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1answer
9 views

How do I use my self-taught knowledge to make money while enjoying my work?

I have been programming since I was 13. I am 34 now. I have always done it because I liked doing it, I dealt with machine learning and many other concepts. The amount of programs that I developed is ...
0
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1answer
23 views

Should I take this better job offer that has come along, 2 weeks after just accepting a lateral transfer?

I have worked in luxury hotels for the past 4 years and within those 4 years have been transferred around through various line level positions in the rooms division. A year ago I started at my most ...
1
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1answer
30 views

Techniques to let a control freak boss think my ideas are his/hers?

I'm been struggling with my boss who is a total control freak: Any initiative I've had has been shut down; if they've ever been revived later on, it's only because someone else (a customer) asked for ...
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5answers
70 views

Is it OK to add programming language logos in the resume?

Is it OK if I add the technology logo along with its name in my resume to make it more presentable ? Like : Technical Skills: Java
0
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2answers
23 views

Is this email a job offer or simply asking for more information?

I received an email from a company I applied for a job to: Dear Jelena: Thank you for submitting your resume to for consideration. Before we move forward in considering your application, ...
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2answers
1k views

Having employer confirm position before accepting- ethical?

I wonder what the practice is these days: after a job interview is the person who is looking for a job expected to confirm to the position ("I would like to be part of your team") and then the ...
85
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9answers
15k views
+150

My manager wants regular one-on-one meetings: is this bad?

I'm a recent computer science graduate and have been working at my first developer position for about a month. Today I got an email calendar request for weekly one-on-one meetings with my manager. I'...
10
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4answers
309 views
+250

Translating research into a resume

I am a pure mathematics undergraduate at an American school interested in pursuing internships in quantitative finance. The past few summers I have worked at various universities doing NSF-sponsored ...
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4answers
1k views

Should I mention a company's apparent lack of diversity when rejecting their offer?

I interviewed in a UK technical company for a developer position and was offered the position. I decided to turn down their offer for another that I feel I will be a better fit and am now writing my ...
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3answers
199 views

Should I include the fact that I am a member of a diversity society in my application?

I am a member of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), a diversity society that promotes the advancement of Native Americans and other indigenous groups in STEM fields, among ...
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2answers
87 views

Manager who micromanages and at the same time does not manage

Situation: The technical leader left a few months ago, I automatically took over his responsibilities to make sure we have continuity, got a junior worker (REALLY junior, a grad). As of course I took ...
8
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5answers
581 views

Big move for a new job - how to make sure I'd fit well?

Today I had a phone/video interview for a position in another town, quite a bit away from where I live. I'd be okay to move there, my wife has lived there for a while and we know it's nice, our kids ...
57
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9answers
14k views
+100

Would a personal RPG blog be off-putting to most hiring managers?

In my spare time I write a RPG (roleplaying game) blog - stuff like D&D, White Wolf, BESM, etc. Nothing I write is controversial or adult in the least. I've gotten paid for my articles in this ...
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1answer
109 views

What is a 'non-negative' result on a drug test?

I went to a job interview and got a drug test, they said that my test was non-negative: what does that mean? I haven't smoked in over a month and I sweat a lot. Does it mean I came out positive? ...
0
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1answer
45 views

Where and/or how to conduct a mid-life skills assessment and identify areas of ignorance?

I don't have a post secondary education, having left high school in grade 11. However having worked alongside with, directed, and trained a number of graduate students I know the skills I've gained in ...
23
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6answers
8k views

Is it okay for my boss to answer my personal and/or work cell without permission?

I go between my desk and the warehouse throughout the day and will leave my personal cell and work cell at my desk. Is it okay for my boss to answer either cell?
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2answers
126 views

Negotiating a verbal non written offer

I received a call from HR with an offer that details salary packages and benefits. Should I wait for the written offer and contract to start negotiating or pick up the phone right now and call HR to ...
0
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4answers
246 views

When is it okay for me to do someone else's job?

I work 9-5 in an office doing various Web Development tasks for various parts of the organization. We are pretty big and some of the projects span several groups. If I have completed as many of my ...
0
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1answer
78 views

What are the major interview differences between hiring a manager versus hiring an employee?

I'm looking to become a manager, and there's a few rounds of interviews with various executives in our company. This will be my first managerial position, but I'm confident in my skills and management ...
1
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4answers
211 views

How to deal with a mentally unstable coworker?

We have a (believed-to-be) mentally unstable coworker: He curses too often. (He mumbles F-Words constantly.) He yells at people when something goes wrong. He expresses horrible views publicly ...
1
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2answers
196 views

Is it ok to send an email request to hiring manager for an interview for an internal position?

I request your help for making the best move to get an interview. Here is the case. I am working under the President of a top university and due to funding issues, my project will not be extended. He ...
1
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2answers
137 views

Why would recruiting agencies hide their clients

All the job postings from recruitment agencies I pop into don't mention the name of the company the agency is recruiting for. I was wondering what is the reason for this? I think that everyone will ...
2
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2answers
157 views

I have a job offer for a later joining date. What happens if my company gets acquired before I join?

I am currently a student. I got a job offer, with joining date after few months. I am still few months away from joining and cannot join sooner because I am in school. There are news rumors of this ...
6
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2answers
443 views

Advice on how to cancel a working relationship

I'm currently doing free lance work for what is basically my former employer. We have no official contract signed or anything. When I left my former job we separated on good terms and I agreed ...
1
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3answers
71 views

Appraisal Feedback for Another

We have two teams under the same department and two managers Alpha & Bravo (manager Alpha is my manager for team Alpha). Manager Bravo has asked me to give some feedback for someone's (Charlie) ...
11
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2answers
2k views

How do prospective employers screen private social networking profiles?

