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Here are a few questions asked of us on Quora.com and our answers.
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I received an offer letter from an employer, contingent upon a background check. My resume indicated a Masters degree from a well known university in the UK. The future employer was not familiar with the degree, so after the offer letter was provided to me, they required me to get a third party to validate that my degree met their requirements for a Masters in Sociology. I was able to find a third party to validate what they needed. But it cost me $200, due to a “rush” job, overnight mail, etc. (and lots of stress!) Do I have the right to ask what is now the current employer to reimburse me? I’m thrilled with the job and don’t want to start off the wrong way, but it did cost me $ which I don’t have.
Standard procedure for most companies is that the costs attendant with background checks are assumed by the hiring company. Although the $200 is costly, my advice is to let it go and view it as a cost of doing business. When you start a new job, it is easier not to make waves. If the charge was significantly more, such as $2,000, then I would suggest you ask for reimbursement.
If you are working for a large organization, everything becomes a hassle. If you bring the $200 fee reimbursement to your boss, she will have to alert her boss. Then, that person has to figure out who to send the reimbursement request to. When the person receives the invoice, they’ll probably have questions and revert back to your new supervisor.
In business, like life, you have to calculate the upside-versus-the-downside risks in making decisions. The upside is that you may get reimbursed. The downside is that a number of people will be annoyed (which is not your fault) that they have this extra work to do. Your first introduction to many people at the company will be one of inconvenience. To me, the downside is much greater in this situation than the upside.
If you do a good job and excel at your work, you’ll be promoted, obtain a raise, and the $200 will seem like just a thing of the past. Think of it as a small down payment on a long-term investment in your career.
For those that quit their job without a backup plan/job, how did that go?
When you start looking for a new job, they’ll ask why you left. What can you say? The truth is that you quit because it was the lazy thing to do. You can say your boss was a jerk and you hated your co-workers, but that’s not going to be attractive to your potential employer. Who wants to hire someone who admitted that they don’t like their boss or co-workers and left in huff.
My strong suggestion is to hold onto your job. Smile and pretend everything is okay and look for another job in the meantime. Don’t let them know. Keep quiet about it. Eventually, you’ll find something. When that happens, don’t feel the need to use it as an opportunity to tell your boss what you think of him. Be polite and thank him for everything. Don’t burn any bridges. Leave on good terms so that you can have a reference in the future. You also never know if paths will cross again, so why make enemies?
How many interviews did you fail before getting a job?
I fail all the time. I fail considerably more than I succeed. I fail about 9.8 times out of ten. Failure hurts. It sucks. It’s not fun. But, it is part of the game. You have to remain focused. Remind yourself of your long term goals. What are the reasons for looking for a new job? Why do you want the new job? How much do you desire to improve yourself? Stick with your game plan. Also, work on the day-to-day parts of your long -term plan. Tweak and enhance the resume, jazz-up your LinkedIn profile, network, meet with recruiters, and practice your elevator pitch. Repeat and repeat again each and every day.
Also, you need to continually pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and push forward. You can’t change the past. It already happened. It’s over. The moment you sit back down it is a new start. It sounds simple but works. It is a reboot.
Think positive, visualize what your success will look like, forget past failures, and boldly move forward with confidence.
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