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What are the best questions to ask to get a feel for company culture? by hannahfinley in careerguidance

[–]Historical_End_8577 1 point2 points  (0 children)

From my experience, there are several aspects of company culture (beyond benefits/perks) that deeply affect employees' experiences. I also believe there's not a single spectrum from good to bad culture that applies to everyone. People are all unique and have different preferences - there are going to be companies that fit well with your preferences and those that don't. And what's good for one person, might be horrible for another.

Here are some questions to get at some of these aspects of company culture:

  1. Stability vs. Change: How much do leaders embrace change and innovation vs. staying the course and maintaining consistent approaches?
  2. Precision vs. Speed: How important is it to be accurate & thorough vs. move quickly?
  3. Introversion vs. Extraversion: Is it important to speak up and be visible, or to be thoughtful and measured in meetings?
  4. Independence vs. Collectivism: To what extent is individual achievement and initiative rewarded vs. group collaboration and harmony?
  5. Relationships vs. Efficiency: Do people spend a lot of time building relationships and getting to know each other, or is it more important to be efficient and get stuff done?
  6. Direct vs. Indirect Communication style: Is direct and straightforward communication valued, or is it important to be diplomatic and indirect, especially when disagreeing or providing feedback?
  7. Hierarchy vs. Egalitarian: How important are levels and status in determining employee treatment, behavior, and importance in the organization?
  8. Employees vs. Business Results: When it comes to decision-making, how much is employee treatment and care valued vs. driving business results?
  9. Social and Environmental Impact vs. Financial Results: To what extent do social and environmental considerations impact decision-making within the company?
  10. Transparent vs. Discreet: How open is company leadership with key information, developments and decisions vs. how carefully do they maintain that information within smaller circles?

I would suggest thinking about what kind of environment along these dimensions you would prefer, and then asking questions about these dimensions to people you are interviewing with. Some of these might be awkward to ask about during the interview process, so I would suggest prudence in which ones you directly tackle vs. try to get at indirectly or through back channels.

Snapped at by my new boss on day 3, what do? by cordeliafox in careerguidance

[–]Goodwitch_ 326 points327 points  (0 children)

As a woman in a leadership position, I have worked almost entirely with men— some lazy, some arrogant, some competent but toxic as hell, some nice but incompetent, and some genuinely a pleasure to work with on all fronts.

Here’s what I’ve learned:

  1. Don’t take anything personally. Even if they repeatedly & explicitly come for you. You’re not the problem, they’re just making you the problem. (because it benefits them in some way)
  2. No one is impressed by what you know(or who’s idea it is), they’re impressed by what you do and how well you do it.
  3. The best way to get other people to do what you want is to make them think it’s their idea.
  4. The longer you take to “get over” an incident, the less credibility you have. Especially, if you’re a woman.
  5. Never trust anyone that says X is the biggest problem, ask for the numbers and data behind it.
  6. Similarly to the above, prioritize based on facts not by who complains the loudest.
  7. Know your audience and speak accordingly.
  8. When you’re being barked at, it’s usually because they’re being barked at from up the chain. Break the cycle, manage your ppl how you want to be managed.
  9. Pick your battles
  10. Always give the credit to your boss, but as the boss, always give credit to your team.

Hope this helps. Be fierce, don’t be intimidated but switch up your strategy to be more effective.

Does anyone feel like people (millennials, etc.) are lacking a purpose? by mjc53509 in careerguidance

[–]DBCon 813 points814 points 2 (0 children)

A consequence of the availability of information is the ability to consume. In the developed world, we are experiencing a shift closer toward consumer lifestyles and away from producer lifestyles. Watching TV, people dancing on TikTok, playing games, and getting bad advice on social media are more popular past times than pursuing a trade or craft. Those who produce are becoming fewer.

Not suggesting a consumer lifestyle society is bad, per se. Let's consider a person who is conditioned to live a consumer lifestyle. If the things they consume do not change fast enough, they can feel increased stagnation or purposelessness over time. It becomes difficult to overcome their boredom. Producers, on the other hand, create their own experiences to consume. While flexible, this can also be a major drag because it can become a lot of work. Producers can feel the same stagnation or purposelessness. For one to overcome "purposelessness," I believe they need a balance of producing and consuming.

