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How to handle panic attacks at work in a way that doesn't cast me in a negative light?

I have a panic attack every few days (often at work), if a function isn't documented properly, or the wrong font is used somewhere, or almost anything. I can very easily land in a place of absolute ...
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Why is that in some companies being above-average efficient is considered “out of place” or weird? [closed]

I just started working for a big, international company that has branches in every state. I am in the Italian one. It's my first job after leaving school. In the past months my job consisted of ...
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Mentioning a lack of experience - is this a hazard?

Suppose I recently found a job posting that works heavily with Technology X, among several other technologies. I have worked with most of the other technologies that they require in a candidate (so I ...
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Best course of action when out of my depth in developer role

Sorry about the long winded nature of this post: I have started a job as a web developer (4 weeks in) which requires the ability to code in PHP, JavaScript and jQuery - which I thought I was capable ...
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How to put newly learnt skills on Resume

In my current job, I have recently learned new skills and technologies. When looking for a new job, I see that prospective employers are asking for those skills, which is great. How do I strike the ...
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Can added qualifications make up for experience? [duplicate]

I often see the discussion about qualifications and experience. Some people do not have many qualifications in terms of education but their experience makes up for it. In a similar way can extra ...
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What ares of business should one gain experience in to have more chances for advancement into CEO roles? [closed]

(I don't know why but for some reason my other question was "downvoted". I guess I need to re-phrase it for it to be more on-topic... please help me do so if it isn't!) As you can guess from my ...
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How to get better at work if my managers say my problem is that I have no “common sense”?

I am a management assistant and my manager keeps telling me I need to do this and I need to do that; I do exactly as he says, but then it's still not what he wants. And he says I have to use common ...
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Is there a way to explain on resume that the scope/role of the employee constantly changed to make leaps in performance?

I am asking because I would like to describe this as an achievement on my resume. I will use an analogy to simplify my story: I have a team of graphic designers and we get more and more requests but ...
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How to gain greater management skills and experience when my employer fills the ranks with more experienced managers?

My company is growing - fast - and has more funding than ever before. We can afford to attract talent from top brand world famous companies to head departments that were previously run by college ...
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Is it a legitimate to add a skill to a job description and then claim a termination for cause when that skill is lacking? [duplicate]

I was hired after clearly conveying that I did not have skill X. Within 24 hours of my requesting accommodation for disability, I was terminated on the claim that skill X was essential to my job, and ...
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Does work experience on obsolete technology/platform count?

I have a good amount of experience (about 6 years) working on the Symbian platform. While I have learned a good deal about mobile application and framework development and about mobile computing in ...
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How to deal with unskilled co-workers?

Recently, our company has expanded and has started hiring more employees. Previously, I was the sole IT director and responsible for nearly everything technology related. Because of the recent ...
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Dealing with people that think they're more skilled than you when that's only partially true

I'm working with someone who is more skilled than me in programming, but lacks many of the design skills we need to complete an assignment. He can't stop pointing out that he's a better programmer ...
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How can I determine when to list hobbies/side projects on a resume when the quality might be somewhat low?

I am a ASP.net developer and in my free time I have created a basic JavaScript games because I'm bored/find it fun. It helps with my job as I get a better understanding and practice with JavaScript. ...
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Stuck in first programming job with lacklustre boss, and a limited set of skills - an optimal strategy for pursuing more ambitious roles, elsewhere? [duplicate]

As the title encapsulates, I am stuck in a junior role, with a boss who I feel has a negative attitude towards developing and training his team. This results in general unhappiness among my colleagues ...
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How to know what real world skills I have used during my work that I could list on my CV? [closed]

I am an entry-level programmer, working for just over a year for a company. I want to refresh my CV and describe what I did during the past year in the project I was involved. However, I couldn't ...
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Adding skills to your resume that are not part of your job description?

I work for an insurance broker that manages several billion in assets and I do a lot of analysis and I have taught myself python to solve analytics problems. This is not a part of my official job ...
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Should I list skills on my résumé if I have no interest in using them again?

I’m a software developer and over the course of my (short) career I’ve gained experience with a whole bunch of programming languages, libraries, frameworks, applications, and concepts. Taken together ...
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How to get an employer / recruiter to consider you for a role where you are lacking some of the key or desirable skills required? [duplicate]

I was a .NET programmer in a sole developer capacity for nearly eight years until i got made redundant due to a downturn in sales at the company. While at the firm i specialised in VB.NET, WinForms, ...
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How much am I expected to know as a technical student co-op?

My school provides a co-op program which will place students for interviews at companies. I applied to this and did end up getting a job doing technical work. I've been working for a few months. ...
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“Skills didn't meet the requirements for this position” [closed]

When one goes through a technical interview, the interviewers sometimes give the following feedback: Great qualities for the interviewee, skills didn’t meet the requirements for the ...
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How important is training/certification to help an IT manager with the business side of an organization?

