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Etiquette of wearing a mask to an interview

For context, this is the UK where masks are encouraged in public and mandated on public transport. I have been invited to an in-person interview. Is there an established etiquette surrounding PPE yet, ...
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How can I change jobs with a long notice period while furloughed?

I work for an organization (and have been there for over a year) that requires you to give 3 months' notice for leaving. Because of the COVID-19 crisis, we have all been furloughed since May and have ...
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Making my dream company take a competing high offer seriously

There are two major companies I am considering: A and B. I applied to both for a senior manager role. Both have given me verbal offers to join their companies, however in different circumstances. Both ...
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Are the extra sections Stack Overflow adds to its resume useful?

I recently discovered that Stack Overflow has a section for jobs and it also builds your resume so you can download it. Since I was in school I was told to be concise and put only the necessary stuff ...
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Can I conduct quiz among my team to evaluate their understanding? Is this ethically correct thing to do so?

In my recent position as technical lead, I came to realize that some team member did not have a proper understanding of the whole process or what they thought was, was incorrect. We have experienced ...
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What happens when company accuses you of fraud? [closed]

One of my friends friend(let's call him Harry) who I know is accused of fraud from a company he worked some time ago. What happens next, will he be able to continue work at some other company? Of-...
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Application: Should I disclose my sex, where (another) one is given priority in the job advertisement?

"Applications from women are expressly welcome and will be given priority in accordance with the State Equal Opportunities Act. Severely disabled applicants and applicants, who have the legal ...
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How to politely tell colleague to use respectful tone in emails

Once in a while I come across situation where I get email from colleagues (who are not my bosses or superior. In fact in most cases, I am at relatively senior position to them) where the tone is more ...
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Did I mess up by bringing up other interview process during a job interview?

Had an interview the other day. While we were talking about the recruitment process, I just mentioned in passing that I was involved in one other recruitment process as well. I was just making ...
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Greeting someone in their native language

I recently received a large amount of help from someone in our Canadian office. I want to send him a quick thank-you email and am wondering whether or not I should greet him in French, I'm far from ...
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How do you handle being asked to work on too many things?

Currently I work at a company that used to have a sizeable number of developers. Different teams were responsible for their own specific domains. There was a database team, a systems team, networking, ...
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Becoming a strong decision maker

Consider the following list (from here) of "top 10" manager behaviors: The 10 Oxygen behaviors of Google's best managers Is a good coach Empowers team and does not micromanage Creates an ...
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Temporarily working abroad while in normal circumstances being based in the UK

I currently work for an American company but I am based in the UK. Due to covid-19, my job is now fully remote, and I am working from my family home. A few friends in the same industry as mine, are ...
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Is participation in different bug hunting programs viable career path and source of income?

Is participation in different bug hunting programs viable career path and source of income? More specific questions: What are estimated, expected earnings of bug hunters? How long one needs to train/...
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Switching from product development to sustaining engineering

I am a developer at the middle of my career (10+ years) mostly in systems development (Linux/Unix). I've recently received an offer from a big name in on prem storage for their RTP center to be an ...
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How to tell my manager that it was me who solved the task

I am a junior dev in a big tech company. I joined last year and since then, I've been learning. We have a senior dev who used to help me a lot in the beginning. I was assigned an important task, I ...
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No response after interview request

I submitted a job application (FYI, very large company) and 5 days later, I received a phone interview request via email from the recruiter. I responded within an hour, telling the recruiter my ...
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A colleague who resists workflow

In a software technology startup team, there is a colleague who is perceived to resist this desired workflow: Use self-hosted GitHub: Open issues Regularly comment/update on in-progress issues ...
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Employee Test Result Failure Revealed

I recently (and embarrasingly) failed an email phishing test at work when I should have known better. At the time I was distracted and not paying attention properly and it caught me out, which proves ...
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How to choose which awards go on my resume and what matters most with listing them? What is most important to explain about them to hiring managers?

During university I consciously set out to win a ton of awards. 4 years later I have some 200ish awards like Top Whatever Under Whatever, Person of the Year, scholarships, fellowships, essay contests,...
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Is internal transfer safe during a layoff?

I am a software developer for a team that I have been in for many years. I like the job well enough (most days) and am highly-respected, but the current management is very poor and I'm not being ...
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How to disclose a temporary job?

I recently got laid off in early April. I don't have any savings so I took a job since in late April to pay the bills. The job is in a different field and is about half my old salary, so I have ...
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How to respond to coworker who only gives vague criticism

I'm an experienced web developer at a very small software development company. We are a startup with 4 months to deliver a prototype, and no project manager. My coworker is significantly older than me,...
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I can choose the new name of my position. What would be a good option?

I work at a multinational company that makes digital games. I joined three months ago, and my position is content trafficking coordinator, also known as "trafficker". But the name of this ...
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Demoted through no fault of my own. Required to pay company if I leave. Advice? [closed]

I recently took a new management position at a company and up until this week everything was going smoothly. My team was doing well and my manager was happy with my performance and in fact even gave ...
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Dealing with a toxic freelancer harming our industry

I work in a niche field, which is normally full of people who mostly collaborate, rather than compete with each other. Lots of small organizations, government entities, and individual freelancers ...
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How to professionally acknowledge to a client that a former coworker made a mistake in production?

