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Can I give my resume personally to an employer if I already sent it to HR?

Is it a good idea to knock at an employer's door to personally hand a physical copy of one's resume to its HR department, even after sending it electronically through the "official" way? I think it ...
15
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2answers
3k views

How do I help a non-technical boss understand my work?

My boss is a journalist, and I am a web developer. He thinks I am late on the project, and he doesn't appreciate the effort I have spent. He wants quick and complete service. He is not easy to ...
21
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4answers
3k views

How should I respond to interview requests in my first month+ of a new job?

I've been working with a company for only one month, and I've received ongoing interest - such as requests for interviews - from resumes I sent out before I started my new position. How should I ...
12
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5answers
8k views

Should I include short work experience on my CV?

After only three weeks from the day I left my previous job I have been invited by this company to join their team. I accepted the invitation right away, but now three other weeks have passed and, for ...
23
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8answers
8k views

What are some good resources for improving communication skills?

I am not as good at communicating with others as I'd like to be. I'm sure many other software geeks and introverts have some difficulty here. Are there any good resources out there? Either blogs or ...
24
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2answers
1k views

Should I put blog links or public profiles like LinkedIn or StackOverflow in my resume?

When should I put blog links, or links to public profiles such as LinkedIn, StackOverflow (or other SE sites), Facebook, Twitter, etc on my resume? Or is this a bad idea entirely that will make my ...
6
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3answers
731 views

Should I take an related-but-not-ideal job with a company in hopes of moving into my ideal job?

My last job was doing application programming with a bit of web design for a software company. I left that job, and now have a job offer from a larger software company to do web design. I love ...
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6answers
2k views

If I own a company, can I use my company email address on my resume?

I've read that it's not recommended to use a work email address on a resume, but if I own a company and have an email address under the company's domain, would it be appropriate to use that? Or should ...
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7answers
273k views

Job offer contingent on background check: when to give notice?

I have recently accepted a job offer from an employer (a relatively large one with big HR dept). Basically everything went fine: salary/benefits negotiated, start-date determined, etc. I got the ...
32
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10answers
6k views

How do I adjust my workplace to reduce eye strain?

My vision is worse than average for software developers. In addition to accuity (not the subject of this question), one problem I have is light-sensitivity. I find that staring at a computer monitor ...
33
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8answers
5k views

Is it unprofessional to do other stuff at work?

I'm a software developer. I work in an office from 8 to 5.30. There are some days when I have lots of code to write. Some days I don't have anything to do. At all. My boss is aware of this, so I start ...
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8answers
198k views

When is it appropriate to take sick leave due to work stress/fear of burnout?

If you're in a job which is draining your energy and is even inducing physical symptoms, at what point is it appropriate to take sick leave? I'm trying to find a balance between: taking sick leave ...
23
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6answers
21k views

Working late without overtime pay, good idea or not? [closed]

So I've read through How do I maintain a work-life balance when company culture tends towards frequent overtime? and that is very similar situation that I found myself in. There's no explicit ...
32
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6answers
13k views

Getting fired on the second day, how do I cope with it? [closed]

I got hired as consultant (hardware engineer) after a brief phone interview that went really well. He was impressed not only with my skill A but also skill B and C. I was asked to join immediately. ...
10
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3answers
3k views

Can I charge for email support as a freelancer?

I work as web consultant (freelancer). I work basically from home at an hourly rate. In my contract which was mostly through email, I am supposed to charge in increment of 30min. If something takes ...
21
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2answers
2k views

How can I motivate myself to work on projects I don't believe in or care about? [closed]

I am generally pretty good at getting stuff done. In fact that's my reputation. I am very productive as long as I think the project is interesting or think it will do a lot to help our company and/...
24
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3answers
2k views

How persistent should you be when you're low priority/ignored as a new or entry-level employee?

Background: I'm working a fairly entry level job in Information Technology for a company I've been with for nearly a year now. I've been hired part time after interning initially for 3 months. ...
270
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4answers
67k views

How can I determine a reasonable salary to ask for?

I'm looking for a comprehensive answer to this question, not short answers that just tell me one piece of the equation. The ideal answer should include: How can I determine the average salary rate ...
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8answers
3k views

I made a possible mistake on a live project at work, how to handle this mess?

I am a software developer that just started out in this company. It's been almost three weeks. On Friday when I was about to leave work, a co-worker stopped me and told me to make changes to already ...
22
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5answers
3k views

What role does the phone screener play in the hiring process at large companies?

I recently had a phone screen for one of the "big" tech companies. I know that I should think of the interview process as a bit of a "black box" and just try to do my best, but I can't help but be ...
31
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12answers
3k views

When is it appropriate to work during a meeting?

When in a meeting, there are often little things that come up in the meeting that could just be done during the meeting, instead of recording actions, doing it after and the reporting back at the next ...
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3answers
529 views

What steps can I take to avoid having potential employers take a position of high responsibility less seriously because it was reached quickly?

This question's hopefully less close-able cousin. What steps can I take to avoid having future potential employers take a position of high responsibility less seriously because I reached it quickly? ...
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6answers
2k views

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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6answers
7k views

Why is a one to two page résumé recommended?

When I was getting my degree, we had a course about how to market yourself as a job seeker, and one thing our teacher had a strong opinion on was that your résumé should be no longer than two pages (I ...
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0answers
197 views

My Open Office is not in increasing my productivity, how can I counter this? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are there any strategies you can use to remain focused when working in a open plan environment? We have an open office (no cubical walls) that is intended to increase ...
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5answers
9k views

My manager always seems too busy to meet with me. How can I improve that?

