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Do I owe them a two week notice?
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Golden rule is to never burn bridges, no matter how badly you were treated. The sad fact about this world is that a workplace has more control over you than you do of them. Reputation means everything ...

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How do I ask for help with a problem that has gotten over my head?
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It's far better to bring up issues/problems before the deadline. You should say I'm stuck on x, y, z and I did a, b, c. Try to do it in a meeting setting. Show what you did and where you are stuck. Do ...

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If my reason for resigning is that too many other people have resigned in a short time period, should I explain further?
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Leaving a work place because it is unstable is good reasons. However to tell others that you left because others did too would sound bad because it makes it look like you can't think for yourself. ...

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How honest should you be in a job interview?
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My concern is that if you have one candidate that says "Yes, I can sometimes forget to pay attention to details" and another that seems on point with everything, they'll go with the second regardless ...

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How to make it clear to my boss that I'll be resigning in the near future
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If you are a "at will" employee with a 4 weeks notice, then your boss really can't expect you to stay with the company indefinitely. The problem with the hard-worker syndrome is that people think they ...

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A programming task is scaring off candidates, should we ditch it?
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Coming from the standpoint of a person seeking a job, I generally avoid places that take over 1 hour to code. One time I went to this place that required a nearly 3 days worth java coding project. I ...

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Written warning from employer for following manager's instruction to deploy bugfix directly to production
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Honestly I'm surprised you were both not fired for this. This is a rather serious breach of customer confidence in the company. In the software development industry, as you know, playing with live ...

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Future boss placed me in a business meeting under a pretense before my start date, then was disappointed I didn't meet his expectations
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I was a little hesitant because I think office atmosphere and meeting face to face are important in a job search. I think you should have went with your guts on this situation. It sounds rather ...

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Are the resumes my company receives procedurally generated?
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Have you tried calling them? I noticed this as well and typically what it is are recruiters. They'll say, "Oh Bob Common got a job elsewhere but I can help you!" They typically have common email ...

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How can I teach my co-worker not to touch me while he talks?
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This question strikes me as odd. At first he was "touching" you but now it sounds like he's pretending to "hit" you which is different "touching." It's unclear how religion plays into this at all. In ...

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Ethics regarding setup of forwarding rules unknown to mailbox owner
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As silly as this may sound, I'm willing to bet Jane set this up a long time ago by accident or someone did for her and she forgot about it. In my experience with non-tech people, I found they did all ...

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How do I deal with workplace questions regarding personal interests when my main interest may be considered immature?
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I think at this point most people know computer folks are probably into video games. I remember in college about 80% of people in 100-200 level computer classes are in it solely because they liked ...

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Is it strange to ask someone to ask someone else to do something, while CC'd?
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It seems reasonable to me. Alice asked Bob, the team lead, to make Chris do work. It sounds like Alice knows the structure of the team and is asking Bob, the lead, to assign work that Alice wants. At ...

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Told everyone I graduated but turns out I didn't
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As always be truthful up front about anything in life. On the resume you only needed to put down you were expecting to graduate May 2016 (or whenever), and that you are planning to apply for graduate ...

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Senior architect lashing out when junior developer asks questions. What to do?
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Next time he does it, simply ask him, "Why are you so hostile everytime I ask you a question?" If he can't answer it or continues to get hostile, then go to the manager and explain that everytime you ...

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Is it normal to not hear back from any of the higher hierarchy (CEO, CTO, VP, etc) in a small startup once you've been hired?
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Usually the upper executives rarely communicate with their "resources" (employees). They usually go in a hierarchy like executive -> manager -> team lead -> resources and each level maintains ...

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I broke an appliance at a company-supplied house -- should I turn myself in?
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As I am understanding it they are trying to play a fair role and not to try to find out who is the culprit and I guess the reason is that wouldn't be beneficial for no one. How did you figure this? ...

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What to do when you've been thrown under the bus at the office?
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It really depends. Sometimes they might have too many people on a project or feel that maybe you're best suited elsewhere. However there is really no sure fire way for us to tell you if you've been "...

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How to respond if boss asks if I'm looking for a new job
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Here's a fun fact: most companies know that once one person leaves, many other soon follow. Maybe as a coincident or maybe because the other person left, but whatever it is they know that as soon as a ...

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How to deal with coworker giving unhelpful criticism during code review?
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Peer review is a fairly common practice in the industry. It sounds to me like you take it personally when someone says something about your code as evident by the fact that you want to "show them" ...

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Are there any areas in the IT field that have great Work-Life Balance?
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Generally speaking IT fields have few over time, at least from my experience. We might occasionally have overtime when we're close to a release date or if a sudden technical problem crops up. But ...

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I'm quite unprofessional outside job environment. Can it be an issue?
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A good idea is to have a separate "work" profile and your normal profile. You friend people at work on your work profile and make sure you keep your normal profile private to just friends that you ...

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I'm leaving because I didn't get a raise. What should I tell my employer if they ask why I'm leaving?
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It sounds like you're still in the process of getting a job. Be sure you have a job and offer in hand before turning in your notice. Let me first say that don't be surprised or offended if you turn ...

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Travel time takes longer due to employer
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My previous employer had a similar issue. They got a new work site and their own car garage. They failed to anticipate traffic congestion during rush hour so everyday employees leave and wait in the ...

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Should I feel bad about leaving company after getting long-waited raise?
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From personal experiences take their explanation with a grain of salt. They already said they hired you below market and chances are they threw a number at you, which matches that of the rest of the ...

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Is it appropriate to have an "informal" lunch/dinner meeting with a candidate, as part of the interview?
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I would say disclose the process prior to actually doing it. If you suddenly mention that you're going to take this woman to lunch, then that might be viewed as someone with ulterior motives. What I ...

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What's wrong about being honest about your career plans?
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Think of it like this. Suppose you went to a dentist and while talking to the dentist he tells you he is immensely dissatisfied with his job and he plans to shut down and leave his office by the end ...

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How to tell a prospective employer that I'm not quite done with college
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First off, don't lie about your degree as that can get you in a whole heap of trouble. Instead, say you will graduate next semester which I'm guessing is the "Fall" semester. On your resume you just ...

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Would a personal RPG blog be off-putting to most hiring managers?
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Basically what you want to do is showcase your talent by submitting some real world samples. Even if it was about boats, I'm sure someone will find it offensive. It really depends on who you give it ...

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is it normal to never have been promoted?
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Yes I believe it is possible to never get promoted while others who came on board after you do get promoted. And I don't think it's always about being the "worst" performer. I do hope you get a pay ...

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