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the appearance of delight while fantasizing about the kill

How do professional women* manage to maintain poise, or, even more--smiling--in the face of overwhelming emotion? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama on Oct 24, 2016 - 28 answers

Quick! Is there an applied linguist on board?

I have the chance to complete my master's in applied linguistics for almost no cost. I want to do, but am not sure it's quite right for my career. Can anyone help me, please? [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood on Oct 22, 2016 - 7 answers

How to Gracefully Quit a Job After Only Six Months

I will be quitting a professional, white-collar job after only six months. There are a number of reasons for this, but the bottom line is that the new opportunity is a much better fit -- though I'm not sure that explanation will go down well with my current manager. My current bosses are good people and I'd like to keep it cordial, given that our professional circles are small. Any tips? [more inside]
posted by GorgeousPorridge on Oct 21, 2016 - 10 answers

teaching english in japan as a parent

In Japan, is teaching english compatible with family life? would I ever see my children if I did that for a living? [more inside]
posted by myriad gantry on Oct 17, 2016 - 8 answers

Movies and TV shows about jobs... behind the scenes!

I loved Whiplash. I love Top Chef. I love documentaries about ballet. What else can I watch that gives an entertaining insight into the 'backstage' of various professions? [more inside]
posted by lovedbymarylane on Sep 30, 2016 - 39 answers

Career change 101 (finance / accounting / statistics edition)

I am wanting to shift careers toward finance, accounting, statistics, or something else quantitative. Ideally, I'd like to find a role that can be done as a freelancer. I'm a bit uncertain how to even start. [more inside]
posted by Dollar Dollar Bill Sock on Sep 29, 2016 - 6 answers

How to explain why I'm leaving my current job after only 6 months

I recently joined an organization for a job that sounded awesome on paper and even better in the interview. It's turned out to be anything but. Six months in, there's been one aborted reorganization and a 180 degree turn in strategy. This has resulted in not enough work and generally poor morale. I'll soon be interviewing at another organization (in a small field) for a similar role. How to explain my departure from my current job without sounding like a flake? [more inside]
posted by GorgeousPorridge on Sep 29, 2016 - 15 answers

Deflecting questions about career goals without feeling like an asshole

My friends/classmates and I are going on the job market in the coming months. I don't want to really discuss this whole process with them and what my top choices are, where I've gotten interviews, and so on. But, I also feel like a competitive, secretive asshole for not openly telling them what I'm doing and what my goals are. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 25, 2016 - 18 answers

How do I get back into a coding career?

I got a CS degree 6 years ago but didn't get a job coding (but my job is technical). Job listings all seem to require 3+ years industry experience. Any suggestions as to how I might get into development at this point? [more inside]
posted by ghiacursed on Sep 15, 2016 - 12 answers

What's it like being a USPS mail carrier?

I'm interested in applying to work for the US Postal Service as a mail carrier. I'd like to hear more about what the job is actually like, from people who've done it or who know someone who has. Does anybody here have any experience to share? [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Sep 8, 2016 - 23 answers

Behavioral interview tips needed.

Do you have any behavioral interview tips you can share? Or resources you can point to, such as great articles or an online guide? [more inside]
posted by J. Wilson on Sep 8, 2016 - 12 answers

How do I work with/around my checked-out supervisor?

My supervisor is retiring in a month and seems to be checked out or perhaps just not worried about maintaining relationships. How do I maintain relationships and do good work in this situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 28, 2016 - 4 answers

I want to move. I don't know if I can. How do I deal?

I’m a tenured academic, and my once-pretty-great job is now… pretty not-great. But lots of factors mean that even in the best case, I’ll be here for a while, maybe a long while. How do I find a new position? How do I deal emotionally with the possibility that I won't, at least not soon? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 23, 2016 - 18 answers

Should I stay or should I go? (office edition)

If you'd asked me a few months ago, I would have told you my gig was pretty sweet, but that was before ... THE INCIDENT! [dramatic music cue] Now I need to decide if I want to stick around (blizzard of snowflakes inside). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 22, 2016 - 4 answers

Why can't I get over my bad ex-boss?

