Yamikuronue
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How can I use my masters degree to get a higher salary?
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I've generally found the following strategy useful: Apply to jobs at a higher pay grade. You won't get paid more if you don't ask for more. Be sure to put the master's degree on your resume. When ...

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Acceptable interview answer: To be honest... I just need to earn some money?
53 votes

Yes, it would reflect badly. To understand why, flip the scenario around. Pretend that you're representing a company, and your task is to find someone that will be able to perform certain duties. You ...

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How can I approach my boss with bad news?
45 votes

What I've found is that it helps to have a plan of attack. In this case, I need more resources. It's much more palatable to hear "This isn't working, I'll need X, Y, and Z to get it to work. Can that ...

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How can I make wearing headphones at work more acceptable?
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I run the risk of appearing anti-social and unproductive. At my workplace, headphones are generally a sign that the person is either a) doing online training courses (often required) or b) really ...

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How to display hobbies, interests and activities on a CV
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There are relevant hobbies and there are irrelevant hobbies. I once landed a contract in part because mentioning offhandedly that I had a web server in my living room and was working on a Raspberry Pi ...

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Changing priorities too much
11 votes

Our team found it helpful to produce a publicly-viewable dashboard indicating all the projects our team was working on and the status thereof. That way, if something new comes in and bumps us off ...

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What time counts when it comes to remote work?
10 votes

If you were in the physical office, chances are that time taken to research solutions, build your skills, go to the restroom, take a few minutes to reset your brain, and the like would all be ...

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How to reply in a professional manner to emails that I am the wrong recipient for?
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If you can find out who the right person might be with < 30 minutes effort, it can boost your reputation for being helpful if you do so. In my organization, I know certain people might be able to ...

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Should I inform my employer of additional certifications I obtain that are not directly related to my position?
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I think it boils down to a simpler question: Why are you getting the certificates? If you want to start doing that sort of thing as a career, by all means, inform your employer, they might have work ...

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As an intern I'm seen as "quiet" but I really am not; how can I change this?
4 votes

The simple solution: If you don't want to be seen as quiet, talk more. However, I would like to point out that your work personality and your outside-work personality do not have to match, and, in ...

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How can I manage a project without authority to manage some of the people involved in the project?
3 votes

When we do something like this, we treat the other department as though they were an outside company: we ask them for a time quote, and hold them to it, making absolutely sure to hold up our delivery ...

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Decoration for developers room
2 votes

Is there any information that you wish was better distributed to the team? If so, I'd kill two birds with one stone and put in a wallboard/information radiator. You can have it cycle through various ...

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How to setup a contract position?
2 votes

Ask your company if they usually contract through an agency; if so, all you'll have to do is go meet with the agency and sign the contract and the usual hiring paperwork (such as direct deposit and ...

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Customer thinks that I'm female due to a name mixup. How should I correct them?
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I had the exact opposite issue -- a support person assumed I was male because most people in my field are. I didn't bother correcting him, and eventually we had to talk via phone (where he realized ...

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What is the difference between software developer and graphic/web designer?
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My rule of thumb is: if you're worried about how something looks, you're a designer. If you're worried about how it works, you're a developer. However, since many development teams don't have a ...

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How to introduce yourself in a telephone interview
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I usually rely on how they asked. If they say "This is X calling for $name", I reply warmly with "Oh, hi!". If they say "May I speak with $name", I can't be 100% sure it's not a telemarketer, so I ...

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Should I CC the client when transferring an issue to a colleague?
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Yes, but only if you haven't replied already. My point of contact at the staffing agency I work for has a bad habit of replying to a question with "I'll ask my colleague", then CC'ing me in on the ...

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Do I need to ask my company before I can use corporate hotel rates for personal use?
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Sometimes discounts like this are considered a "benefit" -- in other words, as part of your compensation you're entitled to discounts. At the staffing agency I contract through, they have deals with a ...

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