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Mefibrarians! I'm a librarian mom re-entering workforce! Please hope me!

So, I got my MSI from Michigan in 2005. (Bachelor's in English). I worked for 2 years, but then my daughter came along and I've been a full-time parent ever since. I've wanted to go back this past year, but re-entering the workforce has been really difficult! Should I be networking? Having informational interviews? What else? Is it too late to go back? [more inside]
posted by percor on Mar 3, 2015 - 15 answers

What next for a biochemistry / physiology PhD?

I'm a couple years off finishing a PhD that's been about half biochemistry and half electrophysiology at a top-ranked Australian university. The academic career path is definitely open to me - I've got a decent number of publications, heaps of teaching experience, blah blah blah - but I'm unsure that it's what I want to pursue. [more inside]
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot on Mar 1, 2015 - 3 answers

How not to get on your supervisor's bad side

I have a new job I really don't want to mess up. But I'm in an atypical situation and I lack office interpersonal skills. Already my supervisor, we're both women, is growing wary of me. Help me with your brilliant advice. Wall of hardened snowflakes requiring blowtorch inside... [more inside]
posted by kewpiesockpuppetdoll on Feb 28, 2015 - 14 answers

Help me make a living out of making life better for others

Whilst I am still very much in employment and financial crisis, I think I may well have had an epiphany of sorts: That I would like to eventually, or better yet ASAP, build a career in which I help, one way or another, make the world a better place. Elucidate me? [more inside]
posted by Soap D. Spencer on Feb 26, 2015 - 9 answers

[JobOfferFilter] Bird in one hand, prettier ones in the bush?

I got a job offer from a company that made me a bit uneasy. I'm supposed to make a decision by Friday. Meanwhile, another company wants to move forward... Help me figure out my next move, given the fun snowflakes inside! [more inside]
posted by curagea on Feb 25, 2015 - 10 answers

Been at Job for 10 years, What do I do with Resume?

I have been with the same company/educational institution for 10 years. What should I do with my resume? Is it necessary to put jobs that I had over 10 years ago relevant? [more inside]
posted by Jewel98 on Feb 24, 2015 - 9 answers

Hypochondriacal and Neurotic Thinking = missed Work. Your Tips Wanted!

I was physically ill as a child, in the hospital more than school, and through young adult years as well. Mom was/is classic hypochondriac. As an adult for the last 20 years and in my early 40s, I have let it hurt my work record and advancement. [more inside]
posted by chicaboom on Feb 24, 2015 - 10 answers

How best to decline offer for interview?

Five weeks ago I sent a cover letter and resume to a job that I was interested in, I heard back from them today via e-mail asking when I was available for an interview. What is the best way to tell them I am no longer interested. For some reason I can't get beyond "Dear X, Thank you for reviewing my resume".
posted by OsoMeaty on Feb 20, 2015 - 7 answers

LinkedIn-profile input needed

Ok, so I would benefit from some sensible critique on my LinkedIn-profile. I'm new to the US workmarket and updated my profile according to the many (many) good advice that fills up my LinkedIn-feed. But I still feel as if I'm missing something. My upbringing makes it difficult for me to "toot my own horn", as they say. Please point out glaring mistakes, omissions and lost buzzwords! [more inside]
posted by Rabarberofficer on Feb 18, 2015 - 10 answers

Whom should I ask for letters of recommendation?

I am applying for a summer program with NASA and need two letters of recommendation: one from an academic source, the other from a previous employer or mentor. All of my options are not great. Whom should I ask? Descriptions inside. [more inside]
posted by majesty_snowbird on Feb 18, 2015 - 14 answers

Do academic presses publish books by job market dropouts?

I'm quitting academia after years of trying to get a tenure-track job in the humanities. My post-doc runs out in September. Should I finish the book manuscript based on my dissertation, or junk it and move on immediately? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Feb 16, 2015 - 6 answers

Job Applicant May Have Misrepresented Resume?

Former coworker is asking me to help him find a job at current company. Found out that he may have misrepresented his work history - what do I do? [more inside]
posted by pando11 on Feb 16, 2015 - 16 answers

Help me get my family on board - moving Florida to Michigan ...

