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Can I ask for a recommendation letter if I resign? [duplicate]

If I resign from my current job, can I ask for a letter of recommendation? I will follow all the rules mentioned in my contract, such as giving them a month's notice, etc. My superiors will definitely ...
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Top management calls very frequent off-hours meetings

We have daily meeting with our production manager during office hours. Most of the time the meetings are during office hours. We do not have any difficulties with that. Sometimes our top management ...
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What to do when blocked by reviews and the team is busy?

I am a co-op at a company. Sometimes, I find myself in situations where I am making many pull requests for my project for review, but the team is busy with understandably more important matters. If ...
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My employer REFUSES to give me a copy of my signed contract [closed]

I signed an employment contract back in September 2014, after signing it my employer explained that we were not allowed to have copies of our own but we could take a look at it whenever under ...
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How do I get technical answers out of a non-technical person? [closed]

Our group works with a fairly complicated application that routinely has bugs crop up, meaning we have amazing job security, but also have to constantly be helping our users resolve these bugs. One ...
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Should I ask for time off in lieu if I was sick? [closed]

I am a trainee developer at a large (~120 people) web agency, about 7 days from passing my probation. I was feeling unwell this morning (Thursday) but I went in anyway because I have a deadline for a ...
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Chit chat with one coworker but not the other

In a room of software developers, another dev and myself sometimes chitchat if we find something interesting. With no explicit declaration, we limit the talk to just a few seconds and only if it is ...
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How should I handle same name email mix-ups? [duplicate]

I recently started working with a large company where someone shares the same first and last name as myself. I have been receiving a lot of technical emails that should be addressed to the other ...
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A temp agency is asking me to release all my medical records. Should I be suspicious?

I'm 17 in the U.S. (California) and have found an internship with a software company. This is the second internship I've had, and have been employed over the summer once before. They've asked me to ...
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How to handle a coworker who likes arguing to cause conflict

At several jobs I've had a colleague that I had to work with who liked to argue over pointless things. It can be very frustrating and time consuming and is never productive, and usually is only ...
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Reapplying for my current job and hearing new performance complaints

I am being made to re apply for my job as it was a short term contract. In the interview, one of the interviewers brought up a complaint (that was not previously relayed to me) to question my ...
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Manager does not respond to my emails [duplicate]

I am a software engineer from the Ukraine working in a multinational company. My manager is located in the USA. I have a communication problem with my manager that I will explain with an example. I ...
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10% raise is not being honored because I submitted my two weeks' notice shortly after paperwork was signed. What do I do?

Here's what happened: I received a 10% raise from my employer. We signed the paperwork. The next day, I submit my two weeks' notice because I've landed a better job. Today, two days before my last ...
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Asking for non-standard hardware

I work in software engineering for my current job. This means that my primary tools are my computer and the accessories that go with it (keyboard, mouse, etc.). Throughout my career I have simply ...
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How to bring up the compensation aspect in discussion with my boss?

I joined this organisation from college and been here for 2 years now. Many folks who joined along with me have left. And the subsequent year graduates have been joining in with higher starting ...
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Is it OK to exclude my mailing address from a resume?

I was reading this thread about if an address is really needed on a resume. Does not having an address on a resume exclude it from consideration? I recently had a difference of opinion about whether ...
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Negotiating a raise in a yearly review

Every year, my company does a performance check and salary review. The last time, they just offered an amount (that was fair, a bit below my preference) which I accepted. The next review is coming up. ...
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Feeling like I am in the wrong job [closed]

I'm still a University student, but I've had the luck to already get a job in one of the biggest companies in the world. At first I was fine and happy about the opportunity I received, but later I ...
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How to deal with a situation where a new team mate's experience makes him ramp up more easily and quickly as compared to yourself [closed]

I have been in this team for about 8 months now, as a consultant. I got into a project that did not give me sufficient time to know the domain know how in detail. I had to perform with the limited ...
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How do I evaluate “getting along” in an interview? Should I even try?

I just returned from an interview that I felt I did sufficiently good, except for one thing that kind of bugged me: Towards the end of the interview, the Manager says: "Well, since you're just two ...
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What are the best ways of working with dominant personalities?

I often notice I tend to butt heads with other people who have ostentatious dominant personalities. I've only started to notice this because I know I can collaborate better with others who aren't this ...
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When should you tell your current employer about a new career path? [duplicate]

Background information: I'm a software developer and project manager. I started my employment with this company straight from college. The company has paid for my apprenticeship, however there is ...
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Is there a career path as a Software-Engineer for a CS-PhD?

I did a PhD in theoretical computer science (however with a large emphasis on implementing prototypes). However the insecure job prospects and tough competition for permanent positions led me out of ...
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How to address the recipient if you are writing to a generic department address?

Often I come across generic department e-mails - usually from HR departments - and I have difficulty in knowing who to address. E-mails such as recruiting@abc.com or join@xyz.org for example. What ...
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How to tackle frustration and boredom while programming?

I have almost 2 yrs exp in software development. When I code, I tend to do it very well in the beginning, and I also manage to do things quickly. But when I encounter a problem or bug, I tend to lose ...
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How to work on a hard task without supervision?

