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General Manager avoids signing agreement and is never present

I’m young and inexperienced, I’m not familiar with worker laws or how common things are within the workplace. I just turned 18 this year and for my uni course I need 5 weeks work placement to be ...
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How to ask a multinational company if a job offer is not a scam?

I was following a job lead in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Finally they offered me a huge package. After receiving the offer letter, I informed my family. Someone in my family start putting doubts ...
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New on job & uncomfortable with profanity

My friend recently started an Intern-to-Hire position at a Fortune 500 software company. She was placed on a team working with 3 other people, and she's doing actual coding work (unlike other ...
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Being heavily recruited at new company: Should I tell them I’m trying to get pregnant?

I read this question, but it’s about the non-pregnant partner. A company reached out to me and is heavily recruiting me for a position that I know I'm qualified for. We're talking a $50,000 (USD) ...
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How would it be perceived by future employers if I had quit my job just after one month in, due to the work culture not being suitable for me? [closed]

I am from south Asia and I am thinking about quitting the current job which I joined a month ago. Reasons are, 500 developers are working in a single git repository ( backend, frontend, tools etc ) ...
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How to overcome fear while digging in HUGE code? [closed]

I joined a new company 1 month ago. This company has code which spans over 19 long years. It's a big company and the code is great without a doubt. But when I am told to work on a task to do, say, ...
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How soon do I need to tell my future employer that I won't be able to work for them?

A few months ago, I accepted a position at a company in another state. I've been preparing for the trip to that state for months now, but due to circumstances preventing me from finding an apartment ...
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What does "x employee is no longer employed by XYZ company" mean?

What does it exactly mean when company broadcasts x employee is no longer employed by XYZ company? Does it mean the employee is resigned or does it mean he got fired? Note that I have recently got my ...
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Asking for feedback early in experience

I've been recently hired to do web development, something that I always had interest in but did not have any experience outside of studying on my own time. I am very thankful for this position and I ...
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How should I tell my boss that I'm going away for another company?

Premise: I'm 21, and I've started my path for my current company when I was 16 in a school internship. Then for all next years every internship or every holidays I was working for them as a software ...
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What to do if you discover your team is not responsible for what you were hired for [closed]

I got a job to automate processes in a specific field. My background is in process automation. After I started, I discovered my team is not responsible for the processes or their automation at all. ...
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Is a cover letter really necessary?

With so many posts about recruiters not really having enough time to look at the resume, I was wondering how ( or if ) cover letters really play a significant role in the decision process. How do ...
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Are position requirements often exaggerated?

I recently was asked if I was interested in a certain job in IT. When first hearing about it, it seemed like it would suit me just fine. I was then sent a list of requirements for the position, and ...
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How do I bring up being misled about my job role during the interview period?

After interviewing for a job in a new technology that has great long term prospects, I joined the company despite relatively low pay. After joining the company, I was assigned to different technology ...
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How can I handle too many expectations at a job I recently joined?

I joined a new job two weeks ago where I was hired after an interview based on generic JavaScript programming knowledge with my past work experience close to two years. For the initial 12 days, I was ...
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Is it normal to ask for reading material before starting a new job

I will be starting a new job next month and am a bit worried about the probationary period. I have never worked in this field (financial services) since I have done most of my life in academia (...
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What can I do about a coworker who smokes pot while on the job?

I live and work in Colorado. I know that pot is legal here. I work on a golf course owned by the city. We operate a lot of heavy machinery, often within a few yards of golfers. One of my coworkers, ...
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How to refuse a job offer professionally after unexpected complications with thesis arise

I'm a computer science Master student who is currently writing his thesis. I'm quite far in the process, most of the writing has been completed and initially I had to do some small parts before it is ...
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How to respond to welcome email in a new job?

I just got a new job as a researcher in a lab. My manager introduced me to the whole team through a welcome email. He talked about my qualifications and briefly about my experience. Nobody in the team ...
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Got my first job. How do I politely turn down the call for an interview by another employer?

I recently got my first job and I have accepted the offer. Another employer who had previously put my application on hold wants to interview me now. How can I politely turn down the call for interview?...
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How to negotiate a job offer effectively during and after an interview

I'm having an HR interview soon with company A. I am certain that they will ask for my expected salary in the interview. I've been doing some research on this company and found out that their average ...
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What does an Employer want to see when considering a candidate with High Functioning Autism?

I was recently (in the past year or so) diagnosed with a form of high functioning autism. I have been with my current employer for several years. In the past I have always tried to "Fake" being ...
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Oftentimes coworkers come up to me and say, "please come with me" with no context

At my job meetings are always impromptu and never scheduled. Frequently coworkers walk up to me and say, "please come with me" with no other context. They do this because they need my help ...
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When changing jobs, do I need to inform where the new job is?

