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Is the CEFR (language scale) well-known enough to include on a résumé or CV? [closed]

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is a guideline used in European countries and more so worldwide to estimate the general abilities of a language speaker. Is it well ...
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How are specific skills evaluated in salary? [duplicate]

TLDR; Short of getting offers from other companies in a job search, how can I evaluate the monetary value of each new skill I gain? For instance, since I started my job (analyst), I've learned a few ...
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Mid level applying as junior [closed]

I have such situation. In general based on my general programming skills I would not call myself junior developer (over 3 years of development experience). But the vacancy I saw now, is about junior ...
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Emailing internal recruiters about updated skills [closed]

I applied for a Java script internal position. My first interview turned out to be a little bit technical and interviewer suggested to brush up my skills as I told him my skills are college level but ...
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How to say no for team lead position?

I decided to quit my earlier company where I was forced to lead a team (due to high attrition rate). I was not able to focus on developing my core skills as I could not find sufficient time between ...
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Are there core management skills an IT development manager must have? [closed]

As the title says ... Are there core management skills that every manager must have in IT development regardless of the size of team ? Also, is there any authoritative source I could use as a ...
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“Some Familiarity” Skills on Resume and in Portfolio

As a graphic designer, I see several job ads saying, "some familiarity with X is a plus." I had used HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Dreamweaver, Adobe Premiere, Adobe Flash, etc. a while ago. I could ...
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Company branching out into new technologies I already have experience of (independently - not hired for)

Let's say my company hired me to do programming in 'Software Stack A' which I have been doing successfully for around 3 years and I applied for the job initially with a Resume focused on 'Stack A' ...
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Why would a recruiter want to put someone into a direct hire job at a lower salary than the stated salary range

I work in IT and I've never worked with a recruiter before. I was recently laid off, and I just made contact with a recruiter highly recommended to me by a couple of friends. I sent the recruiter my ...
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What if a company uses an operating system or software I have no experience? [closed]

I have used Linux the whole of my studying life. But now there seems to be a workplace to apply which suits perfectly to my skills except it uses Microsoft's products. Should I apply it or study ...
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Unsure of my competence level and employability [duplicate]

I am a programmer, I graduated in Engineering and have been living abroad (from the UK) since I graduated back in 2010. I spent 1 year working from home studying and developing personal websites. ...
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What jobs should an “Excel Guru” look for? [closed]

I'd like to get a job working with Excel and, if possible, VBA macros. When I search job boards, what jobs should I look for? Currently I look for anything with "Excel" in the title (which seems ...
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How do I maintain work discipline during testing cycles?

We work in team sprints - and after a couple of development sprints we have a testing sprint before implementing our changes into the production system. This is in addition to unit-tests and ...
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How are programmers' non technical skills evaluated?

Numerous resources explain how software companies (Microsoft, Google, Facebook, etc.) conduct coding interviews. Even books have been written on this topic, full with examples of coding questions. I ...
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Motivation vs. skill in company [closed]

I know all job advertisements say they're looking for people who are passionate, excited, growth-oriented, etc. A lot of the time I feel like my company hires people who are good at their jobs ...
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How do I evaluate technical skills in terms of Beginner/Intermediate/Expert? [closed]

I've filled out a fair bit of job applications and I haven't been able to understand how to qualify my skills as "Intermediate" or "Expert". I usually stick with "Intermediate" because, in my mind, ...
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Should I list skills on my resume that I practiced at a job I was fired from?

I was fired from my previous full-time job six months ago (have been freelancing since then), for reasons unrelated to my ability to perform the work. I was only at the company for a week, but I did ...
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Is it inappropriate to offer to train a superior when they express they don't know something that you do?

They didn't specifically request to be trained. However, they have quite often asked "how do you do this?" questions, and many times, telling how to do something doesn't make sense without knowledge ...
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I have _______ level of training in ______ area. How can I tell lines of work are open to me? [closed]

This question is inspired with gratitude by Ro Siv's "Is a question about what to do with my biology major inappropriate or offtopic?" on Meta, and reframe it in a way that is appropriate to the main ...
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Company-internal stack exchange clone?

I'm at a company with a lot of experts in their fields who are going to be retiring over the next few years, and my company is looking for ways to make it easier to transfer that knowledge to new ...
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Should I put a past or new/limited software skills on my CV as an engineering intern?

I'm a bit stuck if I should put some software listings on my CV under the skills subheading. For instance: Adobe Suite I can probably doodle up a half-decent brochure or leaflet in Adobe ...
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How should I handle a recruiter who seems to confuse two distinctly different skills?

I'd like feedback for something on handling a recruiter and whether to pursue further interaction after seeing a red flag. I was told, "Java is the core skill," I answered, "I know JavaScript, not ...
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How should I list my SE moderator position on my resume?

I understand that SE moderators are considered volunteers, so it would make sense to list this position under such a section on a resume. Since I have no prior work experience, I'm not sure how I ...
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Is “Stack Exchange use” a valuable skill on my CV?

