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>> No. 4012 Anonymous
14th December 2012
Friday 9:36 am
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Applying for JSA links
Both are a little out of date.
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>> No. 13508 Anonymous
20th August 2020
Thursday 1:36 pm
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Is it an apprenticeship or vocational scheme? In which case they only get funding for providing education to people who don't already have it.
>> No. 13509 Anonymous
20th August 2020
Thursday 3:52 pm
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Would you turn up at a food bank and lie when your cupboards at home were full?
>> No. 13510 Anonymous
20th August 2020
Thursday 8:46 pm
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I don't think it is ridiculous when their stated mission is to help people without degrees - why should you jump the queue when you've already had that opportunity?
>> No. 13768 Anonymous
2nd April 2021
Friday 12:22 am
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>>13507 Yes if you have a degree then you can't do an apprenticeship.

>> No. 13790 Anonymous
8th May 2021
Saturday 3:35 pm
13790 Is this discrimination?
I lost my job this week. I had an extended absence at the beginning of this year, due to long term illness my employer was aware of, but haven't missed a shift in over a month. During my absence, I had two occupational health assessments - the first said I was unfit for work; the second said I was fit to work but only part time and it is also likely I may have more absences due to my long term condition. During all this time I asked for home working, but my manager refused due it being a "waste of time", despite their being open positions on other teams that exclusively WFH.

At my attendance review meeting, the decision maker said that based on my past sickness, and because the OH report says I am likely to be unwell in the future, the business can't support my continued employment, choosing to dismiss me rather than issuing a final written warning. My union rep who was in the meeting was a bit shocked, saying he has never seen an OH report to go against someone, and will consult with his colleagues as to if this is allowed.

TL;DR I feel I have been dismissed due to my disability, but don't know if it was a valid decision.
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>> No. 13794 Anonymous
8th May 2021
Saturday 7:37 pm
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I missed several weeks due to long term illness.
>> No. 13795 Anonymous
8th May 2021
Saturday 8:14 pm
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Mmm. Were they aware of your situation? Did you give them the doctor's notes?
>> No. 13796 Anonymous
8th May 2021
Saturday 8:29 pm
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I gave them doctor's notes, and made them aware of my condition in my pre-employment occupational health assessment.
>> No. 13797 Anonymous
8th May 2021
Saturday 8:30 pm
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You might be getting to that age where you need to think about investing in a pair of reading glasses.
>> No. 13798 Anonymous
8th May 2021
Saturday 9:58 pm
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Bang out of order OP, and this is why.

>During all this time I asked for home working, but my manager refused due it being a "waste of time", despite their being open positions on other teams that exclusively WFH.

As far as I understand the law, they are obligated to offer you a different role or position first before sacking. If they haven't allowed you the opportunity to do that it should be an open and shut case.

Not that it should really make a difference, but what's your disability? How long have you had off?

What a lot of companies seem to do nowadays is just push their luck with this sort of thing in the hopes you won't have the resources/willpower to fight it, and lean on their "sickness policy" as though anyone having over 10 days off is self-evidently a skiving bastard. It's the sort of thing Capita can get away with when they sack a 21 year old call centre operative for having too many Monday sickies, but if you work somewhere serious enough to have a union and occy health department it shouldn't happen.

>> No. 1795 Anonymous
27th May 2011
Friday 6:32 pm
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ITT: Workplace annoyances.

I'll get the ball rolling - having to bring in pastries on your birthday. I know it's cheaper if people bring their own in on their birthday instead of chipping in every time someone in the office has a birthday, but it's still fucking annoying having to fork out on your birthday.
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>> No. 13785 Anonymous
23rd April 2021
Friday 2:41 pm
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An employer can choose when you have time off, provided they give you enough notice and they don't try and make you do it when you're sick.
>> No. 13786 Anonymous
23rd April 2021
Friday 2:42 pm
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>They can legally do that?

