Questions tagged [career-development]

Questions relating to advancing one's career; this could include questions about promotions and training or looking for a job outside of the current company

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What's the difference between mentioning my strengths and “what's special about me”?

In an interview the HR interviewer asked me the following question: What's so special about you the might make me consider hiring you? I was prepared for the classic "Mention some of your ...
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Things to do when transitioning jobs

This is my first time to resign as an IT Application Developer and I will be starting to work with my new employer after the 30 days notice that I gave in my resignation letter. I'm new to this ...
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How should I respond to the classic “Introduce yourself” question in an interview?

Almost any interview begins with the classic question of "Introduce yourself". Somehow I found mixed levels of detail as answers to this question. How should you ideally respond to this question ...
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What's the best way to convince a manager to let someone take initiative?

One of our customer service reps has been with the company for years and is starting to feel like he's outgrown his position and is looking for new challenges. His manager is reluctant to give him ...
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How can I manage a growing team?

I'm the admin assistant of the CTO and our organization has recently experienced a lot of growth. Within six months, we have merged with another organization and our Dev team has grown from 8 to 16, ...
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Professional development, is wide or deep knowledge better?

Should a highly knowledgeable professional try to widen his/her knowledge, or deepen it even further? Obviously this will depend greatly on a large number of factors, but at least for some industries,...
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How to create a desirable resume / career for international software development work

What qualities in a resume / career path for a software developer are desirable enough that would make an employer look as far away as international to find new employees? For Example: I want to work ...
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Is it ok to switch a job just after getting a salary increase?

I've spent a decent amount of time with my current company (more than a year), and I'm looking for a job change as things are now at a saturation point (learning wise). My increment is due after a ...
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Is it inappropriate to reference projects at a previous employer on my personal website?

I've recently moved to freelance from being a full-time employee at a creative firm. Since I quit, I've decided to avoid burning bridges and keep a healthy, working relationship with them. In fact, ...
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How will management react if someone refuses a promotion?

I am employed in a bank as a Management Trainee. During the interview session, I was told that they have one or two positions vacant in the HR Department, and they asked me if I was interested. I said ...
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Software Development vs Technical Consulting

So I've had internship experience as a developer. Now, I am looking into entry level positions to apply to. The two roles I plan to pursue are software development for a firm in Phila. + technical ...
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How can I incorporate all of my interests into a career path, without over-specializing?

I am currently a student. I have high interests in the areas of Physics, Neurology, Software Engineering, and Computer Engineering. In my eyes, they are similar in as many ways as they are different. ...
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How can I change my career path to better align with my career goals? [closed]

This is probably something common so if anyone has dealt with this before please advise what is the best approach I can take to overcome this problem. I'm nearly 30 and I'm seriously not happy about ...
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How long can I wait before responding to a message on Stack Overflow Careers?

I've listed myself as "currently employed, but willing to be contacted." A couple employers have sent me messages. How long can I wait before responding would seem rude? Should I respond ...
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How do you research which job skills or technologies to learn?

On Stack Overflow and Programmers we often see questions like Where to start? What language to learn first? and What language should I learn next? These questions should always be closed as not ...
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Salary Bidding War Between Companies: What is Professional Etiquette?

I am blessed to be gainfully employed by a large fortune 500 company and have been approached by a small company in the private sector with a very compelling offer that I would like to accept. I ...
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Switching career tracks back , how to get recruiter's attention for an interview?

I have a Master's Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering (graduated in 2010). I took courses in the areas of signal processing and digital communications. I have also had teaching and research ...
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What kind of business fields are available to a programmer who no longer wants to program? [duplicate]

I'm graduating soon with a Bachelor's in Software Engineering, however during the course of getting my degree I decided I do not want to be a programmer. I minored in Business Management and really ...
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Preparing to leave my job what should I focus on while I look for another one? [closed]

I currently work as a Software Engineer for a private media/ad company. I'm looking to leave my job because quite frankly it's been mundane and boring for the past year or so. I know you may ask why I ...
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Career growth and skills development in different-sized companies

Given the following two companies: Less than 100 employees and not very well known, but their field seems really interesting Around 1000 employees and ships a popular, high quality product. For a ...
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How does one change someones perception of being defensive?

I work at a fairly large software company, and was informed recently, that one of my superiors thought I was defensive. Now this is a man I admire, and have a lot of respect for, and with who, I've ...
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Sticking to one field vs rotation [closed]

I have just finished education and started to work. I have a few questions I need to be clear about: The very basic thing is sticking to one technology or one area of development vs rotation. Is it ...
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How soon after starting a new job is it OK to discuss a move within the organization?

I recently took a job at a startup that I am somewhat overqualified for in order to facilitate a move back home and a transition from government to tech. I am currently in my second week at work. ...
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Should I reply to unsolicited recruitment emails?

As a university student with 4 month internship experience in telecommunication corp before, I received an email from one of the mobile & wireless related company (I did submit my resume to them ...
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Do IT certifications help improve a job candidate's prospects?

