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Give me confidence! Or some semblance of it.

I have a self deprecating sense of humour and I've come to realise that I can take it too far. I can sometimes play dumb and it gives the impression that I don't know what I'm doing/talking about. But at this point in my life/career, I do!! (in certain areas, I think). Help me change my wiring. [more inside]
posted by scuza on Aug 28, 2014 - 16 answers

Fran Lebowitz in skirts

Looking for websites and books for guidance and encouragement, not just techniques, in professional dress. I am entering a field where the top echelon of business casual seems to be the default setting. [more inside]
posted by 8603 on Jun 21, 2014 - 6 answers

Nice girls don't get the corner office

Tips for succeeding in the workplace (Special snowflake details: female people pleaser) [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Jun 9, 2014 - 34 answers

Professional dress for an early evening "Gala"

I've been invited to attend an anniversary dinner/fundraiser for a regional nonprofit advocacy group. I'll be attending as a guest of a work-related higher-up, and the event will doubtless involve a bunch of professional networking small talk. They're calling it a gala... but the event starts at 5:30, with dinner at 6:30. What on earth do I wear? [more inside]
posted by Kpele on May 29, 2014 - 18 answers

How do I stay on track with my goals after I have this kid?

How did you find ways to have a great family, and to keep trucking along with what you need to do to fulfill yourself professionally, especially when that professional work is really tough (but rewarding?) In other words, how do I keep myself from just drooling over strollers all day? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on Mar 4, 2014 - 19 answers

Professional Development

Has anyone gone through any general professional development courses that were awesome and really helped you in your career? I have been tasked with finding some courses for our team of project managers that will help us become more polished professionals. Topics might include client communication, presentations, meeting facilitation, negotiation, conflict resolution, etc. Ideally this course could be done online but if we had to bring someone in that wouldn't be a problem. Help us get better.
posted by jasondigitized on Feb 27, 2014 - 5 answers

How should a professional young man dress for a job?

In my old job (a small creative outfit), I used to wear what is known as "sport-chic attire", which pretty much means a nice shirt and high-end jeans. It was all about having a shirt for every day of the week with 2 or 3 pants and 2 or 3 pairs of shoes. Now that I'm changing jobs, should I change my dress code as well? [more inside]
posted by omar.a on Feb 23, 2014 - 13 answers

Is it always a good idea to answer job interview questions by the book?

Okay, so you print out your resume, business card, and your portfolio. You try to look impeccable for the interview. You try to get into the right mood and you even practice some tongue twisters to avoid stuttering. But what about the interview itself? How do you approach age-old questions without sounding rehearsed? [more inside]
posted by omar.a on Feb 6, 2014 - 14 answers

Dress Me: In search of better tops edition

I (petite, mid-20's woman) want to get rid of all my long-sleeved button-front shirts and replace them with things that are still work-appropriate but more flattering and maybe okay for non-work wear as well. What styles would work for me? Where should I shop? Special snowflake style preferences ahead. [more inside]
posted by ActionPopulated on Dec 17, 2013 - 7 answers

I'm looking for an article about an old woman that looks fabulous.

Roughly a week ago I read an article about an elderly woman (eighties or nineties) that looked fantastic for her age. I cannot find it. [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Nov 23, 2013 - 3 answers

Best dry cleaner in Bay Area for a white satin designer suit?

I need to clean an expensive white Oscar de la Renta skirt suit that's lined in taffeta/tulle; it has some faint smudging here and there on the thick reverse silk-satin fabric. I wouldn't trust a normal dry cleaner with this, and don't know where else to go. Alex's seems exorbitant and gets awful reviews; Peninou seems doubtful as well; and I read somewhere about Crystal in San Mateo but don't have much to go on. Does anyone know a cleaner (preferably in San Francisco, but I can drive elsewhere if necessary) who works with designer items, maybe wedding gowns, who would know how to work with tricky white silk fabric? Many thanks!
posted by roxie110 on Nov 13, 2013 - 5 answers

Best book to learn how to write professionally and self-edit my own work

Recent job opportunity came up, and I have the chance to write semi-professionally for a small company. Think in the vein of writing movie reviews or reviewing software. Its professional writing, but there will be conceptual and thematic details involved, it's not simply writing staid copy. I would like to find a book that helps me hone my prose, and will teach me how to better edit and improve my work. [more inside]
posted by cascando on Nov 5, 2013 - 5 answers

Attending My First Professional Convention For Dummies

I volunteer for a local advocacy non-profit and I will be accompanying the director to a statewide convention next month. I have never attended a convention in my life. I need any and all advice you may have for a first-time attendee.
posted by entropicamericana on Oct 22, 2013 - 24 answers

How can I get started as a freelance writer?

