Questions referring to how one presents themselves and interacts with others in a professional environment

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How to explain to employer that I don't owe him anything due to (lack of) company policy?

Follow-up question to: Resignation letter: general tips and what to do if boss is not on site? and Put in my two weeks or wait?. [I would suggest reading these to understand the background.] Yes, I ...
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Is it unprofessional to listen to music while at work? [on hold]

Even with headphones on with the volume on low, would this still be considered rude or unprofessional? I'd like to listen to music to help me get through my work but don't want to get told off for it. ...
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How do I approach my employer about purchasing a canceled project?

Is it acceptable to approach my current employer and ask to purchase a dead project off them? The end goal is to revive this dead project (a Civil Engineering application) and sell it - essentially ...
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Catch-22? Need evidence of employment from current employer for visa to attend job interviews

I have been on phone interviews with a major tech company - an offer would be a significant improvement, both in opportunity for self-improvement, to make a difference, as well as in monetary ...
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Will not having a reference potentially hurt my future career chances, despite not wanting to return to my current field of work?

I am resigning from my job at a small company that I've been at for only about four months. I am quite young and have spent the two years prior to this job dealing with health issues, so this job will ...
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What should I do if someone is trying to play 'hard to get'? [on hold]

What should I do if someone is trying to play 'hard to get'? I mean, if many companies want to offer A a job, how can I increase the possibility that A will choose for my company?
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How to be honest when my boss doesn't want to hear the truth? [duplicate]

New Boss:"Is the deadline realistic? Answer yes or no. No maybes." Me:"Well, no..." New Boss:"That's an unacceptable answer. We must meet that deadline." That's just one of many ...
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Resignation letter: general tips and what to do if boss is not on site?

Somewhat related: How to Deliver Resignation Letter To My Boss Who is Not Located on Site. At the company I work for, I have a boss (the president of the company) and a supervisor. Unlike the related ...
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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 ...
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Project manager who rejects my idea to save thousands of dollars [closed]

There is a 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 ...
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How to handle interviewer interrupting me and doing other actions while talking? [closed]

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

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

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 ...
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Is it good to drop mail to senior management about issues with directs I report to? [closed]

Is it good idea to drop a mail to senior management and explain issue with our views concerning the directs that I report to? Direct Manager: A A's Manager : B B's Manager : C (Overall Project ...
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Coworker returns after maternity leave [closed]

There's a lady I work with who's a new mom :) She's very excited about her baby and always talks about him—to the point where it's uncomfortable. Every time I say hi to her or walk by her she tells me ...
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Should I report a manager that doesn't do the job? [closed]

I'm struggling with a direct supervisor, who just doesn't seem to pull his own weight. Basically my supervisor is expected to be a "working manager", so his time is split between 15% administrative ...
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Is there a good way to ask if you're being let go soon?

So this could just be me being paranoid but I have this dreadful feeling that the company I'm working for is going to be letting me go soon. They hired myself and another guy on at the same time, ...
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Is it possible to make a counter offer to an employer that is too low?

I gave a target figure for my salary during a call (say $X) and the company comes back with $Y (5~10% less than $X) plus a small bonus and stock options. When adding the bonus to $Y, it actually comes ...
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HR person asked what salary I had in mind during a call, but I didn't ask for enough. Any way to remedy this when they come back with concrete offer? [duplicate]

HR called me up during the day to ask for references. They said they would check on the references then when that all checks out, call me again with a verbal offer (and go from there, whether I agree ...
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Under what circumstances is it OK to tell your colleagues where you will be going after a resignation?

Is it ever a good idea to tell which company you will be moving on to? to your boss? your colleagues? Many of them will know soon via social networking (I.E. linkedin), but those aren't the ones that ...
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how to deal with a colleague who doesnt tell me about my mistakes in person, but always does it in front of other people [duplicate]

I have a colleague who has one year more experience than me and probably from other bigger companies. When she joined our team, I thought I would learn a thing or two from her. When I told her that ...
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How should I tell an interview candidate “the whole truth”?

I'm interviewing candidates to work in our company. They ask about the outlook of the company. I have some premonition about the direction the company is going, but to candidates I only talk about ...
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Interview: Should I admit to a typo on my resume?

