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Is it a red flag for a company to have "unlimited paid time off"?

Having worked for a company with "unlimited" PTO I can tell you that my experience was almost universally bad. People were always worried that if they took too much, that is more than other ...
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Is it a red flag for a company to have "unlimited paid time off"?

This makes me afraid of “You can take time off as long as the work is done.” Am I wrong…is unlimited PTO generally beneficial to employees? You're not entirely wrong. In states like California, ...
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Is it a red flag for a company to have "unlimited paid time off"?

TL;DR: It might be a "red flag" sometimes (maybe even often) but not always. Some companies have good intentions with such a policy but their employees might not feel comfortable taking ...
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Is it a red flag if a job posting says they don't negotiate offers?

This is a very reasonable position. Some offers are negotiable, others are not. It's good that the company tells you how it is from the get go. In many cases, companies have fixed pay levels for a ...
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Is it a red flag for a company to have "unlimited paid time off"?

No, not by itself. For companies that have unlimited PTO policies, ask what the average number of PTO days taken are for the company. It’s a red flag if they don’t have that information. My company ...
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Why do companies ask if you've worked for a government entity?

The two questions: Have you ever worked for a government entity, either as a contractor or employee? Have you ever worked for a state or local government? They may be looking for a potential ...
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Is it a red flag for a company to have "unlimited paid time off"?

There's no way that unlimited PTO can be honest. It's as simple as that. If it was honestly unlimited, individuals could get hired and take 100% of their time off. Clearly the company cannot allow it. ...
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Do I need to keep updating job portal profiles, or pause till I try to switch jobs again?

I don't think you should worry about your profiles. When you want to be contacted by recruiters: update your profiles. When you don't need/don't want to be contacted: you don't need to worry about it.
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Will my Russian developer background be a red flag for European companies?

Most employers understand that Russians in general aren't responsible for the invasion of Ukraine, and are also suffering from the effects of it. They won't count your nationality against you. My ...
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Can I put fake experience in different skills than I am working in?

Yes, this is a lie, and it's singularly bad idea to lie in a resume.
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Is it a red flag if a job posting says they don't negotiate offers?

This is not a red flag. You always have choice to reject or accept their non-negotiable offer. Even with negotiable offers, at some point the company will not budge and you will be forced to either ...
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Is it a red flag for a company to have "unlimited paid time off"?

I don’t think that should be a single deciding issue, if only because so many good software engineering jobs will be in companies with such policies. The important thing is to learn as much about PTO ...
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I found out my employer has a policy of failing to confirm employment so employees have a harder time leaving. How should I proceed in my job search?

One particular comment from your question is concerning: The job has a problem with retention due to our duties being absurdly micromanaged by government overseers. (About 80% of new hires either ...
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Can I put fake experience in different skills than I am working in?

I interviewed a candidate who listed a fairly obscure programming language on their resume. This is probably the most difficult programming language I have ever encountered and requires some serious ...
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I found out my employer has a policy of failing to confirm employment so employees have a harder time leaving. How should I proceed in my job search?

but am worried how this will go next time I switch jobs. Don't worry about it until you have to. There is nothing easy you can do to force the owner to do anything, but interviewers take your history ...
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Is it a red flag if a job posting says they don't negotiate offers?

It is not a red flag. In addition to the other reasons listed in other answers, it can be a tactic to avoid demographic pay gaps or juniors being paid more than seniors. Many sources indicate women ...
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Should I address my letter to "Hiring Manager" or the name of the hiring manager?

If you know the name of the hiring manager, then please use that name. This is the perfect scenario. This sounds more professional, appropriate, and personal too. In general, if you apply for a new ...
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Will this software project manager's experience and education from Ukraine help her get a US job?

From all I ever heard, software developers from the Ukraine have an excellent reputation. And many people will assume that a woman, uprooted from Ukraine, with her experience, will be a tough cookie ...
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Nepotism has become the order of the day at my job, how do I move forward in my career?

"How do I address the question of "why did you leave your last job?" at my next interview?" I'm sorry you have to face this situation, however your answer need not be dependent on ...
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Can I put fake experience in different skills than I am working in?

It's never a good choice to misrepresent yourself in your resume. How long do you think it will take someone to determine that you really don't have 1.5 years of Java experience but simply took a ...
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Is it a red flag for a company to have "unlimited paid time off"?

I worked for a company that converted from fixed max days off (sick and vacation) to unlimited PTO. The stated reason was that it would eliminate a liability category from the books for the parent ...
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Is it a red flag for a company to have "unlimited paid time off"?

Although this has now been tagged as US, from the UK, I can see another way of looking at this. We generally have two buckets of time off, holiday, which is paid and sick days, which are also paid ...
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Is it a red flag for a company to have "unlimited paid time off"?

It's not bad to have "unlimited" PTO. We all know there is a limit to it, but it's just not a static number published by HR. The easy way to deal with it, and not feel bad or afraid you're ...
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Will my Russian developer background be a red flag for European companies?

Apply, you have skills that they will be interested in. While the political picture is difficult, they may still be planning and those skills needed.
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Do I need to keep updating job portal profiles, or pause till I try to switch jobs again?

Some time ago I updated my CV because I wanted to apply to an internal vacancy. I thought it would have been a good idea to also upload the same updated CV on the job portals where I had a profile ...
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Do I need to keep updating job portal profiles, or pause till I try to switch jobs again?

I'm going to suggest something in a different route. Whether you're looking for a job or not, it's never a bad idea to keep any profile you might consider meaningful completely up to date. You can ...
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Do I need to keep updating job portal profiles, or pause till I try to switch jobs again?

I wonder if not updating my profile everyday, until I want to find a new job make my profiles inactive, and it becomes difficult to get calls from companies afterwards. Not at all. You will always ...
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Do I need to keep updating job portal profiles, or pause till I try to switch jobs again?

Do you need to? No. It's unlikely these sites will make your profile inactive. After all, you are the product. They want organisations to contact you, even when you haven't been active, and try to ...
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Do I need to keep updating job portal profiles, or pause till I try to switch jobs again?

I get contacted by recruiters every week. I am not looking for a job. Once your profile is online some recruiter will find you. If you aren't likely to switch jobs it is fine to let those profile fall ...
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Nepotism has become the order of the day at my job, how do I move forward in my career?

You could tell an interviewer that you had challenges with a culture fit in a startup environment. Any person (assuming you don't go to another startup) worth their salt in this business will already ...
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