I'm looking to make around $300-$700 a month doing freelance writing to supplement my income. So far I have been overwhelmed with the resources online and still have no idea where to start. I have no experience writing professionally but I am an English major and have been writing almost all of my life. I'm mostly interested in the "Elance" platform but I'm open to other options. How do I get started? [more inside]
posted by dargerpartridge on Oct 20, 2013 - 23 answers

How can I find English-language info on Japanese Pro Bowling/Bowlers?

I'm doing research on bowling and bowling pros, and I've had a hard time finding info on bowlers from Japan/JPBA (Japan Professional Bowling Association). Does anyone know any English sources that cover (or covered) the JPBA or any of their top bowlers? [more inside]
posted by lankford on Oct 10, 2013 - 2 answers

Personal experience with "non-surgical wrinkle procedures'?

So, over 50, and noting facial cheek and neck wrinkles that make me feel like I look over 60. I've heard about fraxel, laser, collagen. But it's all from advertisements or promotions. Has anyone ever tried these and have good or bad personal or best friend-type experience to share? I wear sunscreen every day and stay out of the sun, I have very pale and somewhat sensitive skin.
posted by mmf on Oct 9, 2013 - 7 answers

How do I become a continuing legal education or general CE provider?

How does one go about becoming a continuing legal education (CLE) or CE provider in the US and Canada? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Sep 19, 2013 - 8 answers

Quiet place to meet for 5-10 people in SF/ Oakland/ Berkeley for cheap

I am looking for suggestions for spots in San Francisco or East Bay, public transportation accessible, for folks to meet up for a small, professional meet-up group. [more inside]
posted by ethel on Aug 27, 2013 - 5 answers

Being professional while socially awkward

My role at work is changing such that I'll need to interact with people face-to-face and over the phone much more than I currently do. The problem: I'm kind of awkward. I don't want to make things go poorly for my employer, so what is my next step? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 7, 2013 - 21 answers

How do I become a mature, professional adult?

I am a woman in my late 20s. Lately I've been feeling like all of the adults I know are more mature and adult-like in the way they hold themselves and behave than I am. I don't know how to get that or be more like that. What am I doing wrong? What to do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 29, 2013 - 20 answers

Help me spend my professional development money

I am very fortunate to have an employer that gives us $1000/year to spend on professional development. Help me spend it! [more inside]
posted by nosila on Jul 18, 2013 - 9 answers

Beard trimming/shaping services in Austin?

My beau has decided he'd like to neaten up his beard, and I suggested finding a professional to do it the first time. (After that, it'll likely be easier to maintain.) Any recommendations for a beard trimmer or shaper/men's grooming salon/private individual in Austin? (Obligatory beard-and-kitten picture.)
posted by fiercecupcake on Jul 9, 2013 - 4 answers

Radio, radio... silence

What do you say (or email) people after you've gone "radio silent" because you were focusing on other projects or procrastinating due to anxiety? [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Jul 3, 2013 - 18 answers

Help me start off on the right foot with my new project team.

I'm a newly hired, but experienced project manager who is taking over a project that is already underway. I've been out of work for a while so I'm super glad to finally have a job but I'm feeling overwhelmed and unsure of myself. I want to do an awesome job. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 24, 2013 - 6 answers

What is the Comic Sans of Excel spreadsheets?

For my new position at work, I'll be putting together a large number of Executive Overviews. This is a new area for me and I'd like to avoid unknowingly committing a spreadsheet faux pas. [more inside]
posted by radiosilents on Jun 17, 2013 - 24 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

Do I have to share a hotel room with my coworker?

Is it common in your academic workplace for people to share hotel rooms at conferences with colleagues? [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on May 9, 2013 - 60 answers

Doh

How frequently do you screw up at work? I'm wondering if it's "normal" to screw up at work with the frequency that I am, and I should cut myself some slack. Alternately, I'm considering the possibility that it's a big problem. [more inside]
posted by silly me on Mar 26, 2013 - 18 answers

How can I be a better communicator?

I'm about to enter a second-degree program, and I expect that my small cohort group and I are going to be very different people. I'd like to bridge the gap, but I worry that my weird, assertive, and outspoken tendencies are going to alienate me. Help. [more inside]
posted by sibboleth on Mar 13, 2013 - 10 answers

My own personal Lord of the Rings quest: to find a backpack for adults

Professional laptop case with straps, a.k.a. a backpack for adults, please? [more inside]
posted by rmm on Mar 6, 2013 - 21 answers

Is it looked at as unprofessional to not have mobile internet?

My career in web design is progressing and I'm wondering how long I can get away with not shelling out for a data plan before it makes me look bad. [more inside]
posted by bleep on Feb 3, 2013 - 28 answers

How to make dark background professional catalog photographs ?

