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How to deal with a possibly autistic colleague that seems to be fixated on me

At the moment I (F) have a colleague (M) that works now for 5 months at my workplace. At the beginning naturally like everyone else you don't know someone yet and need time to get to know one another. ...
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4 answers
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Is it okay for my employer to make me disclose my medical history (in the last five years..) under a “fit for work” form?

I work in the Netherlands as a consultant for a company. The client I am consulting for has sent me a “Fit for Work” assessment that I have to fill out which asks me to disclose all medical concerns I ...
15 votes
6 answers
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Is coming across as 'sweet' an issue in data science?

I recently made a career switch from marketing to data science. I want to be in data science because marketing gets a bit boring after a while since it doesn't take too much skill to be decent at it. ...
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3 answers
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Cold-messaged by a colleague's spouse to get mentorship

I've recently received a cold message from a colleague's spouse, writing that they've heard my "name from <my colleague's name> over the meetings", asking for mentorship to help them (...
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5 answers
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How to find English-speaking science jobs in Germany and Netherlands?

I am looking for English-speaking science jobs in Germany and the Netherlands. I already speak three foreign languages, and I guess I can learn these new ones, but I can't wait until I am fluent to ...
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2 answers
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Multiple jobs in EU [closed]

I am working as an IT professional in Germany and a blue card holder. I am offered a very lucrative job in Netherlands which is another EU member state and definitely want to accept it. I want to know ...
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2 answers
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Pitching to management, is it ok to include software architect in email?

A close relative is looking to collaborate, preferably with a company, to further market their software tool. Currently they have one customer, implementing across more customers would require more ...
30 votes
3 answers
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Should I discuss amount of sick days with HR?

The past 6 months I have been ill or working from home because of the illness for about 2-3 days a month. I realise this is not optimal for an employer, but nobody has complained/asked any questions ...
117 votes
12 answers
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Will declining my company's many social events negatively influence my career?

I've been working for this company in the Netherlands for 6 months now. When they said they valued get-togethers and game nights, I expected the occasional Friday afternoon gathering or a game night ...
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1 answer
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New employee: interested in internal position within the company

I live in Europe. I started working for a large company about 2 months ago via a recruitment agency. While browsing around LinkedIN, I stumbled on an interesting position for a different department in ...
0 votes
1 answer
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Can I develop and sell an app while on a garden leave? [closed]

I am currently on a garden leave while still on my company's payroll. I have the idea of developing an app, which I can add on my portfolio which can also increase my skills. I live currently in the ...
17 votes
7 answers
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Raising a critical security concern in organisation domain

Recently, our company (Dutch) got acquired by a bigger company (Indian) and consequently, our company had to switch over to the acquirer's IT ecosystem. Some parts of the acquirer's system are badly ...
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2 answers
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Holiday allowance lower than expected?

I've been working in a company for 9 months and this month I've got my holiday allowance. Since I started in September, I'd expect my holiday allowance to be calculated this way: (gross salary) x 0,...
2 votes
1 answer
978 views

Switching job in the Netherlands: reasons for not having a gap

When switching between jobs in the Netherlands (from employer A to employer B), and having the possibility to choose between starting the new job right after leaving the old one or having a few days ...
33 votes
6 answers
18k views

Dealing with my own behaviour after an unpleasant afterwork hangout

I've been working in a Dutch company for a few months now, and last Friday, a group of my colleagues invited me to hangout with them in a bar near the office. This time exceptionally, I accepted to go ...
2 votes
6 answers
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How to ask for workplace (internship) accommodations due to autism?

I recently started with a graduation internship. Which I am quite happy about. (Finally completing my studies after a couple of failed employments, also due to the side effects of autism) When I ...
35 votes
10 answers
9k views

Renegotiating a start date on request of current employer (after contract signed)?

Context I've recently negotiated and accepted a contract with a new company. My starting date is set to few months away. After signing, I notified my current company of my intent to leave (this seemed ...
73 votes
16 answers
19k views

How do I explain that I don't want to maintain old projects?