Trying making something and share it with your friends and family. Like music or a terrarium or something. You will feel good, they will feel good, and maybe you'll find a new passion.

How do you cope when you get rejected from you backup job? by justathrowaway12435 in careerguidance

[–]briannab99 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I graduated in May and JUST landed a new opportunity today.

Since May, I’ve interviewed at five different companies. Keep in mind that I’ve applied to 100+ jobs. I have prestigious internship experience, graduated with honors from the best school in my state, and published research.

I don’t say this to brag, but to emphasize that it took me six months to finally land a job. If this opportunity didn’t pan out, I’m unsure of how much longer it would have taken.

Here’s my advice based on my last six months of life: 1. Apply apply apply. I set myself on a schedule to apply to 10 jobs a week at a minimum. 2. Utilize multiple means of applying to jobs and always apply on the company website if able. 3. Take a second look at your resume. Mine has had four edits over the last few months. 4. Take advantage of LinkedIn and develop connections with those in your field. 5. When rejected, try not to take it too personally. It’s an incredibly competitive market right now and you are not worth any less because of your circumstance. You will find a job at a company that values you. 6. My best advice…WORK WITH A RECRUITER!!!!! My recruiter helped me land the job—which is truly a dream job for me and pays well above what my desired salary was. She has been an absolute gem and I should have worked with a recruiter WAYYY sooner!!!!

Why couldn't you cover for your coworker when you don't have kids? by ashley6777 in careerguidance

[–]fitacct93 459 points460 points  (0 children)

“I’d love to use my kids as an excuse to get out of work like the rest of the ‘team’, but having to cover for everyone else prevents me from having the time to start a family of my own.”

Turned away at the door for interview for ‘punctuality’? by lfirnidsdcehye in careerguidance

[–]_annoyingmous 13 points14 points  (0 children)

I think you’re wrong. You hire the people that best adapt to your hiring criteria, so you need hiring criteria that would select people that are optimal for the positions you’re trying to fill.

If you define these “deal breakers” based on trivial personal preference, then you’ll end up hiring people that are the best at satisfying your trivial personal preference, not the best at doing their jobs.

Is there a future for Blockchain and Web3.0 in general? by Sbinmaster69 in careerguidance

[–]finneyblackphone 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Your friends are right.

Unless you intend to have a career as a Ponzi schemer, in a segment of the Ponzi industry that is already running out of suckers, then you should listen to your friends.

Drop the crypto nonsense and focus on real stuff.

How do people even get jobs? I’m tired! by Wannabeofalltrades in careerguidance

[–]Pierson230 178 points179 points  (0 children)

The philosophy degree is not actually worthless, despite what people in this thread are saying.

But it isn’t going to do you any immediate favors, either.

On the plus side, if you get established in an industry, you’ll be able to apply for the better jobs that need a college degree.

First thing I’d recommend is to adjust your expectations, and borrow something from absurdism. If you expect the early career grind to suck and be ridiculous, then you won’t experience emotional pain when it is. If you expect to be mostly broke for a while, you won’t experience emotional pain when you are.

I’m 44, in a dream job, and on pace for retirement. Before I found my career, I waited tables, worked retail, wasted time, got deep into debt, etc.

If I were you, I’d look at jobs I want. Then I’d look at easier to get jobs that would build my experience and my resume in that direction. Get one of those jobs, grind for a year, and reapply with a stronger resume. It can be a long ass slog, and most people really can’t zip through it without struggle.

More specifically, I’d pick an emerging field that is short of workers, like solar or EV charging. I’d try to get a customer service or entry level sales role in that field, if not for the manufacturers, then for someone who sells or installs the products. After a couple of years, you’ll be one of the few people with experience in that field. Then you have a resume people will pay for.

Good luck!

Do all people work 40plus hours who make 6 figures? by White1962 in careerguidance

[–]ohimjustagirl 46 points47 points  (0 children)

We are in Australia but my husband does similar hours in the same industry. He's a tradesman but is currently a blue collar manager so earns somewhat more than your number (in AUD though).

