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Been to 3 job interviews the past month, heard back from none, how common is this?

Jobs News Reddit - 59 min 8 sec ago

Job 1: - One general interview - told at the end of it that I'd be called in for the final interview.

  • After final interview, I was told by HR that I'd hear a response within 3 days.

-10 days pass. I follow up and HR doesn't reply.

Job 2: -General Interview. After it's done they ask me to send in some answers to some practical questions.

-Send in.

-Hear nothing after that.

Job 3: -Quick phone interview - called in for general interview.

-After general interview - they call me in for trial day.

-After trial day - HR says I'd get a response within 3 days.

-8 days has passed - emailed them last week and haven't heard back yet.

How common is this?

These were all pretty large companies (top 5 within their fields) with well over 1,000 staff.

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Should I take this new job?

Jobs News Reddit - 1 hour 2 min ago

Young guy with little responsibilities.

I'd be going from a normal 40 hr week security job making ~$20,000 a year to basically having no work/life balance, always being on call, doing a pest control/sales job for $48,000 a year with benefits like 401k matching.

I'm terrified of leaving my "easy" job to make more money but then hating my life because I'll be stressed from working long hours and meeting quotas then not being able to go back to the job I have now and essentially be stuck as unemployed. I want to suck it up and put in the work if it means making lots of money/developing myself, even if it's just for a year or two...on the other hand I don't want to be crying because I got no sleep the night before and now need to do a 12 hr workday again. Does this make sense?

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Use my current boss as a reference. Good or bad idea?

Jobs News Reddit - 1 hour 14 min ago

Hey guys,

I have an interview this Wednesday with a different company. They have asked that I bring two professional references. My first reference will be my supervisor from my second, part-time job. It is a evening job that won't interfere with the hours of this new job. The issue is my second reference.

I don't know how my current boss/management will react to me looking for a new job, especially since we are just entering our busy season (literally the worst time to leave). I don't think they will take it too well, especially if I don't get this job and am forced to stick around.

We do have colleagues that work with us seasonally during the spring/summer. I have worked closely with some of them over the years, but the drawback is that they do not have much insight on what I do on a day to day basis (they do not work in the office with me). I can try to explain it to them beforehand, and I know they will say good things, I just worry they'll get stumped when asked about the work I do that they do not see.

I have been at this job for over 3 years and it is my first "real" job. I do not have any available references from previous jobs.

Also, I am not entirely sure I will take this new job. It is a similar job in a similar field, but I don't have much info. The job description is enticing but they did not include salary, benefits and perks in the posting. I do not want to get my boss all riled up and then find this new job isn't for me.

Any advice? I am probably (definitely) overthinking this, but I am getting pretty anxious about the situation.


EDIT: I am also underpaid at my current job and my boss has dumped a whole new portfolio of work on me that I do not enjoy. I gave this new company my salary expectations (18-27% increase in pay) while we were chatting via email, and they still invited me to the interview, so I can't imagine it's an issue.

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OK Teacher Walkout: Employment Makeup Days?

Jobs News Reddit - 1 hour 18 min ago

Throwaway account, obviously.

Oklahoma teachers are talking about doing a week-long "walkout" which may close schools.

My question is from an employment perspective. The contract seems pretty widely written and only defines a year as 180 days.

One of the options might be lengthening the year to accommodate the school closures. If I wanted to NOT walkout since I have a vacation out of state scheduled and purchased the week after school ends... But the school is closed... It's not my fault. I still showed up for work, and they've closed the school.

Is this just an SOL thing? Is the school district at least required to accommodate my vacation (since it was scheduled after their last day of school they published) and let me make up my days AFTER that (even if there's no children there)? Just don't know what the options are, here.

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Feeling lost, no confidence, don't like working, apathetic, need advice...

Jobs News Reddit - 1 hour 30 min ago

I'm 25 and I've just started my second professional job. I'm well educated for the role and I've locked down a year of relevant experience in another company already. I should be really happy, but I feel apathetic and little depressed.

No matter what I do, I can't seem to shake the feeling of imposter syndrome. I have hardly any confidence in my ability and it's the thing that people tell me I need to work on all the time.

I'm not a natural leader, and I prefer it when work is given to me and I just go do it. It seems like in every job I've had and even with projects in college, people want me to be more assertive over the work and take initiative on leading projects. I have tried but it's really hard for me and doesn't feel natural. On top of this, I've seen people with less ability than me overtake me in the workplace because of their confidence and assertiveness.

I don't have a lot of passion for the industry (digital marketing) I'm in, it really is just a paycheck for me and I guess a way of getting experience to go into other things. I've been working 9 - 5, Mon to Fri in an office environment for the last two years and it's making me depressed.

The last time I felt excited about work and projects was when I was doing my masters in college and I was constantly learning, doing new things and had flexible hours.

