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How to navigate the 'current boss as work reference' Catch-22?

I would have to break a small teaching contract to take a much more stable and lucrative admin job I interviewed for at the same university. I haven't told my current supervisor that I'm looking for other work, but the application form required me to put them down as a reference. What should I do if HR gives me the heads-up that they are going to call my references? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Nov 25, 2015 - 5 answers

How can I hire people in Europe to do software support for my U.S. firm?

I manage a small team of software support people based in the West Coast United States. Now I'd like to hire one or more people based in Europe (I'm thinking maybe Berlin, Germany or Stockholm, Sweden) who would do the same thing (and whose hours would line up better with our European clientele). I've begun to do some research into the logistics of employing a German in Germany (just for starters) but I feel like I'm not getting far. Have you done this? What works best? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Professional on Nov 19, 2015 - 6 answers

So...I'm going on a medical leave...k bye! (runs away)

I am about to go on a medical leave from work because of some mental health issues. I feel ashamed and guilty, and I don't know how to tell my manager - email? Meeting (how could I not cry in a meeting)? What specific words and phrases can I use so that he won't know or guess the reason for my leave? What do I say, and how? [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Nov 17, 2015 - 18 answers

The chores. The stores. Fresh air. Times Square!

What should a couple keep in mind about deciding whether to move to a small town and become a single income family? Bonus complications: Resort town, SAHD. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 10, 2015 - 9 answers

is this employment situation legal?

Wife works (just started) as a therapist 15 hours a week at a multidisciplinary center that provides mental health services. They have an unusual policy about compensation for their contractors. [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn on Oct 29, 2015 - 17 answers

How to stop obsessive thinking about getting fired?

Every job I have ever had I become convinced I am getting fired. How can I stop believing this and sabotaging myself at work. [more inside]
posted by thelastgirl on Oct 28, 2015 - 26 answers

Seeking info & resources on data privacy/confidentiality in UK hiring

We've recently started using an online application system at the company I work for and we're trying to set things up fairly so that some hired employees (e.g., in an admin, management, or HR role) can review unsuccessful candidates' and new applicants' files. Are there any protections we should put in place (legally or otherwise) so that new hires or other employees in these privileged roles cannot see the notes on their own applications, the applications and notes of their hiring competition, or applications and notes of fellow new hires? General advice welcome as well, e.g., if there are any potential use cases or other reasons as to why or why not this would be a good idea. We have the ability to fully customise the online application system as we wish. This is in the UK.
posted by anonymous on Oct 28, 2015 - 1 answer

Job Search Advice

So I have officially been unemployed since 9/1. Very long story short but I had a very good career for the last 13 years with steady promos/raises/etc. now I am without a job. I was on severance for about 5 months - have been looking steadily - many interviews but nothing concrete. My dilemma is health coverage. I could go cobra or Obamacare but neither is financially feasible right now. I feel like I would be better off financially to work at a supermarket full time just to get a better deal on benefits. Am I missing something? Since I was on severance until 8/31 i am not eligible for any tax credit for medical since they look at full year income. Most temp jobs do not offer benefits and a lot of the jobs out there I am extremely over qualified for (on paper). I have applied for so many and no call backs. I have had call backs and interviews for higher level jobs but nothing has panned out - not an offer. It kills me how you jump thru hoops for the interview (or multiple) and not even a reply. I guess my bottom line question is do I "dumb down" my resume so I can at least get a job for benefits? Has anyone done that with success? I am also on LinkedIn so would I need to change that also?
posted by MrsMGH on Oct 19, 2015 - 6 answers

Former colleague on interview panel

A former colleague will be on the panel for an upcoming interview. I'm curious if anyone in this forum has had a similar experience or, if not, if anyone has any thoughts on how to approach it. [more inside]
posted by bolquist on Oct 17, 2015 - 4 answers

When am I eligible for personal time pay?

I took a day off from my library to offer a workshop at a different library. I was paid by that library, so my employer says I don't get to use paid personal leave. Is this true? [more inside]
posted by Biblio on Oct 11, 2015 - 15 answers

How can I work at work?

