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Is being blunt in emails common in the workplace?

I'm still a student, but was talking to a friend about how when I email my professors/lecturers they tend to ignore the niceties, the greeting, everything except the main question in my email and send ...
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What is the advantage of long blocks of details over short and succinct titles on LinkedIn profiles? [closed]

I have come across a myriad of websites advising how to write a professional LinkedIn profile. Many if not most emphasize elaborating in detail, telling a story and appearing interactive, replacing ...
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How to react when superiors make fun of junior employees during informal/social events?

I am a junior manager (promoted from within) and recently started being invited to some social and informal events with senior management. It is good to know that I am getting closer to their inner ...
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Could I use LinkedIn to improve visibility WITHIN my company? [closed]

I have a profile which I have not updated since early in my current job out of concerns that it might signal lack of loyalty. One of my greatest assets my superiors have lauded as a reason to promote ...
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Choosing a email format for workplace [duplicate]

I am an admin at an institute and I need to create the staff email addresses. I am confused over which format to give. Some people use first and last name, and others use first name initial like ...
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What factors should I consider when deciding whether to create separate StackExchange IDs for work/non-work?

With StackOverflow and Careers 2.0 it's becoming easier to use the SE network as a professional profile. Yet at the same time there are more and more sites on the SE network, some of which you might ...
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Networking with people who are not from the HR [closed]

If you're networking with people who are not from the HR, how can you benefit from knowing them? For example, as a college student, if you reach out to those who are not from the HR but employees in ...
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How to organize training in a small business [closed]

I am in charge of a small, small, small company of 5 people. Usually for companies of that size it is always the same problem, one person needs to do multiple things and it is always time challenging ...
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Is there a good remote alternative to asking someone to coffee to pick their brain / break the ice?

As many of you may know a tried and true standby for networking is to offer to buy a coffee or lunch so that you can pick their brain (presumably they're worth meeting), break the ice, and get to know ...
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Should we ban facebook or any other social network at workplace?

In our company we do not bother much about people using social networks such as Facebook. But I am realizing that people are misusing this now. They are engaged in it more than the real job for which ...
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How to show interest to work for a potential employer

I am interested in working for a particular organization (this is in US). The manager has asked via a friend of mine that I send (email) my CV to him. I have seen him a couple of times in the past. ...
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How would linkedIn help me in my career [duplicate]

I have never used linkedIn even though I have a bare account created for years. Off late, I keep on hearing facts where Employers screen potential candidates through social networking channels. Also ...
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How to address a professional contact made a year ago?

I need to send an email to a contact I've made a year ago while traveling. I've met this person by popping up on the company and asking if "someone could talk to me." I have interest in working for ...
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Appropriate time to post new position on professional networking sites

What is the appropriate amount of time to wait before updating professional sites (SO Careers, LinkedIn, etc.) regarding a new position, assuming that I have already made the switch? The goal is to ...
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Staying on a prospective employer's radar: what do you say in the email?

Let's say you interviewed at a company that you'd really like to work for but didn't get the job. From what I understand, it's a good idea to get in touch every now and then afterwards, to show that ...
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How can I use my LinkedIn profile to find employment in another location? [closed]

I've been getting really a lot of LinkedIn profile views, invites from recruiters, etc. However, all of them come from my current location in Europe. Thing is I'd like to move overseas, to US west ...
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Right time to ask somebody to drop a good word for you during interview process

I work in the software/hardware high-tech industry in the US. I have been looking for career opportunities for a few weeks. I was contacted by a recruiter (working for the company) a few weeks back ...
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How does one network at conferences, beyond the first conversation?

I go to software conferences. I proactively try to meet the people I sit near and the presenters. I am often the last one to leave a session room and I have lots of good conversations and meet ...
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How can I promote my problem solving skills (instead of just knowledge) when networking?

One of the most common ways of getting new projects for a freelancer is networking: keeping in contact with previous co-workers and customers participating in something like StackOverflow going to ...
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How do I request an introduction in Linkedin, from a former colleague with whom I haven't kept in touch?

Browsing through my 2nd-degree connections on LinkedIn, I noticed a recruiter who works for a company I'm particularly interested in. I don't know this recruiter at all, personally, but I do have a ...
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How to ask for Linked-In recommendations

The other day I noticed my Linked-In profile did not have a whole ton of recommendations. I have worked with quite a few people over the past few years. How should I request a recommendation from ...
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Should we maintain the difference between personal and professional contacts?

I am a newbie in a professional world and hence I have some new friends in my working area including some seniors. So, we are also connected from a social networking site but the issues is I am ...
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Offering help without seeming like a jerk

I have a few colleagues who work on interesting projects but they face problem in certain domains that I am good (but not expert) at. I wish to offer them help for my own reasons (experience, ...
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Reconnecting with lost contacts [closed]

Assuming someone had a nice network of contacts but lost them because of his own ignorance (too busy with work to keep in touch), what is a good strategy to reconnect with them? I don't think the ...
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Staying in touch with people you meet at conferences

I often meet people at conferences who are really interesting and do similar work at companies as I do in grad school. Ideally I wish to have them as a part of my network to facilitate job search st ...
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Listing LinkedIn profile as a full CV - looks lazy, or convenient for recruiters?

I am considering putting a line at the bottom of my one-page (US) resume like this: "References available upon request. For a full CV, please view my LinkedIn profile at ...
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How can I use LinkedIn to maximize my employment prospects?

Frankly, I don't quite grok what LinkedIn is for, especially given I'm already in Facebook, SO Careers, and Google+. I'm told it's much more about the job market than the other social media websites. ...
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Networking for breadth, not depth

While I would not claim to be a professional networker, I do have a pretty strong opinion about what works, and wondering if there is any real research on the best approach to networking. My current ...
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Should I reach out for an opportunity via personal contacts or a recruiter?

If a recruiter contacts me about an opportunity at Company X but I find out that I have second or third-degree connections with people there (through personal and professional friends), should I ...
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The etiquette of connecting with recruiters on networking sites

I sometimes get contacted by recruiters on sites such as LinkedIn, asking if I am interested in a job they have available, and they usually want to make a formal connection on the network to share ...