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

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What should I do when I feel overshadowed by an extremely talented team member?

I'm a Full Stack developer and I'm in a newly created team of 4. There's this one other guy (let's call him Tom) who was hired with me. So the two of us are newbies in this company. However, Tom is ...
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Frustrating response by manager due to mutual misunderstanding. Should I just let it go? [on hold]

Trying to keep this brief: I report to two managers, A and B. I meet infrequently with A (~1x/month) and my day to day work has no impact on her ability to do her job. I work very closely with B and ...
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Two employees do not talk to each other despite mediation

I recently acquired a team that management is aware has interpersonal problems. There are two coworkers that do not even talk to each other, either professionally or personally. The previous ...
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How to respond to someone accusing me of saying bad things about him? [on hold]

Ok that was really hard to explain in the title but... ill try to make this short. Went to this event not related to work and met this person who is a writer and is friends with a writer that works ...
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Does a receptionist need permisssion of secretary to transfer calls to a director? [on hold]

If someone calls, looking for the director of the company, am I right to transfer the call straight to the director? Or should I first get permission from the director's secretary?
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What should I do to improve my career? [on hold]

I'm Php web developer, I have 3+ years experienced in Web development. I wanted to know how can i explain about my skills to an employer, Usually I become very upset whenever i ask to my friend ...
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Interview Follow up [duplicate]

I got done with a final round interview yesterday and got good feelings about it. I sent a courtesy email to the talent acquisition manager. However, the email it sent to was not her own but a generic ...
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How can I communicate my need for more challenging work?

Is it considered rude or negative to say that I am not challenged by my tasks I am responsible for in my role? I currently work as a database developer (less than a year at this job). I have a good ...
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Bad to repeat thank you to a co-worker who nominated you?

I recently recieved an award thanking me for my hard-work. First award with my company and also my first year. Below is what I wanted to send to my co-worker who nominated me, but I was unsure if it ...
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Working with another intern who does nothing? [duplicate]

I'm working as a software engineering intern at a corporate company. I'm ecstatic for this opportunity and trying my hardest to read code, ask questions, make mistakes and learn. However, I'm paired ...
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“Offensive” bumper sticker on car

I have a bumper sticker on my vehicle that says The sticker is about 3" × 5" (7.6 cm × 12.7 cm) in white block lettering. My employer has told me to remove the sticker or face disciplinary ...
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I have been fired once from a job I hated, but now I am struggling at a job I like. How do I keep this one, or move on if it doesn't work out?

The first job was just an administrative job. I was even promoted, but hated the work so much I couldn’t hide it anymore. I was “asked to resign” which was better than a normal firing, so I didn’t end ...
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Is it ok if I share my code solution as part of a recruitment process publicly for a peer review?

I submitted my solution to a coding assignment given to me as part of a recruitment process. A week after, the recruitment officer came back to me saying that they're not moving forward with my ...
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How to answer what my pay was at previous companies

I am currently searching for a job, and one company asks what my pay rates were at previous jobs. I don't remember what my pay was. The jobs were internships, and I was more excited about the ...
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How to deal with an internship certificate draft full of obvious spelling mistakes?

I left an internship of three months in a small IT company and have finally received a draft for the internship certificate to check back per email. The person who wrote it works in the accounting ...
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A do-nothing “job” [closed]

I've worked here for about six months now, 8-5 just like a real job. Although, I say "worked" in the loosest sense, because I have consecutive days, even full weeks, where I sit with nothing to do all ...
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How to deal with a contracting client trying to get me to go fulltime [closed]

I work for a contracting firm contracting for a major company. I've been working at this company for almost 6 months now and everyone is very satisfied with my performance. One of my superiors, a ...
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About remote jobs in Stackoverflow [closed]

There are many remote jobs listed in SO, I was wondering how does it work? For example, I'm in Japan, and applied for a job tagged remote in US. And luckily I passed the interview, so, what's next? ...
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Dealing with a slow growth curve in improving automation skills and how that affects ones career [closed]

I have been working as a QA since almost ~5 years now. While I am one of the senior QA in my team, and have brought in other quality aspects to the table, my automation skills are still "beginner". ...
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How can I screen calls when callers refuse to tell me the nature of the call?

Background: At my workplace we have a small open office of under 10 staff. While I work as a developer which includes making & receiving phone calls for technical matters, I sometimes answer the ...
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How to deal with colleagues who explain things I already know?

I am a programmer and my colleague is a scientist, we are similar ages and at the same seniority. Neither of us have a background in economics, though I have studied some economics out of interest. ...
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Is it ethical/professional that I associate acquired skills with my employment history in resume?

I am now updating my creative resume for my job prospects. I wanted to highlight my work experience and my skills, but normally, I would have to choose either skills or work experience to show on the ...
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Is it unethical to notify a company about an employee who is seeking employment elsewhere?

We recently received a call from one of our vendors. They wanted to let us know that one of our current employees had applied for a job opening at their company. Was it unethical for the vendor to ...
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How can I help my direct report to understand he is not being micromanaged?

A couple of weeks ago one of my direct reports (we'll call him Brent) went to my boss to complain that I am micromanaging him. When I heard the accusation, I was flabbergasted, since I don't see ...
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How to resign from a remote-work position after my employer has invested in getting me a visa?

