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Questions tagged [first-job]

Questions about someone's initial working experience. May be about discovering how things work for a new person in an organization or about internships that can also be the first role someone works.

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My manager wants regular one-on-one meetings: is this bad?

I'm a recent computer science graduate and have been working at my first developer position for about a month. Today I got an email calendar request for weekly one-on-one meetings with my manager. I'...
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What should I know when applying for my first job?

I am entering the workplace for the first time. What do I need to know before getting started? This post is a community wiki meant to help answer questions that would otherwise be considered 'too ...
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Fired from job - left my Gmail, Stack Exchange, LinkedIn, and other personally owned accounts logged in. How do I proceed?

I left my company on bad terms yesterday. I was ordered to leave immediately, take my documents, never come back to the company, and even to never meet my boss in life outside work. The problem is ...
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Junior developer struggles: how to communicate with management?

I learnt programming at home and was a brilliant bootcamp graduate (that is, by the standards of that bootcamp, which is certainly not as good as top US bootcamps*), I found a job fairly easily ...
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The boss of my boss invited me for lunch, should I let my boss and colleagues know?

Yesterday I received an email inviting me to lunch with my boss's boss, via his secretary. He is in the second highest position for IT in our company. I believe I know what this is about, but have ...
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Having to constantly redo everything because I don't know how to do it

I obtained a biostatistics/pharmaceuticals job without any further education than college, so I think this is the cause of that. I don't have some supervisor. Lack of experience and education. I'm ...
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How to turn down interview offers when there are too many of them?

I'm currently in the situation where I'm about to graduate, and I'm constantly getting contacted by recruiters and companies alike reaching out to me offering me an interview. At this point I've ...
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Is it normal to not have to show any code in an interview for an entry level developer position?

Long story short, I'm an English Graduate working in marketing looking to switch to a developer role. I've been learning code for around 2 years now, and do quite a bit of HTML/CSS/JavaScript in my ...
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Got my first job. How do I politely turn down the call for an interview by another employer?

I recently got my first job and I have accepted the offer. Another employer who had previously put my application on hold wants to interview me now. How can I politely turn down the call for interview?...
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Do hiring managers expect candidates to have side projects or work related hobbies in IT?

I will soon have my masters degree in Computer Science and will start applying for jobs. Recently I read an answer to a question about what companies expect from a fresh graduate, where someone said ...
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What do I put on my resume to make the company I'm applying to think I'm mature enough to handle a job?

I just turned 14 this past fall, which means I can legally work a job. I've applied to several places, fluffing up my resume with everything I think could possibly help me, things showing i'm ...
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How do I get references when still in my first job?

This is my first job since graduating, I've been in the role for 10 months. The job isn't quite what I'm looking for for my career development. I'm looking to move into a software company with more ...
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My job duties do not match the job title/description. How do I approach my boss about changing this?

I graduated with a BS in CS in late 2013. I began working my first job as a 'programmer' almost three months ago. Since hire I have not seen or worked with code, and my impression is this won't ...
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Unofficial meeting during house hunting trip

I will start a new job in a month. I just came to the city yesterday (where I will work) for house-hunting, and I am staying at a hotel very close to my office location. I will be here for three days ...
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Quitting a job after a few days?

I just started my first retail job and I don't like it. Even before going to the orientation, I was very hesitant. I am studying to be in the fashion industry and although this job is in retail, it is ...
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First day at work in Canada

I just came to Vancouver (BC, Canada) from Europe and tomorrow is my first day at work in a small IT company (~15-20 people). So I have a few questions about common manners at work in Canada. When ...
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Should you negotiate your starting salary on your first job out of school?

I was recently offered a position as a software engineer in a company in the NYC area. The salary they are offering is good, but I've heard others online say that You should always negotiate your ...
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About to get fired. What should I do? [closed]

So I just had my year end review and got a 2 (the Boss takes this review, since were a small team). I joined this company about 6 months ago straight out of college. It was kinda a rollercoaster ride....
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Can you negotiate a salary after accepting an offer as an entry-level grad?

I'm a new grad and got an offer from a tech giant as my first job. It is amazing that I will be working for them. I now got another offer from a top contract and the pay is way higher. ($15k more) ...
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First job - what to expect in probation period?

I just received my first job offer from a well reputed company in Germany. Its a "Software Engineer" position focusing on software development processes (SDLC) and C++. During the two rounds of ...
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Can I recover from quitting a horrible first job after a month and a half?

Due to extreme pressure from my parents, I foolishly accepted the first job I was offered, even though it has nothing to do with my strengths or interests. I might have stuck with it for a while for ...
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How to approach my future manager to get more details about the project?

I recently interviewed with a big software company (USA) and got an offer. This is my first job after my master studies. During my interview, the manager provided a high level description of the ...
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Rectify asked salary for first job

I am currently finishing my internship for the last year of my engineering Master's degree. Many recruiters/companies have already contacted me and I started the recruiting process with a few of them....
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Can 1 year of work experience be good on a resume, even if you work only part time on the weekends?

As my first job, I have been working at a respected restaurant company as a busboy since July of 2015. The employer, when I went to the interview, asked if I could work weekends, which would be ...
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Finding a remote trainee a job [closed]

About a month ago I was contacted by an individual who reached out to me because I offered people from a war zone free coding help. The individual was not from the war zone but from an African country ...
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I’m a decent coder but not a native English speaker, can I get a job without having job experience nor being fluent?

