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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?

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 to respond to “You should have skipped college” in an interview?

In seeking my first full time position related to my college major, I was at a "cattle call" type job fair. One of the managers I was sent to looked at my resume and commented that I didn't have any ...
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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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My contract is ending. Is it acceptable to just leave without any talk with the employer?

A bit of information: I know it's common at my workplace to renew contracts 1 day before their end (when the interested employee goes and asks for it). However, I usually think that if something is ...
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How do you grow in a skill when you're the company lead in that area?

I'm a member of a small startup. When we decided to look at including a bit of AI in our product, I was asked to investigate, simply because I found it interesting and had taken a few AI/Machine ...
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My manager wants regular one-on-one meetings: is this bad?

I'm a recent computer science graduate and have been working at my first developer position for about a month. Today I got an email calendar request for weekly one-on-one meetings with my manager. I'...
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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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Personal and legal liability with respect to inexperience?

I am a recent Bachelor's graduate in computer science - I have been employed in the field for less than a year. My current employer is asking me to design and implement a relatively advanced ...
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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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Why do interviewers ask leadership questions even for “follower” positions?

I remember trying out for choir in college where I had to go through an interviewing process. The director asked me questions like "How did you form, lead, and manage a singing group?" as if I was ...
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Is this ordinary workplace experiences for a job in Software Engineering? [closed]

I'm currently working my first job as a Software Engineer. Prior to this position I've worked at places such as Wal Mart, Sam's Club, and Circuit City. I'm currently finishing my last two classes ...
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Asking logistics questions during an Interview?

Background: I am sophomore college student currently working on my way towards a computer engineering degree. Despite being very young, I have 3 years experience with a Fortune 500 software company, ...
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Offloading Interns to a New Junior Developer

I just found out yesterday that we're getting three interns this coming Monday and that my boss is offloading them onto me. I was a TA and tutor for several years in college, so I genuinely enjoy ...
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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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Should money be paid as a motivation to testers and developers for detecting and producing bugs?

I read an idea for increasing productivity in a company. It went like this: Have a certain fund that will be a bonus. Say $100,000. For each tangible bug found, the testers get paid $5 - $15. ...
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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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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 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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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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“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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Mistake in years of experience in resume?

I have 3 years 9 months of experience but since notice period for my organization is 3 months so I calculated that I will be having 4 years of experience on my last working day. I have mentioned in my ...
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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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Is it worth putting a skill that is a prerequisite of a lot of other skills on my resume

One of the sections of my resume mentions a lot of different JavaScript skills I have. For example: AngularJS, React, jQuery, Node.js, Express, PhantomJS, Tape etc... That section just keeps ...
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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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Why did my abusive boss insist that I take an unpaid leave of absence when I tried to resign?

I've been working at this company for over 6 years and for those 6 years, my boss has been an absolute bully. He micro-manages everything I do, dumps so much work on me, and then criticizes everything ...
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Staffing companies ask to put fake experience: Ethical or Unethical

For an entry level candidate, staffing/recruitment agencies ask to add fake experience which increase the probability of landing a job interview. While this question is asked by many recruiter agents ...
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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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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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How do companies hire people for positions where years of experience doesn't correlate to skill?

On every, or nearly every job listing I've seen, a primary qualification of the job is listed as "X-Y years of experience". When was younger, this was frustrating since I thought that my skill ...
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Should I omit very early programming experience and/or a job that required clearance? [closed]

So I recently had a problem with an employer that I never expected to have... They accused me of lying about my experience. The first issue was the "How long have you been programming?" question. I ...
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Bring up a candidate's possibly unethical work experience in interview?

I have a candidate for an open position and I will interview him in a few days. His résumé looks quite promising. However, his work experience lists two projects which are in a field of activity which ...
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Should I list my 3-years PhD in 'Education' or 'Experience' on LinkedIn?

I've been PhD candidate for the past 3 years, and recently (successfully) defended my thesis. I now want to apply to companies outside academia (and maybe not directly related to my field of study) in ...
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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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Can working with niche apps/tech exclusively hurt your career in actual software development? How to get out of the cycle?

I'm finding myself in a bit of a pickle. I've been at a pretty comfortable IT group for almost a decade. I got my start here working on web development, mostly CRUD, but have demonstrated the ability ...
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A contact's glowing referral has exaggerated my volunteer/work experience

I am applying to jobs and I have been using my "volunteer" experience at a university's software development laboratory under the experience section in my resume. I say "volunteer" because it was ...
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Dealing with age when applying for jobs

I am 17 years old and will be graduating from university this academic year with a bachelor's degree in computer science, and I am applying to a variety of software engineering jobs. I am fairly ...
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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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Basically unemployed for 5 years. How do I explain this to prospective employers?

I’m 32, unemployed, and live with my parents in an expensive US city. In 2010, I finished a Masters Degree in Business outside the US, but I have suffered from depression ever since and have been ...
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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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What steps can I take to improve my skills as a programmer and make myself more marketable?

I completed a Computer Science degree in 2005, and have worked at the same company as a programmer for the last seven years. I've earned a progressively better salary throughout this time, and have ...
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What is “3 years commercial Python”?

It is not the first time I read something like "3 years commercial Python development" on a job offer. [Company] is seeking a python developer for a large client of ours based in dublin City ...
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Do hiring managers expect candidates to have side projects or work related hobbies in IT?

I will soon have my masters degree in Computer Science and will start applying for jobs. Recently I read an answer to a question about what companies expect from a fresh graduate, where someone said ...
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How to ask about work samples being requested that don't seem relevant to the job applied for?

I sent my portfolio as part of a job application for a small software company. Everything seems to be going well and we've arranged to meet. They've asked for additional sample work in the languages ...
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How to Deal With Unreasonable Expectations? [closed]

My boss is asking for unreasonable levels of productivity from me. Our product is a lower quality than the majority of other products in this area, and the owner isn't willing to go through the ...
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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 to work without a private workspace?

Will be transferring to a new program next year. As a developer with over a decade in the same private cube, with mainly independent assignments, I will be moving to a multiple person workspace - and ...
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Software Development vs Technical Consulting

So I've had internship experience as a developer. Now, I am looking into entry level positions to apply to. The two roles I plan to pursue are software development for a firm in Phila. + technical ...
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How to portray “senior” levels of experience in relatively young technologies?

I am a software engineer with experience primarily in web technologies. I started learning HTML around 1996, and added CSS/PHP/Javascript around 2000, Java in 2001. I've been working seriously, full-...
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I run an Amazon Affiliate site which brings in ~$5k per year. Do I include this on my resume? If so, what numbers should I disclose?

I've been running an affiliate site for a couple years now, and it has definitely helped me pay my bills throughout college, and I'd like to show it off on my resume, as I will graduate later this ...