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Is it helpfull if the future former employer is very profitable when looking for a new job

A former, more experienced colleague, told me this after he quit because of a new job. Our smallish employer(< 50 employees, legally it is a GmbH, something like an LLC) is very chaotic and ...
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Best practices for learning on the job as a young professional in engineering

Background: I am working in the electronics design department of a German power tool manufacturer for roughly a year now after graduating with a Bachelor degree in electrical engineering in late 2019. ...
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Midlife crisis? Fear and worry as software developer feeling like a fraud

Nearly 35 years old Software developer from Germany asking for help or some input. Not easy for me to write my worries and fear down, but I hope it helps me. Actually there is no one in my social ...
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Employer asking private questions (real estate, family, …)

Is it normal for HR to ask an employee (without a valid business reason) if they expect reduced flexibility at work due to family plans or plans to purchase a property? Is it advisable to docuemnt ...
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What should be my reaction to my supervisors' small child showing up during a video conference?

When I have video conference with my supervisors during pandemic, it happens often that her/his child would e.g. barge into the room or he/she appear in the video with his/her child in his/her arm. He/...
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Convincing managers to build up in house know how instead of outsourcing as a young professional

Background: I graduated in 2019 with a bachelor degree in electrical Engineering and work in the electronics R&D section of a German power tool manufacturer for roughly a year now. As a beginner I ...
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How to add (or skip) projects to CV in a professional way?

I checked the forum and other online materials about what to state in the CV and what not to. Regarding projects, I couldn't find a unanimous agreement. I've heard from 1-2 recruiters that they prefer ...
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Does the quality of a doctoral thesis make any difference in job quality in the industry?

I know in the academic system it is very important if one has completed his Ph.D. with a "summa cum laude" or not. At least if someone wants to go for a professorship position. Also, to try ...
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Master Degree or Professional certification; what would be more useful when aiming for the financial industry? [closed]

In a month or so I will need to make a very important decision. I can either go back to school and do Masters in Finance or I can get a professional certification. I am currently living and working in ...
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Is longer notice period from employer and employee good or bad?

I am in a situation that I want to increase my job security because there's a risk of layoff people in the future, I was wondering maybe having a longer mutual notice period from both employee and ...
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Why are almost all BMW jobs in autonomous driving for students? [closed]

I am looking for a job in autonomous driving in Germany. But when I look for the relevant jobs, it looks like almost all of them are for bachelor, master or phd students. For example, on the BMW ...
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Resigning before starting [closed]

I am in a difficult position about a failed job change and I wanted to know the opinion of the veterans here. A few facts about the contract: There is a clause to make me pay some penalty if I resign ...
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How do I legally resign in Germany when no one is at the office?

Today is Friday. I would like to give my notice by the end of this month (Monday) as the notice period only starts from the end of the month in which it is given. If I am too late it could add an ...
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Foreigner working in Germany, company wants to terminate me before the notice period ends. How should I handle this?

I have been working in a German start-up company for one year and three months. I come from Asia. My employer has given me a notice of termination at the end of Oct 2020. The notice period was 3 ...
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Germany: unwritten conventions on eating during day-long meetings

I saw this picture today, in which one of the officials has a platter of cold cuts next to him during an official (presumably hours long) meeting. I remembered the meetings of the good old days, ...
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Do I need to ask for an employment reference letter after doing a postdoc in a University?

I'm about to finish my postdoc employment and looking for a job in the industry (both in Germany). I know that a typical thing to add to the job applications for the industry is the "employment ...
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Is a work related Teams chat between two colleagues confidential?

Today a user asked a question in a private team (visible only for colleagues in our department) in MS Teams. This question referred to the rollout of a product. I needed some more information and ...
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Job offers - how to negotiate higher salary due to higher costs of living at the new location

I am a junior software developer, working remotely in Germany with an annual salary of around 40.000 EUR. Bit of a backstory: Since I am working remote, I can live close to my family in the ...
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Working hours in EU with multiple jobs

I am working as an International research assistant (in a University Library) in Germany, a startup (based in London) ask me to work as a research consultant (kind of freelancer, 5-10 hours per week). ...
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How to answer your boss's question about your impression on the progress of a project that you took part in as a newcomer appropriately?

I work in academia in Germany. After a group meeting of 5 about a project that I took part in, my professor asked me how do I think about the project progress. I had the impression that we might not ...
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What educational qualification/work experience do we need to join engineering/R&D at German automobile giants?

This might be a serious off-topic question, but I could find no more suitable site on SE for posting up this question (I had expected atleast a site on automobiles!). I'm an engineering aspirant ...
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Letter of Recommendation for Germany from a foreign Country

I want to relocate to Germany applying for an IT job. I know there are formal recommendation letters that German companies extend to former employees. However, I only worked for companies outside ...
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Ethics of spending one's private time to work with unrelated projects

I was hired for my current job (in a very old industry) around 8 months ago specifically to modernize the company's tech stack and also to improve overall tech culture by introducing modern tech stack,...
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My colleague has the window open all day and it's cold [closed]

I share my office with another male colleague, I am a guy too. His window is open and it's cold, very cold. I am coughing, my feet are cold and my back hurts. How can I tell my colleague without ...
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Short-time work (Kurzarbeit) instead of parental leave (Elternzeit) and parental money (Elterngeld) in Germany?

