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What to Do When Job Requirements Change

I'm open to all suggestions on this. I started a new job in January, one that requires me to write press releases, take photos, etc. Today, the boss, who is not my biggest fan, announced to our little group that whoever is assigned to take photos will also have to shoot video at the same event, [more inside]
posted by etaoin on Jun 25, 2014 - 5 answers

You're Leaving Me?

Work BFF gets a new job and I don't know how to take it! [more inside]
posted by brynna on May 20, 2014 - 6 answers

Help me convince the boss I DON'T have to be in the office 12/26-12/31

I've been asked to show up at the office for the four weekdays between Xmas and January 1 -- AGAIN. But the boss is taking vacation. More drama inside. [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on Nov 21, 2013 - 59 answers

I want to move to NYC and get a design/dtp job. Or graduate school.

I'm a fresh college graduated from a European academy for Graphic Design and want to move to NYC to gather more experience in the field, and live there for a while. Question about job search and accommodation. Considering doing a masters degree too. [more inside]
posted by ahtlast93 on Nov 7, 2013 - 10 answers

Ideas for a 2week inspirational break excluding sitting on a mountaintop

I'd like to take two weeks off of work and come back with a new sense of direction in life. I have been in the same job for almost four years and find little fulfillment there, yet also haven't found the motivation or made the time to move on. Maybe some semi-structured time off work to think, mark next steps, and break patterns will help? How and where should I spend my time? [more inside]
posted by AlmondEyes on Oct 3, 2013 - 9 answers

Problem with providing proof of a past employment for a new job

In order to accept a job offer I have to provide documentation as proof of a past employment. Problem: I don't think there is any. What should I tell the company who have offered me the new job? Can documentation for an old job be acquired 6 months post-leaving? [more inside]
posted by Lubo on Sep 21, 2013 - 10 answers

New Teacher's Aide Feeling Overwhelmed -- Is this normal???

Hi Everyone, I recently took a job as a teacher's aide in a public elementary school. It's my second week, and I like it, but I'm feeling overwhelmed. I think I may want to become a teacher, but I'm having some setbacks that are making me wonder if I am cut out for this field. I feel like I am one step beheind everything and/or totally ineffective at communicating with the kids. Here are some examples (They are long-winded . . . my apologies) [more inside]
posted by neanderloid on Sep 8, 2013 - 36 answers

how to cope with starting a new job that I don't want?

I love my part-time job, but it doesn't pay the bills. In order for it to become a full-time job that pays the bills, I have to go back to school and get a master's (library science - yay for very little career opportunities!). In order to go back to school, I need to get a full time job and earn some money to pay for school. I just accepted a full time office assistant position in a law firm. I'm not excited at all. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 25, 2013 - 16 answers

Not sure I'm a good fit for new job

I'm not sure I'm a good fit in my new job. MeFites, what do you think and if so, is it redeemable or not? [more inside]
posted by glache on Jul 27, 2013 - 13 answers

Take this job and shove it

I want to change careers. currently I am a librarian. I want to be a reporter, or communications/public relations work for a company. I currently began writing for pay for a small organization. It has been very exciting and a great way to network. I have other skill sets, and would like to explore those, too. They include non-profit event planning, fundraising, research. I think I would be an asset to another company. How do I go about getting out of my current job, and start a new career? I feel really stuck.
posted by Jewel98 on Jul 13, 2013 - 11 answers

Apply first and then approach, or approach and then apply?

Help me time and properly approach a senior member of our staff to become their full time assistant. [more inside]
posted by Atticus Swanson on May 13, 2013 - 4 answers

purchasing position but no format

I will start at the beginning. The company that I work for has 15 minor surgical sites and add to that many clinics. So this company has never had a purchasing manager before, each site purchased supplies directly and nobody was watching the supplier for errors, low and behold, years later they realize they have been getting ripped off.... [more inside]
posted by irish01 on Apr 10, 2013 - 4 answers

Graduating with a BA in Philosophy (Canada) in April. Job search help

A few days ago I went to see my local Career Advisor at school. She said I was miles ahead of every other humanities grad as I have 15 months of work experience. She told me to contact various guilds and organizations in my area... [more inside]
posted by GiveUpNed on Jan 10, 2013 - 7 answers

What's the best place to live on a low budget given a life-consuming job in Manhattan near Madison Square Park? And how low can I go both before and after unintelligible-but-critically-important-tax-stuff?

