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You don't have to explain exactly what happened. Just a friendly mail saying Hi, Unfortunately I need to reschedule our interview due to a sudden injury. I expect to be available again in [however many] days, could we maybe move the interview to [date/time] or [date/time]? The last part is optional but at least shows you're thinking along. People get sick ...


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It’s a challenging situation but not impossible. You have to replace ten years of work, that’s not going to come for free. Your company will eventually figure out that this is a hard job. If you don’t deliver what they hope for (you won’t) you need to make sure that they know that replacing you isn’t going to help. It seems on top of all of it your ...


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She's emailed the company's HR representative asking for help. Is there anything else she should do in this situation? You did almost everything that needs to be done, just to make sure the information is not missed / lost, call them up (the HR, Recruiter or the contact person - as applicable) and inform about the issue.


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Wikipedia has a page about the work week around the world, with example of typical duration. This varies from 35 hours (in France), to 50 hours (in Burundi/Cameroon). Typical hours worked per day vary from 5 or 6 (during Ramadan for predominately Muslim countries) to 10. In terms of the specific examples - Copacabana is referring to a night-club setting (i....


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What is everyone's take on this? I suggest you focus on explaining about your experience managing this apprentice, if prompted during the interview. Although coaching people does involve leadership and some other skills, it's quite different from being a manager in a professional environment, even more if that environment is not related to sports. To me, ...


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What should I do? If you haven't received any response via email, you should definitely give them a phone call. A call is way more efficient in this scenario than waiting for an email reply. Try starting with any phone contact you have obtained during the process (the recruiter that has been contacting you for example). If you have not obtained any phone ...


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In Illinois, you can apply for and collect unemployment after being fired for performance reasons (assuming you meet all the other criteria). You can only be denied benefits if fired for misconduct.


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This is a bit strange, as one would expect to have the hand-off meeting, knowledge transition and all on-boarding process completed before officially being assigned a role. Usually, once you're "officially" assigned a role, you are expected to assume the responsibilities immediately. There are usually two scenarios: You are actually replacing the ...


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I also think option 2 would be best. Level setting with Bob now will decrease the chances of animosity and tension from building. I would frame the issue as being a disconnect between your vision of the team's decision making process and his vision of the team's decision making process. This shifts any blame off of him and puts it on the situation at hand. ...


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Sorry, that's a tough spot. Long term, it's a losing proposition. There is a huge cultural disconnect between you and your employer and your employer is behaving very unprofessionally in the first place. Best you can do is to hunker down, do your job, stay out of any political discussion and keep looking at full throttle. Deal with the job hopping question ...


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First, it doesn't matter when you accept a new job offer - what matters is when you start the new job. If you accept a job offer today to start in three months time, that is fine. So you absolutely can and should look for a new job right now, what counts is not the day when you sign a new contract, but the day when you start. The RPS will pay you during the ...


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This isn't an uncommon situation when taking over from someone, especially an external contractor who will have done the absolute bare minimum to fulfil their obligations. So no need to panic. Start by documenting all the problems and making sure your boss has a copy. Email it over. If something turns out to be more complex than you first thought then just ...


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No one in this at my current workplace has the slightest idea of software development. The first idea of my boss was that I will replace everything the extern has done in the last ~10 years. I said with his source code it could be done within a much shorter timeframe. Since this is not a option anymore, we decided to start from scratch and I estimated that I ...


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Why would anyone take out a personal loan, instead of taking the loan in company name? Most likely because it was the only option available. Banks don't give loans without a collateral or some credible repayment. If the companies finances are really bad, it can't get a loan. Does this show that he (the founder) is really invested in this company? Yes, ...


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Does this loan automatically mean we are in deep, almost irreversible trouble that we are unlikely to recover from? Only your boss can really answer this question. Does this show that he (the founder) is really invested in this company? Mostly, yes - provided the boss tells the truth. He sacrificed not only the initial investment, but he continues to ...


