Monica Cellio
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Can I be fired if my employer thinks I am looking for another job?
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We won't be able to help you with legal questions. But from a practical point of view, it doesn't make sense for a company to fire you for looking. There are two cases: They don't much like you ...

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I've experienced a lot of stress that may impact my work. What can I do to reduce it?
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Advice about overcoming these traumas is out of scope for this site, but to focus on the workplace aspect specifically: The first thing you should do is to talk with either your manager or your HR ...

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Termination vs. Solicited Resignation
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Resigning lets you say "no I wasn't fired" when you're applying for future jobs. Being terminated can, under some circumstances and in some locations, allow you to collect unemployment benefits.

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How to introduce yourself in a telephone interview
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"This is $name". When I'm expecting the call, though (e.g. schedule phone screen), I short-circuit it by answering the ring with "Hello, this is $name".

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How to distribute mentees among mentors
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One approach might be self-correction followed by lotteries. Announce that, to give every mentee the attention he deserves, you need a more even distribution, so no mentor will have more than ten ...

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Should I be giving unsolicited help?
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This happens to me a lot -- open (noisy) seating, and I've been at the company a long time and worked on several projects. If it's convenient to me to do so (which it might not be, depending on what ...

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How to ask for Linked-In recommendations
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I recently did the following: I chose specific people with whom I've had recent contact and who, collectively, provide some breadth. (E.g. I'd rather have recommendations from an interaction ...

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How can I constructively request well scoped project requirements?
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It's reasonable to ask for clarification of vague directives, but if you find that you are asking for more specificity than those around you of comparable experience/grade level, then the change will ...

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Should we maintain the difference between personal and professional contacts?
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It is nearly impossible to completely separate professional and personal contacts. What happens when a friend comes to work at your company? What happens when you and some coworkers start hanging ...

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Does an eagerness to engage in games with coworkers give me a bad image?
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Playing on your own time isn't a problem in principle. But being out of the range of what's normal at your workplace, especially when you're new, can be. So pay attention to your coworkers -- how ...

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How can I overcome "years of experience" requirements when applying to positions?
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Other answers have addressed why they care about years of experience, but to answer the question in your title, how to overcome this, the answer is: start with the cover letter. You might not be ...

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How can I manage a growing team?
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Talk with your boss about whether he could delegate any of his work. He doesn't have to create permanent levels of middle-management; can he appoint a tech lead for each key project and let those ...

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What is the purpose of a company asking "Have you interviewed with us before?"
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You shouldn't lie. No good will come of it when they discover that you did. A recruiter might ask you if you've interviewed there before because his compensation is based on you getting hired on his ...

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What to do when different project managers insisting that I must work on their requests immediately?
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You are accountable to your manager(s). (In a matrixed organization that could include the PjM or PdM of your project.) When someone else diverts you, that hinders your ability to deliver your ...

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How should "years of experience" be affected by activities other than full-time employment?
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When an employer asks for "years of experience", he's asking for time that you have spent doing relevant work. This includes (relevant) jobs and contracting; it could include longer-term well-...

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How should I schedule phone interviews while employed?
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You can start by asking if evening/weekend (or lunch-time) calls are possible. If so, great -- you're done. If not, treat it the same way you would treat a doctor's appointment or any other personal ...

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What guidelines should we have for employees bringing your own device to work?
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The company's legitimate concerns include: Connecting outside devices (and their potential malware) to the corporate network Having company files on non-company machines (that can be lost/stolen/...

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Value of working onsite versus remotely in a programming internship
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To HLGEM's excellent answer I would add: In addition to being side-lined in conference calls, you will miss out on any design activities that involve a whiteboard, which in my experience is most of ...

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Citing pay as a reason to move on from a company
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You are right to be concerned with how this will look. Don't say that they don't pay you enough, and especially don't say that your pay doesn't cover your expenses, which sounds like your problem (...

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Mental Issues from Lack of Movement - how to Address?
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Your question focuses on movement so I'm ignoring the "windowless" and lighting portions of your question here. Have you considered asking for a standing desk? They've been growing in popularity in ...

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Peaceful and professional way to drop out of a volunteer project that's gone bad
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I've seen this kind of thing before with non-profit and social organizations. A volunteer from within the group offers to do work that will be an improvement in the end, but the leaders aren't on ...

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What is the best way to get a new developer up to speed?
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I think you need more than the day or so you're spending on this. Telling people stuff outside of a context in which they'll use that knowledge only goes so far. Our process (smaller enclave in a ...

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Can an administrative assistant take on the roles of morale building and team building?
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College education has very little to do with the tasks you're describing. A person with no degree and excellent interpersonal skills will run rings around an oblivious PhD in stuff like this. (No ...

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Scope of reimbursable expenses during an interview?
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You should ask the place where you interviewed for their guidelines. They probably have a standard list that they can give you. If they don't and they ask for clarification, bring up the tips and ...

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What are employers looking for when they ask to see sample code during the hiring process for a programmer?
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To HLGEM's excellent answer I add: I ask for code samples from junior candidates who don't yet have much of a body of experience to talk about. In addition to the judgement factors mentioned by ...

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Listing long time work experience with interruptions due to education on a CV
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For part-time positions and internships, it's normal for there to be gaps. You can list them together like this: Intern, Company X: summer 2007, summer 2008 through 2009, summer 2010 Intern, Compny &...

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Ethical concerns when discussing technical issues related to my work, on my personal blog
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There are several factors to consider: Direct disclosure. Saying anything that reveals confidential information is a breach of trust (and probably a violation of your non-disclosure agreement). (...

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How should I communicate technical changes to a non-technical manager?
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You need to analyze the current and future needs of your audience(s). Your manager is one consumer of this information; another is the person who may have to update your code in six months; another ...

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Is it appropriate to ask colleagues for their mobile numbers on the first working day?
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Why do you (think you) need a colleague's cell-phone number? If your job involves possibly dealing with a problem in off hours and needing help, then the company should have a procedure in place for ...

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Security clearance jobs: will security make it hard to get work done?
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I have a security clearance. Actual classified work is done on a segregated network (not connected to the internet), in rooms with special security provisions. However, most work is not actually ...

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