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Can I change job after 6 months?

Look for a new job now. You really have nothing to lose. Just don't quit your current job until you've secured a new job first. It's always easier to find a new job when you're already employed. But ...
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Can I change job after 6 months?

No one is going to stop you. The next employer will be asking why are you switching the job within 6 months. You should have a compelling reason to tell them. That's all. I am assuming the employer is ...
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How much should I say in an exit interview?

I generally don't provide any specifics in an exit interview. If the company truly cared how I felt or had any interest in instituting positive change then they would ask employees on some sort of ...
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Mentioning experience of (non-malicious) bot-building in interviews?

Purely personal opinion. Although from a computer science perspective some may find it interesting the risk is if the guy hates bots it won't look good for you. I wrote an algorithm that can run as a ...
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Is a cover letter really necessary?

Most of the answers here are getting near a decade old and are highly anecdotal, as opposed to data-backed. I'm going to argue nowadays the cover letter is on its way out and nearly dead, based on ...
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Mentioning experience of (non-malicious) bot-building in interviews?

Will the negative moral implications of building a bot outweigh the things I learned from the process? It might. I regularly have to reserve a spot on a court for a sport I play. I would be rather ...
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How to tell if a software company encourages/allows quality work, during the interview process?

You want to work somewhere with a good culture and that has a high performing engineering organization. That's the sort of place that allows quality work. I don't think places with bad cultures are ...
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How to tell if a software company encourages/allows quality work, during the interview process?

A major indicator is the meeting culture. Places that tie you up in endless hours of meetings (1) have poor communication which is itself a barrier to quality and (2) tend to have a quantity over ...
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How to tell if a software company encourages/allows quality work, during the interview process?

Pick any subset of qualities from The Joel Test that you feel are important. When they ask during the interview if you have questions for them, this is a good chance to ask from this list. Some ...
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How to tell if a software company encourages/allows quality work, during the interview process?

how can I identify that a software company provides an environment where quality software development work can be done? You ask to speak with future peers and talk with them. And you ask them about ...
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Should I Tell a Prospective Employer I’m Looking For a 2nd Job?

Almost all employers have a policy around doing work elsewhere: It ranges from "it's fine", "must be disclosed", "must be approved" to "nope". First check with ...
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Should I Tell a Prospective Employer I’m Looking For a 2nd Job?

When the new employer asks you the question "Why are you looking out for job" -- at that time you tell the reason (inflation etc) But before that make sure you tell the issues with your ...
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If I delay the interview process with a company due to vacation, do I increase the probability that they hire someone else?

Or it can improve your chance of being hired. If the company is actively considering other people, they are actively rejecting other people. At the end of the process, they will hire someone who hasn'...
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If I delay the interview process with a company due to vacation, do I increase the probability that they hire someone else?

It could increase your chances of being hired. Suppose one person on the team is driving to work when they are tragically hit by a bus and killed. Now they have two openings instead of one, your ...
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If I delay the interview process with a company due to vacation, do I increase the probability that they hire someone else?

I disagree fully with ThaRobster's answer premise but I agree with the conclusion. Yes, it will increase the probability of they hiring someone better but it probably doesn't matter. While you are on ...
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If I delay the interview process with a company due to vacation, do I increase the probability that they hire someone else?

It's certainly possible. Hiring is difficult, and all else being equal, a company will prefer the candidate that's available sooner. Depending on how their interview process works (for instance, are ...
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If I delay the interview process with a company due to vacation, do I increase the probability that they hire someone else?

Should I be scared of delaying the interview process for ~8 work days because someone else might move further along when I'm on vacation or no? tl;dr: It entirely depends on the company you are ...
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If I delay the interview process with a company due to vacation, do I increase the probability that they hire someone else?

Nobody will hire a clearly inferior candidate over an 8 day waiting period. Hiring and interview process times vary wildly between companies. Last time I sent out multiple applications at the same ...
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If I delay the interview process with a company due to vacation, do I increase the probability that they hire someone else?

but I'm not OK with them hiring someone else just because that person didn't plan their vacation when I did. It's not up to you why they hire anyone. If you have plans that are more important than ...
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What question can I ask at an interview to discover if the employer is top-down and bureaucratic?

For a skill-based professional job, one interview is never enough. Ask for a one-on-one meeting with a peer. If you don‘t get that, or only after accepting an offer, then walk away.
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Are applications to a general applicant pools useful?

Anything is worth trying when you need a job. Since you ask for personal experience, I have done it a few times but never gotten anywhere with it in the IT industry. But I have seen many low level ...
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Are applications to a general applicant pools useful?

