Questions tagged [work-experience]

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

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Working in pairs when it is not actively encouraged?

I'm a firm believer that I can do any unfamiliar work, as long as an expert first shows me how to do it and perhaps supervises me when I do it for the first few units of time (depends on the task). ...
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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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Getting experience (when internships and open-source volunteering are unavailable)

It seems like in many careers, the best way to get a job ... is to already have one; (setting up an enraging Catch 22). Obviously for some careers, there are easy ways around this. In programming, ...
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How can I remain productive/increase my productivity while working rotating shifts?

I am on a rotating shift schedule in a well-reputed company. I need to know how to prevent feeling sleepy, etc. while I am working night shifts. I am unable to think over creative and logical aspects ...
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Should I list myself as an “Owner” on my resume?

Some of my time in school was also spent working on a website which led to various freelance projects, earned me jobs and speaker opportunities at conferences, built up a portfolio, published a book, ...
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Should time spent as a paid intern count towards Professional Work Experience?

My Masters Degree consisted of 3 semesters of coursework+lab work and then a 6 month full-time, paid internship in a large company. My Internship was in the field of my studies, and I had to submit a ...
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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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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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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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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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Should CV contain cases where certain party fools me and not pay salary? Is it “holiday” time or not?

Suppose I am fooled to work in a start-up or a company that has been a very small over a long time, let say 10 years. I work them 3 months and I really enjoy the work -- I learn a lot of new skills ...
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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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How much work experience is equivalent to a Computer Science degree? [closed]

A lot of software developer jobs list "a CS degree or equivalent work experience" as a requirement. I have a degree in a somewhat related field but only about 6 months of on-the-job experience as an ...
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Professional development, is wide or deep knowledge better?

Should a highly knowledgeable professional try to widen his/her knowledge, or deepen it even further? Obviously this will depend greatly on a large number of factors, but at least for some industries,...
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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 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 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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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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After a few years of professional experience, should I leave college jobs on my resume?

I've been out of college and employed as a software engineer for about three years now, and in addition I've been doing a decent amount of freelance work at the same time. Now that I've started ...
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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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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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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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Will a non-Software development job help my prospects in getting a development job in the future? [closed]

I have a higher diploma, with an excellent grade, and am in the final year of a BSc in Software Development. I am searching for a job, preferably in software development, for any salary, since I do ...
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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 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 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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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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What to do when recruiters don't count freelancing work as experience

There was a period when I was an individual freelancer, without having formed a proprietorship or something and without having official certificates of experience. Though I made it, after sometime I ...