I've been working remotely as a freelance programmer for a ~15 people startup company in the US (I'm from Europe) for about 7-8 months now. They've started a visa process to get me on site and the ...
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Lost my company ID card on first week of work. How to report this to my supervisor? [closed]

Update Luckily, a colleague found my card and handed it back to our secretary. Seems that I forgot it in a meeting room. Thanks everybody for the suggestions anyway. I started to work in a new ...
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How to tell CEO they are making a mistake [duplicate]

Where I work, we are choosing a new software package to implement. In our line of business, the software we use pretty much determines how our business is going to operate in the future. I was tasked ...
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What's the most important career advice for someone who is going to work in the U.S. for the first time? [closed]

I've been recruited to work at a large company overseas and this will be my first time working and living in the United States. I'm excited about the opportunity but part of me is worried about the ...
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employer changed the boss to whom I report on my first day [duplicate]

It was my first day at a new job and I met with the hiring manager (HM), also the person to whom I would report according to the offer letter. HM then told me that I need to report to another person, ...
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Why this is so important be proactive besides reactive [closed]

I pass some places where my bosses said I'm just reactive, in other words, I want some inputs before make something. But I think they don't understand some facts about me: I'm a quiet reserved ...
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How do I stop being seen as a rookie with something that I am quite knowledgeable in? And treated as such?

I have been working in an agile environment for the past year and a half (PHP, Java). Before that I was an apprentice with the company I work for, for a long while where I learnt how to make websites ...
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I am new at this place and I have found a critical bug

How should I approach this scenario: I am working as a software contractor in a big telecom giant and they have an app, development for which has taken a painful two years and everyone on the team ...
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Professional response to “Are you busy?”

My co-workers often ask me "are you busy?" before asking for help or discussing a problem. I find this question hilarious: If you answer yes then you are a bad employee because you are unavailable and ...
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How to approach leaving a company within 3 months? [closed]

I joined a startup almost 2 months back. Before this I was a partner in another startup where I worked for around 4-5 months but things didn't work out for me there and I started hunting for a job. ...
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Drinking non-alcoholic beer at work [closed]

Personally I don't like the stuff, but I was wondering what the implications would be? Obviously it's non-alcoholic so not against company policy and doesn't break any rules. But it smells like beer, ...
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How to answer professionally to coworkers who tease me because I am vegan?

I have been in this company for one year but still, being the sole developer, I haven't had many occasions to talk a lot with my coworkers and we haven't even had many chances to chit-chat that much. ...
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Requesting the ability to work from home [duplicate]

A bit of background info... I moved to a new town along with my partner around 8 months ago to start work at a software house. The job has been great so far, but I think moving was a mistake as the ...
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Being told I am being forcably resigned instead of just laying off

First some details about myself, I am a 20 year old college student (Junior standing, soon to be Senior in a few weeks) interning in a Software Engineering position, I've been working at my currently ...
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How to respond to caste-based discrimination in the workplace?

India is a place where people from different communities, religions live together. More than 80% (around 1 Billion) of country's total population (1.2 Billion) is of Hinduism religion. Our country has ...
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How can I pass gas with professionalism on days when it is a constant occurrence?

Some background: I am a low level executive for a SMB with roughly 500 employees in the United States. Among other things, my role calls for me to directly supervise about a dozen employees. I have ...
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Contacting a job poster on linkedin to ask for clarifications before applying?

I'm a graduate with some years of occasional programming experience (no professional experience besides an internship). The company in question is looking for an entry level developer and does not ...
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How can I politely tell my mentee that she needs to be more professional?

I have been mentoring a colleague for about 8 months, at the request of management. She showed initial improvement but has plateaued and we will soon be having a "reset" meeting to assess the ...
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What minimum changes should I do in myself in the beginning of career days? [closed]

I've graduated with an degree in engineering and I'm starting my first company job next month. I don't know what company members seen in me to give me the offer letter!! Frankly speaking, I was a lazy ...
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How to deal with someone who feels threatened

Background I have recently joined a new company through an acquisition. At the old company I was a creative designer here my new role is not yet clear but it would be around graphic design. First ...
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How to deal with strongheadedness [closed]

There are some people that I work with that are very stubborn and opinionated. Usually when discussing they dismiss what I am trying to say before I even get a chance to finish my point. Usually I ...
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How do I accept thanks from my boss?

I have a manager that thanks me occasionally for doing the basic duties of my job. Especially when she has a vacation day or a sick day and asks me to cover for her, she always comes in with a large ...
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How much should I pursue the headhunter? [closed]

TL;DR: I am stuck in hiring process because of wrong validation of one of the automatic steps of hiring process for new tester. As already experienced tester I know that fixing bugs costs time. But ...
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Road map to being the CTO [closed]

I am a front-end web developer. I currently have CSS, HTML, PHP, and JavaScript (& jQuery) under my belt with varying degrees of expertise. I also have some basic CISCO Networking experience, ...
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Is it ok to socialize with your coworkers?

I often feel uncomfortable around my co-workers. I don't know if it's okay to talk about stuff other than work-related matter. What is the general rule for workplace socializing?
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How can I prevent loud meetings near my desk?

I have already examined the Etiquette on loud boardroom meetings? question and while they have a few similarities, mine has an additional issue (please read below). In my office, my desk happens to ...