I recently accepted a new job offer and handed my resignation to my current employer. However they are very insistent on knowing where I'm going to work. Is this a normal thing? I know that my ...
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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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Something came up and could only give 4 days notice of missing work. This may have made it seem not urgent

I recently started a new job. I had a dentist appointment that didn't fix a problem (actually I think it made the problem worse). My mouth started hurting more and more to the point where I had to ...
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Could Wearing My Star of David Be Bad for Career?

I am a conservative Jew with a non-Jewish sounding last name (my paternal grandfather was not Jewish but Irish/German). However, I am 100% Jewish from both of my grandmothers/obviously my mother. I ...
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How do I request an alternate/non-traditional schedule? [closed]

Before I start, I am not someone unusual. I am a software developer with a very normal 8:00-5:00 job and a very average salary. However, I don't spend very much money and I value my time very highly. ...
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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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Is it alright to ask why I was hired over the other candidates? [closed]

Something I've always wondered: As a recent hire, is it okay for me to ask why I was chosen above the other candidates?
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Interviewing for position looking to hire immediately. Would be nice to give current employer 2 weeks notice but just as a courtesy

I am interviewing for a job where they want someone to start "immediately". My current employer has not treated me well and does not know that I am looking for another job. I have worked for ...
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How to say 'no' to more work?

How can I say 'No' (politely or in a very smart way) to extra work after work time? How can I say no to work that isn’t my responsibility but my manager keeps throwing at me? I’m terrible at ...
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I'm completely lost in my new job

To give a little context, I'm a french software engineer, and my specialty is mobile dev (Android mainly). I resigned from my first job because I felt professionally abused, like asked to do 4 times ...
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Application says "prospective employer reserves right to contact current employer": is this typical?

I am in the late stages of the interview process, and was asked by the prospective employer to fill out an application. Above the employment history section was this notice: WORK EXPERIENCE-Please ...
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Is it acceptable to install personally purchased licensed software on company provided laptops? [closed]

I have changed jobs recently. I am a software developer and I very much love Intellij IDEA, which I think is the best IDE (Integrated Development Environment) for Java. I have a personal license for ...
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Should I propose a big change as a newcomer?

I have been working in the IT department of a (relatively) small company for 2 months. Recently the boss of another department (who is a former developer) told me that it would be nice if we started ...
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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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Coworker keeps telling me where to sit. How can I handle this?

I recently started a new job. My coworker who sometimes works from home asked me which desk I sit at when he is not there. I told him at the same desk I normally do. He told me that needs to change, ...
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I just started a great new job, but my company is already using another company for the services I was hired to provide

I just started a dream job. The position is very specialized and the company and I were very happy to have found each other. During the interview they said they're using another company for the ...
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Should I decline this job offer that requires relocating to an area with high cost of living? [closed]

Long story short, a recruiter contacted me through LinkedIn about a position that he thought I would be interested in. I was thrilled after reading the job description along with finding out who the ...
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Should I hand in my notice at my current employer without a contract from my new employer? (UK)

I currently have a 2 month notice period so given the current agreed upon start date with my new employer I'd have to give my notice in tomorrow. However, I am yet to have received a written contract ...
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Told to record my own hours

I started this job a few days ago, and today is my third day working in the office. The employment process was pretty low key; I saw his ad, messaged him, and I started work. I get paid $15 an hour. I ...
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I have a great job, but I've been offered an even better one [closed]

I have a wonderful job. I've been here just over a year and I love everything about it really. But... I've been offered an even better one. Double the salary, more than double in benefits (cost to ...
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How does one express the need for 'work from home' days when seeking jobs?

It's very important to me that, in my job, I am able to occasionally work from home (WFH) if things come up. I'm afraid that if I ask an employer about this directly, it will come off as flaky and ...
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Can one company ask offer letter of another company

I have a job offer from company A and I mentioned that during hr rounds to another company B. Now company B has selected me but before sending the offer letter to me they want the offer letter of ...
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How to handle a "we own everything you do" clause?

I started a new job yesterday and was given a document titled '[Company] Non-disclosure Agreement'. Hidden in that document is a clause stating that everything I do, on or off company time, is owned ...
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How do I handle a colleague who fails to understand the problem, yet forces me to deal with it?

I am a Full Stack developer at a Startup company. There is a guy (with 3 yrs of experience) working on the same project that I am, who forces me to make changes to some codes. Even though I point out,...
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How to ask senior/mid level developers for guidance (if you're a junior)?

I want to ask a twist to the popular question that was posted yesterday about the junior developer who refuses help. Just some background...I recently graduated and have been working with my company ...
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Is it ok to switch a job just after getting a salary increase?

I've spent a decent amount of time with my current company (more than a year), and I'm looking for a job change as things are now at a saturation point (learning wise). My increment is due after a ...
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If I'm comfortable in my developer job, should I still keep my eye out for other opportunities?

I've heard job switching is one of the best ways to get big raises, learn new technologies, gain more responsibility, and move up in the development ladder. However, I dread starting all over at a new ...
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