It’s a long shot but it doesn’t harm either. HR will search the pool against the specific requirements of the job they are currently working to fill. If there is enough of a match your resume may get ...
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Looking for a job while being new in the current position

If your friend tells the recruiters that the only reason she wants to change her job so soon is that she wants a higher salary, then the recruiters may not like that answer very much. The recruiter ...
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Looking for a job while being new in the current position

It is a major red flag. What proof do I have that she won't start looking for greener pastures the second she lands the job? It takes time to get a new hire up to speed. It costs money to look for ...
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Are applications to a general applicant pools useful?

I have a friend who applied for many well-defined positions and general positions several times (for about 1 year) at a company. Eventually, he was interviewed for both the well-defined position and ...
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What question can I ask at an interview to discover if the employer is top-down and bureaucratic?

Ask about refactoring. Refactoring is explicitly an internal, engineering requirement. Almost no top-down management can initiate a meaningful refactor without proper feedback from the engineers. If ...
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How can I improve my developer portfolio?

I've done a lot of technical interviews in my stint at my current employer, and while I'm generally sympathetic to junior developers, this sticks out at me as a red flag. I have no educational ...
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How can I improve my developer portfolio?

Regarding education, go to a code school. These are affordable (sometimes free) and will expose you to more technologies. They are a few days a week as they are geared towards people who already have ...
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How can I improve my developer portfolio?

Just show up. Go into their office and drop off a paper resume. I got my first internship that way. I got my first job in a new city that way. Cold applicants are a dime a dozen and you need to stand ...
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What question can I ask at an interview to discover if the employer is top-down and bureaucratic?

The stationery cupboard test. When I was a contractor, the quickest way to understand the organization's bureaucratic tendencies and attitudes to problem solving was how they managed stationery. If ...
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How can I improve my developer portfolio?

The other answers raise some good points but I'd also like to point out that links in CVs are often ignored. You say I always make sure to provide a live site link to all my projects along with the ...
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How can I improve my developer portfolio?

With regard to finding employment, I echo the others: connections & recognized degrees are the golden path. If you insist on doing it the hard way, there are two issues with your portfolio: You ...
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How can I improve my developer portfolio?

Keep in mind that the first job is the most difficult one to get, but once you get into the industry, it will be much easier. You can apply to thousands of positions and you just need to get lucky ...
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How can I improve my developer portfolio?

I believe, based on the framing of the question and the interactions you had with others in the comments, that you are falling prey to 2 different types of bias. One is that you think based on stories ...
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How can I improve my developer portfolio?

Keep building sites. From what you described your portfolio is impressive but possibly lacks a lot of real-world examples. What I mean is that it's great you made a chess AI but employers will be ...
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How can I improve my developer portfolio?

Generally speaking, I don't agree with the answers that say the "obvious" choice is to go and get yourself a relevant degree. It's hard to say without more info (such as your current CV/...
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How can I improve my developer portfolio?

As someone who hires developers from time to time (but not at this time), I would say that I care if you have a college degree (and what it's in), but not a lot. I've hired people without degrees. ...
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How can I improve my developer portfolio?

The reason you keep getting overlooked may not have anything to do with your portfolio. It may also not have anything to do with much you can change right now. I have 10 years professional experience ...
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How can I improve my developer portfolio?

Contrary to opinions expressed in other answers, I don't believe you should need a very high level academic degree to land your first role in software. However, education level is often used as a ...
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How can I improve my developer portfolio?

I'd echo @nvoigt answer, getting a formal education would probably be best on your resume, but not necessary for all jobs. The next best thing to education is experience, which an open source project (...
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How can I improve my developer portfolio?

It isn't easy from an existing piece of code to ascertain your level of skill. Sure, it is easy to say which level of skill you could have, assuming you understood all the concepts, came up with the ...
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What question can I ask at an interview to discover if the employer is top-down and bureaucratic?

I like all the other answers, especially @mhoran_psprep's one but thought I'd zero in on a single specific question I used with good results: How does the team brainstorm its top priorities? ...
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Should I remove older low level jobs/education from my CV at this point?

First of all, the answer by Sourav Ghosh is entirely correct, however speaking as a hiring manager there are a couple of points I would like to add. 1, 2 and 3 are specifically related to how you ...
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Should I remove older low level jobs/education from my CV at this point?

Rule of thumb: Your CV (and cover letter, if applicable) should be customised for each job application. It should not be a generic description of who you are, rather it should portray why you are ...
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Should I remove older low level jobs/education from my CV at this point?

The ideal thing to do is to tailor your CV/resume to the specific position that you are applying for. If the older jobs/education are relevant to the position you are applying for then yes they ...
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Should I remove older low level jobs/education from my CV at this point?

Have them as a single line so it avoids a gap you might need to explain: 2013-14 Some School 2014-15 Tesco, Sales Assistant 2015-20 Junior Developer I don't think anyone would question that. On the ...
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