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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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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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