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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 - 13 answers

How to relocate with less-than-sexy skills?

I want to move from the South to the Bay Area, but I'm an administrative assistant. Is anyone going to hire someone like me who has to relocate? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 21, 2014 - 14 answers

Is my boss out of line or am I?

My job has an externship program that frequently hires externs once their externship is complete and they have completed their degree. I have been mentoring an excellent externship who have out performed any other extern I have mentored. She is fantastic and I want her for our team but my department supervisor refuses to offer her an job. Complication inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 19, 2014 - 16 answers

Do I really REALLY have the job?

I accepted an offer from the hiring manager three days ago -- but I still don't have an offer letter. When do I start to panic? [more inside]
posted by duckus on Nov 19, 2014 - 9 answers

Might take 8 years to become a senior analyst

Should I stay or look for another job? [more inside]
posted by Mountain28 on Nov 18, 2014 - 12 answers

Journalist changing careers.

I have, for the past several years, worked as a journalist in a fairly niche area. I do not want to do this anymore - but I do want to put my skills to good use, and make a decent living. How do I do this? What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 17, 2014 - 8 answers

Online listings for academic education technology jobs in North America

A UK colleague, who has worked for about a decade at various management and director levels in the UK academic sector (Education technology projects and services) is starting to consider moving abroad, but continuing the same line of work. His contact network in the education/academic sector outside of the UK is weak, and he doesn't know where to start looking online for positions in USA or Canadian Universities, Colleges, and Education Technology services and businesses that serve academia. Which are the good websites, and online listings, for these kinds of positions?
posted by Wordshore on Nov 14, 2014 - 5 answers

Should I take on a full-time job on top of my current part-time job?

Just started a great part-time job, and may have the chance at a great full-time job on top of it. Would taking the additional job be a good opportunity, or a setup for overwork and failure? I need help deciding if I can/should do both, given the chance. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 9, 2014 - 8 answers

How to get through a period of fruitless job hunting?

I have a degree and nine years of work experience, but I can't find any kind of job. How I can deal with my overwhelming feelings of hopelessness, and keep from losing my mind while I'm job hunting? Snowflakes inside, of course. [more inside]
posted by kinddieserzeit on Nov 8, 2014 - 6 answers

Should I take this job and move home?

Should I take this job offer and move home because that's where I want to end up, or spend another year at my current company doing my dream job? Complication: I'm female, 30, single, and want to get married and have a family in my home state. [more inside]
posted by curtains on Nov 6, 2014 - 23 answers

How to catch hold of a disorganised boss to resign?

I've gotten a job offer I'm happy with. My boss is the distracted, goalpost-is-always-moving kind of guy. As in, his schedule changes day to day, always last minute, even up to the hour before. How is the best way to catch him to advise of my resignation? [more inside]
posted by glache on Nov 4, 2014 - 18 answers

I'm 32 and trying to rebound from depression. I need a plan.

I've had chronic depression for 15 years. It stymied my attempts to work and study. As a result I have no resume to speak of and maybe 8-10 university units I could count towards a degree. I've recently started finding my feet but I'm not sure where to begin. I'm sick of being embarrassed about my life and am looking for a direct route to a suitable* job. [more inside]
posted by hTristan on Nov 2, 2014 - 4 answers

Dream job versus almost-dream job

Dream position X at my current job won't post for a few months. In the meantime, really good position Y has posted, also at my current job, and I've applied. I'm a favorite for both positions. Help me not shoot myself in the foot at the interview for Y. [more inside]
posted by Rykey on Nov 1, 2014 - 2 answers

hurting from co-worker's joke

How would you have handled this from a co-worker? [more inside]
posted by bananaskin on Oct 30, 2014 - 44 answers

Why do I regret turning down this job opportunity?

Four months ago I was laid off from a company where I had worked for almost 15 years. I received a severance equivalent to 30 weeks of pay. About half of that was paid to me in bi-weekly paychecks while I could still technically be called an employee of the company. The other half will be paid in a heavily taxed lump sum check in the next week or so. more inside... [more inside]
posted by getyourlife on Oct 28, 2014 - 7 answers

Cross Country Move: New Job or New Lifestyle?

I am moving across the country. Do I keep my current job and commute by plane or do I leave that job and find new work there? (... many details within...) [more inside]
posted by milqman on Oct 28, 2014 - 24 answers

What to do about my references and lack of response to possible employer

I had a job interview last week on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 and it went well. I was told that I would hear from them, even if I didn't get the job, to at least thank me for applying. So I find out on Friday , October 24, 2014 that the supervisor from this job called two of my references, but neither of them answered the phone. I was told by both of my references that they are "very busy" and would try to call back later. [more inside]
posted by little_miss_m on Oct 27, 2014 - 6 answers

How to give employees unwelcome news

Half of my team makes widgets and half of my team makes sprockets. Next week, I need to tell my widget-making employees that we are cutting back on widget production and ramping up sprocket production -- they will start making sprockets 25-50% of the time. How do I make this unwelcome (but needed) change in job responsibilities suck less for my team? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 25, 2014 - 7 answers

Marketable Skills - quickly!