Being in IT my whole career (15+ years) I've recently become an IT Manager. I have the tech side down and can relate to technical staff and understand technical issues. I can also logically follow ...
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Basic computer skills test for job applications

We're trying to screen applications for a job based on their basic computer skills. We'd like some sort of website that we can give to the candidates that times how long it takes them to click on ...
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Getting recognition for helping colleagues perceived as 'experts'

Today I realized something that, as far as I'm concerned, is a problem for me. I work as a semi-senior developer at a software company. Even though I've the least experience of everyone in my team, I ...
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Language level above fluent, but not native? [duplicate]

How, on a resume, should I describe language level which is above what's commonly described as fluent, but it's not my native language? It's a language I speak at home, and have been doing so for 10 ...
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Should I list Design Patterns on my resume?

I'm rewriting my resume, and am trying to figure out if I should include design patterns in the "Summary of Skills" section. Is it recommended to include major design patterns on my resume? Or does ...
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How should I list my programming technologies on a resume?

I'm updating my resume, and have realized that many programming skills are very brief and abbreviated. My old resumes would list them in a bulleted list, however due to all the new technologies I'm ...
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What benefit is there for IT professionals to develop people skills beyond those needed for their current position?

The IT field has created many positions that enable people to achieve high quality technical skill sets without ever learning the social skills necessary to be successful in non technical fields. ...
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How can we encourage people to visit conferences or do anything else to improve skills?

We're a small team of around 15-20 people. Around 70% of them are really passionate in what they're doing, visit conferences, spend even their weekends on hackathons and have a big progress in their ...
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How to handle interviews for a requirement, on which I don't have hands-on experience but have learnt and interested to work upon? [closed]

I am attending an interview with a requirement on some technology which I haven't worked upon but I have read and learnt this technology. I am interested to work on this technology. How would I put ...
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How Should I Indicate Language Proficiency on my Resume?

Question: What are some good ways of listing language proficiency on a resume? Problem: Language is such a complex thing to explain simply. There are several aspects of most languages (reading, ...
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Ask what's needed to increase salary? [duplicate]

Suppose I'm interested in increasing my salary at work. Would it be a good idea to express this to HR/boss and let them tell me what THEY expect me to improve in order to deserve a promotion? A ...
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What examples can I use for “attention to detail” in my cover letter or CV?

As a student I'm applying for a student role within my University, or College as known in the USA, and one of the skills it requires is attention to detail. Unfortunately, I've not had much work ...
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Soft skill evaluation/review [closed]

Our company uses a regular soft skill evaluation/review. It's a one-on-one meeting with the direct boss and the results are not public. It has some aspects like how goal and result oriented the ...
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Found a fantastic job but just don't have the experience; should I still apply? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I tell which job requirements matter in software offerings? How can I overcome “years of experience” requirements when applying to positions? I've come late to ...
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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 can I enhance my skills when my current job is not providing much scope? [closed]

I have more than 3 years of experience in IT. Sometimes I personally feel that I lack proper guidance as my surroundings are not providing me that much exposure and most of the professional people ...
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Incorporating off-job technical qualifications on resume

I would like to revamp my resume to reflect several off-job, personal projects I have worked on in my spare time, and their associated technologies. While I think this can't be a bad idea, I am ...
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Is it critical that you meet every requirement of a job you're applying for?

I know that the answer to this question will depend somewhat on the organization you're applying for, but I'm hoping that the situation is general enough to be useful. I am considering applying for ...
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How do I categorize my skillset in resume?

I am preparing a resume for my job search. I have the following set of skills to list: PHP, HTML, CSS, jQuery, CakePHP, CMS(Drupal), MySQL, Google API, Flickr API, OAuth I do not find stacking ...
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What's the best way to convince a manager to let someone take initiative?

One of our customer service reps has been with the company for years and is starting to feel like he's outgrown his position and is looking for new challenges. His manager is reluctant to give him ...
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How to ask for an agreement about a side income

I was working together with a freelancer on a project here in my company for about 18 months. As he had some knowledge, that no one here had, this work was very educational for me (and in certain ...
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What are good entries for technical and social skills in europass for typical developer?

I'm filling the Europass CV format. It's my first contact with such type of CV format, and I'm a bit confused. My job experience is pure development (server and WWW, mostly Java+SQL). I've had ...
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Should I list the ability to remember a shuffled deck of cards in a resume?

I am currently learning how to memorise a deck of cards. I haven't quite mastered this skill yet (I can only memorise up to about 40 cards and I usually make 1 or 2 errors), but I expect to within ...
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How can I overcome “years of experience” requirements when applying to positions?

Having just been rejected as a candidate for a job because I do not show the requisite number of years experience, I have some questions about how "years of experience" is interpreted by hiring ...
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What jobs/workplace environments are more conducive to social interaction?

Some programmers are not social individuals and are happy at their terminal all day. Others are more social. I have seen claims that "The happiest Americans report 7-8 hours of social interaction a ...
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How best to indicate that I've been the “go-to person” on a resume

For the past 7 years or so, wherever I work, I end up becoming "the guy everyone goes to ask technical and programming questions". Because of that, I'm always "promoted" (sometimes formally, sometimes ...