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'They tried to deny my unemployment claim': Top 10+ "HR is not your friend" stories

'They tried to deny my unemployment claim': Top 10+ "HR is not your friend" stories

Let this serve as a friendly remember to never trust that HR has your back. No matter how charming their smiles are or how friendly they may seem when you're making small talk in the kitchenette, do not be fooled into thinking that anyone in the HR department is supporting anyone other than the head honchos. The grim part of this truth is that it may not even be HR's fault at the end of the day. They too are doing their jobs in an already established system. However, some of these stories certa…
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Employer contacts employee 6 months after firing them asking for their password: 'This just makes me giggle'

Being fired from a job has a certain finality to it… Never again will you have to step foot in that place or have boring conversations with your droning boss. Still, despite your employer giving you complete decisiveness that they no longer want to pay you to hang around, there's no guarantee that they won't contact you out of the blue months or years later asking for your help with something that no one was able to handle after you left. It's almost as if your role actually was important and t…
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27 Memes for the Unemployed Tired of the Job Search

Searching for a job can be an exhausting process. It involves spending a lot of time scrolling through job boards, tailoring your resume to the job description, and writing the dreaded cover letter, all in hopes of getting a response. Which isn't even guaranteed. Even if you do receive a positive response to move on to the next round, it only means that you have to prepare yourself for multiple rounds of interviews, which can require hours of preparation.
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'The original offer was starting at $4000 and up to $5000 per month': Candidate makes it to final round of interviews when HR makes a "slight change" to the salary

'The original offer was starting at $4000 and up to $5000 per month': Candidate advances to final round of interviews when HR makes a "slight change" to the salary

We all knew hiring managers can be shady, but this “slight change” during the interview process was about as shady as it can get. Imagine going through multiple rounds of interviews and feeling excited because you're likely to get this position. You're comfortable with the offer from the job posting and you seem to like all of the people at the company with whom you have spoken thus far. Then, all of a sudden, they pull a bait-and-switch on you. Just before your final interview, you receive an…
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'I work better in a slow-paced environment': 25+ Job candidates who flubbed their interviews

There are few life experiences that are more humbling than going through a job interview.
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'They got rid of the problem, which was me': Guy gets fired for calling out illegal practices, boss reaches out six months later for his password

'They got rid of the problem, which was me': Guy gets fired for calling out illegal practices, boss reaches out six months later for his password

It's a great feeling to know that your boss is going to be absolutely lost without you. If the circumstances with which you are leaving your company were at all contentious, there is at least a sliver of satisfaction knowing your former employer will be totally confused and will have so much trouble finding a decent replacement. Of course, it's much healthier to part ways on good terms and with a sense of professionalism. That being said, if your boss fires you because you were providing too ma…
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Boss demands insanely detailed leave requests before approving leave: 'If we're traveling he wants flight numbers and times'

It's only natural for your employer to be interested in what you spend your time doing while you're at work; after all, they're paying you for your time. Even then, there are reasonable limits to this, and some employers get carried away and happily track any and every bit of data possible to help them prove you're wasting time. It started with mouse trackers, which track the activity of the mouse and keyboard on your laptop; now, programs are even able to track where your eyes are on the scree…
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‘Suddenly the recruiter stopped responding’: Job candidate rejected by company in favor of 'internal candidate' after going through 8 rounds of interviews, internet reacts

‘Suddenly the recruiter stopped responding’: Job candidate rejected by company in favor of 'internal candidate' after going through 8 rounds of interviews, internet reacts

Eight rounds of interviews later, this job candidate was hit by a wave of rejection that felt like an elephant had stomped on her. Absolutely devastated, was how she described it. And I totally understand why. If a company wasted my time like that, I'd be furious, too. Also, 8 rounds of interviews? What is this, the recruiting process to become the president? It seems wild that recruiters would make a candidate go through this. How many questions could you possibly ask a future employee? Maybe…
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Job candidate calls out hiring manager for overly excessive interview process, withdraws application in savage email: 'Don't let potential employers waste your time'

Job candidate calls out hiring manager for overly excessive interview process, withdraws application in savage email: 'Don't let potential employers waste your time'