I'm a woman in my early 40s with no real marketable skills that make me stand out in job hunting. I currently have a job in Montreal, but I'm originally from Toronto and for various reasons, I'm planning on moving back. I'd like to learn some skill(s) in the next 6 months or so (planning on moving July 1) that will hopefully make a significant increase in the likelihood that I can find a job quickly once there. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 25, 2014 - 8 answers

Leave fulltime job to take part-time job--of course, less money

Would you leave a full-time job that is stifling, depressing and not a good fit for you to take the part-time job of your dreams? Full-time job pays $55K and part-time job pays $40K. Am I crazy to even think about doing this?
posted by sandra194 on Oct 24, 2014 - 33 answers

Being your own boss

You work for yourself. How did you get there? What is it like? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Oct 23, 2014 - 17 answers

Full-blown panic mode

Lost job. Without a net. I am SO screwed... [more inside]
posted by Soap D. Spencer on Oct 21, 2014 - 33 answers

Hire me even though I ran out so fast you saw a blur?

I had a great second interview for a position that I believe I will excel in. I did the best I could and answered as truthfully as possible. I believe things were going well and both managers seemed receptive, yet had their poker faces on. My mistake was when I got up to leave, I grabbed my purse and forgot to shake their hands and walked out. Is it a big deal? [more inside]
posted by lunastellasol on Oct 17, 2014 - 18 answers

Husband laid off after 8 years. What now?

My husband was just laid off. He'll have about six months of severance ahead of him. He's 32 years old and has been in the same job for 8 years. Given his qualifications, what do you recommend we look for in terms of new jobs? Kansas City area but interested in moving, if that helps. [more inside]
posted by agress on Oct 17, 2014 - 12 answers

What do you do when you're burnt to a crisp?

I have major "failure to launch" syndrome and it's affecting my life big time. I have been in this situation for some time now and I can't see any way out. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 16, 2014 - 24 answers

What can I expect from an online competency assessment?

The next step in my application for a position with the city government is to take an online competency assessment. I've never seen one of these before - can anyone give me some insight? [more inside]
posted by majesty_snowbird on Oct 16, 2014 - 3 answers

Do I go for it?

Currently employed in retail working my way through college. [more inside]
posted by Urban_Painter on Oct 14, 2014 - 4 answers

How should I navigate this job situation?

I want to ask my (new*) company for a transfer to a different office. I'm not sure how this will be received, so I feel like I need to have a back up plan. I'm not sure how best to handle the timing on asking versus looking at other options. [more inside]
posted by tryniti on Oct 12, 2014 - 5 answers

Jobs for space aliens

I am wondering if there are any particular jobs or career fields out there that are more forgiving of the weaknesses of the inattentive ADHDer. Or magical hacks to make a normal office job not suck like an industrial-strength vacuum cleaner. [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Oct 8, 2014 - 6 answers

Professional jobs after felony conviction

A family member will soon be finished serving a prison sentence for a felony conviction. Before his arrest and long odyssey in the legal system he was a very experienced professional in an upper management position. What are the chances of him getting back into a professional track? [more inside]
posted by duoshao on Oct 8, 2014 - 16 answers

How to look for a job efficiently in the internet age?

The last time I went job searching was through answering ads on Monster. Everything was fairly straightforward. I would send my resume, go on an interview, get an offer or not. Now the advice is to network, use LinkedIn, find a recruiter, and figure out how to optimize keywords to defeat bot filtering while registering online. I’ve tried this without any success. Is there a better way to beat the system? Someone break this down for me. What actually works? [more inside]
posted by adapt on Oct 6, 2014 - 15 answers

Financial advice for a very fortunate 18 year old with a 401k?

There isn't any matching, but my employer does contribute a flat amount. How much of my paycheck should I contribute to this 401k? How should I operate the 401k, and what kinds of investments should I make? How much should I save or invest seperately, in other accounts? Are there any other actions I should be taking, financial or otherwise? [more inside]
posted by 207797 on Oct 4, 2014 - 12 answers

What to do if I'm being paid less than agreed upon in an interview?

I recently took a part-time job tutoring at a nonprofit, and was told that I'd get paid $X/hr. Today, I was pulled aside and told by my supervisor/interviewer that I would instead get paid $Y/hr. I should have confronted her about it at the time, but I wasn't confident that I could think clearly in the moment so I asked for some time to think things over. What should I do so that I can get at least some of this back? [more inside]
posted by coolname on Oct 1, 2014 - 23 answers

Almost 2 hour commute - is it worth it?

