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8answers
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Does the first person to mention a number in a salary negotiation lose?

When talking about salary negotiation (or any negotiation), it's become somewhat conventional wisdom that "the first to give a number loses". Steve Hanov says so. So does Knocks.com. Is this true? ...
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0answers
27 views

Is this a bad resume for a banking job? [on hold]

Is my attached resume bad for applying for a bank job? Probably a bank teller. I've only worked in the food industry since I have started working (I'm 20). Is there anything i can add to make my ...
1
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2answers
122 views

How to represent jobs I was not paid for on applications?

I am an 18 yr old college student who is living with a family(not related in anyway though) who has willingly taken me in due to my difficult circumstances. However, they are economically struggling ...
0
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1answer
37 views

what to do when a you next employer ask you about your previous employer's contacts?

I hate working in my company, the managers were really stressful and the environment was really dark so i had some problems with them: once the manager started yelling at me for no reason, the ...
2
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6answers
294 views

What career opportunities should I offer to a programmer who doesn't want to get to management position?

There was a question about the ways a programmer can take to grow above programming job (What are possible career transitions for a seasoned software developer?) but I haven't found any information ...
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2answers
108 views

Human Resources breach of confidentiality?

I was discussing my future at my company with our HR head. I'm currently an intern/ executive administrative assistant and was trying to determine if there was possibility to move up in the company. I ...
17
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3answers
2k views

Refusing to travel

I have been working at my company very happily for 2 years now as a software developer. However recently I started getting requests from company to travel to different cities. I usually have to ...
2
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2answers
119 views

Getting a job back home while abroad

I've been living abroad for a little over 2 years now. I want to return home to the USA but finding a job back in my hometown is somewhat difficult as my wife doesn't want me to move from her country ...
0
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3answers
146 views

Testing job candidates [on hold]

How to test candidates before interview and during the the recruitment process. I want to test personality, aptitude, attitude, position specific knowledge, coachability, soft skills but not sure how ...
18
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3answers
16k views

When should I tell my new employer about an already-planned vacation?

When is it appropriate to tell a new employer about a holiday/vacation that is already booked? Especially when it is close to the start date of the new job.
0
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1answer
42 views

How to express my interest in multiple positions on my cover letter

With most companies I apply to, they allow the applicant to attach one resume and one cover letter. If there is more than one position that I am interest in, which in most cases there are, I say that ...
0
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3answers
91 views

How can I implement a sales incentive for a helpdesk type sales funnel?

We've got a team of sales people who handle sales in a self-elective manner from a helpdesk funnel. Basically the workflow is as follows: Customer places order Order appears in helpdesk Sales rep ...
1
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1answer
63 views

How do background checks verify employment?

I heard companies usually outsource background checks to other companies. I also heard that background checks verify criminal history, education and employment. I know you can find criminal records ...
1
vote
1answer
121 views

How can I ask for a salary renegotiation without seeming ungrateful?

I'd like to renegotiate my salary at work, but I'm concerned about coming across as ungrateful. My company has done a lot for me, including paying for me to take classes (costing them ~7k) and giving ...
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2answers
118 views

Should contract front-end developers have their own laptops and know how to set up environments? [on hold]

I've been a contract front-end developer in London for over a year now but I spent 9 months with the same company so I've not worked in that many different places. How often are font-end developers ...
36
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8answers
4k views

Is there any way to appear sociable at a work social event without drinking?

I generally steer clear of sugary junk food such as beer, fruit juices, etc. I'm not really a fan of drinking alcohol either, as I like my sleep. So when I go out with a bunch of work colleagues and ...
0
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1answer
119 views

How to distance myself from a negative colleague in another dept. with whom I have to interact regularly?

As quality officer I have to interact a lot with the business analyst. Things went OK in the beginning when the BA just started in the company (I have been here for 8 years), but later on we become ...
30
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13answers
5k views

Should I mention the cost of financial goals when negotiating salary?

