Questions relating to advancing one's career; this could include questions about promotions and training or looking for a job outside of the current company

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Why do some companies keep tough interviews but work is not that much challenging? [closed]

I am currently working in a small company and below is my interview experience: The interview was composed of challenging coding problems which included topics such as Dynamic programming, Tree ...
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My ex-employer was recently acquired and wants me back on board - what should I do? [closed]

I left my ex-employer (of 2 years), largely because of future uncertainty (didn't raise funding) when I was going through some big life changes. Additionally, my old company was notorious for not ...
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Is self-directed training the best way to tackle lack of training in the company? [duplicate]

I am an embedded developer who is undergoing his 4th year in his first workplace. The relationship with the companions is great, and I have no complaints at the moment for work conditions (timetable ...
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Will PMP help a technical employee move to a management level position? [closed]

I've been technical for almost 3 years in the software industry, a lecturer for 3 years in a software engineering department, and an adviser for 2 years. Will a certificate like PMP helps me move to ...
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How can I correctly sum up my reason for leaving in applications? [duplicate]

In a follow up to my previous question, I am now on the hunt for another job. Ideally, I would like to take a step up the career ladder as I am already in training for such a role. However, my ...
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Are verifiable MOOC program's of study recognised by employers?

I've recently started a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) specialisation track with coursera. This is related to building upon my existing skills to take me to another performance level. I'm already ...
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How to improve skills while unemployed? [closed]

What would you suggest for me to improve changes to get a job. I'm physically handicapped man from Finland who has a university education. But as there is so much unemployment, I haven't got a job ...
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Advancing to a senior position in my software career [closed]

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 ...
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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 ...
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Learn new (related) technologies or get certified? [closed]

I am currently working as Java Developer, still young (22 yrs old), having a very good set of Java/Java EE technical skills. To continuously develop and enhance my technical skills, what would be the ...
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Opportunity to change salary and position from development to validation [closed]

I'm in mess because until today I'm working in I don't know how to call small or medium team of developers there was 7-8 devs and one tester. I'm there software developer in web apps so i was ...
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What promotion choice do I make - Team Lead or Project Manager? [closed]

I have been working as a Software Developer for a year in my current company. Including this one year I have close to five years of work experience. Since I joined the current company, my manager has ...
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If I am consistently underperforming, how do I know it's time to resign or ask for another assignment/project?

As I mentioned in another question, I feel I am no longer delivering an excellent work, despite having previously been one of the most dedicated employees who was promoted also very quickly. I am ...
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In a company without 1-on-1s or structured feedback, what can I do to understand how I can improve my performance?

We primarily receive feedback for what we deliver, but not how we deliver, how we can improve, what we can improve, and how we work (except if it's a serious lack of discipline of course). I am now ...
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Asking for promotion when manager is leaving

I want to get promoted to the next level up. The person to make that decision is leaving in a few weeks. That manager has already checked out, and is basically counting down the days to the final ...
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How much does a first job in software development matter [closed]

I want to move in to software development from a maths PhD, so this will likely involve a grad scheme and training. How much does what I learn on the first job matter - for example, if I don't learn ...
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How to judge how good a job/company will be for career progression in software

I am completing a PhD in maths, and want to move in to software development. Some of the companies I am applying to are rather small, and do not have any feedback from either current or past employees ...
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How to handle panic attacks at work in a way that doesn't cast me in a negative light?

I have a panic attack every few days (often at work), if a function isn't documented properly, or the wrong font is used somewhere, or almost anything. I can very easily land in a place of absolute ...
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How to perform well at work when I am discouraged and demoralized by company politics? [closed]

I enjoy my function and the overall goal of the company but I am motivated by career progression and growth in responsibilities more than anything else; my ultimate goal is to become a great senior ...
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Can I apply to a software developer job of 1 year required experience with my 1 year of technical support job experience? [duplicate]

From past few days I was searching on this topic on the internet but no article was enough to help me decide what to do in my situation. I have already visited lots of Workplace questions including ...
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No Job Title or Job Description - Help

I've been at my current job for a little over 7 years with no job title or job description. No one has a description and I've been told they have no idea what they would give me as a title. Updating ...
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How to manage the office politician good at managing up and maintaining excellent perception of himself [closed]

I was going through Google i/o video about organizational manipulation AKA office politics and came across this -http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTCuYzAw31Y&t=14m40s How do you manage people like ...
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How to request an acting supervisor position

I just learned that one of our managers is going to be leaving our organization (I work for a large, US, Federal Agency in California). I am currently not a supervisor, nor on the former manager's ...
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I'm not liking the work I'm doing, and I've been in the position for only 3 months

First, some background: I've been in my current position about 2.5 months The position is a software development position, but my degree is not in software development (industrial engineering). I ...
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Concerns about working as a software developer in a small non-software company (developing in-house process automation software)

I'm currently a student (soon have my MSc in Computer Science) in Germany. In parallel I work in a small company which does NOT sell software products. But they decided to improve their internal ...
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Big company or small company for career growth? [closed]

I did some research in this site to find something similar to my "problem" and I found relevant just this. My current situation is quite similar. I'm working in a small company ( 7 coworkers ) as ...
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How to effectively reject a new project assignment?

