Questions tagged [entry-level]

Pertaining to the specific challenges in entry-level jobs, coming directly from school/college and having no workplace experience yet.

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Why do salaries of software engineers reach a peak beyond which they no longer increase with experience in Germany?

I'm a recent computer science (CS) master graduate living in Germany. Now I'm starting to think about my long-term career path and looking for jobs in Germany. I'm proficient in Java and data mining (...
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What is the difference in code between a junior and a professional java employee? [closed]

I'm a master student in CS in a German Uni and soon I will graduate and start looking for jobs. I'm a very experienced java programmer (I believe). I built some projects for personal use and uni ...
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Is it a good idea to use recruiters to find jobs in the software industry?

I'm graduating college in May, and I keep getting emails from recruiting agencies and I'm kind of skeptical. I've read that dealing with recruiting agencies can be a real hassle and that you’re better ...
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How does the process for applying for jobs look for a PhD?

I will finish my masters soon and I'm considering the idea of continuing with a PhD. My assumption is the process for job search after my PhD would be different, because I have a different and more ...
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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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Can you negotiate a salary after accepting an offer as an entry-level grad?

I'm a new grad and got an offer from a tech giant as my first job. It is amazing that I will be working for them. I now got another offer from a top contract and the pay is way higher. ($15k more) ...
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How to handle a project assignment that's too advanced?

I'm a junior developer at a software consulting company. I recently was assigned to a new project, but I'm very concerned that it's set up for failure. TL;DR - Massive & important project, no ...
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What can I do to actually get hired as a developer? [closed]

I am a construction worker that has been learning how to code on my free time for years. I am pretty comfortable with OOP and can build a website from scratch. The problem is I don't have any ...
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Job offer at hedge fund requires investment [closed]

My relative has been offered a position and I want to get more info to see if it’s legit. A school advisor connected him with former employees of large international bank, who started their own ...
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I was offered a salary range before the interview

I am looking for a new job at the moment. Last week I was sending my resume to employers. Today I received an email stating that they like my resume and that it is a good fit for the position I ...
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Is it really this hard to get an entry-level software job?

I graduated with my Bachelors in Software Development back in April and I'm still struggling to find some kind of job. I've been looking for jobs for a little over a year and a half. Even when I was ...
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Applying for a job with no relevant experience. What to say in the resume?

So I am building a resume for a friend who is a Computer Science student and seeking an entry job in the industry. Problem is that he never had relevant jobs before. Jobs he had are: Cashier at a gas ...
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Discussing salary for the first time - Intern

Amounts will be mentioned to give a better understading of the situation. After 4 months in of my 6-month long internship. My boss said they want me to stay with them. I will be graduating some time ...
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How should I handle an internship offer when I'm looking for a full time position?

I'm currently a student but I'm about to graduate with an undergraduate degree. I've been looking for a full-time entry level position for after graduation and have been lucky enough to find several ...
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How to ask technical questions about the workplace to a non-technical interviewer

I'm going to have my first interview (a phone interview, to be precise) for an entry level position as a software developer tomorrow. I assume that at the end of the call, I will be confronted with ...
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Can I ask for a higher salary if I've already said how much I want?

During an interview I was asked how much I wanted, so I said a number. The interviewer (who would be my boss) said we would talk again and that this was not the final conversation because he needed ...
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I found a fixed-term job offer with a very detailed tasks description. Would it bring something positive if I send some parts while applying?

While looking for an internship, I just found an offer with a complete description about the tasks I would have to do. One of the task (which is the first one) consist at finding and making a ...
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Negotiating salary for the first career relevant job

I'm in the middle of my masters and have landed a good job in the IT sector. The role is "junior software developer". I only have salary negotiation left, but I have no idea what to demand in salary. ...
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Is it easy to get a permanent contract as a software engineer in Germany? [closed]

I'm a recent graduate looking for jobs as a software engineer and trying to understand the industry. My question: Are permanent contracts easy to get? Say I spent 2 years at a company (with a ...
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I have a long interview coming up and am trying to figure out what to expect

I am a recent CS grad and I have a job interview for a Jr. Dev position in a few days. I initially spoke with the someone at the company on the phone for around 20 minutes and then was contacted by ...
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Do internship and part time counts when company says certain number of yrs of experience requirments?

I have total of about 2 years of internship and part time job experience. Do these count when companies require a certain number of years of experiences? Also would I still count as entry level or ...
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What should I do to make myself marketable for an entry-level position? (Information in text) [closed]

I am a recent college graduate with a BFA (Bachelor's of Fine Arts) in Creative Writing, and I am looking to find a job in the education or editorial industry. I have been applying like crazy, even ...
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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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Will a 22 credit Computer Programming minor that covers most major topics, along with self teaching, prepare me for a career in software development? [closed]

I am an intended Econ major who is slowly realizing he wants to pursue a career in software dev/engineering. I started programming with Python in the winter and am currently taking Harvard's CS50 as a ...
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Why do interviewers ask algorithmic questions that are hard to remember? [closed]

So I'm graduating soon from my CS master and I will apply for software engineering jobs. After a lot of Googling I became aware of the kinds of questions they tend to ask. But I really found them ...
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Can a junior software engineer be blamed for difficult tasks? [closed]

Here's the situation: I am a junior software engineer and I am part of a team of two developers. I was paired up with a software developer lead who worked on the front end section for the software. In ...
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Would employment abroad after graduation damage employability in home country? [closed]

I am a student living and studying in Canada, and in the long term I'd like to also work in Canada. However, my girlfriend is studying in Scotland and we've been in a long-term relationship for a long ...
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Is it normal to have 4-5 hour interview for junior programmer position ? [duplicate]

I have been to a few interviews and the max they have gone is 1.5 hours. But there is this one interview that could take 4-5 hours. I wonder why companies need to interview a junior developer for so ...
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How can a small company optimize pre-employment screening?

