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How to tell the HR about getting sick leave but not sick?

I sent a message today to our HR informing that I wont be able to work today and I apply for sick leave because I'm not feeling well. But the fact is I'm not really sick, I don't have a fever or any. ...
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Is a cover letter ever too formal in some scenarios?

Sometimes there are scenarios where I am in communication with a business contact for a while that eventually lead to a work opportunity to apply for. This has happened a number of times to me, and in ...
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how to react when client explains “it will be used for illegal activities”?

scenario: Freelancer (from Norway if that's relevant) is approached by MrX (from unknown origin, if that's relevant) about creating SoftwareX, they agree on scope and price, MrX does a small pre-...
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How to find an employer that will support part-time study?

I am a Software Engineer with around 5 years of professional experience and a B.Sc. in Information Systems located in Berlin/Germany. In the U.K. (preferably Greater London), how do I find an ...
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Nothing to do @work [duplicate]

In my office the summer is usually very calm. I already did all I could do (tidying up, looking for optimisations, helping colleagues...). I also took some hours off... How do you deal with it?
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Dealing with “Why didn't you do it some other way?” questions

The scenario is usually similar to this: I am presenting my work, which involves software related decisions and scientific related methods. I have almost no direct management from my actual managers ...
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Staffing agency says I won't get paid to pick up equipment required by client. Should I push back?

I just got placed through a staffing agency, in the state of California. I'm expected to drive to a client's location and pick up some equipment to use to work from home for the duration of the ...
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In an interview with a small video game company, should I comment about bugs I noticed in their game?

I have a short skype interview next week at a small videogame company for a programmer position. They are currently working on a new game, so I downloaded the demo and played through it. There are ...
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Negotiating a promotion without collateral

I have been in my current position for nearly six years. During which time, I have received a default 2-2.5% annual raise -- about level with RPI, so effectively nothing in real terms -- based on ...
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Should I tell my manager that I want quit in 2-4 months? Or should I keep my plans to myself? [duplicate]

I just wonder if I should tell my manager that I want to quit in a few months from now or not. Below I am going to provide you with some context and description of my current situation. Basically I am ...
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Motivation has dropped partly due to pessimistic views on work in general - burned out?

I've been in my current role for about three years, after graduating from University. I haven't really been impacted by COVID work-wise because I'm a software developer so I can WFH. Lately I've been ...
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Including side projects on resume that have somehow negative connotation

(CS Undergrad) Hello! Since the hiring season is beginning, I thought I should create some side projects to put on my resume. Therefore, I created a couple of chrome extensions. But here's the problem:...
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I get assigned technically impossible tasks [closed]

I've started in a new company a few months ago, I had to move and I did not do my research. In my old company I had my team, a git, we had design patterns and everything was smooth. At my new position ...
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how to deal with a passive/ unresponsive/ agreeable boss? [closed]

And as the title says it, I have a very passive/agreeable/ hands off boss who never wants to get into "conflict" with any other manager or even other worker (outside our own department). By &...
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Escaping the retail industry as an 18-year-old with only retail experience [closed]

For over two years now I have worked as a grocery store cashier. This is the only work environment I have ever known. This year has taken a toll on a lot of people's mental health, my own included. ...
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My manager has scheduled a face-to-face lunch meeting. Am I out of line to refuse?

We're in the USA where the pandemic is still raging. We've been working from home since March. My department is 5 people and some of them have been seemingly having "cabin fever", so they ...
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Should I rely on startup company for IT services? [closed]

There is a startup offering me highly skilled developers at reasonable cost. But, it has become difficult for me to decide whether to work with the startup or not. As, recently my friend's startup ...
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About selling one company from Iran to foreign buyers [closed]

I am working as CEO and technical manager of a family-run one 3 years old, entrepreneurial medical device manufacturing Co.LTD With 30% of company shares,we made a Dental Vacuum former device like ...
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How can I get my co-workers to have conversations with me in their native language instead of English?

I want this post gone. I shouldn’t have posted it to begin with and I’m not allowed to close it. This issue is a cultural phenomenon in Taiwan. It doesn’t belong in a western work culture discussion ...
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Is it ethical to leave a position soon after getting TS/SCI clearance?

I started a job a bit more than a year ago, and about 2 months in I begun my TS/SCI clearance process. I applied to a Masters program 6 months afterward. I found out I got accepted a few months after ...
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Background check - how many years back info required - US hire

hi I got an offer from a large company subject to passing background check. Does anyone has experience using First Advantage. Whatever agency you have used, can you pl tell how long back they want to ...
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Career path for experienced full stack web developer

Background: I'm self-taught and have worked as a full stack JavaScript developer in small teams/freelance for about 5 years, starting from basic JS projects and picking up skills as required by ...
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Since my boss find out my hobby, our relationship worsened, how to improve it?

I'm working as a developer/database admin and, until a few days ago, everything was great working with my boss (workload was fine, we trusted each other, meetings were shorts and constructive, ...
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Should your resume include undergraduate courses once you've completed a graduate degree?

I did a double major in two related fields in undergrad, and now I'm finishing a masters degree in one of those fields. I'm going to be a recent grad with little more than an internship and some TA ...
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How do I professionally decline to disclose my current salary

I know one should not disclose their salary in an interview: how you are valued anywhere else should not affect how the new company should value you, and it can be used against you. I am aware some ...
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I'm a Product Designer about to renegotiate a contract. Which (if any) title should I ask for?

