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How to navigate a switch to web development?

How does a Python developer position themselves to move into web development? Specific questions about resume writing, job description/skills, and salary negotiation below the fold. [more inside]
posted by Chicoreus on Nov 23, 2015 - 5 answers

Post-doc job search, sh*tshow edition

The last two years of my doctoral education have involved some extraordinary circumstances that might raise eyebrows for someone looking at my CV. In a hyper-competitive job market where I was already kind of outlier, I think any kind of academic position is a long shot right now. How do I 1) explain my history to potential employers with minimal drama/"woe is me" details and 2) prepare for a likely transition to non-academic employment that still doesn't entirely shut the door on future university employment. Details inside.... [more inside]
posted by pantarei70 on Nov 22, 2015 - 12 answers

Back to the drawing board

[Career-filter] Help a somewhat disillusioned archivist brainstorm a new career. [more inside]
posted by the cat's pyjamas on Nov 22, 2015 - 3 answers

What Career Might Be A Good Fit For Me?

After taking a myriad of online personality and career quizzes, I am turning to you all for some ideas because being a miner and roofing bolter aren't really what I want to do. So, given my likes, dislikes, personality quirks, and talents, do you have any suggestions on what career/job might be a good fit for me? [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras on Nov 20, 2015 - 9 answers

I want to work closer to home; how to locate within a certain zip code?

Is there a way to use say google maps to hone [first time using that word in a sentence feels good] in on a specific location for business or even job opportunities?
posted by usermac on Nov 16, 2015 - 3 answers

What questions and issues should I raise at a federal interview?

I recently had a phone interview for a federal GS-11 paralegal specialist position that went well. They’ve offered to fly me out for an in-person interview at their location. I’ve never worked for the federal government, but have roughly 10 years of experience working in various law firms. If this were a law firm, I'd know what questions to ask, and what the red flags would be. However, when it comes to the federal government, I'm really clueless about everything. If you transitioned from a career in the private sector to the federal government, what do you wish you had asked before you started? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 8, 2015 - 11 answers

Should I tell my boss I'm looking for another job?

It seems like the multi-national that owns my division will be shutting us down next year. Already, people are quitting and not being replaced. My boss is trying to find ways to ensure we all keep our jobs next year. He wants me to think about what I'd like to be doing- should I tell him I'm thinking of quitting? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 6, 2015 - 15 answers

How to deal with an unfinished education due to an abusive parent?

I am shortly about to be on a job hunt for the first time in over a decade. I have a fair bit of experience as a professional, but the one thing I do not have is a completed degree, for reasons that are perhaps explicable, but how best to explain them?. Details within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 5, 2015 - 16 answers

Noobie contractor : question about questions edition

Hi mefites! When you start a new role where part of the brief is that you absolutely must hit the ground running and be extremely autonomous – what are the questions you would ask in your first few days to give yourself an understanding of how that company works? [more inside]
posted by mrmulliner on Oct 28, 2015 - 10 answers

Alternatives to programming

I've come to realize that while I enjoy solving interesting problems in software, I am not really very good at programming and never will be. What are my career options given that realization? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Oct 26, 2015 - 15 answers

Should I take this job?

After deciding to leave my current job that has grown to be a toxic, stressful environment which is exacerbating my mental health issues, I finally have a job offer that I am excited about! But I'm on the fence as to whether or not it's worth making the jump for - if these concerns are legitimate or if it's my anxiety holding me back from a great opportunity. Please help me decide the most appropriate course of action. [more inside]
posted by Malleable on Oct 25, 2015 - 11 answers

I feel like an outsider, how to act?

There is a group of people at work that I occasionally hang out with in non-work time. I am not invited to most of that stuff. Few times I have bumped into some of them when they were on their way to bar/pub and got a last minute invite. Should I go anyway? [more inside]
posted by sabina_r on Oct 24, 2015 - 20 answers

Protocol for interviewing for a new job when you've just started another

I need to know if mentioning on an interview that I've just started working a new job is advisable or not. Is it frowned upon to be searching for a new job so quickly, or is it seen as being proactive? Are you supposed to stay on a job you don't think is a good fit just because it's only been a month? These are questions I am wrestling with as I prepare for an interview on Monday. If there are any federal employees or HR folks who can advise on this, I would be so appreciative. [more inside]
posted by GeniPalm on Oct 23, 2015 - 6 answers

Management Psychology

My company is going through new management. We were informed that positions will be cut. We were told by upper management to make sure our resume is set up and we have a Plan B and C. Does anyone know of any documentation/study on the correlation of how many individuals told by upper management to have a Plan B leave the company? I am curious on how many they are expecting to find other opportunities outside of the company. [more inside]
posted by redandblue on Oct 23, 2015 - 8 answers

What are better jobs in Computer Software/IT for someone with ADD?

