Questions tagged [careers]

Career describes an individuals' journey through learning, work and other aspects of life. There are a number of ways to define a career and the term is used in a variety of ways.

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How much does a first job in software development matter [closed]

I want to move in to software development from a maths PhD, so this will likely involve a grad scheme and training. How much does what I learn on the first job matter - for example, if I don't learn ....
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What experience are required for junior/entry level positions? [closed]

I have been perusing job adverts but many say nothing about the desired level of experience apart from the tech stack they're looking for. What does junior and entry level mean in terms of skill ...
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Incorrect Graduation Date on Resume - Background check

So, I had an interview at a company and in my resume I listed by graduation date as 2009. My school operates on a full year basis (September to April) and though I completed by courses on Fall/...
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What should you do to get the most out of a career fair?

What are you supposed to do at a career fair? Career counselors and professors keep telling me to go to career fairs and talk to the recruiters. So I dress up nice, print out resumes, pick out the ...
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How can a manager of technical specialists stay relevant in a field with rapid technological change?

I am a new manager, promoted from within, and spend less and less time doing hands-on work with the technology my subordinates work on. Yet technology changes rapidly in my field. (Imagine I am a web ...
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No Job Title or Job Description - Help

I've been at my current job for a little over 7 years with no job title or job description. No one has a description and I've been told they have no idea what they would give me as a title. Updating ...
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Job jumping has happened, how do I save face? [duplicate]

My work history is starting to look a bit jumpy. My longest employment is less than a year and a half. I feel like I have good reason for leaving each of these jobs (see below), however it's not that ...
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Career advice - wanting a mentor

I'm a designer with about 1.5 years experience doing solid commercial work. I work hard and can present and prototype my own work. I'm in a fast growing design team - 6 at last count. The guy heading ...
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What are some “don't-take-it-home” jobs in the IT industry? [closed]

I have a masters in computer science and have worked several years as a consultant and programmer. While this was well paid, I did not find it very fulfilling. I have realized that I need a certain ...
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Should you mention security exploits that you've discovered on a resume?

I'm sure I'm not the only soon-to-be graduate who is pondering on this question. Would it be a good idea to put exploits that I have found on a web application, programs, etc on my resume? Would it ...
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What type of undergraduate mechanical engineering project is appreciated in industry? [closed]

What do industry employers see in the final year project of a fresh mechanical engineering graduate? And how much importance final year project holds in applying for a job? For example if I have ...
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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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Need Advice: Transitioning from Public Scientist to Private Programmer [closed]

I am not sure where I should solicit advice for my situation, but I thought this might be the best place to start. Please let me know if there's a better place for this sort of discussion. I am ...
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Would an entry-level web developer learn more working for a startup or large corporation? [duplicate]

I just finished school and have no work experience in web development other than a few small freelance projects. I have received two job offers and am wondering which path would be best for continuing ...
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How can I decide between two great opportunities/career paths? (and be happy with that decision) [closed]

I'm stuck in a situation that my friends and family keep reassuring me is a great dilemma. This whole year, I had planned to go to law school and was admitted to a couple of top 10's. I'm an engineer ...
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Communicating professionalism of freelance programming on a resume

Edit: revised question ---- When trying to break into any career the biggest hurdle is building professional experience in that field. On any resume it's the most desirable quality for any candidate,...
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Career gap at middle of my experience [duplicate]

After getting my degree, I joined a software company and have worked there for the past two years. Due to family issues, and my father's declining health, I went back to my native land and was ...
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Should I include the name but not the phone number of a personal reference on my resumé?

When I am applying for jobs, I usually send out my resumé to a lot of companies (about 10 or more). I always have personal references on my resumé. That being said, I don’t want each and every ...
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Career advice: Java Developer vs OIM,OAM (IDM) [closed]

I have a question regarding. I’m a java developer and since 6 months i have been working on OIM (Oracle identity manager), OAM (Oracle access maneger) (IDM: Identity management) . I would like to know ...
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As a new graduate, what strategies I should follow to get hired as soon as possible? [closed]

I will be graduating this April & I don't really want to be stay idle though I would spend my idle time working on side projects. Moreover I do have 3 internship experiences as a Web Developer. ...
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How does one get a job as a program manager? [closed]

I work in a technical field and I've always wanted to move into some sort of management position, and one of the positions I've been eyeing up is a program manager as defined by Microsoft: Our job ...
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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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My job duties do not match the job title/description. How do I approach my boss about changing this?

