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One's past employment history, job functions, and different experiences related to the professional work environment.

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

Summary: I have 2 years of experience, but want to get a job that explicitly requires 3-7 years. I consider myself with sufficient skills. How can I get a job that requires more years of experience ...
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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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How long is too long of an unemployment gap?

During one of my previous background investigations, the interviewer had noted on my file that I had no questionable gaps in my employment history that I needed to explain to them. At the time, I had ...
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Should my resume list work experience from unrelated fields?

I am about to apply for some internship programs and I was wondering what should I put in my resume in regards to work experience. I am a junior level student majoring in Computer Science but I don't ...
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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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Irrelevant jobs vs long employment gap

In your resume, is it a good idea to put an irrelevant job rather than having a long employment gap? I just move to another country and things are very different. I keep looking for a job in my field ...
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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 should you list a sensitive or questionable project that provided great experience on your resume?

There are several types of projects you could work on that could be sensitive for various reasons (involvment might disclose your personal political affiliations, the legality might be questionable, ...
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Soo... I need experience to get experience? [duplicate]

I just finished school as a software developer and I'm in the stage of finding a job I have asked at many places which are hiring(even online) and all of them denied me because "I dont have the ...
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Why do companies not want to hire over qualified people?

I've heard stories of how people looking for jobs have been turned down by companies because they are over-qualified, even when they are willing to take a (sometime substantial) pay-cut. Why do ...
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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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Actual work is different than expected - decision to be made

TLDR: Job turned out different than expected. How long should i wait to make a decision about staying or leaving? So i recently graduated university with a M. Sc. (graded 1.3, 1.0 being the best) and ...
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I think an employer believes I am much more skilled than I actually am. Should I let them know in advance, before accepting the job offer?

I received a job offer as a full-stack developer from a startup company which I found on Indeed. The job posting had seven required skills. 4/7, I knew. 2/7, I didn't know too well, but during the ...
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Risks in future career opportunities because of a legal name change

I'm considering changing my legal middle and last name, for unrelated personal/emotional reasons. As a man, this isn't common for obvious reasons. I'm worried that this will negatively affect career ...
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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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How can I get my colleagues to stop interrupting me?

I am the youngest and the least experienced member of my team of eight. Everyone else has at least six years' experience. I have been observing that, for a long time now, whenever I try making a ...
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Workplace effects of working "almost full time"?

I have sometimes considered trying to move from full-time to 80%-time (one day a week off). I don't mean changing jobs, becoming a contractor, or doing a 4/10 schedule; I mean negotiating this change ...
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Why are relatives / people connected in an intimate level not allowed in office?

From the Companies I've served, a common restriction is that: a.) No relatives are allowed to work with you.(they will not hire you or let you maintain working for them) (Ie. Brothers, Cousins, ...
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What is the exact definition of "years of experience"?

A lot of places that are hiring Software Developers have a requirement that is more or less similar to the following: 5 years experience as a software developer 5+ years experience in back-end web ...
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When working with multiple programming languages at the same time, how do you measure experience with each technology?

I am currently working with four different technologies as a programmer: Java C++ PHP Python I am not working on only one technology at a time, as I may be assigned to a PHP project while being ...
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How should I list my SE moderator position on my resume?

I understand that SE moderators are considered volunteers, so it would make sense to list this position under such a section on a resume. Since I have no prior work experience, I'm not sure how I ...
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What to include in a graduate's resume with zero employment history? [duplicate]

I need advice in my situation. I have graduated in 2012. Up to now I have zero employment history, but I wrote a set of meaningful programs. This is not to demonstrate what I wrote, but to help you ...
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How to List Personal/Side Projects as a Work Experience in Resume [duplicate]

I got an employment gap in which I was working on my side projects. I wonder how I can write them under Work Experience in my resume. EDIT: This is NOT a duplicate of the other question. I am asking ...
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How to respond to "Why do you deserve a promotion"?

Our company has a new IT manager and it is suddenly the time for promotions. He is still new to the company and he doesn't have much knowledge about the employees. My project manager spoke about my ...
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Should I list an employer that fired me after two weeks?

I was let go from my last position after two weeks. They said I wasn't picking up the job quick enough but I was working as hard and fast as I possibly could. It was the first time in my life that I'...
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"You're overqualified" - What does that really mean?

I recently had a phone interview for a subcontracting job at a small programming consulting firm. The interview was very short, and at the end, the interviewer told me that based on my resume, he ...
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Do previous, unrelated jobs look bad on a resume once you have had a real job?

I'm a software developer who has worked professionally for 2.5 years (5 years total experience). During my senior year of high school and a while after, I was programming for a company as an intern (...
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How should I represent myself in a cover letter when applying for a job in which I have zero experience?