Yep. You're entitled to paid holiday, but the law says nothing about when you can take it. Some employers offer you no choice at all, with the obvious example being schools and universities.
>> No. 13787 Anonymous
23rd April 2021
Friday 2:50 pm
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More info about when an employer can and can't make you take leave here: https://www.gov.uk/holiday-entitlement-rights/booking-time-off-
>> No. 13788 Anonymous
28th April 2021
Wednesday 3:42 pm
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I popped into the office earlier to drop something off, the second time I've visited since March last year. I didn't recognise at least half the people as there's been a fair bit of turnover in the admin departments so I expect the atmosphere will be completely different when everyone is back in.

Anyway, a fat guy has started with very questionable hygiene; greasy hair, some of the buttons on his shirt had burst open through the sheer force of his gut and you could smell his B.O. from quite far away, which is why I expect he'd been shoved in a corner.
>> No. 13789 Anonymous
28th April 2021
Wednesday 3:57 pm
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>Anyway, a fat guy has started with very questionable hygiene; greasy hair, some of the buttons on his shirt had burst open through the sheer force of his gut and you could smell his B.O. from quite far away, which is why I expect he'd been shoved in a corner.
This is a productivity hack. Too many people either don't understand or deliberately disregard the Headphone Code, so he's making it physically unpleasant to interrupt him with anything non-essential.

>> No. 13778 Anonymous
14th April 2021
Wednesday 8:40 am
13778 Corporatese to English dictionary
Can we have a thread for translating the garbled nightmare language you will encounter in various work environments and vacancy ads?

Does "agile" management mean "doing a lot with fuck-all staff and few resources"?
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>> No. 13780 Anonymous
14th April 2021
Wednesday 9:02 am
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I think it means "we don't care how you do your job unless you do something stupid" or sometimes "you're the manager but you also have to fill in for three non existent team members"
>> No. 13781 Anonymous
14th April 2021
Wednesday 11:21 am
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Agile, if it refers to Agile working, is apparently just starting/finishing whenever you want. I have to be available between 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm, but outside of that I can just do whatever I want, ostensibly, as long as my timesheet gets filled.

Speaking of timesheets, does anyone find that they absolutely crush any drive to optimize ones workload? Or am I looking at it wrong, and they're really an opportunity to save time by optimizing your work without telling anyone and getting all your work done in 20% of the time?
>> No. 13782 Anonymous
14th April 2021
Wednesday 11:49 am
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To me it means you have a continuous circular development cycle as opposed to waterfall in how you manage projects. This began in the IT sector because customers are fucking idiots but now everyone does it - you get the skeleton done and then build/hone with feedback. You'll be engaging with clients/stakeholders throughout so relationship management is emphasised as opposed to waterfall process where you get the bloody thing done first and then go out to people.

Having to do everything with fuck-all staff and few resources is just normal management.

>> No. 13772 Anonymous
13th April 2021
Tuesday 1:12 pm
13772 Looking for a new job
Right, I've been mulling this over for a few weeks and I think it is time for me to start looking for a new job, but I'm a bit stuck at what to look for and I have got a little too comfortable.

I've been working in the same place for just over six years now, at the beginning it was a zero hours thing as I worked full time elsewhere. However, after redundancy from the old job, I got more shifts and worked my way up into a salaried position learning a lot along the way.

It's without a doubt the best job I have had, I like the people I work with (for the most part) and it's sort of degree relevant with it being a arts/culture organisation.

Having said all that, I feel I have hit a bit of a brick wall in regards to progress and pay, and to put it politely, the newish head of the department has no idea what he is doing. It's a technical department and he is essentially a salesman and he seems happier to give work and projects that we could build upon to other people if he can skim some money off in the short term.

The idea of a payrise is out of the window (my colleagues hasn't gone up in 12 years) and the reward for doing a good job and exceeding targets seems to be more work.

Currently, I have built and maintained the entire organisation's inventory, I conduct site visits (often involves driving nationwide, overnights stays etc), I install art exhibitions/museum installs, build and maintain AV equipment, lead on large outdoor cinema events (including delivery, transport, staffing, kit, logistics etc) and I know a bit of Unity (mainly for AR development) and a bit of Blender. Currently, I've ended up managing projects with no support or extra compensation. I'll get TOIL instead of extra pay for working extra hours which would be fine in the short term, but pre-pandemic, I had acrued 3 extra weeks of time off by the beginning of October. This is a general overview, I do a few extra bits here and there too. All of this for £18,270 a year and the age of fucking 30.

