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Laid off. Should I contact clients from on-going projects?

I was working with a client for the past year on a site. I was let go from my company. I don't like the idea of just disappearing. I'd like to contact the client and tell them I've left, and that it ...
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0answers
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What is the impact of accepting the shift of role from a core developer to a white box tester?

I am C# and .net developer with about 5 years of experience. I'm considering the shift of my role from a core developer to a white box tester. What would be the impact on my career as developer? ...
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4answers
327 views

Should I admit to a potential employer that I didn't get in touch because I'm ashamed of my grades?

I applied for a job to a few companies. One place I particularly like. We had an interview that seemed to go well and the interviewer said he was impressed with me. He then sent me an email asking me ...
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6answers
2k views

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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2answers
69 views

Career switch for a young Software Engineer [on hold]

I am a junior software engineer with 2 years of commercial experience. I am going to give a brief background to make my question more specific. I studied Computer Science for 5 years to get a ...
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2answers
204 views

How to convey management that responsibilities given are way off the job description? [closed]

(This is rephrased version of my original question.) As a person hired for position of senior developer, I was made to work with several groups working on different projects mainly as backup-member ...
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9answers
2k views

Is it professional to correct misspellings of my name?

I have a common name, but an uncommon spelling. Specifically, my name is Kelli. Often in emails and in informal and formal chat situations, I have people referring to me with the more common ...
7
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4answers
761 views

Dealing with Egos, being an onsite consultant

I am in IT services industry for the last 10 years, and keep traveling for onsite assignments. Though me and my team, have certain expertise in a particular field and the primary reason for bringing ...
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1answer
84 views

conflict of interest for internal interview process

I recently had an internal interview as part of a restructuring process. One of the panel was the direct line manager of one of the other candidates. Is this a conflict of interest, as it appears they ...
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5answers
3k views

Will putting my picture on my resume help me get the job easier while I'm not clearly asked to include it?

First of all I searched for this question on the net, and I found some links in which there were all pointing out that putting your picture on your resume will show that you're unprofessional and it ...
1
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1answer
45 views

Refusing a job politely

I am a first year, computer science undergraduate and I have applied for my first job (a summer placement) to some companies. Now, I have a few job offers, and whilest I would love to accept them all, ...
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2answers
36 views

Applying directly and through recruiter for different jobs same company

I applied online for an analyst position at a bank but received no feedback except an automatic reply that the application was received. A few weeks later I was contacted by a recruitment agency about ...
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0answers
61 views

How to deal with my co-worker who constantly cuts in to conversation?

I have a co-worker who is a motor mouth and constantly cuts in to conversations she isn't involved in as soon as she walks into the room. I'm over it but want to tell her that in a nice way. How ...
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4answers
156 views

How to ask a person who is not willing to train me because of fear of demotion to train me?

I recently joined a company as a network engineer. I was trained about systems in the site by the team leader. He didn't train me properly. He kept secrets which he should not have, like log-ins and ...
3
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1answer
86 views

Colleague feedback - asking them to relax

I currently work in a fast paced I.T environment and have to give one of my colleagues feedback (I am not his manager). He is a very strong developer with excellent work ethics which I have wrote ...
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3answers
811 views

How do I fix my reputation with a client when I fell through for a project?

So I've run into this predicament. I over-loaded myself with work and not enough time. Then, I became ill a couple of times which set everything back even more. Long story short, I had a communication ...
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1answer
78 views

Is using emoticons in correspondence with co-workers okay? [on hold]

We have a few related questions in terms of potential employers and cover letters -- but how about when talking with your colleagues? Sometimes, emoticons really help convey a message (in my opinion) ...
68
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8answers
22k views

A co-worker is using my cup

I have a co-worker using my coffee mug at work. I want to make him stop without sounding like I'm being picky. I have tried making the point indirectly that the cup belongs to me but he still uses it. ...
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3answers
348 views

Should I be honest about why I quit a job I really liked?

I took a job directly out of school 18 months ago with an employer I'd done an internship with and because we had mutual "good feelings" about each other. When I was offered the position, the salary ...
0
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1answer
49 views

How to make cover letter company specific when the job field is rarely related to the company activity?

It is well-known that cover letter should demonstrate interest to the targeted company: "simply put, no the point of a cover letter is to articulate why you will be valuable to my company and how. ...
3
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3answers
341 views

Disturbed frequently during interview. How can I deal with it?

I have applied for senior developer position in a small organization. My resume was shortlisted and I got an interview call. After the interview started, it was disturbed multiple times. The ...
4
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3answers
304 views

How do I stop awkward questions after maternity leave?

I went on maternity leave for 3 months with my first baby. I know I'm entitled to a year off but at only 50% of your pay with no top-ups and being the breadwinner makes that an impossible dream. I ...
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2answers
200 views

Quantifying risks and opportunities in DevOps organizations

I lead a DevOps group that I've broken-out into three distinct organizations: development, operations, and support. As the manager of these organizations, I'd like to start using quad-charts for ...
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3answers
65 views

What differentiates a manager from a team leader? [on hold]

What differentiates a manager from a team leader (TL)? What is expected of a manager as opposed to a team leader?
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2answers
72 views

Management too-hands off and workplace is chaotic

Management in this company is almost non-existent. There are no procedures or processes and everything is up in the air. When new people starts there is no orientation process or training at all. ...
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1answer
36 views

it support analyst Annual Development Review Preparation Form

I need help with my Annual Development Review Preparation Form The first question asks how I, within my role, contribute to the company. The list below is what I do daily, but I'm not sure how to ...
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7answers
314 views

