Programmer, Fired After 6 Years, Realizes He Doesn’t Know How to Code

This week on /CSCareerQuestions, Reddit user FiletOfFish1066 reveals an unfortunate situation that sounds almost too much like HBO's Silicon Valley to be true. OP was fired after spending six full years working at a well-known tech company in the Bay Area. Now, our friend reflects on his time there and admits he may have made some mistakes along the way: for instance, automating his job to the point where he forgot how to code. Let's investigate what happened and see what OP can do to salvage his tech career. Spoiler alert: OP is not "Big Head" Bighetti.

PayScale’s VIP Blog Roundup: Do I Have to Disclose That I Was Fired?

Even if you're the best employee in the history of paid work, you might get fired at some point in your career. Sometimes, it's no one's fault: you turned out to be a bad fit for the role and vice versa. Other times, you might have made a mistake, and paid a steep price for it. But the worst scenario is the one that's not your fault at all – but that still potentially haunts your job search afterward. In this week's round-up, we look at what one career expert advises job seekers who've been fired, plus how to repair a damaged professional relationship and how to give tough feedback.

PayScale’s VIP Blog Roundup: What to Do When You Lose Your Job

Sometimes, losing your job turns out to be the best possible thing for your career, in the long run – but happy thoughts like that are hard to summon up, when you just got your pink slip. In this week's roundup, we look at what to do when you're still in panic-mode, to make things better in both the long- and short-term; plus, how to look good on Periscope, and how to have difficult conversations at work.

3 Social Media Posts You Should Delete Right Now

Social media often feels more like a minefield than a network. It's not hard to think back on the countless times people have dropped bombs on their various accounts — from Anthony Weiner's infamous "selfie," to pretty much anything Donald Trump has to say on Twitter — and wonder what exactly was going through their heads. Don't you know that someone from work could see this? Apparently not.

PayScale’s VIP Blog Roundup: How to Stop Worrying About What People Think (Really!)

We're supposed to pretend that we don't care what people think, especially at work – to do otherwise would be to admit that we're weak, that we lack the conviction and courage needed to get the job done. Reality, however, might be quite a bit different. In this week's roundup, we look at why other's people's opinions of you are still their business, and their business only – plus, tips on branding with a less-utilized social network, and what you absolutely shouldn't do if your employer shows you the door.

3 Ways to Recognize a Terrible Potential Boss in an Interview

Have you ever been so psyched for a landing a job interview at a promising employer, only to be completely turned off to the opportunity thanks to the behavior of your potential boss? It happens more often than candidates like to admit, which is why it's important to be able to recognize a bad boss when you meet one. Here's how.