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Questions tagged [job-search]

Questions relating to the activities involved whilst seeking employment.

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Is it appropriate to pay for someone’s dinner over a job referral?

So my friend referred me for a position in her company. She does not participate in interviewing or any decision making. I wonder is it legal/appropriate to pay for a meal for her? Does it matter ...
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Calculating experience when you had 2 jobs at the same time

Most entry level jobs can require anywhere from 1 - 2 years of experience, some even want 3 - 5 years. I currently work 2 separate IT jobs. A Tech I position for a college and a Tech II position for ...
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A recruiter for a job that initially rejected me, called with an alternate offer but then acts reluctantly-am I being played?

In October, I had an interview for a data scientist position in France at a large company, where there was exactly one physical interview with the manager and another data scientist. It was a pretty ...
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When seeking a new job, when should I mention that I want a 4-day work week?

I am not currently looking for a new job but I am thinking about the future. In my current job, I negotiated a 4-day work week (for a proportioned cut in salary) a year or so after starting there. ...
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Should I ask my employer about my visa status since it has been 10 days the last we communicated? [on hold]

I am selected in UAE as a software engineer and has signed the job offer, also I send him the scanned copies of all the required attested documents along with the hard copy of my attested degree via ...
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Should I add University classes on Linkedin?

I am a final year data science student. I want to enhance my Linkedin profile which I think it is weak. We had special courses for data science I took. I was thinking of adding my individual ...
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I have taken a new role and I am not enjoying it [closed]

I have recently started working for this large company mid of last year. I initially started as Accounts Payable officer. The bosses have recognised my work and they have offered me a position in a ...
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How to explain to recruiters and hiring managers about a former “manager” that was fired

Not sure how to best write the question, I hope my explanation clears things up. A while back, our startup (early stage) hired someone to help out with my responsibilities and during the negotiating ...
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Waiting for a decision from the top priority company and have another job offer from another company [closed]

I recently completed my interview process for a job that is my top priority. My last interview was on Dec 20th, 2018. The interview went really well. At the end of the interview The hiring manager ...
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Work in other EU countries while I have temporary Residence permit in Lithuania [closed]

I am iOS Developer and co-founder of a startup in Lithuania and as non-EU citizen I have startup visa and temporary residence permit in Lithuania. Do I have permission to looking for job in other EU ...
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Feeling “buyers remorse” with my entry level job [closed]

I'm graduating university (Software Engineering) in a month and I already got a job lined up in a company that I worked in as an intern since last year. I really liked the work I did, the general ...
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Should I join a company if its reviews on glassdoor etc are not very good? [closed]

I am offered a job from the company as a web developer in UAE. I just went on to the glassdoor and read reviews, the majority of reviews were not very good and some were outrageous to an extent ...
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Should you disclose any details when asked about your work permit?

When seeking a job online in a country where you have a temporary work permit, should you tell about the permit to the potential employer? Should you mention the length of the permit or that you will ...
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How to leave job when my boss is my wife's boss's husband, or vice versa?

Background: My wife and I are looking to relocate to another state for family reasons, and we have both been looking for employment in the area we want to move to. Currently, we both work for ...
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(Accidentally?) hired into the wrong position

A company was hiring several developers. Among them a embedded software developer position with some very strict requirements (like 10+ years of experience with C) that I in no way qualify for (I'm a ...
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Should I inform the current employer that I am about to resign within 1-2 weeks since I have signed the offer letter and waiting for visa?

I have signed the offer letter from a company based in UAE (United Arab Emirates) and have sent them my documents for visa process since they are sponsoring. Now, I am confused that whether I should ...
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How far back are references checked? [closed]

I am looking for work, having had my own business for 15 years. I am keen to put few companies I have worked for (20 years ago) as a graduate. I want to do this to prove I have experience working in ...
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Wanting to work somewhere with an option to move, should I tell recruiter?

Context - Happily employed for the last 5yrs, love my current company - Want to move to a new location to be closer to wife's family - Current company has no presence in the area, pure remote position ...
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What's the meaning of “you won't be a good fit”?

Does "fit" refer to soft skills? Or could it be as random as your accent, the way you look, or something like that Would you consider it a kiss of death when a potential employer says "You won't be a ...
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What is the concrete minimum measure of Microsoft Word as skill on resume?

It's common to see Microsoft Word to be listed on job postings. This type of skill seems somewhat arbitrary and broad, and depends on industry - expectations from graphic designer would be different ...
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How to tell a prospective employer that you have a high IQ without seeming like you have an over-inflated ego or delusional

I am not saying this is my case, just something that I'm very curious about, because: 1) Taken a face value it should be a perfectly natural thing to say and an extremely desirable trait in an ...
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When does persistence become annoying when looking for work/placements?

I am currently seeking paid/unpaid work. I lack the entry requirements for most posted positions and am actively bulking up my CV with relevant qualifications. To gain relevant experience I have been ...
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Was I rude to this potential employer? [closed]

I sent a CV to a HR consultant. she responded back with usual stock phrases like: 'We will keep you on file, blah blah blah'. I responded back with 'Noted, many thanks' the subject line. I thought ...
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Juggling Job Offers and Interviews

I’m currently working as a developer at Company A. For reasons I won’t delve into here, I’m looking to leave my current position and find a new place to work. I started sending out resumes a couple of ...
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How to deal with applying for a position that is “lower” than your own

About 18 months ago I was hired at a fairly small firm as a junior developer. Because the firm was small often developers have to wear a lot of hats. So I had to do development on the front end, ...
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Emergency Job Searching Techniques

I was laid off unexpectedly last Thursday. The company for which I worked was acquired (I didn't even know this was in the works, and it sounds like most others didn't either), and the acquisition ...
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What should I do if after receiving a verbal offer letter I am informed that my written job offer is put on hold due to some internal issues?

