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Questions from a previous employer about project

I've been approached recently by a person that took over the project I worked on from my last job. They've asked me to help them out (unpaid) with an issue they are having that they believe I have ...
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How much should I slack off? [closed]

I am a programmer and work 8-hour workdays. I have found it nearly impossible to sit and be concentrated on my work for the whole 8 hours - I do things like hang on Stack Exchange, go for a walk, eat ...
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How to deal with meddling coworkers?

Our team has traditionally been very small and close-knit, but as our workload has expanded, we've split the team across two projects, with most people working 100% on one or the other. There are two ...
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Mistake for my coworker to respond in kind to his boss?

Well here we all are, 6 of us at a restaurant. Me and my coworker, call him Chad, are new to the team, both young(in 20s). Our boss looks at Chad and says something like "did you get a haircut?" Then ...
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Is it risky to invite a senior member of the company to coffee, if I'm an intern?

According to this site, one good thing for an intern to do is to invite a senior member to coffee and learn from their skills. This sounds a bit unusual. Is it really good advice?
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How to decline a job offer in writing

How can I politely decline a job offer from an employer in writing? What are the factors I should consider?
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Should I list the ability to remember a shuffled deck of cards in a resume?

I am currently learning how to memorise a deck of cards. I haven't quite mastered this skill yet (I can only memorise up to about 40 cards and I usually make 1 or 2 errors), but I expect to within ...
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Should I point out spelling mistakes in a reference letter?

I just finished an internship and my boss gave me a very nice reference letter. While I'm happy with the content, I found one spelling mistake and it is really bothering me. Should I tell him to re-...
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What would be a good response to “Do you like spending special time with coworkers”?

Background: I was asked this in a phone interview. It took me by surprise, and I faltered here. I couldn't figure out just what to make of "special time" - unfortunately, that time I didn't get the ...
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How do I advise a habitually tardy coworker?

A coworker of mine, an intern like me, is always at least 30 minutes late. But not more than an hour usually. Today the CEO even noticed. But I didn't tell him that part. Is it advisable to tell ...
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Flowing in and out of casual conversation

In part of an answer to a question related to discussion, someone made this statement: Save non-work-related chat until the whole team is out of flow. With my experience, I am terrible at reading ...
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Is it considered rude to turn down a job after initially accepting it?

Earlier today, I was offered a position which I accepted. It is supposed to start in about a month. I feel like I've made a huge mistake. Can I do anything about it without coming off as ...
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What is the protocol when you are talking with your boss and his phone rings?

I've encounter several times when I am talking to my boss that his phone rings. He picks up the phone and starts talking. The talking could last for 5 minutes or 15 minutes, depending on the content ...
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What's the correct way to format business emails?

My colleague sends emails with odd spacing. For example, no line breaks between salutation and the first paragraph. I'd love to send him a reference so he knows how to lay out formal/business emails ...
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Should you reply to every email that directs work to you (even if not your boss)?

Suppose that I have a coworker, Bob, who is a manager. I am a new hire, still low on the totem-pole. But if said manager, who isn't my manager, emails me about some work that he'd like me to do, how ...
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Negotiation for Fulltime Conversion After Internship [closed]

How should one who has held multiple internships with a large company of 50k+ employees negotiate salary on eventual full-time job offers (having documented excellent performance via internal systems)?...
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When is it appropriate to change communication methods?

Situation: I have received a job offer(s) and/or interview related communication from a potential employeer. This has been communicated either in person, via phone, or through email (or some ...
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What should I tell potential employers if I'm not sure I'm leaving my current position?

I'm currently working as a contractor; in six weeks, either my current company will have offered me a permanent position or I'll be moving on to another position. If they offer, I'll accept a ...
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How should I schedule phone interviews while employed?

The last time I searched for a job, I was unemployed, and I had half a dozen phone interviews as well as a few in person before I settled on an offer. Now, however, I'm currently employed. What is the ...
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What is the appropriate way to deal with “meeting overload?”

Sometimes it becomes difficult to work a normal work week because you are in meetings for so long during the day you have minimal time to actually work during the day. For example, if you have no ...
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Is it normal for a company not to contact you after a lengthy interview to let you know you didn't get the job? [closed]

My friend recently went to an interview with a small accounting software company. After she left the interview, she never heard back from them. The thing is, she'd already talked with the owner on ...
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Should I attend a company function?

There's a big departmental picnic coming up; I've been told that, as a contractor, I won't be paid for the time if I do go to the picnic. However, as an integral member of the team (I definitely do as ...
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Can it be harmful to dress more formally than what the dress code allows?

We all know that not wearing clothes considered appropriate for the dress code can be a bad thing. Your typical business-casual dress code probably frowns upon wearing jeans, tank tops, black bra ...
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Should I negotiate a higher salary when transitioning from intern to full-time employee?

I'm currently finishing my internship (graduation) as software engineer and the company has asked me to come work for them after I've graduated. During the internship I developed an iPhone app which ...
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Quitting A Job; Better To Leave After A 'Round' Amount Of Time?

