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Questions tagged [software-industry]

Questions with this tag should be specific to the Software Industry, or to workplace elements commonly associated with said industry. The Software Industry deals with the creation, maintenance, and distribution of software. In addition, the creation of any associated training/documentation, as well as any consulting work, is included under the auspices of Software Industry.

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How can I overcome “years of experience” requirements when applying to positions?

Having just been rejected as a candidate for a job because I do not show the requisite number of years experience, I have some questions about how "years of experience" is interpreted by hiring ...
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How do I resign without burning bridges when I'm a critical staff member?

I work as an engineer at a startup technology company in the United States, and for several reasons, such as: A culture of working more than 8 hours a day. A loud "open office" environment and a ...
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How do I keep busy during slow times, without looking like I have nothing to do?

I do a lot of tech support work and sometimes I find myself waiting on people or generally going through a slow time. I get a phone call something like once a week. I mainly setup virtual machines and ...
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How can we protest a deadline that is too short?

Our Project manager made a project's presentation and assigned it to our team. The amount of work was estimated at 3 weeks. Our team members discussed the project and we calculated that the amount ...
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Should I propose a big change as a newcomer?

I have been working in the IT department of a (relatively) small company for 2 months. Recently the boss of another department (who is a former developer) told me that it would be nice if we started ...
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Should a thank you letter be sent after an interview?

I've never sent a thank you letter after an interview. I mean, I wouldn't send a thank you letter after a first date. I've asked one senior dev about this and he says he's never got a thank you ...
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How should I list my programming technologies on a resume?

I'm updating my resume, and have realized that many programming skills are very brief and abbreviated. My old resumes would list them in a bulleted list, however due to all the new technologies I'm ...
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Effectively adding “Self-taught” skills on your Resume

I am preparing my resume for development jobs. I have several self-taught skills that I need to add to my resume. I am not sure how to articulate these items on it. The only technical school I have ...
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What should a recent graduate list on a resume if they have no work experience?

I am a Computing Science student graduating soon. I have a lot of experience with many programming languages and other technologies, but no employment history. How can I communicate my skills through ...
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Just got an initial job offer. How do I ask for more without any real justification?

I just got an initial programming job offer for $75k + benefits. It's an initial offer, so I feel like I should give a counter offer ($5k - $10k/year more) to avoid unnecessarily leaving any money on ...
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How can I deal with feeling overwhelmed as a new developer in a new position?

I'm 3 weeks into my first job after graduating at a web development company. I feel like I need help most of the time with the most trivial things and that I'm using up more of the other developers' ...
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How do you explain to your boss they're wrong without making them feel threatened?

I work in software industry as a developer. My boss sometimes makes small mistakes when assigning tasks or reporting bugs. For example, he recently reported a bug caused by a virus on his computer to ...
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How can I reduce the size of a long resume without hiding all my skills and experience?

I'm in the US and have 30 years of experience with a bunch of different companies, working in high-tech and the software industry. I have a lot of links, skills, and education which has pushed my ...
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How can I get off on the right foot with a new intern?

I'm tasked with training the new intern who is about to start on my team. I've never trained anyone before; how can I ensure we get off to a good start? I want him to feel like he can come to me with ...
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Should I include unfinished/cancelled projects to my portfolio?

I worked for about a year on an application before it got cancelled by the company. I am quite proud of the work I did, and am considering adding a description of it along with some screenshots of the ...
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Should I refer to my skills in terms of years of knowledge, years of experience, or proficiency?

I'm in the midst of writing my CV and I have come to the part where I am listing my skills and technologies used. One thing I am torn on is how to refer to my skills, from what I see there are four ...
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How to answer critical non technical questions in an interview

I am an experienced professional who has been at the same company since I began my career. I am looking for a change now. Strangely, during interviews I find I perform well with technical questions ...
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What should I do when I've been verbally told I would get an offer letter, but still haven't gotten one after 4 weeks?

I live in Europe and have had some interviews with a very big MNC based in Belgium. They said they will give me an offer letter in a few days, however I am still waiting for it. The date that they ...
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How can I gauge a company's culture before I begin working there? [duplicate]

I took on an internship at a software company several months ago. When I interviewed and visited the office, everybody was very nice and I felt I would fit in. As time has passed, I think people have ...
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Is it really that bad to leave my job as a software engineer before I have an offer? [duplicate]

I'm a software engineer deciding to leave my first job out of college after 3 years. I've been taking phone calls and interviewing but I've reached 2 bottle necks. One is that I don't have the time ...
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Should I include my Github page on my resume?

I am looking to become a developer and while I have been studying I have made a Github page and have filled it mostly with scripts or simple games that I have made plus a couple basic web applications....
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How can we motivate employees to complete IT certificates?

Our company is an IT service provider which develops software for other companies. To attract customers, we encourage our employees to complete and maintain IT certifications (like Java certificates ...
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How do I tell my boss I quit?

I know it sounds simple, but I'm finding it quite awkward to tell my boss I am leaving for another job. The main reasons for this are: My boss is currently looking for more developers due to heavy ...
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How to bring up the desire to transition to another team?

