Are there any Mefites that have worked in the US (as a US citizen) for a Canadian company? How does it work with taxes, benefits, etc? This is going to become a very relevant issue for my wife tomorrow, and Google has not been a lot of help in finding authoritative information. [more inside]
I'm in my mid-30s, and still don't know what I want to be when I grow up. I feel like I need a career trajectory, if not a plan, but I have no idea. How do I figure this out? What kinds of careers should I be considering? [more inside]
I was poking around the wage reports for various occupations provided by the government of Canada. I was wondering how useful the figures are for someone who is, say, negotiating a salary or trying to come up with a salary range to post a position. [more inside]
Are there risks associated with giving your own salary a "bump" when other companies or recruiters ask what you make? [more inside]
I'm finally switching industries though sticking to my current role of office manager. I will almost definitely be taking a pay cut but I need to know how much I can realistically negotiate and how to do it. [more inside]
So, there exists such a thing as professional declutterers and organizers, who'll come to your home or office and help you get your stuff together. My question: is there an analogous gig where someone exclusively helps someone else get their personal email/digital/workflow life together (no other apartment/home organizing involved)? Like, say, getting to Inbox Zero, or at least having a system for how they can handle email without feeling overwhelmed? Or helping them track their work more effectively? (Details/background inside.) [more inside]
A professional setback from several years ago is affecting my ability to move forward. I’ve been floundering around and drifting for years. I want to get my shit together, but I don’t know how to proceed. How do I figure out wtf I should do with my life now? [long] [more inside]
I'm ending a postdoc, and accepted an academic job that I'm excited about, with the bonus that it's located in the same city as my spouse. It wasn't my first choice, but was high on my list. Sadly, my colleagues are not reacting positively -- the most common comments are "well, at least you get to move to [spouse's city]!" and "it could be worse!". I'm bewildered and hurt, since it's not a bad job in any sense. How do I react to such comments to explain that I am happy about it, and that it's a good option for me, without sounding defensive? [more inside]
Until an hour into my shift today, I was a salaried manager at a big-box retailer. A year into the role, with a glowing evaluation two weeks behind me and a district-wide expectation of having my own store in four years, I walked in, did my job for an hour, snapped, threw all of my company-owned property down in the office, and left. My boss apparently wants me back. [more inside]
Hi, I'm considering taking the leap from HS teacher to PhD student but despite funding availabilty, I still need to pay my NYC rent! Do any of you lovely mefites have any tutoring agencies to recommend or other reliable/structured ways to make part-time money for an experienced Math teacher with a Psychology background? Thank you!
I'm 32 years old and recently began suffering from depression. I'm getting help but feel stuck in my job and overwhelmed by life and indecision. Any advice? [more inside]
I'm a recent grad and a woman with a first name that is sometimes shared by men. Although I have a linkedin profile with a photo and the name of a women's college on my resume, when applying online for jobs I occasionally get positive response emails that begin with "Dear Mr. Lastname." Should I immediately give a quick correction in my reply? (If so, polite suggestions for how to phrase this would be helpful.) Or should I just wait until we meet in person and they figure it out for themselves? Note that I'm not offended by being addressed as male, I just want to minimize embarrassment or awkwardness for anyone who might be in a position to hire me.
I've been unemployed for some time, receiving unemployment, savings dwindling. I got a seemingly lucrative offer to model for nude, specificly fetish-art modeling pics, and need help deciding whether to take it. [more inside]
Hi MetaFilter, Putting it out for the group to help me weigh the pro's and con's of a career move. I am 44 years old, marketing professional with 10 years experience in health care marketing communication. I recently got my MBA last year and got recruited to go to another large Chicago health care system. The new job pays more and is OK but we are going through a reorg and merger and my position will change going forward. My current boss is leaving the organization and said that he is putting me forward for a better position with more responsibility going into the reorg but it is hard to trust that this will happen since that is all going to be in flux. About a month ago I applied for a federal marketing communication project manager position with the General Services Administration at the Federal Acquisition Service and this past Friday I was offered the job as a GS-13 Step One and they want my answer on Monday. [more inside]
I’m looking at moving on from my current job and when creating my resume I realized that I’m not sure how to describe some of what I do. I'm wondering if some of my job involves tasks in an area that has some sort of professional type name of it’s own. On paper, I'm really not sure how to relate what I do and can do in a way that puts the best of 'me the awesome worker' forward. [more inside]
For a few years I've been trying to build a career in the game industry, but unfortunately it's been mostly contract work. Despite glowing reviews and a seemingly stellar resume I can't find an actual FTE position. My hopes for something longer term are dimming, so I'm looking at alternates based on the skills I have. [more inside]
I need to ask for accommodation in terms of schedule/telecommuting at my job very soon due to health issues. What’s the best way to phrase this and how do I bring it up? [more inside]
I am a 27 year old woman with a college degree who works in an office all day. Can I become a carpenter? Should I? [more inside]
I am an attorney working for a midsize firm in the US. I am fairly happy with my job, but have always wanted to work abroad (particularly in the UK). I have no clue how desireable (if at all) US licensed attorneys are abroad or how to go about finding job openings. I found several legal recruiters based in Europe online, but the sites are a bit sketchy. I know that there are various legal exchange programs, but they are generally in non-profit fields or send you to third world countries (which is admirable, but not what I am looking for). Any thoughts, resources or insights would be greatly appreciated.
I am considering hiring a resume writer. I have 10+ years of experience in a specific industry (industrial manufacturing related) and interested in branching out to different industries. I feel like I should be doing something different than the usual. Has anyone hired a resume writer ever? How was your experience with it? Any tips? My fear would be to get a canned resume that I could do better myself. Are there any personalized services out there that could really help differentiate the resume?
