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Questions tagged [professionalism]

Questions referring to how one presents themselves and interacts with others in a professional environment

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Professional Etiquette for asking if a connection is interested in a job?

A few months ago, I had a few questions about possible career paths within my industry. One of my acquaintances put me in touch with one of his connections (I'll call him Joe), who is an expert in the ...
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Cultural favouritism in the workplace

This is in relation to the software industry in Australia. I am noticing a repeated and consistent attitude stemming from Indians towards those of non-Indian background in the industry. Examples: ...
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Handing notice letter weeks after verbal notice

In December 2018, my boss and I have talked about the company’s situation (it still has issues), so he asked me if I’m planning to continue working here. I said no and that I have to go. He then asked ...
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Is my Github username bad if I want to use it for professional use in the future? [closed]

My Github username is the same as this account's-BadassSalad. Currently, I'm just a student, so I'm doing personal projects, but I was wondering if this username might hurt me in the future. Maybe I'...
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Continue working for a company client after leaving the company? [closed]

The current setup for my team is a team of developers that report to a manager (who is part of the company management), we take calls directly from the client and these calls happen very frequently ...
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Am I interrupting a conversation in chat rooms like gitter.im or slack?

Ever since I started using group chat rooms like gitter.im and slack, I started to feel like I am interrupting an conversation. Slack is used in the company I work for, which means it is considered ...
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Does having a gap of 3 years in my education mean that I'll have trouble getting a job even with 2 years of work experience? [closed]

I started my engineering degree in 2011, but completed it in 2018 instead of expected 2015. I was a very average student. Luckily after completing a software testing course, I got an internship in ...
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Is it common to require a candidate to take an automatically-graded online coding test if they have lots of demonstrable material online?

Short version: I had an experience with a recruiter that I think was not fair, due to how much time was spent responding to emails and calls, and then being presented with a test. Where's the line to ...
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Should I speak up if I feel like my team is coasting our project?

I work in a big tech company which has lots of money and it spends them on experimental startup-like projects to get an edge over other startups doing innovation in this space. Just like startups ...
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HR forgot about the video call interview

I applied for a job, the recruiter got back to me after 2 weeks asking what time I could take the interview, I said whenever you want I could make time for it. He told me he'd schedule a video call ...
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How to explain to recruiters and hiring managers about a former “manager” that was fired

Not sure how to best write the question, I hope my explanation clears things up. A while back, our startup (early stage) hired someone to help out with my responsibilities and during the negotiating ...
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Reported to HR for talking about salary offer?

I already know about the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) of 1935 that basically prohibits companies from saying you are not allowed to talk about salary with coworkers, but my situation may not be ...
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Is it acceptable to invite oneself to a meeting organized by someone else, without consulting the organizer?

Suppose Alice is leading an activity and has organized a meeting with the technical staff that will be working on the activity. The purpose of the meeting is to parcel out tasks, determine schedules, ...
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My colleague works in an area with high security, yet he lacks the maturity and knowledge to be there

I work with the government. Sometimes we work with sensitive private data to find clues about tax crimes. Now there is this one new colleague of mine who is too nosey, he is looking into data that ...
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Dealing with criticism from boss

I've been working at a software development company for the last year and a half, and during my time there, I've contributed to multiple product releases with little to no delays and generally with a ...
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Is it professional to ask when my converted leave credits will be given?

I’ve been working for a company (a startup) for 13 months. My contract states that I have 5 days of sick leave and 5 days of vacation leave, but it doesn’t state anything about when the converted ...
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Employer announces meetings solely via facebook--unprofessional? rude?

Short version of questions: Is it unprofessional or ...rude... if an employer/supervisor group posts information like staff meetings (not mandatory but paid) to the staff only facebook group (which ...
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Why does everyone at work take me for granted?

I am an experienced individual, but have worked at my current workplace for many years. I am super nice and say everything with a smile on my face and even if someone is a bit rude to me. The ...
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Should I join a company if its reviews on glassdoor etc are not very good? [closed]

I am offered a job from the company as a web developer in UAE. I just went on to the glassdoor and read reviews, the majority of reviews were not very good and some were outrageous to an extent ...
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Asking about eating policy during interview

TL;DR: I want to work in a company with a strict no-eating-in-office policy. How can I ask about it during an interview? Background: Western Europe, software engineering, ~2 years experience. I have ...
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Inappropriate comment made by colleague outside of work

At an informal farewell for one of my colleagues, another colleague made a racist remark, perhaps under the influence of alcohol. This social function is not arranged by the company, hence its ...
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Will not wearing makeup affect my career?

I work at a small tech company in the accounting department. Our dress code is business casual, but most of the rank-and-file dress toward the casual end of that. I am female, in my early twenties. ...
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Can I file a complaint with HR against a coworker’s promotion? [closed]

I work as a Senior Software Engineer on my team, and I have a coworker who was recently promoted to the same level, but she has nowhere near the qualifications for the position, she lies regularly, ...
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Offering Less Than What Was Advertised [closed]

I just accepted a job but still have a question. Online salary range was saying 55K with a minimum associate degree and they are willing to train the person they will hire. After two long interviews,...
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Should I tell my boss my “real” marital status?

