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"today I learned it comes with 24/7/365 on-call to monitor mission critical systems. The first time I fail to fix it within 20 minutes, I will be fired" Then you have really nothing to lose. That's an absolutely ridiculous and outlandish requirement. No sleep, no vacation, no beer after work, no private life? Go back to your supervisor and tell them ...


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No, you should not tell anyone, and you should not attempt to hold it over his head. The first reason is a lot can happen in the next 60 days. He could choose to draw it out further, because the company delays his start date or that other position falls through. He could even decide that he does not want to take that opportunity. Even if these things seem ...


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What the hell do I do now? I feel like I just got bait and switched and I want to go back to my old position. If that's the case, you should ask for a one-on-one meeting with your manager and express your feelings about going back to your old position. Make sure you first confirm that the flippant remarks you overheard were a real change and not just odd ...


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Should my manager be aware of me being offered opportunities to other companies? The short answer to this is no. The longer answer is that once you make that statement, you have essentially said "I am not happy here for whatever reason, and I am looking." Once you have implied this, it is really hard to take it back. Your best approach is to keep this ...


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You will probably get answers telling you there is no need to catch up, which may be a valid point. However you are specifically asking to catch up so I will try to help. I took awhile to graduate from university, and in fact I did not start until I was out of high school for two years. I believe I am in a similar situation as you are. I graduated in ...


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From your comments: Actually management has make promotion exam in english to enhance Englsh understanding better which helps to understand technical orders mainly in English This sounds to me as if there is a valid business reason why the role requires a decent understanding of English. Rather than arguing for an exception why not approach the worker ...


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My possibilities would be threatening to leave (that is indeed possible) or to stop working overtime (not so easy). You're forgetting one possibility: you can refuse the promotion.1 A promotion should be treated like any other job offer and that means you need to negotiate salary. You seem to have missed an essential step in this entire process. Say the ...


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How would you approach this with your manager? Talk with your manager directly about the best way to apply for the opening immediately. There is no reason you should have to wait, but you may as well double check with your manager to make sure there isn't something else you need to know as part of the internal application process.


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What you are basically saying is "I want to continue to get more and more money without continuing to produce more value". I'm not saying you're not providing value as an individual contributor, but in order to continue to increase the value you produce, you have to provide some sort of leadership. Think of it this way, did you spring forth from your ...


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Should I tell her that I'll be leaving shortly? No, you should just let things go as if nothing happened. After you have signed the new contract tell them that you are leaving. Even more, as long as you do not have a contract signed, you cannot know when you will leave, shortly or not. Otherwise, you risk that your future will not be very bright. If they ...


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I know developers who successfully moved on towards a happier and more valuable developer career. They usually picked a special subject and worked to become an expert in that field. They also joined special projects that often lie outside of the classic corporate world. A few examples would be a friend who became a Linux developer joining RedHat, another ...


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You need to treat this like a job interview. You are (presumably) going to be offered a new job. You know the demands of the job, and you need to decide what the conditions and compensation would be to make the job worth it to you. When you are approached, you say, "I am willing to consider this new position. I would need X, Y, and Z in order to be ...


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This is one of those times when Gordon England's classic question would have been really useful. When they sprang the 24/7/365/"20 minutes"/"no backup personnel" story on you, you could have had a lot of fun by sitting silent for about five seconds, then asking "What will you do if I'm in the hospital?", and then SHUTTING UP. As it stands, I recommend, in ...


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Although I doubt if this is discrimination in a legal sense, that question is most properly asked in a legal forum, or with an attorney, not here. As far as discrimination in a professional sense - yes. According to Wikipedia, discrimination is "treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the ...


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Would it be time-wasting to apply? Yes - you say yourself you don't want the role and want your boss to have it. Or is it an opportunity to increase my profile in the organization? Yes, but not in a good way - either you make it clear that you never wanted the position anyway (in which case you'll rightfully be seen as a timewaster) or you'll look like ...


