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"Maintenance and support of project x, including major refactoring yy modules to allow integration with zz. This allowed the company to progress with MI reporting solution / comprehensive unit test framework / some other usefulness, resulting in a reduced total cost of ownership, a saving of approx $4m." Repeat per project. Mostly fixing bugs Spin and ...


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I'd say in general in the UK it's rude to point with a finger at someone while in conversation because it comes off pretty aggressive. It's not obscene like swearing using a finger but it's not polite either. Perhaps if you want to gesture toward someone you might consider using an open palm instead (specifically a sort of underhand-open-palm as if you ...


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That's one typical problem with open office culture. Someone's communication is someone else's distraction. So, let's analyze the situation: Someone requested you to change the level of your voice, and you were actually able to do that. That indicates, you could have started and continued in that tone itself which would not have caused any problems. In ...


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Is there a way a developer who had been mostly fixing bugs for years at a company with some bugs fixing saving company a vast amount of money call that out in their CV? Yes - by simply calling that out as directly as possible! I can assure you that someone who has spent years maintaining business critical software, keeping things running, saving the ...


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By "CRB check" I'm assuming you mean what is now the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. In the general case no being dismissed for misconduct in of itself won't affect a basic DBS check as those will only look for things that resulted in a conviction or conditional caution. A standard check will also include and cautions, reprimands and final ...


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Take it as a positive sign rather than a negative one. It is highly likely that you will be able to work from home one day a week if you ask politely (sometimes you might need to work 3-6 months first to obtain trust). This is something that you could ask them about at interview. "Maternity & Paternity Leave, 1 WFH day/wk for parents & carers g'...


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I'm from the Netherlands, and I occasionally see the gesture when someone becomes a little agitated. When addressing someone, I habitually mention someone's name, pause a half-second while waiting for eye contact, then I address them directly. As the Dutch (and the British, in my experience) are not inclined to gesticulate, pointing is a distinguishing ...


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Let it go. If this 4 jobs and many years ago, no one will care or ask. References have a significant "time constant" to them: the more recent, the more valuable & relevant they are. If there is 4 more recent jobs to chose from, no hiring manager will go to them for input. You can partially control this too: Put "references available on request" on your ...


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While their method for calculating the effective accrual is.. well it's pretty shoddy. They are allowed to do it this way however - as long as you get your statutory entitlement, which in your case would be 22.7 days (since you started 70 days into a leave year) and they are giving you 27.5 so you are above the minimum. Given this is essentially a one-time ...


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Assuming that you have a written contract which states you are entitled to one month's notice, you are entitled to one month's notice. End of story - that's the contract you and your employer both signed, and what both you and your employer must now stick to. As you say, it doesn't matter what your employer signed with their client, that's not a contract you ...


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Yes and no. You must tell us about any inventions or creations that you make during your employment that could be used in our business as they belong to us If your activities outside of work are related to work (e.g., if you build a game at home, and you work as a game developer), your employer has a basis to pursue ownership. If your activities are ...


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Can they do this? Yes, of course. Why not ? What if I don't want the change? You can refuse to sign. Your employer can either accept your refusal, negotiate, or terminate you. If there is a real disadvantage in the change you can ask for reasonable compensation, accommodation, or adjustment so that its equivalent to the original contract that you ...


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Of course this is good news for me but it does put me in a awkward place. Why? Is your pay not confidential? Does everyone know what everyone else makes? Due to the other concern I know this is being brought up with the managers and other senior staff within the business and has disappointed people as they did not get what they wanted. OK, but ...


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How is the best professional way to handle this? The professional way to handle this is to not discuss salary with your coworkers. If your coworkers ask what you think you respond with something like: I'm the wrong person to discuss salary with. Management are the ones who make the salary decisions, you should reach out to them if you have any issues. ...


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Obviously yes - you will have as much trouble as the employer wants to cause you. You would be in breach of your contract; if your employer thinks that causes them damages, they can sue you or your next employer. That’s what contracts are there for. This is something that you should really negotiate. OTOH if you need to leave because of a sick family ...