I was interviewed by a very large firm in UAE, remotely since I am in Pakistan. The guy passed my interview and insisted on me to join since we share the same birthplace, coincidentally. I was ...
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How can i stall the acceptance of a job offer until after the holidays?

I interviewed with a company I'm really interested in. All went well, I really liked the team, and the recruiter just called with the standard questions to prepare an offer letter - yay! On the ...
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Employment gap due to sick family member

A recent graduate I know has not been working for 1.5 years after graduating with a graduate degree in Engineering due to taking care of ill family member/parent. In the time of unemployment, they ...
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What should I do If I was told by email that I would receive the offer letter within 2-3 working days but it has been 5 days since then?

I was offered a job in a big company in the UAE but I am in Pakistan. I was hired and was told by the manager that my documents have been forwarded to HR and I will receive the OFFER LETTER within 2-3 ...
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Is it too early to apply to jobs 8 months before graduation? [closed]

I am doing a master's degree in computer science and I formally graduate in September 2019. However, I start my dissertation period in May and I will have no lectures. So, I have been pondering ...
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How to talk with an employer to get time to look for other opportunities

I got through the final stage with a company in Germany and they told me they got a very good impression of me, but they “need more time to clarify the budget available to hire me” and they “might be ...
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Fraudulent job applications with no discernible purpose. Have you ever seen them? Any idea of the motive? [closed]

Our company recently received two job applications into our applicant tracking system within a minute of each other. If we had looked at either of these applications in isolation, we would have been ...
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When do I withdraw from a search?

I was offered a job with Company A, and verbally accepted. We're in the process of sending off the official offer letter and a background check, but things seem to be moving along quickly/confidently. ...
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What exactly do I message an employer if I want to come back to their company?

I am a coop student, and I worked my first co-op placement at company X. I performed really well, and the manager said "just let me know if you ever want to come back". We have even discussed me ...
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Is there really a shortage of software developers?

I keep coming across news media articles reporting a dearth of software developers and how US companies are struggling to find and retain them. The typical article usually quotes hiring managers ...
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Disengage with a recruiter and go straight to hiring company

My question is. Should I disengage with a recruiter, which I gave permission to present me to a hiring company, and go directly to the hiring company? Thirty four days ago, I was approached by a ...
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Am I in a position to ask a company to counter (again)?

I had an offer in hand from Company A. I'm in the final round for five different positions, but reached out to my top 2 - Company B and Company C - to see if they could counter. Neither could make a ...
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Does providing university email benefit resume?

I am in the final year of my degree and starting to look for jobs. I have a university mail and a general all-purpose mail. Does it matter which one I provide in my resume? Will providing the ...
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Looking for the right approach to prepare for a company

My aim is to work in a company with good work culture. So, I started my search from Forbes list of Top 100 companies to work for. And from there I narrowed down the list according to my preferences ...
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Does being prescribed anti-depressants, look bad to employers during security clearance background-check (US)?

I am applying for a few jobs in the US Defense industry as an engineer and I know that they ask about prescribed medications during the background check. Would taking anti-depressants hurt my chances ...
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How to ask client if job opening exists on behalf of a friend?

I have worked at a web dev agency about 5 months and get along with everyone. There is one particular client I do a lot of work for at this shop though contact is usually limited to meetings and the ...
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Is a text only resume (.txt) unprofessional?

I currently use a word processor to store my resume in a specific format and I can produce a PDF when necessary. Lately, I've been wondering if storing my resume this way is a good idea. I was ...
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What disadvantages does being unemployed confer on a job search? [duplicate]

I am currently working at a software-development job I'm not fond of my salary (which is below the industry average), benefits that I do not need, and there are no career advancement prospects. I ...
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Sharing promotion letter from an old employer

I am currently searching for a job. Can I include the promotion letter from my old employer in my portfolio? It includes words of appreciation, new designation, and allowance.
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I worked in industry for 1.5 years before going to grad school. I want to drop out - should I be applying for entry-level or senior positions?

I found it very frustrating to notice in my job search that pretty much all the positions are either looking for senior developers with +3-4 years experience or (much more rarely) completely entry-...
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How to explain on an interview than i am pursuing a M.Sc. and i need to leave earlier for the time being?

I think the question is pretty self-explanatory. I have two interviews in front of me but i currently doing my M.Sc. and some of my classes are starting about the time I should be still working in ...
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Two interviews, within a few days (Monday and Friday each, long-term positions) [duplicate]

I have two interviews from software companies, one on Monday and the other on Friday. What is the best way to handle the first company (or both, if that matters) so I can keep them both "alive", ...
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How to choose between first, out-of-college, software development careers? [closed]

Fresh out of college in a few months, and I have three job offers to contemplate and decide which team I'll be joining. One company pays a very high (close to 6 figures) salary but appears to be work-...
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HR ghosted after sending verbal offer [duplicate]

I received an offer through email, detailing my start-date, salary etc. I replied back positively saying I was flattered to have received the offer, and I followed up with a question about relocation ...