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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Is not attending the company holiday party damaging to my job and/or my career?

Many companies I've worked for host company functions like a holiday party. I understand that these are suppose to serve as a bit of a morale booster and a thank you from the company to the employees. ...
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Is it legal for a job interviewer to ask if I'm married, and how do I deal with it? [duplicate]

I recently interviewed for a manager position at a software company. One of the interviewers asked if I was married, and he immediately added, jovially, "I really shouldn't be asking that." I am 40 ...
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What is the impact of accepting the shift of role from a core developer to a white box tester?

I am C# and .net developer with about 5 years of experience. I'm considering the shift of my role from a core developer to a white box tester. What would be the impact on my career as developer? ...
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it support analyst Annual Development Review Preparation Form [on hold]

I need help with my Annual Development Review Preparation Form The first question asks how I, within my role, contribute to the company. The list below is what I do daily, but I'm not sure how to ...
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B.Sc. CS and then MSc in Business Management and then a MBA - advantageous? [closed]

I'm currently doing a Dual Study. I's a German concept where you are 3 month at the university and then 3 month working full-time at the company in different positions which you can choose by your ...
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How to cultivate growth in developers in consulting environment [closed]

I started working for a software consulting shop 1.5 years ago after having worked previously only at product development companies. The last product development company I worked at strived for and ...
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How to utilize the free time during office hours? [duplicate]

I am a software developer and most of the times when I find free time I read few news or technical websites like Techcrunch, Gizmodo, etc or read Twitter. How do I utilize this time to the maximum, ...
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How to politely tell my boss that I want to take on a different role?

I was hired by a small company few months back. Though I applied for a dev position, my boss got me on a different role which is not really the field I want to get into but since I was unemployed for ...
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How do I avoid getting stuck in a testing position for the rest of my career? [closed]

First, some background: I am currently in school studying computer science. I will be starting my third year of classes this spring semester. Right now, I am wrapping up a 7 month internship where I ...
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Is it Ok for me to apply for a job this early? [closed]

So I am graduating in the Spring of 2015 from college, and I am applying to jobs right now. Is that OK??
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How to convey management that responsibilities given are way off the job description? [closed]

(This is rephrased version of my original question.) As a person hired for position of senior developer, I was made to work with several groups working on different projects mainly as backup-member ...
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Software Dev: What career implications should I consider when making a decision between two companies? [closed]

I have an offer from a company, I'll call CompanyOne, that I am on a time crunch to answer. I may potentially have an offer soon from a very different company, I'll call CompanyTwo, and I am terrified ...
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Which employer to ask for a professional reference to apply for part time study

I am based in the UK and have been working in industry for almost 3 years now since graduating. I have very recently left my first graduate job (no bridges burned) and have been working in a new job ...
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What are the pros and cons of taking a paycut to become an instructor? [closed]

I have the choice to become an instructor to teach beginners how to program and develop web sites for the first time. This job will last 3 months. I'm a Software Consultant (whose never had a ...
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How to improve my chances of breaking into the grad market?

I'm just about to complete my bachelor of electrical engineering in Australia and was unsuccessful in gaining graduate employment. All I'm looking for is to break into the job market somewhere above ...
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My company will define specialization groups and I'm scared of it [closed]

I'm a Junior Software Developer in a company that's relatively famous in my region. I started in January and this is my first real job after the University (I own a Master's Degree in Computer ...
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Are verified certificates more convincing to employers than “unverified” ones? (Coursera)

Amongst the employers who pay attention to Coursera certifications, are verified certificates more convincing to employers than "unverified" ones? I am aware of What is the value of a Coursera ...
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What career opportunities should I offer to a programmer who doesn't want to get to management position? [closed]

There was a question about the ways a programmer can take to grow above programming job (What are possible career transitions for a seasoned software developer?) but I haven't found any information ...
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How to describe a minimally related consulting position on a resume: Should I list my billable hours percentage?

