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No. Don't apologize. Had it happen to me, and I've done it myself. If a person doesn't want their profile accessed, they shouldn't make it publicly available. There is nothing wrong with that.


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Regarding the first question, "is it legal?" questions should always be posted on Law SE, not here. As for your LinkedIn account, LinkedIn has the ability to change your email address associated with your account. It should be in your profile settings somewhere. You should change that.


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Should my manager be aware of me being offered opportunities to other companies? The short answer to this is no. The longer answer is that once you make that statement, you have essentially said "I am not happy here for whatever reason, and I am looking." Once you have implied this, it is really hard to take it back. Your best approach is to keep this ...


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You work in the "Financial Services" industry, and your job title and skill set is "Software Developer". This will be important later in your career when you're applying for developer roles that want experience in the financial sector. It won't limit you to only working in software development roles that require financial knowledge however. The skills you'...


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Company owns your email address (for example natasha.nice@yourcompany.com ) so they could theoretically re-use it, however impersonating someone (especially to obtain financial gain) is strictly forbidden in most civilized societies. For example , in US it amounts to a criminal fraud. I advise you to write polite but firm letter to your former company, ...


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You need to be aware that LinkedIn recruiters contact a very large amount of profiles. They are fishing with a large net to hope catching one fish. So telling your manager that you are very solicited isn't much of a threat. There is no such thing as keeping a kind of implicit pressure on managers for them to keep workers happy before they start to be ...


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I've worked in the kind of consultancy company you describe. The only way to get a raise/promotion/bonus/... was to threaten to quit. After a couple of years (and several people leaving), they started to change their policies. I was already gone by then. Making it known that I have offers could have them take more care of me, leading me to speed up my ...


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Congratulations on taking action to get free of a toxic environment! A lot of people just put up with it. This is advice for next time (for you) and for any others that might be considering this: Set your out of office and your voice mail greeting just before you turn in your notice. Don't say anything nasty towards the company, just a simple: "I am no ...


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You asked, Am I working in software development industry, or financial services industry? In the comments on your question, you clarified what you were looking for by saying, I'm more interested in IF there is a convention of determining which industry I work in and if there is one, what is it? I guess in the end, this is more about "the determination ...


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Now my question is, is it wrong to ask about the source of data where the recruiter found my personal Info? No, there is nothing wrong in asking that. Some people may take it nicely and others not. Seems this recruiter was the latter. What if its case of stolen data, should it be reported to concerned authorities? I think saying it's "stolen" is going ...


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Legality definitely matters, but even if illegal, are you willing to hire lawyers and sue? What will the legality do to shape your response? To me the larger questions are around whether it’s ethical and more directly what’s the harm or value of what’s happening. You need to gauge whatever risk you are willing to undertake either by allowing them to pose ...


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Would that be wise ? Maybe Would that be useful ? Unfortunately, no. As you can already tell from the category of the received messages, they are mostly blind attempt at communication and trying their "luck" at getting a response. They are not targeted communication, and anything you put in your note is not going to affect them, since they are not ...


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As someone who will be going through a series of internships in the next few years, how can I capitalize on this? How can I phrase a request to my supervisor for them to; put an endorsement on my linkedin, or write a paragraph that I can put in a longform CV I make available to employers I apply to? And what sorts of things should I ask my ...


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If you wrote a good recommendation for someone else, there is no reason not to display it on your profile. This will display to those viewing your profile that you have worked well in the past with others, that you are able to show appreciation and give positive feedback, and that you are able to write cogently and effectively. It would be nice if they ...


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A software developer frequently has two parts of their job: developing software using a specific language, API, or framework; and their domain knowledge. In some cases the domain of their employer or their division within a large employer is very important. Software development and other IT positions are not the only positions that face this dilemma. Other ...


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Here's what I think everyone else missed. You asked where he found your information, he gave an answer that didn't hold up to casual scrutiny. You asked a bit harder, explaining that his original answer didn't hold up well... ... and he lost his religion and started trash-talking. This is a HUGE Red Flag. Something is wrong. You now know that you have ...


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What would be the best course of action to minimize misunderstanding? You sent an honest thank you note, so there is few room for misunderstanding and this person will get that you wanted to thank them for the interview. I don't know the level of authority that page you linked has, but I wouldn't take it as the absolute truth. In a way I feel you are ...


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I don't believe this is your problem. A resume is just a reflection of your past work and education. Or, it should be. Anyone can put anything in their resume, so it doesn't really matter if they lie and make up stuff, or they use your resume, to apply to jobs. It's also not an identification document so I have no idea who can be scammed with just a resume?...


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You can ask your colleague for a note on LinkedIn now, and ask him/her to be a long-term reference at the end of your internship. Recommendations belong in recommendation letters or personal conversations between recruiters and past colleagues - not on your resume. If you feel comfortable, there's no reason to delay asking for a LinkedIn comment from your ...


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You could be honest, there is nothing wrong with asking how much you will be paid, though maybe an headhunter doesn't even know this kind of information, but you could try with something like this: "Thank you for contacting me, I appreciate the offer. I would like to know more about it. What is the annual salary? The technologies I will use? etc..." You ...


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Is there any possible way(s) that I could still apply to the full-time opportunity and if there is, what's the best way to do this? Certainly. Just apply as you would for any other job. At worst you'll be told that the job is closed. At best you'll get the full-time job. Somewhere in the middle you'll be told that it's now a contract position and asked ...


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Normally, you'd list your title as Developer and then explain what sorts of things you did in the description of the position. Something like Foo Corp, Developer                                 &...


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Your former employer (which might or might not be the boss -- the same would apply to anyone operating on their behalf) would be in breach of the LinkedIn User Agreement if anyone who wasn't you was to use your account. Paragraph 8.2. sub-paragraph (a). You could refer to that link as a response to the request.


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If I'm a network/system administrator for a mining company then I am working in the mining industry. My profession is IT, but my industry is Mining. Your profession is Software Developer and you work in the Financial Services industry.


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I'm a senior guy who is a current reviewer of technical resumes for my company; In my opinion, anything like SE participation or Github/Gitlab projects that helps me to get a better idea of what you do and who you are is very welcome.


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Use the Add Note feature when sending a request. Keep it short and simple. The message can vary for person to person, but you should state your intent about wishing to connect. If you simply send connection requests, some may accept, some may ignore and some may mark your request as "I don't know this person". If a lot of people choose the last option, you ...


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You are not wrong to be concerned; and I agree with DarkCygnus that the simplest solution is to quickly decline the offers and move on. On the other hand I think it's important and valid to try and keep control of your personal data. If you are in the EU, you should be able to request all the data they have about you under GDPR; this would include how they ...


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If this person were a "bad" employee and was terminated as a result then you could simply deny their request. BUT It sounds like they were let go because they were too inexperienced for the role. That's not a fault. It's not a deficiency. None of us are born with any skills or experience. We were all in this persons shoes at one point or another. So... ...


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