My sister is a travel agent and she's on just over £24,000 and she's still getting a payrise despite the industry being decimated.

I'm not saying I'm worth millions, but I can't help but feel I'm worth more than this. At the beginning I could overlook it as there were lots of perks to the arts, but a lot of those are dissapearing and management is a nightmare.
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>> No. 13774 Anonymous
13th April 2021
Tuesday 2:57 pm
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You've identified things that are less than satisfactory with your current situation, but without making your other options concrete, you risk slipping back into what you know and are comfortable with.

Big changes in my life (and the confidence to make them) have invariably come from researching my options and determining tangible outcomes that would take my life in the direction I want it to go. I might be a bit strange in this respect, but I've put together loads of long-term plans this way, many just as backups, then take strategic and budgeted steps towards it. If I know I'll need to save for to move home or take a qualification, I'll do that. It's all blocked out in a big spreadsheet.

Sorry to be boring, but I'd saying being diligent is just as important as being daring when it comes to these decisions.
>> No. 13775 Anonymous
13th April 2021
Tuesday 3:10 pm
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>All of this for £18,270 a year and the age of fucking 30.
>My sister is a travel agent and she's on just over £24,000 and she's still getting a payrise despite the industry being decimated.

Fucking hell, I thought you were looking for serious money but have you considered giving government a go? You can certainly put your practical and project management experience as a selling point and earn 30k+ in a HEO/SEO/G7(at a push) role off the bat.
>> No. 13776 Anonymous
13th April 2021
Tuesday 3:14 pm
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I'll give those a look. The option of remote working and living away from the cities makes these kind of jobs a lot more appealing.


Agreed. As much as I'm complaining now, I can keep my head down and do my research, I'm just a bit stumped as to how to apply myself. I've fallen into things a lot the past few years.


I don't mean that I'm looking for £24,000 a year, I'd like more than that. I just used it as an example of a job that is much easier and less demanding and is part of an industry that has been hit a lot harder than the arts.
>> No. 13777 Anonymous
13th April 2021
Tuesday 7:15 pm
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Your problem is that you started basically in manual labour, you've gained tons of skills and moved up to what's essentially a management position gradually and if you were to start again doing the same thing you'd be on a £30-40K contract.

Start looking for another job, just have some imagination in what you're looking for and try to think creatively about how you would fit in, sounds like you're generally going to be looking in the entertainment and events industry so with things starting to open up again now everyones going to be hiring. You probably want to start mooching around for as many different job titles you can think of that sound in any way relevant to what you do "events manager", "PA installer", things like that.

Your CV should be as candid as possible in stating all the roles and responsibilities you currently have.
>> No. 13779 Anonymous
14th April 2021
Wednesday 8:46 am
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It sounds like you meet a lot of people. Are none of them tempting to jump ship to?
It's a slightly awkward conversation, probably best phrased as seeking new challenges rather than grumbling about your existing salary/employer.
However, if you're there, looking all competent and stuff, that's far better than a blind CV.

>> No. 13759 Anonymous
6th March 2021
Saturday 7:44 pm
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Alright lads, here's the deal.

Back when life was worth living and you could do more than walk around the same square mile near your house I got a job offer to work abroad.

Like a twat I packed up my things and then corona got serious and they shut the borders. With my tail between my legs I went crawling back to my employer who just cancelled my HR forms and carried on working. Great stuff.

The place abroad had a fantastic HR lady who had been involved in my recruitment and she said 'anon, really sorry this happened to you, shit luck, let's extend your contract for a few months and see what happens.'

Obviously things did not really pick up and still haven't, so a few months ago I got a second email from her.

'Hi anon, hope you're well, I'm leaving the company but if you'd still like to come, reply to this email to the two people cc'd confirming and we'll extend your contract until the end of 2022.'

I tried being all nice and sent them an email etc to say 'of course, please extend my contract' and as they don't know me they were quite curt and said 'no problem, we'll contact you when things change.'