Cultural clash in the office - artists and engineer struggling to understand each other

I work as a software developer and the artists at work always get very defensive and nervous when they work with us. We don't think we look down on them at all, however they become quite upset when ...
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1answer
51 views

B.Sc. CS and then MSc in Business Management and then a MBA - advantageous? [on hold]

I'm currently doing a Dual Study. I's a German concept where you are 3 month at the university and then 3 month working full-time at the company in different positions which you can choose by your ...
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0answers
62 views

Other colleagues work remotely but I am not allowed to [on hold]

My company has 2 workers in Ukraine working 100% remotely and they have never even met these guys before. It doesn't seem to be an issue. I just came back from maternity leave and I asked to work a ...
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5answers
1k views

Do interview brainteaser questions predict performance?

In a 2013 NYT interview, some Google guy said: On the hiring side, we found that brainteasers are a complete waste of time. How many golf balls can you fit into an airplane? How many gas stations ...
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1answer
84 views

Should I ask why a recruiter connected to me on LinkedIn?

About a week ago a recruiter connected to me on LinkedIn. He never sent me a message, which I thought was odd, since usually recruiters connect and send a message asking if I'm interested in ...
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4answers
1k views

Can an intermediate programmer be considered a senior developer?

I would consider myself an intermediate programmer. I don't think I'm ever really going to get better than that. I've read code from what I consider to be good programmers and worked under these ...
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3answers
193 views

I do not recall the names/contact of my supervisors from my teenage years

While I have excellent records my recent jobs (past six years) relevant to the business field I am applying to, but the current application database I am filling out on is insistently asking for all ...
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1answer
357 views

First day at work in Canada

I just came to Vancouver (BC, Canada) from Europe and tomorrow is my first day at work in a small IT company (~15-20 people). So I have a few questions about common manners at work in Canada. When ...
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2answers
94 views

contact recruiter who told will get back to me

I was told by a recruiter that I would be receiving a call back from her in November for the next round of my technical interview. Now, it is almost end of November and I want to contact her. I am ...
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5answers
348 views

How to cleverly complain in one's appraisal that new hires get more compensations than current ones

I work with a small company. 2 new 'software developer' hires get more compensation than the currently employed ones, based on their experience (years) in technology which has around 15% contribution ...
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2answers
157 views

How involved with project development should a programmer be?

Given that there is no hierarchy in my poject team, i.e. customer liason, project manager, architecture consultant, developers are just different roles. Everyone listens to everybody, and we move ...
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1answer
123 views

How to handle stress and potential stress leave [duplicate]

Looking for advice on how to approach the experts involved and how to eliminate stress factors. How could one eliminate stress to avoid the situation of feeling the need to quit immediately due to it ...
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3answers
653 views

Do you keep your suit jacket on during an interview?

What is the consensus - during an interview, do you keep your suit jacket on or off? What is the impression it gives if the suit jacket is taken off during the interview?
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3answers
2k views

Standard for paying an employee when the last two days of notice are a holiday

We have a salaried employee that has been with the company for 8 months. The employee gave two weeks notice and the last two days of that notice are typically a paid holiday (US Thanksgiving, ...
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3answers
98 views

How can I create a disclaimer?

I am trying to email certain companies with requests of donations (physical products, not money) to my organisation. However, my organisation has not had many real discussions about any of this, and ...
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3answers
2k views

How to sell yourself when the interviewer doesn't know what to ask?

I recently attended a two part interview that put me in an unexpected situation. The interview consisted of a general interview (which I think went very well) and a technical interview a few days ...
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7answers
4k views

How to handle being misled in an interview?

I recently graduated and started my first full time position as a software developer. It is 6 mo. contract to hire. During the interview, we discussed using Java and Linux. That is what I put on my ...
33
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6answers
6k views

Can an ex-friend sabotage my career? [on hold]

So, I recently got an offer from my dream company for a software engineering summer internship, and graciously accepted. I have an ex-friend who is incredibly vindictive and has been known to do ...
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5answers
2k views

Is Daily Accuracy of a timesheet important if the end check is the same?

I am in the situation were I submit time to a manager for approval and it gets submitted to an external company (my employer) for secondary approval and processing. My timesheets are fairly complex ...
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1answer
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How does stress leave work? [on hold]

I am a store manager for a big retail company in Toronto. Stress is killing me lately. I have chest pains and weird dreams, I'm nervous at all time, etc. How does stress leave work? Do I need a doctor ...
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2answers
73k views

Do I have to put “References available upon Request” on my Resume?

From what I understand, it's uncommon to put full contact information of references on your resume. In place of that do I need to put "References available upon request"? Alternatively, is it safe ...
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0answers
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In how much project management should a programmer be involved? [duplicate]

Given that there is no hierarchy in my poject team, i.e. customer liason, project manager, architecture consultant, developers are just different roles. Everyone listens to everybody, and we move ...
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4answers
220 views

Going from one company to another, to fill a similar spot

This is a hypothetical scenario, but one that I feel I need to know. I've recently finished my BSc in Computer Science, and gotten an entry-level software developer position at a respectable, ...
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1answer
375 views

Need advice on some HR/Background check items in the job hiring process

To set up the question. I was offered a position, and it is contingent on a successful background check. I have a solid educational and career experience background. I recently finished grad ...

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