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Should I mention my name change in my resume, when it would expose me as Transgender?

I am transgender. I legally changed my name a couple of years ago. I'm worried prospective employers might try to verify my older experience when I was using my old name, and conclude that I'm lying ...
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Received a recruitment email from LinkedIn contact at my work email address (from CEO of another company) - how to respond?

A few weeks ago, I received an email at my work email address from someone outside my company asking if I had seen a post they had put up on LinkedIn about a role they are recruiting for at their ...
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How to repeat yourself without being condescending

In emails or in virtual meetings: It can be helpful to repeat oneself to add clarity to a conversation. However, I find when I repeat myself, I often come across as condescending, when really, my ...
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Is it a red flag when a company I'm interviewing with consistently underestimates how long each step of their process will take?

I applied for a job and during the various stages of the job interview the hiring person told me that they will get back to me in a certain amount of time. However, after every round of the interview ...
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How to control my employees productivity?

My employees (front, back, and full-stack programmers) are working remotely since March and I'm noticing their productivity has dropped. We had a deadline in September (currently moved to end of ...
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Is wearing earplugs at a startup odd?

I work as a software engineer at a startup with an open office. We have a Bluetooth speaker that blares "cool tunes, bro" all day, people hold loud meetings or non-work-related conversations anywhere, ...
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1answer
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Manager lied to client. Is it legal? [closed]

Manager informed client that the software was tested even if it wasn’t, then manager asked the team to create a fake test document and send this document to client as some sort of proof. I think that ...
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Ambush meeting for silly plan

This morning I was invited to a 9.30am meeting by my boss (I normally start work at 9am although I am perfectly permitted to start as late as 10am if I so decide on the day and I have no earlier ...
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10answers
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How to positively describe a negative behaviour or event?

The management of my company wants people to be positive all the time. Don't complain, don't call out mistakes, don't criticise, be constructive. In general this is OK, but I am being asked to discuss ...
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1answer
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Struggling Senior Developer

I am senior developer (working as a consultant and manager) with over a decade of experience. I find that I enjoy helping teams with communication, learning about new ideas (architecture, patterns, ...
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What motivates software companies to hire locally?

As a US citizen myself, I've been wondering this for years: What motivates software companies to hire locally? More specifically, what motivates Silicon Valley companies to hire talent locally, ...
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Client admits he 'adjusts' the sellers commissions

Working on a new management software for a company (<200 people). During the brief with the sales dep, all the sellers voted compact for a statistic form where they would be able to see and filter ...
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How to handle a release manager that keeps changing release process?

I am working at a company that builds products (website and apps) for our customers. There are dev team, QA team, and a release manager. The release manager is the one who defines release process and ...
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Need to apply casual leave application for 5 days at year end, how do I ask

How do I apply for leave for a week at the year-end when my team has three members and the manager isn't approving the leave due to dependency or some vague excuse. Also getting my leave approved at ...
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2answers
375 views

How to deal with confused project requirements and timelines?

I am 2 months into a new job as a software engineer. One of the things I've quickly realized is that confusion about requirements and time lines is the law of the land. To give some more context, the ...
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543 views

Strange line manager/colleague behaviour how to react?

It happened few weeks ago I was discussing with a colleague (name him Paul) about work, the conversation was about plans for a project we are both involved in. Paul was extremely confused and worried ...
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Internship during Master in Technology

I need to do an internship during my post graduation in Computer Science. Can anyone guide me on the procedure of How to arrange for an internship from a good company, that will increase my chances ...
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What are the most popular recruiters' filters when they decide (not) to contact the candidate back? [closed]

What are the most popular recruiters' filters when they decide (not) to contact the candidate back? This is a question I'd like to ask here, in order to receive answers based on facts and your ...
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Company now wanting employees to do on call and/or after hours support

I work for a three year old, small sized software development company - more or less 20 employees. The company has used from the beginning strategies of giving employees relative freedom on their work ...
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3answers
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How to deal with a vengeful boss

I have a question. I now have to undergo a punishment due to a situation that happened with a client of mine. My boss said that i did not give the client the correct solution or complete the ...
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316 views

Using old boss as reference

I would like to use my old boss has a reference. However I'm not sure if he will give me positive review (I think I did decent/good work at the job but we also had a few conflicts). Should I ask him ...
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1answer
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Product manager with no technical knowledge is micromanaging engineers to the extent he's not doing his own job… How should I report this?

I'm a lead engineer for a highly technical product, aspects of which cross multiple technical disciplines. From working with him, the PM doesn't know even the very basics about computers but he's ...
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681 views

How to tell my boss that I hate some of the work? [closed]

My manager is very supportive but sometimes he gives me some User Acceptance Testing (UAT) testing to do which I hate doing, it’s related to my job description but i just hate that part so much! What ...
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Should I agree to my manager's resignation offer or wait to be terminated?

I work as a developer for a university in the US. Due to various reasons, my manager feels that my performance is not good enough and that the role is not a good fit for me. He has talked to HR a few ...
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3answers
705 views

Just started work, got offer from competitor for 2x the salary [closed]

I have just started working at company A, that uses company's B product. Some time after that i received an offer from company B for salary 2x that i was promised at company A after my test period of ...
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How to diplomatically turn down useless meetings?