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will it be unprofessional for me to be absent during those crucial initial meetings? Or what if our CEO organizes an important social/teambuilding event for all senior employees during my holidays? Should I try my best to attend those specific situations, e.g. come to the office on that day just for the client meeting, go to the social ...


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Short version : time to move on. The first time I fail to fix it within 20 minutes, I will be fired. The sort of condition written by a megalomaniac with no technical knowledge at all. Problem solving simply does not work this way. Your second sign you are working for an insane organization and, again, time to start looking for a new job. It can only ...


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How is it unfair? Management needs to play organizational politics. Your refusal to play them (rather than diffuse them, or sell yourself in other avenues) pretty much spells out your lack of qualifications to be a manager. While you can choose to work for the new boss, or ask for a transfer, or look for new employment, the best thing you can do is learn ...


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I would love to step back into my old role. How do I sell this to management? If you have a decent rapport with your boss, then you simply have an honest discussion. You talk about the stress of the job, and how you no longer wish to deal with it. You don't need to get into the reasons so much (now that I am financially stable, I don't need to put up ...


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Why do you need to promote him to the supervisor's category? What you've said is that he's an excellent engineer. Great. He's also pretty bad at English. Okay. In his current position, his lack of ability at English isn't slowing him down. As a supervisor, it would be. Further, he has to know this. If he was really motivated to be a supervisor, he ...


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Other than in exceptional circumstances, you're not going to get a promotion within weeks of starting a new role. You're not "competing" with your mentor for this role as it's just too early for you. Stop worrying about about this team lead and make sure you do the very best you can in your first weeks in your new job: there's no way you're ever going to get ...


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Second answer that addresses the information you have added to the question since I last answered, as my answer now is very different. I found out today when my boss flippantly mentioned it in a conference call with several other managers. Specifically saying "We don't need to worry about the website, we have X on 24/7 on-call now." Managers often ...


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From a senior dev spot the options for better salary and moving up tend to be: Management - this includes Tech lead which is a management spot however low level. Specialization - this means becoming the expert in something, preferably expertise in something that multiple companies need. This can be going into architects jobs, or a big data specialization, ...


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Know When to Hold Them, Know When To Fold Them You can always negotiate. Always. So long as you are entering in to any sort of agreement, you can withhold your consent. They cannot force you to take on new job responsibilities. The question you should be asking is... Do I Have Any Leverage When Negotiating a Promotion? Joe is a widget-maker. He makes a ...


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No, it is far from bad. In fact, as a manager it is your job to encourage your team to develop both as individuals and as members of the team. Your performance will be judged on your management skills now rather than your technical knowledge. You should still find time to keep your knowledge as up to date as you can, but you should expect some members of ...


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Are there any concerns I should have about turning down the promotion? When turning down a promotion always phrase it in a way that shows you still have interest in developing yourself and growing into additional responsibilities, even if that interest is completely BS. For example, something like: "Thanks for the interest! I really want to focus and ...


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You need to be aware that LinkedIn recruiters contact a very large amount of profiles. They are fishing with a large net to hope catching one fish. So telling your manager that you are very solicited isn't much of a threat. There is no such thing as keeping a kind of implicit pressure on managers for them to keep workers happy before they start to be ...


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Have you actually done anything promotion-worthy? Introduced initiatives to improve the organization, such as researching new tools to help do your job better/cheaper/faster? Better still if you do this with your own motivation, without being requested to do this by management. Taken extra time to mentor/assist more junior colleagues, or put extra effort ...


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Ask for time to consider the offer. Go away, think about what he's said and along with the views you expressed here (as long as none of them change) you use what he said to show that you've thought long and hard about it and reject the offer in a polite but respectful way, i.e. as you have described it here, describe it to him. I'm sure he'll understand ...


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Congratulate them! Even if it is not official yet the decision has been made and there is nothing that you can do that is going to change it. Anything you could say now is likely to look like sour grapes, which is going to work against you. Because this is a management position, even if you are union the company is not required to promote by seniority. ...


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