I work at a tech consulting company in the US and I recently took over a project from a coworker (Bob) who got laid off. (He was mainly let go because of covid, but he wasn't the easiest to work with ...
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Advice for an In-Person Internship Interview Next Week [closed]

Yesterday I had a phone interview with an energy company in my town that I really want to work for. This is an operations and maintenance summer internship with the possibility of becoming full-time. ...
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Blamed for typos in thesis

I am a graduate student (PhD) in a STEM program. A fellow lab mate of mine asked me to review a chapter (basically the background/history of their project) of their graduate thesis a couple months ...
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Dealing with condescending arguments from colleagues [duplicate]

How do you deal with condescending arguments when arguing with colleagues? I mean with arguments like: "In my N years experience ... you will learn when you get that experience ..." "...
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what does one say to a mediocre non-knowledgeable boss who manages by email only?

I have a new boss. He got us all WFH fortunately. He also got himself to be the CIO (Chief Information Officer). He talks the talk very well but many things he says and does indicate he doesn't know ...
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What would be an appropriate gift to a customer service rep who's helped me way beyond what I expected?

I recently had an absolutely fantastic customer service experience. I had an issue signing up for a service and posted on social media about it - a few minutes later, a user from the company commented ...
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SMART goals for improving knowledge transfer/training abilities

I have some newcomers on my team who are somewhat lacking in certain technical skills and my boss has asked me to help them get up to speed. I've been put in this role many times over the years, ...
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How to build relationships while onboarding remotely with a traditionally non-remote team?

I am starting a new position at a company that is normally co-located in the same office. However, due to Covid-19 the team has moved to a remote set-up and I will be joining the team remotely for a ...
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How can I approach suggesting a significant other be interviewed after the company just hired a sibling?

I have worked as a fabricator at a small company. I am on good terms with the plant manager and the company president/owner/founder. About a month ago, when we were looking to hire, I suggested to my ...
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too much pressure at work in the machine learning area

In short I'm a single data scienstist. I've joined recently a team of 4 python developers / machine learning engineers. The machine learning project we do is difficult as a machine learning problem. ...
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How to ask if my job is safe

I work for a company that values self-starters and does not value feedback. We get code review and bi-annual formal feedback, and that's it. My history is that I was hired to do X, and have since ...
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Why dont employers take chances on entry level candidates?

Every employer these days wants 1+ years of experience, even in entry level jobs. I graduated this August with a bachelor's in computer science, and I've been looking for a job ever since. I've ...
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Why do some companies use recruiting companies instead of publishing the vacancy themselves?

Some jobs are advertised in job portals or linkedin ect. But sometimes I get contacted through a person who works for a recruiting company and she/he asks me if I would be interested for further ...
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How can I minimize the damage of my PhD advisor's bad recommendation when applying for industry jobs?

This question is about the power of PhD advisors on industry job (non-research) applications. I did not get along well with my former PhD advisor. I was able to defend and graduate; however, I have ...
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How to structure responses to key selection criteria in an application letter

The job I am applying for lists several selection criteria, some of which overlap in their scope and most of which overlap in the experiences I would draw from to respond to them. Is it preferred that ...
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Should I mention employment authorization in a cover letter?

A new company is relocating to my town and I am interested in applying to work there. Currently there is no specific position being offered that I could/want to apply for, however on their website ...
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My senior colleague ignores me

I am a junior software developer. I joined one of the big tech companies a year ago, immediately after graduating. I joined a team that has one developer, he is a senior dev. In the first half of ...
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The right way to escalate things

I think it's a somewhat common situation in the workplace but one I simply can't master. My boss tells me to turn to colleague A for some information. So I turn to colleague A and propose a meeting. ...
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Is it worth continuing the search for my first job if there's the possibility I'd leave it in less than 6 months to study abroad?

Biting the bullet, so I thought I'd ask here (first time). I feel like I'm quite the overthinker. I still want to get my first job, but I'm currently less than 6 months in on a potential flight to ...
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My Boss Wants Fancier Methods

I work in a young (< 3 year-old, <15 employees) startup. Our core data product is a recommendation engine. One of my primary responsibilities is to experiment different methods and prototype it. ...
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sabbatical/career break

I need some advise please. I work for a large University in London. I am on a permanent contract and have been there for 8 years. My salary is 54.4K. I am eligible for Sabbatical leave given I ...
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How to handle reappearing double standards during Job Interviews

I am a junior level Developer from Germany. After my bachelor’s degree in informatics, I worked for a company for two years. However only during the first year I worked as a developer. During the ...
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Does it have any value getting a PhD in engineering after 45? [closed]

I am talking about academia and research. Suppose, a person doesn't have either professional or academic credentials or experiences. Suddenly he decides to study engineering because he wants to ...
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Is it appropriate to say “I have nothing to do for now” in the office?

An employee has just completed all the tasks his boss gave him, and his colleague is asking him (as he was pretty fast in completing them even before deadline) : A: "Why are you having such a ...

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