I am halfway through my internship in software development. The physical structure of the company is as follows: two floors, with different teams working on each one on a specific project. The ...
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First Interview as Junior Java Consultant (Germany) - what to expect? [closed]

I am currently preparing for a job interview as a junior java consultant in Germany. After sending in my CV and other stuff a small phone interview, which directly started with telling me they are ...
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Dealing with verbose colleagues politely [duplicate]

I was wondering if anyone has encountered a verbose colleague who doesn't feel any kind of need to 'get to the point'? I'm a lead developer working on a version of software. The lead stakeholder from ...
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Leave full time job and work as Contractor [closed]

Currently I have a good full time position for a software company in the United States (I am also from the US, to avoid confusion). Recently I was contacted by a recruiter in regards to contracting ...
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References after long employment gap?

If one leaves the workforce for some period of time, upon re-entering the workforce, one is sure to get asked for references for that first job back in. Is it better to provide older references from ...
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Finding a new job after being let go

At the beginning of April I started a job at a company developing responsive web software in PHP. It was for an entry level position and they told me they understood that I didn't have much experience ...
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Unemployment, does it hurt future job interviews

Hopefully it never happens to anyone but I have asked this from many people and nobody had a definite answer... and I am asking about the U.S.A and software developer positions: Let's say your ...
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growing conflicts due to inappropriate/sexual jokes at work

We are a team of more than 20 people with only one woman, which is not unusual for most engineering teams. One of the guys in our team is well known for his "unique" sense of humor, which is not ...
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How do you incentivise developers without upsetting testers?

Our office is mixed with a dev-to-tester ratio of about 1:1.5 - and we're in a dilemma of providing perks for developers which could be too costly to provide for the entire office. Up to now, we haven'...
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How do I quit a job when my manager is at a distant location?

I work at a large company and after the most recent "management restructuring," most of the employees in my department have managers at various other locations. While my manager used to sit about 30 ...
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Boss making me do inappropriate punishments at work [closed]

I have been working for this couple of investors for around 18 months. The set up is, these two people will buy small online businesses and I will run these businesses from a single office. Currently ...
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Does ruling out ESL candidates constitute legal discrimination? [closed]

We're currently hiring for a software engineer position and I've been charged with advancing candidates to the in-person interview stage. We've gotten a number of applications from people who have ...
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How can I deal with inappropriate content appearing on my Twitter feed at work?

On Twitter, I follow 138 people. All but a few use their Twitter accounts in a professional manner. There are 3 main categories: Game company employees, people who use YouTube professionally, and ...
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Pornography In The Workplace

NOTE: This is a situation I've faced in a previous job, it doesn't relate to my current employment. I'm curious to know how people would handle this. Part of my job involves reviewing video clips ...
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How to avoid questions like confessions in appraisal meetings

My manager usually frames questions in such a way, that I would make confession of mistakes. For example: "Do you think you did well that job?" In realilty the work didn't go 100 percent well. How ...
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work samples for junior developers — what does an employer want to see? [duplicate]

I have a github which has a series of repositories. A photoshop-esque clone (java) A web application tutorial series, with branches for each tutorial (python/flask with a touch of javascript) A WebGL ...
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How to suggest that faults in my work also exist in my colleague's work, but are undiscovered?

My situation is as follows, I am an entry level programmer having been assigned my first real project. I'm supposed to be part of a 3 man team which develops a new part of the application, the others ...
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How do I take a break on the spot in a moment of extreme stress or feeling overwhelmed?

What can I say/do when I am about to explode (for any possible reason) and need to stop or take a break on the spot even if I am in the middle of something - due to feeling overwhelmed, stressed, ...
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Isn't stating quantifiable metrics on resume achievements carrying the risk of revealing insider/confidential information?

Always wondered - resumes nowadays are supposed to have numbers and explain strategies, etc. but isn't there a risk of insider information (and potentially confidential information) about the employer ...
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How should I structure a resume when applying for management positions post-Internship?

My work experience is structured as follows: 2013-2014 Junior Business Manager, ABC Company (large) 2012-2013 Business Associate, ABC Company 2012-2012 Internship, DEF Company (major Fortune 500) ...
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How to prepare for an interview for promotion when a close colleague has also applied?

Next week, I am being interviewed to become a manager with my current employer. It will be my first management role after 13 years of experience as a customer service advisor. I accepted the ...
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Not actively looking, but got a good job offer

I am a software development professional. I joined a company 6 years ago (Job #1), and worked my way up to a management position within 3. At that time I wasn't actively looking to make a move, but ...
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How does one express the need for 'work from home' days when seeking jobs?

It's very important to me that, in my job, I am able to occasionally work from home (WFH) if things come up. I'm afraid that if I ask an employer about this directly, it will come off as flaky and ...
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How do I turn down a professional challenge from my boss?

I've been working as a programmer at my current company for about a year and a half. Recently my boss asked me into his office and asked me if I wanted to be the champion of a new set of features that ...
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Photo release - how to suggest an alteration

My company has sent out several notices requesting that we sign a "purely voluntary" photo release form. I'm on board with the general idea -- they want to take pictures of events, conferences, ...

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