4
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4answers
78 views

Is it bad to offer alternative solutions without recommending them?

Sometimes in a meeting where a problem is being discussed I'll say something like "Perhaps we should consider frobnigating the widgetron instead of hexterpating the frampilator. I'm not saying that's ...
5
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7answers
343 views

Is it professional for interviewers to end a job interview midway if not happy with candidate?

I went in for a technical job interview with a small company where they described the process as speaking with two or three groups of people for about 1+ hour each. They mentioned that they liked ...
1
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1answer
37 views

How can I convince all members of a group to get to know each other?

When teaching a course or workshop, I like to do something like "speed dating" where I get everyone to talk with everyone else for a couple minutes. I have tried sitting them down in two rows facing ...
7
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2answers
72 views

What is a professional way to stay in touch?

I am just about to finish an under graduate work placement that I have been on for the last few months. During my time I have been working on a project with someone as a supervisor (he was not my line ...
1
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1answer
36 views

How to improve skills during unemployed?

What would you suggest for me to improve changes to get a job. I'm physically handicapped man from Finland who has educated from the university. But as there are so much unemployment, I haven't got a ...
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3answers
72 views

Project Manager who rejects my idea to save thousands of dollars

on the acquisition of some data. His reasoning is because he already told the client it was going to cost $20,000 and "the client doesn't mind paying this amount of money". The vendors I use can ...
1
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1answer
39 views

How to cope as a new employee in a workplace with low team support

I've recently started a job after a longish pause (almost 3 years). It's a pretty complex project and the team support is minimal. It's not their fault, they seem pretty busy as they are. My direct ...
3
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4answers
378 views

What is the purpose of 1-on-1 meetings with your direct leader/boss?

I have worked in places where one-on-one meetings (a meeting where only the boss and one other employee are present) are a weekly thing and topics can vary from "what did you do this weekend" to "do ...
0
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0answers
27 views

Microsoft BI career path [on hold]

I had about 7 years experience with Microsoft SQL Server, have worded in development mainly, worked in both oltp and olap, including T-SQL, SSRS, SSIS, SSAS. I have most experience on T-SQL (all the ...
13
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4answers
1k views

Advancing to a senior position in my software career

This is admittedly a pretty short post asking a pretty big question. I'd be willing to provide some details if that would help to stimulate some discussion, but hopefully the following can at least ...
1
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1answer
95 views

Finder's fee for R&D work for a company

I work for a R&D company doing project work for other companies. I might be able to get a new customer to use the company I work at. I did this work without any help from the company I work at. ...
1
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2answers
93 views

How should I handle not having a good reference from a previous job?

The last job I did before my current one was a bit of a disaster. There was no support and a great deal of pressure, which actually made me quite ill. I left as soon as possible, which was just over ...
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0answers
63 views

How to obtain companies interest without commercial experience [on hold]

I am 23 years old and I've studied computer science at High school (until 18). After that I have done lot of experience by myself like programming videogame with c++ and directx, I have created some ...
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0answers
39 views

Is it worth to make a PhD for better university reputation? [on hold]

I made my undergraduate studies in CS at a good university of my country in europe and plan to apply for graduate school for the following reason: My long term career goal is starting my own company ...
16
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7answers
2k views

Interview question: “Tell me about when you offended somebody.”

A while back, I was asked the question in the title during a job interview, and it really threw me for a loop. I've worked long enough to have run into my fair share of conflict and have had the odd ...
2
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1answer
137 views

Officially 5 days working but we work on many alternate Saturdays to get things done

I am planning to join a Indian Software Company. But I am not comfortable with working Saturdays. How do I make them understand that I am not comfortable with Saturday's working. I know, its not ...
3
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0answers
89 views

Will a restructuring that “downgraded” my role look bad on CV - and how to make it look better?

So, technically speaking I was not demoted, but if I list my titles chronologically, it will appear that I was "downgraded" from manager to assistant team leader. This was due to an internal ...
0
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1answer
73 views

Should I include my TOEFL ITP test score in my CV?