I can't work at work and I don't know why. I can only get work done after the day's over while sitting on my couch. This isn't sustainable. Help! [more inside]
posted by theraflu on Oct 8, 2015 - 14 answers

Where can I get a job printing free posters?

Is there a place that will let me create posters of my own artwork on their printers if I work there? Anyone have experience with this? [more inside]
posted by heatherfl on Oct 7, 2015 - 8 answers

Does math homework help middle-school kids learn and retain knowledge?

Does giving math homework really help middle-school aged kids (11 to 13 years old) with learning and retention? Is "practice makes perfect" really a thing with pre-teen learners? Are (or were) you a middle school math teacher? If so, do you give homework? If so, how much and what kind? And what were your outcomes? [more inside]
posted by blessedlyndie on Sep 29, 2015 - 19 answers

Losing a tenure-track position

I am losing my tenure-track job after pre-tenure review. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by AnonProf on Sep 27, 2015 - 13 answers

Overtime pay on hourly status

Does my former employer owe me for overtime pay? I frequently worked more than 40 hours a week for one employer, but he claimed that some hours were from one pocket for one service, and a different pocket for a different service. [more inside]
posted by yesster on Sep 17, 2015 - 13 answers

English language job in Japan that is not teaching

I have been offered the dream position for me - teaching English in Japan. It is with a good school, I have up to two years to take up the offer, and there is a visa attached which will also mean my son and husband can come as dependents. And if we went it would be for a number of years, at least. Only fly in the ointment is what is my husband going to do with himself? [more inside]
posted by thepuppetisasock on Sep 15, 2015 - 18 answers

Should I preemptively tell a new employer about a recent bankruptcy?

I'm hoping to start a new job soon and the company has extended an offer which I have accepted. However the offer is contingent on the results of a background check which I understand is either in progress or will be performed shortly. The problem is that this background check will show that I filed for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy early this year and received a discharge shortly thereafter. So while I wish I could take this moment to celebrate a great new opportunity, I'm afraid that the offer might be rescinded at any moment due to this new information. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 12, 2015 - 13 answers

getting work as an anthropologist in business settings?

Hi Does anyone know the pathway for getting work as an anthropologist in a business setting, or technology? Is anyone actually working in this area? What's is is like? What at are the prospects for starting a business in this area? What qualifications are recommended? Any info or links much appreciated. Yes Ive heard of Genevieve Bell at (Intel?), that would be my ideal job except Im 60 and nearly finished my undergraduate degree
posted by sparkle55 on Sep 11, 2015 - 10 answers

Mid-Life Career Change

Seeking advice on how a 43-year-old man can change careers. [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Aug 29, 2015 - 11 answers

Getting on the radar of recruiters

I'm working with my former boss to help her find a new, high-level appointment at an international institution or corporation. She has too much experience, and is too well-known in her field, to be making applications through job postings. How do I help her get the attention of a recruiter who will do all the legwork? [more inside]
posted by Tenzing_Norgay on Aug 28, 2015 - 6 answers

Job interview: 2nd cut

My HR interview went well (w/ help from the green), and now I'm scheduled to speak with the hiring manager ... [more inside]
posted by LonnieK on Aug 22, 2015 - 6 answers

Proposing a new job role in a company I don't work for

I currently give my time to benefit families of employees of a large international company. I think it's time I was compensated for my work, given the benefits I provide both the company and the families. I'm writing a draft proposal right now. Help me make it awesome! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 15, 2015 - 7 answers

Help me know what I don't know...career advice edition

What do I need to ask/know before accepting a job at an online company? See inside for more details. [more inside]
posted by fyrebelley on Jul 30, 2015 - 4 answers

How to write a "thanks but no thanks" email in a tense situation

A long time family friend has offered to put in a good word for me at his place of employment. Sweet! The problem: he and my mom were dating. More complications after the fold. [more inside]
posted by rollingdoughnut on Jul 29, 2015 - 27 answers

How can I land this management job with no management experience?

I've been out of work for 4 months. I'm in the running for a management job. I don't have any management experience except a senior position in which I led the team for 5 months because my manager left her job. And that was 8 years ago. How can I pitch myself as the right person for the job? [more inside]
posted by OrderOctopoda on Jul 28, 2015 - 9 answers

Working with a technical recruiter

I'm considering working with a recruiting firm to find a new job. Is this a good idea? How do I do this to make it work to my benefit the best? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 24, 2015 - 7 answers

Are potential employers finding something negative in my background?