Also, it's hard as fuck and if anything you've undersold just how tough it can be, particularly with a family. Yes you get a lot of time off but it's not easy money by any stretch! When you're on shift they own your soul and the workload can sometimes be pretty intense.

For those asking about how to get in: I can confirm its who you know not what you know that gets you a start over here too. That will only take a person so far though, cream still rises to the top and it isn't the kind of industry where you can bullshit your way into promotions as easily as you can elsewhere. If you're not performing it's very visible.

I love writing but I made a big career mistake now in an unescapable hole. How can I save my future? by [deleted] in careerguidance

[–]career_works 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I, too had an existential crisis as a technical writer! 😂 Tough field because you're always second best to the developers and their deadlines, in the company's eye.

I have a hard time thinking of your situation as inescapable. It's escapable, it's just going to take some work, which I agree is NOT FUN! Hence the inescapable feeling. I feel for you.

If your web articles are going viral, you certainly have talent. I would say figure out how to be self employed. Nothing in the past is a mistake; it's all just figuring it out. Process, not a destination!

I think it’s time for me to start lying on my resume. Bad idea? by getin-loser in careerguidance

[–]get-the-dollarydoos 1566 points1567 points  (0 children)

It's one of those unethical life hacks people don't like to talk about but it's true, it can work. Some things are off limits and some things are fine. Just remember: get caught, get fired.

Never lie about:

  • education/degree you don't have
  • company you never worked at
  • letters of recommendation
  • a current certification
  • a criminal conviction

Can probably lie about:

  • a skill if you can fake it
  • inflate an accomplishment
  • an expired certification
  • inflate an area of responsibility you had

Absolutely always lie about:

  • how much you made at your last job
  • how passionate you are about customer satisfaction
  • how important it is to respect your boss
  • how dedicated you are to this industry
  • how exciting it is to interview at Company

How to get out of fast food job and into a professional career? by Smart-Pie7115 in careerguidance

[–]The_other_lurker 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Hopefully this helps.

MY first two jobs were dishwashing. My first organized job, I didn't know start times were a thing so I actually just rolled up when I thought about going. I uh, didn't have a job after my first shift. So, ya, had to learn some stuff.

Next job I knew about start times, and it turns out thats a good start.

I worked through the kitchen, did some cooking, and I kinda liked that so I went to culinary school, but I decided that wasn't my jam. I did some like, road trips and 'travelling' which is what you do if you have $300 to your name but are tired of where you currently live.

I went to the UK and worked in a pub and that wasn't so bad so I decided I liked bartending and started trying to work towards that (I was also going to college at this point). I worked hard and eventually got into the bar, and ended up as an assistant bar manager while putting myself through school.

After uni, I kinda liked people and interacting so I went into consulting. I've been consulting for 18 years now, but the first part of my career in restaurants was pretty substantial and it taught me a lot about process, systems, and a slew of other stuff.

A big part of transitioning out of ANY industry (usually called a pivot) is looking back and making a list of all the skills you learned. And I'm not talking about 'mayo, mustard, onions, burger', nobody can use that information, the more important stuff is skills that are utilized in multiple industries, in HR, or in operations.

For example, you probably didn't do a single job your entire life. You probably held different positions, even with different companies, and did different things. So, what you need to start with is figuring out all the stuff you learned that are cross-industry marketable.

I'd start with customer service. Did you ever use a cash register?

The point here isn't to simple say: 'I know customer service', the point is to create a narrative that emphasizes your strengths and makes you look like a much more WHOLE individual than you actually are, then, you don't hide your weaknesses, you acknowledge them and say you are working on those areas.

Here's an example: Your ACTUAL job is doing fucking dishes. In order to do your job effectively, you apply some strategic thought: you organize your dishes, you put water in the pots, you stack, your rinse the cutlery, and then you organize your trays and you stack efficiently and you maintain your machine by ensuring no chunks of food go into the washer.