Due to financial & career reasons, I need to relocate from Tampa Bay area to Detroit area. My wife is livid. She has a history of depression, difficulty making friends & has told me just before we moved down here (15 years ago) that she'd be a happier person in a warmer climate (as we're from Philly & know all about cold/snow). We have 2 kids... my daughter is about to turn 15 & is in the 9th grade (1st year of HS). My son is 11... and in the 5th grade (next year is middle school)... He also has Aspergers (social disorder)... but is mainstream this year & most of last & is doing just fine. Nobody wants to move (me included), but financially & career wise, there is no other option... I welcome all thoughts on this... as it's a tough one to digest [more inside]
posted by foodybat on Feb 13, 2015 - 43 answers

What can I learn on Udemy that would pretty much guarantee me a job?

I was looking at some of the Udemy courses and several popped out that are meant to prepare you to pass certain certification requirements. For example, there is a CCNA Security course for Cisco systems which can prepare one to receive accreditation. What are some courses and opportunities on Udemy and similar websites for individuals looking to break into new professions where the barrier to entry is largely passing basic certifications and exams? [more inside]
posted by RapcityinBlue on Feb 10, 2015 - 7 answers

Expand my thinking! Or, just give me a tiny bit of hope.

I am unemployed with no college degree, and an employment history in retail management/horticulture. I'm trying desperately to do something - anything - that will: 1) hire me and 2) pay me a living wage. I am depressed and defeated. Please help me think of things I haven't realized are possible, when I haven't even had a temp agency sign me up. [more inside]
posted by missmary6 on Feb 5, 2015 - 28 answers

How do I respond to getting written up at a new job?

I got written up at work for coming in late regularly. I have been coming in about 15 minutes late on many days. Should I provide my managers and HR with an explanation of why being on time is difficult for me and with a clear plan to address the issue? Or should I just simply say that I will address the issue? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by Georgia Is All Out Of Smokes on Feb 4, 2015 - 56 answers

Best jobs for people who don't like applying to jobs?

Help my wife decide a practical career path moving forward that will a) make it comparatively simple/non-competitive to look for a job; b) not require much more than a 40 hour work week; c) not involve staring at tables of numbers all day long; d) provide benefits and pay as respectably as possible. Many more snowflakey details within... [more inside]
posted by rock'em sock'em puppets on Feb 3, 2015 - 19 answers

Convince me not to quit my do-nothing job?

Question/request up front: Will someone please confirm for me that I'm being a wuss, and quitting my job immediately would be a bad idea? Minor weird twist and circumstance-turns ahead. (New hire, boss ditched me, don't like the job, do generally nothing.) [more inside]
posted by theplatypus on Feb 2, 2015 - 12 answers

How do I email my job references

My academic and professional references have asked me to keep them informed of what jobs I'm applying to, both so that they have a heads-up, and so that they can let me know if they've been called. I haven't been very good at doing this consistently because I don't know how to phrase that email. [more inside]
posted by wrabbit on Jan 30, 2015 - 7 answers

Should I tell my soon-to-be employer that my dad is on hospice?

I'm due to start a new job in five weeks. Since I accepted, my dad has been admitted to home hospice. Should I tell me new employer? [more inside]
posted by AlmondEyes on Jan 27, 2015 - 8 answers

Minimum salary? Really?

I had an interview yesterday. It went alright, until the end when he asked me what my absolute minimum salary was. Is this a thing? [more inside]
posted by zardoz on Jan 23, 2015 - 21 answers

Bitch in Business

Metafilter feminists help me out! I an trying to compile a list of things that only ambitious women get to hear as they fight their way into management. Things like "you sound too abrasive". But also getting ignored in a specific way. I would like these to be things someone has actually said to you or someone you know. Can you help me?
posted by Omnomnom on Jan 22, 2015 - 215 answers

Robots + Civil Rights + Law School = Help Me Find a Job!

I am a first year law student in Seattle. I am looking for a summer internship/job. I want to work on civil rights issues and technology issues, and I'm pretty sure the future will involve a lot of overlap between the two (issues like this, for example). [more inside]
posted by DGStieber on Jan 21, 2015 - 13 answers

What job should a sound and electrical component lover have?