Is there a way to find out if potential employers are finding something negative in my background check? [more inside]
posted by bolquist on Jul 23, 2015 - 17 answers

Am I Actually Employable?

I got a Masters in Entomology in May of 2014 and I've been looking for a job doing...pretty much anything in science since then. After a pretty crushing rejection earlier this month from a position I thought I'd get, I'm starting to wonder - am I even employable anymore? Snowflake details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by Noms_Tiem on Jul 23, 2015 - 15 answers

What jobs* involve sorting lots of junk and determining its value?

*not including thrift stores. I have very strong feelings about the horrific amount of trash generated by a consumer society with a fixation on cheapness and disposability. I would love to work with an organization that had sustainability high on it's list of priorities. Here there be snowflakes. [more inside]
posted by contemporarySlob on Jul 22, 2015 - 15 answers

Company going under

I'm 99% sure that my company is going under, how do I work my resume in that instance? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 11, 2015 - 5 answers

How do I convince my employer to let me go from full-time to part-time?

I plan on leaving my current job to pursue making art for a living before summer is out. This means my wonderful, supportive wife and I will be dependent on her salary alone until I can get all that sweet, sweet art lucre flowing. This will be a sustainable situation, but won't necessarily be an ideal one. I'd like to attempt to ask to go from full-time salaried to part-time salaried, for some added financial peace of mind. I am not sure how to best approach my manager about this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 9, 2015 - 8 answers

What are some good weekend jobs I might not know about?

I'm looking for a weekend-only job to supplement my income, and at the moment the only jobs I can think of are supermarket or foodservice. Is there anything out there I might not have heard of, that a person with no prior experience might have a chance of getting?
posted by Enemy of Joy on Jun 30, 2015 - 19 answers

Part-time work for a college-educated mobility-challenged person

I have tutoring experience but am not a certified teacher/tutor. I have gone to school district offices, only to be placed on a list of available tutors. Does anyone have suggestions for part-time work that isn't physically challenging but mentally stimulating? I am open to ALL industry fields. Thank you.
posted by gc5785 on Jun 22, 2015 - 6 answers

How to money

I'm in my thirties and I just got my first 'grown-up' job. Now find me a book that teaches me grown-up finances. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 5, 2015 - 20 answers

Temp/freelance jobs for programmers/web developers who can't design

I want to make money with my web development/programming skills, but my main thing is standup comedy so I do NOT want a 'real', full-time job. I also have zero design skills. What should I pursue? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 3, 2015 - 4 answers

Job search for dummies (or the chronically overlooked & underpaid)

Due to cuts, I've lost income and am now running in the red each month. I can handle this for just a little bit before it gets dicey. I need a new full time job but I've never been very good at job hunting or getting interviews and I've also battled a lot of depression and anxiety. (Complication - I am in what might be an emotionally abusive relationship and have to get on my feet.) [more inside]
posted by Fire on Jun 2, 2015 - 10 answers

Job interviews, no offers and dealing with negative judgment from others

I've been job searching for almost a year. I have had several interviews and have yet to come up with an offer. Family members are starting to assume something is wrong with me. How can I keep plugging while trying to explain it may not be as easy as they think? [more inside]
posted by intheigloo on May 19, 2015 - 18 answers

How do I change jobs (and move cities) like a grown up?

How do I time giving notice to current boss and finding a similar job in a different city? I'm worried that If I apply for similar jobs in a different city, potential new bosses may know current boss. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 17, 2015 - 3 answers

How does this scam work?