I would have a parental leave (Elternzeit) for 3 months starting soon (already announced to the company so all fine from this side). Now, however, my company asked me if I instead of the parental ...
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Politely speed up application process in favorite potential employer

I'm currently looking for my first job after my university education, so I am not that experienced with the application processes of various companies and their schedules. A few months ago the reply ...
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Do employers (in Germany) ask for proof of work?

My first job was in an apparel manufacturing company as an Industrial engineer. I worked there for 8 months. I quit my job due to several reasons (abusive work environment, poor management, irregular ...
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Resign and change profession

I am currently working as a software developer in Germany. It's my first job here and it hasn't been a full year since I was employed. Apart from the problems I am facing with my leader (approaching ...
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Should I contact a company whose interview offer I ignored to apologize?

More than a year ago I was looking for a job and after accepting an offer, I received an invitation to interview with another company (1st round of a typically two rounds process). It was my first ...
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Is seniority a legal parameter when there are layoffs in Germany?

In an answer to a recent question, it was stated that (...) unless you are in Germany or a country with similarly rigid firing order Is there a legally binding mechanism which takes the seniority ...
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How to handle reappearing double standards during Job Interviews

I am a junior level Developer from Germany. After my bachelor’s degree in informatics, I worked for a company for two years. However only during the first year I worked as a developer. During the ...
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Is it a good idea for me to propose temporarily reducing my hours, so I can work on a '20% time' side-project unrelated to my job?

Is it a good idea to propose on my own initiative a temporary decrease (20% less for 6 months) of my work hours and therefore my salary to work on a side project? The side project concerns the ...
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How to justify job change without being rude?

I'm working for 1.5 years as a software developer in a medium-sized company in Germany. We develop software for ourselves (in-house). Unfortunately, I'm not happy with some things. No clean software ...
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My Company Wants to Own My Weekend Work

I work for a large hardware manufacturer in Europe. I work on the software development required for products. Since it is a hardware manufacturer I work for, which does software required to sell their ...
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How to deal with poor English skills when assigned tasks in English?

My father works for a medium-sized enterprise in Germany as an electrical engineer, most recently focused on calculating costs for larger projects and producing price quotes. He never studied at ...
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Employer asking for salary slips after signing the contract

I have question regarding the current salary slips providing to my new employer. I tried to search for similar issue but they were either before getting an offer or before signing the contract. I am ...
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How can I stop people confusing my given name and surname?

My given name and my surname are both well-known given names. Hence, many people use my surname as my first name mistakenly. This occurs especially in mail conversations when I cannot introduce myself ...
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How to handle prospective change of job

Related to my question Changing Jobs shortly after expensive training I am looking for advise on how to handle the following Situation. I will change my current employment, this will probably be ...
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Changing jobs shortly after expensive training

I and one other coworker will receive expensive two weeks training within the following weeks. But I am actively looking for a new job at the moment and I have some interesting opportunities, none of ...
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How can I address being asked to do more than I feel I'm capable of?

I'm a junior developer and finished my training about a year ago but I have been programming since I was 15 so I have a fairly good understanding of programming. The company I work at is based in ...
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Potential employer wants to talk to friends of a candidate

A potential employer of my best friend recently asked to speak to his friends during the hiring process. Of course I agreed yet it sounds incredibly weird to me, I have never heard of such practices ...
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How to quit your job in germany [duplicate]

I work in Germany at a tech company, a couple of months ago my boss decided I don't do well and gave me an improvement plan where they can fire me if I don't do better after some time. This decision ...
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Didn't get promised raise due to unsufficient projects [closed]

I started my new job as a software engineer in a bank in January 2019. According to our collective agreement (Tarifvertrag), my position is rated as wage group (Tarifgruppe) 8. During the job ...
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Starting a career in psychology (talent development and creativity) without any internships or other job experience

I've completed my master's degree in psychology last year. The master track is called “talent development and creativity” and I have also done a few courses in coaching. Now I am looking for a job and ...
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Can I be forced to use vacation days due to COVID-19 in Germany?

My manager is forcing me to take my yearly vacation days due to the corona virus outbreak. Is there any way to prevent it? I've been with company for the 4 years and carried over a vacation day ...
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Engineer of all trades, master of none - Career options?

currently, I've been employed for a few years as R&D-Engineer in a medium to large company. Pay is decent, work is mostly interesting, the colleagues are great and the hours are ok (leaving me ...
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getting bullied to resign instead of getting fired

I've been working in Germany in a company with a permanent contract for 2 years. Lately, my manager has seen that my performance is not up to the level it should be and therefore I got 2 options: ...
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Panic attacks before performance review

I always have these mini panic attacks prior to performance reviews when I know I did not do a good job. It's something that comes from my school days from when I used to wait for my term grades and ...
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Recurring recruiter contact on LinkedIn

I'm aware of quite a few questions asking about the best way to handle messages on LinkedIn from recruiters, but I think this is different enough to warrant a question of its own. There are quite a ...
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Clashed with management, How to deal with fallout?

I am currently an apprentice as a developer in a German company (25 employees). The job started well, but in the last two months things soured. Background: My contract states, that I have to bring a ...

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