I feel very lost now and I don't know what to do. I know that I'll never excel in my industry or the corporate world because I'm not assertive, confident and I'm not very passionate about the work.

I don't know what kind of advice I'm really looking for. Has anybody else here been in a similar place in their life? What did you do to move past it? Any bit of insight would be hugely appreciated. Thanks..

TL;DR: I'm not assertive or confident in the workplace, feel like a failure because of this. Very lost & depressed - looking for advice from people who've been in similar situations.

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Is administrative work as tedious as it sounds like?

Jobs News Reddit - 1 hour 30 min ago

I've been offered a job that involves judging requests for tax remission for city taxes. Basically in my country if people are under a certain income they only have to partially pay city taxes if they send in a request. My job would be to judge these requests and see if they apply for remission.

The pay isn't bad but it isn't great either and you do get to be real flexible with your hours but I'm pretty sure sitting behind a computer all day reading bank statements and other documents would get tedious real fast since there is no real challenge and it would feel like doing homework for 8 hours a day.

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How do I find a new path?

Jobs News Reddit - 1 hour 32 min ago

I'm a teacher my by training currently working as a substitute teacher- completely burned out on education. I'm in counseling for reasons and my counselor wants me to look at job boards- to see if there's anything interesting.

Do you have any advice on how to find a potential new path? Or a place to look besides indeed/monster? I live in Central Florida and most of the jobs seems to be sales related, ie insurance, call centers etc.

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ONBOARDING NEED ADVICE - Starting as a freelance cad designer

Jobs News Reddit - 2 hours 15 min ago

So for the past 10 years I have actually done alot of cad work accross various software applications including autocad, inventor, solidworks, rhino, solid edge, and more. I have also worked as a mechanical design engineer, product designer, and cnc programmer. I have experience programming waterjets, laser cutters, routers, cnc press brakes, and turret punching machines.

In short, every time I see an ad for a freelance cad person, I am usually asked to work at the client's office as if I were a regular employee but without the benefits or job security. This sucks because I also get paid less!

So I started my business as a freelancer and my idea is to offer my services cheaper than usual but as an annual subscription. The question now is how do I find customers and convince them that this is worth their money.

For comparison, earning between $15 to say $25 dollars an hour, a cad person would earn about $30,000 to $50,000 per year. So if I offer my cad subcription service at say $5000 per year, I think I am saving my clients a huge amount of money.

The way this would work is that I would accept projects I know I can do in an hour or so, then have say 10 customers each with a subscription.

Anyway, if anyone has comments or suggestions, please let me know.


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Asking about hours on an interview?

Jobs News Reddit - 2 hours 23 min ago

I'm having an interview coming up and something I want to ask is how much hours is the work.... specifically because After I applied I found out it was part time but it pays more per hours then my current full time, and the job seems more worthwhile(STEM Development Assistant) compared to my dead end call center job.

The only information I found is Full Time Equiv.: .75 FTE... which when I google it means about 30 hours a week...but idk if its correct.

I'd be good with 30+ hours but anything less I'd have to pass... due to financial reasons.

So brings me back to my questions... is it okay to ask about hours when I go in for the interview? whats the best approach to ask?

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Ran into my boss at my interview.

Jobs News Reddit - 2 hours 27 min ago

Hi. I recently applied for a job at the same location of where I currently work, just in a different department. I had a phone interview, an in-person interview, and then went for a shadow day to see if it was a good fit.

Of course, my current manager was using the room for a meeting before my meeting. I pretended I didn't see her, but I'm about 80% sure she saw me.

It's especially awkward, because she and my other previous manager allowed me to drop my hours to part-time about four months ago (had baby) and the job to which I applied was for full-time.

I've decided that I'm NOT going to take the new job, because the hours probably don't work anyway. But here's the other thing: the same day I saw her, my department sent out an email looking to "promote" people to be in an informal leadership role. I also applied for this... I went for the new job because I feel rather stagnant where I am now, but this opportunity would help me climb the clinical ladder.

How should I address this with her? How badly did I screw up??

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Moving cities in a few months - when to put in resignation?

Jobs News Reddit - 2 hours 30 min ago

Hi there!

Kind of like the title says, I will be moving cities in July of this year, about 3.5-4 months from now. I've been with my current employer for 6 years and I am definitely excited to move on and pursue a different career opportunity.

However, they've been wanting to start some new training for me. I am currently the assistant to someone and my managers want her to start training me on her job. I don't want them to waste time and effort training me for something that I'll just end up leaving anyway but I know they could still use my help around the office until I leave.

I know they won't fire me if I tell them early, I would just work on projects the same way I am now. But I don't know if it's a risk to tell them early on. Like I said, I don't want them to waste time and effort training me when I could be working on projects for them that will make a difference instead of training.