My boyfriend almost got scammed by a recruiter who said he would get him a job on a ferry in Europe. How does this scam work? I'm also a little worried that this person now has our personal information. [more inside]
posted by Lingasol on May 15, 2015 - 10 answers

911 Is a Job in My Town

I'm up for a 911 operator/dispatcher position. Next week I'll participate in the ECOMM video-based simulation testing where calltaking, notes, and dispatch skills will be evaluated. Aside from doing some random Googling/reading and working on my typing, what else can I do to prep? If you've had experience in the field, do you have any tips or suggestions on how I can do my best? Are there any prep resources you'd recommend?
posted by Alvy Ampersand on May 14, 2015 - 2 answers

Federal Employment Program for Persons with Disabilities

I'm on a low-level job hunt - I have a decent job, but I'd like to relocate closer to my family sometime in the next couple years. I'm also HIV+. I've never been sick and never considered myself 'disabled.' However, I just learned that being positive might qualify me for non-competitive recruitment for positions I'm applying for under the Federal Employment Program for Persons with Disabilities. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 12, 2015 - 3 answers

Help me find work in the US

Having just come back from visiting family in a few different states, I'm now beginning to feel that their suggestions for me to move closer to them might be a good idea. I'm from the UK and wouldn't move without a job, so where can I find potential employers who would take me seriously and not think I was too much of a hassle before they'd even read my resume? Are there any particular jobs boards for this type of thing? I would also consider a temporary move. [more inside]
posted by joboe on May 10, 2015 - 11 answers

Should I apply for a federal job at the same office my MIL works in?

About nine months ago, I applied for a spot with the federal government, which was in line with what I previously did as a paralegal. I got a call back amazingly quickly -- but the hiring manager pointed out that someone with my unusual last name also worked in the office, and it turned out to be my step-mother-in-law. (I knew she did that type of work but I had no idea it was with that agency.) The hiring manager still wanted to interview me. I agreed to set-up an interview during that phone call, talked it over with my husband, and, the next day, emailed the hiring manager and said I was withdrawing my candidacy, to avoid the perception of impropriety. And then snowflakes fell. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by coast99 on May 8, 2015 - 9 answers

How Do You Work For A Canadian Company?

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]
posted by COD on May 3, 2015 - 5 answers

Employment Insurance in Ontario

Hi. I have a question about how employment insurance works in Ontario. I read through the government of Ontario's webpage, but some things were unclear and I was hoping to get some clarity here. (If there's a better place to post this, please let me know!) I currently work as an actuarial student. In this context, student means that I'm still progressing through exams - I'm actually in my late 20's and well out of university. My job requires that I pass a series of exams. If I fail to pass an exam at least once every 18 months, I'll be fired. I'm writing an exam at the end of April and if I fail, I will meet the condition where the company can fire me. My question is - would I qualify for employment insurance payments if that were to happen?
posted by anonymous on Apr 30, 2015 - 3 answers

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Current company is in transition, but... a new job offer has me thinking about leaving. They aren't offering as great of a retirement package. I'm not sure it is even close! What should I do? [more inside]
posted by MMALR on Apr 28, 2015 - 10 answers

Should I tell interviewers that I was on a Performance Improvement Plan?

I wasn't fired but decided to leave before the plan ended. When asked why I left my previous employer, I give other reasons and try to sound positive about the company I left. Is this the right approach or should I start explaining the PIP and difficulty I had at my last job? [more inside]
posted by bolquist on Apr 26, 2015 - 12 answers

Freelancing for Dollars

I want to know what the market is for freelance reporters to sell their ability to do stories to radio stations across the country (or maybe in general). I don't know what a reporter might charge for freelancing the reporting, producing, writing and voicing of a story or what would compel a station to hire them And does there exist a collective or consortium of freelancers who have managed to turn that into a business model, like a narrowly focused employment agency or maybe even a talent agency. Does anybody know where I can find data on both?
posted by CollectiveMind on Apr 24, 2015 - 1 answer

Can you start Monday?

I've been offered two jobs. They both seem to be stuck in administrative office hell and I'm waiting around for them to actually give me any hours of work. I've had a paper job offer in my hand for over a month for one job, and a couple of weeks for the other job. I've been to inductions and initial training for both the jobs, so it's not like a vague verbal job "offer" that someone's changed their mind on. Both jobs are with local authorities, so they are big, legitimate organisations rather than small-time outfits. When do I stop chasing, and what should I do in the meantime? [more inside]
posted by winterhill on Apr 23, 2015 - 7 answers

Fired :(

So two jobs in a row I've gotten fired. My confidence is super low. [more inside]
posted by spacecowgirl on Apr 17, 2015 - 25 answers

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