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Help me focus on the hourly details of agency work

My company is becoming more focused on billable hours and resource allocation and I an sinking. Please help me stay afloat. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 9, 2014 - 8 answers

 

Visa agency in Houston, TX for Brazil travel

Recommendations for a visa agency in Houston, Texas (one that's open on weekends) to obtain a tourist visa to travel to Brazil? [more inside]
posted by LLF246 on Feb 1, 2014 - 4 answers

Good designer to convert PDF to ebook?

I have a PDF that I'd like to convert to ebook format. It's straightforward - body text with just a handful of images - but the ebook needs to have the same font and style of the PDF. (I also have it in InDesign, if that helps.) I'm looking for a designer, or design agency, who has worked on ebooks before, who can take this on. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by mark7570 on Oct 8, 2013 - 5 answers

Is it possible to separate the art from the artist?

Please recommend me good writing (preferably academic but well written blog posts or whatever are good too) that explores the controversy around problematic creators and whether or not one should support their work. PLEASE DON'T try to answer the question itself, that would be chatfilter. (Though I welcome anyone's thoughts on this via memail.) [more inside]
posted by Wretch729 on Oct 7, 2013 - 10 answers

Good temporary agencies in NYC?

I am looking for recent, first-hand recommendations for good temporary agencies in NYC (beyond the three mentioned in this thread). I have a background in nonprofits, but I cannot limit myself to niche agencies. I would also (secondarily) welcome current insight into the temp world. Thank you! At least I know Excel this time around
posted by skbw on Aug 25, 2013 - 6 answers

Why can't I get a job with the temp agency?

I don't understand what I'm doing wrong. [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Jun 10, 2013 - 19 answers

How to find a Web designer to improve a current design?

I have mostly completed a website design for a small company - logo, colors, info architecture - but the visual effect of all the elements together isn't.. quite.. "there" yet. How would I go about finding a Web designer who could improve the design "the rest of the way"? [more inside]
posted by mark7570 on May 17, 2013 - 7 answers

How does this whole literary agent thing work?

I've been contacted by a couple of agents to see if I have a book project after I wrote an article in a magazine. I do. Yay! But how do I know what to look for? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on Mar 5, 2013 - 5 answers

Is it OK to ignore a job agency recruiter?

A job agency recruiter sent an e-mail about a possible job opportunity at a very large company. The recruiter mentioned that she got my information through my friend (who currently works at that company). Initially, I thought it was spam however my friend does work at that company based on a quick search on LinkedIn. I haven't spoke to my friend for 5-6 years since graduation. Also, the job agency recruiter appears to be real and has a legit profile on LinkedIn. I am not looking for a new job at the moment. Should ignore or write 1-2 sentences back? Thank you
posted by Mountain28 on Jan 21, 2013 - 21 answers

Working in a software agency versus a large tech company

What are some differences to expect for someone working at a software agency for the first time, coming from the enterprise world? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Jan 18, 2013 - 1 answer

This is not the debtor you're looking for.

Multiple collection agencies have been calling my house for years asking for some dude we have never heard of. Telling Agency A this doesn't prevent Agencies B, C, D, and so on from calling anyway. The Attorney General told me we're SOL. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by Addlepated on Jan 14, 2013 - 22 answers

Job hunting in London - where do I start?

I'd like to work in London but I have no idea where to start! I'm a British citizen, age 30, but I've grown up in Australia. I'm looking for any kind of work that pays the bills. Policy work would be especially nice (I have some experience there) but temping/office jobs would be fine too. Can you recommend me some agencies and websites where I can start, and also any other hints and tips for first-timers to the London/UK job market! Thank you!
posted by EatMyHat on Sep 26, 2012 - 5 answers

Adopting a baby. We want to. Who should we work with?

Adopting a baby. We want to. Who should we work with? [more inside]
posted by fugitivefromchaingang on Sep 24, 2012 - 4 answers

Temping: Ur Doing it Wrong

What are the best practices for getting steady temp work through an agency? What can I be doing now to get more consistent and varied jobs? [more inside]
posted by ActionPopulated on Sep 8, 2012 - 8 answers

Five year contract?