I'm not sure what to do! I need some advice. Thank you!

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IWTL to write motivational letter which would be about my experience and my future plans

Jobs News Reddit - 2 hours 34 min ago

I need to write motivatonal letter for the job, but I have never written one, so I do not want to make any critical mistakes and I would love that it would be slightly different from other people’s letter.

So, I am asking for any cool structure or tips, which would really help.

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Resignation Letter: Detailed or Subtle?

Jobs News Reddit - 2 hours 38 min ago

I posted about a month ago that I was put on a PIP. I've moved the needle on some things but not all and I'm at the point of throwing in the towel. No support for upper management. I'm alone in this and it's making me crazy.

Got some great responses from you all. I have secured another position but am going through the background process now. Not hired yet, but close.

Question? Should I resign or ride out til they let me go. I mean, since I've only managed to improve only half the stuff on my pip in 4 weeks, I'm certain that the next few weeks will be the end.

My thought is to ride it out and make them do the dirty work, but I don't know if I can continue to take the beatings.

So first question...Resign now or ride it out?

Second, when it's time to resign, do I spill my guts in the resignation letter? Something tells me it won't matter but at the same time, my pride wants someone to know that I did everything I could with no support from upper management.

I don't see a major corporation caring about my point of view. So is my resignation letter a one liner of "I quit" and just let them wonder...

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How soon is too soon to say I'm leaving?

Career Feed Reddit - 3 hours 39 min ago

Background: Working in Financial Services in the UK for 8 years. Over 6 years with current employer, 4 years in current department (started out as Junior, now a Senior). Notice period is 4-weeks as per my contract.

I am leaving the country at the end of August (my one way flight is booked), and my plan was to give my notice in mid-July, have my last physical day present in the office as mid-August, and take the rest of August as paid holiday (to allow me to pack things away/send items to storage/visit family and friends), so that I will still be paid a full month's salary at the end of August, even though I will have already left the country. According to the research I've done, I am allowed to take any remaining accrued holiday before my final date of employment, and if they refuse the holiday/I am unable to take it, then I have to be paid for the remaining days in my final pay.

The issue: when to tell them I'm leaving.

My department is experiencing a wave of people leaving/resigning at the moment and is starting to suffer for the staff shortage.

My instincts since I made the plans to leave were not to say anything to anyone at work, until I plan to give my 4-weeks’ notice. But now I'm more tempted to make my manager at least aware of my intentions to leave later on in the year.

Is it a terrible idea to give more than the standard notice period? If I was to say anything in the next few weeks, I will essentially be giving them a 4-month warning, and I wonder if this is a very bad idea?

I am concerned they would try to force me to take the holidays I was saving for August between now and then. Can my employer force me to use holiday days on dates that I do not want?

In summary, is it better to: a) say nothing until July, b) speak with my manager and tell him I plan to leave at the end of Aug, or c) speak with my manager, tell him I plan on leaving the country at some point before the end of this year, and keep the rest of the details to myself?

I want to keep things on good terms, because I am considered an integral member of the department and team, and don't want to burn those bridges should I ever want/need to come back a few years down the line.

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Categories: World Jobs News

Is changing career from tech to pharmaceutical industry possible after college?

Jobs News Reddit - 3 hours 39 min ago

I was immature and did not think much about my future back then and took the wrong turn in life to enter computer science course in college. The syllabus that was taught to me is completely useless in an employer stand point and I am not employable with my skill sets. The only tech job I can take right now is helpdesk support and I hate it. I have no talent in coding and only survived college through copy and pasting codes and edit them to fit my program. Never actually wrote a web app which generate PDF reports from scratch.

Anyway, heard from working professionals that working in the tech industry is extremely stressful in general unless one is working for a company with good work culture. Some people go into the tech industry because it pays good money. I can say that I am not into the money and certainly not the stress that comes with the money.

I saw a web article that listed out the top 10 least stressful jobs and one of the caught my interest - Medical laboratory technician. Yes, it does not pay well, but the salary is least of my concern.

Is it even possible to enter the pharmaceutical industry with a CS degree or I am doom to be stuck in the tech field for life? Better jump off a building soon to free myself from this misery, can't imagine being stuck in this field till retirement.

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How to deal with manager who is on a power trip?

Jobs News Reddit - 3 hours 49 min ago

Hello everyone.

Just looking for some advice on how to deal with my manager who, according to those around me, is on a power trip. I was hired in a year ago to help in this department, where my manager was the only employee til I came in, and she was 'promoted' to the manager. I am her only subordinate.

Her way of managing is making me get approval from her for everything I do. I mean everything. If she wants me to work on something else, she will hold that approval hostage until I do some other work she wants me to get done. Then I have other coworkers asking me why this is not done, that is not done for them, when I try to get it done first but she won't approve it for me to finish.

