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Finding Jobs Without Contacts

Jobs News Reddit - Sun, 08/25/2019 - 14:47

I've always seen finding a job in a similar way to taking a test. I want a job and I have to prove that I have the skills and experience to do that job to a potential employer. If I ask someone for help then that would be like cheating on the test. In addition, if I get a job with the help of a contact then did I really get that job on my own merit? Yeah, maybe I end up being good at the job, enjoying it, and making money but isn't my whole career then based off...not my own ability? What about the people who don't have contacts and applied through traditional channels? Maybe they are more deserving. It's not fair to them. No, the world isn't fair but shouldn't we try to make it more so? Am I crazy or just destined to be poor because of my own stubbornness?

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How do I word this email? Senior student can't make it to the interview but would like to talk to them after graduation.

Jobs News Reddit - Sun, 08/25/2019 - 14:16

Hi, I'm a senior that is going to graduate in May 2020. I emailed a job that is in the city I am moving to after graduation. I told them that I was graduating next year and was wondering if there would be any opportunities available then. They responded immediately and invited me in for an interview next week to talk about where I might fit in the company. I told them I will need to find a ride first (its 3 hours away) and would let them know by Monday if I was able to visit. I have not found a ride and will have to tell them I can't make it. However, I would like to touch base with them around graduation. This is how I have the draft of the email worded so far:

Hi (job interviewer),

I received 2 offers for a ride to (job), but both quickly cancelled. I apologize for not being able to make it at this time. I plan to relocate to the (the city) in the summer and will contact you when I am closer to graduation.

Thank you again for the invitation.

Best Regards,


Does this sound rude? I want to word it the best way I can so I sound polite and they still be interested in talking with me later.

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Job as an 8th grader

Jobs News Reddit - Sun, 08/25/2019 - 13:54

I’m 14 and in 8th grade. I’m getting to the point in life where I can’t rely on my parents to give me money for a dinner with my friends and etc. I know I can work at 14, but I’m not sure if it will be hard working after school, balancing it between my homework. Do you think getting a job is a good idea at my age?

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Written warning from HR

Jobs News Reddit - Sun, 08/25/2019 - 13:43

I was asked to sign a written warning for a position within my company that I am no longer in. I work in a different team and the mistake on that job occurred four months ago. They realized four months later that it was an error and I was issued HR written warning. Can they still do this ? How serious are written warnings ?

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Preparing for a "Site Visit"

Jobs News Reddit - Sun, 08/25/2019 - 13:22

I've been in the recruiting process with an employer for about 2 months. It consisted of a 40 minute phone interview and an all day (9am-3pm) interview with a case study presentation at the corporate office. I was recently notified that after deliberation, the team would like to schedule a site visit for me to meet with more members of the team and discuss the day to day expectations of the role.

Is this a sign that an offer is pending? How can I prepare for this part of the process? It just seems like this is less formal than the last interview. I feel like I am so close to securing this opportunity..I would hate to ruin my chances now.

Thanks in advance!

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Fired for misconduct. How to answer "have you been previously terminated" on job applications and interviews?

Jobs News Reddit - Sun, 08/25/2019 - 13:07

This week I was fired for misconduct as I was verbally abusive toward one of my staff. I was stressed and depressed in that position and lashed out in anger. Yes, I'm very aware I messed up but I genuinely have no idea how to get past this. Some of the places I'm applying to ask if I've been previously terminated and if I select "yes" it prompts me to answer why. Do I say yes and get filtered out by the automated system? Say no and lie entirely if asked during an interview? I was employed with the company for 4 years and in my previous position for 1 so I can't really leave it off my resume as it's the only "real" job I've had. I work in an oversaturated field and I feel like I'll never find another job again. I'm 25 and have so much debt to pay off from school and I'm in a constant state of panic and it's been less than a week.

Reposting my thread from last night as I don't think I was super clear regarding the situation.

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My boyfriend and I have the same job, how can I ask my boss to give him some of my hours?

