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Why am I not getting a raise?

Is there any legal precedent to fight raises for only incoming employees and not existing staff? [more inside]
posted by teg4rvn on Mar 25, 2015 - 20 answers

What kind of raise can I expect after passing the bar?

Are "bar passage" raises nominal in nature? [more inside]
posted by kbennett289 on Mar 24, 2015 - 6 answers

What job/field should my partner search for?

My partner wants to get a new job and would like advice for what kind of jobs / industries / job titles to look for. We are in southwest michigan right now, but my partner wants to build skills they could take elsewhere in the country in a few years. After graduating college with an English degree, my partner got a job through a temp agency, and is ready to move on. But neither of us are knowledgeable about what jobs they might be qualified for. Hopes and dreams inside [more inside]
posted by rebent on Mar 20, 2015 - 5 answers

Recent social-science graduate looking for job guidance

I'm a recent graduate with experience in the non-profit and graphic/web design fields looking to find sustainable, permanent work that matches my skills and experience before continuing my education. [more inside]
posted by Elephanzee on Mar 18, 2015 - 5 answers

How best to market myself online?

I'm creating an online portfolio/website and looking for strategies of how to describe my career goals. Basically I'm wondering whether I should emphasize professional, or creative goals, or whether it's okay to have both. [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Mar 7, 2015 - 2 answers

Should I tell my former employer why I left?

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]
posted by anonymous on Mar 3, 2015 - 43 answers

Looking for women-founded and women-run technology companies

I am a woman whose experience in technology is eerily similar to that of the women in these two articles. I am at a breaking point. But rather than leave the field, I would like to shift employment so that I'm working at exclusively women-led or women-run companies. Can anyone provide some ideas for potential places to apply for full-time employment? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 25, 2015 - 12 answers

Hypochondriacal and Neurotic Thinking = missed Work. Your Tips Wanted!

I was physically ill as a child, in the hospital more than school, and through young adult years as well. Mom was/is classic hypochondriac. As an adult for the last 20 years and in my early 40s, I have let it hurt my work record and advancement. [more inside]
posted by chicaboom on Feb 24, 2015 - 10 answers

How to Maximize the Chances of a Job with Work Visa Sponsorship

I have a friend who's been looking for a job in mental health for over two years. She can get interviews but employers balk at having to sponsor her for a work visa. Any ideas on how to overcome this huge barrier? [more inside]
posted by jcatus on Feb 18, 2015 - 3 answers

Mental health resources for a Federal employee working in California?

I'm a federal employee working in California. I just had an anxiety attack at work. I think I need space to regroup mentally and emotionally. What options are open to me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 6, 2015 - 6 answers

Telling prospective employers you've been laid off

I just got laid off. I was already having early discussions with some prospective employers, so now I'm not sure what to tell them, if anything. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 23, 2015 - 13 answers

Is it unfair to tell my colleague I'm in love with her?

I'm in love with my female colleague. We went on a date in 2014 and left it as friends. Now I'm thinking of finding a new job - should I tell her why or is this unfairly burdening someone else with my problem? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 23, 2015 - 53 answers

Please constructively critique my (anonymized) resume

TLDR: The title pretty much says it all; I'm seeking feedback on my resume. It's functional in design. Please suggest improvements. I've posted an anonymized version on Imgur for this question. (Yes, I will be deleting the resume image afterward.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 18, 2015 - 13 answers

Should I stay or should I go?

Should I move to a bigger city to find a job even if I don't line one up and even if I have no savings? [more inside]
posted by kbennett289 on Jan 16, 2015 - 8 answers

What are your favorite workplace- or profession-based blogs?

As part of a getting-to-know-your-future-career exercise for college students, I'm looking for blogs that focus on some aspect of life in any of the following professions: nursing; law enforcement; criminal justice (parole system, prison guards, lawyers); acting/directing/theatre; TV/film; business administration; marketing; finance; chemistry/biology research or tech; sports coaching. [more inside]
posted by Bardolph on Jan 14, 2015 - 13 answers

Tell me about the logistics of finding a job out of state.

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]
posted by quin on Jan 12, 2015 - 6 answers

I'm not disabled. I just occasionally feel incapacitated by sadness.

Is there any possible benefit to indicate that I have a disability when applying for jobs when my disability is major depression? [more inside]
posted by kat518 on Jan 10, 2015 - 28 answers

How best to manage this work problem

For several years Small Company has been undergoing large turnover in employees, to the point that there are now a number of critical vacancies. I am a Widget Controller at SC. Because of the vacancies, I was told to also become a Cog Controller. They're not similar jobs even though they have a similar title and the career path is different. I am not paid extra for the additional role (I haven't asked). There is no overtime. Is a position change like this normal? Is it possible to escalate to HR as this isn't the job I was hired to do? I don't like being a Cog Controller.
posted by anonymous on Jan 9, 2015 - 11 answers

Is there a chance they will take me back?

