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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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Is it appropriate to share links with coworkers?

I'm working at a company that is slow to embrace new technologies and best practices. I worry about this, because I was given the green light to rewrite a large part of the codebase in the current ...
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How to ask for Linked-In recommendations

The other day I noticed my Linked-In profile did not have a whole ton of recommendations. I have worked with quite a few people over the past few years. How should I request a recommendation from ...
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Quitting A Job; Better To Leave After A 'Round' Amount Of Time?

I'm considering quitting my current job. I've worked there for 10 months. My question is whether or not it looks better to quit after a 'round' amount of time (IE - One Year' than a seemingly ...
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Whom do I empathise with: Erroneous employee or forgetful employer? [closed]

My team is close to a release and deadlines are getting tighter. This is wreaking all sorts of havoc on the team members. One of our developers is late on his deliverables. I believe the problem ...
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Is it unprofessional to leave a note while you are gone for a break?

I need to interface with a lot of people on a day-to-day basis. The problem with this sometimes is that when I go out for lunch or for a quick snack, I am not available. I hate to make people wait ...
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Interview with prospective employer in between busy schedule at present employer [closed]

I guess everyone has gone through this conundrum some time or the other: How to appear for an interview with a prospective employer in between a busy schedule at present employer - lie about the ...
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Dealing with a manager who won't let go of being a developer

Suppose you find yourself in the following situation: You have a good relationship with your direct boss, and you are a subject expert in the field. The boss is telling you to do something (a ...
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Should I report on an unqualified employee to my superior? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: In an exit interview, (how) do I tell my manager about my replacement's lack of skills? Today was my last day at the firm I worked for, and as part of the change in the ...
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How to tell a interviewer that he is wrong on a technical question

Yesterday I went for a job interview at a product based company. In one of the interviews the interviewer asked me a question that I answered correctly (I have cross checked it) but he kept on asking ...
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What are practical ways to deal with “Reply-All” happy coworkers?

Some people use reply-all a lot. Oftentimes as a default reply rather than only when appropriate. This can result in a large volume of email which is unrelated and unnecessary and add additional ...
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How to respond to a colleague who asks for a recurring reminder to modify a recurring task?

A colleague has a task that he does monthly, which recently has had an adverse impact to some of my systems. I've asked him to modify his task so that it will not include those specific systems any ...
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What can I do about a very loud coworker?

Our office space is pretty tight and there are no cubicles. There is a guy sitting next to me and he is the loudest person I ever met. He is groaning, crackling, puffing, giving loud sighs and ...
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Should I negotiate a higher salary when transitioning from intern to full-time employee?

I'm currently finishing my internship (graduation) as software engineer and the company has asked me to come work for them after I've graduated. During the internship I developed an iPhone app which ...
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Is it unethical to network into a job with a vendor contact? [closed]

My current employer has brought in a couple of firms to pitch us their product offerings in an informal fashion: "We're thinking about doing x with y, can you show us how you might help us with this?" ...
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Do I need to update my resume when not looking for a job?

Is it okay to update my résumé on a regular basis on job sites even when I am not looking for a job change? My concern is that few days back I heard from my colleagues that updating your résumé on ...
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Can it be harmful to dress more formally than what the dress code allows?

We all know that not wearing clothes considered appropriate for the dress code can be a bad thing. Your typical business-casual dress code probably frowns upon wearing jeans, tank tops, black bra ...
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Interview question: Why did you leave your previous role? [duplicate]

I am currently in the job market for a leadership role, and could use some advice on how to answer this question objectively. My previous position was in many ways a dream job. The company was having ...
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How can I deal with a disgusting coworker?

My cubicle neighbor belches, farts, chews his food with his mouth wide open and makes moaning noises when he eats as if he was having some private time with himself. And he is about 10 years older ...
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Why is “I'm stressed and need the day off” a bad request?

The title says it all: Why is "I'm stressed and need the day off" a bad reason to take the day off? And how can I phrase it so that it would be more acceptable? I've seen this attitude at my current ...
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Phrasing of Request for Time Off

I have a problem with words in social situations: I obsess over their meaning and try to get my phrasing as exact as possible so as to convey my intent. This is an anxiety thing. I would like time ...
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What's the difference between mentioning my strengths and “what's special about me”?

In an interview the HR interviewer asked me the following question: What's so special about you the might make me consider hiring you? I was prepared for the classic "Mention some of your ...
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Coworker doesn't actually work - how to deal with the situation? [duplicate]

We have a colleague who prefers to waste time at work instead of well... working. He's either watching movies, playing online games, or he's always on social sites. This is all on company time, with ...
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Should I attend a company function?

There's a big departmental picnic coming up; I've been told that, as a contractor, I won't be paid for the time if I do go to the picnic. However, as an integral member of the team (I definitely do as ...
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Things to do when transitioning jobs

This is my first time to resign as an IT Application Developer and I will be starting to work with my new employer after the 30 days notice that I gave in my resignation letter. I'm new to this ...
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Is it wise to apologize or let this one go?

I recently found myself undecided in the following situation. I have exchanged emails with a potential partner company. This company is bigger, more established, and a leader in their industry. We ...
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Multiple recruitment agencies in the same area?

