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How to convince interviewers you have not forgotten how to do your job after a long break?

How do you effectively rebuttal a "witch hunt" like this? It's not a "witch hunt". You have to see it from their perspective. You have programming experience, you have access to Google and Stack&...
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As a software developer, can I 'retire' for a few years, at 32 years old?

would anyone want to employ me at that point? Surely. Maybe not the first company you apply to, maybe not the best company in the area, or maybe not the company you target. Maybe you will need to ...
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What is 'working for somebody who works for somebody else' called?

Subcontractor Even if it may not be entirely accurate depending on the nature of the 'contract' you had, it's something that majority of people will understand.
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How to convince interviewers you have not forgotten how to do your job after a long break?

You are essentially applying to a C# job and you have only used it in college. You then say you have worked with other languages and know how to program. I am not a C# person, but a Java person, ...
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How to convince interviewers you have not forgotten how to do your job after a long break?

RE: Riding a bike Programming is like riding a bike Riding a bike fast consists of two elements: the skills the fitness In your case it seems that you were not able to demonstrate fitness. Imagine ...
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As a software developer, can I 'retire' for a few years, at 32 years old?

In your position, my concern would be how quickly IT moves. Look at how different tech stacks were 5 years ago and the new tools and frameworks being released. As a hiring manager my concern is "...
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What is 'working for somebody who works for somebody else' called?

Contractor would be the term you want. There's nothing "sub" about it. If your friend is a contractor as well, rather than an employee, then you'd technically be a subcontractor, but that's ...
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As a software developer, can I 'retire' for a few years, at 32 years old?

I will take my example to explain to you why it is not necessarily a good idea, unless you have resources: I am 48, I learned assembler on an Atari 800 when I was 12. After spending my teen years ...
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How to convince interviewers you have not forgotten how to do your job after a long break?

Don't mean to beat up on you but your depiction of programming knowledge is naive. Syntax is easy. Look up syntax is easy. What is hard to know is what to look up. When would you use a Task ...
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How to mention gaps in CV due to compulsory military service and test preparations?

CVs in Germany are a "(tabellarischer) Lebenslauf". The Lebenslauf in Germany are quite different from anglophone countries, they always include a current photo (don't need to say that you must give ...
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As a software developer, can I 'retire' for a few years, at 32 years old?

In my experience, this is a very uncertain area. I've had places that wouldn't hire me with 2 years missing experience, even though I was going through college for that industry at the time. I've also ...
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Is it difficult to find work after an extended leave of absence?

So my question, will I never be employed or have difficulty in getting a job after I quit my job and go touring, because some employers do not accept some one like me? You are in your twenties, ...
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How to explain career gap due to long running legal drama?

Two key points: I think its unlikely I could expect to go back in as a software architect after so long out of the field Baloney! I've known several women who became full-time moms and then ...
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Should I Fudge an Unemployment Gap?

"Should I "shrink" my period of unemployment on my resume?" Lying on a resume is singularly bad idea. Instead of lying, try to justify why you were out of work and how you ...
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How to convince interviewers you have not forgotten how to do your job after a long break?

The main way to convince interviewers you have not forgotten how to do your job after a break is to show them. Create a spare-time project, develop it from start to finish, and provide them with the ...
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How should you negotiate salary during the hiring process AFTER a long career gap?

Never low-ball yourself unless you're in an extraordinary position. I had to do it after my stroke to get back to being employed. Again, mine was an extreme example, and I only did it for my first ...
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How to (not) tell an potential Employer that I am unreliable?

Focus on the underlying reason, not that you missed the deadline: "I was unable to begin the semester due to difficult family circumstances, so I'm taking a semester off and intend to return in (...
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I have not work for over 10 years and have no references, what steps should I take to go back to work? (US)

A church pantry will take anyone who walks in and volunteers. Hospitals are looking for volunteer "patient advocates", etc. You start from doing volunteer gigs that require no references, get people ...
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How to explain career gap due to long running legal drama?

This is a bit more explicit than just helping your family: My wife's business had a really unusual situation that required an extra person to handle it. That is now fully resolved, and is ...
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How to convince interviewers you have not forgotten how to do your job after a long break?

Assuming both that your C# experience was near the start of the 15 years you talk about (given you mention that it was in college), and that they were hiring specifically for a C# position, they weren'...
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As a software developer, can I 'retire' for a few years, at 32 years old?

I know for a fact this is possible --or at least was --because I had a coworker/mentor who did this several times in his career. Every few years he would take off work, and stay unemployed until his ...
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Have not kept in touch with former boss. Can I reach out to ask for reference?

Of course you can. You left for (just about) the best reason possible, nobody even vaguely reasonable would not write you a reference under those circumstances. Doesn't matter if you haven't kept in ...
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Lying about recent employment, helping me deal with anxiety

How to word such a miserable email to, say, the recruiter? I also maybe can find the email of the main director I spoke to. Should I apologize heavily or pretend it was a mistake (which probably is ...
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How do I avoid explaining the reason for my sabbatical in an interview?

I took some time to focus on personal devlopment and some studies. I didn't gain any qualifications, but what I think what I learned would help me with this job. For example... This keeps it ...
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I was technically employed, but have nothing to show for it - How do I explain this?

I'm not sure I see a problem here. You have 2 - 3 years of experience as a software developer working in your dad's company. The projects you worked on are proprietary; you can't show them off or ...
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3 Year Employment Gap Due to Family and Personal Illness

I have taken a good 4.5 years gap and got a job later. What I did: Written a good cover letter, mentioning my skillset before the gap. There was one single sentence that said, I am interested to ...
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Can I take one month break between two jobs?

Can I take one month break between two jobs? Absolutely. This is perfectly normal, especially in the US where longer vacations are otherwise rare. For most people, especially high-performers with ...
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As a software developer, can I 'retire' for a few years, at 32 years old?

Yes, you can take 1-2 year sabbaticals and come back. I have done just that 3 times. The last time, after 2.5 years off, was the most effort - it took me about 1 year of part-time learning to refresh ...
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