Hi, I struggle with chronic illness and disability and have one very part-time job that I split my time between attending in person and working from home. I need to bring in some more money, however, though I'm not expecting anything grand income wise. Ideally I'm looking for jobs that have enough work available that you can sign in or pick up an hour or two or three of work without the obligation of sticking to meeting a set schedule each week. It's hard because my illness is so unpredictable. Any ideas would be appreciated. [more inside]
Do you spend at least 80 percent of your time working alone at your job? If so, what do you do? [more inside]
In a few weeks I will begin interviewing for programming jobs. I'm having a lot of anxiety over the technical interview. [more inside]
I recently quit a new job because of a toxic and dysfunctional environment. In my resignation letter I just said it wasn't a great fit, but a few days later they contacted me and asked for honest feedback about why I left. Friends are concerned that responding could open me up to some sort of liability. Should I? [more inside]
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]
I'm looking for a new job online and, after some research, I've developed a little process to do so (high-level detail inside). I'm not getting the greatest amount of hits (~5 suitable jobs per week), so I'm just looking for some feedback on my process, just to see if there's any gaping holes, or useful tweaks I could make. [more inside]
I just defended my Ph.D. in a weird niche part of the natural sciences. The obvious path is to go on to do a postdoc and then a research or teaching career, and I'm taking some steps in that direction. On the other hand, if I was into doing the obvious thing I wouldn't have gotten a Ph.D. in a weird niche part of the natural sciences. What other jobs/careers/vocations should I look into? [more inside]
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]
My wife and I currently live in Boston, but I want to live in a warmer climate and she (Industrial Engineering MS) wants to find a job. Which places should we consider moving to? [more inside]
My friend has a background in visual art (mainly years of oils, watercolors, some crafts) and has recently started exploring graphic design. So far she's done some projects for friends and family (website design, logos, packaging, card designing, etc). She'd love to do more of this kind of work on a freelance basis, but isn't sure how to find it. Should she advertise on Fiverr, or Elance, or...? How does this work and how do you get started as a freelance graphic designer? Any tips or recommendations would be really appreciated!
Asking for a friend who's having a hard time finding a job in Seattle (Eastside) - she has a technical school degree in television production and had worked in the East coast for 2 reputable news stations for 15 years wearing multiple hats: Production coordinator, video editor and distributor and web producer. [more inside]
How can I get into data analysis with little-to-no data or programming experience? [more inside]
Asking for a friend. Friend is contemplating moving from teaching at a private school in New York City to a private high school or middle school way outside the city. Options include rural MA, VT, NH, CT and Upstate NY. Do you have experience teaching at one of these schools? What was it like? What positives and negatives are there about teaching and living in these areas? [more inside]
Quick summary: I was an electrical engineer for a bunch of years, got burned out on the corporate world, and became a massage therapist. I really like it but after nine months of sussing out how it all works, what I'm good at, and what I'd like to do, it's going to be a multi-year task to get the job and income I am looking for. So - [more inside]
How can I turn my writing skills into "I earn $$$$$$$$ working from home!" with immediate effect and without the use of magic? [more inside]
I work for a large company where the idea of mentorship is encouraged. I will be meeting someone in a different department who I would love to work for. I am unfamiliar with exactly what a mentor can provide from a career standpoint. [more inside]
So, I have a friend who is considering a short-term (9 months?) gig as a teacher in Micronesia. Does anyone have any personal experience with Micronesia? Or resources I/he should read? I'm intensely curious but have no idea where to start. And, should he take the position, he'll want to make the most of his time there. Is there a best guidebook? Things to take? Congratulatory present I should give him specific to life in Micronesia? Thanks!
I started a year off a month ago to take some courses I've been interested in and do some travelling too. A PT position in my old industry has come up in the city I'll be studying in. This city is also the city I've always wanted to live in, which is why I'm making an exception to apply for this. How do I explain this year off on my cover letter? [more inside]
I have always experienced crippling anxiety whenever I've tried applying for jobs, so I've stayed in the same lousy job for years just to avoid it. Now that lousy job is ending due to layoffs, so I have to get over this somehow. I have already tried therapy and I'm on anti-anxiety medication. What else can I do? [more inside]
I'm asking this on behalf of my wife. We moved to the Bay Area (East Bay) a few months ago because I got a job here in the tech industry. Given our costs, it's not really enough to support both of us on, but my wife is having trouble finding employment. [more inside]
There was a job advertisement to this effect about ten years ago. I don't remember if it actually said "a door", but there was a big picture of one in the middle of the page. I'm looking for a copy but so far it has defeated my Google skills. Can someone help a cube dweller out?
If a client applies for a job, how do you reject them without ruining the relationship? [more inside]
My friend wants a new career. The only requirement is that said job makes tons of money. What should she aim for? [more inside]
I'm Wisconsin born and raised. My wife and I have lived here for our entire lives, and I'm daunted by the prospect of moving and finding a job. [more inside]
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]
I worked at Job A for 1.5 years. They hired me right after I finished my degree. Last month I heard Job B was hiring. Job B would give me the opportunity to work with a new and exciting patient population. I let Job A on good terms, and was kept on as a per diem employee and have remained on the on call calendar. [more inside]
I quit life in the theater due to health issues involving a terminal illness which seems to not be so terminal after all in my case. 'Cause I'm still here. Now that it turns out I'm probably not going to die I need to figure out how to move forward. Should I do that in the theater and if so what should I do? [more inside]
What is it? How do people get into it? What is the day-to-day work like? Am I qualified? [more inside]
What jobs both suit my strengths as a research-loving humanities type and pay me a decent amount of money? [more inside]