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Employer asked me “What can we do to make your professional life better?”

I am working with a remote company as a software engineer. Recently my employer asked me this - "What can we do to make your professional life better?" How should I answer this question? Can I ask ...
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How to deal with co-worker that asks what i'm doing and talks idly?

I have a co-worker that comes to me everyday and asks what I an doing and what have I completed. He comes in about once every hour and distracts me for 5 minutes. He isn't in my department and also ...
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Employee continuously has an intense coughing fit. Unofficial solutions?

An employee where I work has a very intense cough. Every 10-30 minutes this person -- whom sits a few rows away in a large floor filled with cubes -- has a coughing fit which lasts less than a minute ...
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Am I obligated to work with my sexist coworker?

I have been working in company Z for a year now. I get along very well with most of my coworkers except for one who is sexist. This coworker is older than me and has been working for the company for ...
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How can my friend balance not losing her job with reporting safety problems with the aircraft with which she works?

What would you do if a friend confided in you that her pleas to have cracks on an airplane fixed are consistently ignored? Is that a business decision you leave up to more experienced management, or ...
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Career dilemma for a 32 year old windows Desktop SE

Currently, I am "Senior SE" in a manufacturing equipment company. I do C#,WCF WPF, C(PLC) for desktop and to control hardware. Previously exposed to C++, ABAP, Java etc. But not in depth. I am like ...
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2answers
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How to respond to recruiters that have failed to keep their appointments?

Based in UK for info. Over the last couple of months I've been contacted by recruiters on LinkedIn about job opportunities. One specific recruiter read my profile and outlined his job specification ...
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3answers
700 views

How to get over constant comparison?

I am 25. I constantly keep comparing my life with that of my peers. Most of them have moved abroad and some who stayed have gained good career progression. Perhaps if I had chosen to move abroad I ...
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1answer
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Asking for a bonus increase for my top performance in one-to-one performance review?

I am going to have a one-to-one meeting with my manager on my yearly performance review. During the past year, some work that I have done has made a very significant contribution to the company, and ...
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2answers
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Contacted by recruiter on work address

I have received an email from a recruiter on my current company email. I am curious how they came across the address, because I only use it for internal communication and company-related accounts, so ...
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How can I say that I have a played a key role in a company's growth?

Basically I was an intern and the only employee at the company so I was the only front office staff. I was there to open and close the office when the boss couldn't, I would welcome and give ...
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8answers
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Need to withdraw an application unless their HR changes their rules - how to do so?

I'm 3 months into the interview process for a pretty prestigious research lab. It'd be a great gig. The hiring manager has told me that my peer references were great and I'm by far the most qualified ...
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2answers
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Can Solutions and Product Features be merged in a Pitch Presentation?

I have a single start-up app with multiple broadly-related features that solve unrelated problems with unrelated solutions Keeping in mind the audience attention, should I present the typical topics ...
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How to edit academic/research oriented CV (curriculum vitae) for industry roles

I have a CV I used to apply to academic/research roles. I listed everything related to research, teaching, courses, software, as well as professional experience. I am trying to see if there are any ...
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How to deal with not answered emails?

Sometimes, I —or other people I know— send an email someone —or a team— in an professional setting and never get an answer. How should that situation be handled? Should I double down after a couple ...
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Should I give my resignation letter to both my direct boss and the overall head?

I'm leaving my job and I'm wondering if I should address the letter to both the Direct Boss and the Overall Head. I need to preface by saying that Direct Boss is pretty much an echo of Overall Head. ...
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Asking recruiter to reply on job interview right away instead of waiting

I had my second (and last) interview at a company two days ago. The recruiter had told me in advance that I would get the answer the day after and in case they decided I was a good fit, they would ask ...
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3answers
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An important collaborator is delaying my project with perfectionism and lack of turnaround - How to manage him

I am leading a research project which involves a number of international collaborators. We have been working with one collaborator since early this year to develop a Spanish version of the survey we ...
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1answer
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Face a company which you ghosted previously for baseless reason

I am a junior developer working in not so common tech field/job like Data scientist or application developer but a good niche where I enjoy. (can't reveal it for some reason) I was looking to switch ...
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3answers
729 views

Flying out to an interview but not attending

Recently a company contacted me for recruiting purposes. However, I have previously worked at this company and been fired under very questionable circumstances, and yet they are trying to recruit me ...
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1answer
262 views

Working with anxiety [closed]

So, I 've always been anxious about my performance and fear of failure being the main bone I have to contend with. And to make matters worse, I've been diagnosed with ADD (eleventy years ago, and I'm ...
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How to make Coworkers/Employees feel their work is important

Every year we have a survey at our company where employees get to rate several different aspects of their employment. The results are important to us and we review them and try to improve things where ...
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Resume Writing: To list as one company or two?

My first major career position that I landed was with a small-sized company. Shortly after I was hired the company was purchased by a very large corporation. After acquisition the parent company ...
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12answers
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Do Software Engineer contractors really make more than salaried engineers? [closed]

I've heard many people mention that as a contract software engineer you can make 20-30% more per hour than if you were salaried - because of no benefits. However, when I look at contractor rates on ...
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6answers
713 views

What are the benefits of using a Recruitment Agency compared to direct application

Yesterday I received two independent calls from recruitment agencies that both included mention of the same position at a company. This not only raises the question which recruitment agency I should ...
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Drafting a Technical & Financial Proposal for a consultancy position within intergovernmental organisation

I am applying for a consultancy position (less than 6-month) within an intergovernmental organization and I need to draft a Technical & Financial Proposal for the assignment. I have already done ...
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Permanency Problem

So here is my dilemma, I am currently employed in a finance company for about 5 months now, next month there will be a panel that will determine if the company decides to make me a permanent/regular ...
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Is it okay to go home on time?

