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Questions tagged [job-search]

Questions relating to the activities involved whilst seeking employment.

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Major differences between direct hire and contract to hire?

I have been getting a lot of recruiters calling me since I went on the job market and many of them have been pointing me towards contract to hire positions. Each recruiter assures me that if I get ...
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Are Employers more likely to hire someone with “developer bootcamp” experience vs. Self-Learning? [closed]

Can attending developer bootcamps such as DevCamps, AppAcademy, be considered enough real-world experience for employment? How useful is attending these types of schools as preparation for employment? ...
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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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How should I address an email application if I don't have the last name of the receiver?

I'm sending an application to a freelance software developer by email. My goal is to work for free in my spare time (not quite an internship, but basically an internship). I have a completed, and ...
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What are the benefits of Receiving an MBA when I already have a Masters in my current field?

I already have a masters degree in Computer Science. I am currently working in the IT industry as a Software Engineer, but I want to move towards management. so how would an MBA help me advance my ...
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Is there any benefit to receiving LinkedIn recommendations from colleagues/class fellows?

Do LinkedIn recommendations from your colleagues or class fellows matter to hiring managers? And does it matter that it would be from classmates or colleagues instead of from seniors or people with ...
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Why would an employer seek candidates by an employment agency that sends out job advertisements describing requirements, but not the employer?

I'm a PhD student in my final year. Regularly, I get spam advertising bogus journals, unknown conferences, or sites that want to list my CV. Recently I received an e-mail from a recruiting firm. ...
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Is this an acceptable reason to provide when looking for a new job?

I want to change jobs. I am an app developer for a large company and we create apps that contain images I find objectionable. I'm tired of being exposed to this type of imagery all day long at my job....
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When interviewing, should I tell prospective employers whether I'm actively or passively looking for new positions?

I've been in my current job for about 18 months now and keep an eye out for interesting (i.e. better) opportunities. I've just thought on how to answer if I were to be invited for interview and I was ...
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Changing when you're able to interview - Asked interested company to wait for me to graduate, but that's delayed

I'm an undergraduate student at an overseas campus of a university that's not based where I am. If everything went well, I'd graduate around this august and when contacted by a recruiter, I'd asked ...
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Why do recruiters ask for ID and/or references?

I am applying for jobs through a recruiter, and have just been asked to provide ID and/or references before being put forward for a role. If I get the job and the company wishes to have reference and ...
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Is it a good idea to put Summary in place of Objective in your resume?

I've seen lots of resume which has it's first section called "Objective" which (usually) states your career plan as to what you want to be, and what kind of position you're looking for. I find this ...
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How to emphasize intelligence and general aptitude over book knowledge and experience in job search? [duplicate]

I a very lazy learner. I learn things only if I can relate to them through a hands-on opportunity, which is then a very fast process and I always excel in anything and everything I get my hands on, ...
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Should I ask about compensation if I may be overqualified?

I recently talked to a company that has an open position which requires a lot of different technologies that I would like to use in my day job. The problem I am facing is that the company requests ...
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How to approach a cover letter with a lack of skills as a recent graduate? [closed]

How does one deal with the lack of experience when applying for jobs? For example, recently, I began a cover letter like this: As a recent graduate I don't have so much professional experience, ...
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Job ad with no “number of years” specification

I'm a graduating master's student in engineering with 2 years of professional work experience. I find some positions without any information about what level of experience employers are looking for ...
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What is the proper way to deal with a recruiter who calls you on the number of your current company? [duplicate]

It happened to me already the second time in the last few months that a recruiter called and asked for me on the central phone number of the company where I currently work. Obviously, I did not ...
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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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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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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 do I mention my spare time projects in resume?

What kind of heading/representation be good for mentioning my spare time projects. These projects I posted on github as mentioning "Spare time projects" heading sounds awkward to me although I googled ...
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How long can I wait to respond to recruiter e-mail?

A little over a month ago, I tweaked my resume on some job search websites. Since then I had been too busy to realistically handle my inflow of e-mail due to personal matters. I am now in the position ...
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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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Personal Voice-mail message [closed]

Is it more professional to have a personalized voice-mail that says "This is so and so I am unable to come to the phone right now, please leave your name and number and I will return your call."? Or ...
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Asked two alums from same company to talk with me about openings on linkedin, both responded to my request. How do I deal with this properly?

