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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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How should I handle a resume submission that did not occur when I said it would?

A couple of weeks back I discussed submitting a resume for a potential internship with an employee of the company in question, who said he had spoken to the relevant department head and had been told ...
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Is it good idea to shorten URLs in a CV?

I want to place some links to projects I worked on in my CV. However some of these URLs are rather long. Is it good idea to shorten these URLs using on-line URL shorteners? Is it common practice? ...
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How can I keep my relationship with an unproductive co-worker who makes me do twice the work? [closed]

For the past few months, I have been working with a coworker who, although is smart and hardworking, tends to make me promises which he doesn't live up to. These might be trivial ones like coming ...
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Automatically measure effectiveness of communication in a virtual office?

I've seen articles on passively measuring and optimizing professional communication that appear to lead me to believe that such systems are both of value, and that people are okay with them being in ...
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Is it appropriate to ask colleagues for their mobile numbers on the first working day?

Asking for a phone number right away might be too personal. Should I ask for their phone numbers on the first day, or wait until we really need to contact each other on mobile?
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Networking for breadth, not depth

While I would not claim to be a professional networker, I do have a pretty strong opinion about what works, and wondering if there is any real research on the best approach to networking. My current ...
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Changing employers the right way

I'm currently on the fence about changing employers: I got an offer which is substantially better in payment, at a company which has a much better business model, and which will probably allow more ...
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Should I reach out for an opportunity via personal contacts or a recruiter?

If a recruiter contacts me about an opportunity at Company X but I find out that I have second or third-degree connections with people there (through personal and professional friends), should I ...
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The etiquette of connecting with recruiters on networking sites

I sometimes get contacted by recruiters on sites such as LinkedIn, asking if I am interested in a job they have available, and they usually want to make a formal connection on the network to share ...
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8answers
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How can I force a former employer to pay me without creating too much conflict?

I worked for a web-design company for about 9 months, and was laid off almost 6 months ago, because my employer was unable to continue to afford to pay me. At the time, he was behind on payment for a ...
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Responding to thank-you notes from interviewees

I've recently been performing a number of interviews, and many of the candidates send follow-up emails just to say "thank you". My question is, what's the best way to respond? All of the following ...
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How common is the use of the polygraph for security cleared jobs?

I asked in a comment to an answer to the question Security clearance jobs: will security make it hard to get work done? whether real life agencies are as enamoured of the polygraph as their portrayal ...
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Is it professional to cut out a middle-man in a contract chain?

I currently work via 2 contracting companies: CompanyA and CompanyB. So the hierarchy is like this: I'm contracted to CompanyA which is contracted to CompanyB which has a contract with the final ...
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8answers
136k views

How should I properly approach my boss if I'm feeling underpaid?

I started working at my current company as a Software Engineer about 2 years ago. When I received my offer, it was $5k less than what was agreed to during my interview and non-negotiable. However I ...
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1answer
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Should I list a general “certificate of achievement” under my certificates and licenses?

I participated in an Explorers program with a local police department for three years. After each year, they give you this "Certificate of Achievement" stating your participation for the year that's ...
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2answers
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What is the appropriate way to present a StackExchange profile on a paper resume?

I'm interviewing for technical roles and think that my contributions to StackExchange sites deserve mention on my paper resume. This could be particularly helpful in situations where I'm not working ...
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Security clearance jobs: will security make it hard to get work done?

In many government or defense contractor jobs, some level of security clearance is required because the work is supposed to be "secret". In other words, employees aren't allowed to talk about what ...
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Can I give my resume personally to an employer if I already sent it to HR?

Is it a good idea to knock at an employer's door to personally hand a physical copy of one's resume to its HR department, even after sending it electronically through the "official" way? I think it ...
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How do I help a non-technical boss understand my work?

My boss is a journalist, and I am a web developer. He thinks I am late on the project, and he doesn't appreciate the effort I have spent. He wants quick and complete service. He is not easy to ...
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How should I respond to interview requests in my first month+ of a new job?

