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Daily working Llfe of an MGM contract player in the 40s?

I'm looking for resources and sources on daily life for an average MGM contract player in 1940s - what an average working day looked like -- ideally focusing on mundane details like hours worked, how did you get there, union rules, where you entered and left, where you could and couldn't go etc. The more workaday the better. I've allready gone through Charles Brackett's diaries and halfway through MGM: Hollywood's Greatest Backlot ( which is good for physical locations so far), but its not as focused on the physical operations as I'd like.
posted by The Whelk on Feb 16, 2016 - 7 answers

Graduating with Bad Grades

It looks like I'll be graduating from a top-15 UK university this summer with a 2:2 in law. I feel really crap about this can I get some tips on how to deal with this immediately, and in the long term? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 13, 2016 - 9 answers

What is a meaningful "years of service" award for a programmer?

I'm in a big company that just sends me PDFs to print and give to people when they get to various years of service. I want to give them something a bit more fun. They are web developers and QA. Some sort of geeky trophy maybe? I'd be paying out of my own pocket so the focus is on meaningfulness, not cash value.
posted by freecellwizard on Feb 12, 2016 - 11 answers

Teacher 7 months pregnant in the fall, how can I work?

I am a teacher who is currently stuck in the short-term contracts phase of my career. I will not be renewed in June. I will be 6-7 months pregnant in September. Outside the box suggestions for how I can work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 6, 2016 - 11 answers

Need unstressful work

I'm a reasonably bright person with no practical skills to speak of and a lot of social/cognitive limitations. Is there a job I can do? Is there any way to make money? [more inside]
posted by thetortoise on Feb 3, 2016 - 24 answers

How can I help my partner get a job?

My partner lost their job at the end of last year and is in the process of looking for new employment. So far it is proving to be an overly difficult process. I want to help, however I can, but I'm a bit out of my depth. [more inside]
posted by Prahan on Jan 26, 2016 - 7 answers

What's the most profesh way to ask my job to relocate me?

I got my dream job in a nightmare town -- stuck it out for 2.5 years and I gotta get out of here, but I want to keep my job. Help me persuade them to transfer me to our satellite office which is in a major city a few hours away. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 24, 2016 - 18 answers

Because hiding under the bedcovers is not a paying job.

My job of over a decade went sour thanks to a newer supervisor whom I can't shake. I am being micromanaged within an inch of my life, and it makes me shut down and do even less. New jobs are scarce, and I can't quit for financial reasons. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by sheena is a sock puppet on Jan 13, 2016 - 23 answers

How to best retain my current job through a physical move.

My wife and I are moving to a new town, and my employer has a secondary presence in that town. I'd like to be able to keep my current job after the move and office at that other location. How can I go about discussing this situation with my boss to make that happen? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 13, 2016 - 4 answers

How to answer the salary history question?

A possible employer has asked for my salary history. Hooray, they're interested! But I want to make *more* if I take the new job. [more inside]
posted by underthehat on Jan 11, 2016 - 24 answers

Can my employer not reimburse me for work expenses if I'm late?

My employer is trying to screw me out of money I spent on a personal credit card for work expenses. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 5, 2016 - 8 answers

Employment Application: Is this a trick question?

Employment history section of an online job application states: You must complete all sections and answer all questions as they pertain to you, even if you are attaching a resume. Misrepresentation or omission of facts called for may be grounds for not employing you, or dismissing you after employment. But not every field in the form is required. Do I need to fill out each field despite this? [more inside]
posted by tastycracker on Dec 27, 2015 - 10 answers

I'm the office punching bag - what do I do?

I'm working in an office job at a small non-profit. As a junior member of staff, I'm repeatedly being blamed quite aggressively for things that either aren't my job or aren't anyone's fault. My concerns about this are being brushed off. The job consists of constant firefighting, there are constant non-specific threats over my future at the organisation and the stress and anxiety is making me sick. I'm planning to move on next year - but how do I make this place bearable in the interim? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 16, 2015 - 49 answers

Why did my payroll tax increase when I moved abroad?

I moved abroad and continued my employment remotely, with the support of my employer. Now my employer said they're paying more payroll taxes and it's a bit of a problem. But I don't understand why, since my residency status hasn't changed. [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul on Dec 15, 2015 - 8 answers

Would publishing independent research on urbanism make me employable?

I am 47 years old, and have been non-employed for several years now. I've spent some of this time involved as a concerned citizen in local land-use politics conflict. Several activists I worked with have praised my 'research' skills and writing ability. I've discovered that urbanism is a complex, fascinating and important cause, and a fertile vantage from which to look at the world. If I were to produce -- as an independent scholar -- work that was published in a peer-review journal on urbanist topics, could this result in making me more employable? [more inside]
posted by bertran on Dec 10, 2015 - 13 answers

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

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