My boss recently asked me to prepare for an interview that will be on a new custom software framework developed by a client. If I pass the interview, I will be deployed at the client's location. I ...
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Improving professional network (Events)

I got invited to a Lunch and Seminar event from a Internationally well-known IT company. I checked the schedule of the event and saw a time for "Lunch and Networking". I think this will be the one ...
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Should I attend a job fair even if I'm not currently looking for a new job?

I was recently sent an invitation to a local job fair. I am always interested to find out what companies are out there and what they are doing, so I am tempted to sign up for it. My thought is that it ...
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How a fresher can get an entry level Software Engineer job in India after completing BE/BTech (Computer Science) if he/she was not placed in college? [closed]

This is a common problem faced by most of the Indian BE/BTech Computer Science and Engineering students when their college is not providing any genuine placement to them and they leave the college ...
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Job jumping has happened, how do I save face? [duplicate]

My work history is starting to look a bit jumpy. My longest employment is less than a year and a half. I feel like I have good reason for leaving each of these jobs (see below), however it's not that ...
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How do I make a career out of IT? I'm a little lost [duplicate]

Quick background: 23 y/o, turn 24 in October B.S. in IT ~1 year of experience in small computer repair shop ~1 year of experience at school district as a computer tech ~1 year+(present job) at a ...
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Actual work is different than expected - decision to be made

TLDR: Job turned out different than expected. How long should i wait to make a decision about staying or leaving? So i recently graduated university with a M. Sc. (graded 1.3, 1.0 being the best) and ...
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My manager thinks showing up early doesn't show as much enthusiasm as staying late

TL;DR: My manager says I don't "show a sense of urgency" like the rest of the team because I am laid-back and typically leave right at 5. But I come in early and work through lunch and definitely ...
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How do I handle my last name changing after marriage?

Though I'm not currently getting married, I've always wondered how I should handle my last name within the workplace when I do. In the workplace, your name is directly attached to your work. When ...
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What risks should I consider when offered a daily based job offer in foreign country (Japan)

I am currently being contacted on LinkedIn for a potential job in Japan, but the contractor told me they would pay me on daily basis. I am not sure that accepting a position like this in a foreign ...
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Requesting a change of project as an intern

As part of my computer science degree I need to spend 5 months in a job placement as an intern. I've been here for about 3 months now and I've become really unhappy with what I'm doing here. I've ...
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What ares of business should one gain experience in to have more chances for advancement into CEO roles? [closed]

(I don't know why but for some reason my other question was "downvoted". I guess I need to re-phrase it for it to be more on-topic... please help me do so if it isn't!) As you can guess from my ...
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How to get better at work if my managers say my problem is that I have no “common sense”?

I am a management assistant and my manager keeps telling me I need to do this and I need to do that; I do exactly as he says, but then it's still not what he wants. And he says I have to use common ...
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Feeling like I am in the wrong job [closed]

I'm still a University student, but I've had the luck to already get a job in one of the biggest companies in the world. At first I was fine and happy about the opportunity I received, but later I ...
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Getting interviews and passing them that require coding and scripting skills

How do people who have knowledge of coding and scripting languages, but no work experience with them get jobs that seek those skills? I do have a computer science degree, but that was last decade. ...
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What's the best way to learn about the company and how it works, as an employee?

Over the last few years I've worked in a number of companies as a software developer, with industries ranging from manufacturing to banking and finance. Unfortunately, it seems that I haven't ...
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Is there a way to explain on resume that the scope/role of the employee constantly changed to make leaps in performance?

I am asking because I would like to describe this as an achievement on my resume. I will use an analogy to simplify my story: I have a team of graphic designers and we get more and more requests but ...
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Career advice - wanting a mentor

I'm a designer with about 1.5 years experience doing solid commercial work. I work hard and can present and prototype my own work. I'm in a fast growing design team - 6 at last count. The guy heading ...
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What is the next step on the growth path of a first line manager, and how to reach it? [closed]

Sorry if anything like this has been asked before but it perfectly represents my internal situation: I am afraid that my team, whom I managed and developed from scratch, don't need me anymore. They ...
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Should I include membership on the board of a non profit company unrelated to my profession on my resume?

I'm a graphic designer & web developer, just out of high school, and was hired to work on a site for a local historical preservation group after graduation. Now, the group has presented me an ...
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How to become expert if I don't have opportunity to learn from more experienced peers?

The first company I worked for was small and provided no initial training of any kind. I did a lot of googling and customized the solutions I found in Google for the problems I had to resolve. This ...
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How to gain greater management skills and experience when my employer fills the ranks with more experienced managers?

My company is growing - fast - and has more funding than ever before. We can afford to attract talent from top brand world famous companies to head departments that were previously run by college ...
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Salary offer with current company, but other place wants to do second interview?

Right now I am working part-time, but last Friday my boss offered a salaried position. However, I started interviewing with another company last Thursday because I do not enjoy my current job and ...
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If I did a good job delegating all my work to a team I built, and there is no work left, am I redundant?

I have been commended for doing a good job building a team and I currently have absolutely zero hands-on work. I also believe the team is doing very well on their own and need minimal supervision. Or ...