It's been almost two months since I left a place of employment which had become very bad for me. I still can't get over it. Why am I so stuck on this? [more inside]
posted by ficbot on Aug 22, 2016 - 18 answers

Can I salvage my college career in my final year?

I'm about to enter my senior year of college as a Computer Science major with pretty much the worst profile possible: a just-above-being-kicked-out GPA, no internships or relevant experience, no extracurriculars, no well-developed skills. Is there any way I can make myself employable in the next 10 months? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 20, 2016 - 15 answers

Like an OKCupid profile, but not

Will this website get me a job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 16, 2016 - 18 answers

How do you spot a dud in an otherwise terrific interview?

I had never done interviews or hiring until my most recent promotion. In my new position, I've helped make three hires. All three looked between solid and terrific. All three have turned out, to one degree or another, to be disappointments. What kinds of revisions can we make to our interview process to screen out people who interview well but do not deliver? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 10, 2016 - 64 answers

Pros/Cons of Reducing LinkedIn Connections

Right now I'm connected to 375 people on LinkedIn, and I'd really like to remove 25+ of those people because our relevance to one another has dwindled. Could this have any downsides I'm not thinking about? [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger on Aug 6, 2016 - 10 answers

What on Earth am I to do with myself?

I am bored and unfulfilled in my job. I am not miserable yet, but I know from experience that if I don't do something soon I will become pretty miserable indeed. I've been through this before, and the endgame is not pretty at all. Help! I need a new career path. The problem is, I don't know what path would work for me, or even whether one exists at all. Can you help me brainstorm? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Aug 2, 2016 - 12 answers

Never have enough to do - selling point in interview?

I have been working in offices for about ten years now and have yet to have a single job in which I did not have copious amounts of free time. Seems like no matter how many tasks get dumped off on me when other people leave the company, I still work so fast and efficiently that I'm sitting around bored for 3/4 of the day. I have an interview tomorrow. If I mention this, would it be a selling point or a red flag? [more inside]
posted by agress on Aug 2, 2016 - 17 answers

Trying to find a job in Lancaster PA... from a distance.

I'm moving to Lancaster, PA this fall. I have a strong interest in design, science, and the arts. And I need a job. [more inside]
posted by alycoop on Aug 2, 2016 - 4 answers

"Quality control" for programmers in the pharmaceutical industry

I recently applied for a job in the pharmaceutical industry as a statistical programmer. I was told that if I successfully move to the next stage of the selection procedure, I will need to set a "quality control" test, in addition to a programming test. I would like to know "quality control" means in this context, so that I can try to prepare myself. [more inside]
posted by mister_kaupungister on Jul 31, 2016 - 8 answers

Writing jobs for olds

How might I go about getting an entry-level writing job? Difficulty: not really sure what kind of writing job I'd like, am old, and possibly on the autism spectrum. [more inside]
posted by silly me on Jul 31, 2016 - 4 answers

How can I streamline my resume? Should I?

My current work responsibilities are...complicated and various. My resume looks cluttered as a result. How can I better organize things, given that functional resumes are seen as dodgy? [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Jul 20, 2016 - 7 answers

Where to find strong javascript developers for short contract work?

Where does one find qualified developers for piecemeal work; without being deluged by applicants who apply to everything? [more inside]
posted by Towelie on Jul 14, 2016 - 8 answers

Cool insurance-related jobs, real or fictional!

Seeking good descriptions of insurance jobs that are as gripping as I know they can be -- ideally, not life or health, but more like writing policies or investigating damage/loss to property. A fact-laden account of the work performed by real people would be best, but fictional is okay too. I remember television's Banacek, and the Thomas Crown Affair, as being interesting but not much about the nitty-gritty; incidental characters as in Groundhog Day (watch out for that pothole!) not as helpful. Thanks!
posted by Clyde Mnestra on Jul 9, 2016 - 17 answers

Take the job or leave it?

