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How to push back against request to use personal laptop at conference due to risk of machine compromise

I would refuse. Point blank. The conversation should go something like this: Me: Why don't you want to use a company laptop for this? Manager: Because we don't want company laptops deliberately ...
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How to push back against request to use personal laptop at conference due to risk of machine compromise

The answer is dependent on what the primary reason you are attending the Conference for is Let me explain: Scenario 1: You are primarily attending as a representative of your company and in a very ...
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How to push back against request to use personal laptop at conference due to risk of machine compromise

Where I work, the standard solution would be to go to the IT department and borrow a spare laptop - probably an old one. That can be wiped and then reimaged with a minimal software install (e.g. ...
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What to do when you're told that you are both "too qualified" and "under-qualified"?

Sometimes it is better to leave stuff off of a CV When you are young and perhaps not much work experience - you try to add everything you can to your CV to make it sound as impressive as possible. ...
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What to do when you're told that you are both "too qualified" and "under-qualified"?

I have applied to just over 2,500 positions since last October, and have been offered only one interview. That works out at about one every 30 working minutes for 8 months - that's far too many for ...
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How might I explain to my HR that, despite being physically able/fit to work, that I can't return to work due to my surgery and job demands?

This question dances the line between what we can answer and what we can't. There are two components to the question: 1: Medical Exemption. The short answer here is if the Doctor says you are okay to ...
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How to push back against request to use personal laptop at conference due to risk of machine compromise

"I do not own a laptop that would be usable for this purpose." seems to be the obvious answer. Its diplomatic, can't be argued with, and its undoubtedly the truth. In my case I don't own a ...
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How to push back against request to use personal laptop at conference due to risk of machine compromise

Since you have indicated that you will be travelling with your team, the assumption is that it is work related. In which case your work needs to provide a machine. Understandably, existing work ...
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Can one be demoted and have one's pay cut for not taking a promotion?

We are not lawyers. Get a lawyer for legal advice. In the US, without an explict contract most work is "At Will". Meaning that with certain exceptions for race, etc. you can be fired, ...
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Ask you why it took an hour to get to work?

As I am no lawyer so I cannot comment on the legality, but it is a reasonable question. In fact, it would be advisable to proactively inform your manager how far you live from work. If he wanted you ...
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What to do when you're told that you are both "too qualified" and "under-qualified"?

All the advice given so far is great, but I wanted to answer one point they've not addressed: I have four years of experience conducting research in high energy physics (resulting in two impending ...
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What to do when you're told that you are both "too qualified" and "under-qualified"?

Quite frankly, I find it hard to believe. But okay, lets take it at face value. It is hard to get the job you want. But getting any job to pay bills is possible, assuming you are a young-ish person ...
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How to push back against request to use personal laptop at conference due to risk of machine compromise

A carpenter does not need to bring his own hammer to work, it's provided by the boss. A mason does not need to bring his own trowel to work, it's provided by the boss. An IT professional does not need ...
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How to push back against request to use personal laptop at conference due to risk of machine compromise

I'd get a cheap used laptop for the purpose. I've got an ancient 386 now running a lightweight Linux, for example, that I'd be willing to consider completely discarding if I didn't trust it. And a ...
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Ask you why it took an hour to get to work?

Normally a question that starts ’Can they legally...’ aren’t applicable for this site. However, almost certainly the answer is ’yes’. You were late. Your boss wanted to know why you were late. There ...
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How to push back against request to use personal laptop at conference due to risk of machine compromise

I would not take a personal laptop to a computer security conference. Period. Your personal laptop is your personal laptop, not the company's laptop. It's in their enlightened self-interest that ...
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What to do when you're told that you are both "too qualified" and "under-qualified"?

have applied to just over 2,500 positions since last October, The only way I can see you applying to that many positions since last October, while graduating with honors with a BS in Physics and ...
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How might I explain to my HR that, despite being physically able/fit to work, that I can't return to work due to my surgery and job demands?

Assuming a US based healthcare system Married to a doctor, not a doctor myself, not giving medical advice, follow at your own risk. Be honest with your doctor and trust their decision with regards to ...
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What to do when you're told that you are both "too qualified" and "under-qualified"?

The job market has changed in the last few years. These days you have to tailor your resume to the position you applying to. And when I say tailor, I really mean it. IMHO, because it is so easy to ...
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Can one be demoted and have one's pay cut for not taking a promotion?

Can they do this Well - the answer depends on region and what your contract says. As a general rule, you can decline to sign a new contract - but then that would result in your role being ...
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Can one be demoted and have one's pay cut for not taking a promotion?

Most US states (including Texas) are at-will states. As such yes you can be demoted or ask to take a pay cut to continue employment. However... there are exceptions to this. In the case of Texas it ...
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What to do when you're told that you are both "too qualified" and "under-qualified"?

For certain positions, you're going to need to swallow your pride, and "dumb it down". For retail, restaurant, and labor jobs, managers are not interested in employees with extended ...
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What to do when you're told that you are both "too qualified" and "under-qualified"?

People have suggested to make a specific resume' for various positions. One way to tailor a resume' for a specific position is to do the following: Copy & paste all of the job requirements into a ...
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