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How to list a mashup of employers on resume when working for different companies that are the same company

If you are thoroughly confused by the title of this question then I completely understand because it confuses me a bit too, so I will elaborate on my situation. A while ago I applied for a job at a ...
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How do I frame a job maintaining a vendor application?

My main job for the last 4 years has been as a "developer" maintaining an install of a large enterprise Classic ASP web application provided by a third party. This was my first web developer job. Any ...
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Second thoughts about “unofficial” vacation time

I joined my current company over 2 years ago. At that time I was working for another company in the same field and receiving 4 weeks vacation. During salary negotiations, the hiring manager at my ...
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How can I deal with co-workers that send me a lot of off topic emails?

A few of my colleagues have a tendency of sending a variety of off topic emails, ranging from the usual "funny" stuff to serious, but still not work related stuff. I really don't like that, my inbox ...
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When should I tell my new employer about an already-planned vacation?

When is it appropriate to tell a new employer about a holiday/vacation that is already booked? Especially when it is close to the start date of the new job.
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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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Is getting into the minutiae of a technology/language appropriate in an interview?

So I have seen both sides of this question and actually been on both sides as well. In the programming world there seems to be a fine line between great interviewing for the sake of weeding out ...
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How to ask for a raise [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should I properly approach my boss if I'm feeling underpaid? I've been working for almost a year for a startup and I feel like I learned a lot and grew very fast to be ...
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What are employers looking for when they ask to see sample code during the hiring process for a programmer?

I have gotten requests to submit code samples (from past work done) but I have never really understood what precisely these employees are looking for. Do they how complex they think the past work ...
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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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How should I indicate project contributions on a resume when internal roles and responsibilities are not clearly defined?

Throughout my career I've worked in teams where everybody does everything and nobody really has the ability to claim ownership of a specific feature or successful implementation. As I'm updating my ...
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Resignation notices when doing part-time work as a 1099 contractor

I have been doing part-time/casual time work from home under a 1099 contract for a company that a friend works at. This is a side job for me and I have been noticing that life responsibilities are ...
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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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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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How to display contract work and “career breaks” on a resume

I'm a contract software developer, and as such I've hopped from job to job as I do project work. Some projects have been three months long, and some have been up to three years long. Also, due to ...
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Quality of paper for “just in case” resumes brought to an interview.

I make it a habit of bringing extra copies of my resume in my folio to interviews that I go on. I also bring my references in case I am asked for them at the end of the interview. This way, if one of ...
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Does it matter what color tie I wear to an interview?

I typically favor dark ties in shades of green, black or grey as a matter of personal taste but I'm curious as to how this will be seen by an interviewer. Is it better for me to wear a specific color ...
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Are side projects acceptable “work experience” for an entry level worker?

Are side-projects good to list in lieu of work experience? I have a few on my resume, because I haven't had a job yet, and I want to demonstrate my ability. But some of the recruiters that I have ...
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About to launch a hotly anticipated, already profitable product. Is now a good time to ask for a raise?

I was hired as a mid-level developer into a large company to work on a product with great feedback from its users. The original authors were bootstrapped and built a great tool. Unfortunately, their ...
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How can I improve a resume to avoid looking like a job-hopper?

I feel like my resume is cursing me. In the last five years I have held just as many jobs. For the first of those five years, I had two jobs lasting a few months each. The next job lasted me two years ...
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Is 3 months notice reasonable for a Development Manager Role [closed]

Is a 3 month notice period unusually high for a development manager position? This is at the junior end of the management spectrum, it will be my first management role. I am concerned that future ...
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Company refuses to pay and does not have an address

I worked for a particular start up sometime ago, but got a bad check in the mail after the work. Since it was a start-up, I decided to give some time before I demand my money. Problem is the company ...
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Is it legal to discriminate against smokers in one's company in Canada or USA?

Being a non-smoker myself, I often find working with smokers to be irritating for various reasons. Are there any laws prohibiting the employers from discriminating against smoker employees in their ...
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What can I do when I am assigned work that is different from my training?

Four months ago I joined a company and began training on the back-end software systems. However, when I was assigned to a project, I was given the front-end work: JavaScript, CSS and HTML. I feel ...
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What should I look for when hiring a salesperson? [closed]

I have a software product that may have some appeal to a relatively small, vertical market. I am considering hiring a salesperson part-time (which can be in addition to the salesperson's other work ...
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Where can I find sales commission information? [closed]

I am aware of sites such as salary.com for finding traditional salaries. How can I find a reliable source for average sales commission rates for my area, industry, etc.? What factors would influence ...
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Is “What are things your organization has done recently” a risky interview question?

On a career site, it includes this question as an example of how wording can be so important: Better: What are things your organization has done recently to show how it values its employees? ...
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Colleague cursing while another is on the phone

How would I break the ice to a colleague that needs to be reminded to not curse while another colleague near them is on the phone? I'm sure it came out naturally, which I don't mind, but I'd like to ...
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What should I take into consideration when making the decision that it is time to move on and find a new gig?

