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Is it unethical for me to not tell my employer I’ve automated my job?

I currently work on a legacy system for a company. The system is really old - and although I was hired as a programmer, my job is pretty much glorified data entry. To summarise, I get a bunch of ...
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What do I write in my sick notice?

Unfortunately for me, I had to leave my job at midday last Monday. I thought it was a normal case of flu, until today I had a fever and infection. My question is how and what should I write in a ...
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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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How to write a email about certain achievement to boss?

I'm looking for a sample email that I can use as an offical email to inform my boss about my achievement (passed a certification exam). All the sample letters I found on the net relate to ...
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What should I write in “Working Relationship” field in job application

I am applying for job online and the form includes an area for me to list my references and our "Working Relationship". What should I write in that area? Also, when I report to a person who is the ...
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How to start an email to a company?

When applying for a job or even just asking clarifications on something, I have often found problems when starting the email, which might seem like a secondary problem but it does present some ...
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How to tell sender they forgot the attachment without embarrassing them?

So I got an email from someone reading "blah blah, X is attached". However the email has no attachments. Obviously they just forgot to attach X before hitting the send button. How should I hint ...
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What should a professional email address look like?

I've been starting a resume recently, and I'm struggling with picking an email. What should a professional email address look like? Will employers look down on me if I have numbers at the end of my ...
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How to respond to “Why do you deserve a promotion”?

Our company has a new IT manager and it is suddenly the time for promotions. He is still new to the company and he doesn't have much knowledge about the employees. My project manager spoke about my ...
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How do I list “fast learner” as a skill on my resume?

One of my strengths at work lately has been quickly getting up-to-speed on technologies, techniques, tools, or skills that I've never encountered before. I've been able to adapt because I know how ...
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How to discipline overeager engineer

I have a software engineer on my staff that has been very useful. He basically trains himself on new technologies on a weekly basis, and can memorize and apply the latest O'Reilly textbook over a ...
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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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What is a 'friendly' way to let managers know that having good developers is a privilege?

I work for a small company, where we recently had a change of managers. The new manager has no experience managing developers, and the old manager has moved into a development role to fill in gaps ...
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Potential employer flew me out for interview, cancels return flight

A company I was interested in just flew me out for an interview. It was on the other side of the country so they paid for my flight and hotel. Unfortunately, the interview went disastrously. I blew ...
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How to respond to “Why are you looking for a new job?”

During job interviews it seems common for the interviewer to ask something along the lines of "Why are you looking for a new job"? The last time I was asked this was during an interview where the ...
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How to reply in a professional manner to emails that I am the wrong recipient for?

My current issue: I receive an email asking for my help to solve a system issue, but I'm not the one responsible for it and I don't even know who the right contact would be. Question: How to reply ...
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How can I respond to “Why shouldn't we hire you?”

Can someone please explain what the employer wants to get from the question, "Why shouldn't we hire you?" What type of answers are generally acceptable responses to this question?
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Taking time off to deal with a family emergency

A close relative is in really bad condition. I can't show up to work for the next few days. I am planning on emailing my supervisor right now and informing him that I cannot be at work next week. ...
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Offensive language/behavior from co-worker in online game

I am a fresh-out-of-college student and a huge gamer. I recently got a job towards the end of this summer and met my team, which consists of a number of people who are in their late 50s. As I am a ...
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Writing a letter asking for a job that's not advertised

I'm in a position where I am about to write a company asking for a job, and basically describing my own job position. This company is aching for people and is looking for smart people, but at the same ...
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When is it appropriate to take sick leave due to work stress/fear of burnout?

If you're in a job which is draining your energy and is even inducing physical symptoms, at what point is it appropriate to take sick leave? I'm trying to find a balance between: taking sick leave ...
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How to reply to “Tell me about your last project?” in an interview

I am a software engineer, I get confused what to answer, where to start, when I am asked this question: "Tell me about your last project?" I usually start with the problem description, then stating ...
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How to know if I am a 'Real Developer'

I am in my 5th year as a developer (3.5 years as junior/mid level and now a senior dev). My current role is not going well (people issues). Anyway, I said to one of the managers I was thinking of ...
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Engineer refusing to file/disclose patents

We have a senior engineer on our team that routinely excels at his work. In addition to his regular work, our company has a patent program where engineers can write up a patent for a novel idea, and ...
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Can I talk to my rubber duck at work?

I have noticed I have had great success using another co-worker as a metaphorical rubber duck (sometimes intentionally, sometimes unintentionally). It improves my productivity vastly. However, I know ...
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How to politely inquire about your job application status?

I've applied to a software development company for a programming position. I'm communicating directly with an employee, specifically a project manager, not a recruiter. I made it through a phone ...
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Criticized for doing my job too well

Our company has had a big problem with people not taking our mandatory online training seriously. Even though the higher-ups try to stress how important it is, people will usually flip through a 4-...
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Coworkers accusing me of “cheating” for working more efficiently

I'm a CAD drafter. We have quotas of drawings to get done each day, usually 5/day with the correct forms attached with them. Each one would regularly take around 1.5-2 hours at a normal pace, so to ...
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How should I answer “why do you want to join our company”?