Jobs News Reddit - Sun, 08/25/2019 - 12:57

So at my [24F] job I am a dishwasher PRN who is scheduled to work in retirement homes. This company owns 9 retirement homes that I know of in my city. When one of the retirement homes is short staffed they will contact my boss who they refer to as the PRN lady and they will ask her if she has people to work on certain days. Then my boss will text me and ask if I want to work on monday through Friday 2pm-7pm and Saturday 7am-7pm at one of their locations. As a PRN if I need a day off I can turn down any shift without penalty. I got the job in May after being a full time (non PRN) prep cook with that company for the past 3 years. In May I started working and I’ve been at the same location from then on. I’ve been told that the kitchen manager likes me and I work any hours she requests of me so she hasn’t hired a regular full time dishwasher to replace me. My boyfriend [22M] needed a job so I got him a job doing the same thing I do. He started as a dishwasher at a different location from the two I’ve worked in. He didn’t like it there and this wall of text would be too long if I went into detail but if you want to know why it sucked there I can tell you in the comments. They offered him a job there as a dishwasher but he didn’t want to continue working there. So he worked there for the month of July then they hired a full time dishwasher. Our boss, the PRN lady hasn’t given him another location to work at for all of August and he has fallen seriously behind on his bills. We don’t live together. I’ve been working 34 hours 6 days a week. I want to ask my boss if he could work at the location where I work 3 days a week and I work my other 3 days. If my boyfriend starts working there, He will need to be trained there for 2 or 3 days so it will cost them to pay two employees for the same shift. I’m not just giving him my hours to be nice I just don’t want to work 6 days a week. I know I’ll be making half as much money but I can still cover all my essentials while we both look for other jobs. I’m kind of tired of working there. I want to ask her to give my boyfriend half of my hours but I am worried about sounding unprofessional so what should I say to her? She may or may not know he’s my boyfriend. I got him hired by saying I have a friend who needs a job but when I first started working there 2 months before they hired him I put him down as my boyfriend for my emergency contact. I’m not sure how often she looks at her employees emergency contacts so I don’t know if she knows. I know my request isn’t unreasonable and we are both going into her office to talk to her on Monday. I’m just worried about sounding bossy like I’m saying give me these hours and give him these hours. I’ve been thinking of saying: I’m supposed to work 6 days a week this week and next week and I still want to work those hours but for the week after that can you ask Teresa (the kitchen manager) if I can work on Monday Tuesday Wednesday and if Chris can work my other days? I don’t want to work as much now and I know Chris could use some hours (do I have to specify a reason? I should I even say this? I just want her to know that I’m not just giving away my shifts to be nice because I guess that would be unprofessional of me.).

TLDR: my boyfriend and I work for the same company and he’s been getting zero hours while I get 34 a week, how do I ask my boss to give him half of mine without sounding bossy and how much do I need to explain my intentions? I don’t want to work 6 days a week and he needs work so 3 days a week for each of us would be nice. Is it considered unprofessional to give your hours away?

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Should I Take Over My Father's Business

Jobs News Reddit - Sun, 08/25/2019 - 12:53

My dad started his own business by creating a building company in 2000 (not sure how it is called) and he became successfull as I can say. Even though its not a big company, we can say it is a known company in this sector in Çorlu (A province in Turkey). I am 11 grader this year and i have to choose a job in two years to study in universities. I also keep thinking about being a surgeon. Working in a hospital instead of worksite seems more freshing and better for me maybe? Idk. So if you were me, what would you choose; being a surgeon, or taking over your family business.

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Coming back from a career break and trying to get into HR (UK)

Jobs News Reddit - Sun, 08/25/2019 - 12:49

Post uni, I had a couple of admin jobs in local government and higher education but ended up with severe depression. I had 2 years completely out of the work force. I haven't been able to work much since so I then did some voluntary work in the arts with others with mental health problems for 2 years. I realised that wasn't going to really help me employability-wise so for the past almost 3 years I've been a part-time volunteer adviser with my local Citizens Advice Bureau. I'm now at the point where my meds have finally got me stable and I'm itching to get back to full time work. Because of my background in admin mixed with my dealing with employment issues at CAB I'm thinking that HR could be a good focus. Only I'm not even getting an interview. I've applied for dozens of jobs- some basic HR assistant/administrator, some just general admin. Some really basic. I can't afford to go back to uni, at least not unless I get a decent paid job first and do it part-time. I realise I'm trying to get into a popular field.