I'm considering quitting my current job. I've worked there for 10 months. My question is whether or not it looks better to quit after a 'round' amount of time (IE - One Year' than a seemingly ...
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How to ask for Linked-In recommendations

The other day I noticed my Linked-In profile did not have a whole ton of recommendations. I have worked with quite a few people over the past few years. How should I request a recommendation from ...
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How to deal with colleagues who smoke and carry a bad breath to meeting rooms? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should I approach a co-worker on matters of personal hygiene? I spend 3 hours of my time on an average everyday in meeting rooms. The rooms are generally very small and ...
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Returning a favor for the boss

I am in a situation where my boss has, on more than one occasion, "gone to bat" for me and personally duked it out with superiors, HR, and the customer to argue in favor of keeping me employed with ...
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Should I be giving unsolicited help?

Situation is this: X and Y sit near my cubicle. X asks Y some question, which Y doesn't know an answer to, but together they spend quite some time talking on that. I have heard their conversation, ...
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How do you decide if it is worth it to continue working on project when you know that another person works on the same project too? [closed]

One of my co-workers mentioned an old PC game and said that it would be great if we (me and my colleague) could remake one for windows phone few days ago. But the project is too small for two ...
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Dealing with inappropriate emails from recruiters [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I stop recruiters from contacting me? I'm working for a high profile company and have gotten recruitment firms calling and emailing - presumably by blagging switchboard ...
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Would it be rude to request a (paid) work placement?

I'm currently a university student in my 3rd year of a 4 year degree. Last summer, the University offered paid work placements and I found myself working for a local software company for a small ...
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How do I request an introduction in Linkedin, from a former colleague with whom I haven't kept in touch?

Browsing through my 2nd-degree connections on LinkedIn, I noticed a recruiter who works for a company I'm particularly interested in. I don't know this recruiter at all, personally, but I do have a ...
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Moving office but don't want to share with someone

My team is about to move office from an open plan area to shared two-person rooms (old university halls of residence, not ideal). I get on well with everyone in the team except one person and I know ...
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Is there a proper or polite way to tell people to not hijack threads?

I have a technical peer at a customer who I work with several times a week. I handle high-level support requests from her. Typically both of our PMs are CC'd so they can be in the loop as we address ...
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Specific strategies for maintaining confidence and competence when thrown into a more complex domain?

Preface: Seeing many hints of this question buried within other questions here and have experienced it myself. Scenario: For example, take employee X and the different technical domain levels of ...
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Proper etiquette for declining to attend “volunteer” charity events sponsored by company

I work at a very small company and the CEO and Founder is big on organizing volunteer events and charity fundraising within the company. He is a great man who came from extremely difficult beginnings ...
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Should I ask to work (bill hours) on Black Friday if all my FT coworkers are off?

I work at a large company as a consultant, paid hourly. The company is open on Black Friday but it is optional to come in to work. All my team mates, who are FT salaried employees, are taking that ...
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Employee pay during jury duty

A new employee just got summoned for jury duty. My company is based in Canada and by law, I am not required to pay their salary while they are away serving on the jury. I'm wondering if anyone else ...
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Can I say “No” politely for a task I'm not interested in doing?

My boss is repeatedly giving me some R&D tasks which are a little bit frustrating for me to do. Several times I've told him that I am better in other assignments, but he always convinces me that I ...
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Sending disagreement to boss over a mail is correct thing to do?

I am working on outsourcing organization. I have worked with various other teams and people while executing an assignment. How ever while evaluating, based on the feedback gathered from all the ...
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How to deal with insensitive humor in the office?

Maybe I should just let this go, but I'm finding that difficult. A co-worker made what he considered to be a joking statement about people with a certain disease. I contradicted the statement, but ...
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Saying no to an interview after saying yes over the phone

I have been working for a company for less than 6 months. My team in office had a warning from management that there may be a layoff. So I was applying for all kinds of jobs mostly relevant to my ...
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Changing priorities too much

We are small growing company with demanding IT needs. As the company grows, new business logic needs to implemented to accommodate the growth and the existing system needs to be fixed which has a lot ...
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Leaving for Lunch before our seniors is a good etiquette or not

I am quite new to Office environment, so I am not not much familiar with Workplace etiquettes. Our Lunch timings is from 2 pm to 3 pm. But our seniors are mostly busy doing their project stuff at that ...
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Is it rude to tell an employer who has already hired me that my current job decided to offer me a better position?

I accepted a job offer from a company (Company A) and was planning to start mid month. In a strange turn of events, the place I am currently finishing up at (Company B) sold their franchise and now ...
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How do I instill meeting request email etiquette in my team?

My team does not respond to any meeting requests, does not use proper subject for emails and generally does not appear to have any email etiquette. This is also seen in more senior members of the team ...
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Should I accept a delayed and nebulously defined promotion?

My employer is looking at creating a Media Specialist position. This theoretically would lead to a higher pay grade and hence be a promotion. However there are a couple aspects of the situation that ...
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How do I ask to do work outside my job description?

I was just hired in a junior position. My company employs about 120 people. However, I have very little work to do. It might just be because we're between projects, but I get the impression that this ...
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How to politely prevent coworkers from altering one's contributions to a knowledge base?

In the company I work for we extensively use a knowledge base for technical matters. Everybody can ask questions and everybody can answer. Of course, there are always contributions that one thinks ...

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