I am currently working as a programmer with 3 years of experience in the Netherlands. At the start I worked at some projects I started from scratch and I really enjoyed those. I also acted a bit as ...
56 votes
6 answers
22k views

Can I be forced to conduct an exit interview?

I gave my resignation to the current company. HR told me that I must conduct an exit interview. But I don't want to do it since I believe it is pointless and I don't want to spend my time. I checked ...
1 vote
7 answers
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Asking for compensation for signing NDA?

I work at a company and was asked to sign a NDA/CA (non disclosure agreement/confidentiality agreement). There is no expiry date (indefinite) as long as the knowledge doesnt become public knowledge. ...
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5 answers
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How to socialise when you are from a third world country?

I am from one of these countries that have a very bad reputation regarding human rights, women rights. (But differently not me) I got a job in the Netherlands I am in my 5th week Employees try to ...
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2 answers
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Some questions about job application formatting in Europe

I've been working about 5 years for the engineering industry. The last 4 years have been in Europe. I'm now looking for a new position, and would like to ask for some feedback regarding the documents ...
2 votes
2 answers
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How to mention unfinished or short studies on my resume?

I'm trying to apply in the field of data analytics and have experience in the form of studies, which are mentioned on my resume. I recently had an interview and became apparent that it could be ...
23 votes
3 answers
11k views

Signed a contract and received another offer

I signed a contract with a company I found quite interesting, however, another company I had applied to earlier finally responded. I prefer the latter. The contract I have signed states that both ...
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2 answers
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Can an employer in the Netherlands deny me holiday leave during my notice period in the last month of my yearly holiday rota?

I have handed in my resignation to a Dutch company which I am currently working for, however, I misunderstood the contractual notice period. In the contract it says I must provide "one calendar ...
3 votes
1 answer
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Finding a company that is willing to sponsor relocation

Little context: Non-EU country citizen working in the tech industry as a frontend developer for nearly 2 years now. Self taught / no CS degree. The time spent in industry is not too much, but ...
56 votes
11 answers
11k views

My tasks at work have turned away from what I applied to. How do I get back on track?

I started at this company in the Netherlands a bit over a year ago as a C# coder. It's my second job now, after quitting from a job of 3 years also as C# coder. As I got interviewed for the current ...
1 vote
4 answers
456 views

Should I keep my employer up-to-date on my medical situation with epilepsy?

I discovered I have epilepsy while working at my previous job because I got an attack at the office. I had a 1-year contract there and didn't get an additional or permanent contract there, they didn't ...
5 votes
6 answers
2k views

I got hired as iOS developer, can a company force me to develop in react native the year later?

My company hired me with the role of "Senior iOS Developer". I've spent 1 year developing in Swift, native iOS language. They asked me to convert to React Native since next year, so I will ...
35 votes
8 answers
15k views

How can I discuss with my manager that I want to explore a 50/50 arrangement?

Context I work at a large Dutch, not-for-profit, partially government backed organization for 2+ years and have (in my eyes) favorable working conditions like a permanent contract, a pension, holiday ...
10 votes
10 answers
2k views

Should I declare that I have autism? Will that get me fired?

I work in the Netherlands as an expat, so my resident permit is related to my work. I was described by a psychologist to have autism. Should I declare that to my employer? I'm afraid that might get me ...
73 votes
7 answers
23k views

I suspect my coworker is trying to take revenge. How do my career and I survive an extra few weeks of working together?

A few months ago, I was temporarily (until the end of this year) put on another team. There is one other developer, and we've been struggling in our day-to-day interactions from day one. He's not used ...
1 vote
3 answers
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Should I disclose a potential health problem during an interview in the interest of transparancy?

My contract is coming to an end in <1 month (26th of June is my final day) as a result of matters unrelated to this question. I am now interviewing for a new job, with 2 interviews for different ...
2 votes
3 answers
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What to do when suffering from stress not related to work

I am currently under a lot of stress from different sources that are not interesting to mention on workplace but i am in a battle with myself. I feel that I am not performing well at work because of ...
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3 answers
368 views

How to find companies without going through recruitment agencies?