I realized I made a typo on my resume after submitting. Instead of writing: Engineer in Training I wrote: Engineering in Training Luckily the typo is on the second page of my resume so it ...
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Do I need to project a manager “aura”/“persona” when liaising across the company? [closed]

New manager here - outside the office I am a socialite, inside the office I also socialize a lot, but by nature I have a very humble and almost "servile" demeanour when communicating within the ...
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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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How to respond when a coworker tells you a gossip story [duplicate]

I try to be social and work in an office where most people are friendly. Someone in our company recently quit and I asked a colleague who had known him well if "he gave any particular reason for ...
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How to behave when manager says “no” to me - but “yes” to other bosses - and makes me appear like a liar and bottleneck of deadlines? [closed]

Most of my job involves working with different managers across the company, including a senior officer who directly reports to the CEO and is virtually his "mini-me". In order to do my job, I rely on ...
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How to apologize for and address failures in areas of responsibility I have moved on from ages ago?

Recently a manager at my company started uncovering some critical mistakes in projects I had supervised a very long time ago. I have since advanced in level and taken on more teams/projects in higher ...
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Manager takes credit for work - how to handle? [duplicate]

During an important meeting (which I am attending remotely, but which my manager is attending in person) with industry partners, my manager has taken credit for writing a demo which I developed on my ...
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What can I do if my pay is kept low while under contract?

I am currently pursuing a degree in engineering. I am not, however, an "Engineer in Training (EIT)", which is an official, regulated title that comes with it's own rights/responsibilities (not to ...
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Mail response time and delay

The question is related to "sender expectations" which are results of response time/delay - should I answer immediately or answer after some period of time. Let's say I got an email - I immediately ...
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Should I talk to my ex-colleague with whom I had a bad experience in my previous company? [closed]

I met this person when I was working for my first company. He was not good at work, wrote crappy code, didn't follow rules and standard. He didn't like me for the fact that I always asked him to do a ...
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Follow up email when hiring manager doesn't call

When a peer at another company forwards your resume to a hiring manager, and the hiring manager doesn't get in touch, how should one follow up with the peer? It's possible that however qualified your ...
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How to react when boss is disappointed in you because of a technical error you have no influence over? [closed]

A technical error happened over which I have no influence. A software bug I think, and I have no IT or technical background to be able to address that by myself. Also, for this very specific ...
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Senior Colleague bad-mouthing about project manager [duplicate]

I work in a small team of 5 members where all the other members except me are with the company since the very beginning (around 20 years). I have been here for the last 2 years. Every once in a ...
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How to react when one of my bosses belittles my authority in presence of my reports? [duplicate]

All my seniors discuss with me first and thereafter leave it to me to handle all the workflow with the team. One of my new bosses - who is not responsible for my overall performance BUT whom I report ...
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Client want to see report before review from manager

I have this client who is insisting to see the report early. Our company have a policy to have a 'high check' before client views it. High check is where other colleague, probably senior OR manager ...
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Verbal Job Offer Confirmation but actual letter still pending

I have cleared all three interviews for this job and a successful reference check has also been done. A week after reference check, I called the HR to check the status of the whole hiring process. He ...
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What to do when previous boss is asking to help finishing failed project?

Recently, about 2 month ago, I stopped working to this side project which was planned to launch about now, but because the Mother company stopped financing the project it closed. And few days ago the ...
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Writing a report that may compromise someone else's job

This is an ethical question mostly. A colleague and I have made some observations recently about some reports that are done (and then reviewed) with absolutely no added value since the (internal) ...
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Is it impolite to interject in overheard meetings?

There is a manager (not my manager) who sits across from me and since we both have open cubicles I can easily see (if I turn) and hear what he is doing. Perhaps I should phrase it differently, it is ...
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What to do when my boss explicitly says he has nothing for me to do? [duplicate]

I work in a small office (three people usually) and I am fairly new (here less than three months). In general, I have things to do or can pester my boss to either give me something to do or make the ...
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Is it okay to use an office printer to print personal documents? [closed]

How bad is it to print personal documents using an office printer? I would do it maybe once every six months, printing around 100 pages on average.
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How many times do you need to say something after someone sneezes?

I understand that it is polite to say 'excuse me' after you sneeze, and to say 'bless you' to someone after they sneeze. In situations where someone (possibly) yourself seem to sneeze incessantly, ...
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Best way to communicate that there is too much work to do? [closed]

First of all let me preface by saying I enjoy my job, I enjoy being overwhelmed, and I love learning new things. However, i'm the only IT guy... and people don't seem to understand the amount of work ...