Hi, My wife wants me to take professional catalog photographs for her blog (she builds earrings) where the objects are seen over a black background with a similar effect to this one: sample photograph After asking google and going through lots of info on catalog photographs I believe I know how to more or less get this done but for the mirror effect on the floor. If you see the image they get the product reflected on the floor. How could I get this same effect? Thanks
posted by chrishead on Feb 2, 2013 - 12 answers

Large, Professional, Lightweight Handbag/Briefcase

I'm starting a new professional job, and I need a new, professional bag. I need something large, very lightweight, and preferably with a cross-body shoulder strap. [more inside]
posted by decathecting on Jan 29, 2013 - 12 answers

I've got to change my ways, dress for business every day

Cluelessly-dressed 30-year-old office-working lady here. I have come to the conclusion that it is in my best interest to start leaning much more toward the business side of business casual on a daily basis. Professional women/fashion mavens of Metafilter, could you lend me a hand with these business wear-related queries? [more inside]
posted by divined by radio on Jan 24, 2013 - 48 answers

Please help me phrase an uncomfortable but important email.

I thought he was attracted to me. I'm really attracted to him. Turns out he's just really excited about my creative work. Help me find the words to be honest about the attraction and the fact that I'd like to get past that imbalance so we can do all the collaborations we want to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 16, 2013 - 19 answers

Can or should I be a professional phoenix?

I've been in my professional field for about a decade. For the first five years of that, I was a bit of an alcoholic. I shudder when I think back to some of the unprofessional ways I behaved. I'm worried that I now have a reputation of being flaky within my rather small professional community. Short of changing fields, is there anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by silly me on Dec 12, 2012 - 16 answers

Too scared to work

How can I cope with extreme professional/work anxiety? [more inside]
posted by one of these days on Dec 5, 2012 - 21 answers

We ain't got no budget!

CHALLENGE TIME! You are lent some expensive, professional grade video equipment for 18 hours and told that you may use it as you see fit in the time you have. Assuming little to no preparation beforehand, what do you do and/or film with it? Ideally you'd like the owner (or anyone else who sees your work) to be mildly impressed, knowing that you have no actual solo film making experience whatsoever. [more inside]
posted by Seiten Taisei on Oct 17, 2012 - 14 answers

Best/Cheapest Men's Hair Dye In New York?

Looking for a place in NYC where I (a dude) can get good, natural-looking hair coloring for about a hundred bucks. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Sep 27, 2012 - 6 answers

Is this kind of professional grooming the norm?

How much say should my employer have over my physical appearance? [more inside]
posted by Saminal on Sep 26, 2012 - 78 answers

How do you spot an amateur?

How do you spot an amateur in your trade, profession, or hobby? Specifically, what are some examples of things that people without experience do, while attempting what you do or know well, because they don't know any better that make their lack of experience obvious? [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb on Sep 18, 2012 - 266 answers

Good professional grade used or new digital camera for under $350-400?

Photographers & photo enthusiasts: Can I find a good professional grade used or new digital camera for under $350-400? [more inside]
posted by cotesdurhone on Aug 24, 2012 - 16 answers

Microsoft Office Professional Plus 10 authentication code help, please?

I bought a Thinkpad through Gumtree (UK) last year and now Microsoft Office Professional Plus 10 is asking me for an authentication code. When I got the computer, windows had just been installed but I don't know if I got a trial version or a corporate version that was imaged onto the machine. Do I need to pay for an authentication code or is there a way to otherwise disable the authentication request message?
posted by parmanparman on Aug 7, 2012 - 3 answers

I Want my Clear Conscience Back

I owe a person money and want to pay her back. How should I go about it? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Jul 13, 2012 - 15 answers

Job interview outift

Is this outfit appropriate for a job interview at a nice restaurant? [more inside]
posted by stoneandstar on Jul 10, 2012 - 12 answers

Have you seen the movie "Secretary"? Yeah, like that.

Asking for a Friend/CoWorker: Boss and underling develop feelings for each. Both break it off, but now friend is feeling hurt and rejected. What advice can I give her? [more inside]
posted by Danithegirl on Jun 19, 2012 - 19 answers

Work This Workshop! Work It!

What makes for a really, really kickass professional workshop? [more inside]
posted by Miko on Jun 15, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me find a blog.

Help me find a blog. [more inside]
posted by uncannyslacks on Jun 14, 2012 - 5 answers

How to make the AIGA membership fun and exciting?

How do you get the most out of your AIGA membership? [more inside]
posted by circular on Jun 5, 2012 - 2 answers

Please suggest some appropriate non-alcholic gift to HR team.

Please suggest some appropriate non-alcholic gift to HR team. [more inside]
posted by daveg02 on May 29, 2012 - 5 answers

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