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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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How much should I say in an exit interview?

I am the only expert in a certain area in my current company. I have tried bringing up suggestions to improve my working conditions, but because company and my boss don't understand exactly what I'm ...
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Is it OK to leave very short-term employment off my resume?

For various reasons, I only worked for a company for a few weeks. Is it OK if I just don't put that on my resume, and pretend this employment never existed? There is really not much to talk about ...
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How to label inaccurate job titles on resume

I'm currently employed as a "web developer" for a company. That's what it says on my business card and that was the title on the job ad. The thing is I haven't done ANYTHING that can be considered "...
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Leaving a job very early to accept another offer [duplicate]

I was unemployed for a few months and during that time I interviewed with lots of companies. One of them was very quick and offered me a job very fast. They was not my favorite company and I thought ...
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How do I explain being unemployed for nearly two years due to untreated depression

For the first three years of my career, I was always employed (internship and one full-time job). Then, after I got laid off because the last company I worked for went under, I couldn't motivate ...
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Why shouldn't I resign when I haven't secured another job?

Most conventional wisdom states that, when switching jobs, you should keep your current job until you have a new job offer. However, I find that I would really like to leave sooner rather than later, ...
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How to respond to “Why are you looking for a new job?”

During job interviews it seems common for the interviewer to ask something along the lines of "Why are you looking for a new job"? The last time I was asked this was during an interview where the ...
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Selecting interview attire for a technical job interview

According to the book "Programming Interviews Exposed": In general, though, a suit is overkill for a technical job interview. A standard technical interviewing outfit for men consists of nondenim ...
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How could I explain a 2 year gap in obtaining a degree due to dropping out and then returning?

I began college in 2007 and then dropped out in 2009. I returned late 2011 to finish my final year and have completed it just last week. So basically it took me 5 years to do a 3 year degree. It was a ...
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Is it ok to jump from job to job until I find one that I really like?

I am a picky person. I have a stable financial situation. I am not married. I don't need too much to live (cheap lifestyle). My problem is: it is hard to find a job that I really like that fits my ...
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How to renege implicit verbal acceptance of a job offer

One company, let's call them Initech, made me a job offer. I didn't say anything like "I accept the offer" on the phone, instead saying "Great" (which one could potentially read as an implicit ...
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Should I tell my boss I'm leaving before going job-hunting?

Background: I have been working for this company for 4+ years and I feel that it's time for me to move on, find another job that has better benefits and pay, and to experience more growth. I'm in my ...
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Are side projects acceptable “work experience” for an entry level worker?

Are side-projects good to list in lieu of work experience? I have a few on my resume, because I haven't had a job yet, and I want to demonstrate my ability. But some of the recruiters that I have ...
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How will a history of job-hopping affect my career or job search?

I've had 6 jobs in 6 years, with each lasting less than a year and I'm wondering how this is going to affect me in the long run. I started out after college losing my first job because I didn't ...
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Handling a Gap in Your Résumé (Travel experience)

After saving up money for a year, I quit my last programming job in the fall of 2011 to go travel around the world. Now I'm starting to look for a new job. I feel like this would be easy to talk ...
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What are the pros and cons of disclosing a spectrum disorder when applying for a job?

Should one reveal having an Autism Spectrum Disorder when applying for an IT job? From the one side this information could help getting the job. Asperger Syndrome is related with high intelligence ...
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What are the chances and potential consequences of faked work experience being discovered?

A friend of mine has been unemployed for nearly 8 months, and is coming to the end of his unemployment benefits. After reading about how difficult it is to find jobs after 6 months of unemployment, I ...
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What is the proper way to deal with a recruiter who calls during work hours?

I have been looking for new career opportunity. Sometimes a recruiter calls me while I am in the office, during work hours. I am having difficulty in dealing with recruiters. They ask me to describe ...
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Interviewing for jobs after a long (no work) period of absence? [duplicate]

Although the question is general: How do you go back interviewing when you have a long period of unemployment in your CV, I do need to share some context with you. I have an inherited condition that ...
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When to start sending resumes for full time jobs before graduating?

I'm going to graduate in Computer Engineering in 12 months, and I've started sending a few applications for full-time jobs outside of the area where I'm currently studying (where applying for ...
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What projects can I write in my resume if all my company projects are confidential?

I am a software developer. I am a little worried about my future as my company doesn't allow its employees to reveal anything about their projects, even after they have left the company. Currently I ...
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What is the best protocol for courteously declining a job offer?

According to this site, if you decide to decline a job offer: do so courteously, in writing, after making a phone call I'm curious, though. What if I signed up already for a 2nd round of ...
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How do I explain wrongful termination in an interview?

I worked at a retail store (big company, locations in multiple countries) for a couple of years as a low level employee. I was eventually promoted to supervisor. I remained in that position for ...
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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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What should you say when you don't want to go back for a 2nd interview with an Employer?