In the luxurious situation of having a rare and sought after set of skills, one might get contacted by multiple recruitment agencies. From one particular (very large) city, I have been contacted by ...
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How should I respond to the classic “Introduce yourself” question in an interview?

Almost any interview begins with the classic question of "Introduce yourself". Somehow I found mixed levels of detail as answers to this question. How should you ideally respond to this question ...
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Is it normal for a company not to contact you after a lengthy interview to let you know you didn't get the job? [closed]

My friend recently went to an interview with a small accounting software company. After she left the interview, she never heard back from them. The thing is, she'd already talked with the owner on ...
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Does “one month's notice period” mean 30 or 31 days? [duplicate]

Certainly confusing. If the appointment letter specified days, great! But organizations resort to 1 month or 2 months notice period here in Asia. A few questions regarding this: Is 1 month = 30 days ...
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Is it rude to leave an interview early if you have already made your decision?

A friend of mine went on an interview recently for a software developer position at a well known company. It was a senior position, and he had very relevant business experience in the industry. I ...
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What is the appropriate way to deal with “meeting overload?”

Sometimes it becomes difficult to work a normal work week because you are in meetings for so long during the day you have minimal time to actually work during the day. For example, if you have no ...
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How do I approach my boss about a side project?

Recently (~1.5 mos.) started a position at a tech startup, in a tech support position. Some friends and I are thinking about forming a company to see if a project that we've been working on is viable ...
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How should I schedule phone interviews while employed?

The last time I searched for a job, I was unemployed, and I had half a dozen phone interviews as well as a few in person before I settled on an offer. Now, however, I'm currently employed. What is the ...
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What should I tell potential employers if I'm not sure I'm leaving my current position?

I'm currently working as a contractor; in six weeks, either my current company will have offered me a permanent position or I'll be moving on to another position. If they offer, I'll accept a ...
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When is it appropriate to change communication methods?

Situation: I have received a job offer(s) and/or interview related communication from a potential employeer. This has been communicated either in person, via phone, or through email (or some ...
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Negotiation for Fulltime Conversion After Internship [closed]

How should one who has held multiple internships with a large company of 50k+ employees negotiate salary on eventual full-time job offers (having documented excellent performance via internal systems)?...
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Is there an accepted etiquette towards return receipt emails?

Whenever I receive an email with a return receipt request, I feel somewhat slighted, like they don't trust that I will act on the email and want proof that I read it. Is there any accepted etiquette ...
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How to ask for an agreement about a side income

I was working together with a freelancer on a project here in my company for about 18 months. As he had some knowledge, that no one here had, this work was very educational for me (and in certain ...
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How to handle false allegations of my behavior and continue performing my job

My question comes from this personal situation: I have to communicate with a third party logistics company on a daily basis. After a routine communication with this company, I was called into a ...
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What should I do if I suspect someone is intoxicated?

Let's assume the following scenario. One early morning, at work, you walk to the coffee maker to refill your coffee mug. When you get over to the coffee maker, two individuals are there talking. ...
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Protocol for Adding people on Linkedln

Is it unreasonable to add a person on linkedln that interviewed you? I want to add a person who did a phone interview with me. Is this seen as a bad gesture?
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Is it too early to take a vacation day after only seven months?

I've been working at a software development firm since January. It's my first job out of college. The last few months have been particularly busy for me (50+ hour weeks) and I'd like to take maybe a ...
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Why would people make interviewees and clients wait to meet with them, even if they're available right away?

There's two people in my office who get a fair number of people visiting them. One of them has clients coming to visit them, and the other is often performing job interviews. Every time, regardless ...
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What is my obligation to my current employer when changing jobs is imminent but (at this point) not guaranteed?

I am scheduled for a second interview for a job with a company that I would like to have. Changing jobs would require changing cities, which would also mean more opportunity for my spouse. If the ...
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Should you reply to every email that directs work to you (even if not your boss)?

Suppose that I have a coworker, Bob, who is a manager. I am a new hire, still low on the totem-pole. But if said manager, who isn't my manager, emails me about some work that he'd like me to do, how ...
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Dealing with unpleasant food odors

Several coworkers and I share a rather small working area (not absurdly tiny, but small enough to cause this problem). Most of us usually eat lunch in the cafeteria area, and sometimes at our desks. ...
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Where can I go take a nap during the day?

I am a summer intern at a large company. There have been a few days when I have been really tired and I would like to take a nap on my lunch break, but there are no beds, or places to go for such a ...
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How do I deal with an offensive joke from someone in upper management?

I was chatting with a high-level person (CTO) the other day and he was trying to persuade me into moving (out of my home) to be located at a different office. I had told him that moving out of my ...
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What's the correct way to format business emails?

My colleague sends emails with odd spacing. For example, no line breaks between salutation and the first paragraph. I'd love to send him a reference so he knows how to lay out formal/business emails ...
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What is the protocol when you are talking with your boss and his phone rings?

I've encounter several times when I am talking to my boss that his phone rings. He picks up the phone and starts talking. The talking could last for 5 minutes or 15 minutes, depending on the content ...