How do prospective employers go about screening candidates' social networking profiles if they have high privacy settings and are not friends with the person? Do they have some "back door" access if ...
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3answers
199 views

How to deal with colleague who takes excessive work breaks? [duplicate]

A colleague of mine takes long toilet breaks several times a day without fail. I am not sure whether I should tell his manager that he is slacking, or confront him and tell him to seek medical help. ...
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2answers
89 views

Company relocating, can I qualify for unemployment? [on hold]

Company relocating within NJ. Commute distance will be 62 miles each way along 2 major highways with heavy congestion during rush hours. Can I collect unemployment if I quit?
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3answers
170 views

Should I put irrelevant jobs on my resume? [duplicate]

I'm a fresh college grad trying to get into the IT industry. I graduated with an Information Systems degree two months ago. I worked as a sales rep, valet, software and hardware mobile technician. I ...
2
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3answers
327 views

Is correct to meet your future company mates in the middle of selection process?

I am currently in the middle of a selection process. The selection has several stages, and I am one of the last ones. I have a friend who has been working on that company for 2 years. Today the ...
2
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2answers
280 views

Quit job and taking holidays within the 3 mandatory month

I'm currently leaving my own employer, a service provider company, to work for my current customer. With my position, the legal delay period once i give my resignation is 3 month. If the employer ...
2
votes
2answers
407 views

How to avoid freezing point in my career [on hold]

I have been working in Software Development since the last 5 years. I had started my career with a small software house, where I have worked for 4 years and 6 months. This company provided me lots of ...
-2
votes
0answers
88 views

Performance Review [on hold]

I was asked to change a few words on my eval and to me it's like they want me to dumb-down my responsibilities. For instance I used "partnered with committee on planning..." (the issue is the word ...
1
vote
3answers
261 views

Do I have to live in a specific location to find a job there? [on hold]

Let's say I live somewhere in Pennsylvania. If I want to move to California, I want to find a job there first. Do companies in other locations generally respond to resumes coming from elsewhere in ...
2
votes
4answers
227 views

Not on project team, but asked to make changes to code - how can I protect myself from becoming a scapegoat for any problems?

I am working as contractor and developer at a client location in the client team. The work environment is politically sensitive. Another contacting company won the development work of the entire ...
38
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6answers
6k views

Is there evidence to suggest that certain office layouts are better than others for productivity?

Joel Spolsky is pretty famous for advocating private offices for workers, particularly software developers (see here, here or here for example). I've also read that Microsoft generally has private ...
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votes
3answers
263 views

Will email response about bad interview experience affect my career?

Yesterday I attended an interview, in which one interviewer looked at me continuously and laughed till the end of the interview. I didn't do anything about that during the interview, but after I came ...
3
votes
3answers
262 views

Need to shuttle 4+ hours but could do the job at home

I am not a native English speaker, so please excuse my grammar. I am 22 years old working in an other town as a full time web developer currently living in Germany. I am the only web developer in a ...
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4answers
371 views

Telling someone they are horrible at making coffee

In my office we have a coffee machine that was my idea to get. The VP was nice enough to go out and buy one on the company dollar, and she also supplies the Milk/Sugar/Coffee grinds as well. Now I ...
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votes
4answers
397 views

Is HR protecting a bully and what should I do about it? [on hold]

I am working in a small company. I met a man there and we started a relationship. We worked in the same position but in different teams. The relationship started smoothly but after three months he ...
4
votes
1answer
701 views

How can I leverage my experience organizing a large group in an Online Game?

I'm in the midst of writing a CV, and I know for a fact that I have experience in organizing groups and planning activities (both informative/educational and recreational). I know this due to playing ...
1
vote
3answers
343 views

Signing as Independent Contractor but expected to work as an employee

I have been working full-time as a Software Developer (Web and Mobile) for a Canadian tech startup. It is my first job after graduating from university. The pay is well below the average but I am fine ...
0
votes
1answer
108 views

Are corporate doors more open for incorporated contractors than unincorporated ones?

I am aware that some bigger companies are reluctant to directly hire unincorporated independent contractors for shorter-term software engineering projects. What happens is that instead they engage ...
0
votes
2answers
190 views

How do I simply quit a job I never “officially” worked for

So my situation seems strange, to me. Last month, almost exactly last month, in fact, I took up a job working for a very, very small bakery quite a ways from where I live. It was never official that I ...
2
votes
4answers
294 views

Negotiate last day of work

My last day would be on July 27 due to 1 month notice plus holidays. However, I understand that the team is on holiday and won't return until August 1. I then propose to do handover on August 1. Still ...
0
votes
3answers
458 views

How will having multiple undergraduate degree majors affect job prospects?

I'm currently entering my third year of undergrad at a state university in the United States. I originally went to school for computer engineering but halfway through the past year I realized I was ...
1
vote
2answers
102 views

How do I go about requesting time off for higher education studies whilst in full time employment?

I've recently started as a project engineering for a global company. Through various discussions with line managers, colleagues etc. it's been recommended to me that I should propose studying for an ...
0
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4answers
355 views

Job re-opened multiple times, Can I do anything?

So I applied for a position I am very interested in about 3 months ago. Job closed and I got an interview. Interview went well but the hiring manager said there was a candidate that was just a ...
2
votes
1answer
243 views

How do you conduct an interview with an employee going after an open position when you already know their skill set?

We have an opening for a new position in my department and one of my current employees has applied. He is a very strong candidate. Our hiring process shows no favoritism and everyone goes through the ...
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votes
1answer
108 views

Do temporary agencies tend to act differently before and after hiring someone?

I have a question about temporary agencies. Let me share my most recent experience. I was hired by this agency to work at an assignment. Towards the end of my assignment (about 2 months before the ...

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