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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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Should I use Europass format or create custom resume template when applying for internships?

I'm a European CS student, looking to apply to a few companies for a summer internship. I am building my resume, but I'm wondering whether I should go with the standard Europass format, or a custom ...
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How can I become a confident developer again?

So here's the story: I'm a recent CS grad who has been working for a government company for about half a year, not because it was my first choice, but because I took their university scholarship and I ...
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How can I get out of a bad job assignment without quitting?

I'm a software developer. Recently, my boss has told me my upcoming project assignment will be doing manual quality assurance on a web site some colleagues are building. I feel that spending 6 months ...
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Should I add specific software to my Curriculum Vitae?

I am considering adding BlueJ, an integrated Java environment specifically designed for introductory teaching, to my CV. But I am not sure if this is OK or not. In what sort of situations is it OK to ...
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What factors should I consider when evaluating a job offer to work with a specific software platform?

I am currently working as a .NET 4.0 developer for a company, and would like to aim to grow in my career and reach a leadership position. I currently am not the lead developer, however I am his "right ...
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Is it worth to tell a “Samaritan” (company mentor) about my story of particular failure?

Our organization conducts a program called "Your Samaritan", where somebody will support the employee to cope with the situation, listen to the issues and guide. Many of those Samaritans are senior ...
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Is December a bad time to submit a job application?

I've been visiting the website of certain company for a couple months, they have a "web developer" opening that seems to be permanently open. Is right now a bad time to send my application, taking ...
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How can I enhance my skills when my current job is not providing much scope? [closed]

I have more than 3 years of experience in IT. Sometimes I personally feel that I lack proper guidance as my surroundings are not providing me that much exposure and most of the professional people ...
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How can I learn to communicate better with colleagues from another profession?

My experience is in online marketing, UI/UX and web design, but I know virtually no programming. I have recently been hired to build a new, fairly complex site from scratch, for which I will be ...
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Is walking around in a software environment typically allowed?

I work as a software developer. I have written on my personal web site that I find walking around to be an important part of the way I work. I see two reasons for this: first, I find it uncomfortable ...
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How can I convince my management of the importance of my involvement in other parts of a project?

I am a software developer working in a project that involves two separate software systems which communicate with each other. I am primarily responsible for one of these systems, and my company hired ...
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How do I migrate from employee to consultant?

I currently have a full time job and I don't really like it. That said, I love my career choice. I've been a software engineer for over 5 years. I think my forte is that I care about clean code and ...
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Convincing potential employer that my skills are transferable to the technology they ask for [closed]

I have come across a job opportunity of becoming a web developer. The skills I have fit the criteria for roughly 90% of what they ask for. The employer is looking for experience using technology X, ...
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Changing priorities too much

We are small growing company with demanding IT needs. As the company grows, new business logic needs to implemented to accommodate the growth and the existing system needs to be fixed which has a lot ...
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Diplomatically suggest involving another person in project

A product that I work on as a developer recently received a complaint from an irate customer because of data lost due to a usability issue. I want to suggest to the team that a friend of mine in the ...
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Leaving an internship early?

So, I undertook an internship abroad as as I wanted a challenge and something which would look great on my CV. It's for a year, and I'm around 6 months in, but recently I've been having mixed ...
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What is the professional way to follow up with a manager for project opportunity?

I am working for an outsourcing IT organization. My project contract was recently ended and I was put on bench. I have a discussion with marketing manager, who markets my profile and finds out project ...
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How can I justify developing my soft skills over contributing to other projects?

As we reach holiday season, we have less work load at present. In these days I have some professional hours left after completion of my actual work. At this situation I would like to invest that time ...
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Effects of automated time tracking/monitoring

Our company wants to set up an automated time tracking/monitoring system. It will monitor every software developers' workstation and make statistics about their computer usage: which program the ...
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How can I improve my verbal communication skills at my workplace?

I am working in IT industry. The company I am working is operating on multi-national and multiple time zones with different set of people. I am from rural India background and native language is ...
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As a leader, how can I communicate to my staff that I don't need to be as technical as they are?

As a leader, on a few occasions, I had team members wondering why I was not remaining technical or why I was not paying attention to the most technical aspects of their jobs. On the other hand, I ...
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Sending disagreement to boss over a mail is correct thing to do?

I am working on outsourcing organization. I have worked with various other teams and people while executing an assignment. How ever while evaluating, based on the feedback gathered from all the ...
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Based on this job description, does the employer expect full code to be submitted with an application? [closed]

A job listing I'm looking at says: Assuming <environment>, describe start-to-end how you would setup a system monitor ... including in your overview any scripts that you would write ... ...
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How to meet former boss with who I have good relationship while I am in trouble?