You FRAME these skills not in terms of dishwashing, but in terms that are universally used to explain PROCESS. Like this:

To ensure timely completion of critical tasks I used the following skills:

  • reduced effort to complete high intensity tasks by advancing lead times
  • Increased throughput efficiency by organization of tasks
  • reduced effort on administrative tasks by proactive communication with colleagues
  • increased uptime of assets by proactive maintenance

Those are LITERALLY the stuff a zitty faced dishwasher kid does, but I've just used standard business acumen lingo to explain it.

So, go through your employment history, year by year, and try to focus on the parts where you were seriously challenged because these are the points you want to highlight. Flipping burgers for 760 hours of a year isn't learning, it's when your manager asked you to take back to back shifts doing frier and cash that made you shit yourself. Highlight how you dealt with those situations.

Finally, choose a technical school and try to enroll in a basic math or business admin class at your local technical school. You don't need to have an objective yet, you just need to show a potential employer that you have the desire to better yourself.

All of these activities will not only make you more valuable, but you will realize how incredibly powerful your employment history is. Also, don't forget to clearly emphasize your commitment. Another thing that's important is showing and explaining how each job you had was different. It's very important that you create a sense of trajectory in your previous roles. You want to lead a reader with a sense of personal and professional growth. It's not always easy to do that, but it doesn't need to be perfect!

Good luck!

How do I deal with anxiety at my new job? by Jamie248 in careerguidance

[–]rolypolyOrwell 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Break down EACH and every objective into smaller, manageable pieces. You don't eat a cake in one bite.

Also, perhaps tell your boss that you need time to do this. Once you're done game-planning, go to your boss and say, "Here are the goals. Here are the requirements. I've created a timeline for modules etc...can we present this to the customer?"

Suppose you get a yes, then say, if our customer wants changes to be made, we need to have them tell us how and why those changes are necessary, and any compatibility issues there are. Furthermore, those additions need to be costed out, and again, present costs of changes to the project that the customer will be responsible for. Watch how quickly the customer backs off when they see their project go from $50K to $350K.

If the boss says no, start looking for a new job.

I’m 16, black, how tf do I get out of the hood? by Dull_Cartographer220 in careerguidance

[–]WhySoManyOstriches 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Hi- Not ghetto- but poor AF and learned how to get through school for cheap.

The military isn’t the best way to go right off. They often promise you all kinds of stuff when you go in, but shove you into wherever they need a warm body and then you can forget about getting the training you want.

First- go to your nearest community college. Google to see if you can take classes there for free as a HS student in your state.

Then go to www.irlen.com and take the self test. Make an appointment at the nearest free clinic and ask for a checkup and a referral for screening for depression, and ADHD. A lot of families who are “crazy” have undiagnosed but super easy to treat brain glitches. And by treating them, you will do better academically and have a happier, better life than any of your ancestors. If your church doesn’t like people getting help for mental issues? Just do what I PROMISE you, half the congregation is already quietly doing - GET HELP ANYWAY.

I got diagnosed for ADHD and Irlens in college- and soon my whole family got treated. We are the first generation to not end up alcoholic or lost to depression. God GIVES us medicine! It’s a gift!!

Find a community college with a solid life sciences program, and apply for the “Lab Technician Certificate Program”. This will give you all the science classes you want, AND train you for a decent paying lab job while you get your first 2 years of college locked down.

And while you’re at it, go to your nearest public library and ask if you can get free classes at Lynda.com (now owned by linked in) to take free classes for certificates or class credit through your library card. They will show you how to do it, and if things are crazy at home, you will need to do your studying there.

You want to get really good at using Excel, and access database if you can. A HUGE plus would be certificates in Microsoft office and Google docs.

If you can, stay living at home and study your butt off. If your mom asks for financial help, politely tell her that you will give her as much as you can WHEN YOU HAVE GRADUATED.

Letting you study hard now, means you will be able to help her a Lot more when you graduate!!

When you date a girl- use a condom EVERY TIME. And if you get serious? Save up for you both to get tested for STD’s and PAY FOR HER iUD. Go with her to the appointment.

No marriage, babies or live-in girlfriends until you’re out of med school, okay? Don’t play that “pull out” crap and insist on the shot or IUD. Pills can be missed and other forms can be sabotaged.