I graduated with a BS in CS in late 2013. I began working my first job as a 'programmer' almost three months ago. Since hire I have not seen or worked with code, and my impression is this won't ...
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How can I accept a promotion after knowing that there are too many problems with that position?

I'm a software professional working for a start up. I have worked on many different technologies and platforms at that company. I have been working for them for 1+ years and they are impressed with ...
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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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Fast learning cycle, how to keep up with it? [closed]

Recently I joined a small company as my first job out of college. Being a small company, the learning cycle is incredibly fast. I have to learn new technologies frequently and use them. When I look ...
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How to emphasize the roles & responsibilities I performed in my org on my resume?

Say, I've been working on a project named "XYZ" in my org. How can I at best list the responsibilities/skills I performed/learnt for it on my resume? Is it proper to give away the name of the ...
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Frequent job switches [closed]

I am in IT profession and have switched my job very frequently (maximum tenure 10 months others less than 10 months). If my future employer asks me the reason for a switch what convincing answers I ...
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Writing cover letters when the company is not identified

It is usually commonplace for me to come across a job listing that does not name the company that's looking to fill in the job and just has a list of expected tasks/responsibilities for the job. But ...
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How to evaluate if getting a Masters would improve my options? [closed]

I work as a (not-software) engineer, my degree is from a University of applied science (german title: Dipl. Ing (FH)), translated internationally as Bachelor with honors. I'm thinking about trying to ...
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How to conduct an interview for a subject I'm not really good at?

I'm currently working for a small company as a website/software developer. I mainly write the server side code; the interfaces I create for the website are bland and don't really interact with the ...
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Is there a process for selecting a career path? [closed]

I sometimes get asked by younger people for career guidance/advice on how to pick a career path. They themselves are typically uncertain of what career to pursue and struggling to decide. Sometimes ...
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Reinterviewing for a job after 15 months after not passing initial phone interview

Beginning of last year, I was selected for the interview process for a position that I really liked. A recruiter (employee of the company) who use to work for the company contacted me for the position....
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How do I overcome my nervousness while facing an interview?

Recently I faced an interview and it was VERY bad from my perspective. I started well but at later stage (and that was too early :( ) I was unable to answer few questions that I really dont know and ...
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Initial job offer, how do I ask more because it is even less than the minimum salary advertised for this position? [duplicate]

I have just got an initial job offer for $75k + benefits. However, the salary for this job was $40 to $50/hr (advertised on their website). This is my first job in the USA, and I have no industry ...
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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 ...
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Secondment promotion promises [closed]

I'm a Java developer at a large FTSE 30 company. My line manager approached me and asked if I'd like to be the teams lead developer. I was keen to accept. Initially he said I'd be acting-up for 3 ...
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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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Does bringing your own lunch to work hurt your chances of being a manager?

I like many of my peers will bring my own lunch with me to work most days, perhaps going out to lunch once a week with friends or colleagues. I have worked at many different jobs in my career thus ...
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What steps can I take to improve my skills as a programmer and make myself more marketable?

I completed a Computer Science degree in 2005, and have worked at the same company as a programmer for the last seven years. I've earned a progressively better salary throughout this time, and have ...
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How to win the next promotion - company in flux, short on experience, high on ability?

This is an example but say I work in a big company. Say we got a new CEO with proven leadership abilities who is introducing big changes. As those changes are coming along and the company is getting ...
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How should I initiate communication with a prospective employer/interviewer?

I met an employee from a company who's placements I will sit for in the next year. He, along with 2 of his colleagues had come to university to monitor that company's student program of which me and 4 ...
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New Job and a big Mistake with Company Culture [closed]

I've started a new job at a large (~ 500 person) company after a career in startups. I joined the team based on the cutting edge technology stack, small size, and great people. I had heard bad ...
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Cover Letter for an experienced professional

I'm looking for what should be in a cover letter for someone who has at least 5 years of experience in the field (software engineering). Should it focus more on previous education, specific projects ...
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My company wants me to switch to a different position that I'm not sure I'll be happy in. What should I consider?

I am currently an iPhone developer with 2 years of experience. I have a situation where my organization wants me to switch to a C# developer because of significant rise in .NET business they are ...
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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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Applying for 2 jobs with the same employer

I am looking at two opportunities with the same employer, either one I would be very good at. Should I apply to both? Or should I pick only one? I worry that applying to both makes me look like I'm ...