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Questions tagged [new-job]

Questions about starting a new job, the etiquette required, and potential pitfalls involved.

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Maternity leave benefits and two-weeks notice?

I have been on maternity leave for the past 12 weeks, and am starting back in the office tomorrow. Before I started my leave, my company made it quite clear that they didn't really want me as an ...
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When should I tell my new employer about an already-planned vacation?

When is it appropriate to tell a new employer about a holiday/vacation that is already booked? Especially when it is close to the start date of the new job.
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What are employers looking for when they ask to see sample code during the hiring process for a programmer?

I have gotten requests to submit code samples (from past work done) but I have never really understood what precisely these employees are looking for. Do they how complex they think the past work ...
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How much humor should I display in an interview?

In an interview, there is often this icy nervousness. Would it be appropriate to make a comment about something mundane, like the coffeeshop nearby, etc? Just to break the ice? How much humor can I ...
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How should I handle a resume submission that did not occur when I said it would?

A couple of weeks back I discussed submitting a resume for a potential internship with an employee of the company in question, who said he had spoken to the relevant department head and had been told ...
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Should I take an related-but-not-ideal job with a company in hopes of moving into my ideal job?

My last job was doing application programming with a bit of web design for a software company. I left that job, and now have a job offer from a larger software company to do web design. I love ...
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Job offer contingent on background check: when to give notice?

I have recently accepted a job offer from an employer (a relatively large one with big HR dept). Basically everything went fine: salary/benefits negotiated, start-date determined, etc. I got the ...
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How can I stabilize a hectic project without offending the unofficial Project Manager?

I recently changed jobs and was assigned to a project at the new job that is in serious need of some stabilization and cohesion. The project has been in the works for 3 years and involves many ...
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What should a freelancer do to prepare himself/herself for the transition to working as an employee?

Freelancers are used to their own schedule/deadlines/whatnot. If a freelancer has to take employment (for whatever reason), they will have to start working in the more rigid workplace. What should a ...
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Is there an optimal number of years per job as an engineer? [closed]

Some (software) engineers keep their job for very short periods of time, as if they have commitment issues. Some keep their job for too long, as if they're afraid to leave their safety zone. Is ...