What's the best place to live on a low budget given a life-consuming job in Manhattan near Madison Square Park? And how low can I go both before and after unintelligible-but-critically-important-tax-stuff? [more inside]
posted by ch3cooh on Jan 6, 2013 - 21 answers

New job, old job, school, and ageing

New job, old job, school, and ageing? Or just a failure? [more inside]
posted by irish01 on Aug 21, 2012 - 4 answers

How to go about getting fired?

Recently got fired, how do I go about with the situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 14, 2012 - 13 answers

Should I stay and give a new relationship a chance, or move for a new job?

A year ago, I moved across the country for a new job, and unfortunately, I ended up hating it and quitting recently. Now my lease is about to expire, and I have a job opportunity back in the city I left (3,000 miles away). I would go back, but I've just started a new relationship and don't know what to do... [more inside]
posted by three_red_balloons on Aug 2, 2012 - 23 answers

Managing your boss

Managing your boss or her expectations [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on Jun 30, 2012 - 6 answers

Initial wins at a new job

First day/week and month on a new job [more inside]
posted by pakora1 on May 14, 2012 - 4 answers

Quitting a new job after 2 months...please hope me!

I just hit the two month mark at my new job. I am miserable, due primarily to doing the work of about 3 people and the company culture (it's a small, family run business, and the two sons who are taking over the company in the next 2 years ran down the public hallway cursing each other out and hitting one another yesterday, to the point that one of them left with his face bleeding and we had to talk a tenant down the hall out of calling the cops). I've decided to leave, despite not having another job lined up. a) What's the best way to do this, and b) How do I spin it to potential employers? [more inside]
posted by firei on Mar 27, 2012 - 21 answers

Why haven't my references been called!?

Have you ever been hired for a job where your new employer didn't call your references (for whatever reason)? [more inside]
posted by timpanogos on Jan 27, 2012 - 28 answers

Job switch advice

Old job over, new job good! But help me ease a few anxieties over the switch. [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas on Apr 22, 2011 - 5 answers

The Joy of Work

I'm starting a new job. What are the weird little things you do on a daily, or weekly basis to a) get up to speed in a new workplace, or b) 'get your game on' to be worky/professional at your job, or c) quite literally, not go crazy from work-stress? [more inside]
posted by Elysum on Apr 4, 2011 - 13 answers

On my first day at a new job, help me deal gracefully with jetlag.

I'll be jetlagged for the first day (and week) at my new job. Help me deal with this gracefully in my new workplace. [more inside]
posted by paindemie on Mar 21, 2011 - 11 answers

Contemplating the ethics of using a job prospect as leverage with my current employer

Is it bad form or unethical to use a new job prospect as leverage for a raise/promotion at the existing job? [more inside]
posted by bigtex on Feb 17, 2011 - 19 answers

Interviewing Potential Employees

Tomorrow I have to interview 15 applicants for a position we opened in our company. It's the first time i've been on the other side. The position is for a new warehouse employee. Not the most mentally demanding position. What are some of the questions I should be asking the applicants?
posted by aadoremus on Jan 10, 2011 - 26 answers

Need some local advice...

Looking for work in Nashville [more inside]
posted by srbrunson on Aug 29, 2010 - 5 answers

Intro to Excel for Finance

Help me make a smooth transition into a new job in finance. I need to brush up on technical skills, most likely via excel. [more inside]
posted by Hurst on Aug 18, 2010 - 3 answers

How do I prevent old bad job from haunting good new job?

Last job was rough, got injured and fired, also accused of stealing months later. About to start new job and nervous... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 20, 2010 - 4 answers

Hiring manager flakes out?

How should I handle it when a hiring manager flakes out on a phone interview? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 26, 2010 - 20 answers

New career for an disillusioned teacher?

What's an okay paying new career for an disillusioned teacher? [more inside]
posted by debbie_ann on Jan 30, 2010 - 19 answers

Got a new job, what to do during these last days before I start?