In the past, I've received some salary offers that I felt were too low for my experience, my skill set, but also simply too low for possibly achieving basic life goals in the region of the job. A ...
34
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8answers
6k views

Contacted by a Company's Client to do a project - should I inform my company?

I work in a small/medium startup with 9 people total. I have been recently asked by a Company's client, asking me to do a small project to him, outside the company (and Android app, and my company ...
41
votes
3answers
7k views

What are possible career transitions for a seasoned software developer?

I have been a software developer for 11 years. During these years I worked for number of companies, sometimes changing places twice or three times a year. They say it takes 10 years to reach ...
2
votes
3answers
228 views

Try to negotiate the same salary as other people in same role, after accepting an offer

I got a return offer from a large tech company after I did my internship. I accepted the offer. My friends, who finished their internship two months later than me, got a higher salary and more ...
0
votes
1answer
180 views

When to ask for a raise at new job

My Situation is as follows: After graduating in June I started a new Job in August. When my boss hired me, he just said what my salary would be and that I would (possibly) get a raise some time ...
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0answers
38 views

How do I transition from a salaried job to contract / freelancing work? [on hold]

I have plans to quit my job at the end of this year and have the adventure to be a freelancer. I am a software/database developer in an IT company I have a few clients by now that I work in my free ...
29
votes
9answers
4k views

Why is quitting without having a new job lined up seen so negatively by employers?

I'm a programmer and I'm trying to understand why quitting without having a job matters so much. For me cash flow is not an issue - I have more than enough to live off of for 5+ years and in any ...
4
votes
2answers
236 views

Jumping ship at the end of a contract? [on hold]

Possibly related to How is "abandoning the ship" perceived? I have taken over a lead role on a troubled project 3/4 of the way through the expected development period. I always enjoy a ...
3
votes
2answers
124 views

How should I report delays caused by software slowness to my supervisor?

For the past month, I've been trying to push forward with our group's project. The actual work on the project is complete, and my only task at this time is to finish deploying it to our server. The ...
0
votes
3answers
357 views

Apologising professionally

At my company we have flexible hours but sometimes, according to a schedule, we have to stay on till late to lock up and switch everything off. I've only done this a few times and normally I switch ...
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votes
0answers
58 views

ALS what are my financial resources [on hold]

My spouse was diagnosed with ALS a year ago. Up to now he was able to stay home alone but in the last month the illness has progressed. I feel that now its very important i stay home. We are ...
1
vote
1answer
229 views

Is there any evidence that paywalled job boards provide better results than free versions?

I have a question to those who were recently looking for IT jobs. In addition to free job boards (Dice, Monster, etc.) there are some that require paid membership (for example, Ladders). Do sites ...
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1answer
174 views

Should an employer force workers to use particular software? [on hold]

Let's say that a company has made years of Word documents or Excel spreadsheets in Windows but one day there is a new worker who is more familiar with say LaTeX, Open Office and Linux. Should the boss ...
2
votes
3answers
244 views

How to consider a second interview when salary is too low? [on hold]

So, I am in a weird situation. I am currently employed, however the current project I am working on is coming to an end. The current company is promising me a completely different position, however ...
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votes
0answers
41 views

How to ask for details to a poorly reviewer? [migrated]

Our company has an Android application online, able to be downloaded. We have a lot of daily downloads and reviews, and we currently have a pretty heavily maintained rate of 4.37/5 On the other hand, ...
55
votes
8answers
9k views

How should I handle my manager offering me an unwanted drink?

I stayed a bit late yesterday as I had quite a bit of work to catch up with. I wasn't aware that the world cup semi finals was happening between Argentina and the Netherlands. As a result a bunch of ...
0
votes
3answers
241 views

Is there a correlation between passing fizzbuzz on paper and (good|effective|productive) programmers? [closed]

I understand the motivation to weed out non-programmers from programmers. It seems like a lot of blogs either conclude or insinuate that candidates who fail fizzbuzz questions don’t make good ...
3
votes
2answers
78 views

How to describe a minimally related consulting position on a resume: Should I list my billable hours percentage?