I feel I have 2 possible options- what do you think?

  1. Get a general admin job for a year (hoping this will be a bit easier to get), or series of temp jobs and study for my level 3 CIPD certificate in the evening online. This'll wipe me out financially as it costs about £1900 and would be a financial gamble. Then hope that I can get an hr administrator/assistant post afterwards.
  2. Try to get some work experience in HR by sending out speculative CVs to local companies that are large enough to need an HR department. Due to benefits regs I can only do 2 days a week maximum but perhaps over 5-10 weeks?

I'm getting my CV and covering letter looked at (I've already cut it down to 1 page- it could apparently be more interesting). I'm entering into an employability scheme for people with disabilities who offer work placements but I don't know if they can offer me much more than shelf-stacking in a supermarket. If not, I'm happy to arrange my own work placement, if you think it would help. I'm open to any other suggestions you might have. Thanks in advance.

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Any ideas where to go from a sales career?

Jobs News Reddit - Sun, 08/25/2019 - 12:29

I'm sure this question has been asked many times before but are there any logical career paths for someone to jump to from sales?

I've been an inside account manager with the same company for almost 10 years and at this point am just mentally done with it. My biggest concern with leaving though is that I'd be walking away from making 125-150K/yr. I understand that I will probably have to take a pay cut, but most of the jobs I think I'm qualified for based on my IT sales background would be around a 50% pay cut.

Has anyone in a similar situation successfully made the leap from sales?

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Getting unsolicited emails from Are they legit?

Jobs News Reddit - Sun, 08/25/2019 - 12:06

I've never signed up for but I've had to post my email address on other job boards so I think my email my be being distributed to them. The website doesn't look sketchy but I'm afraid to click on any of the links in the emails. Does anyone know about this?

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Been using sites such as Glassdoor/Zip recruiter and getting sketchy texts. Should I trust them?

Jobs News Reddit - Sun, 08/25/2019 - 12:02

I’ve been getting automated texts for interviews from out of area phone numbers for companies that I can’t find much info about online. I’m a little sketched out because they’re texting instead of e-mailing (on Sundays too). They all have no LinkedIn presence and have very basic websites. Is this normal?

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Online assessment tests. How to crack it ?

Jobs News Reddit - Sun, 08/25/2019 - 11:47

Hi.. so I'm super new at applying for jobs.. i have just got done with my masters in the UK .. and I'm applying for the NHS graduate scheme. It's my first proper job application of my life and it's kind of my only hope to get employed in the UK. I've never given these psychometric tests before . Numerical, verbal, critical reasoning etc. And i don't have any help available for it. But i have to crack this! I need to get this job. I know everyone says that it's unlikely to get the first job you apply for but the applications have opened at such a time that it's my first. Any tips for it please? Thank you so much. It's just the first thing i need to pass . I know the interviews and all will be more scary. But I'm taking one step at a time. Thank you so much

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Hiring Manager wants to give me decision over the phone

Jobs News Reddit - Sun, 08/25/2019 - 11:36

Hey everyone,

I had a phone interview, followed by an in person interview with this research group. I emailed the hiring manager after a day passed the date she said shed have a decision. Right after the email, one of the interviewers quickly emailed me saying I forgot to send him some supplementary info (which is accurate, and a bad miscommunication on my part.) About 5 hours after I emailed him back, the hiring manager said she would be reviewing all applicants interview on Monday and will call me towards the end of Monday to let me know about “the possibilities.”

Anybody been in a similar situation where the decision would be given over the phone? I’m trying my best to be level headed and understand this could very well be a rejection, but I’d actually prefer an email if i didn’t get the position. Any tips?

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What should I be looking for in my first graduate job?