I have a friend who had a job interview. She did really well and the company invited her back for a second interview in a voice mail she got. However, the salary range they told her was lower than ...
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Is it considered rude to turn down a job after initially accepting it?

Earlier today, I was offered a position which I accepted. It is supposed to start in about a month. I feel like I've made a huge mistake. Can I do anything about it without coming off as ...
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Listing LinkedIn profile as a full CV - looks lazy, or convenient for recruiters?

I am considering putting a line at the bottom of my one-page (US) resume like this: "References available upon request. For a full CV, please view my LinkedIn profile at http://www.linkedin.com/in/...
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Is a cover letter really necessary?

With so many posts about recruiters not really having enough time to look at the resume, I was wondering how ( or if ) cover letters really play a significant role in the decision process. How do ...
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Turning down a job offer without Burning Bridges

I have 2 job offers offered in my table. However, how do I decline a job offer without burning bridges? what words should I say or email? it's my first time in the industry and I have no experience on ...
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Pro's and Con's of sending a resume directly to a potential employer vs. through a recruiting agency

Recently I came across a job ad publicly posted on the internet by a recruiting agency. The agency is searching an employee to be directly hired by their client company, i.e. it is not about being ...
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Why do companies not want to hire over qualified people?

I've heard stories of how people looking for jobs have been turned down by companies because they are over-qualified, even when they are willing to take a (sometime substantial) pay-cut. Why do ...
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Startup vs Big Company - ok to ask for details

Hoping for some guidance with this. I recently left the startup company where I was working as a senior backend Python engineer. The job had a lot of complications and the company suffered from a ...
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Is it better to invest energy in curating an online resume (LinkedIn, StackOverflow Careers) or a Word document?

Not that you can't do both, but which has the bigger bang for the buck? Will there come a time when we don't send resumes around, just hyperlinks to online profiles such as LinkedIn?
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How to explain a long (4 years) employment gap?

My partner was laid off during the peak of the recession (2011) from his job as a technical illustrator. He is currently 50 years old, and still looking for a job in that field. He's literally been ...
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Should I share information about positions I have applied for with recruiters?

I posted my resume on popular job sites, and got many emails, and even some scams. I applied directly to a company and had a phone interview shortly after, possibly face to face next week. I then ...
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How do I handle informing a potential employer that I was fired from my last job?

So, I applied to a company, but only listed years in my resume. I was fired from my last job (which I was at for slightly less than 6 months) about 8 months ago. I organised an overseas trip and I ...
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quitting a job very early; how to justify it for next interview?

I have been in a job for two months, but I have soon realized that I must change the job (I like the job, but the management is awful and is not gonna change), so I have already started considering to ...
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Received verbal offer, waiting on offer letter, but [closed]

I know there are a few questions about verbal offers vs. written offers but my conundrum is unique in that I received a verbal offer and have not yet received my written offer, but I totally jumped ...
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Creatively-formatted Resumes [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Add custom effects/formatting to my resume (to showcase my skills) Every so often I hear suggestions like "print your resume on bright yellow paper to help it get noticed" (...
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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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How should I answer “why do you want to join our company”?

Recently I applied for a job in another company and they called me for an interview. Its one of the best companies in the country(might even be considered as the best in the world) and offers much ...
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How long should you wait to re-apply to a company?

I interviewed with a software company about 6 months ago but unfortunately did not get a job offer extended. They didn't tell me what to work on professionally or what I did wrong, etc. (as expected) ...
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Should I tell my new employer that I'm gonna quit soon for a better offer? [duplicate]

Background: I was job hunting for the past 5 weeks. I applied for Company A (dream company) and Company B at the same time. Company A's recruitment process is comprised of 5 steps, while Company B's ...
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Is refusing job offer after getting it unprofessional? [duplicate]

I am currently student and have never applied for a job before. I won't graduation until March-April. Now, I want to see what my skills are worth, like: How much salary I can earn if I start ...
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How should I address a non-violent criminal record when applying for jobs?

I have cleared interview of a major tech company and right now background checks are going on through third party company. I had a small issue of being charged with a misdemeanor that is a reduced ...
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Risks in future career opportunities because of a legal name change

I'm considering changing my legal middle and last name, for unrelated personal/emotional reasons. As a man, this isn't common for obvious reasons. I'm worried that this will negatively affect career ...
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Should I include education section in resume if I dropout college after K-12 [duplicate]

This is my follow up question to the How do I make companies to consider me for the job irrespective of my very young age? After completing K-12 I joined college for graduation but within a month I ...
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How important is Bachelor's degree for a programmer? [closed]

Is it hard to get a job for a programmer without having bachelors degree? I'm not interested in education just this "paper" which as some people said greatly impacts CV and employer will only accept ...
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Can I disclose my company's financial troubles when applying for new jobs (UK)?

My new company of 3 months is having trouble servicing its debts, including payroll, and I am actively looking for a new job. When asked by potential employers as to why I am moving on so soon, am I ...