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So my question is, is it normal for recruitment agents to send out job offers without any details? In my experience, that is not at all normal. I've never encountered it personally, nor have I ever heard of it before. As a hiring manager, I never required anything like it from applicants. If not, what details should I expect in a proper job offer? I ...


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Could be harmless, could be bad. It's clearly significant: Written invitation and HR presence means it's something official where HR makes sure that all laws and procedures are followed. Most likely a formal change to your work arrangements. How to prepare: Keep your eyes and ears open. Are there any financial troubles, reorganizations, layoffs, ...


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First, as a tip, try to mute your microphone unless you have to speak. That way you will minimize the noise the others in the meeting perceive. Now, given you are this baby's mother and it's perfectly natural to care for them and feed them, I don't think you have to ask for permission, nor do I think it's possible (or even legal) for them to forbid you to ...


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Don't do it! No, it's not normal. Seeing how likely an offer is to fall through (better candidate found, bad fit, etc.) you should never put all your eggs in one basket, even if you actually had been given a full job description. Best case, the job is real and something that interests you and something you're qualified for and you actually get an offer. ...


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A former co-worker, not a recruiter but someone who deals with a ton of email, once told me that she only scans emails for the important information because that's what they're told to do. Many recruiters are likely doing the same thing: scanning your email for a phone number and then emailing you when they can't find it rather than carefully reading it and ...


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It's challenging to speculate about why particular decisions are made, even if you're able to observe directly - so, as a potential frame-challenge to your question, it's worth considering that you may not be correctly attributing a given decision to the right factors. But generally, there are lots of reasons why management might make these decisions: ...


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It is not "unethical". It is just business. They're in the business of making money. Simple as that. They'll pay their suppliers as little as possible, they'll pay their staff as little as possible. They'll charge their customers as much as possible. The definition of "as possible" varies from company to company but the gist is basically the same. ...


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I'm developer in your shoes and I had the added challenge of not having done any kind of computing type work before my current job as a Technical Lead at my company. With age comes experience, so often as an "older", I use this term very loosely, developer you bring different skills and competencies to the table. A couple things to note: Leverage your work ...


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was I wrong in copying in the other directors in the email? Yes, you were wrong. It's not clear what your goal was in copying others, but attempting to embarrass or undermine your boss is not a good career move. Maybe I should have sent it directly to him first. Not maybe. You clearly should have sent it to him directly. Even better would have been ...


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By the sounds of it, John is just under-educated on your condition and genuinely is just trying to have a joke on with you. Personally I wouldn't try and look for new jobs but try talking to John. Pull him over for a chat again and say Hey John, I don't know if you know but I have psoriasis which causes the look of dry skin. I don't mind when we joke ...


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You are saying that you have nothing written down and agreed before moving job and all of this was done verbally. Speak to your manager again explaining that the offer you have received is not what you understood it was and you only accepted on the basis of the £50k you agreed. If this has no impact then there might be the avenue of escalating this through ...


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Today in a call a recruiter mentioned that I might want to consider finding something fast because having this few months out of employment "raises some questions" No it does not. A "gap" only raises questions if it's a gap. If you worked from 2011-2016 and 2018-2019 and refuse to tell me what you did in between, that is a gap. It probably means a prison ...


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I'd say highly unlikely. You wrote: she will just rot on the couch for the rest of her life if left to her own devices. That clearly shows she does not want to get a job. Job application says she wants to get a job. Thus, any application would be a lie on that single most important point. If you apply for her, you will be lying and wasting resources of ...


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You seem to be thinking of this from a very cold perspective. That's probably a good way to get into the "mind" of a corporation, but since the decision-makers are actual people they may not respond quite that way. For example, your point on morale suggests that morale would be higher with larger and more intense layoffs than with smaller, less aggressive ...


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It's perfectly fine for you to prefer to keep work and family separated. I think it's also fine for your employer to ask you if you were willing to have your family and friends test the service (but not to force you). You've politely declined, so I don't think there's much more you have to tell them. This, in theory, shouldn't hold you back. What if your ...


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You (ex) boss doesn't sound like the easiest person to work for, however being honest you don't sound like the easiest person to employ either. uses the profits from the business to go on expensive holidays at least once or twice a month Yep, that's kind of what profits are for. A few weeks ago I asked for a day off as I had been given tickets to go ...


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Although I congratulate you on your achievement, IMO it's not appropriate. The same would apply to winning the lottery, receiving an inheritance, hitting a jackpot in the casino, getting a big chunk of tax-returns or buying a house on the Cayman Islands. Financials should be kept private and shouldn't be rubbed under the noses of coworkers. The reasons for ...


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Provide the reason you are unable to field phone calls. It is not necessary to be specific - vague language like: "I have a condition which (temporarily/permanently) prevents me from using a phone" or "I do not have ready access to a phone/network connection suitable for voice communication" would be sufficient. It is not necessary to invite or ...


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Toughen up a bit. At this level, it's been one comment, poking fun at something you posted. It's obnoxious, but it's certainly not HR-level, and the fact that you think it is suggests that your sensitivity meter is dialed up too high by at least a few notches. You can offer cogent argument in the comments about how what you're suggesting is not the same ...


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Is it ethically wrong to have peek at staff paycheck? Yes, and illegal in a lot of countries. Don't do this, and if you did hope no one will ever know or you risk your job and maybe more.


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Firstly, check if your travel insurance covers business, or if it's just a tourist coverage. Secondly... I'd be a bit suspicious of any company that requires me to insure their own property (you can't buy insurance on an item that you don't have any financial interest in), or any company that can't self-insure something as cheap as a laptop (even a Macbook ...


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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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Is your company a union company? If so, check if you have a right to bring a union representative the same way that your boss has someone from HR. Most likely, you do. Because the one thing you want to avoid is being in a 2 vs. 1 situation that could turn into a "he said / she said" conflict. Announce this before, and treat it as a perfectly normal thing. ...


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This is really very very specific and different for each and every case. I have worked at offices where the canteen not only offered free to use cutlery but also free to use sides (salads, pickles, table salt, sauce, dips etc). I have also worked at places where in the food court, even occupying a table without ordering food was not allowed. It really ...


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"Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me." You learned a valuable lesson here: Your manager/boss cannot be trusted. Unless you signed anything already (contract, offer letter, etc.), if I was in your shoes, I would stop working immediately for this liar and would look for a job elsewhere. Of course, always follow the proper procedure, e.g. ...


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First, seek treatment for your phobia. There are specialists in the field and treatment is extremely effective. Second, the likelihood of legal action against someone with a disability is low, though it may damage your reputation in the industry. Third, and most important, Always do your research, and be aware of your limitations I have sensory issues, ...


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If you have a medical condition that prevents you from using a phone, you should be upfront about the restriction. You don’t need to clarify what the specific condition is, but you should include the limitation clearly in your cover letters. You should also disclose the preference for email as early as possible in discussions with recruiters (e.g., in an ...


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This is quite normal practice in the UK, even if I never experienced it in the IT world. Many companies like Tesco and any of the supermarkets will do this. It may not have been properly explained to you as "withholding" might sound odd, you are paid in arrears with an outstanding week to be added at the end of employment, makes it easier for you at the ...


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I think that being unable to take a phone call is going to be so unusual to a recruiter (or a prospective employer) that unless you can give a good reason they'll just perceive you as "awkward" and pass over your application. The best reason is usually the truth, e.g. My location has no cell/data coverage and I only have limited web access. I can call ...


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