I'm a programmer, and while updating my CV I asked myself if I should add my experience using Stack Exchange, and especially Stack Overflow, as a relevant technological skill. I've seen some example ...
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How can I effectively and appropriately communicate to management that I have a skill set needed for an upcoming project?

Several times in my career, I've encountered situations where the business has a technical problem, and I have the previous experience and skills necessary to resolve the issue. Instead of being ...
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Interviewing: can I demonstrate my ability to learn fast?

I'm currently interviewing for a web development job and so far every interviewer has asked to see my side projects/code samples. That's definitely a great thing ! At my current job (4y) I've been ...
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Language Version on a resume: Is it better to put C++ or C++ 11

Shall I put C++ or C++ 11 in my resume. Also just HTML or HTML -5 ? MVC or MVC-5
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Rating skills on your resume [duplicate]

While reading this topic about software skills in resume's I remembered a discussion I have been having with myself for quite some time. In many resumé's, including those I received from prospective ...
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How can I become more valuable and indispensable at work?

I work in a medium-sized software company. My supervisor has always told me that I am good at executing tasks perfectly and delivering them on time, but that I don't take personal initiative to ...
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Software Development career - how to add or change languages?

I am a software developer that has primarily worked in Windows development in the Delphi language. At present, I am looking for a new job, and want to work in a different programming language (C# or ...
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Should I emphasize my non-traditional career path in a cover letter?

I have an unconventional career path from management to engineering, which is considered backwards to traditional, when a person first gets hired for sort of junior engineering position and then grows ...
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How to ask senior/mid level developers for guidance (if you're a junior)?

I want to ask a twist to the popular question that was posted yesterday about the junior developer who refuses help. Just some background...I recently graduated and have been working with my company ...
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How to list my technical skills [duplicate]

I am applying for a few researcher positions that don't specifically require programming skills (i.e., they don't have programming skills listed in the job postings), but based on the job ...
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How much information is retained during a brain dump [closed]

How much information can possible be transfered when and employee is about to leave. A member of my team, as of a month ago, had a new project put on him. He received a brain dump from the original ...
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deal with a coworker who just didn't seem to get it

We have recently hired a new mid-level QA person, and the in the first few weeks, he did fine and seemed to catch up decently in training/learning of the product. When we finally assigned him "real" ...
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I'm a Junior Level Developer in a job that is not teaching me anything modern

I am a junior level Java developer in a Big 4 bank. The project I am working on is using very outdated technology with no plans for upgrading, and so I am not getting any exposure to modern ...
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What are some good exercises outside work to improve my political skills? [closed]

I have been in leadership positions since I was a kid - at various school societies (two of which I founded and still exist after I left) and later at university, as well as at non-profit ...
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What is “3 years commercial Python”?

It is not the first time I read something like "3 years commercial Python development" on a job offer. [Company] is seeking a python developer for a large client of ours based in dublin City ...
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If I don't yet know a certain programming language but want a job which needs it, how can get any experience in it? [closed]

So I'm in the final year of my degree and I'm looking into jobs in robotics. It seems like the vast majority of them need knowledge of c++ which I don't currently have. Furthermore, so far all the ...
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As a soon-to-be graduate how do I tackle applying to companies which seem to demand working knowledge of a coding language? [closed]

I'm graduating next year with an MEng in Information and Computer engineering. I've worked mostly with MATLAB, Java and low level assebly language in the past (due to classes and a work placement) but ...
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Job applicants lacking fundamental technical skills [closed]

As a job seeker for an entry level software developer, I constantly have to prove that I can code by answering basic Computer Science questions. I read that this has become a common interviewing ...
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How to train for critical thinking [closed]

I seem to run into a little snag when I'm tasked with training a new employee. I think part of my issue is that I have a hard time describing technology things to a person who's computer literacy who ...
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How much should one promise in an interview [closed]

In an software developer interview you are asked - we have lots of projects, I need you to deliver software from scratch, is that a problem? Some suggested answers: no problem at all If the spec is ...
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I want to stop procastination and Improve my career on software developement [closed]

I'm working as a software Engineer (.net) in a small company. We work with deprecated technology, we are stuck doing the same things over and over (handling xml files with xslt.) I feel that I'm not ...
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Listing skills on resume [duplicate]

I want to know if I should list technical on which I have knowledge, familiarity and reasonable level of expertise, but no work experience in my resume. If yes than how to list them in a resume so as ...
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“Key technical skills” section for a computer engineer: what can I put? [closed]

Currently, in my resume on "key technical skills", I have this list (organized in a 5x4 grid so to save space and not hide other relevant information): Android CORBA JUNIT ...
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Fixing my Resume

I'm currently fixing my resume just make it ready for the near future opportunities. Here's my situation: The company I'm working in will be merging with another company, so this means that the ...
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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 ...