There was a time(before y2k) when being an MCSE or CNA was a notable achievement that showed dedication and knowledge. In the last decade or so IT certifications became less noteworthy. Boot camps ...
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How to mention weakness in the self assessment section of an employment form

I have been trying to write this section of "Developmental Areas" in a employment form given by my organization. This is the place where I need to cite a few of my weaknesses. I actually want to ...
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How should I explain that I'm looking for a job because my employer may be shutting down?

I'm working for a company "A" that was recently acquired by a larger company "B". There are some rumors that company "B" will shut us down and most employees will have to find somewhere else to work. ...
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Avoiding unproductive days

Sometimes (usually once or twice a month) I have days when I'm in the mood to do nothing. When I feel like this, my work is sloppy and it takes 1-2 hours to clean it up the next day. This is really ...
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How to address a job assignment which does not interest me

Currently I am working as a trainee software engineer. I was hired to work with Java technology, but the company is giving me C# tasks. Will this affect my career? I want a career in Java technology ...
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My company was recently acquired, what do I need to learn to adjust to the new culture and seek promotion?

My current company has been acquired by another company. The new parent company doesn't have any plans to change anything in our operations... but does some new things that we don't currently do. ...
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Taking time off for continuous learning

I make it a point to attend some professional software development conferences every year; I consider this continuous learning. I usually end up taking my own vacation time to do so. Should I ask the ...
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Word usage in assembling a resume as a Jr. Level Software Engineer [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: As a student, how should programming language familiarity be described on a CV/Resume Before I begin, some context: I currently have almost two years of professional ...
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What do you do if you are forced to perform a job you weren't hired to do?

I'm a developer with 15 years experience, but recently had to take a job doing office administrative work for a medium sized company because I couldn't find development work. I got an opportunity to ...
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I'm a Web Developer with no design skills. Should I still have a portfolio?

I feel that I am a creative Web Developer, but when it comes to design and meshing colors I really have no idea where to start. Should I have a very basic "Here's what I can do" website, or fill it ...
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How should I prepare for an annual performance appraisal?

My performance appraisal is coming soon and I do not know how to prepare for it this time, due to the following factors: A colleague told me his salary has been raised (now almost equal to mine); ...
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Are there situations in which an employer would accept a candidate that doesn't meet posted requirements?

I just came across a job which require the following: Degree in IT related discipline; 2 - 6 years application development experience in COBOL/VSAM, CICS IBM Main frame, Database Knowledge of DB2 is ...
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Can an intermediate programmer be considered a senior developer? [closed]

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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Do employers expect a ultimate career goal in career objective? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I include a career objective on my resume? There is a field, career objective, in CV which is confusing to me. I am certain that employers do not want some vague ...
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Should I quit my job because I lack experience? [closed]

I'm just 18 years old, so I don't have a lot of experience. I currently work for a company that develops online games for a local casino. My job is to create servers that will support Flash clients. ...
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How can I overcome “years of experience” requirements when applying to positions?

Having just been rejected as a candidate for a job because I do not show the requisite number of years experience, I have some questions about how "years of experience" is interpreted by hiring ...
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Different standards for new hires

My department has recently restructured with the initial communicated focus of defining roles to clarify the career advancement goals of the team members. All of us were very excited as we felt that ...
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How to ask for a raise [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should I properly approach my boss if I'm feeling underpaid? I've been working for almost a year for a startup and I feel like I learned a lot and grew very fast to be ...
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About to launch a hotly anticipated, already profitable product. Is now a good time to ask for a raise?

I was hired as a mid-level developer into a large company to work on a product with great feedback from its users. The original authors were bootstrapped and built a great tool. Unfortunately, their ...
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What should I take into consideration when making the decision that it is time to move on and find a new gig?

After nearly 8 years, I've been debating whether or not it's time. How do I know what's important in deciding whether to leave or stay? Here are the pros and cons I am taking into account at the ...
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As a student, how should programming language familiarity be described on a CV/Resume [duplicate]

I am second year Computer Science student and I was going to apply at Microsoft as a Microsoft Student Partner. I am required to create a CV/Resume. Technically I don't have any work experience at ...
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What value to the business is there in sending non marketing people to trade shows?

I understand the value of networking to the people. And with sales and marketing positions these shows add value. However unless you are in marketing I fail to see any value gained by the business in ...
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Can I give my resume personally to an employer if I already sent it to HR?

Is it a good idea to knock at an employer's door to personally hand a physical copy of one's resume to its HR department, even after sending it electronically through the "official" way? I think it ...
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Should I include short work experience on my CV?

After only three weeks from the day I left my previous job I have been invited by this company to join their team. I accepted the invitation right away, but now three other weeks have passed and, for ...
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Should I take an related-but-not-ideal job with a company in hopes of moving into my ideal job?

My last job was doing application programming with a bit of web design for a software company. I left that job, and now have a job offer from a larger software company to do web design. I love ...
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What steps can I take to avoid having potential employers take a position of high responsibility less seriously because it was reached quickly?

This question's hopefully less close-able cousin. What steps can I take to avoid having future potential employers take a position of high responsibility less seriously because I reached it quickly? ...