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]
posted by anonymous on Jan 8, 2015 - 11 answers

How do I deal with a small gap on my resume?

How do I deal with a small gap on my resume? [more inside]
posted by apostate street preacher on Jan 7, 2015 - 20 answers

Asking for a large raise shortly after receiving a large raise

I've been working for a company for two years. About four months ago, I was offered a very large pay increase. I was told it would be between 25-40%. At the time, I was being paid much below market and the company was having lots of trouble hiring people for my position. Unfortunately, after some internal politics, the company ended up only giving me 20%. [more inside]
posted by adgl on Jan 5, 2015 - 20 answers

Employee vs. Independent Contractor - Need to carry Worker's Comp?

Help. I'm being told by my employer that I need to buy Workers Compensation Insurance for myself to continue working for them. I believe I'm an employee and they should cover it. They believe I'm an Independent Contractor so I should pay it. This is in NYC. More info under the cut. [more inside]
posted by thatgirld on Jan 5, 2015 - 9 answers

Should I disclose my not-really-a-job-job?

I was invited to a third interview! Yay! Bad news: They want me to fill out an employment record prior to the interview. I started training at a test prep company a few months ago, and ultimately decided not to continue because it was a poor fit. I was paid for the parts of training I attended. Should I include test prep company on my employment record? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 26, 2014 - 10 answers

I want to work part-time.

I recently got a job as a public librarian. This is the first time I've had a permanent, full-time job and I've realized that it's not for me. I think I'd be much happier with the hours and flexibility of part-time work. [more inside]
posted by toby_ann on Dec 22, 2014 - 11 answers

Is my employer in the right to pay me less than promised?

Is my employer in the right to pay me less than previously communicated? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 18, 2014 - 9 answers

From IT to a non-screen, non-exempt position.

I'm interested in stories from individuals who formerly had a substantial IT career who transitioned to a job that neither relied heavily on sitting in front of screens for long periods, and was also not an "exempt" position (ie, overtime work in your new position was paid as overtime). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 18, 2014 - 8 answers

I'm Not (that kind of) Quitter!

My most recent position is not ideal, and it's time to move on. How best should I phrase my departure and, if you were a hiring manager, what would you want to hear? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Dec 17, 2014 - 15 answers

How can I support myself as an artist?

What are some things that I could do to support myself while doing creative work, *without* taking up so much time that I can't actually do art? [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Dec 5, 2014 - 21 answers

Where to place the burden of degree verification.

Employers verify a degree or get a transcript by contacting the prospective employee's school. Why isn't this procedure used in colleges and universities (instead of the onus being placed on the student to provide the information)?
posted by Ik ben afgesneden on Nov 29, 2014 - 13 answers

What to tell interviewers about why I'm leaving my job?

I've received a "Performance Improvement Plan" due to poor output and communication problems. This is almost entirely due to issues in my personal life that are resolving themselves. However, at most companies (probably including mine), a PIP is basically a way to build a paper trail before firing someone. While I'm going to work as hard as I can to improve performance, this is probably the time to start looking for other jobs. What is ethical for me to tell interviewers about why I'm leaving my current position? There are plenty of things I can cite that I don't like about this job, but none of them would normally be enough for me to quit. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 25, 2014 - 18 answers

Can an engineer escape from a black hole?

I have an engineering degree and seven years of experience working as a mechanical engineer in a niche industry. I was laid off over a year ago, and I still can't find a job. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 7, 2014 - 10 answers

Help me Internet-kenobe! You're my only hope!

I was told that I am the finalist for a position in a school district, but that the last step would be to contact my current employer for a reference. I told them no, not until I see something in writing. But how do I handle once I do see something in writing? Help me navigate these tricky waters! [more inside]
posted by firei on Nov 6, 2014 - 9 answers

Job-hunting for the first time in a while. Upgrade my employment, how?

Despite my people skills and ample experience with booze, I had to leave the food and beverage industry. I'm going to school part-time for civil engineering this spring. What positions and roles should I be looking at, especially if I want to increase my payrate? How can I best define and "sell" my skills on my resume and in person? How do I find places that will have a position for me? [more inside]
posted by TreeDodger on Oct 22, 2014 - 4 answers

Can a software company in California insist employees limit drinking?

Can a software company in California insist that employees participate in a system that limits drinking after hours? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 21, 2014 - 13 answers

What to do if I'm being paid less than agreed upon in an interview?

