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If you plant to teach English, know your rights under labor law. There are a lot of so-called "black companies" that flagrantly break labor law because they know that newcomers don't generally know the law, and don't have sources to get legal advice or recourse. For example, a company cannot legally put an amount of a fine into your contract; can't fine your for breaking a contract; can't change your salary without notice; and if they fire you without good cause, they must pay you at least one months' pay in lieu of one month's notice. And JOIN A UNION.
I second that, join a union.
@DataNotLore that's a wonderful advice! Even if the companies aren't black, a lot are in the gray zone... Next time I'll have to sign a contract I'll have it checked by a pro before I sign it. I don't know how to join a union tho.
Something that throws off a lot of my friends who find office jobs. They expect you to do more than what you are hired to do. Things like cleaning, doing the dishes, helping with paperwork or setting up for a meeting that you are not even attending. Seems really unimportant but it's the office culture is super important.
I’m not sure where I can post this, but it’s more of a question on how to tell someone to stop coming to our workplace.
This guy (I believe American) has been coming by to more workplace asking for a job. The first time, he dropped off an obviously home-made business card but no resume. I‘m not knocking that he had home-made business cards, but they were really poorly done. He also looked more like a vagabond and reeked of cigarette smoke. Okay, I’m not trying to judge, but who goes into a place of business on a cold call without at least looking appropriate?
In any case, I thanked him for coming but told him we didn’t have any positions open.
He abruptly turned around and left.
Well, that was that, I thought, but I was wrong. He started to come in about once a month and each time we have all told him, no. Then, he started coming in when we have students around and he’s asking about a job and even interrupting us while we are busy with parents and their children.
My co-worker is so incredibly polite that she has never said anything other than no, but he has been coming for at least a year now, and it’s verging on creepy since that last few times we were not coy or anything and straight out told him to not come back. After the last time, we were very strong with out “No”, but he did say something under his breath about coming back later.
What will it take to have him stop? We’re reluctant to take it to an official level but we are worried that he might affect our business since he seems to come in at any time.
I guess it takes all sorts!
Tell him that if he shows up again, you will call the police and charge him with obstruction of business. Explain that this charge can be levied at anyone who interrupts people and stops them from working, which he is doing by making staff stop work to deal with him. I imagine you won't actually have to call the police. But if he does come back after that, you should escalate it to management because he might be mentally imbalanced. The police are hyper aware of this issue ever since that man threw the molotov cocktail in the offices of that anime studio in Kyoto and killed 33 people.
When you enter to the final interview, the interviewer will most likely to ask you: is our company your first choice ?
Pay attention to this question. No one is willing to hear that oh your company is at the second place. It is a question to check how much the interviewee is willing to get into the company.
99% interviewee that have passed would answer with yes you are the first choice definitely!
Don't hesitate to answer in this way.