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

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How to say “calm down” diplomatically to your manager?

In the workplace, if your boss gets angry at you, how can you tell him to calm down? How can I politely tell the manager to calm down and discuss things rationally?
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How should, or shouldn't, I work with a recruiter who asked me to be hush-hush about his former agency?

In the past I've worked with recruiting agency A. Today I was contacted by recruiter B, whom I knew through recruiting agency A but has now left and is now working for recruiting agency C. The ...
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How to deal with a Manager who believes the more difficult solution is always the best solution

I am working in a software company as a tech lead under a manager who is an architect but having a very good technical knowledge as well. I know its good to have a manager who is having a good ...
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Still a temp in the company but my job position changed

I'm still a temp in the company but my job position changed. I started as a packer for 2 months but them my position changed to be a machine operator. I been a machine operator for at least 3 months ...
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Is there a polite way to say that a colleague is too relaxed with the “Definition of Done”?

I'd like to ask you, how do I handle a situation where a colleague declares a functionality of our project to be "done" to our superior when it still has room for improvement, and (programming term ...
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Should one try to make as neutral statements in an interview as possible to avoid offense? Was what I said offensive?

In an interview I was trying to make a statement that school A I had attended focused more on skills applicable to the job, than school B that I am currently attending. The interviewer had attended ...
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Dealing with under appreciation and lack of respect

I'm going to try and steer this towards asking about professionalism so it stays within the general scope of a valid question within the format of the site since I rank well in other SE sites like ...
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Is it appropriate to leave a company in the middle of small and large projects? [duplicate]

I have been at my job as a Jr. Developer for about a year an half and it is now time for me to leave and find work closer to home. I am in the middle of a smaller project, one I should have finished ...
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How can I convince management to compensate me for additional duties?

I understand that job duties can be added at employer will, and I accept that, but this one has me in a tizzy... ...I accepted a job 3 years ago and negotiated salary based on the fact that I would ...
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Resume - stuck on experience [duplicate]

I want to prepare a resume , I finished M.Sc. in 2012, and have 7 months as internship experience in java from June 2013 toDecember 2013, And From January 2014 to till now I am working as a .net ...
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When should I apologize for missing a meeting? [closed]

I am an intern at a software company. I was late coming in to the office today and missed a 15 minute meeting. I am having trouble deciding whether it is appropriate to apologize for missing the ...
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Is it unprofessional to bring lunch to a meeting?

Every so often I have days that are very busy with no time to take a proper lunch. When this happens, I usually end up bringing my lunch to a meeting and eating while other people talk. These aren't ...
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Professionalism and Rejecting Job Offers

Situation: I had applied to two positions through my contacts. One which is an unlikely but awesome job in my city. Another which is less awesome (but still good) in a foreign country with messy ...
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How to professionally handle being unable to complete a request due to getting ill while at work?

Whether it is a customer, a colleague or a superior, what is the most professional and least career-damaging way to explain a shortcoming or inability to handle a short term request due to getting ...
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My colleagues earn twice more than I do. How can I approach my employer for a fair salary? [duplicate]

When I got my new job at a new employer, I was a trainee and earned 50% less than my current salary. I can currently estimate that my colleagues earn twice if not more than I do. Our job ...
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How can I meditate while sitting at my desk in the office without looking sleepy?

Mindfulness Meditation requires us to close our eyes and focus on our breath. If I close my eyes while sitting in my office seat, I’ll appear to be sleeping. There isn’t any special retiring room in ...
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How to reply to when an interviewer schedules you for a time you cannot make?

I am doing a second round of interviews with a company I am trying to get a job with. I have been in contact by e-mail with the person scheduling the interviews and he wanted to do Wednesday at 1 and ...
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Is it alright to let everyone in the company know that I am the “go-to” person, and not my new senior colleague? [duplicate]

Is it fine to make myself visible in the company when, in fact, I have more experience and know-how than my new senior colleague? The reason I do this is that he was "appointed from above" and is ...
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Is it appropriate to list a long-term contract job as my employer on social media?

For the last 3 years, I've been working as a contractor, providing services to a large company--let's call it "XYZ". I've chosen not to become a permanent employee of XYZ because my hourly rate as a ...
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How can I communicate to my boss that working with the new colleague is causing me stress?

A new colleague was hired at my department 3 months ago. He is quite disrespectful towards other employees since the first day, acts weird, has no experience and no actual work results, but is ...
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What do I say in a professional notice letter?

I'm really surprised this hasn't been asked already. I did search but couldn't find anything. I want to know two things: What do I write in the notice letter itself? and What do I say when I hand ...
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What's the proper way to answer a telephone call from someone I do not know personally?

I recently graduated from college and started working. Before starting work, I had almost never received any calls from anyone I did not know personally - and when I did it was usually just a wrong ...
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How to handle the aftermath of an anxiety attack during an interview

The following is posted for a friend without a Stack Exchange account: I recently had an interview for an organization I deeply respect. Because of how much I wanted this position, I was rightfully ...
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How do I handle this situation with multiple job interviews/offers? [duplicate]

I've applied to two companies, A and B. I already interviewed with A, and they just called to offer me the job. I said yes, I would like to work for them, but I'm waiting on another job and I need a ...
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Should I be fixing my boss's computer?