I'm finishing up my PhD, planning a wedding, have a two week vacation coming up, and was accepted into a fellowship program. Do I have too much going on to accept a new job? [more inside]
posted by stripesandplaid on Jul 1, 2016 - 15 answers

Where to begin looking for film PA jobs in NYC?

Simple enough-- I live in NYC am interested in finding on set work and have only freelance stage-building work experience under my belt. I'd be happy to get some experience on student films, no pay seems to be the expectation for someone like me and that's fine-- I just have zero clue where to look! Any help would be super appreciated!
posted by dr handsome on Jun 29, 2016 - 1 answer

How to give a good informational interview

A few times a year, I receive requests for informational interviews from recent graduates interested in entering my field. I'm always happy to accommodate these requests, but I want to make sure I'm not overlooking any key information or advice that I could be passing on. If you've given informational interviews yourself, or if you're someone who has benefited from good informational interviews as you got started in your field, I'd like to hear from you! [more inside]
posted by fizzyliftingdrink on Jun 23, 2016 - 3 answers

What's the best way to find a developer job in another city?

I'm a former .NET developer that moved from NYC doing large enterprise apps to a small smartup in a much smaller city doing really cool bleeding edge Javascript apps. I really like being out of the enterprise space and doing product development. However, everything in the town I am in is either enterprise or very corporate and I'm just burnt out on that. What's the best job search method to look for something in a city with more opportunity? I'm thinking SF or back to NYC but willing to live anywhere. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 23, 2016 - 3 answers

Professional training course recommendation?

I'm in the UK. My employer will pay £800 for work-related training. I've mostly stumbled into my current position, and I'm not British, so I don't really know the system here. Attempts to find something useful online have been unsuccessful, so I'm looking for suggestions from people who might be more familiar with this sort of thing. I think what I want is something project management related, but I'm not quite sure. More below on the specifics. [more inside]
posted by harujion on Jun 19, 2016 - 5 answers

Beer-Money Jobs: Non-Transcription Edition

I am in need of a way to make some small amount of money in the short term. Can you help me brainstorm some legitimate ways of making money while still being available to my "real" job? Or alternately, some legitimate ways of finding these jobs. (By legitimate I mean, "is not a Ponzi scheme, and will in fact pay actual money for goods or services.") Main restrictions: no transcription jobs, because my hearing is poor, and no driving-based jobs, as I have no car. [more inside]
posted by We put our faith in Blast Hardcheese on Jun 6, 2016 - 25 answers

How to best help others find work?

Over the last six months, I've been looking for a new job. It's been awful. Once I've got myself squared away, how can I most effectively help others find better work? [more inside]
posted by McBearclaw on May 26, 2016 - 6 answers

Severe depression and job search

Feeling serious despair. I left a toxic work environment, yet not in the smartest way and that was a year ago. I've done some PT work before moving to another state. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 21, 2016 - 14 answers

Yet another "Do I want this job?" question

I've been at my current employer for about three years. I'm thinking of making a career move, so that I focus more on, let's say, tennis policy analysis. I've found a job that looks promising, but I'm having a hard time telling if it's the right next step for me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 10, 2016 - 10 answers

How does a philosophy major make himself attractive to employers?

