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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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Job transition dilemmas?

Background I've been holding my current position as a Software Engineer for almost 6 years now, during which I've participated in many projects. Most of the projects were rather small scaled, but ...
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How should I represent myself in a cover letter when applying for a job in which I have zero experience?

I was recently informed about a job at a kitchen, working as a general assistant; the tasks would be simple: clearing tables, preparing food, washing up, etc. However, I've never formally worked in a ...
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Different standards for new hires

My department has recently restructured with the initial communicated focus of defining roles to clarify the career advancement goals of the team members. All of us were very excited as we felt that ...
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How much humor should I display in an interview?

In an interview, there is often this icy nervousness. Would it be appropriate to make a comment about something mundane, like the coffeeshop nearby, etc? Just to break the ice? How much humor can I ...
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Listing long time work experience with interruptions due to education on a CV

I'm currently studying computer science and am working part time at the same company for five years already (started at the place before I started university). However, I interrupted work for several ...
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What kinds of questions should I ask a recruiter?

When interviewing with the actual company, I can ask about all sorts of details such as benefits plans, what kind of software they use, vacation schedules, etc... When I'm dealing with a recruiter, I'...
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Is the summer before senior year too early to apply for jobs? [duplicate]

I'm currently at an internship and I'm starting to worry about jobs after graduation. Is it too early for me to apply for full time positions? Since I'm within easy traveling distances from many ...
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What are good entries for technical and social skills in europass for typical developer?

I'm filling the Europass CV format. It's my first contact with such type of CV format, and I'm a bit confused. My job experience is pure development (server and WWW, mostly Java+SQL). I've had ...
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What is appropriate dress for a “business casual” interview?

I have an upcoming interview and the meeting schedule indicates that the dress code is "business casual." How should I arrive to ensure that I am dressed appropriately for the interview?
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Interviewing a Non-Programmer for a Programmer Job

A project manager in my department (software development) wants us to interview a non-programmer for a programming job. He has experience in technical support for an international software company. ...
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What to do when recruiters don't count freelancing work as experience

There was a period when I was an individual freelancer, without having formed a proprietorship or something and without having official certificates of experience. Though I made it, after sometime I ...
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How do I ask for internal network access in my office?

I do a lot of work in an open room where we have a strict no-Internet-access network. The room has a large table with several computers where my coworkers hop from computer to computer doing different ...
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How do I ask my boss for learning material?

I'm currently a co-op student (intern) at a software company that has a large, old application. We're currently in the process of converting it from an old runtime to something new, and in the process,...
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Offer letter states salary will be reviewed regularly: is this odd?

I just received an offer letter from a tech company and I am a curious if it is normal practice to state this in the offer letter: "Your salary will be reviewed on a regular cycle as dictated by ...
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My company was recently acquired, what do I need to learn to adjust to the new culture and seek promotion?

My current company has been acquired by another company. The new parent company doesn't have any plans to change anything in our operations... but does some new things that we don't currently do. ...
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How to establish a mentoring culture in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment

Earlier I read a question called How to mentor a Junior Developer and thought about this question. I worked as a support engineer at a smaller startup in one of my previous employments where I was ...
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How to ask for an agreement about a side income

I was working together with a freelancer on a project here in my company for about 18 months. As he had some knowledge, that no one here had, this work was very educational for me (and in certain ...
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How do I give someone realistic expectations when I am doing a project for free?

I volunteered to produce an app for a non-profit for free. Before beginning the project, I researched already existing solutions. I am in the process of writing an email to summarise my findings. One ...
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How to recruit reliable and professional volunteers

I realize this is quite broad, so will give specifics to my situation and hopefully users can post some helpful tips to the community. I run a conference that takes place every two months or so (...
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How do headhunters get paid for senior positions?

How do headhunters get paid for senior positions? My understanding is for junior and mid-level positions, headhunters generally follow one of two paths: Retained where they are in part paid for ...
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If you must report incriminating information about a 3rd party to HR, should you do so anonymously?

If you noticed improper behavior at work, ranging from petty theft of office supplies to deliberate, willful manipulation of a company's financial statement, and you decided to report it to HR, should ...
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Have I verbally accepted an offer, or just expressed interest in seeing a contract?