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You may be overthinking this a little. If they can verify your degree, employer and relevant dates, they are unlikely to demand documentation of your correspondence with other prospective employers. Many people only start actively looking for a job after graduation and a few months of unemployment is quite normal. The background check is meant to uncover ...


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HR apparently keep a version of the contract without this clause. They wouldn't do that if it truly applied to everyone. You know your situation better than us, but I would push back a little (at least until the first hint of resistance) to see what gives.


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I feel somewhat awkward discussing the money Get over this. Very quickly, or you'll get raked over. They shouldn't be at all embarrassed by this conversation, but if they are that's a big red flag (because they'll get mauled by their investors or run out of cash). running off a small grant and the two founders' savings and side hustles How small? You'...


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That amount of notice period is just ridiculous. Let's say January 2020 you want to leave the company. You say to your boss "I want to leave", and the boss says "no way". Don't you think your motivation would suffer? And your productivity would really suffer? To a point where they fire you? If you want to leave, you can make them make you leave. Still, ...


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Given I have over 5 years experience since leaving this firm, can I remove this from my CV? Yes. There is no requirement to include every job on your CV/resume. You can omit whatever you choose. After I changed careers, I gradually omitted all older jobs that were no longer relevant to my new profession. Look over your resume without this job. Decide ...


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In the UK (and I think most anywhere in the EU), you cannot be forced to work regularly over 48 hours a week on average, unless you agree. And it is illegal to discriminate against you in any way for not agreeing to this (EU working time directive). But then 48 hours a week is a lot. In the end, you have to decide yourself how many hours work a week you ...


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The three years is bizarre, but doesn't necessarily have to be a deal-killer. The 12-month notice period is the real problem. If you like the job as-is, and you can look forward in your life three years with some accuracy and know that you intend to remain where you are, and the work is interesting, and it's reasonably well-paid with a solid built-in pay ...


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By accepting a job offer (and assuming it was either unconditional or all conditions have been met) then you've entered into a binding employment contract - you can change your mind of course however the company can legally: make you work out your contractual notice period sue you for breach of contract (if you don't do the above) In practice of course ...


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"Pointing the finger" is an idiom which usually means blaming someone for something, (also "the finger of blame"). In this case I suspect that its literally indicative on your part; "that Person", "Brian", accompanied by an index finger (or sometimes the thumb if said person is immediately to one side or behind) and that no blame is implied. Do you do this ...


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Don't sign it with this in I understand that you enjoy working there now but can you guarantee you still will in three years time? That your circumstances, or those within the company, won't change? A reasonable company would allow you to renegotiate on this - a 12 month notice period is long enough for them to find a replacement already (especially for ...


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First off, putting anything that's blatantly false on your CV is a major risk. If your potential employer does some searching around and finds you were at this company when you claim not to be, it raises red flags over both why you want to hide it, and your honesty. That will kill any chances you have. Secondly, four years is a very long time to explain ...


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How to approach negotiating terms of my employment, renumeration etc? Like any other salary/job-offer negotiation: figure out what your market value is, what money you need to make this work and all other parts that are important to you (hours, flex time, benefits, work from home, social concerns, etc.) The only thing different about startup is a potential ...


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You can choose to not start beforehand if you like. You signed a letter of intent, not a contract. Signing the offer letter you received mainly certifies that you've received and accept the offer, but you aren't under any contractual obligation to start the job until you've signed a contract with a given start date and location.


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Am I silly in doing what I'm doing? I would not thank him profusely for being an ineffective communicator. Take a look at my tips below to help your cause. Is there a way to "help" people not to jump to conclusions, and ask questions instead? I think one of the things you could do is say something like "I see, now can you explain how you got to that ...


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Does this mean that if I create an app at home, in my own time and on my own computer, that my employer can claim that it is theirs if they believe it would be beneficial to the business? Yes. That's what they're saying. If you're a salaried employee, then anything you create (until your contract ends) belongs to them. More unusually though You must ...


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