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Fired for third time from a software development job. What to do?

Today I was fired from a software company.. for the 3rd time in 1.5 years. Needless to say I feel like I reached bottom and it's impossible to get out without changing career. Should I change a career?...
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Strategies for older people to get interviews for junior positions

The general question Do older people (> 40 years) who have successfully retrained as developers stand any chance to be interviewed for junior level positions, and if so, how do they maximize their ...
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How can I transition to a more technical role without sacrificing salary?

I've been working in roles between IT and business for around 10 years - the time after graduating. These include project manager, product owner for applications, business analyst and similar roles. I'...
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Is the right move to stay and search or leave and search (considering my level of experience) at this failing workplace? [closed]

My current developer role is the first corporate developer role I have ever landed (I was previously in another career, but left that career due to safety concerns then taught myself programming and ...
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Why do you want to close your business and work for us?

For the last 10 years I was a very active entrepreneur, as a founder or taking part in other start ups. Even though I got some money and clients, I decided to move on and find a job at another company....
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Feeling bored with software development. Should I change career paths? [closed]

just looking for some advice really as I don't know where to turn. I am currently working for a fairly large tech company, working as an application software engineer. I've been here for a couple of ...
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How to make a career shift to less stress with a Developer background? [closed]

How can I make a career shift from being a software developer to something less stressful without completely disregarding my background and skills? Some details: I've been working as a software ...
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Removing fake experience from my resume

I was searching for jobs for 6 months after I graduated. I signed a contract with a consulting company for 12 months. But after joining, the company faked my resume and submitted me to clients. Now ...
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How to maintain career mobility when in a senior specialist role?

Related to:Specialist roles killing my ability to leave Many senior employees who have followed a career path of increasing technical specialization find themselves in a tough spot when looking to ...
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How can I help a software developer gain skills *outside* of software development?

Our company is a small SaaS shop with a small team of in-house software developers. We take professional growth very seriously. I talk to each of the developers that I manage about personal learning ...
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I have wasted 3 starting years of my career. Is there any way to start over? [closed]

When I graduated I got a slightly above average job working on Java Servlet technology. But then I acted on some poor advice from people who were close to me. Although it was a mistake, I listened to ...
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How do I switch between technologies in IT industry [closed]

I am working with a web development company and have 2+ years of experience of programming with PHP and overall 3 years of working in the IT industry. For long term goals and stability I want to try ...
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Should I list a completely different profession in my technical resume? [duplicate]

I was a cook for 5 years but I switched jobs and now I'm a web developer. Should I put this information in my resume along with my experience in tech companies while searching for a job as a web ...
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Recovering from getting fired twice

First off, this is a bit of me fishing for encouragement which I desperately need. I was an economics student in College, and in the first job out of school (which I hated) I discovered a knack for ...
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How to be valuable when automation & IT are stealing my job (and maybe my whole career)? [closed]

I am a non-IT employee, graduated in business studies, and work in a field related to customer relationship management. I have grown in this field during the past five years since completing my ...
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How to write a resume for a career change [closed]

This is a topic I've been fretting about for a couple of years now. I served in the USAF as an Aerospace Ground Equipment mechanic for 13 years and can no longer do my job due to blowing out both of ...
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How do I demonstrate my experience in new technologies?

I am a software developer working in a particular technology (say A) for the past 1 year and this is my first job out of college. Though my present work is good and pays me well, I want to move to ...
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Working in the software industry does not seem rewarding anymore

I was always an ambitious, jack-of-all-master-of-none kid with above average skills and interest in technical topics. Working for the software industry was always looked upon from where I grew up and ...
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How to avoid second-hand cigarette smoke in new job? [duplicate]

I just started a new paralegal job, which I'm really excited about. This represents a career change for me. But I have a big problem. I work closely with one person, let's call her J. When I went ...
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Would future employers look negatively on a period of self employment to gain domain experience?

So I'm currently employed in the general direction of my "ideal" job, but too far from it to the extent that I don't enjoy my current job. I've spent quite a bit of time looking for my ideal job, but ...
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Is it frowned upon to mention specific clients in a CV?

Now, I've always thought (probably through misinformation) that it was bad practice to mention actual client names when writing your CV, is this true? I am currently rewriting my CV and I'd like to ...
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Including physical fitness on resume for a manual job when I have no relevant experience

I am looking to get into a hard manual labor field. I have no relevant professional experience, but I do have a moderate amount of non-paid experience — I know how to hammer, screw, lift, carry. I am ...
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Can employer require me learn a new technology that I have no interest to learn?

I was hired some time ago to work in a consulting company in the AWS team (Amazon cloud). Now they want to expand to other cloud providers namely Azure (Microsoft Cloud) and want me to learn and get ...
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Contacting Recruiter after turning down their initial interest

My question is somewhat opposite than most people would expect. So here it is... Last year, I was thinking to make a career transition into some very specific management kind of roles from an ...
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Degree in one area, applying for a job in another

When looking at job postings for Software Developers, I often notice one peculiar requirement in some of the postings: a degree in Computer Science, Mathematics, Engineering or related field. Am ...
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What if I really am incompetent? [closed]

I think I am incompetent. I've been fired from the last 4 jobs I've held, although in same cases, they said that it was a layoff or they cancelled the contract, so I could collect unemployment. ...
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How to evaluate whether a career coach is beneficial?