I am trying to strengthen my resume, and I hear it is important to support job descriptions with hard facts or direct results of one's performance. I am listing my experience as a consultant, which I ...
4
votes
2answers
593 views

Is it ok to not include phone number on resume?

I have a phone but I very much seldom use it. I prefer the communication through email (which I had already included in my job resume). Is that okay if I don't include a phone number in my job ...
0
votes
1answer
84 views

Does one apply to both an intern and entry level job at the same company for the same kind of work?

I'm attending a career fair with several dozen employers. Many of the companies offer entry level jobs and also internships. The description of both of these and their requirements are very similar ...
4
votes
1answer
4k views

Issue with background-check on previous employment start-date

I am a recent graduate and I was given an entry level IT job offer by a large corporation not too long ago. They required a recent computer science graduate for the position, I met the requirement and ...
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votes
5answers
316 views

My performance heavily suffers from distractions and partial code rewrites. How can I fix this? [on hold]

Some background: I'm a diagnosed person with Asperger's syndrom (a high-function form of autism) who works at a smallish IT company (about 25 employees). My autism mainly manifests in diffulty in ...
46
votes
3answers
4k views

How do I sell to the company I'm employed something I have previously made [closed]

I am a software developer and as such my productive output is easily repurposed. Some background A few years ago, long before I was employed at my current job, I made a piece of software in an ...
0
votes
2answers
168 views

What can an employee do when the employer does not assign any tasks? [duplicate]

What should an employee do when their manager does not assign any tasks to him/her, although being aware of employee's idle state and dissatisfaction? Can the employee freely entertain himself, given ...
1
vote
3answers
230 views

I received a job offer, but I was not hired

I received a job offer, but I was not hired. Agency can not get education verification from university and company decided that I am ineligible for hiring. What can I do?
5
votes
2answers
265 views

What do people in Human Resources / Hiring think about resumes with skill bars?

This question was asked on graphicdesign.stackexchange.com, but I wanted an HR perspective. See the bottom-right of the resume below.
2
votes
1answer
95 views

Asking for Confirmation of my Upcoming Job Offer

I am currently working a student co-op position at a company. It's like an internship, except I take time off of school to work full-time for the company. This is intended to be three semesters of ...
29
votes
5answers
3k views

How can I determine if I can reward points for a purchase made with company funds? [closed]

I recently had to go down to a local shop (Homebase) to buy a large amount of goods for the company that they needed same day. Homebase uses the Nectar points reward system which I use regularly. The ...
8
votes
1answer
206 views

How can I stop my union from dealing with political issues I (and others) disagree with?

My workplace is unionized and even if you don't join the union a portion of your pay is still deducted to pay for the union's role in negotiating your contract. The union recently has been getting ...
0
votes
3answers
262 views

Can boss introduce company handbook and make employees sign? [closed]

I have a contract with the company i work for and have been with them five years. Recently the boss wrote a company handbook, many of the points in it I have to disagree with - they also contradict my ...
3
votes
1answer
181 views

How to make leaving a PhD seem like a positive thing on a resume

I have a feeling this question has been posted before, but I wanted to ask as my situation is slightly different. I've recently decided to leave my PhD program in the social sciences in order to look ...
2
votes
2answers
258 views

How to say that I have attended big competitions and get no result?

In the Activities field, I decide to write down two volunteer jobs and two competitions I have attended. For the volunteer jobs, it's easier to say because I don't lose or win anything; the result ...
0
votes
2answers
93 views

New contracts request asks for references, but left last employer on bad terms?

I'm working as a freelancer. My last job was done remotely, halfway around the planet. That has some major communication issues. This combined with with other issues in the workplace led to the ...

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