I was recently informed about a job at a kitchen, working as a general assistant; the tasks would be simple: clearing tables, preparing food, washing up, etc. However, I've never formally worked in a ...
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(How) can freelance work count towards "years of experience" on resume, online/Linkedin profiles, etc?

Although it's not mentioned explicitly on the resume, we sometimes write something like "ABC professional with N years experience" on Linkedin or other online professional profiles or career ...
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Should I include work done under another name in my resume/CV?

Most of my experience is from my online freelance work. However, as I started when I was 16, I had to use a fake name on a freelance site and and ask users to pay me through PayPal (I couldn't take ...
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Will not disclosing that I worked as a contractor not an employee count against me in a hiring decision? [closed]

I recently accepted a job offer for a job that I really want. However, I did not include on my resume that I work as a contractor in my current position, nor I did in the application. However, I put ...
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Can I join without release letter as I was sick to serve notice period?

I resigned from my job recently after working for 3 years, prior to that I worked for nearly 3 years but in that span I worked for 4 companies. In this company I had to resign due to my bad health ...
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Totally underqualified for position, don't know what to do

I'm in a technical position as a software engineer for a startup. At the beginning of my job (4 months ago) I was brought on with the expectation that I would be coding full time. I was the only ...
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Is it a bad idea to have 2-3 months off after getting a degree? [duplicate]

I am currently at university, and I have been wondering how bad it looks to a potential employer if an applicant takes some time off after university before they start looking for work. When I say ...
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How do I get a management position without management experience?

My career goal always has been to get into a position with responsibility, either in the field of project or team management. I finished a business engineering masters degree recently and already have ...
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Built a startup for 2 years that didn't get anywhere, how do I show it on my resume?

I have been working by myself on a startup for nearly 2 years. In those 2 years I did not make a profit. Granted, the startup was very ambitious. The startup was official and incorporated, but I did ...
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Is the right move to stay and search or leave and search (considering my level of experience) at this failing workplace? [closed]

My current developer role is the first corporate developer role I have ever landed (I was previously in another career, but left that career due to safety concerns then taught myself programming and ...
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If I don't have a relieving letter from a job, should I exclude those years worked from my total experience?

I started working as a software engineer for an MNC in India, right out of college. After working there for almost 2 years, I resigned and left the company without serving the notice period. I did not ...
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How can I manage technical workers when I have no experience in their position?

I've been asked to manage a team working on a project with which I am only marginally familiar. Getting more familiar with the project (desired outcome, expected timeline, etc) won't be a problem, but ...
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Does having two jobs simultaneously count for twice the experience? [duplicate]

I started my career as a Software Engineer back in February 2018. As of today, my experience is almost 1 year 8 months. In January I switched jobs (without any break between), but most of my time was ...
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I lied in my CV and I don't know how to fix it!

I was sending out job applications and I found my dream job. I have been called in for a third interview at one of the world's biggest companies in my field. However, while applying for the job, I ...
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How should "years of experience" be affected by activities other than full-time employment?

In resume writing, should the years of experience reflect only the years of paid full-time employment? Or can certain types of gaps in one's employment history be counted? Here are some examples of ...
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How do I recover from faked experience on a résumé? [duplicate]

I padded my résumé because I wanted to write experience commensurate with my (real) skill level (and years of effort which can't be directly documented). The bright-line I used to justify this was, "...
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What should I consider when calculating my years of experience?

I'm not sure what to consider when counting my years of experience in the programming area. In real jobs, I have 1 year and 8 months of internship and 4 months in a full time job. Additionally, I ...
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Is it my responsibility to look for work? [duplicate]

I have a job where I was hired, given a nice salary, and stuck in a corner. I haven't been given anything to do in over a week. I'm free to just listen to music and do what I like in my office all day....
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Software development after working in the adult industry [duplicate]

I'm currently in school studying for a BS in Computer Science. I have a job to help cover my expenses, but it doesn't pay enough, it's stressful, and the hours are inconvienient. I've recently been ...
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Less senior people are becoming more senior than myself

I was hired as a support engineer and junior sys-admin at my company about 2.5 years ago. One of my colleagues was hired 6 months after myself (2 years experience total) and another yet has a mere 8 ...
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Have the company dropped the ball with me as a junior developer?

I've recently started my first job as a programmer (I'm currently one month in) at quite a small company and for my first assignment I got paired with a senior developer to work on a minor project, ...
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How to apply for engineering internships at 16? [closed]

I'm a 16 year old aspiring aerospace engineer, and I'm looking for a brief summer internship (4-6 weeks) at an engineering-related company in order to gain experience. I find that most companies only ...
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My colleague always ask for help. Should I help him always?

So my colleague always or at least most of the times ask for my help like he expects me to explain everything from scratch for every project. He wants to learn but doesn't quite catch up everything ...
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