I typically send requests to multiple alums from one company in my job hunt, because there is a high chance that my message gets ignored. However, this time, I got both to respond willing to talk to ...
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How to refuse an interview invitation with a bad company?

I'm currently on the market and my CV is opened to the public on multiple job search sites. I have sent my CV to multiple companies and some have found me online and contacted me. One of the companies ...
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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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Student Internships: Should I explain why I am taking so long to finish school in cover letter? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How could I explain a 2 year gap in obtaining a degree due to dropping out and then returning? I've been doing my engineering degree since 2007. I did very poorly on my first ...
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Is it ok to use concealed tape recorders at interviews?

I have realized that there could be some real advantages from using a tape recorder in interviews as I look for a new job. Some of the reasons I feel it would be worth recording the interviews are: ...
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Should I tell recruiters who else I'm talking to? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I share information about positions I have applied for with recruiters? I recently put my resume up on Monster.com and a lot of staffing agencies have started ...
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How to express that a non-disclosure agreement forbids you from listing work samples in an application

When applying for a job, how do you express that a current work contract forbids you from listing those projects in a portfolio (and consequently, there is no items in your portfolio for the time of ...
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Is it ok to use chat smiley somewhere in the txt while applying for a job via internet ?

Today I applied for a job and while mentioning about my interest I pasted this smiley symbol :) in the section (It was an online form). After submitting the form I am really concern about the symbol ...
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Skill- rather than employer-driven resume

I want to restructure my resume so that the first page displays a hierarchical tree of qualifications. My goal is to advertise myself like a tradesman who lists what he can do on the side of his van ...
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How do I find a recruiter that's actually worth working with?

I keep my resume up to date on a few sites just to see what's out there. Normally, this leads to plenty of recruiter spam in the form of Dear Sir, I have an immediate opening in the middle of nowhere ...
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Could my name be misinterpreted? [closed]

I'm starting my job hunt now and I've realized I might have a problem on my hands. In my country my name is strictly given to males. But in the UK (where I'm searching) my name is mostly given to ...
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How to get a job with an Incomplete degree in computer engineering ( back papers )

I am a software developer having experience of 1 year and 5 months. When I joined my current company I was just a pass out, but still I have back papers remaing in my engineering degree. I am trying ...
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Is it professional and acceptable to ask questions related job security and company sustainability in Job Interview?

I am looking for Job change and attending Job Interviews. But I am concerned about job security. I have framed the following questions where the answers from prospect employers would helpful in ...
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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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To what extent do attributes making a resume “good” generalize across industries?

I have spent a lot of hours reviewing and refining my resume. As a result, I have spent a lot of time helping others with their resumes and have a polished, professional resume. Throughout the past ...
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How can I become a confident developer again?

So here's the story: I'm a recent CS grad who has been working for a government company for about half a year, not because it was my first choice, but because I took their university scholarship and I ...
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Moving - when should I start looking for a new job?

I live in one of the EU countries and in about 6 months me and my girlfriend are planning on moving to London. I am a software developer. I was planning on getting a job before we actually move there, ...
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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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How to alleviate negative sentiments regarding large time gaps on resume? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Handling a Gap in Your Résumé (Travel experience) Assume a software developer who mainly pursues contract work, spends time working and living frugally with an ...
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How to handle an awkward job departure when looking for work?

I was unhappy at my old job so I conducted a brief job search in which I got a very good offer quickly (and therefore didn't pursue other opportunities). Shortly after leaving the old job (but a few ...
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Employer asks to find a temporary job

I was working for a tech startup for 8 months and everything was fine - I loved my job. But lately payments started to be late, 1-3 days late (which I was fine with then but probably was a red flag) ...
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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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Can I be fired if my employer thinks I am looking for another job?

Here is the scenario. I work in the UK, and my probationary period was extended 3 more months a while back and I was given a agreement to sign which stated the points that I should improve. Today I ...
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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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Degree equivalency in resume

I just graduated in Greece and applying for a job in UK. The exact title of my degree is Diploma of Electric and Computer Engineering (4.5 years of study plus one semester for a thesis). I fear ...
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Proper etiquette when connecting with alumni

I was able to network with an alumnus who works at a company I want to apply to. In my initial approach I said that I had questions about my fit with the company and that I wanted to discuss them. I ...