My husband is 28, has a Masters in Sound Engineering, and is trying to figure out what the next steps in his career are. Does he stay in music or move to something else that can put his skills working with electrical components to use? details inside. [more inside]
posted by andreapandrea on Jan 18, 2015 - 17 answers

Please constructively critique my (anonymized) resume

TLDR: The title pretty much says it all; I'm seeking feedback on my resume. It's functional in design. Please suggest improvements. I've posted an anonymized version on Imgur for this question. (Yes, I will be deleting the resume image afterward.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 18, 2015 - 13 answers

The Ultimate Work Catch-22: No work assigned & boss wants status reports

How does one generate an action items/issues log on a moments notice when they have literally had no work to do for MONTHS? Email from boss is sent 13 minutes before the day is over and she wants to start meeting to discuss projects and statuses and asks that the log is compiled and ready for tomorrow. What the hell am I supposed to give a status report on??? [more inside]
posted by gangsterscience on Jan 15, 2015 - 12 answers

Old friend has dug herself into a pit; I'd like to help her climb out.

A close friend has fallen on hard times; I just found out that she is unemployed, living in poverty and is struggling with a number of addictions. I want to help, but am not sure how; I could use some advice on giving advice. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by CottonCandyCapers on Jan 12, 2015 - 13 answers

How do I become a babysitter?

I graduated from college a while ago and have been trying to figure out what to do with my life ever since. While idly combing through job postings I found a few looking for a babysitter and thought "I could do that... maybe." I'm looking for advice on how to turn that tentative "maybe" into something more confident. [more inside]
posted by green socks on Jan 8, 2015 - 18 answers

Job path for a bioengineering PhD?

I need a job/career. I have a PhD in bioengineering. I spent that time analyzing brain data in Matlab. Then I got an intense programming job in Manhattan. I lasted for 10 months: It was so aversive that I worked too slowly and finally had to resign. What do you do? Do you like it? What should I do now? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on Jan 8, 2015 - 5 answers

Coping with the new job panic

I am two months into a new job in a large corporate in a completely different industry to my professional background and am having the 'new job struggle'. Having accepted that it could take at least six months to start feeling settled in (e.g. see answers to similar question suggesting this as a timeframe), how do I actually cope it with it on a day to day basis? [more inside]
posted by AnnaRat on Jan 8, 2015 - 6 answers

How do I deal with a small gap on my resume?

How do I deal with a small gap on my resume? [more inside]
posted by apostate street preacher on Jan 7, 2015 - 20 answers

Retail manager monkey wants out but needs money.

I am a high-level store manager for a retail chain which, in general, does good for the world. Up until now, that's been enough to satisfy my need to do something meaningful with my life while also making decent money. It's just not cutting it anymore. Help me figure out something that will. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 27, 2014 - 11 answers

Non-boilerplate resume help, on the double!

Yay! Almost a year after taking the NYS Civil Service/Professional exam, I finally got my first canvass letter, from the NYS Insurance Fund, asking me about my interest in being considered for a Personnel Administration traineeship. Going by my previous questions, you might imagine that I'm VERY, VERY interested.. They want a resume before they'll even consider an interview. That's a problem. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Dec 21, 2014 - 8 answers

What is my next career step and how do I get there?

I’ve spent a couple of years in my current position doing entry-level nonprofit program coordination. It turns out it's not my ideal career field, so I am in search of a new and different challenge. What kinds of positions might I qualify for that would offer me interesting and stable work and help me progress in my career? What can I do to make myself a good candidate? If you do something that I might really enjoy, can you tell me more about your career path? [more inside]
posted by robot cat on Dec 16, 2014 - 3 answers

How do I tactfully ask what a job pays?

I have a situation where I interviewed for another position within the company where I am employed, I got a positive response and the hiring manager has told me he is going to work through some details with HR before he can give me a definite yes - problem is, I'm still not sure what the new position pays. [more inside]
posted by sputgop on Dec 15, 2014 - 9 answers

How to explain why I want a position without seeming self-serving?

I have an interview for a position that could possibly be a big career-starter for me - however, it does not exactly align with my desired focus. How can I answer the inevitable questions about why I want this position? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by majesty_snowbird on Dec 10, 2014 - 8 answers

a good kind of quandry to have

How to handle giving notice at work around Xmas time? [more inside]
posted by thereemix on Dec 10, 2014 - 12 answers

No job, no friends, no hope in NYC

I'm lonely, unemployed, broke, and absolutely miserable after moving to New York City after finishing school. Please help me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 8, 2014 - 24 answers

Leave my job, or stick around until September?

For Reasons, I've got to come to a decision regarding my current job. It's to do with housing, and my two choice are: leave pretty much immediately after Christmas, or commit to living in the area (and therefore the job) until September (with no option to leave before then)? It's a well-paid job with a few big drawbacks - so snowflakes are inside! [more inside]
posted by winterhill on Dec 8, 2014 - 13 answers

Help me soften a lot of rage, please?

