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No References in Job Application. How bad is it?

I got my PhD 4 years ago in operations research, and I have been working as a data scientist since. I am looking to switch to careers to software development. However, I am leaving my current company ...
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What's politest way of writing you got no reply?

Some counter-parties don't reply promptly, and my boss requires paper record like emailing them again e.g. after 7 business days additional to follow-up calls. My boss and I think my writing is very ...
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Is it generally a bad idea to “rat” on co-workers?

Recently, I witnessed 3 out of our 4 managers joking about the company owner. These jokes weren't the normal "ah he's making me work weekends" stuff, they were pretty heinous in my opinion and it went ...
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How to communicate co-worker sharing company code on GitHub

I'm a software developer at a well-known financial company. My team consists of three junior software developers, and our team lead has taken more of the manager, hence there is really no supervision ...
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Minimizing damage to reputation after an unfortunate sequence of events

In the past two years, I quit two jobs and was fired from one without cause. The first, after over year working there I was significantly late being paid several times, so I found a new job. I ...
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CEO says not to expect pay increases unless you do something really exceptional. Is this counter-productive?

Our CEO has recently said we should not expect pay increases (above the usual yearly inflation adjustment) unless you're an overachiever or do something really exceptional. Is this counter-productive ...
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Is CC'ing the manager in first e-mail regarding urgent matter considered escalation?

I needed a task to be done by the services team in our company, I called them but no response, I've sent an e-mail to them explaining the issue and the urgency and I have CC'ed their manager and their ...
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How do I negotiate salary when returning to a position I just left?

I graduated from college a few months ago and started a great job at a defense contractor. While I was there I met some great people and the work was very satisfying. About six months in I received a ...
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How to stop being labeled in a certain way by one's boss?

Recently I noticed that my boss labels me in a particular way in conversations with me, and in meetings with other higher-ups and colleagues. The label appears to be intended as a compliment and is ...
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To be released from work before pending leave

Due to circumstances where my role is no longer needed and the expected growth to take on another role by my director was not met by my end, we have both come to mutual terms where I'd resign with a ...
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What is my last working day if my one month's notice falls on a Sunday?

I handed in my notice on the 15th of November. I'm required to give my employer one month's notice. From my understanding this would make my last day the 15th of December which happens to be a Sunday. ...
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What is the difference between an acting and interim director?

I work for a "small" institute of the US government which is maybe five steps below a top level US agency (e.g., US department of agriculture, commence, defense, ...). Our director is leaving at the ...
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Some employees are refusing to use a company program (instant messenger)

I have an instant messaging system on my office computers. Some users are logging out. We can’t fire them, but how can I set consequences for logging out or ignoring messages? What can I do to make ...
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Employer asks for signs of mental health in reference checks

Six months into my employment in the UK, my current employer is now asking that I can provide a character reference from a former employer. They had received responses from a few other employers but ...
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Mistake in Job Title - Pre-Employment Background Check

I made a mistake in terms of the job title in one of my internship experiences. I put down the credit analyst intern initially since I was working in the credit department in a bank. But after ...
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Would a huge screen/projector be healthier for the eyes?

As a very common exercise supposed to save your eyes whilst working long term in front of a monitor is to "look twenty feet away for twenty seconds every twenty minutes" and that's apparently the ...
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Manager asked me to reconsider my resignation and he sounded quite convincing, should I listen to him? [on hold]

As stated in this question: Just resigned as backend developer. How do I acquire the skills needed for my next job? I have resigned from my job as backend developer. Today my manager and I had a ...
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Being lied to and used

So I started at my job two and a half years ago. Before I started working at a company in Tualatin Oregon, I was told the company had suffered through a hardship, and was in a salary freeze and would ...
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13answers
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How to handle a colleague who appears helpful in front of manager but doesn't help in private?

TL;DR A colleague offers (unsolicited) help in front of manager, but actually doesn't help. What to do? The long version: I have recently started on a new job. There is another very senior person, ...
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Difficult peers are resisting Agile transition

I have been hired by an org to improve how they do agile as a Scrum Master Majority of the team respect my opinion but there is two individuals who are negative and long serving employees. I have ...
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13answers
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“Startup” working hours - is it normal to be asked to work 11 hours/ day?

I recently relocated to Germany (I am already an EU citizen), and this is the first of the stronger job offers - I did a technical task, did a Skype call, everything went ok, but the working hours ...
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Hiring manager added me on LinkedIn after interview

Update:I am shortlisted for second round interview. HR says I am one of the final two candidates.Fingers crossed! Thank you for the replies. I sent a thank you note to the hiring manager after an ...
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Coworker thinks code review cost too much time

Almost a year ago I switched to my current job. I have 2 prior years of programming experience but this is my first time working on an entirely new product. I am part of a small team of (5 or less) ...
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3answers
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Is it okay to negotiate salary and remote work at the same time?

When negotiating for a new job, is it advisable to negotiate one thing at a time, or is it okay to try multiple things at once? For example, if one requests higher salary than what was offered, in ...
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With a standing desk, are you only supposed to stand for 30 mins at a time?

