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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 to ...
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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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Strategies for asking for a bonus for an early completion of a project?

In the past, I have been on projects with a bonus attached to it for completing the project successfully. The metrics for a successful project includes duration, effort, cost and impact. Ie, early ...
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Who should I consider when thinking about “peer recommendations”?

Who do hiring managers expect to see as "peer recommendations"? Some I have considered are: former colleagues; other users on the StackExchange network (field-appropriate), or just my reputation ...
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How difficult is it for a European Union national IT professional to get a job in the USA?

I have heard cautionary tales about how difficult (and expensive) it is for US companies to sponsor a European professional for a legal working permit, but I would like to hear from a more reputable ...
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If I applied to two jobs, and verbally accepted an offer for one already, do I notify the other one of it?

My situation is that I applied to two jobs. One is a full-time job at a big company - call it Company B, and the other is an internship at a medium-sized company. I was more interested in the work ...
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Send “thank you” email after phone interview?

I just had a technical interview over the phone with a manager for a programming job I'm applying to. The company deals heavily with open source, and the phone interview was friendly and rather ...
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Scope of reimbursable expenses during an interview?

I am submitting reimbursement requests following two interviews. I am particularly interested in general guidelines, but have provided specific examples for context. I would generally expect that ...
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In interviews, how should you respond to behavioral questions to which you have no good answers?

There are two questions I read that I have a hard time answering: When was a time when you had to persuade someone to do something? and Describe a conflict you had with someone and how you ...
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Maternity leave benefits and two-weeks notice?

I have been on maternity leave for the past 12 weeks, and am starting back in the office tomorrow. Before I started my leave, my company made it quite clear that they didn't really want me as an ...
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Do I need to worry about how I'm dressed when going to a general exam?

A lot of jobs to which I've applied recently have a "general exam" that you have to go in and take before even starting interviewing processes, etc. These exams usually take 2 - 4 hours, so the ...
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What is the best protocol for courteously declining a job offer?

According to this site, if you decide to decline a job offer: do so courteously, in writing, after making a phone call I'm curious, though. What if I signed up already for a 2nd round of ...
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Flying in to work each week

I'm in software development. There appear to be some very interesting positions, but they are located in locations where I don't want to live. Has anyone negotiated flying in each week to work? Can a ...
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What is a successful salary negotiation strategy in the presence of a big performance bonus?

When negotiating salary, I've found that the presence of a big performance bonus (for ex. between 0 and 30% of the salary) further complicates the process. Even more so in fields where performance can ...
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Responding to emails with CC recipients

If I get an email from a head manager in the company, and other managers are referenced in the CC section, should I respond to everyone? Or do I add those other emails in the BCC/CC spots too?
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If I claim to have excellent verbal skills on an “additional information” section, is it OK to list a standardized test score as proof?

Would it be acceptable to list a high score (99%+ percentile) on a standardized test that I took recently in the "additional information" section? Or is it tacky in this case? UPDATE: I searched ...
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Allowing a potential employer to contact current/former employer “After acceptance of conditional offer”

I am filling out a job application, and one section says When may we contact this employer? [ ] Now [ ] After acceptance of conditional offer I am wondering which option is better, from ...
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How should I phrase an email and/or conversation that I need to back out of an interview? [duplicate]

Recently I accepted an offer for a position; however, I have interviews that are scheduled for a couple days out. What is the best way for me to phrase an email and/or conversation explaining that I ...
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How to deal with a “sensitive” employee [closed]

We have a new programmer starting on Monday (yay!). Both HR and the MD have raised concerns that he came off in the interview as both sensitive and very blunt. We have a young office and most people ...
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Open space office for team work? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there evidence to suggest that certain office layouts are better than others for productivity? An argument I often hear to justify open space office layout is that, being ...
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How to improve non-verbal communication in the workplace

I want to greatly improve my non-verbal communication in my workplace. From Wikipedia: "Speech contains nonverbal elements known as paralanguage, including voice quality, rate, pitch, volume, and ...
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Are there any standard practices related to hiring a currently unemployed candidate?

Are there any differences in standard practices related to the potential hiring of a currently unemployed and employed job candidate?
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Should I follow up with an interviewer whose call I missed because it was at a different time than agreed?

I was supposed to have a phone interview yesterday with a high-level manager, and I had given my interviewer a list of times that were OK with me (he told me to do that, but looking back, I should ...
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How do I use the information from online reviews of companies?

I have been looking at anonymous online reviews of companies (such as on Glassdoor.com) when I see an open position for them. There have been a couple of cases where the job description might be a ...
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Balance between quiet workplace and necessary discussion

We are having some strain in the team due to the level of noise in the office. Background: We share a single office with a team of six software developers. We generally have a good team atmosphere, ...
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How can I put my resume online when I already have a job?

I know some people don't put their resumes online on job-seeking services because they think it will cost them their job. How can I keep it confidential? Do I use a fake name? How do I list my ...

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