I'm considering two job offers at the moment. Company A called, offered me the job "If you're still available". I said "Yes, I am definitely interested". They gave me a contract. Company B called and ...
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Dealing with critics in group situations

What should I do when I am facilitating a discussion and someone is deliberately attempting to sabotage the discussion to promote an external agenda? There are a few way I have considered dealing ...
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Communicating long term goals without seeming overly ambitious

I take a lot of inspiration from one of the Directors I have worked with in the past. I wish to transition into such a position in the future. However this is still a long way ahead and I see a lot of ...
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Generic resume vs position-specific resumes

I often hear advice that one's resume should be targeted for every position he applies to. But for me it seems to make no difference, I receive standard "thanks for you interest" replies just as often ...
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How can a freelance developer price his/her work? [closed]

I am getting some opportunities as a freelance developer, and that is good. However, I am new at this and I am not sure how to price my work. I am afraid that if I put high prices that I will push the ...
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Should I help co-workers with their projects?

A new employee joined our company 2 months ago. He was a newbie (well, I am not a pro either, but I definitely know more than he does) so he often asked me for help. And today when I arrived at work I ...
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Quitting an exploitative job

My best friend is working in a small firm (approx 20-30 people) which has recently gone under change in management. The new partner/director treats employees like hell & has clear ideology of ...
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How can I become a team person?

I have worked in environments where I was either an individual contributor or a lone techie without much need for team effort. As I go further in my career, I find it necessary to branch out to ...
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My company wants me to switch to a different position that I'm not sure I'll be happy in. What should I consider?

I am currently an iPhone developer with 2 years of experience. I have a situation where my organization wants me to switch to a C# developer because of significant rise in .NET business they are ...
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How can I “sell” myself better during the job interview?

I'm due to go on a job interview for a team leader (C#, Mobile applications) position in a few days I learned pretty much everything I know by myself (at work, at home) - I do hold a B.Sc. in CS ...
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Is it unethical to quit just before a project that I'm the only one suitable for begins?

I am stuck in an underpaying job (my friend was surprised with my salary) and I am seeking another job. However, a potential large and troublesome project (it requires me to rewrite an system ...
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Refusing to do something that makes you uncomfortable

I work for a small company where one of the primary investors and managing partners happens to be a national celebrity (who will go unnamed). This person also plays the role of spokesperson and ...
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How can I change my career path to better align with my career goals? [closed]

This is probably something common so if anyone has dealt with this before please advise what is the best approach I can take to overcome this problem. I'm nearly 30 and I'm seriously not happy about ...
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What resources have the most accurate market research for salaries? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I determine a reasonable salary to ask for? I have been writing software for 15 years. I've run the gamut of creating large scale software applications from scratch, ...
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Allowing a potential employer to contact current/former employer “After acceptance of conditional offer”

I am filling out a job application, and one section says When may we contact this employer? [ ] Now [ ] After acceptance of conditional offer I am wondering which option is better, from ...
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How should reducing development costs metrics be listed on a resume?

Every few months at work we add a feature X. On average it took 10,000 LOC (lines of code) to develop. Through design improvements I reduced it to an average 1,000 LOC, which meant fewer associated ...
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Should I make a personal website so that I can write that on my resume?

There is always a field in a typical resume which is website. I don't have a personal website and don't like to make up stuff. Although I've once built a website 10 years ago, I really do not like ...
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How to inform a recruiter about a competing offer, and hopefully encourage them to move faster

I am currently in the last interview stages with two companies, A and B. I reached a stage with company A where they are already willing to write me an offer. I have completed three phone interviews ...
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Old employee wishes to rejoin [closed]

I had an employee (lets call him 'Old') who worked for me for 1 year. He had learnt a lot of things during the job. Two month ago he left the job and joined some other company (not a competitor of ...
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How long can I wait before responding to a message on Stack Overflow Careers?

I've listed myself as "currently employed, but willing to be contacted." A couple employers have sent me messages. How long can I wait before responding would seem rude? Should I respond ...
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What should I ask for from an indirect contact at company (Google) I would like to work at?

I mentioned I was thinking of applying to Google to a friend I've known for years. He said that he knows one of the technical higher-ups (let's call him "Bob") in Google and gave me his home number. ...

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