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Should I tell my employer I'm in school?

Should I tell my employer I'm currently in school to complete my bachelors degree? With my current role at the company having a degree will not give me a raise or a promotion. It will also not open up ...
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How can I determine if an ad for an unusually high-paying job is a scam?

I'm searching for a new job in Los Angeles, and came across a very high paying job with not "demanding" requirements. I have around 4 yrs of programming experience and I qualified for the job. But to ...
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Software Architect vs. BAs, Managers, etc [closed]

At some point in their careers developers tend to see a fork in career paths between something that leads to Software Architects (dev -> senior dev -> team lead -> architect) or more business-related ...
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How to apply for a position where I don't meet the requirements [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I overcome “years of experience” requirements when applying to positions? I have two years of programming and general I.T. work under my belt from my ...
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In an interview, what is the appropriate way to answer self-critical questions?

In every interview I have ever been in, I get asked questions such as these: Do you consider yourself a hard worker? How would you rate your expertise in [whatever area]? Do you think you're a fast ...
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How can I successfully change job fields?

I have made a career change from IT software developer to software developer in mechatronics. Though I am familiar and confident with the programming aspect of the job scope, I am not yet completely ...
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When writing cover letters, how should I balance story telling and specific connections to job advertisements

Recently I wrote a cover letter for a position as a quantitative analyst position posted by company X. I am a Ph.D. student in operations research, so I generally am qualified for the position. For ...
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How can you handle an office romance that has ended?

In the workplace, office romance is discouraged. However, it is one of the prime places in adulthood that relationships begin. What is the appropriate action to take when a serious or long-term ...
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How soon after starting a new job is it OK to discuss a move within the organization?

I recently took a job at a startup that I am somewhat overqualified for in order to facilitate a move back home and a transition from government to tech. I am currently in my second week at work. ...
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Things to do when transitioning jobs

This is my first time to resign as an IT Application Developer and I will be starting to work with my new employer after the 30 days notice that I gave in my resignation letter. I'm new to this ...
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Should I describe myself by my current position or my desired position?

I currently am a programmer in job title and largely what I do. However, I am applying for UX/UI/ect Design (and front end development) positions. My current skills are important for the positions I'm ...
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Potential Company Merger

It it highly rumoured that our company may be bought out and merged with a bigger competitor. If this happens we are presuming there will be redundancies. Is there a minimum time from a company taking ...
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How can I get employees to conform to office policies?

I manage a small company and find most - if not all - employees keep repeating certain mistakes. This is a young team and in general we have a positive office ambiance going on. But I want to find a ...
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When negotiatiating a job offer, can I ask to be reimbursed for two-body-problem travel?

When negotiating a job offer, is it reasonable to ask the company to help pay for airfare for me to visit my wife? The details: I just graduated with a Ph.D. in computer science, and have ...
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Denied a raise, and now I have no motivation

I asked for a raise recently and was denied a raise. I explained the the amount of work I do and the quality I produce was undervalued compared to the average around my area. Now I have been doing a ...
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I have an opportunity to interview but I don't feel I have the skills to do the job successfully

I've been given the opportunity to interview for a technical position. However, I don't feel that I have the skills to even make it through the technical screenings. This interview would be for a ...
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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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What is the proper sequence to negotiate/ask about payment and benefits in a job offer?

Situation: Receive job offer and have questions and desire to make a counteroffer. Assume this offer has been communicated via email after a phone conversation but these principles would apply for a ...
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How long after a recruiter's introduction is it considered ethical to re-approach a company?

Here's a situation: a recruiter introduces a candidate to a company, and the company is very interested in hiring the candidate. However, if the process at some point breaks down, how long after this ...
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How to grow a team from 5 to 40 in 6 months

A management question was asked to me in a largely technical interview. If you lead a team size of 5 and we need to grow to 40 in 6 months, how would you go about it? I replied that I would map the ...
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Should I take leave before office function? [closed]

I have some confusion regarding my workspace function. This month our organization have a big annual function and I was selected by my team leader to help out for that day. The problem is that 2 days ...
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New Job and a big Mistake with Company Culture [closed]

I've started a new job at a large (~ 500 person) company after a career in startups. I joined the team based on the cutting edge technology stack, small size, and great people. I had heard bad ...
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What's the best way to convince a manager to let someone take initiative?

One of our customer service reps has been with the company for years and is starting to feel like he's outgrown his position and is looking for new challenges. His manager is reluctant to give him ...
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How much do interviewers look into your websites/blogs? [duplicate]

I have a website that establishes my creditals, passion, and attempts to create a conversation about the previous projects that I've worked on. From my personal experience I've never had an ...
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What can I do when the answer to every question is “call a meeting”?