What are better jobs in Computer Software/IT for someone with ADD? [more inside]
posted by pack2themoon on Oct 22, 2015 - 3 answers

Should I quit my boring job for a lower pay but more stimulating job?

My good paying and stress free job is boring me, I am not sure what else to do but I feel like I need to try something new that will challenge me more. A lot of people are telling me to stick to my comfortable and secure job but I just feel so useless and bored at my job as there's no opportunity for growth and a dead end for me. I am just doing repetitive tasks. Should I quit my job for a lower pay but more stimulating job? [more inside]
posted by Lolly on Oct 21, 2015 - 14 answers

Should one take the first potential job offer right off the bat?

I interviewed for a job position at this university health clinic a month ago, and received promising news. [more inside]
posted by tnar23 on Oct 18, 2015 - 3 answers

Do past job titles matter when looking for higher/management position?

Dear All, I have a question regarding my graphic job title. I am applying for jobs but am confused what's best to describe myself in terms of qualification on my resume. I graduated from a fine art program back in college and have been working for 10 years now. During these 10 years, I have been working for several related jobs but in relatively different fields, such as logo design, catalog layout, poster, photography, animation, video...etc., and now I am confused about what I am. My latest job is a one-man team producing graphic works from taking pictures of products to picking up catalogs from printers and eventually have them mailed out. And that was a jr. graphic designer position.... [more inside]
posted by lanhan on Oct 18, 2015 - 3 answers

Help me be the consummate professional at work.

I've gotten out of a ten-year plus job that was essentially (if not in reality) a protected workplace and not too difficult and now am going to tackle (have been hired for) a new, higher-up and better paying one (before the first job I was very sick for quite a while and therefore couldn't work at all so missed out on the opportunity to learn about much about the Big Girl/Big Boy details of life in the workplace). Because of this, I feel like I really don't know what I should be doing (besides the work I mean). What is your very best advice for being/appearing professional on the job? I know about not gossiping and being on time.
posted by anonymous on Oct 17, 2015 - 18 answers

Am I crazy or are they purposely ignoring me?

I feel insane for even posting about this, but my (ever-so-slight) anxiety is getting the best of me! Around two months ago, I accepted a job with a great company. It is what they are calling a "W2 contractor" position. So, I'm a W2 employee where they take care of deducting taxes from my paycheck for me, but I don't receive any health benefits, PTO, etc. etc. I'm paid hourly, and my hourly wage is well above the norm, I'm guessing to help offset the lack of benefits. Some weeks I work 40 hours, others I work 15 or so... it depends on the workload available. Essentially, it's kind of like being a part time employee. [more inside]
posted by theshmeek on Oct 16, 2015 - 5 answers

How to get a job after being unemployed for 3 months?

How to get a job after being unemployed for 3 months? [more inside]
posted by kser333 on Oct 14, 2015 - 14 answers

job offer decisions

Should I take a job offer at a non-profit with lower salary but other nice benefits? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 13, 2015 - 19 answers

How to reflect on my resume that my job was unexpectedly "agile?"

I've officially had 2 job titles at my workplace of almost 7 years, but much of my day-to-day has been handling special projects and the stuff that no one else knows how to do. I'm having some trouble cramming all my duties underneath those job titles without my resume feeling clunky and bloated. [more inside]
posted by Panjandrum on Oct 13, 2015 - 11 answers

When things start going very wrong...

I started a new job in another country 15 months ago. It seemed to be going great and changed my life for the better. But then last couple of months, things started to go unexpectedly downhill and it snowballed from there. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 11, 2015 - 8 answers

Should I quit a job I like due to no room for growth?