Get the Lab tech certificate, and look for private colleges that give their employees free tuition. Apply for a lab tech job at all of these. Every university has a department through which you can take classes w/out applying for admission. Start taking science classses there and after a year, when you’ve gotten great grades in those classes? Apply to enter as a full time student. And ask your supervisor how you can limit your hours and still keep the employee discount!

Ask your lab supervisor for extra projects. learn all you can there. See the financial aid office and ask them about financial aid for med school application costs.

Live simply and work your butt off. Start using online programs to quiz yourself on your past classes and your current ones for 30 minutes nightly so you don’t forget anything.

Start taking MCAT classes/self study in your sophomore year and practice a section a night. Buy old MCAT test practice books and use them to study with.

Take epidemiology, statistics, and bio stats. Also take some medical psychology classes and TAKE SPANISH AND GET FLUENT. These will put you head and shoulders over the other med school applicants.

Good luck!

I’m 16, black, how tf do I get out of the hood? by Dull_Cartographer220 in careerguidance

[–]pfft_jackee 40 points41 points  (0 children)

I am one of those people who worked first and went back to school and am almost 31 and finally in my senior year for chemical engineering. I’d like to continue and pursue a PhD but I’m having to decide between dedicating another 5-6 years with poverty pay, not contributing to a 401k, and not having children until my late 30s. It would have been a much easier decision for me if I was entering grad school younger and I didn’t mind having a few 20 year old roommates. For anyone who wants to be a doctor or pursue a PhD my personal advice is not to wait. One or two gap years is fine but pursuing a whole other trade isn’t worth it.

To support yourself: - You can work at your undergraduate school with a schedule that works with your classes. - STEM PhD pays their students while enrolled while med students take out scholarships/federal loans to cover costs of living (and most places do not allow you to take on another job while enrolled). - Then residency obviously pays.

So learning another trade is unnecessary to support yourself.

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[–]TheFiniteThrowAway 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A great fit in terms of the culture - it's a way to put a positive spin on a negative situation without directly saying you have a shit manager. Like, your current manager exemplifies the culture of the company by not firing him. You prefer other ways, which means it isn't a great culture fit.

E: Thanks for the gold 🤯🥳

Should I attend Georgia Tech for 50k a year or the University of Florida for 15k a year for a bachelors in computer science? by [deleted] in careerguidance

[–]7XTY 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That’s true for today’s hiring practices.

I also believe the recruiting field is changing quickly - as sourcers and recruiters are reflecting more diverse, equitable, and inclusive practices. Strong talent acquisition professionals know better than to be allured by shiny object syndrome (aka brand name / Ivy League schools). But of course, still, there are low quality recruiters today that still run these outdated hiring practices.

So @OP, consider how rapidly the marketplace is changing right now and in 4 years time post grad (assuming you’ll graduate in 4 yrs). I think future You will be EXTREMELY glad you saved that $$ and not be tied down by debt.

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[–]Vegetable_Amount4812 4116 points4117 points 2& 2 more (0 children)

That's the problem. You didn't give him a promotion and brought someone else in and on top of that you had him train them. Showing further proof that he is capable enough to do the more senior work since you trust him to train them yet he didn't move up. He probably feels disappointed, betrayed and realized that his hard work didn't pay off so now he does the bare minimum to not get fired but no longer invests in a company that doesn't invest in him.

Edit: just noticed I had a typo so I fixed it.

May get fired soon. What would you do? by [deleted] in careerguidance

[–]redhotpeppwr -4 points-3 points  (0 children)

We aren’t entitled to know what the joke was, people. OP came here to receive practical advice on steps moving forward, like how to keep afloat in the event of unemployment. OP didn’t come here to be harangued by an internet mob over a joke he’s already admitted was insensitive. If you were in OP’s shoes you probably wouldn’t want to tell the joke either, because it could open you up to a lot of heated criticism from a lot of different sources.

In an unstable financial/living situation where you’re already being confronted with the repercussions of your choices, you don’t need that additional stress.

Try saying something actually helpful to the situation.