I've had an adjustable standing desk for several months now. I stand at it all day, unless I have a meeting, then I sit in the meeting room. Recently, I learned that you are only "supposed" to stand ...
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Technical disagreements with my boss

I have a disagreement with my boss to do with asserting floating point values in unit tests. It seems to me that he does not have a real understanding of the problem. His position: Tests should ...
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8answers
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Sent technical test that was impossible, but other candidates completed it

I was sent a technical test by a potential employer that was impossible to complete. The test contained invalid code under a "Do not change this code" comment. In addition, the web page had glaring ...
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8answers
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Confronting a colleague about a sexist comment

I am a (female) IT student working in an IT company. So far I enjoy work, I get along well with my colleagues and the office atmosphere is friendly. Last week although, I overheard a conversation in ...
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6answers
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Left a meeting without apparent reason. What to do?

What happened: I work in a big company. I left my daily standup meeting and returned to my desk before the meeting ended, without no apparent reason and with all the people wondering why. Why: I come ...
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2answers
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Just resigned as backend developer. How do I acquire the skills needed for my next job?

I am an engineering graduate from a Non CS background. I have been working as a backend developer for almost two years now. The tasks had become a little repetitive for me and frankly speaking a ...
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Employer trying to prevent union meeting? (sort of)

EDIT: I have reorganised my question because all responses so far have been off topic to the questions I actually asked. What I would like to know is: Am I acting within my rights? Are my employers ...
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11answers
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I make rude/insensitive remarks, how to deal with it

Due to the nature of this post, I will do my best to stick to facts only. I have been working as a Software dev contractor for almost 20 years. I was always excellent at solving problems in that ...
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Great CEO with horrible management style

I'm a relatively inexperienced HR professional. I've been with my organization for 1 year and have a situation that I feel very positive about, but am unclear about my next steps. Here is a little ...
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How does a web developer showcase their work in a portfolio? [closed]

I am a coder and I'm encountering a challenge: To show a portfolio. If you are a designer you can show visual designs, a graphic designer can have a paper portfolio. Could a developer have a ...
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771 views

Adderall on Hair Drug Test (Dosage)?

I am prescribed 10mg Adderall 2x a day, I take mostly on weekdays to help me with my job, sometimes i may take an extra one but i do not take on weekends/holiday/time off. I just got a new dream job ...
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Insecure about job as a programmer

I have a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering and a master degree in "Applied researches" (general master degree where i could chose my own fields, did much programing and simulation stuff). ...
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I felt injustice after my company hired fresh graduates with higher salary and grade than mine

I don’t know how to explain this situation without looking envious, but I couldn’t handle that new joinees with 0 experience get paid more than i get, they got training outside the country I already ...
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7answers
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My adult son embarrassed me in front of my coworkers - how to react to provocations?

I am located in the north of Germany. We had an event where the whole company got together, about 200 people. We had dinner, a live band, all in all it was a great evening. My small department (about ...
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I don't have very much work to do. What should I do about it? [duplicate]

Backstory: I'm an Electrical Engineer (EE) at a small company that makes biometric sensors, I started about a year and a half ago (third professional job post college). I have a BS in Electrical ...
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2answers
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Negotiating salary weighting

Firstly, forgive me if this has already been posted but I looked and couldn't find anything specifically about salary weighting, If so ill remove. I recently relocated to a new city in the same job (...
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6answers
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Convicted felon looking for a job

I am a software developer who was convicted of a drug distribution felony (Schedule 3, non-recreational pharmaceutical) in the federal system (meaning no possibility of expungement) a few years back. ...
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3answers
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Is it legal for my employer (UK) to ask personal questions?

My employer in the United Kingdom has been requested by a third party (whom we, the company, work for) that all employees complete a security related interview involving personal questions such as if ...
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780 views

Discrimination and differences of treatment

I belong to a team where some of the members are expats. Recently, one of the members made the request to work from his own country appealing that if the request was not accepted, he will resign. I'm ...
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2answers
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Alternating two years of working with one year of sabbatical [on hold]

As a software engineer, is a feasible plan to alternate two years of working with one year of sabbatical? I was thinking about the possibility to change companies each time rather than staying in the ...
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1answer
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How to best showcase work related projects on my portfolio?

I wanted to know how others are best showcasing projects that are work-related in their portfolios? I'm currently a Systems Analyst/Developer and have created quite a few UI, Batch, and Automation ...
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3answers
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Start of day discussions [on hold]

I'm a software engineer in a team of 6 people. 3 of which are ostensibly more junior members, they've been here less than a year. All in their mid-late twenties. We work 7 hours a day and I feel like ...
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Junior developer about finish school. What next? [on hold]

My personal situation right now, without much detail, is as follows: I quit university after one year when I was 19. Instead I started something that here in Spain is called "Curso Formativo de Grado ...
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Office window treatment [on hold]

Some personnel has installed blinds at their office window facing the open area. Are their regulations as to when they should be open?
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Is this contract requiring me to repay training costs enforceable?

I recently applied for a job in a different department for the (UK) company I already worked for and was successful. The initial appointment letter I received (to confirm I had the job) did not ...
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switching from test automation to development

I have a career related question.I have been working in finance domain organization for past 5.2years,and because of budget cuts, they fired our entire team. My experience breakdown is as follows 1 ...

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