Obviously these people will have forgotten I exist and have no investment in the relationship, as months have gone by. Should I email them again a friendly reminder? What would I say? 'Hi, I'm still interested, hope this is ok?'
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>> No. 13760 Anonymous
6th March 2021
Saturday 7:47 pm
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>What would I say? 'Hi, I'm still interested, hope this is ok?'
>> No. 13761 Anonymous
6th March 2021
Saturday 7:52 pm
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I'm going to sound slightly weird here but any advice on phrasing the email nicely to two people that give me the impression I'm a bit annoying to them and don't really care whether I arrive or not?

'Dear XX,

I hope you're well, just following on from our conversation back in [month I'll work out] last year, I wanted to get in touch to say I'm still interested in moving for the position.

Obviously the situation is still very slow moving but I wanted to let you know ahead of time in case anything changes.

Best wishes

>> No. 13762 Anonymous
7th March 2021
Sunday 3:57 pm
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That sounds fine to me. Just pleasantly persistent.

>> No. 13598 Anonymous
18th November 2020
Wednesday 12:55 pm
13598 Just got 5 people sacked at work (1/3 of the firm). Feels a bit weird.
Hi gents,

Just woke up to a message from a colleague that he'd been suspended with pay, along with 4 other people including me, from our accountancy firm. He's fairly certain we're on the fast track to the sack. Excuse me if I ramble slightly.

We have a slack chat (yes, this is predictable) that I set up a few years ago, and that we got complacent about using in work outside of Microsoft Teams to coordinate, and sometimes vent about our boss. Over the years we became less careful and more vitriolic, and finally I was furloughed on a weekend and didn't go back into the office due to pandemic, leaving my work computer locked and logged on with a slack window open somewhere. Dum dum duhhhm. Everyone on it gets a call from HR warning of suspension, apart from the newest guy who gets terminated.

So, 2 of them are elated. They described it as being in a toxic relationship and suddenly having it ended for you. The 3rd guy was on the ropes with his relationship with our boss, who wasn't happy with his output and has been looking at sacking for a while, while the fourth guy is newly joined, basically trusted that he was being let into something secure, and I now feel very bad about him. We have contacts, we can provide references, so he's going to be able to get something else. Since he was so new he's been terminated for 'rude messages' apparently, officially 'misconduct'. Personally I was already looking for jobs because I've just hit my 2 year and that was my limit.

I'm about to go for a joint and buy a beer and sit watching Star Trek while it all seeps in. I've changed the password and deleted the workspace so nothing more can be collected, if anything was. I hope to god the boss has got some screenshots otherwise I might be tempted to ask for proof and be a dick about it. Anyway, he probably has so he can pass them on to HR. How does one prepare for a meeting where you know that someone you have absolutely no respect for is going to try and make you feel bad for mocking them? Also, if I'm on furlough and the HR lady is calling me on whatsapp, am I under any obligation to answer?

He's literally got 1/3 of his staff on line for the sack. He heard a few weeks ago of a woman who had £250,000 worth of client turnover and was doing the whole thing herself on Xero, so now he thinks "I have a million quid turnover, surely I can do this with 4 people", forgetting that she has dictated the client relationships and records processes from the start, whereas half our clients are builders or mechanics whose idea of good recordkeeping is to make sure that only half the crumpled receipt is covered in splotches. It's all going to end in flames for him, the remaining seniors are leaving as soon as their 2 years are up. Everyone who's been suspended is prodding at the idea of whistleblowing (our boss engages in dodgy practices) now that we have nothing to lose. Also leaving glassdoor reviews.

Anyway, I digress. I've got some jobs to look at now! Feel free to call me a twat for not practising good opsec.
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>> No. 13754 Anonymous
2nd March 2021
Tuesday 12:08 am
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Welding an Astute class are we? I know, loose lips and all that.
>> No. 13755 Anonymous
2nd March 2021
Tuesday 12:21 am
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Wrong end of the altimeter.
>> No. 13756 Anonymous
2nd March 2021
Tuesday 1:04 am
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Space ship?
>> No. 13757 Anonymous
2nd March 2021
Tuesday 1:26 am
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>> No. 13758 Anonymous
2nd March 2021
Tuesday 3:59 am
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A fiver says it's airportlad.

>> No. 13647 Anonymous
29th November 2020
Sunday 1:22 am
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Am I not able to claim benefits at all?

