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Will a non-Software development job help my prospects in getting a development job in the future? [closed]

I have a higher diploma, with an excellent grade, and am in the final year of a BSc in Software Development. I am searching for a job, preferably in software development, for any salary, since I do ...
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Agreeing to mandatory arbitration as condition of employment — what rights are given up?

A relative of mine is working for a New York firm that has recently had to pay after being sued for workplace harassment & retaliation. Now, they are requiring that all employees sign an ...
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What's the correlation between guys with longer hair and professionalism?

I've been with a company for about nine months now. When I first started out my hair was cut to just above eye level, now I've grown it out close to my chin. For a while now, my higher-ups have been ...
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What are some good tools one can use for creating and maintaining an online CV? [closed]

I've recently started to look for some jobs online, and it appears that each time I want to apply for some position I have to either fill out some online profile at a specific website, or try to ...
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What are some good seminar topics that can be used to improve designer&developer communication?

I'm development team leader in a internet service company that provides service that's very similar to dropbox. In our company we have mainly two divisions: the tech division and the designers ...
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What to highlight as a new developer in an interview?

I've got an interview with a small social media business. I found the position via a recruiting firm. While I am a confident person, I don't want to mince words: my BA (graduated last May) is in ...
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What should I write in “Working Relationship” field in job application

I am applying for job online and the form includes an area for me to list my references and our "Working Relationship". What should I write in that area? Also, when I report to a person who is the ...
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Including the Cover Letter at the End of the CV

I figured out I may as well send a .PDF file featuring my CV and Cover Letter. It sounds simpler to handle on the other side. The cover letter begins on a new page so when it's printed, it looks like ...
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Do employers visit online resumes/websites for extended versions of resumes? [duplicate]

How realistically can I expect an employer to visit an online and extended version of my resume? I'm currently a Junior in college, studying Computer Science. Since I'll be graduating about this time ...
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What is the purpose of a recruitment agency?

I have been told that our starting salary offer was being reduced by our recruitment agency. The name of the company that offered the job did not indicate that it was a recruitment agency, but when I ...
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How do I renegotiate my salary when new hires start in higher ranges?

I have a very solid experience in Software Development and Project Management, and I just learned that the company I work for has posted a new position that requires half the experience and a lesser ...
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Peaceful and professional way to drop out of a volunteer project that's gone bad

I used to be involved with a composers' consortium. The organization was comprised of several of my friends. In the beginning, everything was alright, because there wasn't a lot to manage at first, ...
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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 to negotiate working hours before accepting a new job?

I've heard through the grapevine that I'm likely to get a job offer from a company where a friend already works. Probably the most important thing to me is the hours I work. Not how many, but rather,...
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Am I damaging my reputation by arriving and leaving on-time?

I work 9am-5pm, 5 days a week as an employee (not contractor). I'm fairly strict with myself in only doing work at work and making the absolute most of my time away from work. This means I will ...
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When to give up and when to lead a change

For the sake of clarity let me qualify a term: Broken Workplace - Mechanically, the team is not functioning as it should. Due to poor leadership, or morale, or competition, whatever (in reality they'...
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Sending a CV to a Company with No Visible Information

I found an open position announcement for summer term in my department's job announcements board. The announcement contains only the qualifications that they're looking for, but no information about ...
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How to handle an internal job clarification meeting that turned into an interview

I work for a company where it is the general practice when an requisition opens for a position, you contact the hiring manager for details about the jobs, especially if you aren't familiar with the ...
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Should I disconnect from a past colleague on LinkedIn when a relationship has gone sour?

Despite my efforts at maintaining a professional and positive relationship while resigning from a job, I've recently been informed by past colleagues that my past employer has been saying a lot of ...
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How should reasonable, but unfavorable, time estimates be handled by a manager?

Presenting time estimates is a negotiation process: worker gives a high estimate, manager pushes to get the work done in a shorter period of time. However, besides this old-fashioned downward ...
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Process and length of time for obtaining a US J1 visa

The best candidate for a job opening in my group is Indian, lives in Europe, and has worked for (and visited / lived for short periods), a company based in a US-allied Arab country. The Human ...
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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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Generic cover letter, or none at all?

I'm an undergraduate student that is actively looking for any involvement in personal projects, internships or employment opportunities within my field of study. As a result, I tend to carry plenty of ...
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Do employers expect a ultimate career goal in career objective? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I include a career objective on my resume? There is a field, career objective, in CV which is confusing to me. I am certain that employers do not want some vague ...
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Recovering from bad career decisions

In my field I hold professional credentials that only a handful of others in the world hold. Those credentials are in high demand. In the late 1990s, I joined a large company and stayed with them ...
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How to leave a job and offer services as an independent contractor [closed]

I have been working with a company, building their infrastructure and software systems for the past 7 years. Their software (hosted applications) and the services around the software are what they ...
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How to reward extraordinary outstanding developers

Let's say I have a team of 10 developers, and 1 or 2 of them are extraordinary outstanding in the sense that: They consistently take the hardest algorithm problems and solve them Their superb ...
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What is the best way to get a new developer up to speed?