Jobs News Reddit - Sun, 08/25/2019 - 11:23

I'm from the UK, looking to go into data analytics. My goal is to work for a company for 2 or 3 years, get some impressive stuff on my CV and then move to the Netherlands, where I'll get a new job.

So what should I be prioritising?

While money isn't necessarily a huge deal I'll obviously need to cover a decent living standard, which obviously isn't cheap in London, for example. I thought I'd look at some job listings that need more experience but I'm not sure whether I had the right interpretation. My general impression is I need experience in certain technologies, be able to improve my communication skills, more or less.

And what kind of company and/or programme should I be looking for?

For example, I have an interview coming up at a multinational HR provider and temporary staffing firm, where the data science department was only established earlier this year, but they would be willing to fast-track me into a senior data analyst role in 2 or 3 years(I think it was 2). Firstly, I'm not sure whether other companies will take this seriously. Secondly, I'm concerned about the training, the pressure, the dept head's experience. The salary might start off a tiny bit low but it increases quickly - same amount every 6 months which is 9.2%, 8.5%, 7.8%, 7.2% respectively (or 18.5% and 15.6% each year). Is there an advantage to more established programmes such as at Accenture, KPMG, etc?

Probably worth mentioning I'm in my late 20s and only just graduated due to medical conditions. So, there is the urge to catch up so to speak but so is there to have a work-life balance.

Appreciate any advice anyone could give me. Thanks!

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Advice on how to handle my situation at work

Jobs News Reddit - Sun, 08/25/2019 - 10:43

23F here, graduated last May with my Bachelor's of Science and have been applying tirelessly to full-time jobs. My current job is a part time gig, I've been there for two years next month. On Friday, the company I've wanted to work for's HR department called me. (great benefits, amazing salary for a fresh grad, long travel but worth it) She left a message saying she wants to discuss the application and my "next steps." Unfortunately, I have to wait until tomorrow to call back because they're closed-- but anyways here's my situation. When I graduated, my current boss hinted that she wasn't ready for me to leave, and I believe she wants to be clued in when I apply for jobs. I felt sort of uncomfortable telling her "oh hey, i'm looking for other jobs." I feel like I shouldn't say anything until I actually get the job. What's awkward is, is that she gave me a $1.50 raise last week, and it's sort of like: thanks for the money, i'm leaving! sort of thing. She asked if I wanted to work more hours, but truthfully, I'm getting tired of working there, it's the same thing every day and when I work with her, the whole shift she just nit picks everything I do and it sort of brings me down and so I try to avoid working mornings, I lie and say I babysit my neighbors kid. But now I'm getting off track. I figured I will wait until I actually get the job rather than tell her, hey I got an interview. It's a small place, and I'm 100% sure she will not find someone in the standard 2-weeks notice time frame, but I mean, I have to move on sometime. The job will make my pay go from $16.50 an hour to $21 an hour, with benefits and the ability to be promoted, moved up and transferred to different departments....what do you guys think

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Best jobs for a Bachelor’s in anything?

Jobs News Reddit - Sun, 08/25/2019 - 09:46

For example, I got my Bachelor’s in teaching, decided I didn’t want to do that, then went back and got a certificate in Business. What would be a good job for someone like me? I’ve heard HR might be a good fit but I don’t know if I would meet their qualifications.

So...what are some jobs that you could do with a Bachelor’s in any major?

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You always wanted to study X or follow career Y. A) You never realized your wish - why? B) You eventually decided to put your wish/dream into practice. How long did it take you to make that decision and what gave you that last push?

Jobs News Reddit - Sun, 08/25/2019 - 08:55

I'm in the beginning of my 30's and currently doing my Bachelor of Science in an IT related field. Since I can remember I've always been in love with sports and medicine, but whenever I found myself at a point where I could make a choice, I decided to take a different route. Currently I am not unhappy, because I've learned a lot over the past years, but I can't help but feel like I'm not using my innate strengths.
To be completely honest, I chose my current study mainly out of fear of not finding a good employment in the field of sportsmedicine or sports education. I can't help but having this feeling that whilst I wouldn't be completely unhappy with my current path, a slight regretful feeling of not following my gut might always follow me.