We are a very small (10) firm and have a few positions opening up in the next couple of weeks. They are simple admin "Data entry" type positions. Normally, we would dedicate quite a bit of time to ...
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How to handle no-work situations?

I have been working at my company for over a year now, I started as a Junior-Mid level programmer, in the beginning I was assigned to a "tutor" to understand his work so HE could take vacations since ...
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Is it a good idea to mention crowdsourced projects on an entry-level resume?

I have taken part in quite a few crowdsourced projects for the localization/qa of some apps for big companies (Disney, google, audi). would mentioning these projects in my - sadly poor - resume ...
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I have a software engineering job interview but no related work experience

I have a entry level software engineering job interview this Friday but no related work experience to mention on my resume. The interviewer(s) sent me two forms for me to fill out and there is a ...
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Does the recruiter takes into consideration if I'm an entrant or a beginner?

I really need a job - no big surprise; I'm not the only one. My knowledge is imperfect, though, meaning that either because of the lack of practice or because I wasn't even dealing with certain topics,...
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Is it possible before any college for me to get a short term job as a front end developer for experience? [closed]

I'm 17 years old, and I've been programming for several years now, and I'm hoping to make web development my career in the future. I'm wondering if there are any companies that would hire somebody ...
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Why would a recruiter act surprised after learning I was OK with the salary?

I was contacted by an employer who saw my resume from a career fair. The recruiter called me to see if I was still looking for full time employment. After calling back the employer (different ...
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Is it ok to apply for junior jobs without time for preparation?

I'm an international CS master student in a German university and will finish in two months. Currently I'm writing my thesis. A lot of people are recommending me to start looking for jobs from now. I'...
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Reaching out to another manager about moving to another Business Unit

I've been recently employed in a large company in the IT field. It's my entry job, fresh out of a masters degree, and I am in the first month of my probation period. The Business Unit I'm in ...
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How to establish credibility/readiness in resume as a self-taught iOS developer [closed]

I'm a self-taught iOS developer with no experience and a degree in an unrelated field. having trouble translating the work I've done into meaningful points that will show my strengths and ...
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Interviewing at other places after accepting a job offer [duplicate]

So I am graduating in May and have accepted a job offer at a company. The contract that I signed for them said I (or the employer) can end my employment at any time, for any reason. Although since ...
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Career start at a firm with older colleagues [closed]

I just graduated and had entry interviews at a company. I noticed (not so surprisingly but still new to me) that most employees there are around 30-50 years old. As I am 26, I think I cannot relate ...
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Can I convince an employer to hire me by demanding lower salary in resume? [duplicate]

I want to a get visa sponsored job and that's the reason why the amount of salary doesn't matter to me for now. So can I use it to convince the employer to hire me? And I want to write it in my resume ...
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How to approach a company looking for a job self-taught, without formal qualifications? [duplicate]

My situation is quite unusual. I'm a ~junior level developer with solid knowledge of physics and maths. I was taking a degree in Physics last year (2nd year) and left because I was not learning ...
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Negotiating an already accepted job offer

I did an internship at company XXX and got a job offer from them; I accepted it. But I haven't started my work yet. I now received another job offer from company YYY which pays $15K more. The work is ...
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Accepted job below advertised salary, use job posting to negotiate a raise

I accepted a job at a small software company as a software developer. The job posting stated the salary was between 40k and 50k depending on experience. After the interview I received a call and an ...
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Negotiate the relocation bonus after verbally accepting the offer

This is similar to questions in here and here. I have verbally accepted the offer, my next step is to formally sign the offer online. Though I know it's unprofessional to renegotiate after verbal ...
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Which questions to ask prior to working for an IT service provider? [closed]

I'm currently applying for a position with an IT service provider. This company offers a permanent position, but its employees work with one of their clients at a given project for the duration of ...
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When's the appropriate time to ask for a raise in your first ever Software Engineering job? [closed]

I graduated from college and took a internship transitioning into a full time offer this January, and have been working for the company as a full time intern for 3 months, part time intern for 3 ...
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am I good enough to apply for a junior job? [closed]

I studied programming as a c# developer, we were using ADO.NET and SQL-Server also we studied ASP.NET, I took my degree with a very honorable mark I wrote many freelancing software by my own(all hand ...
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Job negotiation, Can I mention my expected raise after one year? [closed]

I'm a recent college grad with a degree in applied statistics. Before accepting the job offer can I mention this: In order to be a realistic long term fit, I want to bring to attention that I am ...
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How to get a job when you'll be out of state for month?

I'm asking on behalf of a person I know. Honest. He's looking for a job, probably entry-level. This would be a good time to start searching out seasonal/holiday jobs. However, he's going to be out ...