After nearly 8 years, I've been debating whether or not it's time. How do I know what's important in deciding whether to leave or stay? Here are the pros and cons I am taking into account at the ...
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Are constant changes to a projects requirements a sufficient reason for terminating a contract?

I have serious problem with one of my clients and I am trying to determine if I should terminate the contract or not. I am doing web site and application design for a client. I estimated the project ...
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What jobs/workplace environments are more conducive to social interaction?

Some programmers are not social individuals and are happy at their terminal all day. Others are more social. I have seen claims that "The happiest Americans report 7-8 hours of social interaction a ...
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As a student, how should programming language familiarity be described on a CV/Resume [duplicate]

I am second year Computer Science student and I was going to apply at Microsoft as a Microsoft Student Partner. I am required to create a CV/Resume. Technically I don't have any work experience at ...
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How should I respond to recruiters listing jobs that are being advertised publicly anyway?

I don't mind a recruiter working on behalf of a company, but if a recruiter contacts you* with a position which is clearly being advertised publicly anyway, how should one respond? Or is ignoring them ...
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How should I ask my boss about bringing in a pet?

It seems that some companies (as many as one in five) are now permitting/encouraging employees to bring their pets in to the workplace with them. Some are even claiming that pets in the workplace can ...
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How should I go about bringing my espresso machine to a new job?

I'm starting next week at a company and the kitchen has only instant coffee. I'm a coffee lover and I want to bring an espresso machine to the office. What do I need to consider before I bring a ...
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How can I prove the value of a good customer experience over short term profitability?

I'm a software engineer at a large IT company and I've been assigned to work on an ERM project since my first day in the firm. This product is a 'shelf product' - it was developed back in the 90s, and ...
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Ethical concerns when discussing technical issues related to my work, on my personal blog

When I fix issues, some of them are company specific so I try to document them internally. Others are broad and can be applicable to any one. I try to document them in my own blog. I am wondering if ...
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Why are company names hidden from job postings by third party recruiters?

I often find job postings from third-party recruiters (a contracted personnel company, not an in-house recruiter) that do not list what company the job is for. Why do they do this?
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Listing LinkedIn profile as a full CV - looks lazy, or convenient for recruiters?

I am considering putting a line at the bottom of my one-page (US) resume like this: "References available upon request. For a full CV, please view my LinkedIn profile at http://www.linkedin.com/in/...
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What value to the business is there in sending non marketing people to trade shows?

I understand the value of networking to the people. And with sales and marketing positions these shows add value. However unless you are in marketing I fail to see any value gained by the business in ...
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Marketing myself in fields in which I have no direct experience

I am an older college student with extensive professional experience in the audiovisual industry currently seeking summer internships. I would be very interested in working with electrical contractors/...
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Why would managers want to keep it top secret that an employee is leaving?

Since I started to work for my first employer, I have seen two employees quit the organization. What surprised me was that news of their exit was broken by team managers' only a week before the actual ...
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How can I use LinkedIn to maximize my employment prospects?

Frankly, I don't quite grok what LinkedIn is for, especially given I'm already in Facebook, SO Careers, and Google+. I'm told it's much more about the job market than the other social media websites. ...
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Protecting resume against recruiters, double-presentations, and MS Word?

Early in my career, I encountered unethical recruiters in the tech industry. In the worst case, a recruiting firm sent my resume to dozens of companies without my consent. This resulted in a double ...
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Locked in to salary when accepting a long contract extension?

I've been offered a long contract extension after having worked relatively short period. The salary would be the same as before and I'm thinking that if I sign it, I won't be able to negotiate the ...
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What is the etiquette around discussing interview for new positions with my current coworkers?

I'm not sure what is the etiquette of discussing with coworkers if I am interviewing at other companies... Several days ago, a few of us were standing around and the team lead made a joke that he ...
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Writing cover letters when the company is not identified

It is usually commonplace for me to come across a job listing that does not name the company that's looking to fill in the job and just has a list of expected tasks/responsibilities for the job. But ...
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How should I communicate technical changes to a non-technical manager?

I maintain software A, B, C and database D and E. Database D and E are used internally by software A, B and C. I am often get asked by my manager to put xyz functionality in software A/B/C. She does ...
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Are games and puzzles at your desk a sign of unprofessional immaturity or quirky intelligence? [closed]

I am the type of person that likes trinkets, small games and puzzles at my desk. Typically I have small brain teasers, a couple of Rubiks cubes and a small Chess board. I also have various other ...
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What kinds of questions are actually asked on a polygraph exam?

I've never personally had to take a polygraph examination before, but I have had a psychological evaluation before (which isn't all that bad at all). The psychological was just filling out a survey, ...

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