I work for a small company and am the lone IT person. The owner has brought in his laptop that he's having network adapter problems with. I've spent some time getting it to work on the wireless ...
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Am I overreacting to company taking time to email documents? [duplicate]

Last week I received an email stating that I will be receiving a formal offer during the course of this week and then two business days later I received a phone call asking for my formal answer to ...
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Got internship response. Already have different internship. Can I refer a friend?

I applied to a internship with this company. They got back to me today, saying that they were very interested in having me work for them over the summer. The thing is, I already accepted another ...
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How to handle a situation in which i am receiving late paycheques

Note: Salary transfers are done through online transactions. I switched to a new company two months back. I got my first salary by cheque delayed by 7-8 days because of some bank account issue. So, ...
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How to take the high ground when an employee tries to compete against me? [duplicate]

I am an assistant manager reporting to the head of department as well as some executive officers on some projects, and broadly manage all the execution and operations as well as make some strategic ...
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How can we convince the programming department to quiet down [duplicate]

I head the marketing department in a relatively open floor plan. Our department is directly next to programming (a 6 person team) and they talk non-stop. I was a programmer prior to my current ...
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How do I politely decline an offer to extend internship when I plan to move to a different company?

I'm currently doing an internship at a company for a fixed-month period, which I'm now close to the end of. Recently they approached me and asked if I would like to stay longer, instead of going back ...
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How to address senior coworkers taking advantage of the owner? [duplicate]

I started this job about 7 months ago and since being here I can't help but notice that the senior developers on the team spend a huge amount of their day browsing the internet or doing other things ...
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How do I communicate to my boss that I am unwilling to perform a task because it may be illegal? [closed]

My boss has instructed a co-worker to edit some papers with Photoshop to add information that is not true (and maybe use it later on court). He is concerned that making these edits would cause him ...
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How to work with a micro-manager?

I am trying to learn to work with all sorts of people, but I am just stretched out on how I can learn to work my current manager. In my opinion he is too much of a micro manager who is rude and wants ...
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Communicating professionalism of freelance programming on a resume

Edit: revised question ---- When trying to break into any career the biggest hurdle is building professional experience in that field. On any resume it's the most desirable quality for any ...
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Can I tell my boss off on my last day and how should I handle this situation? [closed]

I work as a part time hostess. This is my first job ever (I'm 17) and at first one of my two managers was very nice to me but when I started to work there he became a complete jerk to me. I wasn't the ...
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How to handle applying for multiple jobs at once (with different companies) [duplicate]

I have been applying for jobs for the summer and after a long period of inactivity many are calling me back all at once. It's slightly stressful and I'm worried I will take a job only to get an offer ...
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Who do I listen to my boss or my team? [closed]

I'm having a situation at work where my boss (who I rarely work with) is telling me to do a piece of work one way, but a senior team member (who I work with often) is telling me to do it another way. ...
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As a consultant, how do you handle customer team members refusing to cooperate with you? [closed]

I'm a consultant for Company A providing services to Company B. Company B hired another company to deliver a web application, but their delivery was rushed and misguided, resulting in a very ...
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Mentioning previous salary in interview to make a point [closed]

I'm looking to interview for a reasonably high paying position in market analytics with a corporation. I'm well qualified, I have demonstrable experience and I've gotten real results. One of the ...
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How can I get my colleagues to seriously consider my suggestions? [closed]

My team works on a big legacy-code project and most of the team has worked here, on this team, for over ten years. It seems that most of the team have only worked on this project and rarely if ever ...
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How to politely inform my new employer that I no longer would like to continue working there through a formal mail response? [duplicate]

I would like to quit a job I recently took up for another better offer that has come along. It has been just a week since I joined this firm, but I have no legal/contractual bonding with them. I now ...
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Japanese Work Culture, How to communicate?

It is quite common in Japanese culture to communicate using indirect means. Being a foreigner in the workplace I sometimes find it difficult to convey my thoughts. Some examples are: My boss never ...
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What to expect in an hour and a half interview and how to prepare? [closed]

I received a call from a job I applied for saying they would like to meet with me. The position is help desk. They mentioned a verbal interview of 1 hour followed by a written test for 30 minutes. An ...
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How do I handle my Senior making fun of my mistakes? [closed]

When my boss gives me a code review, he says my coding style is bad. He is constantly pointing out silly mistakes I've made and telling me that I am an amateur. He is very impatient with my making the ...
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Do I have an obligation to inform management for critical emails from past employees?

One of my colleagues received a very critical (and unsolicited) email for our company, from a past associate1, through a social network. My colleague informed me, his immediate superior, and my first ...
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What's the proper/professional way to interview for a new job while currently employed?

I'm in a situation now where I'm currently employed, but basically fed up with my current employer. One big issue of contention is the schedule I work, for lack of a better term. My current employer ...
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Response's 'respectfulness'/etiquette for an email that does not ask for a reply

When a superior emails me to 'let me know' of something (e.g., Dear Bob, I'll be absent of the Tuesday meeting because of x.) I don't know what response has a proper tone, or if it's just OK to not ...
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Is it normal to be marked “Fired” regardless of how you leave the company?

I just recently resigned from a position on what I thought was good terms, but I was told that no matter when or how I quit, whether I give 2 weeks notice or not, I will be considered "Fired" or ...
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Is it necessary to work 8 hours a day if I work from home? [closed]

I was previously working in an office from 9-6 but my boss decided for us to work remotely due to various reasons. When I was in an office setting, I had no choice but to stay in the office from 9-6 ...