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Yes I agree with 2. Talk to Bob about your concerns and try to talk it out and come to a fair conclusion. If he does not agree, try to have a meeting with Bob and your direct supervisor/manager and voice your concerns. I have seen cases where the person did not talk it out and went directly to HR and the whole situation became awkward. I do not recommend it. ...


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There are indeed quite a few 37.5 hour jobs (I'm working one, albeit 8-4 by my own choosing, not 9-5). Especially Scandinavian countries are experimenting with shorter work weeks (down to 30 hours), though other western countries are moving down from 40 hours as well. Lunch is in most western countries not included in the work hours, no matter the hours you ...


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Having gone through this myself two years ago, yes, should you not pass your PIP and are dismissed, you will still receive UI benefits if you tried your best to improve and you couldn't. Items that would disqualify you from UI (this is from Massachusetts, but other states will vary) Quitting If you voluntarily quit or you abandon your job (e.g. no call, no ...


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It may be different in the academic world, but your new manager is a more appropriate person to contact about your onboarding process. It's their responsibility to get you up to speed, and they might have different priorities for the person who you are replacing.


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In the end, it is a personal choice. if you are happy to accept the conditions they offer you should accept. You say it is a reputed school so it does have its plus points. You can stay for a year. And then use the experience to look for another better-paid position. You know what you are signing up for, harder work for less pay. Are you happy with it?


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It's hard to say for sure, but part of the problem might simply be finding a cooperation strategy that works for both you and Bob. I wouldn't go to him with an ultimatum; when you talk to Bob about this, you don't have more power than him, so your purpose should be to negotiate for a situation both of you can live with. I would start with, "This project ...


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To answer the specific question about 37.5 hours that's because they are deducting 30 minutes for lunch everyday five days a week. So your typical work hours will be 9-5 with a 30 minute lunch break some countries call this a 40 hour work week others call it a 37.5 hour work week as you aren't "working" the 30 minutes lunch each day. This is ...


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Based on the assumption of this being in the United States, there is not a requirement for a joining letter. Once the background investigation was satisfied, and there were no other pre-conditions for employment such as a drug test, or official transcript, then the I9 and the other pre-employment forms are a sign that you should report to work on the 17th ...


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I'll be honest, that in my experience, the greatest majority of the time, folks make their first entrance into management within the company they are working for. At least in my industry (SW engineering) - the competition for a management role as an external hire can be even more fierce than for an engineer position w/in the same general seniority/pay band. ...


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At least everything on the resume, and probably any academic credentials as well. Any job you listed on your resume is certainly fair game, and depending on what position you are up for, they could desire all of your work experience from your entire life. I met a guy at hackathon who complained about having to dig up the name of the ice cream stand he ...


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Firstly very sorry to hear your news. Just want to clarify if the firm has been declared insolvent, if so the following article from gov.uk should be helpful (it also has details on how to check): https://www.gov.uk/your-rights-if-your-employer-is-insolvent If not then I would question whether you have any reason to continue working for a firm that is ...


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It's nothing personal - if the idea and direction bob is pulling the project towards is sound, go along with it. If it's not voice it and give reasons as to why it isn't sound then let the project manager decide. On him correcting your work, if it's warranted and can be verified as an improvement by senior devs you need to swallow your pride. If it's bs ...


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I would talk to your manager and ask directly who your supervisor is, and what your chain of command is. In fact, I would recommend this in the early phases of any job that you begin. It is critical to know your chain of command. Next, let your manager know about Bob's behaviors and get your manager's feedback. Unfortunately, I have worked in offices with ...


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A PIP is usually nothing more than establishing a paper trail for firing someone for cause. In some companies, it's a defensive move, for others, it's in preparation for fighting an unemployment claim. The good news is that unemployment is becoming aware of this. Your unemployment shouldn't get denied, but if it does, you can probably fight it, have all the ...


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