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Why is it bad to show you are desperate?
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It's not always bad to appear desperate. It's just a good rule of thumb to avoid it, without much detailed knowledge of the situation. Being desperate has some advantages: The hirer may sympathize ...

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How can I stop getting fired? I have been fired 5 times
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If we take this at face value, the reason why you get fired is clear: Your performance is significantly lower than what the employer expects. The only real solution here is to improve your performance,...

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How can I politely work my way around not liking coffee or beer when it comes to professional networking?
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"Getting coffee or beer together" is just an expression. It means "let's meet for an informal chat in the afternoon/evening". It has nothing to do with beer or coffee. If you come to such a meeting ...

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I want to do a simpler, better paid job, but I am being forced into a more "prestigious", less paid role: how to convince recruiter?
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What's wrong with: I appreciate your feedback, but I am not interested in Industry Lead positions. As you may know, I already have some experience working as an Industry Lead, and I have found this ...

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How to keep yourself motivated at work?
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This is a broad question, so I'll keep my answer general. Motivation depends heavily on personality, but it's rare that the following doesn't have an impact: Get paid well (ie. ask for a raise, or ...

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Going for promotions vs applying externally? Is the difficult internal process a subtle "get out"?
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Typing up a document seems less burdensome than Search for job Write cover letter Prepare CV Several interviews But if it really is that bad, and you feel like applying externally is easier and more ...

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Is finishing my CS degree critical to being employable as a web developer if I already have good experience and an internship?
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A degree is not usually a hard requirement in webdev and you won't be "auto-rejected" for not having one. There are many people in the industry who don't have a degree and do well, so a ...

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Skype call Audio only from interviewer
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You can have a video or audio call, both are fine. I don't personally get what information people think they will glean from staring at your pixellated face. I suppose the idea is to see some ...

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Leaving an assistant professorship for industry in late thirties
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A professor sounds a lot more impressive on a resume than post-doc, so if you have a job offer already you might as well take it. You've done all the hard work and there's no sense passing up the ...

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My current job title suggests that I have more advanced skills than I actually have. How to navigate a new job search?
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People do not simply look at your title and decide to hire you based on that. They ask questions during interviews to determine whether you actually have the specific skills and experience they are ...

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Are humanities subjects useful for Computer Science jobs?
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Most of what you learn in school, especially undergrad, has very tenuous relevance to your day to day work. There are many reasons for this: Lecture format is not suited to teaching many things well, ...

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Salary "negotiation" stalled
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I have no idea how much 25k AED is, but I will assume it is a fair expectation for your background. Even though this is perfectly reasonable to ask, if their budget is truly 20k, then you are asking ...

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Is it possible to work as a remote junior developer?
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Is working as a remote dev a viable option for a junior developer? Yes, it is viable. There exist people in the world who are junior developers and work remotely. For example, I see close to three ...

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How extensive should a GitHub portfolio be for a CS student with no "real world" experience looking to secure their first internship?
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Your portfolio should provide credible evidence that you have sufficient skill for the position you are applying to. Since you don't have work experience, your portfolio will provide the next best ...

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Is opting out of "fun" office charity activites socially and professionally acceptable in a small company?
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You can opt out if you really want to, but you will probably find that it is not worth the trouble. Obviously your company likes these events so if you refuse they will treat it as any other kind of ...

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5 months career gap before Masters
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Gaps <1 year don't matter. Just have some cute story about what you did in those months (1-3 sentences) for the 1 in 10 interviewers who ask, so they can say "cool" and move on. Resumes ...

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Great employee with a Facebook habit
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You are trying to micromanage the employee. Some employees like micromanagement, others don't. Sounds like this employee prefers less micromanagement, but if you are unsure you can always talk to him ...

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Can I reject the premise of a question in an interview?
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Assuming the example given is accurate, this seems less about challenging the premise and more about being pedantic. While the argument initially makes a valid objection in claiming "favorite" is an ...

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How should I tell front-end to stop passing bugs to back-end by default?
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Firstly, when you have one team working on the front end, and another team working on the back end, it is a good idea to design the systems such that front end bugs result in error messages and other ...

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Job posting with starting date far away
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They are free to set whatever start date they want. You are free to not apply. 6 months out is not a practical target because it creates too much uncertainty. If you make a posting in January for a ...

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How can I work simultaneously for more than one employer?
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Employers will rarely agree to this so you will have to hide it from them. Hiding will be a problem due to things like overlapping meetings or a particularly busy day at one employer interfering with ...

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Skill- rather than employer-driven resume
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The problem with just listing skills is that there is no way for the employer to know: Your level of knowledge in that skill What you consider "knowing" that skill Whether you're lying ...

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Boss frequently wants me to come into work for lunch or other times during covid, even though I am work from home
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The easy options here are: Quit and find a job that doesn't make you come in Refuse to go and see if he fires you over this Do what he says They are easy in that they require no skill or ...

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Would it be advisable to email a potential employer letting them know that you are about to take another offer?
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It depends, but it's not a terrible idea. The number of other companies doesn't really matter so let's talk about only A and C. Telling A that you are taking an offer from C can have several ...

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Upcoming masters program, but have new job offer
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The options here are (in order of what I'm guessing your preference is): Start masters while working at B Start masters while working at A Start masters and work at neither company Work at B and don'...

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Should I report my manager?
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Usually, when upper management is interested in things like this they come and ask employees questions like "How do you like your work/manager? What could be done to improve things in your ...

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Why don't employers take chances on entry level candidates?
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Employers don't take chances on entry-level candidates for the same reason that you don't take chances on crappy jobs: Because they don't have to. The job market is like any other market: Buyers (...

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How to politely ask for more information on a task?
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The premise of the question is false because in the first place there is nothing impolite about asking to clarify. There are multiple fields on page X. Which one do you mean? Is already sufficiently ...

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Agreeing without really agreeing
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These days the prevailing social atmosphere is to avoid conflict, and regard arguments and debate as bad things in and of themselves. I won't speculate on the reasons for this here, but the natural ...

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How to respond to a performance review you disagree with?
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You respond to it by demonstrating positive performance. Even that won't work if the reviewer has it in for you though, after a point there's nothing you can do. They're in charge after all. [Initial ...

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