Questions tagged [skills]

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Is it okay if I tell my boss that I cannot read cursive?

I am working as a part-time grader. Some students hand in their assignments handwritten. Here is the problem. As an ESL speaker, I was never exposed to cursive handwriting. Not only I can't write in ...
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What are the skills required to have a successful career as a police officer?

I am about to complete my B.Sc degree and I wanted to be a police officer since last 7 years. Now that I have been disillusioned that life can be easy thanks to SARSCOV2, I want to know what technical ...
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How to discuss strategically about my weakest skills to find a suitable position?

During the interview, I found out the company is expanding and there are more than one position available complying with the job description I applied for, but with different duties. I am invited to a ...
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How do you put skill level on a resume?

I'm applying for jobs as a software engineer, and my resume has a list of skills like "Java", "React", and "Python" that I'm trying to attach skill levels to. I have ...
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How can I teach an IT team member a bit more common sense? [closed]

I'm looking for inspirations including courses I could send a colleague to to make him a bit easier for me to work with. He's been with the company for years, but in my team for a few months. Although ...
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More junior teammates don’t understand my work…and that’s my fault?

I’m a software engineer and the most experienced within our team. My code has been labelled as “complex” and “hard”, by both my junior colleagues and (vicariously) my manager. My code is “complex” ...
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Can I ask for time to practice pen-testing on work hours

I work in a startup where we do IT Service. We build all kinds of apps (web, mobile, iot, etc.). I currently have a role of project leader (handling 3 projects) as well as the guy people come to for ...
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What level of expertise is expected of someone applying for programming jobs?

I'm looking to start a career in the tech sector without a computer science background. I studied A-level Computing at college (= high school), and my undergraduate degree was in linguistics. I've ...
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How to make most of short term job with steep learning curve

I recently started a new job. It's less than 2 months long but there's a chance for extension. I'm really glad I got it because I really needed money and it's in an field I want to get into. I was ...
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Is it appropriate to state RegEx as foreign language knowledge in a resume?

A similar recent question made me think about a situation I overheard recently. A developer/DevOps friend of mine who has an easy-headed attitude to everything, often comes up with little quirks. One ...
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Am I wrong to ask for help when I run into an issue

I was given a task to add a few textbox by a senior which she only gave me a few files from Project A. The few files provided by the senior was not enough to compile on its own. I check with the ...
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Struggling in my first software development job in this SME company, not sure I should continue in the programming line

I am new to the programming world and my first language I am using is Java in Android App development. I am currently working in a company in my 5th month. There were few things that I was not aware ...
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What should I do when I feel like I'm in the wrong job?

My Bachelor's Degree is in Business Administration. I never really had an interest in Statistics, Finance or Economics as I was keen on looking for a job in Marketing / Management. To this end I got a ...
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Resume - working alone

I am working alone on a software development project. I am employed for a year in an academic institution to complete this project. I am the only person working on this project. My tasks include ...
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How can I ensure my technical skills are solid enough to succeed?

I graduated in Computer Science in 2018. I landed in a java project for my first job, I lacked java skill( I have a c background) and understanding of the product my team was working on. My team ...
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Does a data analyst need office macro programming skills?

Suppose one wants to work as a data scientist. How important it is to learn Excel or Libre office programming (macros), or is it enough to learn R or Python well? My question is, how should someone ...
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How can I constructively address the fact that a coworker with the same (senior) title doesn't have the basic skills for the role

I am an in a QA automation position, with the title "Senior" which is nice. I have a coworker, let's call him Sam, who also has a "Senior" in his title. I was happy with my title until Sam came along ...
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How to make sure that you stay relevant while working at a dead end job?

I am working at a job which has no potential for growth and due to uncertainty I may lose my job in future. Job is very niche and may not have overlapping skills with other jobs that may be available ...
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Should I apply to Junior Developer jobs despite being in my penultimate year of my Software Engineering studies?

I am 19 and am a student in my second year of Software Engineering. Although I have no experience, I am trying to build programs using Unity and put it on Github to show employers that I have a ...
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Is being a jack of all trades interesting to most recruiters?

I've always been bound mainly by curiosity, and my current career path shows it: First job was in a startup Second was in a < 100 employees company Third is in a large > 15000 corporation The ...
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How to do code reviews to people whose programming skills are weak?

I am a developer and I was recently promoted so I am doing significantly more code reviews now. Part of that includes doing code reviews on Github with people who are either not very competent or lack ...
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Does my workplace lack guidance or is it my lack of skills?

I am a Mechanical engineering graduate and recently joined a startup. I have a fair knowledge of Python and Machine Learning. Right after one week, I was put on a project involving Image Processing, ...
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How do I respond to interviewers about my lack of education and desire to go back to school?

