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Good job offer's deadline is up, but a preferred job offer is incoming.

I have a good job offer in hand, but the deadline was today, and a preferred job offer is close enough that they say they're just waiting for the offer letter to be signed. Special details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 25, 2013 - 19 answers

 

How can I get this seemingly interested employer to actually hire me?

How can I get this seemingly interested employer to actually hire me? [more inside]
posted by TryTheTilapia on Dec 21, 2013 - 5 answers

How do I know if a job is a good fit for me?

Earlier this week I started working at a flour mill driving tractor trailers, after 2 months of training at a truck driving school to obtain a CDL, and I am having doubts about this decision. [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend on Dec 14, 2013 - 28 answers

Would you take the 'better' job or wait for the 'perfect' job?

I think I'm about to be offered a new job. It's the type of work I'd like to do. But it's not my 'perfect' job and it wouldn't mean a payrise. Should I wait? . [more inside]
posted by Encipher on Dec 12, 2013 - 10 answers

I'm not sure how to go into an upcoming job negotiation.

Hi! I was just offered a job and will go in to negotiate the details of my employment. I'll be working for a company based in a European country that is trying to expand into the U.S. It's a sales position that will have me travelling around the northeast selling their product in specialty stores. [more inside]
posted by inTikiwetrust on Dec 5, 2013 - 7 answers

No sane person would expect me to work here anymore, right?

So, I have only been working at this new job two months, but now I need to leave. For, I think, reasons no sane person would object to. But it's only been two months and the last job was also brief, although again for very excusable reasons. Help me phrase a cover letter? [more inside]
posted by Sequence on Dec 4, 2013 - 22 answers

How to negotiate salary mid-career?

I am interviewing for a new job. I'm a mid-career professional with 15 years of experience in my field. I've made the second round of interviews at three different organizations. I expect a job offer from at least one, possibly two of these places. I have NO IDEA how to negotiate a salary offer when it comes, and most of the advice I've found is geared to new college graduates, not people with more experience. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 3, 2013 - 5 answers

MASS Employment Filter: Know your Rights!

My, under 10 employee company just hired a new receptionist in Massachusetts. She has been with us for 2 weeks, week two was out for 2.5 days with the flu. Today starts week 4, and she just informed the president that she is pregnant. Do we have any recourse?
posted by jrc on Dec 2, 2013 - 18 answers

What is the best way to ask for pay when my employer takes vacation?

(Posting on behalf of a friend and sending them a link to the thread. I can relay updates as needed). I am a nanny caring for a three-year old in the Boston area. The family I currently work for is leaving for two weeks during Christmas vacation. I expect that I won't work during that time and I won't get paid. I would've requested the first week off anyway because I am traveling with my family. but the second week I would have chosen to work had they been here. Is it fair for me to ask for compensation for the second week? If so, can you recommend how I can word this request so it doesn't sound like a demand? I've been writing it down and talking it out and I can't seem to come up with the right words.
posted by carpographer on Nov 27, 2013 - 20 answers

Question about resume and jobs in Democratic politics in the South

I am considering some jobs in Democratic politics in Georgia or elsewhere in the South, and I'm wondering if there are some activities that I should leave off my resume and cover letter, even if they might have some relevance to the job I am applying for. [more inside]
posted by andoatnp on Nov 18, 2013 - 15 answers

How do I get into the field of Human Resources?

I am currently a program assistant in banking, but I am considering trying to get into HR. How can I successfully achieve this goal? (details inside) [more inside]
posted by aka_anon on Nov 17, 2013 - 6 answers

Employment Attorney in Portland

How do you go about finding an attorney for someone who has just been fired? [more inside]
posted by repoman on Nov 15, 2013 - 11 answers

Employment scam or legit invite?

I've been job searching for the past couple of months. Some online listings compel you to apply for them through a recruiter site. I try to avoid doing this, because I've been spammed as a result by sites like Careerbuilder.com who apparently don't vet their partners very well. [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Nov 14, 2013 - 11 answers

Age 25. Huge college debt. Can't land a better job. What should I do?

I have $40,000+ in debt, a bachelors degree in criminal justice, an EMT-B license, a basic computer tech certificate, 4 years of customer service experience as a banquet server, a bad driving history, and one misdemeanor - how can I find a better job than being a banquet server? What can I do to be competitive? Should I attend police academy or not? What are my options - what can I do to improve my life? [more inside]
posted by usersname on Nov 9, 2013 - 49 answers

Help me become a temp

I'd like to leave my relatively stable (but likely dead-end) job for temp work, with the hope of landing in a position with more potential to be a career--or, at least, the potential for occasional promotions. If you've done this, I'd like to hear what worked well for you, what didn't, and what you wish you'd thought of ahead of time. [more inside]
posted by pullayup on Nov 5, 2013 - 24 answers

How to manage an LDR when there's no end to the distance in sight?

