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How to ask for sick leave/day off at new job to tend my mentally ill mother

I work at this great company since May. I am still a new guy there, but despite that the bunch is just super cool. Unfortunately yesterday my fears were kind of validated, my mother who has affective ...
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Style of projecting work results [closed]

I am a Software Developer in Germany, and have this quite style of working. I do my tasks and at times, even more than what is expected of me. But in meetings, I don't speak much about my work. I ...
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Team manager never accept my solutions

I've been working as a software developer in this company based in Germany. For several months I've noticed this particular behaviour from my manager that may affect my motivation in the future. In ...
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A way to fight back the meeting-bongo, how dangerous is this idea?

Last week I had 40 work hours and about 25 of it were spent in various meetings, talks, and so on. This has become commonplace and I think it is time to fight back. I think the company needs think a ...
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What should be explicitly stated in the contract if the job is going to be done remotely?

I am about to sign a contract with a company for which I'm going to work remotely. There could be meetings once per month, but the rest of the job is going to be done as a home office. This is going ...
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Is there a HR Lobby in Germany?

I'm a software engineer in Germany working at a start up. So one day I was having a conversation with our HR manager and she mentioned that tech companies in Germany have something like a HR lobby ...
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HR asking about salary expectations with future colleague present

Quite recently I had an online interview with a company. There was one person from the team I would be joining and one person from HR. I'm used to having separate conversations with HR and the team ...
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How to come back to the company that I left early in the past?

2 years ago, I started working in a company in the IT field. Honestly, everything worked well regarding the job and work environment. However, due to an unpredicted change in my family life, I had to ...
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How should I obtain the initial industrial experience that every company is asking for?

After I finished my Ph.D. project, I joined a PostDoc position in another University, and now I decided to join the industry as I find it more dynamic more result driven and more challenging. However, ...
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Is it appropriate to ask the recruiter for scheduling an appointment when they give you an unexpected phone call?

I got accustomed to scheduling a proper time slot when a recruiter wants to have an initial phone interview to discuss a job position or my application. That way I can make sure I have the precise ...
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Title “Lead Data Scientist” vs. “Principal Data Scientist”

I have been a Data Scientist for more than 7 years now. My positions so far have been "Big Data Scientist", "Data Science Architect", "Senior Data Scientist" (in that ...
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What is the point of the HR question about possibility to leave them?

I was in an interview with the HR and the technical expert of a big company in one interview session. One of the last questions that HR asked me was, "What should we do if you decide to leave us ...
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About to quit my job, on sick leave after realizing my boss is a fraud - What's the best way out?

This is quite a delicate subject as you can imagine from the title. Backstory: small company that develop a niche software. I started ~3 years ago as a sysadmin, and while I'm good at my work if I ...
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I am signing a new contract with another company. When is the appropriate time to give notice?

Beginning of the year I joined a new company. Things are not bad, but I am not 100 % happy with the current situation. I addressed this problem to my line manager and he was very supportive of trying ...
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How to cancel a recruiting procedure after I said yes and got a contract to sign?

I applied for Company A for a job. I applied also for Company B. Company A has given me an offer. I accepted it, and I canceled all of my other applications, except to Company B. I did it because ...
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How to handle inconventient timing of intelligence test/personality test?

A company I'm applying to wants me to take an online intelligence/personality test before the second interview (I've already had a phone interview) and then discuss the results when I'm on site. I ...
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Employee effectively not working during notice period

Location: Germany We have an employee that was laid off because his performance was unsatisfactory. His notice period is 3 months. We were hoping, he would at least do some trivial, but time-consuming ...
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How should I address someone who was a professor at academia and joined the industry later as an expert?

I have an interview with the department head of a tech company who is a former University professor that left academia and joined the industry two years ago. As I always try to be formal at the ...
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Am I on a sinking ship? [closed]

I'm wondering if I'm on a sinking ship or if it's just the normal growth process of a company. I started as one of the first employees in a consulting firm. Now we're about 30 people and still growing....
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Can a company close their office location and compel remote work?

My company traditionally has required people in my position to work from an office. Home work was viewed as incompatible with my position. Since COVID hit it, the company have actually been really ...
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Germany job offer, potential employer wants to withhold 13th salary if I resign

I've applied for a job and I got an offer. They've sent me a contract draft. In the contract, the salary is only 12/13 of which we talked upon. There is also a specific clausule, saying that there is ...
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Is it acceptable to ask an estranged former colleague to 'siezen' even if you previously 'duzen-ed'? [closed]

Note: My native language is English which lacks a T-V distinction Generally, when two adult German speakers meet in the workspace, they start by 'siezen-ing' (speaking German with the use of the ...
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Unemployment benefit: living in Canada, have worked in Germany [closed]

I have worked for 1 year and 3 months in Germany, and I was entitled to unemployment insurance in Germany up to six months with %60-%70 of my salary. I have recently moved to Canada, and I am ...
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I am the only employee without permission to work from home

I am working in a small business in an apprentice position, being the only one who was left without a home office. Other team members do home office time pretty much the whole time, while I am ...
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Is it advisable to mention my next workplace in my farewell mail on my last workday?

I was in theory not fired, but there was a "polite ask" for me to leave. I found my next job relative seamlessly, and now I am formulating my last farewell mail to my former colleagues on my ...
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Senior coworker asked me to join his company. I only have 1 year of experience, what should I do? [closed]

Background I'm a web developer, currently I only have 1 year of experience and I'm working in a local company as a developer. I have a coworker who is in a different department (not a developer) and ...
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Is a MSc degree necessary for a job's progress in a German tech environment?

I'm currently working in the tech field, and I have studied Electrical Engineering. I hold a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Engineering. For those who don't know, it's a different degree than a ...
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What do they mean by excellent degree (PhD or Master) in subject x?

In some job advertisements from the high-tech part of the industry, I come across this phrase as one of the requirements: "Excellent degree (Ph.D. or Master) in .... ". What do they mean by &...
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Is it helpful 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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