I've been working with a company for only one month, and I've received ongoing interest - such as requests for interviews - from resumes I sent out before I started my new position. How should I ...
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Should I include short work experience on my CV?

After only three weeks from the day I left my previous job I have been invited by this company to join their team. I accepted the invitation right away, but now three other weeks have passed and, for ...
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What are some good resources for improving communication skills?

I am not as good at communicating with others as I'd like to be. I'm sure many other software geeks and introverts have some difficulty here. Are there any good resources out there? Either blogs or ...
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Should I put blog links or public profiles like LinkedIn or StackOverflow in my resume?

When should I put blog links, or links to public profiles such as LinkedIn, StackOverflow (or other SE sites), Facebook, Twitter, etc on my resume? Or is this a bad idea entirely that will make my ...
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Should I take an related-but-not-ideal job with a company in hopes of moving into my ideal job?

My last job was doing application programming with a bit of web design for a software company. I left that job, and now have a job offer from a larger software company to do web design. I love ...
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6answers
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If I own a company, can I use my company email address on my resume?

I've read that it's not recommended to use a work email address on a resume, but if I own a company and have an email address under the company's domain, would it be appropriate to use that? Or should ...
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7answers
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Job offer contingent on background check: when to give notice?

I have recently accepted a job offer from an employer (a relatively large one with big HR dept). Basically everything went fine: salary/benefits negotiated, start-date determined, etc. I got the ...
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10answers
7k views

How do I adjust my workplace to reduce eye strain?

My vision is worse than average for software developers. In addition to accuity (not the subject of this question), one problem I have is light-sensitivity. I find that staring at a computer monitor ...
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11answers
7k views

Is it unprofessional to do other stuff at work?

I'm a software developer. I work in an office from 8 to 5.30. There are some days when I have lots of code to write. Some days I don't have anything to do. At all. My boss is aware of this, so I start ...
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8answers
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When is it appropriate to take sick leave due to work stress/fear of burnout?

If you're in a job which is draining your energy and is even inducing physical symptoms, at what point is it appropriate to take sick leave? I'm trying to find a balance between: taking sick leave ...
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Working late without overtime pay, good idea or not? [closed]

So I've read through How do I maintain a work-life balance when company culture tends towards frequent overtime? and that is very similar situation that I found myself in. There's no explicit ...
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6answers
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Getting fired on the second day, how do I cope with it? [closed]

I got hired as consultant (hardware engineer) after a brief phone interview that went really well. He was impressed not only with my skill A but also skill B and C. I was asked to join immediately. ...
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Can I charge for email support as a freelancer?

I work as web consultant (freelancer). I work basically from home at an hourly rate. In my contract which was mostly through email, I am supposed to charge in increment of 30min. If something takes ...
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2answers
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How can I motivate myself to work on projects I don't believe in or care about? [closed]

I am generally pretty good at getting stuff done. In fact that's my reputation. I am very productive as long as I think the project is interesting or think it will do a lot to help our company and/...
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3answers
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How persistent should you be when you're low priority/ignored as a new or entry-level employee?

Background: I'm working a fairly entry level job in Information Technology for a company I've been with for nearly a year now. I've been hired part time after interning initially for 3 months. ...
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How can I determine a reasonable salary to ask for?

I'm looking for a comprehensive answer to this question, not short answers that just tell me one piece of the equation. The ideal answer should include: How can I determine the average salary rate ...
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8answers
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I made a possible mistake on a live project at work, how to handle this mess?

I am a software developer that just started out in this company. It's been almost three weeks. On Friday when I was about to leave work, a co-worker stopped me and told me to make changes to already ...
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5answers
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What role does the phone screener play in the hiring process at large companies?

I recently had a phone screen for one of the "big" tech companies. I know that I should think of the interview process as a bit of a "black box" and just try to do my best, but I can't help but be ...
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When is it appropriate to work during a meeting?

When in a meeting, there are often little things that come up in the meeting that could just be done during the meeting, instead of recording actions, doing it after and the reporting back at the next ...

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