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

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Should I tell my colleague he might get fired? [on hold]

Background: I work in Germany, where a company can fire an employee at will in the first six months, but only for very good reasons afterwards. So the first six months are seen as a kind of probation ...
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How can I ask my employer to *quickly* make me an offer?

Background: I'm a computer science student. It's normal for software companies to start hiring in September/October, even when the students don't finish school until May/June, just so they can ...
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Fixed Term Work - No longer a good fit? [on hold]

What are the concerns (ethical and other) should one be concerned with when motivation at a temporary position is threatened due to culture clashes or lack of quality work assignments? Scenario: ...
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How do I lose the impression that I'm bullying the customer?

Boss C is project manager for our team, although his usual function is to manage the dev group. There are three workers on the team: me (business analyst), the dev, and SQA (the tester). Our ...
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Accepted offer at Job A, now got e-mail back from job B

I'm in a [potential] pickle here and perhaps SE can give me some good advice on this. These are both IT related jobs. Ok ~ 1.5 months ago I interviewed at company B which was for a remote position. ...
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How to respond to your boss when he ask what took so long to finish a project?

I was assigned multiple projects at work and one of the projects my boss is asking what took so long to complete. The project he is referring to was reassigned to me with not enough information to ...
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Declining department team-building activities [duplicate]

I received an invite for an out-of-office activity next Friday afternoon during office hours. I would have to pay for a meal ($30) and the activity (mini-putt, $15). I want to decline because I ...
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How to stop people from CC'ing my boss in trivial e-mails? [duplicate]

We have no policy on CC'ing and most of the time people are CC'd only when a second opinion is required or they need to be updated / stay in the loop on a given topic. However, sometimes there are ...
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Improving chances of selection into a course at university [on hold]

I am currently entering my third year at university, unfortunately my grades in the second year were lower second honours (which places me in the bottom 40 percentile) putting me at a disadvantage ...
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Software Engineering vs Computer Science [closed]

I had decided long time ago that I will join the Computer field due to my High interest in Coding HTML and trying to figure out how each game is made, but now the question in my mind is should I go ...
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Professionally handle inability to avoid loud background noise for phone interview?

I have recently scheduled telephone interviews but I am experiencing a noise problem. I currently work from my home which is in a dense neighborhood of a large, urban area. At any coffee shop, park, ...
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How a manager should correct himself

How should manager a correct himself after giving a wrong advice to a team member, in order to avoid possible loss of trust and confidence in front of the team? And in this particular context, the ...
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Can it be seen as unprofessional to have an avatar as your LinkedIn profile picture?

I have created an identity of myself on the internet, with the following image: I'm using this image on almost every site I use: Twitter, Gravatar, Stack Overflow, blog, ... My question is the ...
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How to handle situation where my super boss perceive me to know everything when actually I know nothing [closed]

I am working in a software division of financial company and not much processes are followed in my company. Today my reporting manager told me that as he is not present tomorrow just executte some ...
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Proper way to handle recruting a friends from your old employer to your new employer

About four months ago, I left one employer for another. While there were several reasons that made me happy to leave, I left on good terms and have reason to believe I would be welcomed back readily. ...
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If a potential employer's name is unisex, should I guess a title (Mr./Ms.) or use their first name?

A while back it was asked if a title (e.g. Mr./Ms.) should be used when e-mailing a prospective employer. The accepted answer stated that, at least in the United States, it's best to err on the side ...
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Employee blamed for manager's fault [closed]

After reading Dealing with a manager who won't let go of being a developer, I was intrigued to ask a question that more or less might be a result of that one. Some time ago, I was tasked with a ...
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As a contractor, are on-site perks for you? [closed]

I was hired as a contractor by my former employer almost immediatly after my resignation. I worked from home as much as I could, but they preferred that I worked on-site. The company in question has ...
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How to remove potential corporate spies from a list of “VIP customers” attending a company event? [closed]

I am in a mass consumer business so anyone could be a consumer, however we sometimes invite random winners from a draw to VIP events near/at the company premise. I noticed that one of the "winners" ...
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Methods of addressing someone in email

I recently sent an email to apply to a job. The only contact listed didn't have any title - let's say this is Jane Doe. In my email, I greeted with "Hello Ms. Doe"; in the response, the email was ...
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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? [closed]

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'? [closed]

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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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 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 ...