Mike Robinson
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How should I deal with my team member who tries to copy?
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Time to have a private conversation with your manager. Because: (God bless him or her ...) it's his-or-her "problem to figure out," not yours.

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Alienated by team manager
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Time for another Zoom meeting, friend – with your new manager, one-on-one. Discuss your entire situation, as you have just done with us, "as you see it." Then, constructively ask how he ...

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How politely but firmly request project to be assigned to another coworker?
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Be a professional. Get back to work.

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Should I introduce myself to founder of a small startup after I'm hired but not have joined?
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Indeed... upon arrival, you can fully expect that "the person who hired you" will make it a point to greet you! Then, it is entirely probable that s/he will quickly introduce you to the remaining "9" ...

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How can I explain having been fired for stealing?
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You need to be truthful if asked, or if a spot on the employment application asks whether you were ever terminated "with cause," because the HR department might do due-diligence in this case. If they ...

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What are the major interview differences between hiring a manager versus hiring an employee?
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Since this appears to be an internal promotion for which your present manager "has been grooming you," it would appear that s/he believes that you have what it takes, even though you haven't done it ...

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Do I need to mention unfinished university degree on my resume?
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"If you undertook any educational program which might have offered any bit of education that you consider to be relevant to the position that you are applying for ... tell me about it." ...

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Interview Phase 2, I admit that I was bad in Phase 1, they cancel the interview
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It sounds to me from this reading that neither one of you thought you were a very good fit. Therefore, just move on to something more suitable. Hell, I once terminated an interview myself. I very ...

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Coworker is not taking the initiative and I am picking up the slack
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"Take this up immediately, and privately, with your manager." End of story. This is your manager's fundamental job responsibility. If there is any "issue" among any of his/her &...

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Is it okay if I tell my boss that I cannot read cursive?
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"Is it okay if I don't tell my boss that ...?" No. Believe it or not, your boss is hired to help you succeed. If there's something that you can't handle, don't feel comfortable with, etc., ...

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Accidentally saw a private photo of my boss on the workplace file storage
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I think that you should simply, and somewhat-cryptically, let the couple know that maybe they should take a look in "this particular folder." And let it go at that. And, be discreet. Never ...

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Should I include the courses I taught in my resume?
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"Bah, Humbug!" "Dead giveaways of age?" (These kids today!!") 🙄 But seriously ... "the ability to 'do' something, yourself, is one thing, but the ability to 'teach or ...

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Does my company own my phone number?
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Obviously, your company should have provided you with – and, paid for – a separate phone. And today, "believe it or not," they actually can "manage to exclude you." Don't let any ...

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How do you respond when someone scoffs at your reasoned answer to their question?
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Always politely listen, making very sure that the person knows that you are listening attentively. Ask for clarification of the reaction if it seems appropriate. Remember(!) that the person with whom ...

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If my CV employment months are a bit off, does this affect my chances after the background check finds out?
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Heck, I've been working for thirty-five years, much of it on contracts, some of which contracts were in parallel with one another. Do I remember the dates exactly? No! Pragmatically speaking, a "...

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Job going to be terminated?
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"Don't borrow trouble." 🤠 If you ever have the misfortune of becoming "a manager" ... 😉 ... you will then "instantly understand." Just keep the lines of communication ...

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Co-workers doing extra work to an extent just to undermine my team contributions in front of manager
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Also – sit down with your manager and simply ask him or her instead of "assuming" that you know what they think about the subject, or about you. It's very enlightening to sit in that manager'...

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What should I do - I got a final written warning?
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"Just walk out." You're toast. And, here's what made you toast: "and that I speak(!) negatively(!!) about others(!!!)." "Simply because you didn't know 'when to keep your ...

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Is leaving a company after 1 month ok?
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(Shrug ...) I think I'd do exactly the same thing. "I prefer classical music, myself." If you want to listen to music, that's what headphones are for. You've obviously accidentally landed ...

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Being assigned bad/unwanted tasks if I finish my sprint early
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Yeah ... like others have already said ... "shaddup, you are a rock star!" This (koff, koff ...) "legacy code" is what still runs the business, and those "front-end changes&...

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Should I continue to try getting promoted to team lead or quit?
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There really are "people who are better with technology," and "people who are better with people," and in my experience these two dynamics usually don't mix well. For instance, you ...

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Stating reasons for leaving previous role in cover letter?
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Easy: "I'm a company that really needs a really good graphic designer – if I can find one." Okay, sales(wo)man, "there's your prospect." You know that you've got what they're [...

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What does "entry level" mean on a job listing?
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"Honestly ... who the hell knows?" Just apply for the job, and good luck.

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What not to say in job interviews?
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Leonidas, I suspect that you have some still-unresolved issues with that company that are coming back to visit you because they're still unresolved. Okay, why don't you start by closing your manager's ...

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Sharing bad interview experience on LinkedIn
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Sweet and simple: "SHUT UP on Social Media!" Some things really are that simple. Yeah, it might feel good, but it'll be out there forever and you can never eat those words, no matter how ...

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When it's recommended to gain experience through open-source is it meant other people's projects or your own?
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In more than "thirty-plus" years in this crazy business, I have never actually created an open-source project. And, as a sometimes hiring manager, I can honestly say that I don't have time ...

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Among the first ones to be laid off temporarily due to lack of projects. Should I ask my manager for explanation? Is it time to find another job?
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There's definitely no reason for you to remain idle, "hoping" that they will call you back. Dust off the ol' resume and get shopping for a new job. Pronto.

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What would be a professional response to “unfair” testing methods during a job interview
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"Nothing to see here ... move along ... move along." You really can't control how any hiring company/manager decides to construct their "entrance exam," but, as a (koff koff, wheeze ...) "old hand at ...

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How should an employer respond to a candidate, when the candidate has rejected an offer?
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Exactly: the company "made you a business offer, offering to buy your professional services," and, for whatever reason, you declined to sell. They simply move on to candidate #2. No harm, no foul.

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Is it legal for a potential employer to run background checks on members of your household?
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I believe that I would take up this matter with either the State or the US Department of Labor. Your friend might also find it more expedient to engage an attorney who is a specialist in matters of ...

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