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How can I help an employee improve their communication skills?

I'm currently a team lead at an IT company, managing a team of 5 software engineers + a PM. Our main role is to maintain and upgrade a SaaS product used by internal and external employees. We work ...
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How Can I Futureproof my Vaguely Defined Role for Future Replacements? (Database and Python Developer)

Over the past year or two I've set up a postgres product database for a small-medium sized business that I work for from scratch (and with no previous experience). On top of this, I've streamlined ...
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Which jobs pay higher and have greater number of open positions; and is such that it requires skills learn-able in short duration for a beginner? [closed]

I thought to find jobs which pay higher and has greater number of open positions, and is such that it requires skill learn-able in short duration (~ 6 months; at the rate of 21 hours per week) for a ...
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How to inform a co-worker about a lacking technical skill without sounding condescending

I work in tech and have a co-worker who does not know how to correctly use asynchronous programming. He's otherwise a fine developer, but this is getting on my nerves a bit because he keeps writing ...
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Dealing with anxiety when taking on large scope projects

I’m a software engineer. I’m self-taught and I’ve been working with moderate success for a while. I’ve reached a level of seniority in my career where I’m required to take on ‘ownership’ of large, ...
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IT Certification to cover basic IT skills [closed]

Which well known IT certifications will cover the following (or get close to it)? We need to extend our recruitment process with a technical assessment of the candidate, and would like to pass them on ...
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Using a postdoc to gain key skills before taking on an industry job [closed]

I am nearing the end of my PhD in mechanical engineering (in the UK). Unfortunately, I don't see myself working as a mechanical engineer since my general interests and focus during the PhD was on ...
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Can I ask my company to let me take my online training course during office hours?

As a data scientist in Germany, I have to constantly keep myself updated regarding the tech-tools and new concepts in the field. Some of them are easily done by spending a couple of hours reading some ...
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How can I improve my developer portfolio?

I've recently finished my portfolio and begun applying to entry level positions. I've been applying to front end job postings and I've made sure to create 4 solid projects that showcase my skills in ...
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How to decide on an interview process, to hire software developers?

Some parts of the interview process for software developers seem pretty clearly established. Having a fairly brief initial phone screen of some sort seems like a generally good idea, for example. ...
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How to add group talk in my CV?

I recently gave a presentation on the research that I have been conducting with my group. It was a group talk. We all talked for 3-4 minutes, for a total of 10 minutes. This talk was the end of the ...
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Does it make sense to apply now, while also planning to apply later, after demonstrating skills?

I'm looking at moving from one software development sub-field to another. A lot of the relevant job ads want expertise with a particular language and a particular set of related tools. I'm confident ...
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Is it normal sometimes for companies to ask employees to do a complete skill change?

Ive been a PHP developer for the last 15+ years and feel I have gained a lot of experience doing backend development, with some front end. My current company employed me 3 years ago as a Full Stack ...
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Do I need to list Javascript/CSS/HTML skills on resume if frameworks/libraries are listed?

If I've listed skills like Angular or other Javascript/CSS/HTML frameworks and libraries on my resume is it still necessary to specifically list HTML/CSS/Javascript as skills? I feel like one would ...
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Hired as a developer and working alone so improving is hard

Context: Been in IT for ~25 years, developing web+databases+apps/datascience/helpdesk/sysadmin depending on where I was at - I feel like I am a specialist of nothing, and ~average at a lot of things. ...
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How to handle a low (read poorly) performing employee who was brought in by a very senior management of the company

As a Senior Software Development Manager, I am in a sticky situation with an employee who was brought into the company as a research trainee (without any interviews) but later moved into my project ...
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What to do about an employee that does good work but doesn't like the role or the future of the role?

I have a direct report that overall does good work. They are responsive, document things well, follows through, is willing to work after hours as necessary for the role, and in general gets things ...
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Upskilling: how can team-mates best educate each other?

This question may end up being too vague and flawed in several ways, so I am taking a risk, but I think it is something of general value, and I'll try to limit the scope, so please give it a chance. I ...
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Was hired as Full stack developer but got to work in Low code tools [duplicate]

I was a Java plus AWS developer along with handson experience in UI development in my previous company for 5 years. I switched to new company where I was hired as a full stack developer but the work ...
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Help me leverage my contributions in ELL SE

This probably isn't the right place to ask this, but I don't know where else to ask. Okay so I have seen a lot of strange questions here in SE (and ELL Meta), and this is my turn to ask one. I have ...
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Can't do what I do everyday for a living without the internet. Do I have problems? [duplicate]

I'm a backend web developer. If there is a problem that I solved before, while I remember there was something for this, I can't solve it by myself. I need any kind of hints or references. I can solve ...
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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 ESL1 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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