Help me navigate what for me is a complex situation in a very small company and to get some perspective. I feel like I was treated unfairly, and would like to get some perspective. Snowflakey details inside. [more inside]
posted by Roe99 on Oct 10, 2015 - 14 answers

Took a sick day on my first week of a new job

Hi, everyone. So it's only been my third day of a new job and I had to call in sick. I feel absolutely mortified and really worried about what my manager thinks of me now. I would have still gone if it was just the death-like flu symptoms, but I was also vomiting and I knew I wouldn't have been able to make it there, let alone the rest of the day. On top of that, my wallet was stolen at the doctor's office which had the employee security badge to enter the building inside it, so I'm going to have to ask for a replacement for that as well - in my first week! Talk about bad luck... I called in to let my manager know, and she did say that she would rather not have me come in and spread germs in the office and it was best that I stayed home.Still, I'm very worried about the impression I may have given to her about my reliability. I don't want her to think I'm flaky and not fit for the position. My mind is so fuzzy right now, please help me figure out what I can to assure her that this was a one-time thing and she can be confident that she can trust me to be a reliable employee... Thanks in advance, guys.
posted by KTN on Oct 7, 2015 - 23 answers

Where can I get a job printing free posters?

Is there a place that will let me create posters of my own artwork on their printers if I work there? Anyone have experience with this? [more inside]
posted by heatherfl on Oct 7, 2015 - 8 answers

"When can you start?"

How long to job search before accepting a job offer? [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Oct 6, 2015 - 8 answers

Help me become a good manager.

I'm looking for bullshit-free, low-cost resources or training programs that I can use to become a more effective manager. [more inside]
posted by Ragini on Oct 4, 2015 - 17 answers

Moving to Charlotte, how do I find a job from NY

I live in the Hudson Valley in NY. After breaking up with my Fiance’ and girlfriend of 8 years, I decided that I needed a change. I am planning on moving down to Charlotte where my brother lives. I am trying to figure out how to find a job in one state while living in another details inside [more inside]
posted by kbbbo on Oct 2, 2015 - 8 answers

Confused about giving up my job that I know (almost) inside out.

Been working at the same not-for-profit for 4 years and I feel that I'm 'in with the bricks', get on with my colleagues and am the 'go to person' in the organisation. However, I've ALWAYS been unsure about the ethics of my boss regarding such things as favouritism, making rules up as she goes along, finance etc. I've now been offered another job as an Executive Assistant for local council - more money, better holidays etc BUT I'm scared. More inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 30, 2015 - 11 answers

explaining that you were fired

Does admitting in an interview that you were fired ever turn out to be a job offer in the end? Especially if it involves getting fired from a job 4 years ago or even longer? I do want to tell the truth, but telling the truth does not seem to be practical, since companies are ready to write you off very quickly with such an answer. I once admitted it in an interview and the hiring manager looked shocked all of a sudden, left the room, and said that the next person who was going to interview me was too busy and had a work emergency. I think that admitting being fired is only safe when you have good experience and credentials, so that employers would forgive you for a little blemish in your career.
posted by pieceofcake on Sep 29, 2015 - 17 answers

Burning bridges by leaving unfinished work at your old job?

I was previously working at a medical supply company last year and left that job due to high turnover, low wage, and being 17-19 miles away from home. The current job that I have now is only 2.3 miles away from home although the pay was only $1 more. I work for a mental health insurance company. I've been there for 9 months now. I was hired as an administrative assistant, and I have found out the hard way after 4-5 months into the job that I'm not the best fit for the position. I also found out that the work environment is toxic along with a high turnover rate similar to my old job. Here is a couple of reasons for the toxic environment. & why I plan to leave. [more inside]
posted by tnar23 on Sep 26, 2015 - 15 answers

Declining a Work Event

How do I decline attending this fancy work event? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 26, 2015 - 20 answers

negotiating a job offer, what should I be making? Nonprofit

Hello Hive Mind- I am asking for advice about negotiating a job offer. This Is my first big girl job, and I have been told that I should try and negotiate my salary, I have never done this before. The position is in the nonprofit field, located in New York City, and is at the senior program manager level. I do not know what I should be asking for. I looked on glassdoor, but the organization is not listed, and this is in the nonprofit field, any advice? [more inside]
posted by TRUELOTUS on Sep 22, 2015 - 16 answers

I am not the customer service process!