If a potential employer is stringing you along during the application process, nine times out of ten, they will be a bad manager. If for whatever reason you feel targeted by that statement, perhaps it's time to rethink how you go about your hiring process. Of course, we understand that there are certain specific skills you might be looking for and you want to make sure your candidates are serious about the position. However, this is really something you can be crystal clear about from the get-g…
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'He's coming after my pay': Vindictive manager docks overworked employee's pay, employee leaves business in shambles

'He's coming after my pay': Vindictive manager docks overworked employee's pay, employee leaves business in shambles

When managers get frustrated by their own incompetence, it's common for them to blame anyone but themselves. That seems to be the case with this local company, where an employee practically dragged her boss and manager into the 21st century by updating their business and payment structure. Of course, the manager did not adapt well to this change and decided that the reason could only be that his younger coworker was causing all the problems. Now, the other important layer to this story is that…
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Boss cheats employee out of $70K, employee finds a better offer: 'I'll be making double'

Boss cheats employee out of $70K, employee finds a better offer: 'I'll be making double'

Being best friends with your boss almost never ends well. In this case, this friendship plummeted along with their employment agreement. This finance employee stayed at the company after he was given a raise to match another job opportunity that came his way. After choosing to stay, his boss, who was a close friend of his at the time, ended up denying the employee's annual bonus. This was money the employee had been counting on. Furthermore, this felt like a further act of betrayal because it w…
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'I was so unprepared': Job candidate creates fake resume, embarrasses himself in the interview, blocks the recruiter

'I was so unprepared': Job candidate creates fake resume, embarrasses himself in the interview, blocks the recruiter

There is a difference between making slight embellishments on your resume and fabricating entire experiences that never happened. It can be hard to make a sharp career change and to find work with minimal experience in a given field. However, when people say to make adjustments to your resume to better position yourself for a specific job you're applying for, they don't mean that it's time to start making up jobs you never had and skills you do not possess. This thread was posted to Reddit's r/…
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Update: Job candidate calls out startup for not properly paying overworked employees, withdraws application

Update: Job candidate calls out startup for not properly paying overworked employees, withdraws application

It's important for job seekers to know what to ask if they are worried about a toxic work environment. Oftentimes, it takes experience in a prior toxic workplace to know what those red flags are. However, every so often, there is a friend or colleague who is willing to share their tough experiences so that you don't have to endure the same trials and tribulations. Consider this the polar opposite of “paying your dues,” an outdated concept that tends to allow for the continuation of bad workplac…
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'It was "bring your kid to work day"': Surprised job candidate reacts to being interviewed by an 11-year-old

'It was "bring your kid to work day"': Surprised job candidate reacts to being interviewed by an 11-year-old

You can be prepared for almost anything to happen at your job interview … Almost anything. Whether you're 16 or 61, interviewing for a job can be nerve-wracking. It helps to prepare beforehand by studying up on the company's history and rereading the job listing to make sure you can answer every question in the best possible way. After all, the more confident you feel about your skillset going into the job interview , the better you'll perform. Some companies like to throw you off by asking rea…
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'Why are companies doing this?': Job-seeker shows weird questions they were asked in online questionaire

Why in the world was this job seeker asked such odd questions? They aren't sure either, and they took to Reddit to see if other people are also doing personality quizzes while applying for jobs. No one ever said it was easy to apply for jobs. Even using that “easy apply” option that submits your resume with one click doesn't help---a lot of companies follow up with their own questions. Or, like this job-seeker found out, they want you to take a lengthy personality test so they can figure out if…
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'Why did you choose to wear those shoes today?': 10+ Workers share the hardest interview questions they've ever had to answer

Interviews are never easy, the pressure of bidding for your own dreams and livelihood can cause you to slip up and miss the chance at your dream job—failing a pivotal moment of your career. They can even cause you to become so nervous that you miss a shot at a job that you're well and truly qualified—or even overqualified—for. Of course, this is the case even when interviews follow a predictable course, asking all the common questions that test for aptitude, probe for personality flaws, and see…
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