The tag (currently 288 questions) is defined as:

Use this tag if the question is related to the work environment, such as an issue with your boss, your coworkers, or someone you have authority over.

The tag (currently 11 questions) has no definition.

Can we agree to synonymize those two tags?

If not, can we add a definition to the "job" tag?

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As I commented on Upper_Case's answer, we have a third related tag: . Between that and , I think can go.

Out of the three questions that Upper_Case identified, the only one that I think doesn't fit either or is How to tell a friend I don't want to continue giving him advice?, which is about trying to help a friend get a job. It's not really about jobs so much as , which it is already tagged with.

The other two questions:

I think can both be retagged with , as it describes the sort of impression the OP wants to have on the other person.

Since "getting a job" is not an interpersonal skill, and everything else (in my opinion) can be recategorized as some combination of "in a workplace" or "being professional", I don't think we should keep this tag.

(... but if we do decide to keep it, I think it should be renamed to be plural like our other noun tags ;) )

  • I fully support firing the "Job" tag
    – Rainbacon
    Commented Mar 27, 2019 at 20:12

From a quick survey, it looks to me like the tags are used mostly interchangeably, but not always.

Of the 11 questions tagged with :

It seems to me that many of the questions tagged with are mis-tagged (they should have instead), but that in rare cases is not appropriate even though questions are related to jobs or professionalism in some way.

I don't know that we should declare that the tags are synonymous (there are at least some cases where is used and doesn't quite fit), but is being used vaguely as a catch-all.

I'm not sure that is used in a sufficiently consistent way that we can or should attach guidance based on how it's been used so far (for the cases which don't overlap with ), but we can be more prescriptive about how the tag is defined.

So, I'll agree with your second suggestion: we should add tag guidance to (and all tags, probably, should have some guidance attached). Otherwise we should consider removing the tag altogether.

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    Hmm, so we do have a tag for "professionalism" already (with a little bit of guidance) - do you think that would cover the remainder of the "jobs" questions?
    – Em C
    Commented Mar 26, 2019 at 20:04
  • @EmC Maybe, and it would definitely be better than "jobs", which as noted here is confusing with "work-environment" also present. I'm not sure that the "jobs" tag has been used very consistently, so I don't know that a single replacement would adequately cover all instances.
    – Upper_Case
    Commented Mar 26, 2019 at 20:19

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