I have a good work relationship with my former boss, who is now an influential person in upper management. Once, I was in a jam at work, he helped me to resolve the issue when I asked for help. Later,...
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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 offended an employee by discussing his performance. Should I try to make amends?

I have an employee that I think has been underperforming the last few months. I don't have a "smoking gun" to prove that he is underperforming, however I do have some circumstantial evidence and a gut ...
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How to explain business people that their feature request is infeasible [closed]

In my role some time I sit with business & operations people (people those directly connect with customers) to discuss new feature or some modifications, these people are mostly non technical and ...
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Wearing a suit without a tie for a formal interview?

I have a technical interview for a global bank as a software developer and I was informed by a recruiter that I should adhere to a formal dress code. I have a classic black suit, light blue shirt, ...
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Can I say “No” politely for a task I'm not interested in doing?

My boss is repeatedly giving me some R&D tasks which are a little bit frustrating for me to do. Several times I've told him that I am better in other assignments, but he always convinces me that I ...
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No work assigned from 4 months, Is leaving job a better option?

Well, I am civil engineer by graduation but my liking towards software development has led me working in a software company. We have our software developed using MFC and plan to switch on .NET in say ...
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Newcomer in a company that's losing money

It has been less than 6 months since I joined a new company as an engineer. The division I work for is once a small company which was acquired by my current company which is doing moderate business. ...
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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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What steps can I take to ensure my company gets maximum productivity out of a software consultant?

I am the lead developer on a software project for which we are temporarily bringing on an additional developer hired through a recruiting agency. He will be working for us for about 6 months, and I ...
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Stuck in a dead-end job. How do I get ahead?

I'm stuck in a dead-end web developer job where I don't get paid much and rarely get to learn anything new. It's a small, mom-and-pop shop where there is no room for advancement either. I am not happy....
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What is the etiquette for a take home code test?

I have had a couple of take home coding tests recently and I wanted to see what people thought the expectations were for these. In the most recent one I was asked to code a thread safe message ...
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How do you overcome interview anxiety when writing code?

I have test anxiety, and when interviewing I often get so stressed that I have difficulty completing tasks in the interview that I normally wouldn't have trouble completing. I recently went through ...
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Should Specialization be Desired/Expected in a Software Career [closed]

I am currently employed in a technology-centric small-sized company. Due to the structure of the company and number of employees, I am usually pulled between different projects which involve different ...
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How to advocate a different approach to a project when office politics are involved in the decisions?

My group has found itself in the position of being forced to implement software projects in a technology that has proven to be a poor fit for the kind of work that we are being asked to do. Due to ...
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Work environment - open spaces, noise, and distraction [closed]

I recently turned down a job offer at what seemed like a great company because of their work environment. They have a large, open workspace, and it's fairly noisy. There's not much personal space, and ...
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Can I call myself a Software Engineer when that was my job function but not my title?

I am a software company owner for 8 years now. After years of operation I figured out that all the while what I was doing was a software engineer's job, so would like to proclaim that I've been a ...
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Would it be rude to request a (paid) work placement?

I'm currently a university student in my 3rd year of a 4 year degree. Last summer, the University offered paid work placements and I found myself working for a local software company for a small ...
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How do I politely ask about the “urgency” of a work request - i.e. what date should it be completed by?

I work in an IT Help Desk role, and I often get requests that have vague "due-dates". So maybe a Project Manager wants a large database pull, which will take at least a week of my time. But they don'...
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How do you decide if it is worth it to continue working on project when you know that another person works on the same project too? [closed]

One of my co-workers mentioned an old PC game and said that it would be great if we (me and my colleague) could remake one for windows phone few days ago. But the project is too small for two ...
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How to tell co-workers that their action is disturbing you from thinking while working

If a co-worker unknowingly disturbs you doing something where concentration is important, what is the best way to tell them? When I'm programming, disturbances are particularly disruptive. Should I ...
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Is writing down every important point while at the office a bad habit?

I have just joined with a company. As I am a fresh passout from graduate college, I had a habit of writing every important point that I hear. As I am in IT industry, every single point that we hear ...
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Does shifting jobs after small periods have negative effect on career [duplicate]

I would first like to mention my stats - I am working with a company for the last 6 months and I am also placed in a more reputed company, where I am supposed to join within 3 or 4 months. Now the ...
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Company mini-conference - How to engage co-workers?

As an initiative to increase knowledge and competence at my workplace, I have approached my team with the idea to have a mini-conference with technology topics. The plan is to have this for half a day ...
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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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What if I don't have enough work sample for an interview?

I'm going to an interview for a programming job. I have knowledge of many things in the field but I don't have a lot of work samples and the ones that I have are only covering part of my knowledge, so ...
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When should someone accept more responsibilities without more money? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should I ask for more money in conjunction with more responsibility? This happens very often in many companies. I think I'm at a very early stage of my career and I'm ...