I recently took a part-time job tutoring at a nonprofit, and was told that I'd get paid $X/hr. Today, I was pulled aside and told by my supervisor/interviewer that I would instead get paid $Y/hr. I should have confronted her about it at the time, but I wasn't confident that I could think clearly in the moment so I asked for some time to think things over. What should I do so that I can get at least some of this back? [more inside]
posted by coolname on Oct 1, 2014 - 23 answers

Should I contact these potential employers, or wait it out?

I had a great job interview last week (on 9/18), and I seemed to be exactly what the company is looking for. I was told at the end of the interview that they would be making their decision in two weeks (week of 9/29, I guess). I sent them a nice thank-you email the day after. I've just now noticed that the job was re-posted on Craigslist today! [more inside]
posted by ElectricGoat on Sep 24, 2014 - 10 answers

I need a better title than "Jack of all trades"!

I was laid off last week, and after taking a few days to sleep in and dominate my boyfriend at Minecraft, I'm jumping into the job hunt. I feel like I've done a pretty good job on most of my resume, but writing out my position at my most recent job has me a bit lost. It's my only work experience in Quebec, and was the longest I've ever worked anywhere, so it's important I get it right. [more inside]
posted by hasna on Sep 22, 2014 - 5 answers

Working in Crazytown has its ups and downs

I have a job with a few perks and a few biiig downsides. Should I pursue a new job or am I being a big baby? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 8, 2014 - 15 answers

Going to work for an ex-boss?

My boss quit their job this spring for a new position at another company. I initially applied for their position (and was the lead candidate) but pulled out after getting doubts as to whether I could do the job, despite having support from all my colleagues. Anyway, the ex-boss has recently got in contact and asked if I could send a copy of my resume as soon as possible as they have a opening that they think I would be very suitable for. [more inside]
posted by tacgnol on Sep 6, 2014 - 14 answers

Am I fooling myself in that I can get justice?

I was forced out of my job about a year ago. I am being treated for PTSD due to the crappy way I was treated. The ongoing symptoms and the waiting to hear back from the latest lawyer that I gave all my info to have a ripple effect in how I am dealing with personal relationships including my marriage. Am I foolishly expecting too much here in that I will get justice? [more inside]
posted by comicgirl001 on Sep 5, 2014 - 19 answers

Tips for an Industrial Engineering MS looking for a job?

My wife graduated from Northeastern University with an MS in Industrial Engineering earlier this year. She's had some difficulty finding employment relevant to her educational experience. How can I best help her in this? [more inside]
posted by Earl the Polliwog on Sep 4, 2014 - 2 answers

Job search confusion abounds....

Hey Mefites, I need help in getting an out-of-state job. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by strelitzia on Sep 4, 2014 - 9 answers

Are These Red Flags, or Am I Just Nervous?

I recently accepted a job offer with a mid-sized family-owned company. I received some not-so-great information within my first week. Do I brush it off, or use what I know to make an informed decision on how to move forward? [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Aug 24, 2014 - 11 answers

Are cover letters dead?

I've applied to two jobs this week (the only two) for very different companies, and in both cases, when I applied on the company website, all that was requested of me was my contact information and a copy of my resume--no cover letter. [more inside]
posted by elizeh on Aug 23, 2014 - 15 answers

How to build a career & income as a single parent of special needs kids?

I've driven my career into the ground as a parent of two special needs kids. Where do I go from here? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Aug 22, 2014 - 19 answers

Employment, past salary, and credit checks in the information age

At what point in the process can a prospective employer get my actual salary amount from my soon-to-be-previous employer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 21, 2014 - 11 answers

Getting out of a toxic situation and finding the right path

I rushed into a new job after a layoff a few weeks ago, and it's really not a good fit. The commute is too long (and I have no interest in moving here, because I love where I live and the job is in a really dismal part of the county), the work is too boring (it's IT work that's largely automated, and my "job" appears to be to watch things and make sure they don't go down) and it's starting to make me ill. I'm very close to a breakdown and I am not sure what to do to improve my quality of life. [more inside]
posted by winterhill on Aug 19, 2014 - 45 answers

Switching to a non-actuarial career

My wife and I are in the process of trying to relocate. For the past 3 years, I've been working as an actuary in Canada, but neither of us is happy living in the city we're currently in. For us, ideally we'd be able to find work in either Eastern Canada or Alberta/B.C. (this is partly due to a condition my wife has that would make living in other parts of Canada difficult). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 11, 2014 - 5 answers

The exits are....none.

How do people determine that they can just pack up and move out and assume things will work out? [more inside]
posted by msbadcrumble on Aug 4, 2014 - 31 answers

Leaving job by mutual agreement (Canadian edition)

My employer and I just agreed that I am not a good fit for the job. What should I do? I'm in Ontario, Canada. I realize that similar questions have asked, but am specifically looking for answers that take Canadian law into account. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by ITheCosmos on Jul 29, 2014 - 5 answers

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