Is it okay to leave work on time as a developer ? I'm currently working for a company, and I just got a complaint from the boss that I always leave the workplace on time; usually a developer works ...
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6answers
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Work Desk is too Close to the Toilets

This question is on behalf of a colleague, Alice. Alice's desk is situated right next to one of the toilets and, as you can imagine, it often gets pretty smelly where she works. This has been made ...
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1answer
679 views

Performance Improvement Plan, but no final outcome on the final day

A friend of mine was placed on a PIP 7 weeks ago despite his having approached his manager about the lack of support he's been receiving from his team leader. He confided in me with this knowing I had ...
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3answers
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Wrong project or wrong attitude? [closed]

I'm a middle java developer. Current situation at work frustrates me, but I can't understand if I'm too demanding (or lazy?), or conditions are really bad, so I'd be very grateful for an unbiased ...
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Is there a free website for freelancers to find customers? [closed]

Is there a free website for freelancers to find customers. I think some I found asks for a credit card, and I'm not sure is it wise to join for them?
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5answers
2k views

After close to two years, Senior is still suggesting unsolicited changes that break code

I used to be a Junior at my work. The 25 year Senior who sat next to me has taken to coming over to me and making suggestions about changing and reordering my code... Initially I took him at face ...
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2answers
677 views

Cultural differences in the willingness to exercise “position power”?

I'm reading the book "High Output Management" by Andrew S. Grove, a (naturalized) American, who distinguishes between "knowledge power" - i.e. people who have a lot of influence in a company, not due ...
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2answers
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Negotiating part time for a job. Need general advice on situation

I am in a position to negotiate part time for my current job after a mass exodus of developers recently. Currently, I work remote but due to underlying communication and management problems in the ...
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1answer
725 views

Finding work as a paraplegic ( Wheelchair bound, paralysed)

I am 39 years old and was involved in a car accident 3 years ago. I was in the construction industry all my life. After the accident, I can no longer work in this field and decided to study BCompt ...
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2answers
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Applying to a job in a public organization, but the the organization itself blocks down the application system. How to apply?

I came across a job I am interested to apply to in an international public organization. i.e. it is an organization whose funding comes from governments from many countries. Therefore they have strict ...
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What information about other interviews should I withhold from a recruiter?

In screening calls from recruiters they often try to find out what other companies and recruitment agencies I am interviewing with right now. I try to give vague answers, but it does not always work. ...
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Going Postal Warning Signs

A deputy director with the California Department of Conservation tells employees he is the angel of death, yells at employees, and tells employees they better run when they see him. At what point is ...
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4answers
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What level of software engineer position does not need LeetCode-style coding problems in the interview? [closed]

Coding problems (LeetCode-style) in the interview process for software engineers has become a tradition in the industry. However, is this still necessary when hiring for higher level positions like, ...
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9answers
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Does referring a poor candidate look bad on me?

(I hope this is safely assumed but just in case, poor does not mean financially; in this context, poor = lacking in some characteristics; below in standards) Two years ago, upon graduating from ...
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1answer
282 views

Is it against company policy to ask another manager to move to their team? [closed]

My manager called me and said, "Don't tell anyone yet, yet but you may be moved to 'Team B' with Frank and Carl." She told me that I would be moved to another team the week before due to 'technical ...
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7answers
2k views

How can I keep my office undisturbed when someone started turning off lights in my office during lunch hour?

I worked at my company for 6 years now. When I go out to lunch, I typically leave my office lights on. They remain on when I come back. Recently I came back from lunch to find my office lights turned ...
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19answers
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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 ...
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3answers
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Started working late in my life. How to make it not sound bad?

I'm from a country where its not unusual to have 'informal' jobs. We make money, don't pay taxes, its easy to get one. But later it comes back and bite us back. I'm 38 years old and applying for a ...
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7answers
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Can an employee salary be more than their manager's

I wonder if someone more qualified than his/her manager can be paid more. Is it customary/expected and/or a rule stating that a manager should have a better salary than all of their subordinates?
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Failed interview after situation handling

A few weeks ago I got an interview for a job as simulation engineer in the aeronautics industry. It was going quite well during the technical questions (some C code, Python, and Linux) and previous ...
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2answers
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Coworker makes same money as me

I work for a company where a coworker that is at a lower position than me makes the same money as me. I have 4x more responsibilites than him but yet he makes the same amount. I understand that I may ...
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4answers
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How to handle a work period where client name and details are under NDA?

I am a private/personal chef located in the US. My previous employer had me sign a very specific NDA where I could not state location, details of diet, heath, salary...not even disclose WHOM I WAS ...
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What does it say about a company when they require a degree for a junior programmer's position?

Location: The Netherlands Certain junior programming job applications in the NL require you to have finished a HBO study (similar to a Bachelor’s degree), As I understood, a lot of programmers are ...

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