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Got invited to apply for a job for which I don't qualify. How should I take this?

Job orders are often written up by people who have little to do with the actual job. Even when they are, they are often written up with an overly optimistic "Wish list" rather than actual ...
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Is it discriminatory to put "bonus" video game skills in a job advertisement?

Is this discriminatory? No, probably not. Is it inappropriate to put in a job ad? Yes, most definitely. First, I'm going to assume that your colleague just wants to include the "bonus" section for ...
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How do I tell an executive that I am an engineer not an admin

Could you raise it to your manager? (Assuming that someone sits at a level between you & the exec, e.g. a head of engineering) A few months in the door & at a junior level, it makes sense that ...
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How should I tell front-end to stop passing bugs to back-end by default?

There are multiple things to fix here: From a technical perspective, if your frontend is getting an error reply and they cannot tell it's their fault, then the backend error reply is faulty. Fix your ...
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Intentional company falsehood in job description causing tension with boss

They've admitted that they're lying to you, to every other employee, and to every potential job candidate, and have admitted to you that they intend to continue lying. My advice would be to forego any ...
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How strictly should I take "Candidates must be local"?

The general rule I follow for applying for jobs is that if I want it, I apply without worrying about minor things that might not work out. I would recommend you follow that here as well. ...
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Is it discriminatory to put "bonus" video game skills in a job advertisement?

Suppose the hiring manager was a woman and she announced that she thought the ideal candidate for the IT role was someone who had worked needlepoint as a hobby. Oh, and scrapbooked. It would fit the "...
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What does it say about a company when they require a degree for a junior programmer's position?

As I understood, a lot of programmers are self-taught and do not have a degree. And likely don't work in jobs that have a hard requirement for a degree in CS. Why would not having a degree ...
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Ethics of spending one's private time to work with unrelated projects

I assume your contract states how many hours you are supposed to work for the company in a week. That they require you to work overtime when needed does not mean that all your not working time belongs ...
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I fear I'm about to be replaced. Is it okay to ask about a new position in my company?

If you ask, you may not be offered the job. But if you don't ask, you definitely won't be offered the job. Ask your supervisor, and tell them why you're concerned.
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Doing work beyond the scope of my role. Denied promotion recognizing actual role. Should I just shut down everything?

Turning off a critical business system out of spite is likely to get you fired for misconduct, even if you were the one who created it. If you don't like the job, look for another one.
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How to make sure a job will match the job description?

Ask open questions! Often the employer has little clue about the meat and veg of a vacancy and their job is not to make you happy, the job is to sell a position. They are a car salesman and to these ...
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What does it say about a company when they require a degree for a junior programmer's position?

There is a lot more to software development than knowing a couple of programming languages and hacking out some code. Universities are how you get trained for that. What does it say about the ...
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I fear I'm about to be replaced. Is it okay to ask about a new position in my company?

There is nothing to be lost by asking your supervisor. Be forthright, "I was posting the jobs to the web site, and this one looks a lot like what I am doing. Is this something that I can apply for ...
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My tasks at work have turned away from what I applied to. How do I get back on track?

Before you throw in the towel, there is no harm in being be more assertive in your discussions. Bring it up in EVERY one-on-one meeting. Make it #1 item on the agenda for every meeting Ask for some ...
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How do I tell an executive that I am an engineer not an admin

The other answers are also valid, but none have mentioned this idea yet: When tasked with an admin task from an exec, try one of the following responses Sure, I can do that, but can you clear it with ...
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Intentional company falsehood in job description causing tension with boss

My position has huge turnover so the company made a 90-day eval to figure out why no one sticks. The problematic piece here is the manager, and they are the reason for the turnover. It doesn't make ...
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Is it discriminatory to put "bonus" video game skills in a job advertisement?

No discrimination. Yes, you're overreacting. ...and you diminish a very important protection mechanism with banal nonsense ! In fact employers are free to chose their employees' suitable ...
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Can my boss make me do manual labor if my job description is as the Office Manager?

tl;dr: You can ask, but you may need a new job. There are two aspects to view this under: legal, and practical. Legal view Your situation will depend on the specifics of your job. In particular: ...
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Personal assistant; directors and boss keep interrupting my work to ask me to make them tea/coffee

It's not that unusual for Personal Assistant roles to include such tasks as making drinks. Asking while you're on your lunch break is not on in my opinion though - and I would say the same of any ...
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What does it say about a company when they require a degree for a junior programmer's position?

Think it this way: Do you absolutely, really, completely need sports shoes to go for a morning walk? Answer: No, but it helps. Many organizations take this approach, when they prepare the job ...
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Got invited to apply for a job for which I don't qualify. How should I take this?

When it comes to "X years of experience", those numbers are just rough guidelines and should not be taken literally. Brush up on the technologies in question before the interview and you should be ...
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Ask "So, what's the job?"... in a more refined way

Here's a no fuss straight forward approach: Hello, I saw the role regarding [job title], and am interested as it's in my area of expertise. I find that the duties of this role differ between ...
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My tasks at work have turned away from what I applied to. How do I get back on track?

You have two options: accept the reality or move on. The business needs SQL work, not C#. Since they are paying you, and you seem capable, they will ask you to fulfill the need they have. When you ...
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How do I tell an executive that I am an engineer not an admin

I have had this happen to me at every single job except my current one (we have a female CEO and female VPs). Also, we expect junior people to do tasks seniors don't want to do. Don't make a big ...
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Unwritten addition to my role

Request a meeting with your line manager to clarify your situation: how much PAT testing you are supposed to do how you can include that into your current role, as this likely means that you'll have ...
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How should I tell front-end to stop passing bugs to back-end by default?

I'm having frustration in that I'm doing RCA on things that I don't get credit for, or in other words, I'm wasting time doing things that shouldn't be my job. Your incentive structure is screwed up. ...
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How strictly should I take "Candidates must be local"?

It means no visa sponsorship and no relocation fees. If you're willing to relocate on your own dime, they don't have a problem with it. You can even mention to them that you'd be willing to have ...
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What does it say about a company when they require a degree for a junior programmer's position?

A lot of programmers are self-taught and do not have a degree. A lot of them do have degrees. Self-taught is a phrase that needs to die. Every programmer is "self-taught", formal education or not. It ...
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Got invited to apply for a job for which I don't qualify. How should I take this?

Being personally invited to apply > All other considerations You were invited to apply. So they want you to apply. They are not bound to follow the requirements they listed and companies often end up ...
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