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How to increase my java skills as someone who works from home. [on hold]

So I am a Java developer who has been in the field for about 2 and a half years. I work from home and the company I work for is in a different state. For the first year I had worked in the office with ...
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1answer
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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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2answers
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How can I categorize my computer skills in resume?

I am preparing a resume for my job search. I have the following set of computer skills to list: Excel, SPSS, Minitab, Matlab, MS Project, Visio, ARENA, ProModel, R, SQL, Java, Python, LATEX ...
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4answers
290 views

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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3answers
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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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3answers
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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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5answers
860 views

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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13answers
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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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2answers
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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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2answers
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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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2answers
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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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3answers
277 views

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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4answers
412 views

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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1answer
375 views

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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1answer
387 views

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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3answers
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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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3answers
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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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5answers
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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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7answers
1k views

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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3answers
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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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2answers
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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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1answer
332 views

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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2answers
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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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2answers
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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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3answers
753 views

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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2answers
315 views

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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2answers
705 views

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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3answers
187 views

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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6answers
1k views

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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3answers
963 views

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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3answers
246 views

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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4answers
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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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2answers
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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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10answers
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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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19answers
53k views

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 number of years of experience they require, I have some questions about how "years of experience" is interpreted by hiring ...
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3answers
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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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10answers
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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 ...