On monday I am set to be made redundant, I will likely take a redundancy package of 13k. This plus savings will bring me to roughly 16 ish.

28 years old, have been paying rate 1 tax past 2 years and live with my girlfriend in a contract just signed - this has me eligible for 'New Job Seekers Allowance', but on the calculator it amounts to 20 quid a week.

Is that the only support I can get with my rent and bills? The one silver lining of this is that I thought I could put some of that pay towards something such as a house deposit in future.
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>> No. 13666 Anonymous
29th November 2020
Sunday 6:21 pm
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Where'd you work in China? Enjoy it? Would you go back?
>> No. 13667 Anonymous
29th November 2020
Sunday 7:15 pm
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Enjoyed it more than being hikikomori living with my parents.
I don't imagine I will ever set foot in mainland China again.

I didnt hate it at the time, but I look at friends who have worked consistently in a single company in the UK for a decade and feel like my time has been spent suboptimally.

I'm also pretty sure I have complex PTSD from all the job precarity, and international relocation (five countries in five years), and such.
>> No. 13670 Anonymous
30th November 2020
Monday 7:29 pm
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Would you recommend it as an experience? I guess it's pretty difficult to put down any kind of roots in China, but I know a few friends who seem to like it enough that they go back.
>> No. 13671 Anonymous
30th November 2020
Monday 9:29 pm
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There's definitely a lot of opportunity there, but I wouldn't have wanted to settle. Generally Westerners will fall into 3 categories: Staying less than a year because they can't adapt to the BS, Marrying and staying forever, or staying 2 years and then moving on to the next thing.

It seemed like the govt was becoming increasingly hostile to foreigners when I left in 2018, and I don't imagine things have improved since COVID. I know a married couple that left in Feb and then just never returned.

Definitely a good thing to do for a while if you're youngish and have nothing more engaging going on.
>> No. 13724 Anonymous
18th February 2021
Thursday 5:09 pm
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How much notice did you have?

Trick is to slowly start moving money out of your accounts so they don't know what you had. My dad thought he was being made redundant and had a few months to think about it; ended up with £40K stashed up the attic so he could still claim. Thankfully, his job was fine, but it's a good tactic.

Rules are made to be broken mate.

>> No. 13662 Anonymous
29th November 2020
Sunday 3:30 pm
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Any HR or hiring folk on .gs? Is it worth seeking "endorsements" for specific skills on LinkedIn?

Is it worth using LinkedIn as a whole, for that matter? In what contexts might it be useful?
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>> No. 13663 Anonymous
29th November 2020
Sunday 3:42 pm
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LinkedIn makes me sick to the core. It's like entering an ultracorporate hellworld with no connection to reality. Full of #ThoughtLeaders and #ChangeManagementCoaches, all presenting this ultra-sanitised 'aspirational' image of a world where the only joy in life comes from work, and everything is squeaky clean.
>> No. 13664 Anonymous
29th November 2020
Sunday 3:52 pm
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I agree, but I view it from a ruthlessly pragmatic perspective. Job alerts, making the occasional cold contact with people who have similar research interests, etc.. I've actually made some decent use out of it in the few years I've had one.

In theory, there's nothing that you can do with LinkedIn that you can't do with e-mail and mailing lists, yet for whatever reason some people are more open to being contacted on there. Maybe there's an informality to it, the ability to see a human face, it doesn't get buried in work e-mails, or any/none of the above.

Just don't scroll through the newsfeeds, unless you've meticulously curated it or enjoy reading mindless corporate propaganda.
>> No. 13665 Anonymous
29th November 2020
Sunday 4:21 pm
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It's an absolute shithole full of shitlords. It can help for getting random recruiters to contact you, but not much else - the endorsements aren't worth anything.
>> No. 13668 Anonymous
29th November 2020
Sunday 7:40 pm
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>In what contexts might it be useful?

1. For cyber-stalking work contacts or women you're talking to on dating apps.
2. Once you have a high-skill career with experience so you can laugh at offers for consultancy work.

If you're looking for the kind of work LinkedIn was designed for at the moment then you're better off just applying for public sector jobs. At the very least once you beat the thousands of other applicants you won't have to worry about immediately being made redundant.
>> No. 13669 Anonymous
29th November 2020
Sunday 7:52 pm
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Linkedin is facebook for the underemployed/unemployed.