Got a new job, what to do during these last days before I start? I want to use my time wisely before I have to go back to the daily grind. [more inside]
posted by greatalleycat on Jan 28, 2010 - 12 answers

Help me help our new employees

Thinking back to your first day orientation at a new [professional] position, what could have your employer have done better? (More inside.) [more inside]
posted by mockjovial on Jan 11, 2010 - 34 answers

Help Get Me Going at my New Gig

What are your tips when starting a new job as a software developer? Looking for coding, organizational approaches and social hints as well. [more inside]
posted by sidd.darko on Nov 23, 2009 - 13 answers

Balancing banked leave, yearly bonuses, signing bonuses, and rapid hiring?

How do I balance an accelerated hiring timeline, banked vacation time, and an upcoming bonus? I'm expecting to be offered a job, and the hiring manager wants someone in the role in days-not-weeks. The performance year at my current job is just wrapping up, and bonuses won't be paid out until mid-October. I also want to take the vacation time I've earned. How can I make this work best for me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 10, 2009 - 8 answers

Job Opportunity Gut Check

What questions should I ask myself in order to decide if I should take a new job in this economic environment? It's basically giant corporation vs. boutique consultancy. [more inside]
posted by thinkpiece on Dec 1, 2008 - 7 answers

Urg. Zombie need job. Pay bills. No brains anymore. Work for brains.

NewJobFilter: Wrestling with new opportunities and quashed dreams. [more inside]
posted by emptyinside on Nov 10, 2008 - 7 answers

How to get my new boss to let me come in at 9:30.

NewBossFilter: How to do go about asking my new boss if its ok for me to keep coming in around 9:30am? [more inside]
posted by Elminster24 on Oct 17, 2008 - 20 answers

Help me find a part-time job!!

Part-time job ideas that are not minimum wage? [more inside]
posted by The1andonly on Sep 18, 2008 - 19 answers

Switching while on leave?

ParentingLeaveFilter: I just started my paternity leave. Unlike a previous recent question, I still want to work -- I want to accept an offer of new employment with a competitor in a different city. How do I best be responsive to the needs of my new employer while treating my (soon to be) old employer fairly? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 13, 2008 - 3 answers

Leaving while on leave?

How do I give notice at one job while I'm at the end of my maternity leave without burning bridges? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 10, 2008 - 11 answers

How do I move back to New Orleans?

How do I move back to New Orleans? Or, in light of the economy here and elsewhere, should I stay in Baton Rouge and suck it up? [more inside]
posted by ultraultraboomerang on Jul 10, 2008 - 7 answers

Don't point that gun at him, he's an unpaid intern.

Looking for kick-ass internships in the NJ/NYC area. Background is CS, design, and a little bit of everything. The tougher the better. [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Jul 13, 2007 - 11 answers

Advice for newbie systems administrator?

I will be starting a new job this Monday as a systems admin for a small company, and I was wondering, what are some good resources that might be helpful for someone like me? [more inside]
posted by erpava on Jul 5, 2007 - 8 answers

New Trainer Replacing Old Trainer in Small Company

Beginning new teaching / training job in small-ish company. Previous trainer was there for many years and was much loved. Any suggestions / creative ideas for introducing myself to the staff / establishing good relationships in the first few weeks?
posted by iam2bz2p on Apr 2, 2007 - 3 answers

should i stay or should i go?

i've been offered a job doing what i love. however, there are a few downsides. i'm trying to figure out if these downsides really matter. please help me decide between the job i have now and the job i could have. [more inside]
posted by kerning on Mar 7, 2007 - 16 answers

Save me from my Job!

JobFilter: How do I find a new job ? [more inside]
posted by thesiameseffect on Oct 4, 2006 - 12 answers

Live in paradise or rent free in Beverly Hills?

Which direction in my life do I take? (plenty of info inside) [more inside]
posted by crewshell on Aug 22, 2006 - 26 answers

Getting new job but have kid issues

I have recently been offered a position with a new company. I have kid issues... read on... [more inside]
posted by workinprogress on May 27, 2006 - 11 answers

Sold Out to the Man - Plan me a Plan

Creative type slowly losing soul in my job - please help me decide what to do! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 22, 2006 - 10 answers

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