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 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? ...
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How can I reduce the size of a long resume without hiding all my skills and experience?

I'm in the US and have 30 years of experience with a bunch of different companies, working in high-tech and the software industry. I have a lot of links, skills, and education which has pushed my ...
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Is there an effective way of dealing with nepotism at work?

The cardinal-nephew problem is quite common in Greece, where most businesses are (or started out as) family run. Even in larger corporate entities favouritism to relatives and friends is not uncommon....
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How can frequent anxiety attacks affect me in business and the workplace?

I tend to get very stressed out about how things play out around me in the workplace. A lot of the stress and anxiety comes from high level decisions and changes made by management and executives ...
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Hitting a ceiling in my career

I have been in my career for 16 years and I've hit a ceiling where my skills as a developer make me more attractive as a hands on developer than as a development manager. I have successfully lead ...
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How can I become a team person?

I have worked in environments where I was either an individual contributor or a lone techie without much need for team effort. As I go further in my career, I find it necessary to branch out to ...
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Communicating long term goals without seeming overly ambitious

I take a lot of inspiration from one of the Directors I have worked with in the past. I wish to transition into such a position in the future. However this is still a long way ahead and I see a lot of ...
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How, as an intern or summer student, do you deal with a situation where you are denied opportunities because of your temporary status?

I've worked in a number of internship/summer roles/student schemes and one problem I have come across is that often, opportunities including interesting tasks and training courses are denied to ...
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Utilization opportunities for a certification

I got my certification to MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist). I would like to pursue two goals: First, I would like to strengthen my position in my current job. Secondly, I hope, I can ...
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What are possible career transitions for a seasoned software developer? [closed]

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 'expert'...
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How can I ask for more positive reinforcement?

I found out that what fuels me to do well at work is positive reinforcement from bosses, colleagues, and customers. My current job at a start-up is very demanding. My boss doesn't have time to give ...
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Is there an optimal number of years per job as an engineer? [closed]

Some (software) engineers keep their job for very short periods of time, as if they have commitment issues. Some keep their job for too long, as if they're afraid to leave their safety zone. Is ...