I applied for a job with a temporary agency and got a callback, which is good, but they mentioned a five-year contract with the employer. [more inside]
posted by amiableamy on Sep 5, 2012 - 10 answers

All things bright and beautiful, an interative evolutionary process made them all

Is there such a thing as a humanist hymn? [more inside]
posted by Wretch729 on Jul 30, 2012 - 45 answers

What kinds of problems are likely in software engineering temp contracts?

I'm a software engineer. I have a job lead that requires me to go through a temp/contracting agency. I have not done that before. Is this a good idea? Are there things I should be watching out for in the contract? Or is it generally clear sailing? Thanks very much for your help.
posted by anonymous on May 17, 2012 - 13 answers

I hate AT&T.

Did I just mess up my credit? And if so is there anyway to fix it? [more inside]
posted by whoaali on Nov 22, 2011 - 15 answers

Where's the best place for UX people to work in NYC?

Where's the best place for UX/UI/IA/ID people to work in New York City? I'm an interaction designer/user experience person at an agency in NYC looking for something new. Khoi Vinh's essay, The End of Client Services, has me thinking that it's time to step away from agency life. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 2, 2011 - 7 answers

Funny Battle Website/Game?

Help me re-find a website/game: It was a lighthearted, rapid-fire voting game in the context of a battle. You'd be presented with two random, non-related people or things and you'd have to pick who "won the battle." You could then track who was winning, based on the number of battles they won, etc... [more inside]
posted by Prevailing Southwest on May 3, 2011 - 2 answers

Is this clause in my temp agency agreement fair?

Is it fair for my temp agency to prevent me from being hired on full time at the current business I'm contracted with? [more inside]
posted by bettershredder on Apr 22, 2011 - 11 answers

Is this staffing agency legit?

Help me decide if a contract staffing agency is legit. Google has turned up nothing. [more inside]
posted by dust.wind.dude on Apr 22, 2011 - 11 answers

Retired spy, looking for some movies to watch

I really like spy movies where the main character is trying to retire/extricate themselves from The Company. I've seen a bunch from the library, but which ones have I missed? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on Apr 20, 2011 - 32 answers

Should I be content to do a poor job?

Career: New job, rapidly discovering I don't like the way the place works, but need to stick it out. How to adjust my expectations in order to survive? [more inside]
posted by Franny26 on Apr 16, 2011 - 22 answers

help me negotiate with collections

How can I negotiate with a collection agency? My insurance (unknown to me) refused to pay something, I have a bill, I can afford to pay 2/3 but am unsure how to negotiate this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 30, 2011 - 7 answers

Unemployment Post-Staffing Agency

Am I likely to get unemployment from a staffing agency? [more inside]
posted by brynnwood on Mar 23, 2011 - 7 answers

Gave 1st month rent but didn't sign lease, and they won't return it.

Girlfriend gave 1st month rent, but hasn't signed lease. They won't give it back. [more inside]
posted by sorrenn on Mar 14, 2011 - 22 answers

Pitch to agency decks?

I am an online publisher (have my own site) and want advertisers to advertise. I am pitching to an ad agency who has these accounts. I want to look at a few pitch presentation decks. Any place online where there might be sales presentation to agency powerpoint decks?
posted by bostonman on Sep 26, 2010 - 2 answers

What software do you use to manage your small ad agency?

If you work at a small ad agency (print / interactive), what software do you use to manage the place? [more inside]
posted by jenkinsEar on Jul 23, 2010 - 6 answers

"Unknown" caller id calls my cell twice a day. How do I stop them?

Once or twice a day, I get a call on my cell with a caller id of "Unknown". How can I get them to stop? [more inside]
posted by Calibandage on May 21, 2010 - 12 answers

How does a new graphic design grad get the attention of an ad agency?

How does a new graphic design grad get the attention of an ad agency? [more inside]
posted by RubyDoom on Apr 14, 2010 - 7 answers

How can I find an entry-level job at an ad agency?

How can I find an entry-level job at an ad agency? How do I get noticed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 12, 2010 - 10 answers

Agency vs. Freelance vs. Inhouse?

