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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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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 suggests ...
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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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Does my company own my phone number?

My company does not provides phones or phone numbers as most of our meetings are held over teleconferencing tools (e.g. google hangout, zoom, etc.) but they do require us to list a phone number as ...
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Is it legal for company to use my work email to pretend I still work there? [duplicate]

I recently quit my job due to the toxic work environment. My job involved email communication with our clients, and my boss has asked my coworkers to use my email to pretend to be me and talk to our ...
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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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Is staying in the first job for a long time (>2 yrs) a bad thing?

I am a software developer with about 2 years of professional experience. Some of my buddies (who also work in IT) tell me that the 2-year mark is a time where you should start looking for a new job ...
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How do I ask for a demotion?

I’m in a management role at a mid-sized company and hate it. My first three years at the company I held a “project manager” role, which I really enjoyed. Nearly two years ago I was promoted to the ...
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New manager is a jerk - is it OK to quit without providing a reason?

Imagine you work in a large company, and have had a great time. After quite some time working with said large company, the manager which hired you - an inspiring, warm, and empowering person - was ...
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Interview was just a one hour panel. Got an offer the next day; do I accept or is this a red flag?

I just had an interview for a software developer job and the whole process was simply a 30 minute phone call, followed by a one hour panel interview (around 5 people). The panel interview went fine ...
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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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How can I know if a 100% working-from-home job is for me?

I have a job at the moment that is paying fairly well (Engineering); however, I'm not finding the work very stimulating, so I have been looking for other opportunities. I have applied for a job that ...
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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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Would I be wrong to leave the start-up I’m working for with one month’s notice? [duplicate]

I work for a 25-person startup company. Even though we are a startup we have good funding from a big investor. My role here is CTO (not co-founder) taking care of 5-6 people (used to be 10+). My boss ...
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Are there significant additional risks in changing jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic?

I am a software developer in the UK, and have been actively looking for new roles. I have been at my current place of work for 3 years. I'm certainly not unhappy at my current place of work, I've just ...
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Is it really that bad to leave my job as a software engineer before I have an offer? [duplicate]

I'm a software engineer deciding to leave my first job out of college after 3 years. I've been taking phone calls and interviewing but I've reached 2 bottle necks. One is that I don't have the time ...
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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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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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My boss is taking a leave of absence and leaving the company to us [closed]

We are a small company of 4 people (including my boss) and are facing a difficult situation. To put this into context, we are underpaid compared to the market, every hour is clocked by the minute, ...
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How to get my old company to stop asking for help

I left a very small startup a few months ago. Since I was the only person working as a backend developer and didn't have time to on-board a replacement, I offered to stay on part-time for contractor ...
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How do you professionally ask about going back to your old job?

I'm 6 months into my second job and it's destroying my mental health to the point I'm seeing a therapist now. I'm sorry if this question seems dumb or ill-researched but I haven't been able to think ...
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Should I disclose that I can still access a company's systems after I've left?

I used to work for a company as head of one of the IT departments. I quit because of, let's say, overall low standards and my conviction that changing them would be very difficult or impossible given ...
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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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Is travelling the world from job to job a feasible career path for a software engineer?

I graduated from university in March. I'm a U.S. citizen and software engineer in Southern California. I love my job, and expect to be at it for at least the next few years. However, I'd really like ...
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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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Going back to a potential employer after turning his offer down 45 days ago [duplicate]

I have been founding and working on my start-up for a year now. In April (~45 days ago), a potential employer from California approached me with an interesting lead position. We exchanged a few ...
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New employer postponing my start date by three months due to COVID-19

I was offered a new job before the virus outbreak. The had emailed me the offer details with salary, stock options, insurance etc, and had promised to sent the contract early this week. They were also ...
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Gift to my boss and manager on last day

I am currently serving notice to my current company where I have worked for almost 3 years. I like my current company and colleagues, but as we are expecting a new baby in our life I need a better ...
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Is it normal for headhunters to ask for written confirmation that candidate is pulling out of other interview processes before giving offer letter?

My brother is a software development engineer interviewing to switch jobs and finally got an offer from a company in a different city. He was given the offer Tuesday at noon, and asked to respond by ...
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How to keep motivation in a burnt out workplace while interviewing elsewhere?

I currently work at a company that's experiencing something of a mass exodus. Due to managerial issues, 5 of the best engineers on an 8 person engineering team have either left or put in their two ...
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New college grad hired as a hardware developer; how do I deal with being told I'm now a Front-End Web developer?

I landed a job that I applied for right out of college. The job listing was for a software developer utilizing C#/Python/C++ and during the interview, it was revealed that the position that I was ...
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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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How can I shift my job responsibilities back to programming?

I am a junior developer. I was hired 2 years ago as a software developer in a small company (About 20 people). My job was clear: programmer. The work went very well. I developed everything that was ...
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How does one title a resignation email?

I am in a situation where I need to tell my current employer that I am leaving. This will be the first my manager hears of it; for reasons I don't want to discuss here, we have not had a meeting about ...
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Should I respond to a sabotage accusation e-mail at work?

I'm currently serving my notice period at my current job. There has been an e-mail sent to multiple people (naming 16 people including me) where an accusation of sabotage is made. I have done ...
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How to find motivation to keep applying to jobs after being rejected

I have had a lot of trouble getting a permanent job that uses my degree (Computer Science). I find applying for jobs unpleasant and stressful. Sometimes I spend a couple days writing a custom cover ...
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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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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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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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My employer wants me to write a guide for doing my job

I'm on my way out of a company doing tech work for an SMB (Small or Medium-sized Business) and I happen to be the only expert on various parts of the company's operation. I gained this knowledge ...
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How do I ask my current employer to match a signing bonus from a new potential employer?

I have a very unique role in an area that is a super-premium skill area. A competitor has come along and offered a compelling role, and offered a decent package with outstanding signing bonus to ...
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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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How to leave job when worrying the employer would be sued?

I currently work for a consulting company in the tech space. A few months back, we took on a project that was far too big for our team to handle, with too low a budget, and too short a timeline. ...
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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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How to behave during notice period

I have given my notice period of 1 month in a startup company after working 4 months of an extendable contract job originally intended to be 6 months long. Now, I have another job offer at hand. 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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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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How do people work the same job for several years? I am 7 months into my 2nd job and already bored

I am a dev who hopped from one job to another 7 months ago. I quit the other one after 6 months for similar reasons. And yet I am bored again. A lot of it is the crap, I partially wrote this during ...
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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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When you change jobs, is it safe to reveal where you are going?

I've noticed that many people don't reveal where they are going until their last day at work. Some of them don't reveal it until they actually join the new place. What is the reason people don't ...
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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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