I intend to send my CV for a position and on the recruitment note was written that candidates who have a good knowledge of the English language are going to receive priority on the selection process. ...
1
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2answers
170 views

Should I disclose my salary history to recruiters/potential employers?

The question : "What is your expected salary range?" is pretty common, but how should you respond to the question "How much were you paid with your previous employer?"? Is it disadvantageous for the ...
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0answers
107 views

What do you do when the bottom rung won't take you? [on hold]

I read this How can I overcome my (significant) disadvantages in the labour market? and the answer seemed to be start at the bottom rung and move your way up. I'm in the United States, I have a ...
-1
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1answer
228 views

How to handle interviewer interrupting me and doing other actions while talking?

I was in an interview yesterday with one of the top Indian "services" company that is also famous for "Applying Thought". :) The interviewer requested that we do a Skype Video call, and soon he ...
11
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2answers
219 views

HIring manager won't interview me because a recruiter got involved [on hold]

I applied for a position online through the employers website after a strong recommendation by a colleague. A couple of days later a recruiter contacted me about the same position. I took the ...
-1
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2answers
215 views

My team leader wants me to follow his non-standard work schedule

My job requires 9 hours of work each day. I prefer to arrive by 9.30 and leave at 18.30. My team leader arrives at 11.30 and leaves at 20.30. At the end of his day, he gives a daily update on the ...
4
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3answers
287 views

Smoking with the front door open

I work in a relatively small office. It's got a main room which has the call center, and a bunch of little offices with their own doors, and I have one of the little offices. The front door to the ...
9
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3answers
237 views

Should I add a Glassdoor review for a company so small they will know it is me?

During my job search, I found Glassdoor to be a very useful tool for getting to know about the companies I was searching for. I'd like to give back to that and submit my own reviews to help others. ...
2
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0answers
140 views

6-months internship has nothing to do with what was promised [migrated]

Since sept 2013, I have been doing a Masters in mathematical finance. Our course requires us to do an off-cycle internship of 5 months minimum (typically, from April to September). During this ...
1
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3answers
103 views

Breaking a verbal agreement with my coordinator

When my coordinator hired me, he told me he wanted an employee to stay for a long span. In fact, he wanted me to start a whole new project (that would take more than 2 years to end), and some time in ...
29
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8answers
5k views

How can I deal with senior colleagues constantly getting my name wrong?

I work in the UK and I have a fairly normal "British" name. Having worked in my company for three years with my name plastered all around my desk, my person and my email, some senior colleagues still ...
29
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4answers
4k views

How can I overcome my (significant) disadvantages in the labour market?

I have made so many bad decisions in my life and as a result I am legitimately a bad candidate in any job application process. Some of the things my bad decisions have led to that I cannot hide: ...
-1
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2answers
92 views

I've not received my last pay check from my contracting firm. What should I do? [on hold]

I am in a bit of a pickle. I took a position with a major corporation about a month ago. I really like the company, the people I work with and the managers. I am very happy with my current work ...
1
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1answer
126 views

Being a team's representative to the rest of the company, but not its manager, how much am I accountable when something goes wrong? [on hold]

I am an assistant manager with authority over part of our Team ("sub-team"), mainly in supporting the actual manager. Most of my and my sub-teams' duties revolve around being a link between the Team ...
0
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3answers
170 views

How to reject an offer without burning bridges with the company [duplicate]

I've recently got an offer, but I'm not really excited about the project and the role. However the company is huge and working on some of its projects could turn out being my dream job. So how can I ...
6
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4answers
465 views

Is it ethical to run benchmarks on the clock?