I've seen similar questions, and would like to first note that although those questions provide some useful information, they don't provide further information on how to handle the inevitable ...
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How can I change company specific job and get into skilled job? [closed]

I completed my Masters of Computer Applications in 2014. I got selected into manufacturing multinational corporation ( Non-IT) with good salary (3.12 Lakhs, 312,000 rupees, per year) from college ...
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What are AWS requirements for Senior Software Engineers? [closed]

I'm seeing a lot of senior engineer jobs that require Amazon Web Services (AWS) experience in addition to software development experience. Can anyone expand on what this means? Does it refer to ...
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Getting new boss with no experience in the field

I'm getting a new boss (for several unknown reasons I was not promoted to this position, although I have the skills and experience), who does not have any specific experience in the field which he ...
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What are good ways to cite personal skill courses on a resumé

What are good ways to cite self-directed personal skill courses, such as improving memory, time-management, grammar improvement and sales courses on a resumé. ===ADDITIONAL INFO=== What category ...
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Software development skills or projects - what to focus on when starved for space in resume

Space in CV's is very limited resource, often forcing to find a compromise between amount of listed information and brevity. In case of software development CV's, which of these approaches do you ...
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Should I list programming languages I'm only familiar (not proficient) with on LinkedIn? [duplicate]

Under the skills section, should I list the programming languages I'm only familiar with (taken a University course in) by themselves, label them (e.g., SQL (familiar)), or leave them out entirely? ...
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Mentioning my age when skill level is of someone 5 years older

I am currently 22 yrs old and a Software developer, i have worked in many countries and have an extremely complete CV (Over 6 companies, 4 languages). Usually they realize how young i am when i ...
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What is a professional way to rate your own level of domain knowledge in your CV?

I have just finished my 3-year training in Germany as a certified IT specialist for application development. I am working on my resume right now, but the hardest part is to provide realistic ...
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What should I focus on in a cover letter if I don't have any exposure to any common tools?

I'm a self taught programmer, looking for work in Python. However, all job applications I see ask for experience in frameworks or tools I've not used. For example Django, Numpy or SQL. At first I ...
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My boss says I lack communication skills. What does this mean and what should I do?

I am on a 12 month internship. I am a bit introverted and English is my second language. My manager told my prof that I am doing fine but I am not good at communication. I was wondering if you could ...
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When trying to change job fields, how do you appear capable despite a lack of experience?

I have a degree in electrical engineering and I've been working as a test engineer with an engineering firm, but I'm interested in starting my own company and I'm looking to get experience in sales, ...
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How should I sell the self-learned skills that I have not used in my previous jobs?

Almost all positions related to Data Science are asking for skill and experience in some specific tools/software/frameworks etc (besides the relevant theoretical knowledge). As a matter of fact, I ...
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Will a 22 credit Computer Programming minor that covers most major topics, along with self teaching, prepare me for a career in software development? [closed]

I am an intended Econ major who is slowly realizing he wants to pursue a career in software dev/engineering. I started programming with Python in the winter and am currently taking Harvard's CS50 as a ...
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How to compete with people who lie on their resumes or exaggerate their qualifications?

Some time ago I was hired for a .NET developer position. My (then) boss, after praising my abilities as a developer ("We didn't know you were this good"), confessed that she was about to throw my ...
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How to handle a project assignment that's too advanced?

I'm a junior developer at a software consulting company. I recently was assigned to a new project, but I'm very concerned that it's set up for failure. TL;DR - Massive & important project, no ...
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How to deal with relatively technically incompetent coworker?

I'm a software engineer. I work in a mid-sized startup that is growing very, very fast. Overall, I love my job, my coworkers and the atmosphere. One thing about my company is that most staff have ...
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How to make skills assessment fair? [closed]

I have been experiencing a hard time tracking my work records. This leads to difficulties in assessing my skills over the time by myself, by current employer, or prospective employers. Over the time,...
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Are online courses regarded as the equivalent of professional experience?

My background is in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. Last year I paid and attended android developer nano-degree by google course. At the end of it I uploaded my capstone project on play ...
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what to do when the employee wants more tasks and responsibilities and manager is reluctant? [closed]

I asked my manager when I want to extend my contract to give me more tasks and responsibilities as it is going to improve my skills , but he replied I dont have to ask for more and as I am a beginner ...
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How do you go about becoming a carpenter's apprentice? [closed]

How do you go about becoming a carpenter's apprentice? Do you have to go through a certain program, or do you find someone on a job site who is offering the position, or is there another way? Although ...
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Dialog between manager and employee is mostly about discipline in technical sense when it should actually be about the employees skills

I am a technical lead for a team of consultants. We have a colleague who joined 1.5 years ago and has severe performance and some disciplinary problems. This employee has also a conflict with me - he ...
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How to leverage my knowledge of foreign languages to seek more opportunities, while not completely changing my job field? [closed]

My situation: 28, a French engineer (from a "Grande Ecole") and currently doing a PhD in Computer Vision / Deep Learning. I have always been passionate about learning languages, and I am fortunate to ...
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About to graduate and looking for full-time IT job; how to mention my internships experience on my resume?

I'm about to finish my computer science degree and I'm looking for a full time job in IT During my time in the university, I took 3 different internship jobs - 2 as a full stack web developer and 1 ...
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Quickest path to employment given current qualifications, experience and circumstances [closed]

Challenge: find work within 3 months (NYC based, no work authorization needed). Conditions: Need one week-day off a week that I can make up with remote commitment on the weekend. Reason: I'm a Math ...
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How should I interpret a comment made by a member of management at my new job?

I am almost a month into a job and the CTO says, "It's important to realize that we don't expect you to know everything perfectly. Based on our levels of conversation with you throughout the ...
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How can I get an honest or accurate general review of my Soft Skills?

I'm well aware of what Soft Skills are supposed to be, and there is plenty of information out there on how employers can measure it. We even have a question right here on that: Soft skill evaluation/...
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Does experience using a MySQL database on my personal computer with python prepare me for a job involving querying SQL databases?

I worked for a couple of years on a research project where I took the initiative to learn about python and SQL. I installed MySQL on my personal Mac OS laptop, I designed a database on Workbench, and ...

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