I'm really interested in applying for this job but it would mean a commute of around 1 hour and 45 minutes one way each day (by reliable public transportation). I live in the suburbs so I am used to taking the underground everywhere and to it being a minimum of an hour before getting to where I want to go (but I don't do this on a daily basis). I'm worried almost 4 hours total of public transportation a day might be pushing it. [more inside]
posted by Blissful on Sep 28, 2014 - 48 answers

How can a lawyer get a real job after a long absence from the workforce?

46, lawyer, musician. I have been fallow for an extended time and am coming out of a bankruptcy and divorce. I have a couple years experience as a criminal defense lawyer (from 4-5 yrs ago) but haven't really done much since. I don't want to continue in criminal law. I find jobs that are intriguing but my resume is spotty at best. So how do I write an effective cover letter and create a resume that doesn't reflect my lazy attitude toward work these last few years? [more inside]
posted by werebad on Sep 27, 2014 - 5 answers

Job interview went well...but I left someone out

I had a job interview last week that I think went pretty well. However, I've realized in my online application I didn't put down a reference that I probably should have. [more inside]
posted by ajax287 on Sep 23, 2014 - 10 answers

How do I feature press coverage on my resume/cover letter?

I'm currently on the job hunt. My personal projects (which are directly related to my career) have been consistently getting attention from press and blogs. What's the best way to show this to prospective employers when applying for jobs? [more inside]
posted by hellojed on Sep 23, 2014 - 3 answers

I need a better title than "Jack of all trades"!

I was laid off last week, and after taking a few days to sleep in and dominate my boyfriend at Minecraft, I'm jumping into the job hunt. I feel like I've done a pretty good job on most of my resume, but writing out my position at my most recent job has me a bit lost. It's my only work experience in Quebec, and was the longest I've ever worked anywhere, so it's important I get it right. [more inside]
posted by hasna on Sep 22, 2014 - 5 answers

When to push back and how?

I have an amazing job which pays well. However, due to staffing problems I'm repeatedly being asked to drop everything and take one for the team, sometimes on very short notice, with not even an 'attaboy' to show for it so far. How do I push back against this professionally? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 21, 2014 - 16 answers

On to the next chapter, onward and upward!

So I'm moving and getting roommates, any advice from the green on how to move forward with my life? [more inside]
posted by lunastellasol on Sep 19, 2014 - 14 answers

Self- sabotage: A beast with two heads

For the past few years, I've had to deal with what seems like procrastination's more stubborn cousin. It's not just a tendency to put things off- it feels like a visceral, physically-manifested resistance to doing things that should involve no forethought in terms of effort whatsoever, or that do, but that would only serve to help me better myself if I managed to get them done. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Sep 18, 2014 - 19 answers

Overcoming Impostor Syndrome

I'm self-aware enough to know I am a perfectionist with Impostor Syndrome, but I'm clueless as to how to fix this. I need to kick this before I crash and burn at my new, fabulous job. [more inside]
posted by sevensnowflakes on Sep 17, 2014 - 16 answers

How do find a job or career where compassion, sensitivity are assets?

Are there jobs where having a *thin* skin is an asset instead of a liability? Where being loving, caring, emotional, sensitive are a good thing and you don't have to fight those tendencies, especially as a leader? [more inside]
posted by inatizzy on Sep 16, 2014 - 30 answers

Desperate times, desperate measures.

Dangerously close to a quarter of a century old and I've really never really had an actual IRL, sit down and work job. Please help me, MetaFilter? [more inside]
posted by Trexsock on Sep 15, 2014 - 5 answers

Early Morning Job Ideas?

Trying to revive my entrepreneurial spirit with a dose of early morning action and some financial security. [more inside]
posted by seatofmypants on Sep 11, 2014 - 14 answers

No, I don't have experience in Technology X.

Interviewing with yet another company who approached me first. But they want expertise in Technology X, something I don't have experience in. They saw my resume, right? Why are they interviewing me? [more inside]
posted by lizbunny on Sep 11, 2014 - 12 answers

Is this phone screen unreasonable?

Just got sprung with a phone screen and wondering if it was unreasonable--any thoughts much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by glache on Sep 11, 2014 - 10 answers

Best practices for raising rates?

I am a freelancer. Please help me understand how to raise my rates. [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa on Sep 10, 2014 - 9 answers

it seems the problem is my lifelong desire to never be "annoying".

I am applying for a job at Company A. Company A is actually a division of Parent Company Q. Company Q has another divison, Company B. I know someone at Company B. Is it absurd to give this person a heads up that I am applying to another job at Parent Company Q? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by thereemix on Sep 10, 2014 - 9 answers

Discouraged with my job prospects-- how to stop feeling worthless?

I graduated recently with a BA in English, and was set on academia so naturally I pursued a masters. Around the time of submitting my thesis I started work in an entry-level admin type role, which I have been at for the past year. My thesis was recently passed, and I'll graduate this autumn. [more inside]
posted by sociology on Sep 5, 2014 - 16 answers

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