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I'm from Belgium, not sure if this is the same in Germany, but at least you'll get some food for thought and check if you have similar laws in Germany. When giving your notice, there's a notice period your company has to respect (depending on how long you've been working there, is set by the government). It can be shortened, but the employee has to agree to ...


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From my experience, where you search will depend on whether you are looking for a science job in the industry or in academia and what type of science jobs you are looking for. I can only share my experience from Berlin. Some of the universities and institutes post jobs in English on their website. I'm sharing a link to Bernstein Center for Computational ...


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I've already signed the contract for a new job starting on the 1st of January I wouldn't want them to find a way to terminate me before fearing a decrease in my productivity due to my resignation (can they even do it?). I do not know what the legal situation is in Germany. I have direct and indirect experience of this situation in the United States. If ...


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Go ahead and tell the boss now. Keep in mind, the reason companies like having a long notice period is that it gives them more warning about personnel problems they need to solve - because there are typically a lot of hurdles that have to be overcome (to the point where, no, they're not solving all of them in the notice period and having a replacement in ...


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Avoid drama for as long as possible by giving notice at the 2 month mark, as per your contract. Giving more notice does, in principle, help them start the replacement process earlier, but it might also end with you being let go earlier than you'd like.


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I like paperwork, bureaucracy and documentation. I also like programming I worked for about 20 years as a programmer, with countless programmer colleagues. If one thing is certain, is that programmers HATE "paperwork, bureaucracy and documentation". Also, programmers are usually not very "good at organizing things" - besides their software. It is very good ...


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Apply even if you think you don't meet the requirements. You would fit pretty much any position as a junior developer if you have some coding skills already. With your background it sounds like you could grow past the "junior" stage pretty fast when you get a bit of experience. Consider also applying to jobs as an IT architect because your planning skills ...


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I know everyone loves the phrase "HR is not your friend" - but in this case, it's at least your ally. Your old company wants you as a contractor. You want to contract for them. HR is the piece designed to make sure all the red tape with that arrangement is nicely handled. This is one of the beautiful times where everyone wants the same resolution to the ...


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In some countries, stamps are no longer necessary. So in these countries, you will have no problem using that certificate. However, there are other countries in which the stamp rules. If you will need to use that certificate in such country, you may run into problems. It is difficult to give a definitive answer about what you should do, because it depends ...


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Dale Carnegie wrote a book "How to win friends and influence people", which should be the bible to anyone wishing to advance their social skills. It's put out very plainly, simply, and without any fancy techiniques, just a basic understanding of human nature. Beyond that. Your primary focus should never be on having people like you. It seldom works, and ...


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I've been told both: that I come across as very shy and introverted and that I come across as arrogant and aggressive, by different people. I think it's because I'm a bit reserved. People project things on me. Actually, people do not project anything on you. I have been through this kind of problem before, in my own country, my own city, and occasionally, ...


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A great way to start building bridges with people is by asking them for advice or suggestions. Given your particular situation (being a foreigner), you can even play that to your advantage. For example, on a Friday you can ask some of your colleagues for suggestions on how to spend your time in the weekend. Say you’d like to visit a museum, or go to the ...


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First of all. It's work. You don't need to be friends with your colleagues just friendly is more than enough. So try to be friendly, helpful and positive and ofcourse do a good job. If you have a team that tends to socialize a lot outside of work than that is a little more difficult especially if you are the only foreigner among natives (do you speak any ...


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It's normal for most foreigners who are not extroverts to face this issue. Don't let it affect your morale. It passes over time eventually. For the meantime many foreigners make friends and networks or just find support within their own expat or religious communities and never really see a need for more. In any case this is an avenue worth exploring if you'...


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It is certainly something a curious and attentive HR person might ask about in the interview, but nothing that would get your application sorted out before that step. Whether you liked your boss enough or they liked you enough but you worked together through 2 companies. Not a bad sign, you seem to get along with your bosses. The explanation itself is ...


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I have no experience of working in Germany, but I don't think it is strange for people to move between jobs. If you are free to quit, so is also the person who wrote your document. As a consequence, this says nothing alarming about you and I don't see it as a red flag. Same consideration for the delay: if it says something bad, it is about the company ...


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There's no real solution to the problem, as it's the way people just are. The seniors probably won't become friendly, helpful and mindful over the night. The only way is to tackle the problem head on, or try to completely avoid it if possible. Have you talked to the seniors? Tell them when you don't understand something, if they need to repeat it 10 times ...


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Just being accepted into a PhD programe and doing most of it is already something to be proud of, especially if you have a few interesting publications under your belt. So just treat it like any other job: you went to your place of employment, did things you are proud of and even got them published in your version of a 'trade publication'. I think the ...


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I wouldn't be at all surprised if the two seniors running the training really don't want to be, which is manifesting itself in poor behaviour by them. It's a sad reality that many people don't identify that educating others is a specific skill, and it's not suitable for everyone. Yes, you must have strong knowledge, but you also need patience, and an ...


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Ask for more detailed job specs in writing before you waste your time with an interview. If they won't commit in writing, I assume they are not serious. If you don't get more detailed job specs in writing, that could also mean the recruiter (even if he is a valid recruiter with an actual job opening) may not know what he's doing, and the importance of ...


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Having dealt with exactly the same issue but UK based, here's how I tackled it: Ask directly for a job specification (spec) or description. That document will generally be what the recruiter is summising in their emails and messages. Asking for that document is not rude. "Sorry there's no spec available". Then there's no job. Would you want to work for a ...


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Generally, I would ask recruiters that contact me in this manner for a job description. They should be able to provide that, without giving away specific details like the name of the company. Failing that, they should, at the very least, be able to provide some basic information about the position that would allow you to determine if it obviously a non-...


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It could be a number of reasons, not all of which are red flags. I've encountered three distinct groups of situations. The best case is that the website and contact email could be handled by a third party, who defers all questions to the actual company. The person you emailed doesn't know the answer, but they instead schedule time with you to discuss ...


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