Matt Giltaji
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  • Los Angeles, CA
Should one ever admit to being overloaded?
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tl;dr Tell your manager. Why to let your manager know Overloaded does not need to mean that you are unwilling to complete the work or are incapable of managing it yourself, but it could indicate that ...

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Should references in a resume be upfront, or upon request?
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31 votes

When I've been on the hiring end, I ignore "references furnished upon request" as it is unnecessary. If references are needed, I would ask the candidate to provide the list of references, whether they ...

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How to bring up a bad GPA in a interview
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You can always try: I don't feel that my undergrad GPA accurately reflected my abilities, and here's how I fixed that in my graduate studies... Everyone makes mistakes, the important thing is to ...

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Mentioning family on CV
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tl;dr I would not mention anything about family on the CV as that can be a legal liability (in the United States, not sure about other countries) and prevent you from being interviewed. Why not? The ...

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How to address the recipient if you are writing to a generic department address?
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I've had success by addressing the email to the whole team. Hello ABC Team Would you be able to assist me with... REST OF CONTENT Matt Replying to an email that came from a team is even ...

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Is COBRA (US Temporary Health Insurance) paperwork provided automatically after giving notice?
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I changed jobs earlier this year. On my last day, I had a meeting with HR where I signed a stack of paperwork, including an explanation of COBRA benefits that mentioned a specific company that handled ...

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I made a mistake at work that gave my coworker extra work. Should I compensate in some way?
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I would start with an apology to the coworker as a courtesy, bringing in some sort of treats would be nice but is not necessary for such a small incident. No one likes to lose work, but in my ...

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Don't know if my company uses employee monitoring software - how to adjust behavior?
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tl;dr They probably use such software, but it shouldn't matter either way if you only do work-appropriate activities on your computer. Is Employee Monitoring Software in Common Use? The term "...

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How to take ownership to solve an issue when managers focus on pinpointing person to blame and punish?
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You can try approaching your supervisor one on one to discuss this challenge, but if the blame game is deeply embedded in your company's culture, there may not be much you can do until the culture is ...

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Is it bad to answer "Why/how did you get into that job" with "Because I just wanted a job"
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I would consider myself lucky if every job I landed was a dream job or on my ideal career path. Sometimes you take a job because you need to pay the bills or because it is better than the alternative ...

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My manager doesnt want anyone internal or external cc'd into email to him?
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Fun with BCC There is an exceedingly useful piece of email functionality known as the Blind Carbon Copy (BCC). BCCing other contacts/addresses will send them a copy of the message, but the recipient ...

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Which countries/states allow or prohibit non-compete clauses in agreements?
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As with most legalish questions, your best bet to determine the legality of a specific employment contract is to talk to an employment lawyer. With that said, as documented on wikipedia, non-compete ...

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Company name dropping etiquette (CV's/LinkedIn)
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In my experience, it depends on the duration of the projects for the various clients. If there are a lot of very short term projects (less than one or two months in duration), an overall summary of ...

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