I have just moved to a new city for my dream job and I can’t stop crying. Long distance relationship woes inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 4, 2013 - 7 answers

Financial planner in NYC due to a new job

I'm about to start a job where I make around a 55k salary. I am wondering how much this will affect my life compared to the approximately 40k salary I've been getting (due to things at my job trying to play with my salary... I can't really comment on this.) [more inside]
posted by antgly on Nov 3, 2013 - 8 answers

How to ask for more work at a new, mid-level position?

First mid level position, due to some turnover and changes, my boss has no idea what my team does and I need work since mentoring/shadowing isn't providing enough. [more inside]
posted by lpcxa0 on Oct 19, 2013 - 3 answers

Jokes about charred bones: not exactly reassuring!

How should I deal with a co-worker who won't evacuate when a fire alarm sounds? I am particularly concerned because his mobility is limited. Added complication: he is my boss. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 17, 2013 - 37 answers

Help me find some job prospects in SF in neuroscience/psychology?

Hello, I'm a recent Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, and it appears I'm not massively employable. I live in San Francisco and am not able to relocate. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 15, 2013 - 8 answers

Extra source of income

I'm currently a junior level mobile developer for an air travel .com company. It's a full time job. I'm also working on developing an iPhone app which is a Foursquare client (currently free, but developing it more until paid features can be added once I reach a reasonable point of development). [more inside]
posted by antgly on Oct 12, 2013 - 4 answers

My church, my taxes and me

I think my employer is doing something shady. I think it affects me. I am really upset and I don't know what to do. It's a tax question with an emotional backstory. [more inside]
posted by Biblio on Oct 11, 2013 - 20 answers

Career Switch: Restaurant Management Edition

My SO has years and years of stellar restaurant management experience. How can he parlay this into a career outside of food service? [more inside]
posted by youandiandaflame on Oct 7, 2013 - 7 answers

Slowing down the pace

After a successful 20-year career in IT and hitting middle age, I find myself ready to slow down to a potentially unrelated job which has a more leisurely pace and does not require on-call work. While I've resisted burnout over the years, the late nights, bug fixes and fire drills inherent to many different types of DevOps positions like I've been in - spanning hands-on, project management and department management positions at different employers - have really started to get me down. I could afford to take a pay cut, and maybe, in a few years, move. If you've successfully moved from IT or software development into a job that guarantees your phone won't ring late at night, what have you done?
posted by I EAT TAPAS on Oct 5, 2013 - 8 answers

How would recruiters describe my job?

I love what I do at work. I hate my company. What sort of job titles do other companies give my job, so that I can make sure I'm applying for something similar (but hopefully at a better place)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 5, 2013 - 11 answers

Massachusetts employment Finder

What are the websites you use to find a new job? Is Monster still relevant? Do you use Boston.com? [more inside]
posted by jrc on Oct 4, 2013 - 7 answers

zero dollars

I have no money in my bank account and zero income. I have 29 days to come up with $800. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by dekathelon on Oct 2, 2013 - 115 answers

Resources for launching a personal consulting business

I've decided to quit my corporate job and try my hand at launching a personal consulting business. What are some excellent resources that cover all manner of logistical necessities in this domain? [more inside]
posted by mmmmbobo on Sep 27, 2013 - 4 answers

Let's pretend this job never happened...

Do I have to disclose a job that I only worked at for one day on employment applications? [more inside]
posted by cosmicbeast on Sep 25, 2013 - 23 answers

Need lawyer recommendation for employment law in California

My employer, a large multinational based in CA, is letting me go under very dubious circumstances. I need a lawyer to help me understand my options. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 20, 2013 - 8 answers

recruiter woes

I received an email from a recruiter at a prestigious place of employ in a (STEM) field that I would like to be in. I had been considering applying at said place for a few weeks. The recruiter mentioned a project that I had completed some time ago in a complimentary way and asked whether a particular date and time would be appropriate for an informal interview. I responded, gave my CV, and suggested a date and time that would be more convenient than the one suggested. It has been more than a week since I responded (long past both suggested dates) with no response from the recruiter. I have three questions. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 15, 2013 - 8 answers

Special Snowflake Cover Letter

Can you give me some feedback on drafting a cover letter? The special snowflakes flurry within . . . [more inside]
posted by mibo on Sep 12, 2013 - 7 answers

Discretion in job applications

I would like to send out job applications to companies that are close to my own company. For example one company is located in the same building as my current employer and everyone eats lunch in the same canteen. I would also like to apply to companies that are working on joint projects with my company -- where I am one of the representatives of my current company in the project/collaboration. Two questions: should I explicitly ask for discretion? Or is that a given and/or kind of shady sounding? Also, is it bad form to apply to the companies that are working with us where I am a team-member?
posted by anonymous on Sep 7, 2013 - 4 answers

How do I quit my job when I'm effectively irreplacable?

