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Questions tagged [job-change]

The various factors uniquely involved in changing employment. Only use this tag when your question is about some part of the transition, rather than generally getting a new-job or resigning from an old job.

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How can one resign from a new job gracefully?

A friend of mine just started a new job and already it's clear he's not a good fit for the position. He's not performing to their expectations and frankly he's not happy either. He's not under a ...
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How much should I say in an exit interview?

I am the only expert in a certain area in my current company. I have tried bringing up suggestions to improve my working conditions, but because company and my boss don't understand exactly what I'm ...
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Is it OK to leave very short-term employment off my resume?

For various reasons, I only worked for a company for a few weeks. Is it OK if I just don't put that on my resume, and pretend this employment never existed? There is really not much to talk about ...
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How to label inaccurate job titles on resume

I'm currently employed as a "web developer" for a company. That's what it says on my business card and that was the title on the job ad. The thing is I haven't done ANYTHING that can be considered "...
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Leaving a job very early to accept another offer [duplicate]

I was unemployed for a few months and during that time I interviewed with lots of companies. One of them was very quick and offered me a job very fast. They was not my favorite company and I thought ...
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When is the right time to give my notice to leave my current company?

Finally we are called upon by the most awaited company, where I got placed a year ago. In the mean while, I started working with a local company. Now, I am going to join the company after two months. ...
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Should I tell my boss I'm leaving before going job-hunting?

Background: I have been working for this company for 4+ years and I feel that it's time for me to move on, find another job that has better benefits and pay, and to experience more growth. I'm in my ...
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How will a history of job-hopping affect my career or job search?

I've had 6 jobs in 6 years, with each lasting less than a year and I'm wondering how this is going to affect me in the long run. I started out after college losing my first job because I didn't ...
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What do I say about my previous job, which was horrible, in a new job interview? [duplicate]

Last year I worked as contractor for company C for one of their projects. Long story short: It was pure hell. (The HR company that hired me informed me incorrectly about the job being Java ...
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Just got an initial job offer. How do I ask for more without any real justification?

I just got an initial programming job offer for $75k + benefits. It's an initial offer, so I feel like I should give a counter offer ($5k - $10k/year more) to avoid unnecessarily leaving any money on ...
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If my employer is planning a big project around me, should I tell them I'm looking for a new job?

I've been in meetings all week with my small company's owners, planning a big project for which I am a critical resource. However, meanwhile I'm looking for a job. My company has pretty low ...
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Am I required/expected to notify current boss that I'm looking for a new job?

When I changed jobs last year, my previous boss was very insulted that I didn't tell him I was looking for a job and didn't ask him for a reference letter. (I did give him a month's notice when ...
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Removing fake experience from my resume

I was searching for jobs for 6 months after I graduated. I signed a contract with a consulting company for 12 months. But after joining, the company faked my resume and submitted me to clients. Now ...
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I'm about to automate myself out of a job. How do I approach my boss to discuss this?

I work for a small-ish company (~15 employees). I've managed to automate myself out of 80% of my job, starting in 3-4 months. I would really like to stay with my company, but my best analysis ...
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How much should I reveal about a new job after resigning from my current job

I recently got a new job at a firm that is paying me only slightly higher, but the work is going to be much better. As such, I have resigned from my current job and the exit process has started. I am ...
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How should I answer “why do you want to join our company”?

Recently I applied for a job in another company and they called me for an interview. Its one of the best companies in the country(might even be considered as the best in the world) and offers much ...
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How do I bring up being misled about my job role during the interview period?

After interviewing for a job in a new technology that has great long term prospects, I joined the company despite relatively low pay. After joining the company, I was assigned to different technology ...
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When is it appropriate to let on to your boss you are looking at other jobs?

I've been unsatisfied in my current role and am in the process of updating my resume to start the job search again. My boss knows I've been stressed and may be able to read between the lines. I want ...
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Using vacation days before leaving a company

I received a job offer from another company and I plan to take it. I have 7 vacation days saved at my current company, the last engineer was not credited for his unused vacation days on his final ...
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Why do companies not want to hire over qualified people?

I've heard stories of how people looking for jobs have been turned down by companies because they are over-qualified, even when they are willing to take a (sometime substantial) pay-cut. Why do ...
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What projects can I write in my resume if all my company projects are confidential?

I am a software developer. I am a little worried about my future as my company doesn't allow its employees to reveal anything about their projects, even after they have left the company. Currently I ...
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Switching jobs - how soon is too soon?

My current (and first) job as a junior developer is ending and I need to look for a new one. I've received a fairly appealing offer in town, but for a variety of reasons I expect I might relocate ...
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What (if anything) is polite/customary to do when leaving a company in the USA?

I am leaving a company where I have worked for a few years on friendly terms, as I got a job with another company. In the past I worked in the same kind of role in a couple of companies in the ...
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What is the rationale for 'Don't quit your job until you have a new one'? [duplicate]

'Don't quit your job until you have a new one' is common career advice, but is this actually good advice? What is the rationale for it? Is there any evidence that people who quit their job before ...
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Citing pay as a reason to move on from a company

Let us say you've applied to a job, and the employer calls back with a phone interview. When employers ask you about why you're moving on from your current company, is it considered bad to reply "I'm ...
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Convincing a prospective employer about taking a “lower” ranked job

For most of the past 15 years I have been working at the "higher" end of the technical spectrum, in both permanent and contracting roles such as tech lead, information architect, product architect, ...
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Should I tell my new employer that I'm gonna quit soon for a better offer? [duplicate]

Background: I was job hunting for the past 5 weeks. I applied for Company A (dream company) and Company B at the same time. Company A's recruitment process is comprised of 5 steps, while Company B's ...
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quitting a job very early; how to justify it for next interview?

