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How to convince interviewers you have not forgotten how to do your job after a long break?
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RE: Riding a bike Programming is like riding a bike Riding a bike fast consists of two elements: the skills the fitness In your case it seems that you were not able to demonstrate fitness. Imagine ...

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Employer wants me to learn new language/system - how can I refuse to do this?
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.NET is not a language. This is a detail, but it quite strongly suggests that your programming skills are not as high as you may think. I think you have few choices: quit right away, accept the ...

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How to keep my phone number private, when I have to provide a way for students to contact me?
18 votes

I think you should set very clear boundaries about what your number is provided for. If these rules are broken you need to follow up. You should not be afraid of your students. Even if the contact ...

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Knowingly eating food I am allergic to, as part of sharing treats
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Reading this makes me appreciate the fact that I don't work with wacky bosses. I cannot believe that the whole team likes this - I think there is some pretending going on. It is very wrong that ...

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In technology, what options does a jack of all trades have?
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Grow expertise in one area and become a T-shaped person. You can read about it in the Valve Software's HANDBOOK FOR NEW EMPLOYEES available here. Here's a picture from this handbook: You can also ...

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How can I avoid the stigma associated with being late into work everyday?
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Here are few suggestions: [preferred] Ask your manager to send a message to all/mention this during stand up/etc. - to inform them current work schedule has been agreed and it's OK. Send the message ...

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Employee questioning company policies too much - what should we do?
6 votes

I would like to add an answer from the employee perspective. Unless it's the sunny California, where it seems it's the law, reimbursing one's expenses connected to their trip for the interview is a ...

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Pre-employment physical examination for US software engineers
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A quick search brings this relevant passage from HR.com Why should I do pre-placement exams? Most employers consider pre-placement exams a type of insurance. The vast majority of people sent for ...

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I've been invited to an interview, but I'm already assuming I won't get the job?
5 votes

If 100 people applied and you have been chosen for the interview then you surely have "impressive credentials and/or are charming". No matter what the interview outcome is you still get plenty out ...

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Asked for raise - nothing but crickets?
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Unfortunately, this is not strange or unusual. I believe you should follow up. Asking for a raise can be a stressful endeavor, but it's a part of the life of a salaried worker's life. If you ...

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New job started and 3 weeks after received another offer
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The notice period of one week works both ways. If the company thought they don't want you they would give you one week's notice an be done with it. I'm with Sandra K here - (see her comment). I don'...

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My employer wants me to a sign an NDA that is backdated more than 2 years
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Rather than try to balance your loyalty to the employer and loyalty to your principles (and generally the truth), I strongly recommend not signing the backdated document. A lot is at stake for you ...

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How do I properly follow-up with a hiring manager, to check on the status of a position?
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It is good to ask at the end of the interview when you can expect the answer. You can contact the hiring company and ask if they can provide the date by which the result will be known. It's OK to ...

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I fear I am being set up to be fired by my direct manager. How to save my job?
2 votes

Here are my top 3 suggestions: Decide if you want to fight, go, or fight a bit and then go. If you had to introduce peer review then the place cannot be so great If you fight, it may get intense, ...

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Is it too early to take a vacation day after only seven months?
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Book your time off now, 7 months is plenty of time. In Australia and Europe you get about 20 days of holidays per year. After 7 months you should have accumulated over 10 days - two weeks off. ...

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Determining how supportive potential employers would be of my disability
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It may be very tempting to use a great Q&A site like stackexchange to get an answer to you problem, but I don't believe it is the best place to search for advice for your situation. I would ...

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Being pressured into job offer within my organization
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"How do I professionally tell this person I need to take tonight to think about it and get back to her tomorrow. I would really like to take 2 days to consider the job (...)" Tell the truth. "Dear X,...

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Background check of employment history - will employers do so without my knowledge?
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I would like to know specifically what is done to find employment history as part of a background check. Ask about it. The background check procedure is very specific to a company/agency so the ...

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Letting an employee know that another is better suited for a task?
1 votes

Let both people do the preso and choose the best result to be used in the real competition. Make it a battle of solutions, not a selection between people. If the real preso takes too much time, ...

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Very scared about finding a job after Computer Science degree
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There are chances that you felt the same before starting your degree. In the end you managed to pull it off. Take any advice with a pinch of salt (including this), but I would like to share 3 ...

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Using LinkedIn as my only point of contact on a publicly posted resume
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What effect will not putting your contact details on the board itself is very specific to the place where you put these ads (country/region/campus) and other factors. Some employers may think that's ...

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In an interview should I mention that I left a job due to illness?
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Honesty is the best policy. If you illness was physical I don't see how this could be taken against you, especially that you have worked since. If this was of a mental issue (e.g. depression) then ...

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Appropriate way for learning about career path?
1 votes

Find out if HR dept has a website (internal/extrenal) and you may find that the process is explained there. Good luck!

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Wrong timing on performance review?
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A side note: Performance reviews are often written into you contract and not organising one when it's due is really a breach of the foundation that your relationship with the company stands on. You ...

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Applying directly on employer website after rejecting recruiter offer for similar position
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What to do Explain the situation in an email to the company (briefly, like you did here) and let them handle the technicalities. Why Sending an email will provide transparency on the issue. This ...

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Working additional hours as a Software Engineer hurts my productivity
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Dear manager's_name_here, Working on tasks that are not part of the project plan on short notice has had a measurable and significant impact on project deliveries. I would like to set some time to ...

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How to professionally handle criticism for work that I have inherited?
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I would sit down and plan. Twice. Plan on a personal level what your goals are and how they align with the direction the company is moving. Take stock and work with managers on establishing ...

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How do I ask whether I got an internship or not?
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Send a polite email asking for an update to your point of contact. It could be: * the recruiter * manager-level employee; or * the original interviewee. The email could be as simple as Dear XXX, ...

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Listing LinkedIn profile as a full CV - looks lazy, or convenient for recruiters?
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I have a one page CV with a link to my LinkedIn profile but I keep a long version too which I send upon request (which happens often unfortunately). My short one-page, no nonsense CV :) generated ...

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2nd phone interview for international job - how to ask to see the workplace?
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There usually is time in an interview where the interviewer(s) explain the next steps of the recruitment process. I would ask about seeing the office in person at this time. If the issue is never ...

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