I'm currently studying embedded systems engineering (think software engineering but instead of apps it's IoT) and I'm having a lot of trouble finding potential companies for internships. There doesn'...
135 votes
15 answers
36k views

How can I ask my boss to stop constantly "outing" me at work?

Context I work for a global tech company as an engineer. I was working in the UK up until very recently until I moved (with the company) to the Netherlands. Both countries are very tolerant to the ...
18 votes
10 answers
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Why are shorter hours such a problem for companies?

Why are companies in general opposed to employees working shorter hours? Shorter hours means less expenses for salaries. And while a lot of the fixed costs for office space and stay the same, this ...
2 votes
5 answers
1k views

Starting a new job and asking for leave right away

I'm starting at a new job next week. My best friend is getting married in two weeks and I'm the best man. We discussed any planned activities during the job interview and leaving to attend the wedding ...
4 votes
6 answers
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Should I wait for job contract to hand out my notice? [duplicate]

I recently received written job offer (from a big corporation, if it matters) that I decided to accept. I am meant to start at the beginning of April, so I need to hand notice letter to my employer by ...
4 votes
6 answers
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Netherlands: should I tell that I have depression, will that affect my compensations?

I work in the Netherlands in a big company. I've been suffering from depression for a long time now. My employer doesn't now about it. I keep it secrets. I am performing very well at my company but ...
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1 answer
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Can I get a work permit on Netherlands on IT with an associate degree at a non-related area?

I'm a F/24yr with +8 years of experience on Web Development, but my formation is on Graphic Design (associate degree). I'm trying to leave Brazil and get better job/life conditions than here. My scope ...
234 votes
21 answers
65k views

Boss asked me to sign a resignation paper without a date on it along with my new contract

After messing up at work by calling in sick way beyond the assigned time (my day starts at 9, and I called in at 11) I got a stern talk with my boss and senior programmer. My boss was ready to fire me ...
18 votes
8 answers
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Promising job offer at seemingly good company, with a terrible online (Glassdoor) presence

Location is the Netherlands, if that's relevant. I am searching for jobs as a junior software developer currently, about 2 or so months into the job search. This is going to be my first job as a ...
50 votes
19 answers
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What does it say about a company when they require a degree for a junior programmer's position?

Location: The Netherlands Certain junior programming job applications in the NL require you to have finished a HBO study (similar to a Bachelor’s degree), As I understood, a lot of programmers are ...
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2 answers
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What to do after a bad review with implied message to leave

I recently got a bad yearly review at my current employer, and I actually don't know what to do. I already had a question regarding mental health late last year on the platform and that was 1 of the ...
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2 answers
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If you know the market salary for your position is X, what is the salary one should "ask" for when asked during an interview? [duplicate]

I've often be told I'm short selling myself. So now in a new interview I'm wondering, if I notice that market salary, for someone with my skillset, is x (say 3000), what should I ask for? I have a ...
0 votes
3 answers
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Should I raise the topic of travel allowance?

I work from home one day in the week and commute to the office the remaining four days. This commute takes up a total of ~2.5 hours a day (I do not mind the commute). I live in the Netherlands with my ...
0 votes
3 answers
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What options are there for getting help with job hunting? Especially abroad

2 months ago I decided that I didn't like the life I have in the town I moved to a year ago for my current job. So, I dusted off my CV and submitted it to every site I could think of, expecting to get ...
21 votes
5 answers
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Is it OK to call company for more details about a job post (not an application)?

I would like to ask whether it is generally considered OK to call the HR department of a company to ask for further details regarding a job post (not a job application). I work in the Civil ...
214 votes
9 answers
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Is it okay for me to decline a project on ethical grounds?

I work for a big digital marketing agency as a Web Analyst. One of our clients is a sports betting website. In a recent meeting they asked us to help with a new strategy. It basically involves re-...