Recently I applied for a job in another company and they called me for an interview. Its one of the best companies in the country(might even be considered as the best in the world) and offers much ...
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Top developer doing more home office than allowed

I'm a release manager of a well-known software development company. In the project we work in, we have 1 developer. Every worker in the project including me (around 20 people, mostly managers) has 2 ...
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Is it considered rude to turn down a job after initially accepting it?

Earlier today, I was offered a position which I accepted. It is supposed to start in about a month. I feel like I've made a huge mistake. Can I do anything about it without coming off as ...
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Coworker keeps threatening to tattle on me for “time theft”

One of my coworkers is especially nosy and keeps tabs on when I come to work and leave, and how long my lunch break is, how many times I go to the restroom and how long each break takes, and so on. ...
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How do I properly answer a rejection email?

I have recently applied for a job and I have received an email telling me that they had found someone already (so the problem was not my application, but the timing). Things like this happen, you have ...
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Why is working on the same position for more than 15 years not a red flag?

I'm about to interview someone who applied for the same position that I have: Senior Software Engineer. The candidate is 13 years older than me and has worked in the same position for more than 15 ...
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How should I deal with an employee who has slept with my wife?

I'm the owner of a business with about 30-40 employees. Recently, I found out that one of my employees has been having an affair with my wife. The employee has worked for me for 4 years. I felt like I ...
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How do I prevent colleagues from making fun of the length of my password?

At work, we were required to choose login passwords on our first day. I choose a long and complex (mixed with numbers and symbols) password, it's easy for me to remember, but hard for anyone standing ...
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How do you send a job acceptance email?

I'm curious about the protocol here. If you are offered a job and supposed to reply by email. When I looked online, I see stuff that looks like formal snail-mail letters, i.e like this: Your First ...
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As an interviewer, how to conduct interviews with candidates you already know will be rejected?

I’m a senior technical team leader at my company. Because of my role and experience, I regularly have to conduct interviews with candidates. I’m facing more and more frequently this situation: I ...
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Job offer contingent on background check: when to give notice?

I have recently accepted a job offer from an employer (a relatively large one with big HR dept). Basically everything went fine: salary/benefits negotiated, start-date determined, etc. I got the ...
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Is it rude to leave an interview early if you have already made your decision?

A friend of mine went on an interview recently for a software developer position at a well known company. It was a senior position, and he had very relevant business experience in the industry. I ...
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How do I decline responsibilities that go beyond what's stated in my job description?

In the 3 years that I have worked at this company, my job responsibilities have grown, but I am not getting compensated for them financially. Company policy states that my official job description ...
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Company indirectly discriminating against introverts, specifically INTJ

Background On pretty much all tests out there, I heavily score as INTJ in the Myer-Briggs system. Some tests even suggest slight Asperger, combined with what I suspect is a healthy dose of OCD. I don'...
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How to force disgruntled worker not to publicly disclose “GPL'ed code”

I'm currently the only HR worker at a medium sized engineering firm in Canada. There should normally be 2 additionally HR workers on-staff more senior than me, but one is on parental leave and the ...
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Is the term “man hours” appropriate for the workplace, and if not, how do I get my coworkers to use a more neutral term?

I am the only female engineer in a nearly all-male company. The term "man hours" is used a lot when discussing projects, and I find it a bit jarring. As a woman, I don't feel that I work "man hours",...
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Boss asked me to sign a resignation paper without a date on it along with my new contract

After messing up at work by calling in sick way beyond the assigned time (my day starts at 9, and I called in at 11) I got a stern talk with my boss and senior programmer. My boss was ready to fire me ...
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A programming task is scaring off candidates, should we ditch it?

It is the first time that I am doing HR, and we are looking for a developer. The selection process is three rounds: technical phone interview, programming task (0.5 - 1 hr challenge), and then finally ...
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How to put education on your resume that you have not yet completed?

Currently on my resume for education I have the following: University I went to Graduation date: Month, year Bachelor of Science in Subject I studied GPA: 4.0 ...
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Left a meeting without apparent reason. What to do?

What happened: I work in a big company. I left my daily standup meeting and returned to my desk before the meeting ended, without no apparent reason and with all the people wondering why. Why: I come ...
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Exactly when does a two week notice begin and end?

This question is kind of a multiple part question. Lets assume I were to give my two week noticed today on November 7th, 2012. Is the two week notice strictly 10 works days, or the end of two work ...
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How do I deal with the “30 minutes remaining” problem?

As a developer, I often get to this point where at the end of the day I finish a big task and still have approximately 30 minutes to go. The problem is that 30 minutes are not enough time for me to ...