Considering the path I've taken so far I wonder how many ppl have a wish or a dream and decided - for whatever reason - to not pursue it, because other things interfered.

My question to you is in the title.

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Am I not trained well, or just not fit for the job?

Jobs News Reddit - Sun, 08/25/2019 - 08:44

I apologize for the blocked text, I'm on mobile I recently graduated college and started working my first "real" job at a house plant nursery/greenhouse in the western US, been working there a few months now. I have had many internships in such jobs before and love growing plants, but this new job has me more stressed than I have ever been in my life. I come home depressed and paranoid that I did something wrong while at work and will get chewed out for it the next day. Basically my job is to watch about 30-50 greenhouses with new very delicate propagation plants. If any of these houses do not get mist during the day, within 15 minutes they can be damaged or die. Many things can happen, irrigation booms can crash or blow fuses, they could be programmed incorrectly, electricity can surge or drop out for just a little bit which can stop the booms, so we have to constantly be driving around in the farm truck and checking them. I feel like I was undertrained and just thrown into this position but like I said it's my first "real" job in the industry so I'm not sure. My boss spent a total of about half a day showing me around and trying to teach me to program booms (there are 3 different software systems to learn) and the rest of what I've learned has been from my coworkers, who were expected to answer all my questions and teach me things while also trying to do their job and watch their own 50 greenhouses. As a result, I felt very much like a nuscance with all my questions especially in the beginning, and made quite a few mistakes because I didn't know any better. On top of that we work in shifts with partners and mine gets very annoyed with me if I make any mistakes at all. As a result I feel like I'm walking on eggshells around my coworkers and am constantly afraid of messing up. The other day we had an electrical problem and some of our plants were damaged, and later I heard him talking badly about me to our other coworkers. Also, whenever my boss sees I have made a mistake he automatically assumes it is because I'm being lazy or not checking my plants and irrigation enough. Now that the growing year is winding down and daylength is shortening our schedule has changed and I am scheduled to watch the entire farm by myself every other day, 10 hour shifts. I was in no way trained to take care of the other parts of the farm, it is completely foreign to me and I feel like I have been just thrown in to sink or swim. I was given a check list and talked to for 10 minutes about what I should do to care for the other part of the farm, but only because I asked. If I hadn't asked I would have gotten nothing. I would have felt much more comfortable shadowing someone else do it for a bit.... What should I do? This job has me so burnt out with worry it's not funny.

Edited to add: literally 6 people have come and gone from this position in the past 3 years. I didn't know this until I was already hired

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What's the best way to deal with a micromanaging coworker?

Jobs News Reddit - Sun, 08/25/2019 - 08:32

I work as an assistant accountant in a small team which contains a woman who I will call Kate (she has an unusual name which I don't want to use, just in case). Kate is a more senior accountant and does similar work to me at a more advanced level, however she isn't my manager. We sometimes work on projects together, and at first it was okay, but as of late she has been micromanaging me a lot, which has made me start to resent my job. She gives me zero autonomy over my own work, she's always asking me what I am doing at a particular moment and regularly sends 'reminder' emails about tasks I need to complete that have been assigned to me by our manager, as if I am too stupid to remember to do them myself. She speaks to our manager for me (not that I asked) about progress on tasks that had been assigned to me, which she wouldn't even know about if she hadn't listened in on my conversations with our manager. If we're working on something together, she will write out step by step instructions for the most simple of tasks, and constantly monitor me during the process. It's really demoralising to think that Kate thinks so little of me that I can't have any authority or ownership over my own work.

Kate also seems to treat me as a PA. She regularly places documents on my work desk with a post-it note telling me to file them for her. She will also ask me to go and get things out of the filing cupboards for her, and if I don't, she will send one of her 'reminder' emails. She also sends me emails to get me to set up meetings for her, which I think is a little rude.

The main problem in this situation is that I can't really go to my manager about this, since he and Kate are good friends outside of work (that's how Kate got this job). Does anyone have any advice for dealing with a micromanager like this going forwards?

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