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Does work Location matter in career growth?

I am going to join a new company in 3 months. It is quite a large company and they have provided us with over 10 office locations to choose from. I have to pick my top three preferred location. Two ...
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3answers
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How do prospective employers screen private social networking profiles?

How do prospective employers go about screening candidates' social networking profiles if they have high privacy settings and are not friends with the person? Do they have some "back door" access if ...
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4answers
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Potential sexual harassment against my wife out of the workplace from my Boss, how to deal with it? [closed]

I work in a small company, 30 people max. My boss is cocky, a little older than me, has money, and is never afraid to show it by glitzy cars, toys, etc... I attempt to ignore this fact but my pay is ...
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5answers
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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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2answers
594 views

How do automatic résumé readers or online systems score job titles?

My job title doesn't accurately reflect the work I do. I'm thinking about changing it on my résumé; not inflating it at all just making it more accurate. How do one of these automatic readers or an ...
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1answer
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will workers compensation affect future employment? [closed]

I had some RSI injuries as a programmer in the company I worked. I filed workers compensation and I was on total disability for a few months. I have not closed the case for a few years. I am wondering ...
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6answers
117k views

How do I request new equipment for the office?

After reading Peopleware and The Programmer's Bill of Rights I have realized that my work space is lacking in what I would considering comfortable working conditions. I have been thinking about ...
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9answers
14k views

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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9answers
3k views

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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5answers
2k views

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 ...
3
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1answer
226 views

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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4answers
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A manager of the same pay grade was put underneath me after he messed up. Should I treat him as a manager or an employee?

I'm doing very well in my position, The other manager at my pay grade(who was hired around the same time as me) is doing very poorly. He was basically stripped of all of his responsibilities(but not ...
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5answers
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Should I try to renegotiate for on call hours?

I went through a fairly lengthy interview process for my current employer. I asked many questions about the job and the nature of the work. On-call time was never mentioned. Now this employer is ...
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8answers
54k views

What is the polite way of asking your boss “are you there” in an IM?

I am chatting with my boss using an instant messanger. I have asked one question and I have not gotten a reply after waiting for a long time. Now how can I ask my manager politely "are you there?" and ...
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4answers
2k views

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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4answers
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Technical explanation to HR

As part of some phone interviews I recently had, I was asked by someone from HR to run through my CV and the technical skills I use day-to-day. I began by simply describing the tools/software I use, ...
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2answers
9k views

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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9answers
27k views

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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4answers
4k views

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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5answers
2k views

Moving - when should I start looking for a new job?

I live in one of the EU countries and in about 6 months me and my girlfriend are planning on moving to London. I am a software developer. I was planning on getting a job before we actually move there, ...
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6answers
3k views

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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13answers
87k views

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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2answers
1k views

Discussing salary for the first time - Intern

Amounts will be mentioned to give a better understading of the situation. After 4 months in of my 6-month long internship. My boss said they want me to stay with them. I will be graduating some time ...
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2answers
1k views

How to be in safe and profitable situation while project management applying tactics on me? [closed]

I am working for an outsourcing company. I was working on a new project as my first onsite assignment in USA. The situation was tough over there. I was searching better opportunities in USA. At that ...
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4answers
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Is “snafu” acceptable in business communications?

In an email to my new employer's HR department about a payroll problem, I started to type "there seems to be a snafu in my pay". However, I then reflected on what (I understand) "snafu" originally ...
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1answer
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What should I do if I accept a position, start work, and then they tell me on day 1 my background check didn't clear?

After taking my drug test and background check I was told I was clear to workl I even put on my application about my 2 charges in detail and dates. He asked when I wanted to start, and I told him I ...
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3answers
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Might be fired from a part-time job before starting a full-time job

I hope this is a relevant question. I'm a senior in college and have recently accepted a full-time offer to be an IT Business Analyst at a company that's opening up a new office in the area. However, ...
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5answers
302k views

How to respond to “Why are you looking for a new job?”

