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In an exit interview, (how) do I tell my manager about my replacement's lack of skills?

I'm a software engineering co-op that's finishing my term in the next few days. I've worked solo on a decently sized project that seems to have garnered some interest from my co-workers. I really like ...
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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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Protocol for Adding people on Linkedln

Is it unreasonable to add a person on linkedln that interviewed you? I want to add a person who did a phone interview with me. Is this seen as a bad gesture?
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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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Should I send a “thank you” email to a colleague in the same office?

I was temporarily relocated to a different location by my company and people at the new location have helped me to set everything up. I interrupted one colleague a couple of times because of minor ...
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Is it too early to take a vacation day after only seven months?

I've been working at a software development firm since January. It's my first job out of college. The last few months have been particularly busy for me (50+ hour weeks) and I'd like to take maybe a ...
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Tough curveball interview questions

My college career center has provided me a sheet with the most common interview questions. So far (in past interviews) I have never been asked a question that was not on the sheet. I have an interview ...
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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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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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Why would people make interviewees and clients wait to meet with them, even if they're available right away?

There's two people in my office who get a fair number of people visiting them. One of them has clients coming to visit them, and the other is often performing job interviews. Every time, regardless ...
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How can I incorporate all of my interests into a career path, without over-specializing?

I am currently a student. I have high interests in the areas of Physics, Neurology, Software Engineering, and Computer Engineering. In my eyes, they are similar in as many ways as they are different. ...
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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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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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What guidelines should we have for employees bringing your own device to work? [closed]

We are getting ready to tackle the whole subject of people bringing tablets, etc. from home to work. We are a midsize company with 6 locations. I'm curious what others have implemented in terms of ...
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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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Is it normal for a direct-deposited paycheck to be late?

So I get paid on the 15th and 30th of each month. Normally before the notification of payroll is received via email, the money is direct deposited into my account. However, today (the 30th) I checked ...
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What is my obligation to my current employer when changing jobs is imminent but (at this point) not guaranteed?

I am scheduled for a second interview for a job with a company that I would like to have. Changing jobs would require changing cities, which would also mean more opportunity for my spouse. If the ...
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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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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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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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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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What is the accepted method of indicating a company being acquired on a resume?

For conditions where you are presently employed at a company that has been acquired and your job (title, responsibilities, assignment) has not changed because of the acquisition, what is the best way ...
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If a potential hire is unsure about relocation, how big of an impact is that on an employer's decision?

I am currently talking to employers for hire in 5 months. I am open to the idea of moving across the country, but not fond of it. I have expressed my insecurity of living across the country to my ...
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Dealing with unpleasant food odors

Several coworkers and I share a rather small working area (not absurdly tiny, but small enough to cause this problem). Most of us usually eat lunch in the cafeteria area, and sometimes at our desks. ...
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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 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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How to mention project names on CV where name can't be disclosed due to non-disclosure agreement

As the title pretty much says, how should we mention a project name on a resume or CV where the actual name can't be revealed due to a non-disclosure agreement. Funny it may sound, while the ...
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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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What should be the ideals of setting up an additional career track?

I have an exciting opportunity to redesign the career tracks in my current company. Each department decides its own titles, job descriptions, salary ranges, and progression. I'm pretty excited, as I'...
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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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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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Should the manager be CC'd when sending username and password to employee

I often create logins for new employees and then send them an email with their login credentials. While doing so I also CC their manager to let him know his user has been setup. Is this the right ...
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Is it appropriate to be asked during an interview about health care and bonuses in previous role?

I just had a first interview and it was really strange to me. These are the type of questions they were asking me: Q: Does your current position offer health care? A: Yes Q: Do you have to pay in ...
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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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How do you research which job skills or technologies to learn?

On Stack Overflow and Programmers we often see questions like Where to start? What language to learn first? and What language should I learn next? These questions should always be closed as not ...
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How can I tell if my shyness is an issue at a workplace?

I find myself to be excessively shy and at times, under-confident. I am unable to network well or express my opinions the way I want to to my bosses. Sometimes, my job (as a researcher) requires me ...
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Got a job offer from a friend, but been on a new job for a couple of months [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Switching jobs - how soon is too soon? I've recently got a job with a big consulting firm; however, I'm not enjoying the work much. While I don't see much advancement within ...
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How do you give a reference when a previous boss was a bully?

I have been in IT and Project Management for a long time, but when I have to give references for background checks (federal and commercial) they want previous managers. I have two instances where I ...
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What factors/questions to consider when hiring for technical support

I have a small but growing software company and the number of support requests as well as "how do I do something almost plainly simple with the software" are coming up more and more frequently as the ...
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After a few years of professional experience, should I leave college jobs on my resume?

I've been out of college and employed as a software engineer for about three years now, and in addition I've been doing a decent amount of freelance work at the same time. Now that I've started ...
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Where can I go take a nap during the day?

I am a summer intern at a large company. There have been a few days when I have been really tired and I would like to take a nap on my lunch break, but there are no beds, or places to go for such a ...
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How do I deal with an offensive joke from someone in upper management?

I was chatting with a high-level person (CTO) the other day and he was trying to persuade me into moving (out of my home) to be located at a different office. I had told him that moving out of my ...
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How do I explain getting fired for a very bad reason to potential employers?

I was recently fired from my janitor position because I drew the SS (Schutzstaffel) logo on a teacher's whiteboard. The teacher reported me because he assumed it was a hate crime (it wasn't, I didn't ...
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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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My recruiter made a mistake which has cost me my reputation with a company, what should I do now?

My recruiter submitted me for Job A with a company I really like and this job paid X amount of dollars. Job A was filled so they offered to submit my resume to Job B with the same company. I took it ...
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Revoking access privileges when someone leaves a job [closed]

I work in a start up company, with a very small team. This has been my first and only job since I graduated too. Recently, a person on design team left our company for greener pastures elsewhere and ...
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Is the length of a resume significant? If so, what's the best length? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is a 1-2 page resume recommended? I've read that a one-to-two-page resume is the best, but why? And is it significant? I understand that employers have to read multiple ...
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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 is the proper way to deal with a recruiter who calls during work hours?

I have been looking for new career opportunity. Sometimes a recruiter calls me while I am in the office, during work hours. I am having difficulty in dealing with recruiters. They ask me to describe ...
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Implementing Peer Review System

I manage a small team of developers at my startup company. I want to evaluate and reward my team and I am thinking about having a peer review system where they evaluate each other. I think it will be ...

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