My issue with going to my bosses is that one of them is a family friend of hers. They get together every weekend. Whenever they have meetings about my department, I am not invited, and I end up hearing from my manager the tl;dr of the meeting which is usually things I need to do to improve or ways in which our department is screwing up. So I don't know if that's all they talk about, if she's placing a lot of the blame on me in those meetings, etc.

In the past after one of those meetings, she told me that I am not allowed to ask her questions anymore as 'she needs to get her work done' and me interrupting her was not good for either of us. I was told I must email her a daily report at the end of each day of what I need her assistance with. This is extremely difficult, as I need approval for almost all of my work before I can finish it, and most of my work has tight deadlines. Plus she holds my work hostage, as I said earlier, so it's hard for me to prioritize my work when she's controlling the timeline. My friend describes her as a control freak.

I like my job, and I don't really want to quit. I intend on being there for a few years. I am learning a lot which will be good for my career long-term, which is why I would like to stay. But I feel strained at work most days because it feels like I am fighting with my manager to get work done. If I try to tell her that I am working on something now because it's important, if she wants me to be doing something else (usually related to her second role in the company), she will say something like 'well that's not due til the end of the day right?'. Then she won't approve my work. Then at the end of the day I have to rush to finish it.

Any advice? Anyone else dealt with this sort of work situation?

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Success and disappointment megathread for the week of (March 19)

Jobs News Reddit - 3 hours 50 min ago

This is the weekly success and disappointment megathread for the week of March 19. Please post all of your successes and disappointments for this week, including job offers and other victories, as well as any venting of frustration, in this thread, and this thread only. Thanks!

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Don't know what to expect. Any ideas? [Interview]

Jobs News Reddit - 3 hours 59 min ago

I am an engineer about to finish my PhD.

Two weeks ago today I had a face-to-face interview for a position with my would-be manager, an HR rep, and the director of engineering and R&D. The engineering director said some things in the interview that made it seem they had basically already decided to hire me. It went a bit like this:

I am interviewing for a position in Germany and so the interview was conducted both in English and German. Early on, the director could tell I was a bit nervous and getting frustrated at my loss of words in German. He stopped me and said "Relax, we never skip the video conference interview but we made an exception because of your profile and put you right at the top of our list. The job is yours to lose." After that, everything went very smoothly and I could tell he was impressed. At a later point he said "I think you applied for the absolute perfect position." Toward the end of the interview, they asked about my salary expectations and went through all of the employee benefits. After the main part of the interview, the director and HR rep left and told me I would get further information within 2 weeks. I was taken for a tour by the supervisor and we kept chatting. I was then asked to model a part that they had 3D printed and the supervisor and the group drafter seemed impressed. We then discussed a bit about a design problem they wanted to solve. I then went and had another mini interview with the supervisor and that also went well. I left over an hour later than originally planned and feeling confident. I sent a thank you email to each interviewer and the director replied with strong presumptive language including "I look forward to seeing you excel at [Company]."

Early last week I got a call from the company to set up a second interview (scheduled for this Thursday). The confirmation e-mail I received shows that it will be conducted by the exact same 3 interviewers. Now I am left wondering what this second interview might entail. I don't know how to prepare because we covered everything I could think they would want to know. At the same time, if it were just to give an offer, why wouldn't they have let me know that's the plan?

I received the train ticket and it shows the interview should last approximately 4 hours. I sent an e-mail to ask for an itinerary but they said the interview is only scheduled for 1.5 hrs and the format will be the same as last time. That brings us to noon. Since they booked a seat reservation on the return train, I assume we will be going to lunch after the "official" interview.

I am at a loss of how to prepare, given that the interviewers are the same. What would you expect in this situation? What kind of preparation would you do?

Thanks in advance!

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How accurate are the "evaluate your CV" websites?

Jobs News Reddit - 4 hours 10 min ago

I'm not mentioning the name, but there is a website that you upload your CV and it estimates how much your CV is worth.

I just wanted to ask if it is an accurate tool to estimate how much I should ask in terms of salary.

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Any insight why executives and employees from other companies add me on LinkedIn? Should I contact them?

Jobs News Reddit - 4 hours 17 min ago

Hi everyone,

It’s been a little over a month with my job search, and I’m sure most of you can feel my pain with the stress of finding something soon.

I’ve noticed that a few times now I’ve been added on LinkedIn by an executive/higher up from a company in my industry, but I never applied/contacted them before. I have my LinkedIn profile show I’m actively searching for jobs, and I’ve done a couple internships but nothing to really have my name way out there in the business.

Any idea what this means?

I tried contacting one person that was in charge of business development via LinkedIn messenger but he never replied back. Just last night I had the ceo of a really interesting group add me, should I message him too?

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