I want to quit my French au pair job because it's not great. I just got a call to interview for a new job in ONE week. How do I tell the parents? [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood on Dec 8, 2014 - 23 answers

Best Career Advice for High Schoolers EVER?

I'm teaching a career explorations class for high schoolers at my therapeutic high school, age ranges 14 to 21. All my students have diagnosed emotional or behavioral disabilities and my course is 12 weeks long. My big question: As an adult, what career advice do you wish you had been given? Advice that would have opened your eyes and given you a great feeling about the world of work? What did the adults in your life not say about work, but you wish they had? [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Dec 6, 2014 - 51 answers

Should I give myself a bad review at work?

I want to be honest in my year end self assessment at work. How harshly should I critique my performance over the past year? [more inside]
posted by stedman15 on Dec 5, 2014 - 30 answers

Help me create my own job title!

I get to put my job title of choice, within reason, on my business cards and in the company directory and my email signature. Unfortunately, there is no job title for what I do other than "admin assistant," which is fine by me, but my company wants everyone to have a "more important" title. If my company had a sense of humor, I'd have this covered, but they don't. Help me come up with something appropriately corporate sounding for what is essentially a jack-of-all-trades position. [more inside]
posted by chonus on Dec 3, 2014 - 33 answers

Any chance of matching my US federal employee salary in Toronto?

My husband's been offered a position in Toronto that would advance his career somewhat, but the effect on my career is a Huge Unknown. [more inside]
posted by Jaqi on Nov 29, 2014 - 18 answers

Tell me about a time when you...

I'm preparing for several interviews and I want to figure out a way to finally effectively answer the ONE question that has always been interview-kryptonite to me, which has always been a a variant of: "Tell me about a time when you had a conflict with my coworker and how you resolved it." [more inside]
posted by modesty.blaise on Nov 28, 2014 - 11 answers

New "dream" job is anything but. Now I'm pregnant. What do I do?

My new job is not the dream job I thought it would be. It's been 2 months and I'm miserable with the workload and how I'm being treated. Am I being unrealistic? Do I tough it out or look for a new job and claim bad fit? Complications: suddenly pregnant. [more inside]
posted by fanta_orange on Nov 26, 2014 - 13 answers

What to tell interviewers about why I'm leaving my job?

I've received a "Performance Improvement Plan" due to poor output and communication problems. This is almost entirely due to issues in my personal life that are resolving themselves. However, at most companies (probably including mine), a PIP is basically a way to build a paper trail before firing someone. While I'm going to work as hard as I can to improve performance, this is probably the time to start looking for other jobs. What is ethical for me to tell interviewers about why I'm leaving my current position? There are plenty of things I can cite that I don't like about this job, but none of them would normally be enough for me to quit. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 25, 2014 - 18 answers

What am I, and where should I go?

I write documents and flowcharts, create training programs, conduct training sessions, oversee employee development, manage the intranet, maintain shared documentation, conduct process analysis, administrate process improvement, and do some project management on the side. Now it's time to move on and I'm sitting staring blankly at indeed.com, not quite sure what jobs to search for; knowledge management, technical communicator, training, process improvement? Is there a job which encapsulates these all? Or am I barking up the wrong tree - maybe these skills are pre-requisites for a position I haven't yet considered? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind on Nov 25, 2014 - 6 answers

How do I go about getting an IT job with little experience?

My question is, how do I go about marketing myself and finding jobs that need level 1 tech support or very Jr system admin jobs? Any help would be great. Thanks guys :) (more info inside) [more inside]
posted by DatAznGuy on Nov 24, 2014 - 8 answers

Jobs For Introverted But Friendly One-On-One Types? Help!

I'm looking for a career change. I am a very focused, caring introvert, part creative and part analytical. But I'm really poor in an office environment. I hate meetings with more than 3-4 people and it's very stressful for me. I like people but I just feel that I thrive more in a one-on-one or small group setting. I work in online advertising for my company right now, and while I don't hate it and it sort of fits my personality type, the money isn't that great and I don't see myself as the "climb the corporate ladder" type. I am trying to find a career outside of the corporate office world where I may not sit at a desk all day and then have large meetings. I was looking into physical therapy assistant, massage therapist, maybe an allied health profession, or something else that is more one-on-one in nature. Any other suggestions? [more inside]
posted by selma52 on Nov 22, 2014 - 16 answers

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