I am trying to find/change my career trajectory. Its a good cozy job, but I want something that I get excited to work on in the morning. Career change is hard, for a lot of reasons. So I cant just try ...
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How do I explain to my manager that I am searching/found a new job at another company? [duplicate]

I have been working as an R&D Engineer at Company A for a year now and have decided to start looking for new employment opportunities due to financial reasons. Company A has given me a ton of ...
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Perception of a long tenure at the same company [closed]

I've been working, in a variety of capacities, with the same company for almost five years now. As I approach graduation from a post-graduate degree, one possible employment option is to keep going ...
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What is the most efficient way for someone with a B.A. to get into the tech industry? [closed]

I have a Bachelor's of Arts in Creative writing and would like to have the sort of opportunities available to people with BSc in Computer Science. Database development, software development, network ...
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How to explain past PhD withdrawal to employers?

I am currently working in education but also looking for job prospects in more technical/mathematical fields. I signed up to a STEM job site and I am not sure how to give a good response to the ...
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How to approach candidate's career change during interview

As an interviewer, what is the appropriate way to address a candidate's change of career. For example, a software engineer with a CV containing relevant experience and in the "other" section, points ...
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How to effectively transition from one career path in which you are highly qualified to another in which you are not? [closed]

Context: From the moment I was born, my family pushed me to pursue a career in the IT industry. My education was dramatically accelerated, and I managed to pick up extensive work experience, highly-...
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When changing careers, should I address my lack of experience in the new field in my cover letter?

I've worked almost exclusively in academic research for the past few years. I'm now seeking a new job, and am considering working in an applied non-academic setting. This means I'm applying for a ...
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What happens when you cannot join because of family reasons?

One my friend got a job offer from Germany which he accepted. He is married and hence decided to go with his wife, he went to office on the first day but unfortunately his wife became ill and he had ...
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How do I tell my boss I don't want to keep working extra?

A year ago, I applied for a position that would have been a promotion for me within my company. I didn't get the job, but I was asked if I would be willing to fill in from time to time when some of ...
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How to say “I quit” without the negative connotation? [closed]

I’ve never truly left a company before by my own initiation. My previous job ended when the company was downsized, while the job before that had an expected end date as part of an internship program. ...
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How to handle abrupt change to development criteria?

I am a full stack developer having around 6 years of experience with web technologies mostly in LAMP and MEAN stack. I recently switched to a product based company. During the interview process and ...
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If I refuse an offer does that place me at a disadvantage if I apply to that company again? [duplicate]

I am slightly concerned about applying to multiple companies at one time, not only because of the time consuming process, having to take leave for interviews etc., but also for the impact it may have ...
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How to career transition to new software development stack without taking massive step backwards [duplicate]

I'm in a bit of a jam career-wise. I'm afraid if I don't take some aggressive actions, I'll be one of those thirty-year veterans who can't get a job in their early fifties. And I'm sure there are ...
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Is it possible to make leaving a PhD look good on a CV / Resume? [closed]

I am in the process of leaving my PhD programme in life sciences at a top university in the UK. A PhD is simply not for me and I find the work/life balance to be intolerable; in addition, my PhD so ...
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How to address “what will you be doing in 5-10 years” when you are near “retirement age?”

I am 67 and will start looking for a job soon. I was in an executive coordinator and now I have a Masters in Social Work; at age 62. I am afraid of not finding a good job because of my age. I am ...
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I've fallen behind on skills growth; how do I recover before I find myself unemployable? [closed]

Summary: I took my current job ten years ago and learned on the job. I lack a formal background and haven't been able to grow new, modern skills -- my job is more focused on getting the current task ...
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How to explain jobs unrelated to profession?

I am a healthcare professional. I took time off to care for both my parents with terminal illness at different times, but within a 5 year period. I was burnt out on nursing and just wanted a routine ...
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Code samples for future employers

I'm a new professional software developer and I have a rather odd situation. My job, while being technical, is not in a tradional software environment. I am the sole developer who was hired to slowly ...
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How to word an internal open application?

A few months ago, my husband and I bought a house, quite far away from the head office of my company which is where I am based. The commute is not easy; long term, I don't think it's feasible. My ...
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Declining a full-time offer and asking for a part-time position?

I have received an full time offer from a prestigious hospital for registered nurse position. I recently changed my long term career goals and decided to pursue medical school/doctor position. However,...
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Transition from STEM field into social/management positions

I am approaching the end of my studies and soon will have master’s degree in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis on Computer Engineering (Germany). I am currently thinking about my degree in EE ...
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How may a person close to retirement successfully pursue a new career path?

This is my first question here so I apologize if the format is not quite correct. However because even is this specific situation multiple people are affected, I thought it could be a relevant ...
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Customer is offering me to switch to his company

I'm working at an IT service provider. The job is fine, and I would consider my payment as quite good. In the past months I have been mainly working for a single customer. By my colleagues and ...

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