I'm a product designer at a mid-sized startup. We recently had a huge round of lay-offs – including the five other product designers in my team – leaving me as the sole product designer in the ...
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Scrum is causing me stress

We very recently switch to scrum, from something more like a waterfall process. For what it's worth I don't have very strong feelings about any particular development process, but if it becomes clear ...
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What does a PhD in International Relations generally do? [closed]

What are the job fields in which a Ph.D. in International Relations generally works apart from becoming a teacher or a diplomat? Do they work in companies?
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On an online job application, what should be put for desired salary? [duplicate]

It will only let me put a numerical answer. (Usually I write "Will discuss if offered position.") Would it be bad if I put zero? I am fresh out of college, and have not gotten a professional ...
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Starting anew after redundancy

Good morning. I have just been made redundant. All was done by the book, however the company has no funds for severance. We are to get our Redundancy / Holiday and Notice period pay via National ...
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Should an entrepreneur found a startup in a field outside her/his domain expertise? [closed]

Many people say that one should not try to start a startup in a field in which they do not have any expertise. For example a mechanical engineer should not start a startup in the field of computer ...
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Project lead refuses to use English though it's the company language

Large company based in continental Europe. How to handle a project lead who refuses to use English in meetings, even though there are engineers in the meeting who are known to not speak the local ...
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Boss asking me to do web development but I'm not a developer

I have a dilemma. My boss has been pushing me to do web development even though I am not technically a developer. I feel it's getting close to him firing me if I don't. I believe the reasoning is he ...
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Coworker posted a piece of source code on social network. What do I do?

Today I opened a social network and saw that one of my coworkers, let's call him Bob, posted a piece of source code of one of our projects. The quick video is blurry, so it's hard to actually read it,...
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ELI5: Explain work hours to young adult [closed]

Something like ELI5: Pretend I'm a young adult in highschool/primary school or university and haven't tried any full-time jobs, say in summer breaks or for internships. I understood work hours (...
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Does it sound like I got the Job? [closed]

I had an interview today for delivery courier position. I felt the interview went good and I have previous experience in the same position for another well know logistics company. I arrived early, not ...
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Joining a company as the expert: what level? [closed]

UPDATE: when I wrote this, I had just joined. The problems I had were simply because the "impostors" (which, a year later, are indeed still impostors) are based in the HQ, and my line ...
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How to ask boss for revenue share for new project I'm proposing?

I have an idea for a new project that I think the company I work for might be interested in. I came up with it independently and before I started working for the company, in fact, the non-compete I ...
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Manager always removing employees from my team

In the past, my manager has given me additional employees which were loosely connected to my team's functions. Although it was outside of my zone, I was OK with it, because it was a growth opportunity....
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What are some good questions to ask in a job interview to determine if potential employees have IT skills? [closed]

I conduct job interviews a lot. I do this for a company that, among other things, requires a certain amount of IT knowledge. They're not looking for "computer experts" but they do look for ...
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I haven't been doing my job for weeks. I don't want to lie to my boss about it or get fired. What should I do?

I am working from home as a web developer. Like the title says, I have really been slacking off lately. The changes that have come along with the virus have really had an impact on my ability to be ...
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How to tell your boss that you won't work on the expensive MacBook he bought you, as you are used to Linux/Windows

The title pretty much says it all, but for some context, I started at a fullstack dev job at a new place about a month ago and before I started they ordered me a MacBook Pro to work on. Every day ...
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How do i justify myself to a prospective employer why I'm quitting a job that i joined two months back?

I'm an indian and i finished my graduation in 2015. Then joined a service based MNC in feb 2016 and worked there for a year and half. I quit the company(Aug 2017) in order to pursue higher studies. ...
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In hyper-competitive environments, what is the limit of “expect the worst from others”? [closed]

I work in a hyper-competitive environment. My team is very collaborative and we work very well with each other. Some other teams are extremely competitive. They want control, they want ownership, etc. ...
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How is working with IOT project being viewed in software industry?

I an working in a project company that does projects for government. My previous experience was in web mainly dealing with React, Vue and NodeJS. Today I was just approached by my boss to consider for ...
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How to deal with an abusive boss

Our department has a very high turnover rate from people leaving after being repeatedly yelled at and demeaned by our boss. This is causing more strain on the remaining members due to unfinished ...
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Are there lifestyle restrictions if you work for a firm requiring top secret clearance in the US?

I saw a job posting that requires Active DOD Secret Clearance. I was wondering if there are any lifestyle restrictions if I were to work for that company. I like travelling internationally and ...
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How to ask former co-workers what they thought of me?

Question How do I gracefully ask former co-workers what they thought of me and my work? Summary I recently got laid off and have been organizing my resume. I'm finding that personal branding is ...
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Being a good mentor to software developers whose skills are below-par

For the last ten years, I have worked as the only senior developer in a team of 4-5 developers within a larger organisation, supporting a range of corporate systems. Within the first couple of years, ...
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Having to train someone 'by the back door' as a contractor

I'm a contractor (UK) who's been with a client a couple of year. I'm the only, and very experienced, software developer on a particular high profile project. The client has hired someone new to ...

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