I am liberal arts (philosophy) major preparing to graduate in one year (spring of 2017). Originally I had planned on going to graduate school, but I have now decided against it in favor of entering the workforce. Help me understand what I should be doing from now until graduation to make sure I am as attractive of an employee prospect as possible, considering my circumstances. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by fignewton on May 7, 2016 - 14 answers

UK national minimum wage

A family member of mine, "Anne" works as a carer for the disabled. She works a 24 hour shift 9-9 the next day, sleeping on site with a monitor to hear when she is needed. Anne previously received a wage per shift. Anne has now been informed that there will be one wage for day and another for night-the night wage is below nmw and her entire shift wages would not quite meet nmw. [more inside]
posted by threetwentytwo on May 5, 2016 - 5 answers

In with the new

In June, I'll be moving out-of-state to take a management/director position. The person who holds the job now is retiring; he has asked me if there's anything he can do to help prepare for my arrival - he wants to make the transition as smooth as possible for me and his staff. If you've experienced something similar, what was helpful for you (or would have been helpful)? [more inside]
posted by infodiva on May 2, 2016 - 4 answers

What to do in an up-or-out organization when I want out?

I have a foot out the door, mentally, but don't want to leave until I have something better lined up. I work at an up-or-out organization, and the next "up" step is on the horizon. How do I handle this? [more inside]
posted by J. Wilson on Apr 29, 2016 - 13 answers

Need to freshen up these skills

There is an online job I'd really like to apply for. It's customer support for a company that provides user experience information for a business's website. I think I'd be good at it except for one requirement. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 19, 2016 - 3 answers

Desperately need work to live & leave abuser. How to get regular notice?

Are there any good guides to approaching NYC employment agencies and consistently securing work? I need a job so I can leave my abusive partner, keep my tiny apartment, and see a therapist. I need stability. I’m a dedicated, bright, friendly, curious, and solid worker. I just don’t know how to make myself stand out or get a consistent response from either cold applications or agencies. Turning to MeFi again for guidance. [more inside]
posted by Fire on Apr 17, 2016 - 15 answers

What stone have I left unturned in this job search?

Searching for a new job in logistics/supply chain/transportation/management. I am currently employed with a transportation carrier and I manage a small team of 5. I have been searching in the industry for about a year but no major bites yet. I feel that there is a tipping point or path I have yet to find, any ideas? [more inside]
posted by bobbyno on Apr 10, 2016 - 6 answers

How many versions of my resume do you need anyway?!

Online job applications that ask for multiple versions of your work history (resume + manual entry form + LinkedIn +++): do employers actually read all the versions of your work history? Could you concentrate on just one? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Apr 10, 2016 - 10 answers

How to hire more women?

I have a business in the IT service industry and there’s a gender imbalance in my staff, which I want to address. [more inside]
posted by Kwadeng on Mar 28, 2016 - 21 answers

Entering the Stop Motion industry

What are the options for someone who wants to break into the stop motion industry. [more inside]
posted by asra on Mar 8, 2016 - 6 answers

Is it the depression or is it just us?

My boyfriend is depressed and I'm at a loss about how to talk to him about issues that have come up in our relationship without possibly sinking him farther into a funk. Please help me sort through my feelings and tell me if I need to have a reality check. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by socky bottoms on Mar 6, 2016 - 11 answers

I think I may need to offer my head up for hunting...

I'm a writer and former academic with a diverse skill set. I'm looking to make a major career transition, but am unsure how to find the kinds of jobs that I believe would be professionally satisfying to me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 6, 2016 - 4 answers

How to work a professional network?

I’ve been a freelancer for over a decade. It’s had its good points, but I’m feeling burned out and ready for something new. I would like to find a full-time salaried position, but I’m feeling a little lost about how to go about it. Can you offer guidance? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 2, 2016 - 5 answers

Struggling to Help in a Difficult Family Situation

My brother is in his late thirties, has no job, lives in rural Alabama, is on probation for a while after spending a year in prison, is a registered sex offender, and is a (hopefully) recovering addict. He is still living off my parents, who are at a loss to find a way for him to get a job. The state of Alabama has some incredibly strict limitations on what registered sex offenders can do, which makes dealing with the stigma even more difficult when trying to find employment. Help me come up with suggestions for a job for him. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 23, 2016 - 13 answers

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