Background - I'm the technical lead on a software project. I came up from software engineering and I am responsible for technical interaction with the customer, other vendors, the software product ...
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Lack of recognition in role and career development within role

I joined my company four years ago within a customer care role (email and phone support). The company develops a niche product and I have quite a bit of domain knowledge. Within that time, my ...
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Time interval for a sequence of interviews

Usually, I have several interviews with potential employees when I act as a recruiter. For every prospect, I have 2 interviews, one rather informal (often by phone or in a neutral environment such as ...
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Notice Period at a Small Business

At my current employer I do not have a written contract. This includes not knowing how much notice period I am required to give. My problem is that prospective employers are asking for my notice ...
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How do I explain to potential employers that I can only accept a job if my personal project doesn't take off?

I'm currently working on a commercial project with a friend. We recently got a fair amount of funding via crowdfunding (we're not rich, but we can support ourselves until release). We're planning to ...
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Taking time off for continuous learning

I make it a point to attend some professional software development conferences every year; I consider this continuous learning. I usually end up taking my own vacation time to do so. Should I ask the ...
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Citing work experience when it ended terribly

At one point, I worked somewhere, and while the vast majority of the time things went well, it ended quite poorly (quitting on less than ideal terms). It is highly unlikely that I would be able to ...
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How do I argue for a 3-day, 30 hour workweek?

I am currently working full time as an intern, but now want to switch to 3-days-a-week in the fall. It is to continue finishing my graduate studies. However, the VP who is 2 levels above me doesn't ...
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Switching career tracks back , how to get recruiter's attention for an interview?

I have a Master's Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering (graduated in 2010). I took courses in the areas of signal processing and digital communications. I have also had teaching and research ...
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Management tactics and bonus programs

I was reading The Econ 101 Management Method by Joel Spolsky. He speaks of management tactics to motivate developers by paying them for fewer bugs (for instance). He describes how bad such approach ...
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What are key differences between an “interview -> fulltime” and “intern -> fulltime” job offer process?

Situation: There are a lot of online resources discussing the traditional job offer process, covering the resume, to the phone interview, to an on-site interview, to a job offer and negotiation ...
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What can I do to hire people in the tech field who are knowledgeable and personable?

I am a new entrepreneur starting a tech support company. I have noticed that companies like Zappos and Rackspace excel at hiring great knowledgable and personable people. I have helped hire at my ...
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Work on weekends?

In my recent interview everything went well. They were very positive and I could see in their eyes that they are very positive/impressed with me. Finally they asked me "do you have any questions for ...
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In an interview, is it required to have question(s) for the interviewer?

A Lifehacker article this week took on the final question in most interviews: "any questions for me?" The conclusion of the article, and most other advice I have seen, is that "Yes!" is the only ...
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How can you get a job with a company with innovative tools & methods when your current employer uses older/less innovative techniques?

In reality, there are two types of IT team/company. One type tries to follow every industrial standard and adopt advance technologies (such as J2EE, security and other stuff), while another has low ...
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What kind of information do recruiting companies keep?

What kind of information do recruiting companies keep, apart from those we enter in the registration form? Recently, I had an interview with a company, which was arranged through a recruiting company....
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How to work on my personal ideas during the weekend [closed]

I'm working full time 5 days a week, mostly between 10 and 14 hours a day. At the end of the day I'm very tired and just want to take a shower, hang out and go to sleep. I have a lot of ideas that I ...
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How should I greet my professor if he/she is also my customer?

I am a student working in the IT department of my college campus. Typically, since we service both students, staff, and faculty, sometimes we run into the issue of addressing our own teachers. I would ...
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Will changing jobs because of a national economic crisis have a negative effect on my career?

Because of the crisis in my country, employers are no longer able to pay for employees. This has forced me to change my job twice before finishing 6 months with them. I bet this may hurt my career. ...
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Avoiding unproductive days

Sometimes (usually once or twice a month) I have days when I'm in the mood to do nothing. When I feel like this, my work is sloppy and it takes 1-2 hours to clean it up the next day. This is really ...
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Is it inappropriate to reference projects at a previous employer on my personal website?

I've recently moved to freelance from being a full-time employee at a creative firm. Since I quit, I've decided to avoid burning bridges and keep a healthy, working relationship with them. In fact, ...
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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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Are things admitted on an application considered “immune”? [closed]

When applying for government jobs, especially in the law enforcement sector, you're often asked questions that ask if you've ever committed crimes without being caught, etc. Examples: Have you ...
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How can I find more information about a startup?

I just came out of an interview with a startup founder. They have no product yet and no team (they are still assembling the team, hence the interview). They just have an idea of the business they are ...
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HTML5 Buzzword by Recruitment Agencies

Recently over the last few weeks I have started applying for a number of different Front End Developer roles. I notice a lot of the job descriptions ask for good HTML5 knowledge. The sticking point ...
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Cover Letter for an experienced professional

I'm looking for what should be in a cover letter for someone who has at least 5 years of experience in the field (software engineering). Should it focus more on previous education, specific projects ...

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