I'm an executive and engineer at a small creative company. For a variety of reasons, I must find new employment. Given our region, the company will not be able to replace me, and several other people will lose their jobs when it folds. That dilemma has already kept me here far longer than is healthy. Nonetheless, I want to do this as gracefully and ethically as possible so that they have the greatest chance to find new employment. How?
posted by anonymous on Sep 5, 2013 - 32 answers

Is two weeks vacation standard?

Is two weeks vacation standard? Help me decide if I should accept this job. [more inside]
posted by susanvance on Aug 28, 2013 - 31 answers

I'm letting a household employee go, have I done anything wrong?

I am letting my nanny go for a variety of reasons, and feel both bad and awkward about it, but still think it was the right choice for my own family, and would like to know if I handled this appropriately. [more inside]
posted by tylerkaraszewski on Aug 26, 2013 - 43 answers

Should I take this job?

After interviewing for a full-time position, I was offered the job as a contract-to-hire. Should I take it? [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Aug 23, 2013 - 29 answers

What's the non-lawyer legal job market like?

A friend of mine has suggested that I apply for a job as a receptionist in a law office, with the suggestion that they tend to promote internally and that it could be an avenue into work as a legal assistant/paralegal. Could this be a huge mistake? [more inside]
posted by pullayup on Aug 22, 2013 - 19 answers

Short notice resignation snowflake-y justification

My contract with my employer is at-will (and I work in an at-will state), and I need to get out of here asap, but I don't want to give too much notice... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 20, 2013 - 13 answers

Looking for social work jobs in San Francisco...

I'm an ASW in Southern California and I'm relocating to San Francisco. What are some good resources/agencies for finding social work jobs in SF? I've used Indeed, Craigslist, and the UCSF website, but I don't know of enough agencies/hospitals up there to know which websites to check for job openings. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!
posted by blackcatcuriouser on Aug 19, 2013 - 4 answers

Let me tell you how it will be: there's one for you, nineteen for me

SO has job offer 1800 miles away in beautiful California. Yesterday we were told by friends to expect over 50% of his salary to be taxed, leaving us with net income not far from what we make now in landlocked midwestern state. Should we be concerned about being destitute if we take this job and make the move to Ventura County? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 19, 2013 - 27 answers

How to I navigate this open-ended offer to expand my (entry level) job?

How to I navigate this open-ended offer to expand my (entry level) job? And which tasks would be appropriate. [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Aug 15, 2013 - 4 answers

I want a new job. I'm not well qualified. What can I do?

I've been working a data-entry job for almost two years now. I got it as a temp position shortly after finishing college. It became full-time a year later. I graduated from a good school, but late, and with mediocre grades in journalism, my major. I stuck to the temp job because I bombed out of freelance work. This failure aggravated my self-loathing and convinced me to abandon journalism, for which I have shown little talent. I abandoned it for a dead-end job. I would like a job with better chances for promotion and with better pay. How, if at all, do I find such a job, considering my mental health, which sabotages each stage of the hunt, and my poor qualifications, which don't help? [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan on Aug 13, 2013 - 13 answers

Should I worry about an explainable discrepancy in salary verification?

My new employer might attempt to verify my previous salary. The number I told them I "make" during salary negotiations includes an annual bonus and is more than my base salary. Should I be worried they might find out my base salary was a bit less? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 12, 2013 - 12 answers

Teaching positions around the U.S.?

Are there any websites that show reliable listings of middle/junior/senior high teaching positions throughout the U.S.? Public or private. Specifically in my case, positions in Secondary English/Language Arts.
posted by zardoz on Aug 10, 2013 - 9 answers

Help me land a job as a barista.

I am both severely over and terribly under qualified. [more inside]
posted by alex_skazat on Aug 9, 2013 - 37 answers

Benefits, my ass.

Is there ANY way I can cash in my "commuter benefits" debit card? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Wu on Aug 9, 2013 - 35 answers

Salary discrimination. Looking for advice to help a coworker negotiate.

The new hire is making more than someone who has been there for years and is still doing most of the work. What should I tell my coworker so that she can negotiate a fair salary? [more inside]
posted by adapt on Aug 3, 2013 - 26 answers

FMLA + Layoffs?

Though what I really need is a crystal ball, hypothetically would you as an employer be likely to lay off someone who is not currently working due to injury and illness and covered under Short Term Disability insurance and FMLA? [more inside]
posted by fontophilic on Aug 1, 2013 - 9 answers

This might be illegal. We might be over reacting.

Help us determine if we're over reacting to a company paying at-risk adults below minimum wage because they can. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 1, 2013 - 27 answers

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