Background : I recently moved to a new country and joined a new company. During multiple interviews with my boss, HR and others I was asked if I moved here alone or with my family. I told that for now ...
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Wanting to work somewhere with an option to move, should I tell recruiter?

Context - Happily employed for the last 5yrs, love my current company - Want to move to a new location to be closer to wife's family - Current company has no presence in the area, pure remote position ...
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Newcomers' Presentation

My company has decided to organize a staff meeting event next week to break the ice between employees and I'm glad that they did. There are six newcomers joined the team within four months including ...
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Boss thinks less of me because I smoke

There is a break room where all employees have their lunch/break. It has a smoking area. I am a smoker and I usually take my smoking breaks in that place. My boss's boss, call him BigBoss, is an old ...
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Should I apologize for being indifferent?

A few days ago I was called for a spontaneous one on one meeting with my highest tier boss. I had only spoken to him once during my time working there. I perceive him as a very friendly person. As he ...
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Company going back on a promise, forcing new location when both are available

I’ve been with this great company for a while now and have been very happy and successful. Everybody is always telling me how great my numbers look since I’m in sales and I’m bringing in a ton of ...
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How can i stall the acceptance of a job offer until after the holidays?

I interviewed with a company I'm really interested in. All went well, I really liked the team, and the recruiter just called with the standard questions to prepare an offer letter - yay! On the ...
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On call duties are not distributed to anyone besides myself

I work in the IT dept at a small company that develops and hosts web-based software. As part of my job, I am on call 24/7. The IT department consists of myself and one other person. The other person ...
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It is bad to sign in a company while you are waiting to another to call you, and then leave it? [closed]

I was unemployed about 3 months, and I send my information a lot of companies. I was interested in one in particular, here called as A company, but the never reply my emails. After a certain time I ...
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How to answer clients / supervisors when they ask “Are there any other errors?” [closed]

In a scenario where it's near impossible / too difficult for me to guarantee that there will be no errors, how do I answer that question without making my clients/supervisors anxious?
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How can I exempt myself from political conversations during work?

I've tried searching around on the site for this, but because "politics" can mean inner-workplace politics and not strictly national politics, the search has been difficult. I have a new boss who ...
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Multiple breaches of employer confidentiality [closed]

I was recently up for a disciplinary as I failed a drugs test for cannabis. When the company received the scores back from the testers, they published the three peoples scores on each of the letters ...
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How to talk with an employer to get time to look for other opportunities

I got through the final stage with a company in Germany and they told me they got a very good impression of me, but they “need more time to clarify the budget available to hire me” and they “might be ...
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I wish to move desks at my company. How to word this request?

I am in the middle of a hustling, bustling office space where there is frequent noise and banter. While I enjoy the interpersonal communications to some extent, I have a difficult time sometimes ...
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What to do when a project is outside of my capabilities?

I am currently working on a software project with myself and one other developer (we are at an equal level in the company), however, we've been stuck at more or less the same point in this project for ...
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I unintentionally hurt a co-worker's feelings. I said I was sorry but she won't discuss it [closed]

Someone who I consider a friend at work, who I've known for 4 years, sent a text to my work phone saying she needed a friend to talk to. She went into some detail, I got the feeling it was regarding ...
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Does providing university email benefit resume?

I am in the final year of my degree and starting to look for jobs. I have a university mail and a general all-purpose mail. Does it matter which one I provide in my resume? Will providing the ...
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I recently handed my notice in and they are not paying expenses

I handed my notice in on Monday effective immediately at my current employer as the job was not as described at interview stage. Rightly or wrongly I have withheld on handed my phone and laptop back ...
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Is it okay to tell the manager that people are sharing interview questions with future interview candidates?

Recently, we had a new department open up in our tech company and people from my department were being interviewed for possible selection in the new department. It was rumoured that people who do ...
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Should I add semester projects to my resume?

Will adding projects from my Software Engineering degree to my resume improve my job application?
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Do I tell a current employer I am considering leaving even though I am just casually talking to a previous employer and have nothing in writing? [duplicate]

TLDR; I feel disrespected in my current job, but made a promise to the manager I would tell him if I was thinking about leaving. A manager from my last job verbally promised my old job back, but I do ...
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Is it ok or ethical or even a right to use a VPN at work when using personal computer? What about the work computer? [closed]

The broader question: Is personal privacy a right, anywhere you are? I have been looking online and could not find a clear answer to this. Is it ok to use a VPN at work? Is it an employee's right to ...
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Coworker making annoying and teasing comments. How to resolve it informally?

I am a developer and I have a coworker X who is not, but belongs to the same department and is part of my SCRUM team. Coworker X's desk happens to be right by the front door. The way his cube is ...
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How to deal with indirect comments?

I work on a team of 23 people, and am still considered a junior in my field. I have been employed with my company for going on two years and over the last couple months have noticed that most ...
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Is a book on sales technique a bad idea for our head of sales in secret santa?

So it's secret santa time again at work, and I've drawn the Head of Sales. Secret santa is normally a jokey thing in our office, so I thought it would be amusing to buy him a 'Sales for Dummies' sort ...
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I already accepted an internal offer; Can I still apply for another internal position?

I've been working at my current position for 2 years now. New boss does not see my value, so I plan to move to another position. I got an internal offer for lateral move and accepted it. Few days ...