I have been in a job for two months, but I have soon realized that I must change the job (I like the job, but the management is awful and is not gonna change), so I have already started considering to ...
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How to respond if boss asks if I'm looking for a new job

I'm currently searching for a new job. If my boss asks me if I'm looking, should I tell the truth? My small group is pretty demoralized at this point. One of my coworkers gave his notice late last ...
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Application says “prospective employer reserves right to contact current employer”: is this typical?

I am in the late stages of the interview process, and was asked by the prospective employer to fill out an application. Above the employment history section was this notice: WORK EXPERIENCE-Please ...
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How long should a person wait for an interview call after applying to a post?

How long should a person wait for an interview call after applying to a post? I am not applying to other companies because I am happy where I am. Recently, however, I saw an even better opportunity ...
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Short experience period on resume? [duplicate]

I've 1.8 years of experience with my 1st employer and 2 Months with 2nd employer and I'm looking for a job change because I'm not able to work with my 2nd employer because of kind of work and ...
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Should I resign from my current job before getting acceptance letter from the new job?

I have done Bachelor in Computer Science and Engineering. During the last days of my degree, I got placed in a good multinational corporation. I got offer letter from the company. My joining was ...
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How should I negotiate for better benefits (more vacation) instead of more pay?

A few years ago I had a job in which I received four weeks of vacation annually. Unfortunately, that position was defunded. When I took my next position, the new employer would only give me two ...
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What are the implications of losing Sr. title when changing job in software development field

This question is related to my previous question here. In a nutshell, my career aspiration is to become software development manager. However, I am in need of increasing my salary whenever there is a ...
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Do I need to act happy all the time even if I'm not really?

I'm a software engineer from India. Recently, I suffered a personal loss which made me sad. I usually have my spirits up, but this time I just didn't feel like laughing at every stupid joke in the ...
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How to write a good resignation letter when quitting under poor circumstances? [duplicate]

How does one write a good resignation letter? Should the reason for quitting be included? I had recently started a job. The person responsible for training was on vacation so the main manager trained ...
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How do I (or should I) tell my manager that I am not enjoying my job?

I have been working for a fairly large company for almost a year, in Silicon Valley (in the US). This is my second job out of college. I worked for my previous company for about 5 years. The reason I ...
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Is taking too many 6-month contract positions viewed negatively?

Is there a downside about taking too many short-term contract positions? I'm still early in my career (I'm 25) but I've only been in a perm full-time job once for 1.5 years. My other 2 jobs have been ...
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What is my obligation to my current employer when changing jobs is imminent but (at this point) not guaranteed?

I am scheduled for a second interview for a job with a company that I would like to have. Changing jobs would require changing cities, which would also mean more opportunity for my spouse. If the ...
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How can I ask my employer to *quickly* make me an offer?

Background: I'm a computer science student. It's normal for software companies to start hiring in September/October, even when the students don't finish school until May/June, just so they can cherry-...
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Should I stay or should I go? Problems caused by coworker with anger management issues

I hope that this is the right place to ask this question. I've only used SO for programming questions so far. Update: As per the feedback comment, to clarify, I am not asking a general "What should I ...
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Transgender in the UK, should I use my female name on my CV even when it refers to male accomplishments?

Background: I am a MtF transgender person starting transition in the UK. Part of the process involves moving from living part of my life male and part female to living full time female, including ...
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What are the risks of omitting short-term employment when applying for positions?

I made a big mistake when switching jobs. The new company was a poor fit for what I was looking for, and I am looking to switch after only two weeks. During the current interview process, I have not ...
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Asked for 3 references but I don't have 3!

I have a job offer based conditionally on a standard "background check", which includes references. The problem is that they are asking for 3 references in total, and note "managers/supervisors only"....
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It is OK to leave a new job after 6 months for a new offer?

6 months ago I interviewed at two companies (Company A and Company B), heavily interested in working at both. Ultimately, Company B said I was overqualified, but they'd love to keep me in mind if a ...
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Should I provide my boss with a list of reasons why I'm quitting? [duplicate]

I submitted my letter of resignation earlier today to my supervisor. He forwarded it to our boss and shortly after the boss wanted to meet with us for a discussion. Basically he wants me to provide a ...
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How do I recover from using a fake resume during my career?

I'm currently working as a contractor as a software engineer for a technology firm for the past 3 months for which I have faked my resume. This happened due to some unavoidable circumstances, so ...
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Should I be concerned about my bonus when putting in notice?

To start off, I am moving at the end of the month several states away from AZ to OR. I do have another job offer in this other state pending one last interview when I end up getting there. My move ...
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I got a job offer, but I lied about a few months on my current work history [duplicate]

So I just received a job offer from a small-to-mid sized company. I signed the acceptance letter and accepted the background check, but checked a "No" for may we contact your current employer. I ...