During job interviews it seems common for the interviewer to ask something along the lines of "Why are you looking for a new job"? The last time I was asked this was during an interview where the ...
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6answers
15k views

My boss slapped me over a calculation error [closed]

My boss slapped me because My Excel file had a calculational error. I fixed the error and saved the file to the network. If I complain, I guess I will just get fired. But I don't want to work for ...
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2answers
710 views

How to address a large direct deposit shortfall

My large employer uses an automated payroll service that direct-deposits. I've had no problems for 11 years. This week, instead of getting my usual deposit of about $1500, I was paid only $800. Nobody ...
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5answers
5k views

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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3answers
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is it worth it to get a recruiter in a different country?

I want to switch locations to a different country, but I don't have any job offer and I don't know where to start, I know that some companies will sponsor visas for skilled workers, but I'm not sure ...
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8answers
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Coworkers slapped me for jokingly suggesting them to kiss. How should I proceed when they deny the incident? [closed]

We arrived back at the office from a work party. A guy hugged a young woman, who was drunk. I joked about how drunk she was and joked that he should kiss her. She slapped me for this remark. Then the ...
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7answers
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How to deal with a team in which one of the members doesn't accept critique?

I'm currently working in a team where one of the members doesn't accept critique. Being from a high-rated school and considering himself an elite, this person doesn't like to be contradicted nor ...
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1answer
449 views

Is it work time to investigate benefits and complete the associated paperwork when joining a new company?

Recently I changed employers. When I started, I was given a binder and stack of papers about the company's benefits. I'm finding the amount of research and paperwork needed to set up these benefits ...
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3answers
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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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9answers
81k views

What do I say when resigning after just a month?

I have started a new job in a new company. I left my previous job because I felt I was being ignored and quite frankly I did not feel valued. I have been in this new Job just under a month and I ...
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6answers
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Should I request HR to let me choose my own holidays?

My company has always chosen the 10 holiday days we get for the year without even asking employees if those are the days they want to use holidays. For example, we have two days off for Christmas eve ...
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0answers
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How to alleviate negative sentiments regarding large time gaps on resume? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Handling a Gap in Your Résumé (Travel experience) Assume a software developer who mainly pursues contract work, spends time working and living frugally with an ...
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4answers
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Employee pay during jury duty

A new employee just got summoned for jury duty. My company is based in Canada and by law, I am not required to pay their salary while they are away serving on the jury. I'm wondering if anyone else ...
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3answers
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Technology department or not Technology department [closed]

So I have work in this 100 person company, and I am part of the only 3 technology (a subset of operation department) staff. It has come to the point where everything falls into our department. For ...
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4answers
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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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4answers
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Is it reasonable to ask to work in a different location than the one I was given a job offer for?

I am soon to be a new college grad and have a few offers I'm considering, one seems to be a bit better than the others and I am considering accepting. The only problem is, I have a job offer to ...
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8answers
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As an employed undergraduate, am I due for a raise when I get my degree?

I was hired as a front-end developer a full semester before I graduated college with a CS-related degree. The director of my program was gracious enough to have my professors allow me to complete my ...
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3answers
562 views

Should I ask to work (bill hours) on Black Friday if all my FT coworkers are off?

I work at a large company as a consultant, paid hourly. The company is open on Black Friday but it is optional to come in to work. All my team mates, who are FT salaried employees, are taking that ...
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4answers
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Proper etiquette for declining to attend “volunteer” charity events sponsored by company

I work at a very small company and the CEO and Founder is big on organizing volunteer events and charity fundraising within the company. He is a great man who came from extremely difficult beginnings ...
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4answers
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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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1answer
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When should you form a union? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should one consider unionizing in the US? In the U.S., the Hostess liquidation has captured the public's attention. While many will miss 'Twinkies', others are trying to ...
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2answers
731 views

How to handle an awkward job departure when looking for work?

I was unhappy at my old job so I conducted a brief job search in which I got a very good offer quickly (and therefore didn't pursue other opportunities). Shortly after leaving the old job (but a few ...
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1answer
3k views

Should I tell my employer if I'm job shopping? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Am I required/expected to notify current boss that I’m looking for a new job? I have been employed at my current job for over five years. Lately I've been looking for ...

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