Have you ever had any significant job leads obtained from Linkedin? Have you ever had any significant interactions on Linkedin that has resulted in an improvement in your career?

I had an account from 2007 to 2019 when I deleted it in a huff.

With respect to businesses: if you're not the buyer or the seller, you're the product.

Better to use your offline social/professional network, you can get as many leads from mates on facebook, and be diligent in a job hunt on job boards (especially specialist job boards).

During my last job hunt I applied for >300 positions in a 3 month period. I had about 5 interviews. I only submitted a one-page CV and cover letter for each. If there was any kind of corporate application system that required me to set up an account and pick my high school subjects from drop down menus I didn't apply thinking correctly that I wouldn't be considered for any such position.

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>> No. 13535 Anonymous
12th October 2020
Monday 9:29 am
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Take the government retraining quiz and post results.

I got Microbrewer, Non-distructive Testing Technician and professional sportsman.

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>> No. 13549 Anonymous
12th October 2020
Monday 4:54 pm
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>not sure what the converse of "I like to get to the centre of the issue" is supposed to be

I took that to mean either wanting to understand the whole problem vs "if it works, it works". Presumably anyone who chooses the latter would be a good fit for middle management or purchasing.
>> No. 13550 Anonymous
12th October 2020
Monday 4:56 pm
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I went through it being as difficult and contradictory a person as I could ("I love to plan my day out", "I hate to follow rules/a routine")and got the same as >>13546
>> No. 13551 Anonymous
13th October 2020
Tuesday 12:22 am
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As someone who got the managerial profession allow me to explain your answers:

Test and Trace application developer.

Career unemployment. Be sure to look and behave like an animal to discourage the workforce from complaining of their position.

You could review classic movies for Talking Pictures TV or just set up a patreon and do it through youtube. There's probably a need for someone to find all the gems of old.

Get started:

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>> No. 13552 Anonymous
21st October 2020
Wednesday 10:01 pm
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That looks like Jez & Ed, a pair of detectives who sort it out proper. Ed is about to nut the bloke in the puffa jacket.
>> No. 13553 Anonymous
21st October 2020
Wednesday 10:24 pm
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Surely the most fucking ridiculous thing about this is that the government is suggesting that people do this without offering a single thing to help people into any of these jobs.

>> No. 13517 Anonymous
29th August 2020
Saturday 10:11 pm
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How long do agencies probably keep records of previous employees for?

I want to apply for a job with an agency I left under a cloud 18 years ago. Could they still have me in their records?
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>> No. 13524 Anonymous
31st August 2020
Monday 12:38 am
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Oh don't leave us hanging like that.

>> No. 13525 Anonymous
31st August 2020
Monday 9:21 pm
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I slept with the receptionist's wife (the receptionist was male, extremely popular, and he kept working there for at least five years after I left).
>> No. 13526 Anonymous
2nd September 2020
Wednesday 4:07 pm
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Chances are they don't have the details and nobody from the last time still works there.
>> No. 13527 Anonymous
2nd September 2020
Wednesday 7:49 pm
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I wouldn't say nobody from 18 years ago is still there. It could be very likely that the middle aged business support type is still there.
>> No. 13528 Anonymous
2nd September 2020
Wednesday 9:08 pm
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If they've been there that long, they'll probably see you for the massive ledge you are.

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>> No. 13505 Anonymous
18th August 2020
Tuesday 5:59 pm
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can the jobcentre force me to take a job or can i refuse saying i'm scared of getting the corona?
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>> No. 13506 Anonymous
18th August 2020
Tuesday 6:43 pm
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Depends on your reasoning I suppose. If it helps, 'm signed on and used to do care work and now understandably there's a lot of care work available. Unfortunately I'm staying with my parents for the time being who fall in the at risk higher age range, which I explained to the person who called me and that any other time I'd be happy to take such a job, but I'm not risking my parents health when care homes are nightmares right now. She seemed to understand and they haven't pushed anything since, that was a few weeks ago now.
>> No. 13514 Anonymous
25th August 2020
Tuesday 10:35 pm
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>> No. 13515 Anonymous
26th August 2020
Wednesday 3:12 pm
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I've done fuck all and so far they've said nothing. Presuming it's just because so many people are using it right now that you can't check what everybody's doing.
>> No. 13516 Anonymous
26th August 2020
Wednesday 6:03 pm
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Let's be honest, next year the news is going to be full of outraged headlines around how many people/companies lied about being on furlough, and how many restaurants magically sold 1000 meals a day on Rishi's scheme.