In the spirit of these questions: I work as a research assistant on a few projects for PhD candidates at my school. One of the projects involves optimizing a piece of code that does some of their ...
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2answers
81 views

Re-Payment of Advanced Relocation Expenses [on hold]

I signed an Agreement for Repayment of Advanced Relocation Expenses with a company in Virginia, USA. The agreement states that I have to repay the total amount my company incurred by my company in ...
2
votes
1answer
130 views

Confused over job title in resume for background verification

I have worked in the software industry for a total of 3 years. During this time, I worked for company 'X' who had a product called 'spark'. My title when I joined this company was "Spark Network ...
7
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3answers
159 views

Asking Employees to “share” or “like” a company Facebook post [on hold]

Is it appropriate for a company to make a non-mandatory request of employee to like or share a post to promote a company fundraising event? Example: If you are on Facebook, please like and/or share a ...
4
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2answers
88 views

Listing preferred form of contact on resume

So I'm getting ready to start catapulting my resume into monster, jobs.com, et al but something occurred to me. It's not improbable that I would be called on my cell phone when I'm at my current ...
4
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2answers
194 views

Include a Start-up that didn't launch on resume if unemployed for a year?

I worked at the same company for 24 yrs and progressed to a supervisor role over that time. Once laid off my wife and I looked into starting a mobile medical office to the point of having a business ...
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1answer
93 views

Give team lead a couple of subtle hints, how? [on hold]

Here's the situation: I've been with the company for quite a long time working with same people. From time to time we're organized into teams to work on different projects and about a week I joined ...
14
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5answers
2k views

How to convince recruiters on LinkedIn to not ask for other interested applicants?

Most LinkedIn messages I receive are of the "We are looking for a candidate with your skill sets.." theme. These messages frustrate me not because people are finding my profile and inquiring me about ...
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2answers
132 views

Should i stay in a job that i do not like, just because it is a big company and the experience gained would be valuable in future [on hold]

What to do in a situation where you do not like your job but you also realize that experience and skills gained in the job would be valuable in future career? I am right now in a similar situation. ...
2
votes
2answers
215 views

How to explain quitting first job early [duplicate]

This is for my friend. Right after university she couldn't find a job for 6 months. Eventually she got a job at a company X as a developer. It started out wonderfully(even though the salary was way ...
6
votes
4answers
231 views

How detailed must I be when non-technical managers ask to explain “everything”? [on hold]

Sometimes non-technical superiors (matrix managers) from other departments spot something that didn't work as expected or are annoyed that we cannot deliver a project by a certain deadline; or cannot ...
4
votes
2answers
202 views

LinkedIn connection type for someone you've interviewed

I recently interviewed someone, and was suitably impressed. I want to connect on LinkedIn (the interview process is not complete yet), but am stumped by 'How do you know' connect options: Is he ...
1
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4answers
339 views

Colleague not working the hours he's scheduled

I work in end user support at a very small company (less than 10 people). We have 1 supervisor for everyone, who is also the owner of the startup. Another end user support agent is scheduled to come ...
23
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10answers
4k views

Dealing with frustrated outbursts from colleague in hall

In my hall, there's one person who occasionally has frustrated outbursts. He'll suddenly swear and bang on his keyboard and desk for a few moments. I talked to him once after asking him if things ...
2
votes
2answers
129 views

How can I move into a research based job? [on hold]

I'm really trying to make this not into a what should I do question, and more into a where should I aim and why question if that makes any sense. I'm a naturally curious person and the only thing ...
1
vote
2answers
147 views

How to handle discussing working remote and the impending possibility of leaving for a new job? [on hold]

I have been with my current employer for 6 years. While most developers work in-house, we do have several developers who work remotely. For personal reasons, I am currently in the process of making an ...
3
votes
1answer
107 views

How to identify which is relevant information for audience and set right context in discussions?

I am working as team lead for IT department of US based organization. My team consists team member from different vendors. Even I am also vendor to current organization. In the meetings(Specifically ...
8
votes
2answers
513 views

What do you do when in a job interview they ask you about a previous job that it was just horrible?

Last year I worked as contractor for company C for one of their projects. Long story short: It was pure hell. (The HR company that hired me informed me incorrectly about the job being Java ...

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