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Applying for a job while out of school

I graduated high school last year and have not gone to school since. I don't have any plans at the moment for going to college, I want to work full time instead. My goal is to become a software ...
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Would moving to one of the main cities with User Experience job opportunities help me get hired? [on hold]

I graduated from college last May with a Bachelor of Science in Human Factors and have been seeking a career in UX ever since. Alas, I have had no luck. I am wondering if picking up and moving to a ...
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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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Is it good idea to refer an ex-roomate with whom I have personal conflict?

Two years ago, while I was working with my previous company, I happened to stay with a person in a shared apartment. Whilst staying with him, there were a lot of personal conflicts. He was not ...
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Running my own company along with a job in another company, how to communicate this to co-founder? [closed]

Me and my friend are running a small IT firm. There are no other employees, just the two of us. Business is not so bad, but we cannot live with just the income from this business. I want to look for ...
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How can I convince management that I need guidance and ask for a mentor?

I am 26 years old, working as a software developer. After I left college I worked as a trainee software engineer in a medium-size software firm, and gained good exposure to the software development ...
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How can I make myself worth the hassle of being an overseas hire to a US tech firm?

Ideally I'd get sponsored, but I've just wanted to move to the US for so long that I'd be willing to cover costs myself, not to mention after university I'd love to be a software dev so what better ...
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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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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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How to deal with too many requirement changes which are not documented at one place [closed]

I am a lead developer working for the IT department of an organization. Recently I have been assigned a new project. Initially, the business analyst responsible for the project sent me developer ...
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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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Compensation vs technologies vs career growth potential [closed]

I am a new college graduate (or rather, I will be in May), with a BS in Computer Science. I have two job offers, but I'm having a very tough time deciding between the two. To avoid asking "which job ...
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How should I mention that I'm failing my MSc course?

Two years ago I got a BSc first class which landed me a position in a top UK university MSc programme. Due to a combination of personal circumstances and mental illness I'm now failing the course. I'm ...
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Job responsibilities - Project manager vs developer [closed]

I am currently working with a project manager and not sure about some of the stuff she expects me to do. As a developer as well as writing code, quite often I am being asked to perform certain other ...
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Pay, Hours, Environment: pick any 2 [closed]

So far I have had 3 jobs in software field. And I have noticed an interesting pattern. But before I get to the pattern let me explain 3 main things I look for in a job. Pay: Getting paid slightly ...
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Measure competence of the company on different technology areas

We are trying to measure competencies of the people in the company for different kinds of technologies. The ultimate goal is to identify areas that we need to have some competency improvement ...
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Asking coworkers for help on projects they aren't assigned to

I'm assigned to several projects but I don't have a true mentor at work to get constructive feedback from, or to ask questions and learn from. Since I don't have anyone assigned to answer my ...
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Delayed Workload - Contractor

I am a software developer, working as a contractor in the UK. I am hired on a 6 month contract and paid at day rate. I am working from home unless I need to attend a meeting. Each month (they pay ...
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Got in over my head on a project, how do I tell my boss I can't do it anymore?

I have been working as a Jr. Developer at my current job for about a year and half. After been at my job for about 5 months I volunteered to do complete rewrite of a very old system that the company ...
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Should I go for an interview if I feel I am not prepared? [closed]

I am a software developer with some years of experience. I've been working for my current company for the past 3 years. My pay and benefits package is quite good, but I feel like I’ve stagnated in ...
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Impact of 100% travel on salary expectations?

There are a lot of great points raised on How can I determine a reasonable salary to ask for? including points about location affecting the salary you ask for. Similarly, Does my geographic location ...
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Implications of refusing a 'software engineer' role working for people who were forced to hire me?

I work for a software company. I started as an "analyst", on my spare time developed tools and applications that were then used by my coworkers, then within the company, and then I got promoted to my ...
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How to work with a micro-manager?

I'm trying to learn to work with all sorts of people, but I'm just stretched out on how I can learn to work with my current manager. In my opinion he is too much of a micro-manager who is rude and ...
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When getting started, is Job/Industry experience worth more than experience in specific technologies?

I've just got my Bachelor degree in Computer Science and started working in finance (a bank) as a software developer. The problem is that we are using an old legacy language that is very hard to ...
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how to make classic Resume to reflect everything [closed]

Well i don't know is this right place to ask or not but i wanted to know how can i make resume show everything, done even a bit task also. As we don't have proofs every time for what we have ...
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Attending interviews “to stay sharp”, if you reject an offer, and then apply again later - wouldn't this harm your chances of being hired?

Background: I am a software engineer. As a part of my responsibilities I am doing technical interviewing in the company I currently work in. I am happy with my job and am not looking for a change of ...
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Is it viable to become a freelance developer right after graduating? [closed]

Next year I'll graduate from a BSc + Masters (MEng) course in Computer Science and am seriously considering starting off as a freelance developer right after that and keep on it for a year or two ...
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Do I really need to stay the full 2 weeks?