For all the seasoned graphic designers out there, where have you found the best working environment when it comes to agency vs. freelance vs. inhouse design for a company? [more inside]
posted by RubyDoom on Feb 8, 2010 - 16 answers

Can I negotiate rental agency tenant-changeover fees?

I live in London in a flat of three, and someone wants to move out. We have someone else ready to move in. The lettings agency wish to charge £150 for swapping a person over, and £100 for admin fees. Can we dispute this, for a more reasonable fee? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 16, 2009 - 6 answers

Need money now thankyou.

What are some good tech-centric temp agencies in L.A.? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Oct 9, 2009 - 5 answers

Desire to Become a Travel Agent

I'm interested in becoming a travel agent. How do I become one and find a job? [more inside]
posted by VC Drake on Oct 1, 2009 - 2 answers

Denver Temp Agencies

Best temp agencies in Denver? [more inside]
posted by moonroof on Sep 20, 2009 - 2 answers

Canadian definition of products for donation purposes

Canada Donation Filter: Can you donate a productized service and have it count as an in-kind donation to a charity? [more inside]
posted by acoutu on Sep 5, 2009 - 5 answers

He Took the Money and Ran

What to do about an Outlaw Agent? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 9, 2009 - 10 answers

I want to fire my temp agency

I work through Kelly Services in a long-term temp position at a huge multinational. I got a phone call today from Kelly Services saying they were giving all professional employees at the MNC a 5% pay cut, effective June 29. What can I do -- besides walk? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 17, 2009 - 17 answers

Best British Brand Builder

Please recommend 8-10 British design agencies known for their stellar brand identity book (work) especially for conservative entities such as solicitors. Many thanks. [more inside]
posted by ruelle on May 25, 2009 - 3 answers

Not to be confused with Nanny*State*Filter.

NannyFilter: What agencies are best to work for, from the nanny's point of view. [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon on Apr 5, 2009 - 1 answer

Where to find a comprehensive list of US Governement Agencies

I'm building a component to a website that lists Federal, State, and Local government agencies for people to contact. I know that there are sites out there that have this sort of feature already for their own campaigns. Where can I find one or multiple lists to combine that contain Governmental Agency names, descriptions, and contact information?
posted by davathar on Feb 5, 2009 - 1 answer

Online ad business, what's the forecast?

Is now a good time to get into the online advertising business for an "interactive" agency? What's the forecast for this industry? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 1, 2009 - 2 answers

To what collection agency did Blockbuster send my account?

Apparently, I owe a blockbuster debt of $38 to a collection agency. I feel I've been screwed but that is irrelevant. I just want to pay the debt and never do business there again. The problem: The agency called last month when I was traveling, I didn't want to deal with it then, and now I've lost their number. How can I find out what collection agency they sent me account to and pay this debt off? Note: I have asked at the store and the employee told me, "the collection agency will call you back"...
posted by mikeo2 on Jan 14, 2009 - 9 answers

How can I tell if a staffing agency is reliable/legitimate/not a scam?

How can I tell if a staffing agency is reliable/legitimate/not a scam? [more inside]
posted by EvilKenji on Nov 20, 2008 - 9 answers

How to find agency responsible for a web site?

Which interactive agency is responsible for designing adobe.com? And ultimately, what is the best way to find out who did what? I haven't been able to come up with a good query for these kinds of searches, and I thought that there *has* to be some kind of database online which shows agency-client line-ups. You'd think that these things would show up in AdAge's DataCenter but it does not - or perhaps I've missed it. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
posted by seeminglee on Nov 17, 2008 - 3 answers

What a way to make a living...

I have questions about finding a new job whilst working my current one and hating it. And changing careers. And what to say to recruiters so that I don't end up in an office environment like this again. And questions about references. Sigh. Oh and guilt. [more inside]
posted by ticktockdoc on Sep 8, 2008 - 5 answers

What is it like to work for an agency?

What are your experiences of working with a UK temp agency? [more inside]
posted by Solomon on Jul 29, 2008 - 6 answers

Tales From Agency Life?

PR/Marcomm Filter: What's it like to work for a PR/Marketing/Ad agency/firm? [more inside]
posted by producerpod on Jun 25, 2008 - 8 answers

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