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Protecting resume against recruiters, double-presentations, and MS Word?

Early in my career, I encountered unethical recruiters in the tech industry. In the worst case, a recruiting firm sent my resume to dozens of companies without my consent. This resulted in a double ...
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What kinds of questions are actually asked on a polygraph exam?

I've never personally had to take a polygraph examination before, but I have had a psychological evaluation before (which isn't all that bad at all). The psychological was just filling out a survey, ...
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Job offer contingent on background check: when to give notice?

I have recently accepted a job offer from an employer (a relatively large one with big HR dept). Basically everything went fine: salary/benefits negotiated, start-date determined, etc. I got the ...
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How can one recover after misspeaking in an interview?

I recently had a phone interview and it went so-so. I think I asked a couple of good questions, but I also think I asked at least one bad one. This is how to conversation went... Me: "What do your ...
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Should you always counter the first offer letter?

I just received the first offer letter and it is better than what I asked for. So I am tempted to just accept it but many people and sites say you should always counter. Is it always better to counter ...
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How important are higher degrees in a tech industry? [closed]

How important are higher degrees in a tech industry? Asides the obvious cases of very specialised companies that perform their own high tech research, does having different levels of higher education ...
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How can I measure motivation in an interview?

I've been performing technical interviews for about a year now, and I have learned a lot about what to look for in a candidate. The thing I'm struggling with most, however, is how to gauge a candidate'...
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Is it appropriate to request a delayed start date at a new employer to help find/train your replacement?

I plan on leaving my current position in the next year or so. I really enjoy my work, but I'm not challenged much any more, so it's time to move on. When I leave, I'd, ideally, like to help find and ...
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Should I get a contract when offered paid trial work?

I recently got an offer to do a small freelance project to display my skills and was offered some money for my effort; a flat rate upon completion. I've already talked to the company and I'm confident ...
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How long can I wait to respond to a job offer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to coordinate the process of pursuing multiple job opportunities at the same time? I've applied for three companies (we'll call them A, B, and C). Company A has moved ...
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Are technical assessments appropriate for interviews?

At our company, i've written an exam that provides relative technical assessment. The test questions range from simple to difficult. Is it appropriate to provide compulsory technical examination for ...
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Reference from previous Job

Generally potential employees are asked to give references from their previous job. If the last job didn't end on a good note, is it acceptable to say no to providing references? If not, what is the ...
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When is it more appropriate to use a résumé versus a CV?

This English and Language question answers what makes a résumé different from a curriculum vitae (CV). But when is it more appropriate to use one over the other? Are there industries that expect one ...
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Should a negative online presence be weighed when considering potential employees?

Accounts on Stack Overflow, github, what have you will contribute positively to your online presence and may give you an edge over other candidates with equal experience that don't have them. However,...
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What to do when recruiters don't count freelancing work as experience

There was a period when I was an individual freelancer, without having formed a proprietorship or something and without having official certificates of experience. Though I made it, after sometime I ...
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When do I notify a potential employer of a nickname I go by?

If I have a nickname I always go by and that everyone knows me as / calls me, when do I tell this information to a potential employer? Most applications do not have a spot on them to write in a ...
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How many simultaneous job applications is too many?

When I last applied for a job, I sent out as many applications as I could. Granted, this wasn't a lot, maybe 50 applications in three weeks. I've heard of others sending out hundreds at a time. But ...
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Does the first person to mention a number in a salary negotiation lose?

When talking about salary negotiation (or any negotiation), it's become somewhat conventional wisdom that "the first to give a number loses". Steve Hanov says so. So does Knocks.com. Is this true? ...
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How do I coordinate the process of pursuing multiple job opportunities at the same time?

In the hot field of software engineering, a competent programmer wanting to switch jobs will be able to apply and interview easily for at least a half dozen jobs. However, coordinating the speed at ...
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Can I trust employers that make the first move?

I've had several companies make offers to me based on my resume and online presence. At first glance, they're a very mixed bag; some very exciting offers from good looking companies and some that feel ...
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How can I tell which job requirements matter in software offerings?

Tech job offerings are plagued with over reaching and unrealistic job/experience requirements. They want college grads to have 5 years of experience, list multiple extremely specific technologies they ...
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Getting a high-quality new hire in a competitive hiring environment [closed]

I am on a small software development team in a fairly small company. We are in a larger metro area (about three million people), but nowhere near Silicon Valley. I am not in charge of the search, ...
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Does my geographic location matter when requesting a salary?

I currently work in a state where my salary is quite comfortable and the Cost of Living Index is quite low. However, if I move to another state, especially anywhere Silicon Valley, I'll need about ...
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When should I bring up pay rate when scouting a job opportunity?

When looking for job opportunities, when should one pop the question about approximate salary? I don't want to waste their time and mine by going through a whole process and finding out we don't ...
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