First some context: I graduated college 3 months ago near the top of my class in Computer Science. Instead of going on to work at Google or Facebook or some similarly interesting company (like many ...
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Programmer searching for divergences in Excel spreadsheets. Am I doing someone else's job? [closed]

I am officially a system analyst and developer. My boss, more often than not, comes to me with a problem like "your colleague downloaded the spreadsheet that displays which customers paid the monthly ...
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How do I deal with a manager who perceives a quality problem as not as critical as I do?

I work in software development and have worked on two projects with the same piece of software being used in both, but each are slightly different with the second being built off the firsts code ...
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Cleared Interview, Submitted Documents but yet no Job Offer from HR

Recently 2 months back I gave an interview at a software company. Soon after that they told me I cleared the interview and asked me to fill certain forms. However, after hearing my expected salary, ...
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Problem with telecommuting work

I'm developer with 2 year experience, already working with my current Boss for 8 month. I'm just starting working telecommuting for 1 month not all the time though just 1 or 2 days for a weeks. Anyway ...
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Bad idea to take first job in new department? [closed]

I am about to graduate, and take my first real job in the programming world. I got an offer from an established company, that seems to be growing healthily. I was about to take it when completely out ...
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How do I say “I need company stock, or I'm getting a new job”?

I'm somewhere between the 7th and 9th employee. I've been at my position for almost a year. There was supposed to be a vesting plan released in January 2014, at the time of this writing it is late ...
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What can be used as measurable (SMART) goals in an Agile Shop? [closed]

I am a programmer working at a mid stage startup reaching what I call its "corporate phase". The company I am currently at is instituting an annual "Measurable Goals" initiative, tied directly to ...
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How do I raise a quality concern when there is a contentious history?

At my work, I am increasingly concerned about code quality, but find I cannot fix it. I am mostly thinking about the large statement of work incoming and developers I have worked with. I feel some ...
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Not Learning Real World Skills

I am a fresh graduate and currently working as a programmer under probation. The probation period is going to end this week. This is my first job in the software industry. The company I'm working for ...
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Solo Developer at a Startup [closed]

I've been programming for around 3 years now, I love everything about building software and programming since the day I started till now. I work on side projects and write about topics I find ...
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How to Deliver Resignation Letter To My Boss Who is Not Located on Site

My contract states that I must give 4 weeks notice in writing to end my contract. The issue I am facing is one of logistics. My boss works schedule is hectic, he either working from home, liaising ...
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Strong skills in field but weak at interviewing

So I have a predicament. I have a proven track record of being extremely successful in my field. I have gone far above and beyond my job duties and always took the initiative to go above and beyond ...
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Techniques for presenting a portfolio when an employer is asking about a candidate's ability

I have recently been applying for jobs as a programmer. I have created a small portfolio with specific examples that display my knowledge of various facets of programming and how my work experience ...
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What is a tactful way to address client's lack of cooperation with a project?

I am currently working on a software project. While my company has many clients, this project focuses on the needs of a specific client, so we have been working directly with them. The software they ...
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How can I improve my chances for summer internships as an undergrad? [closed]

So I am an undergrad, second-year student majoring in both Computer Science and Electrical & Computer Engineering. My grades are average in my class. I have been having a difficult time trying to ...
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Is it appropriate for an employer to ask skilled professionals to do manual labor?

Although I think it applies to many positions, I am a software developer (mid-level). The company is rather small (30-40). Recently, my employer brought up the idea that to help another department, ...
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Filing for benefits under the Trade Act

In the US workers who lose their jobs because the work went overseas may be eligible for benefits under the Trade Act. There were substantial changes to the act effective January 1, 2014. Prior to ...
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Is it a good idea to ask a future employer whether or not I might be allowed to do open source development? [closed]

When interviewing for a software position, is it a good idea to ask whether or not they would be willing / supportive of employees participating in open source projects? Some employers have contracts ...
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How can I say I learned from a well managed team?

My team at my current company is very well managed, with proper use of Agile, Git, Grunt, code review culture. I want to say that it is a good team where I learned these skills at, without bragging, ...
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What will the impact on a person's career be if job designation changes from software engineer to software analyst? [closed]

I worked in my past software company with the designation of "software engineer" for 2 1/2 years in the database department. Recently, I switched to the new company. Myself and an employee are ...
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How do side projects influence a hiring manager's decision when hiring new developers?

I am going to graduate from college with a diploma in May & I will be completing my last internship in April. I plan to start applying to full time jobs in a few weeks and I really want to stand ...
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If you are applying for a software engineering internship, will an employer look at your Github account? [closed]

Will employers look at the "Public Activity" section of your Github account? I was messing around with the command line and made a repo with the name of a bad word, and I realize that employers might ...