Dan
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Can't remember much from previous working experiences
102 votes

I think your experience is fairly common - I'm sure I'm not alone in having searched for an issue and found my OWN answer to it on Stack Exchange. I've got nearly 20 years in the industry now and ...

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What are the circumstances when "ignoring company politics" is actually good advice?
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Even as an outside contractor or consultant, I have to agree broadly with Philipp that it is rarely a good idea to ignore politics. That isn't to say you should spend your time "stirring the pot", or ...

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Can a consult add to their CV that their name is on an academic thesis?
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If it's factual, and not bound by some kind of confidentiality agreement then you can put whatever you like on your CV. Ultimately, it's a sales document - and if you think it has value, if you think ...

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Agency offering unknown ir35 status
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Yes, because it's already too late. The key legal dates are based on payments, not contract dates. If you're working a month, then invoicing on 30 day terms, your payments for work done today could ...

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When talking about my career, can I say I work for a company even if I'm not an employee?
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10 votes

I have a similar thing going on with my CV - in my case, I put it down as Company X (On behalf of Company Y) And in fact, for me, it's even more complex because sometimes I'm actually personally ...

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Can I tell a company that a recruiter was unprofessional?
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(I misread and wrote this from the assumption you were still interested in the role. IMHO, the advice still applies because burning a bridge is rarely a good idea, especially over something as silly ...

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Should I book a place on a conference when I know I will have resigned before attending?
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11 votes

I am planning to resign before the conference date, but not necessarily before the conference "book on" date. I am currently not ready to submit my resignation and probably will have to book the ...

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Quit Job without burning bridges. Dislike company, like owner
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Is it OK, knowing that I always worked honestly, to just quit when I'll have found the new job (interesting jobs don't pop up often around here so when I'll find one I'll just take it right away) ...

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How to introduce myself in a CV when I share the same name as an unpopular politician?
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67 votes

You don't need to - I think your colleague is worrying over nothing. The CV is unlikely to bear any resemblance to that of the politicians and I'm sure anybody who knows the name would be able to ...

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Referee on my CV has exact same name as me
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I'm not answering the exact question asked, but do you really need to include your referee on the CV? In the UK, at least, this is considered redundant at best (They'll ask if they need it) and bad ...

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Am I expected to share my referral bonus?
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I don't think there's any specific, social "right or wrong" answer here. In my experience, however - it's not generally customary to "split" it. Your friend should be happy they got a job. Personally,...

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Will being dismissed affect my DBS check?
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No. The DBS check is a Police & Criminal Record check. It doesn't form a "background check" in the sense of checking employment history or financial status etc.

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Asking client for discount on tickets to amusement park
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Do not do this without speaking to your boss. Do not pass go. Do not collect your discounted theme park tickets. Firstly, depending on the company cultures this could just look generally bad and may ...

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How can I tell my boss that I will work at a slower pace until I receive a raise?
8 votes

By consistently putting in so many extra hours, you've unfortunately tied yourself into a trap. Regardless of the rights and wrongs, any attempt by you to "Work to Rule" (I.e., do as required and ...

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How to decline promotion due to financial reasons withought jeopardising relationship with the company?
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22 votes

I always cringe when I read these kinds of stories. Never ever leave your career progress in your employers hands and accept that nothing is guaranteed until you have the money in the bank. His ...

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Is using swear words for emphasis acceptable in an interview?
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144 votes

The question isn't really 'is it acceptable' - it's 'should I' and that's actually very easy to answer. Will the interviewer see not swearing as a negative? They'll almost certainly not even think ...

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Should I hire someone offering work for free?
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Beyond the 'moralities' of whether this is right (or even legal?), like you, I'd also be questioning the motivations of the individual. This a tactic that someone new to the industry might use, or ...

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How can I adjust my work hours to start/end earlier without my colleagues thinking I'm suddenly slacking off because I'm leaving earlier?
4 votes

Your concern is valid, but I'm not convinced any issues are as likely or inevitable as you think. Especially in work places with some type of flexitime, people do understand that not everyone works ...

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Consultancy: is it inappropriate to put a client's name on linkedin/CV?
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5 votes

It comes down to personal choice and what's appropriate - you'd generally know if it's very confidential or sensitive. For what it's worth, I'm in the same boat and I agree with your assessment ...

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How to appear confident while still being modest?
4 votes

I agree with Brian - accepting a complement is fine if you gracefully say thank you. Outside of that, I tend to use 'we' a lot, even when I really mean 'I'. It might not be great in an interview, but ...

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Should I accept compressed deadline for a specific incentive?
9 votes

This is business in a fairly pure sense. They need you to deliver above the norm and are willing the sweeten the deal for you to get you onside. It's certainly unusual, but I don't see how it's ...

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How to ask a recruiter not to take reference at my current employer?
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Most recruiters are asking for references for one reason - contact building. It has nothing to do with you, your job or any potential job. All they're concerned about is getting another name and ...

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What to do if you're asked to break industry regulations?
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I'm surprised that this hasn't been mentioned, but if there are rules and fines then there must be some kind of regulator. You need to contact that regulator - anonymous, at least at first, and ask ...

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Year in industry Conundrum
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6 votes

One of, if not the, biggest difficulties that new entrants to the IT industry face is getting over the "lack of experience" hurdle. For that reason alone, I would personally advise that it is indeed a ...

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What do I do if I hear something against work policy without seeing who was responsible
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43 votes

Just Leave It It seems to me you have absolutely nothing to gain here. No actual harm was done, you have absolutely no evidence that there was actually anything wrong going on and you have no idea ...

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How to recruit an honest candidate?
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17 votes

As davidjwest says, trust is something that is earnt and built over time so, to some degree, you have to make a leap of faith and hope you get the right person. So, effectively, you're into ...

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Got my first job. How do I politely turn down the call for an interview by another employer?
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65 votes

Just tell them the truth — this is a very common occurrence and people drop out all through the process due to other offers. In person or over the phone, just say something like, “I really appreciate ...

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Motivating yourself at new clients
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5 votes

I hate to say this, but maybe the consultant lifestyle isn't for you? There's nothing wrong with that, but I'm a consultant too and the constant change of scenery and people is exactly what I love ...

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Uneployment gap at resume because of army: how to indicate that? Should I put army years to the software engineer's resume?
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23 votes

I'm struggling to understand your difficulty here. You know you need to explain the gap and the gap is for a completely legitimate and normal/understandable reason in your country. I quite literally ...

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Participating in training courses, even if I am not sure if I want to stay
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As you've been with the company for over two years and have no actual plans to leave, then I don't see anything unethical with going on a course which is mandated by your boss. I'd feel a little ...

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