Questions tagged [job-description]

Please use this tag for questions on how to interpret particular items / requirements in a job description. Questions about the duties of the job would are also appropriate for this tag.

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How do I decline responsibilities that go beyond what's stated in my job description?

In the 3 years that I have worked at this company, my job responsibilities have grown, but I am not getting compensated for them financially. Company policy states that my official job description ...
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How to politely turn down a task that is beyond the scope of my job description? [duplicate]

I'm currently working as a Programmer in a small company, although I'm basically expected to be able to deal with everything that is related to computers and I am the one and only IT staff member ...
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Job Title / Job Description Mismatch

I took my current job as a senior-level position, but I am also a manager with several subordinates. Much like government (and military) positions, my pay grade (senior) is different from my job ...
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Is it critical that you meet every requirement of a job you're applying for?

I know that the answer to this question will depend somewhat on the organization you're applying for, but I'm hoping that the situation is general enough to be useful. I am considering applying for ...
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What is the difference between a software developer, software programmer and software engineer? [closed]

I've been working in the IT sector as an "associate software developer" for the past two years. While applying for new jobs, I've seen job titles like "software developer", "software programmer" and "...
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How should a job with no official title be listed on a resume?

I only ask this because I have run into a situation in where a job definition and title doesn't exist for my possition, and my company refuses to "pidgeon hole" me into a title because they want me to ...
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Why are places specifying “(m/f)” in the job title?

I often see "(m/f)" in the description of software developer jobs. Even in jobs in progressive countries like Germany, France or Switzerland. I assume that m/f means "male or female". I'm wondering: ...
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Writing a letter asking for a job that's not advertised

I'm in a position where I am about to write a company asking for a job, and basically describing my own job position. This company is aching for people and is looking for smart people, but at the same ...
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Can my boss make me do manual labor if my job description is as the Office Manager?

I work for a landscaping company my friend owns. It’s a very small company (5 employees) and I was hired a few months ago to do light office work a few days a week. Now that the spring season is ...
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Associate Software Engineer — what does “associate” mean? [closed]

I received an offer for a "Senior Associate Software Engineer" role. What does 'associate' mean here? Some web pages (such as this question on programmers.se.com) suggest that it means 'junior' or '...
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How to tell if posted job is real?

I get lots of job postings from agencies, many of whom I'm not familiar with. I've heard it said (on this forum and elsewhere) that many such postings (and those on sites like Monster) are not for ...
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Got invited to apply for a job for which I don't qualify. How should I take this?

I contacted someone at a company that I was interested in applying for. He then contacted me back and told me that they would be looking to hire someone at the end of summer and that I should apply ...
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What level of competency does the term “Working Knowledge” describe?

I started looking for jobs today and I encountered the term "working knowledge". I do not really understand what the term means and I am wondering what kind of tasks I would be expected to do with "...
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CEO is crossing professional-personal boundaries in their requests to me [closed]

I am a manager for a small company in the UK. We are owned by a larger (but still small in terms of staff) company in another country - a country with a very different business culture. I have ...
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What is “3 years commercial Python”?

It is not the first time I read something like "3 years commercial Python development" on a job offer. [Company] is seeking a python developer for a large client of ours based in dublin City ...
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Are pre-interview “tests” common for frontend development positions?

I'm a full stack developer (whatever that means, I'm a code monkey tbh) and I'm trying to break into frontend dev positions. One company that nibbled on my resume is asking me to take a "test" to ...
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Pushing back against housekeeping tasks as a receptionist [duplicate]

I work as a service coordinator/receptionist for a serviced office. We recently got rid of our day cleaner, and since then my job has been a nightmare. We are now required to do housekeeping jobs on ...
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How do you handle a task that is not really meant for your position? [duplicate]

Okay, so I work as a Tech Support for my company doing usual support stuff for end users. My boss and I were actually close since I worked as an intern here before and later got absorbed. He knows ...
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Why should HR post the job ad. again on social media before conducting the interview(s)?

I've been invited for a phone interview scheduled for a few days from now (Germany), but I noticed the job advertisement was uploaded again on the social media yesterday (Xing, Linkedin). Is this a ...
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Job title Does Not Match Job Activities [duplicate]

My job title at my current place of work is 'Robot Programmer', but the work I do is much closer to 'Software Developer'. In my industry (automotive), a robot programmer is someone with a specialized ...