far have been off topic to the questions I actually asked. What I would like to know is: Am I acting within my rights? Are my employers ...
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Should I refrain from preparation for self-employment in my employment contract?

I have very nice job opportunity in Berlin-based startup. I really like the product, the team and my responsibility in the company. I've already accepted the offer and couple days ago I've received ...
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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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How do I ask if I still have a job?

Today I took a sick day because I was very ill (bad stomach flu) and towards the end of the day, I got a call from my boss. She asked me to call her back, so I did, and she basically said she thought ...
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First job offer confusion: Signing contract on the starting date?

I recently accepted a job from an international tech company to work in their office in California. The recruiter (also the manager at the office)first gave me a draft offer letter and asked if I have ...
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Being fired after 5 years service [duplicate]

I've been fired after 5+ years at a software engineering job in the UK. My previous employer can give me a basic reference. What are my options:- How do I explain I was sacked to agencies. How do I ...
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I have a visible disability. Should I tell my interviewer before going in?

I have mild cerebral palsy. I can type, file, and so on. The main limitation I have is handwriting. This position also requires site visits, but I can't drive. I know that some job responsibilities ...
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Background check of employment history - will employers do so without my knowledge?

I would like to know specifically what is done to find employment history as part of a background check. After doing some research on what constitutes an "employee," it has come to my attention that ...
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Do I have job options now? [closed]

I'm 23 years old and no work experience and I also got arrested a couple of years ago for a misdemeanor. Even though I didn't get convicted and my arrest was expunged I still see it as I still have a ...
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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 discuss my employment status with my boss prior to starting the process of buying a house?

I am hopefully going to make this life changing purchase in the near future and I work in the software industry. Am I being naive to get some clarity on the financial status of the company I work for ...
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Asking the employer to not employing someone you are not comfortable to work with

So, here is my problem. Right now I am a third year student at the bachelor program. I landed a job of my dream and it turned out so that the employer in the case is my lecturer, he is very young, ...
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How can I fill out a proper resume if I can not remember the dates of previous jobs?.

I have been out of the workforce for far too long. I really need to find a job but now I am having trouble remembering the dates of previous jobs ( start-stop dates ). Can I get that information ...
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What's the difference between “last working day” and “last employment day” in the UK?

I have handed in my notice and will be leaving my current full time job in a month. However I have 1 week holiday which my current employer will pay me for. My employer tells me that my "last working ...