My boss hired a person some time ago to "optimize the way we are working". Let's call him Mike. Mike reports to a peer of mine. Now Mike expects me to meet him again and again for him to &...
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What could be the trade-offs between managing under-performers or just letting them go?

A number of years ago, I wasn't as passionate about my job as I currently am, so I know that for someone to develop the necessary degree of passion, enthusiasm, and work ethic to perform really well, ...
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0answers
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Javascript fullstack vs Java [closed]

I was layed off due to COVID downsizing and I finally have the opportunity to pursue my dream career doing software development (I was Pidgeon holed into hardware development so my skills have ...
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2answers
446 views

What educational qualification/work experience do we need to join engineering/R&D at German automobile giants?

This might be a serious off-topic question, but I could find no more suitable site on SE for posting up this question (I had expected atleast a site on automobiles!). I'm an engineering aspirant ...
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1answer
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Who would be my reference: my supervisor or my manager?

I'm finishing from my current job, and would like to ask for a reference. Whom shall I ask a reference from: from my supervisor, or from my manager?
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My team lead is leaving, no one expects me to take their place, but I want it. How can I put myself on the table?

My team lead is leaving the company, there are currently three people in the team including me. The other two team members are both more experienced and better qualified than I am, but they aren't ...
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1answer
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How to negotiate for an internal promotion that I applied for?

I applied for an internal job role on the same team and did a full round of interviews to upgrade from engineer 2 to senior engineer and got the offer. I've always had the mindset that I negotiate and ...
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When to start discussing my salary?

Half a year ago I started a new job. They gave me the salary I requested, even a bit more. I couldn't have been happier. In the meantime I know that this salary is a salary for working extreme work ...
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How to get up to speed in a new web development job when there's no documentation?

I just arrived in a company to code in PHP and MySQL and I'm trying to get familiar with the codebase. I see the source code of the website and there is no documentation, no comments above the ...
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3answers
772 views

How do I politely demonstrate competency when a superior is explaining something I'm familiar with?

A short while ago I met with the director to discuss my contributions to a product launch. He was there to acknowledge my contributions and I was a little nervous since I've also recently applied for ...
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2answers
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How to set a quarterly goal for a novice back-end web developer

I am a back-end web developer who has just a year of experience, and I need to submit a quarterly goal to my company. I want to improve my Ruby on Rails skill, but I don't know how to make it a ...
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What things to consider while writing resume and cover letter with no experience? [duplicate]

I am about to start applying for jobs in IT as Web developer. I am pretty new to it. I have never applied for job in my life. Moreover, I have never work before anywhere including IT. I do have ...
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Responding to a recruiter email when you are interested but not ready “right now”

I had an interview last year with one of the largest companies in my domain and which for many is a dream employer. I did not pass it and now they have mailed me asking if I would be interested in ...
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1answer
534 views

Working for competitor company competitor in same building where I was fired 8 months ago

I worked at supplier A until 8 months ago who is a direct competitor with supplier B at a large manufacturer C facility. I was let go from A because I messed up my job and wasn’t great and serious. 8 ...
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I was offered a promotion and then another company made me an offer that was even better

I have been at my current job for 2 years and I was just notified that they want to promote me to a lead of my team. What a great opportunity comes with a 15% raise . At the same time a company I ...
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9answers
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Is it unprofessional to reply in another language to an email written in English?

Background Recently, I have been having some issues with a product. To sort this out, I sent an email from my company account (I live and work in an English-speaking country) to the manufacturer's ...
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10answers
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Is being blunt in emails common in the workplace?

I'm still a student, but was talking to a friend about how when I email my professors/lecturers they tend to ignore the niceties, the greeting, everything except the main question in my email and send ...
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1answer
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How should I give an accurate job title to my voluntary work?

I recently did some voluntary work for a large NGO, and I would like to add this to both my CV and LinkedIn profile. The issue is that I have no idea what an appropriate job title might be. They asked ...
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4answers
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New job gone bad - how to move forward?

I recently accepted a new position that is turning out to not be a good fit. I've been there a little over a month. I'm not likely to be fired, but I just don't want to work there. I'm normally not ...
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1answer
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Reference jeopardizing new role?

I have recently been offered a job and I was asked to give a character reference and also a reference from my last employer. My character reference replied immediately but my former manager is taking ...
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2answers
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Rude interviewer? [closed]

I had a bad interview at a company I kept wondering what was in his mind why interviewer didn't tell me his name. Also was it rude of him to not tell me?
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Is it a common practice to strongly incentivize employee to relay company posts on Linkedin with our personal account?

The company I work for is currently in a process of trying to increase its visibility, especially through a lot of LinkedIn post to promote article on our blog or to share non work-related animation. ...
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Is ergonomically correct to let the backrest unlocked?

My ergonomic advisor recommended me to let the backrest of the chair unlocked, and play with the tension adjustment till I find a position in which I'm supported by the backrest. However my issue is ...
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My boss is asking me to do something that isn't my job to not delay the project

I have the issue that my boss wants me to do some regular stuff for the workshop. I am an engineer. We have a technician that is supposed to take care of these matters as they don't require ...
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Would my current company know I'm applying if they receive a call doing a background check?

I am getting a background check done and they want to call my current employer. I'm fine with it, but just curious, would my current employer know I'm leaving? Is the call pretty anonymous? I would ...

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