He's a great guy, but it feels like he's always in meetings or going to conferences or on the phone on long calls. He has told me that he really enjoys those interactions. He and I work somewhat ...
8
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4answers
710 views

How do I convince a manager to not “meddle” with the network? [closed]

We have a boss who used to be a member of the team, and still (perhaps too much) enjoys getting his hands dirty with the technical aspects. We're trying to move away from the old methods of doing ...
87
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19answers
24k views

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 ...
43
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6answers
146k views

How to list contracting on resume

How do I list contracting on my resume? Specifically, I'm paid by company B (a staffing agency) to do work for company A. Company A is much more impressive than company B -- everyone locally will ...
83
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9answers
9k views

Are there any strategies you can use to remain focused when working in a open plan environment?

I work in a open plan office that houses about 50 to 60 people. It is mostly engineers at their desks working away, so it is a typical office environment. As you can imagine, sometimes, the noise and ...
25
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9answers
8k views

Is it acceptable to use pirated software on the job? [closed]

Is it a acceptable to use pirated software to do your job without telling your boss about it? I find that rather than getting your employer to buy the software it's easier to use a pirated copy to ...
18
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5answers
3k views

What are effective means of dealing with mistakes made by an individual?

Placing blame doesn't seem appropriate or beneficial when working with teams. On the other hand, the management team's first instinct is to hold each other accountable. What is an effective measure ...
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6answers
7k views

How can one recover after misspeaking in an interview?

I recently had a phone interview and it went so-so. I think I asked a couple of good questions, but I also think I asked at least one bad one. This is how to conversation went... Me: "What do your ...
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5answers
13k views

Does putting LaTeX as a skill on my resume make me look too academic?

I know some LaTeX and plan on learning more to write papers and the like but is it something I should list on my resume when applying to the business world? I've heard tale that one should look as un-...
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5answers
943 views

How can I stabilize a hectic project without offending the unofficial Project Manager?

I recently changed jobs and was assigned to a project at the new job that is in serious need of some stabilization and cohesion. The project has been in the works for 3 years and involves many ...
24
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7answers
16k views

How can I talk to my boss one-on-one with confidence?

I am quite confident at work and with the work I do, and have a good relationship with my boss in the office. But when it comes to one-on-one meetings in which I present my plans and strategies for ...
18
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4answers
963 views

How can I improve communication at a virtual office?

I just started working at a virtual office. I am finding that communication is harder as people have different schedules but you're not sure when they're around, if they're online, if they're ...
31
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8answers
10k views

Should I recommend a friend's brother for a job at the company I work at?

I started working three weeks ago as a web developer at a local company with around 100 employees. While drinking beer with my friend, he mentioned that his brother was looking for a job. I have never ...
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5answers
18k views

Should you always counter the first offer letter?

I just received the first offer letter and it is better than what I asked for. So I am tempted to just accept it but many people and sites say you should always counter. Is it always better to counter ...
10
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3answers
1k views

Is it frowned upon to take unproductive breaks while on the job? [closed]

I've seen several people in there workplace, within their confined area in the office, who were working. I've also seen people who were supposed to be working, but were, instead, tweeting (or had the "...
15
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7answers
2k views

Value of working onsite versus remotely in a programming internship

I received an offer for a summer internship that's on the other side of the country from my university. I have the option of working remotely, and since I'm having trouble finding someone to sublet ...
132
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17answers
75k views

How can I ask my interviewers for feedback following an interview?

Recently, I had an interview with Amazon. At first, things went smoothly and well. After two interviews, they decided not to move forward with the process. I'm the type of person who wants to ...
43
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5answers
18k views

Is there an effective way of dealing with nepotism at work?

The cardinal-nephew problem is quite common in Greece, where most businesses are (or started out as) family run. Even in larger corporate entities favouritism to relatives and friends is not uncommon....
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8answers
4k views

How can frequent anxiety attacks affect me in business and the workplace?

I tend to get very stressed out about how things play out around me in the workplace. A lot of the stress and anxiety comes from high level decisions and changes made by management and executives ...
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8answers
29k views

How can I politely decline a team lunch?

Most of the time, I find that lunch time is the one time that some bond occurs with between colleagues. There is a canteen onsite which we go to. We get to know a bit more about the person we are ...
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3answers
2k views

Why do companies list jobs on other sites but not on their own site?

Sometimes I run across jobs on Monster and other similar sites that look really good, and they're listed for companies that are good companies that I'm familiar with. However, when I go to the company ...
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2answers
646 views

Is the “open doors” policy for a project manager always beneficial? [closed]

I've heard that the "open doors" policy is beneficial, as it lets anyone come to the project manager with any problem that might arise. At the same time being interrupted at irregular times can be ...
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8answers
6k views

When should I ask for more money in conjunction with more responsibility?

So, six months ago, I changed jobs for one primary reason - to spend more time with my family. I negotiated a flex arrangement, and set about to work. The good news is, I've been doing good work. The ...
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4answers
1k views

Seeing the “real” accomplishments of my work

I'm a junior employee in my field of work (web programming, four years) and so often my day-to-day challenges are usually technical and not so much into the managerial or logistical kind. I'd figure ...
68
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6answers
18k views

How should I approach a co-worker on matters of personal hygiene?

It's a rather delicate issue that I had to deal with once or twice in the past, and can't really say I handled it effectively. I'm a bit crude, and socially awkward and would pretty much prefer to ...

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