>> No. 13481 Anonymous
30th July 2020
Thursday 4:42 pm
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This is a long shot, but I've been absolutely racking by brain over a big job application due on Monday.

It's a big job that I believe I'm well-suited for, but it's a rather open, non-specific job description ("willingness to learn", "junior staff will be supervised by senior staff", etc.).

I've been contacting my thesis supervisor, old colleagues, friends, everyone for feedback on my CV and cover letter, but everyone is busy and only a few have offered opinions.

It occurs to me now I should have got in touch with the people posting the job ad, but I think it's too late for me now.

Are there any last minute review services by HR wonks I can use? I was considering handing over an obscene amount of money for a single session with someone who called themselves a "career coach", but decided against it.

What else can I do?
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>> No. 13482 Anonymous
30th July 2020
Thursday 5:12 pm
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You can still contact the employer. If they don't know otherwise you can always tell them "I've just seen this ad, is anyone around to talk about it?"
>> No. 13483 Anonymous
30th July 2020
Thursday 5:35 pm
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Which bit of the application are you struggling with?

The CV or the covering letter?
>> No. 13484 Anonymous
30th July 2020
Thursday 5:43 pm
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It's not that I'm struggling, it's just a high-end application (40k per year academic/scientific job) that I'd really like to get as good as humanly possible.
>> No. 13485 Anonymous
30th July 2020
Thursday 5:56 pm
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Slip in a £5 note in the application.

>> No. 13464 Anonymous
14th July 2020
Tuesday 12:11 pm
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Say you worked a remote IT job for a company based in, I don't know, Germany, but you actually lived in Japan via the 6 month visiting visa.

If you didn't pay those taxes... How would they even find out? I have friends who get away with it, but it's all cash in hand...
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>> No. 13472 Anonymous
14th July 2020
Tuesday 8:25 pm
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> Sadly they don't work if you work for US company while living outside the US.

I'm double guessing myself there, I think. Technically if you live in the UK and work for a US company then you're self employed in the UK. Although you'd probably have to at least set up a limited company and pay yourself a proper PAYE wage in order to swing this visa, which is all very painful.
>> No. 13473 Anonymous
14th July 2020
Tuesday 8:34 pm
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You wouldn't be working for a US company while living outside the US. You'd be carrying out work for your UK company while temporarily in the US.
>> No. 13474 Anonymous
14th July 2020
Tuesday 8:38 pm
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Technically I'm "paid" by a US based consulting company and I declare taxes in the UK as self-employed. Would that be a good enough excuse to get a "B in lieu of H" visa?

I feel like showing up to the consulate and saying you're self employed in the UK and going to work for a US company for a few weeks unlikely to go over well and that you'd have more luck if you had a proper limited company with PAYE payroll set up.
>> No. 13475 Anonymous
15th July 2020
Wednesday 8:02 pm
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>saying you're self employed in the UK and going to work for a US company for a few weeks unlikely to go over well

It really does not. The only issues I've ever had at the US border was when I was in this situation. It was bona fide too, my company in the UK had employees, accounts, etc; we were doing a couple of weeks work on an installation - temporary - but it's the only time I got stopped at the border and then taken off to an interview room. Terrible and frightening.
>> No. 13476 Anonymous
15th July 2020
Wednesday 10:19 pm
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If you're going over on a visa waiver you should just say you're visiting a client, it's never failed me in maybe a dozen work trips (knock on wood). It's a really stupid grey area where meetings are fine but actually doing work that money is changing hands for requires a work visa.

Or if you're really paranoid just go in via Las Vegas and get a connecting flight the next day. Just try not to max out your entire expense budget on blackjack and the drugs every damn cab driver will oh so subtly hint they can get you.

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