How do I tell my customer that we have a customer service process that we stick to and that I am not, cannot and will not be that process no matter how much they want to fight it? [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Sep 22, 2015 - 14 answers

Are there career counselor that can help me downgrade my job?

Are there career counselors that can help me transition out of a white collar IT job to perhaps a blue-ish collar or non-corporate job? [more inside]
posted by Tubesox on Sep 22, 2015 - 2 answers

Looking for specific BLS data

Does the U.S. government publish data about economic growth by sector AND by metro area? I am trying to compile some data for the economic outlook of a city/metro area. Essentially I want something like the BLS's job outlook numbers for different career fields, but localized to specific metro areas. Does this exist somewhere? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Sep 17, 2015 - 6 answers

Help me watch paint dry.

At work, of late, I have been required to do a lot of what can be best described as a highly technical form of watching paint dry. The catch is that I need to be prepared to intervene immediately if the paint-drying process goes awry. Help me figure out how to stay sane. [more inside]
posted by telepanda on Sep 16, 2015 - 22 answers

Getting nothing done at work. Help?

I am having a significant, abnormal amount of difficulty getting anything accomplished at work. This problem has steadily been worsening over the last several months, and I am getting worried. How can I snap out of this? [more inside]
posted by dinnerdance on Sep 15, 2015 - 21 answers

Take it easy on yourself..

Feeling anxiety/paranoid at a new job. Help. [more inside]
posted by MeaninglessMisfortune on Sep 14, 2015 - 9 answers

Should I preemptively tell a new employer about a recent bankruptcy?

I'm hoping to start a new job soon and the company has extended an offer which I have accepted. However the offer is contingent on the results of a background check which I understand is either in progress or will be performed shortly. The problem is that this background check will show that I filed for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy early this year and received a discharge shortly thereafter. So while I wish I could take this moment to celebrate a great new opportunity, I'm afraid that the offer might be rescinded at any moment due to this new information. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 12, 2015 - 13 answers

Should I quit my job?

I’ve had my current job for 9 months. At first, I thought it was my dream job, but now I dread going in every day. I just got a new job offer and I need help sorting out my thoughts and deciding what to do. [more inside]
posted by stockpuppet on Sep 10, 2015 - 17 answers

Advice on Moving and Starting a New Job After Knee Surgery

I’m recovering from knee surgery and using crutches, and I need to move across the country and start a new job on Saturday. Any tips, tricks, or advice, that might make this process easier? [more inside]
posted by crocodiletsunami on Sep 10, 2015 - 5 answers

Just started new job, but does my superior team member want me gone?

Just started a new job and would like to keep it. Superior team member asked me when my contract ends. He has the power to determine whether I stay on the team or not. Is this cause for alarm? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by koolaidnovel on Sep 9, 2015 - 12 answers

New job is going well, but I want to do better.

I started a new job a few weeks ago. I am back in an office setting after my last job of almost five years entailed working from home. Things are going well, but I could use some extra guidance in re-adjusting to office life and finding my place. Snowflake details below. [more inside]
posted by intheigloo on Sep 8, 2015 - 10 answers

I like business... transactions

My job is boring and not easy to quickly explain, but telling new people I meet who ask me what I do that my job is boring or it's "paperwork" seems to be mildly alienating. What the hell do I tell people? [more inside]
posted by griphus on Sep 4, 2015 - 55 answers

Got a generous job offer but am having trouble deciding

I'm a recent college grad about to start a master's in computer science. I'm in a very fortunate position in that I've been interning at a national lab in New Mexico this summer and have been offered a fellowship that would cover my tuition, pay me a stipend while in school, and give me a full time job after graduation. But I'm not sure that this is what I want for my career. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 4, 2015 - 9 answers

A full-time job + part-time job that is 40 miles away = burnout???

I currently work for a mental health insurance company as an administrative assistant for the past 10 months. I have unfortunately found out that working in a cubicle for 8 hours a day is not optimal for me. [more inside]
posted by tnar23 on Sep 3, 2015 - 13 answers

Why is the focus in applying to jobs to be the same as everyone else?

We are working on our resumes, cover letters, and interview skills in college. What I can't help but feel frustrated and at times bewildered about is how the emphasis is always on assimilation, or to be like everyone else. [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend on Sep 2, 2015 - 47 answers

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