Is it possible for me to get a job in web development while I’m a decent coder (by decent go read notes on Update) even though my English is not perfect (Is not my native language), and there so much ...
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How to represent being fired from first two jobs

So I got a retail job as soon as I turned 16, and was employed there for over a year and a half. I loved it there but took advantage of the system and stole a few clothing items. While it isn't an ...
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Perception of a long tenure at the same company [closed]

I've been working, in a variety of capacities, with the same company for almost five years now. As I approach graduation from a post-graduate degree, one possible employment option is to keep going ...
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Insomnia, first shift. Should I quit without two weeks?

So a little backstory to this (little personal but I'll spare most of the details). I just graduated high school and I work at McDonalds (This is my first job). At home, it's just me, my dad, and my ...
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5answers
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When should graduates start applying for jobs?

I'm a Master's student in Computer Science, hopefully graduating in October (3 months from now). I'm currently living in Ireland, and I'd like to take advantage of this opportunity to start looking ...
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2answers
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Have the company dropped the ball with me as a junior developer?

I've recently started my first job as a programmer (I'm currently one month in) at quite a small company and for my first assignment I got paired with a senior developer to work on a minor project, ...
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Leaving first career job before acquiring two years experience

After graduating from university in the UK, I have heard multiple careers advisors say that it is inadvisable to leave your first career role before you have gained at least two years experience. ...
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3answers
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First job - how to ask to postpone starting date?

I am a university student and I just received my very first job offer as a software developer in Germany. I wish to take a break (vacation) before I start my professional career so that I start all ...
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3answers
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As an early-career software developer, how important is first employer “brand recognition” to my resume? [closed]

I am a Computer Science Master's student in the US, and I am in the good position of having choices of jobs to take after graduation. On the one hand, I have interviewed with a few local companies. I ...
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1answer
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Received a warm welcome letter along with job contract. How to respond?

I received my job contract by post and also a warm welcoming letter. I have to send back the signed contract by post. Just want to know should I also include a warm thank you note? Is it professional? ...
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1answer
951 views

Stuck in a toxic environment, Co-worker unjustly fired and don't know what to do [closed]

I've been working a job at a startup for almost two months now, and I've been getting more and more uncomfortable with my work situation. My boss is often difficult to work with, and recently he had ...
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2answers
391 views

How to take the full advantage of a job I will (most probably) not be fond of? [closed]

I hopefully will be joining a big multinational bank as a technical analyst (fancy term for a software developer profile) by the end of this year. It pays better than what most of the developers in my ...
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3answers
991 views

I'm a software engineer with no marketable skills [closed]

I graduated in ECE (Electric-computer engineering) with an emphasis in logic design and digital design. Straight out of undergrad I took an EDA (Electronic design automation) software job for a ...
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3answers
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Suggestions on job hunting for a new CS graduate [closed]

I just graduated from my CS masters degree and am trying to find job. I have no prior work experience and I am in a pretty confused state about what I should be doing. I was told to do leetcode by a ...
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1answer
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How to deal with a secrecy agreement when looking for other jobs. [duplicate]

My current position is at a government department, and is subject to a secrecy agreement. I'm looking for a new job. I'm wondering how I deal with what's appropriate to talk about in job interviews, ...
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5answers
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Should I introduce myself to founder of a small startup after I'm hired but not have joined?

I've recently accepted an internship offer from a <10 people startup. My point of contact in the company is CTO and he did everything from the interview, to offering the job. The problem is since ...
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2answers
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How to respond to questions related to religion during an interview?

Recently, someone said to me that during interview with the HR, chances are they will also ask questions that are related to religious sentiment. I'm from India. What type of responses can I ...
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3answers
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Customary to ask for references from new grad with no work experience?

Is it customary for entry-level software engineering/tech jobs to ask recent graduate for references, even if they have no work experience? If references are required, I am assuming that academic ...
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4answers
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Awkward around some managers [duplicate]

I'm a shy person in his first job. There are two things that I can't deal with very well: the first is talking to a large groups of people, the second is talking to some of my managers. Two examples: ...
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2answers
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Job title not matching the job activity

I have recently landed my first professional job as an contract equity research analyst at a small firm through a friend. Generally speaking, such role requires one to have completed at least a ...
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1answer
302 views

I have a long interview coming up and am trying to figure out what to expect

I am a recent CS grad and I have a job interview for a Jr. Dev position in a few days. I initially spoke with the someone at the company on the phone for around 20 minutes and then was contacted by ...
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4answers
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How can I make a CV worse?

I am asking this question for somebody else. Anyway, he is 16, and has just started 6th form. He has been looking for jobs all summer and still is, and has not been successful. He has applied to over ...
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2answers
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My boss hasn't called me in to work in a week even though he said he would, what should I do?

I recently got a job at a coffee shop. I've worked 5 shifts in two weeks and my boss seemed to like me. He said my first paycheck would come in next week (this week) last Wednesday which was my last ...
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2answers
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How Could I Start Applying For a Job As a Minor?

So before I ask my question, I'd like to give you some background so you'd understand my situation better. I'm currently a high school(I'll be attending grade 10 although I'm 15) but over the last ...
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Leaving first career job after 2 years of experience without any offer in hand and take a break of 3 months

I am 25 years old with 24 months of experience as a software developer in a startup. I took this role rejecting all other good paying jobs due to awesome projects. But now I feel my current role is ...