I started my job here a little less than a year ago. We're a pretty small operations team, supporting a large number of teams within our organization. More specifically, my team consists of six ...
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Add custom effects/formatting to my resume (to showcase my skills)

I'm asked to submit resume in HTML format. As I'm applying for web-designer position, I believe adding embedded CSS would be more effective. What factors do I need to take into account considering ...
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Listing 'soft skills' on a resume

I have been told a number of times that it is important to list some soft skills on your resume especially since, as a software developer, it is really easy to fill all the space with hard skills. ...
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What impact does a sharp looking CV have for a technical role? [duplicate]

So looking at these CV examples, they look nice, they look professional. If I needed a graphic designer, or a magazine editor, I'd hire them. But for a technical role (like an IT developer), does '...
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A programming task is scaring off candidates, should we ditch it?

It is the first time that I am doing HR, and we are looking for a developer. The selection process is three rounds: technical phone interview, programming task (0.5 - 1 hr challenge), and then finally ...
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As a student, how should programming language familiarity be described on a CV/Resume [duplicate]

I am second year Computer Science student and I was going to apply at Microsoft as a Microsoft Student Partner. I am required to create a CV/Resume. Technically I don't have any work experience at ...
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What do employers expect from new graduates?

What does an employer expect from a new graduate who has just finished University and has no prior experience at all (neither as a summer intern nor as anything else)? I'm a college student, majoring ...
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Attending interviews “to stay sharp”, if you reject an offer, and then apply again later - wouldn't this harm your chances of being hired?

Background: I am a software engineer. As a part of my responsibilities I am doing technical interviewing in the company I currently work in. I am happy with my job and am not looking for a change of ...
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What projects can I write in my resume if all my company projects are confidential?

I am a software developer. I am a little worried about my future as my company doesn't allow its employees to reveal anything about their projects, even after they have left the company. Currently I ...
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How can I professionally and politely disagree with Management about my performance review?

It is my performance evaluation. In the evaluation the management is trying to put my rating and rate low by making me solely responsible for some of the the results which don't meet management ...
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I'm not getting enough work assigned from my supervisor. Should I try to find more work or leave the company? [closed]

I recently (6 months ago) got my first job as a Software Developer (before I spent 2.5 years as tech support with some programming/software support). About 20% of the time I don't have any work to do. ...
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Is it critical that you meet every requirement of a job you're applying for?

I know that the answer to this question will depend somewhat on the organization you're applying for, but I'm hoping that the situation is general enough to be useful. I am considering applying for ...
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Not Given Enough Tasks: How to Ask For More Politely [duplicate]

I am a programmer and the way things go in my workplace is people are given modules to work on and every module has a set of tasks. This is just my third month in the company and there are days, even ...
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How can I use my masters degree to get a higher salary?

I have almost completed my masters degree in computer science. I have interviewed at a lot of companies, where they told me that they don't think a Masters degree is necessary for a software developer....
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Do I really need to stay the full 2 weeks' notice?

First some context: I graduated college 3 months ago near the top of my class in Computer Science. Instead of going on to work at Google or Facebook or some similarly interesting company (like many ...
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How do I resign when I know my employer will lose a big client when I leave?

I'm in a tricky position. I don't enjoy where I'm working and I've been offered another opportunity. Unfortunately, I know the current client that I'm consulting for isn't on good terms with my ...
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Coding interview question: how to be comfortable enough doing a certain task that naturally wouldn't happen very often?

I get anxiety when doing coding for interviews and questions I normally would be able to complete I get stuck on in interview scenarios. I have read over this question which is about overcoming ...
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How do you clearly answer interview questions about your motivations for applying?

I have two primary reasons to leaving my current company but I don't know how to clearly express them in an interview or cover letter. Most projects I work on are very 'by the seat of your pants' ...
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How can I tell which job requirements matter in software offerings?

Tech job offerings are plagued with over reaching and unrealistic job/experience requirements. They want college grads to have 5 years of experience, list multiple extremely specific technologies they ...
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What can I do to minimize my risk of being laid off?

The company I work for occasionally goes through rounds of layoffs. It has laid off a few team members last month and there is a general belief that more layoffs are coming. I would like to save my ...
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Telecommuting: how should I ask to successfully achieve it? [duplicate]

I've been working on a company for half a year, as a web developer but also offering consultancy in Android to my colleagues (about 1-2 hours per full-time working day). However, I'm planning to move ...
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Recruiter is asking for sample code

After a good telephone conversation with an IT recruiter, he asked for sample C# (software) code of a project of my current employer. Although this is a logic question, it is impossible to send code ...
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How can I ask for more tasks to do?

I'm halfway into my 4-month internship at a software development company of 50+ employees. So far I've have done every task they have assigned to me, but they're fairly small tasks, so I'm constantly ...
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Should I err on the side of overdressing for my first day of work?

I have accepted a job offer as a software developer after two phone interviews, and they told me that they have a relaxed dress code. Specifically, they mentioned wearing jeans. However, I'm not sure ...
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Should I know what work/tasks/projects are next?

I've recently started working at a software development company where the style seems quite different to my previous experiences. Mainly, the work comes infrequently and after I finish it, I don't ...
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How to garner approval for tools to enable me to better perform my job duties? [duplicate]

I've been having a hard time at my current company getting access to sites, tools, and even internal data that is directly related to job duties I am expected to perform. This question sums up some of ...
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Completely burnt out at work but not sure how to continue

I'm in my 30s, married with a couple of kids. I have been working at a company for the past 3 years. Last year our company bought a competitor that was having financial issues, and laid off most of ...