We are a small software company and in going through a technical evaluation recently, it was brought to our attention that we lacked an "onboarding" process for new developers. "Onboarding" is exec-...
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When emailing my boss, is it OK to use his first name in the greeting?

Suppose my boss's name is John Smith and in person I address him as "John". Is it better to start the email saying Hi Mr. Smith or simply Hi John I know it's somewhat minor, but I want to avoid ...
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Should I consider how long I've been at a new job before trying to start a family?

I started a new job recently and I love it and want to display dedication to my work. My spouse and I are also hoping to start a family soon. I have several related questions: Would it be worth it ...
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How should I respond when a coworker says something offensive or inappropriate?

I've been in workplaces where it wasn't uncommon for others to express derogatory remarks about large groups of people, for example an ethnic group. Sometimes this includes groups I identify with, ...
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How do I negotiate a higher parking allowance as an intern?

I am being hired as an intern for a company, and parking will be $177/month. They say they will reimburse me for $90. But I am almost going to have a masters degree, so I feel like maybe I can get ...
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How should I greet co-workers?

I know this may be a very newbie question, but I really want to know. When you come in for a new day of work and see coworkers, is it common to shake hands, or simply say "hi" or "morning" ? Or Do ...
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Should I quit my job because I lack experience? [closed]

I'm just 18 years old, so I don't have a lot of experience. I currently work for a company that develops online games for a local casino. My job is to create servers that will support Flash clients. ...
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What can I do to learn undocumented knowledge quickly?

I've recently been successful in an internal training programme in my workplace, where if after three years I can pass some exams and get signed off, I will be promoted three grades above my current ...
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Dealing with a bipolar boss [closed]

My boss is really a brilliant guy, gutsy, full of ideas and very driven. Lately he has been exhibiting a very irrational behavior, squandering deals, blaming everybody, and we are beginning to lose ...
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Who is supposed to be responsible for team building morale building etc?

I am the owner of a small business company that has between ten and fifteen people. There are some crucial employee-related roles, such as morale building, employee welfare, bonus setting, and other ...
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How could I explain a 2 year gap in obtaining a degree due to dropping out and then returning?

I began college in 2007 and then dropped out in 2009. I returned late 2011 to finish my final year and have completed it just last week. So basically it took me 5 years to do a 3 year degree. It was a ...
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When is a low paid contractor on retainer actually an employee?

Three years ago, I got hired as an independent contractor for a small company where we had a lot of contact with the owner. Then, my contract expired and things started get a little funny from there. ...
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What is the simplest way to find a development job in Canada for a non-Canadian?

I am thinking about moving to Canada. As I understand right now it is required to have a job offer in order to do so. Can anyone recommend a way to do so ?
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What are the advantages to hiring in a big city?

The software company I work at is headquartered in a relatively small suburb of New York, with a small office in NYC. I'm trying to convince upper management to expand operations in our NYC office ...
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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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Can an administrative assistant take on the roles of morale building and team building?

In my company, we have an administrative assistant who does not have a sophisticated degree, and whose experience is in doing data entry and simple bookkeeping. I am considering having her take on ...
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How soon after should I follow up on a missed deadline?

If someone working on a document tells me he will email it to me tomorrow, and that I will have it by 10:00, how long after the deadline should I wait to follow up? I feel that emailing (or worse, ...
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When sending a follow up email, is it appropriate to CC the recipient's boss?

I was tossing around a few ideas with my colleague on how to further a project that's being delayed or lacking attention by a particular person. They mentioned perhaps I should CC the person's boss ...
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What is the difference between freelancer and contractor?

I have been hearing about freelancers, especially in the software industry. What is the difference between freelancers and contractors? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each? As to my ...
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How should I deal with colleagues asking me to hide problems with their work?

My specific situation is that I am working as tester for a web application project, and after some low level security tests I realized the application has lots of vulnerabilities. I would normally ...
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Should I quit because I'm not up to the job?

I am currently working in a small firm of less than 20 people as an only software engineer for a contract position for doing a software application. I am currently not confident that I can finish the ...
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How to join a partner company without getting in trouble with my current employer?

I work in the tech team of a media company, and we have recently started working with another company who will provide us with an API/service which we will use. Hence, they have a pretty close ...
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How can I overcome “years of experience” requirements when applying to positions?

Having just been rejected as a candidate for a job because I do not show the requisite number of years experience, I have some questions about how "years of experience" is interpreted by hiring ...

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