I am trying to strengthen my resume, and I hear it is important to support job descriptions with hard facts or direct results of one's performance. I am listing my experience as a consultant, which I ...
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How to consider a second interview when salary is too low? [closed]

So, I am in a weird situation. I am currently employed, however the current project I am working on is coming to an end. The current company is promising me a completely different position, however ...
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Subordinate had conversations with my boss- should I have been told? [closed]

I am a C level manager whose direct report, a senior manager, went to my boss to complain I was over managing him. Through several meetings it was determined my report was at fault for not taking ...
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How to excel at work when I am intermittently ill and it's not convenient for the business?

I cannot take over-the-counter pharmaceuticals for common ailments like a cold or a headache and instead must opt for slower, natural remedies. Partly I think due to stress, I have been increasingly ...
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How to be a programmer managed by scientists

I'm the most senior programmer at a company that works in the earth sciences. There are a handful of us (25%) that have backgrounds in computer science who work hard to support the rest of the company ...
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Is technical management unavoidable? [closed]

I'm a developer with about 10 years of experience, most of them with my current employer. I am good at my work, and this success has been recognized with promotions and increased responsibilities. ...
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Career reputation impact, going from Large Notable Company to Small Unheard-of Company [closed]

I am likely to be offered a job in an interview today, and I am not certain whether I can take it. Namely, in thinking forward, my current employer for 3 years following college is a very noteworthy ...
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asking for change in work assigned to m [closed]

I have newly joined existing project team,i am not happy with the current work assigned to me by the team lead, can i ask my lead for change in module
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Goal setting for the end of the year

We started using a goal tracking/performance review software earlier this year. I set a goal initially that has not been fulfilled. I know we can change our goals at any point, but I'm wondering if I ...
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Gap in my career ( less than 2 months) [duplicate]

After getting my degree, I have joined in a software company and worked for 1.6 years. After getting an offer (a small and start-up company) in another company, I moved over there and worked for 6 ...
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My CV says I'm a developer. How do I apply for other kinds of roles?

Predominantly my professional experience says I'm a developer- I have strong skills across the board with the web and open source development. However, I also have some other skills such as writing ...
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Can anyone relate to starting in the software development field? [closed]

I just graduated from my university with a computer science degree and I'm running into a serious amount of trouble applying for jobs. I have previously taken two programming internships which both ...
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How to deal with low quality colleagues in a way that satisfies management [duplicate]

I have come to the conclusion that most managers are more interested in PR and keeping "low tones" among teams and individuals than getting the job done. (They want to avoid heated arguments). For ...
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Rules for creating a developer cv? [duplicate]

I read it should be one page for every 10 years and an agent told me employers seriously considering you want all the details. I know a developer whose 10 years are split over 7 pages with details of ...
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Career security in the software development field? [closed]

Core question: What kind of career security can be expected in the software field and how much time can one expect to dedicate towards staying relevant? And also are certain fields more vulnerable? ...
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Being managed out [closed]

I accepted a job a few months ago with a large company and it has become apparent that my boss does not like me. I could try to identify things that I have done but even at the interview stage I felt ...
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What is the next step for programmer? [closed]

I have done Mathematics degree in 2006,and have worked in several companies for the last eight years as a Software Engineer.I extended my programming skills with GIS that I can make map analysis,data ...
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How to express that I would settle for an internship or contract/temp work while applying to a job?

I am starting the phone screen process for a software engineering position where I may be less qualified than they prefer. For example, I do not have one of their five bullets under their required ...
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Very wary boss keeps the team away from empowerment, how to deal with it?

Brief description of me I am in the electronics department of a medium sized engineering business, among my other five co-workers. I've been working for 4 years here in the same position, but the ...
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How to repair my leadership after failing to be assertive to my team?

I have been a manager for two years now. During the first year, I performed really well and was held in high regard by both my superiors and my reports. During the second year, I spent a lot of time ...
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I want to stop procastination and Improve my career on software developement [closed]

I'm working as a software Engineer (.net) in a small company. We work with deprecated technology, we are stuck doing the same things over and over (handling xml files with xslt.) I feel that I'm not ...
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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 ...