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Non-boilerplate resume help, on the double!

Yay! Almost a year after taking the NYS Civil Service/Professional exam, I finally got my first canvass letter, from the NYS Insurance Fund, asking me about my interest in being considered for a Personnel Administration traineeship. Going by my previous questions, you might imagine that I'm VERY, VERY interested.. They want a resume before they'll even consider an interview. That's a problem. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Dec 21, 2014 - 8 answers

What is my next career step and how do I get there?

I’ve spent a couple of years in my current position doing entry-level nonprofit program coordination. It turns out it's not my ideal career field, so I am in search of a new and different challenge. What kinds of positions might I qualify for that would offer me interesting and stable work and help me progress in my career? What can I do to make myself a good candidate? If you do something that I might really enjoy, can you tell me more about your career path? [more inside]
posted by robot cat on Dec 16, 2014 - 3 answers

How do I tactfully ask what a job pays?

I have a situation where I interviewed for another position within the company where I am employed, I got a positive response and the hiring manager has told me he is going to work through some details with HR before he can give me a definite yes - problem is, I'm still not sure what the new position pays. [more inside]
posted by sputgop on Dec 15, 2014 - 9 answers

How to explain why I want a position without seeming self-serving?

I have an interview for a position that could possibly be a big career-starter for me - however, it does not exactly align with my desired focus. How can I answer the inevitable questions about why I want this position? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by majesty_snowbird on Dec 10, 2014 - 8 answers

a good kind of quandry to have

How to handle giving notice at work around Xmas time? [more inside]
posted by thereemix on Dec 10, 2014 - 12 answers

No job, no friends, no hope in NYC

I'm lonely, unemployed, broke, and absolutely miserable after moving to New York City after finishing school. Please help me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 8, 2014 - 24 answers

Leave my job, or stick around until September?

For Reasons, I've got to come to a decision regarding my current job. It's to do with housing, and my two choice are: leave pretty much immediately after Christmas, or commit to living in the area (and therefore the job) until September (with no option to leave before then)? It's a well-paid job with a few big drawbacks - so snowflakes are inside! [more inside]
posted by winterhill on Dec 8, 2014 - 13 answers

Help me soften a lot of rage, please?

I want to quit my French au pair job because it's not great. I just got a call to interview for a new job in ONE week. How do I tell the parents? [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood on Dec 8, 2014 - 23 answers

Best Career Advice for High Schoolers EVER?

I'm teaching a career explorations class for high schoolers at my therapeutic high school, age ranges 14 to 21. All my students have diagnosed emotional or behavioral disabilities and my course is 12 weeks long. My big question: As an adult, what career advice do you wish you had been given? Advice that would have opened your eyes and given you a great feeling about the world of work? What did the adults in your life not say about work, but you wish they had? [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Dec 6, 2014 - 51 answers

Should I give myself a bad review at work?

I want to be honest in my year end self assessment at work. How harshly should I critique my performance over the past year? [more inside]
posted by stedman15 on Dec 5, 2014 - 30 answers

Help me create my own job title!

I get to put my job title of choice, within reason, on my business cards and in the company directory and my email signature. Unfortunately, there is no job title for what I do other than "admin assistant," which is fine by me, but my company wants everyone to have a "more important" title. If my company had a sense of humor, I'd have this covered, but they don't. Help me come up with something appropriately corporate sounding for what is essentially a jack-of-all-trades position. [more inside]
posted by chonus on Dec 3, 2014 - 33 answers

Any chance of matching my US federal employee salary in Toronto?

My husband's been offered a position in Toronto that would advance his career somewhat, but the effect on my career is a Huge Unknown. [more inside]
posted by Jaqi on Nov 29, 2014 - 17 answers

Tell me about a time when you...

I'm preparing for several interviews and I want to figure out a way to finally effectively answer the ONE question that has always been interview-kryptonite to me, which has always been a a variant of: "Tell me about a time when you had a conflict with my coworker and how you resolved it." [more inside]
posted by modesty.blaise on Nov 28, 2014 - 11 answers

New "dream" job is anything but. Now I'm pregnant. What do I do?

My new job is not the dream job I thought it would be. It's been 2 months and I'm miserable with the workload and how I'm being treated. Am I being unrealistic? Do I tough it out or look for a new job and claim bad fit? Complications: suddenly pregnant. [more inside]
posted by fanta_orange on Nov 26, 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

What am I, and where should I go?

I write documents and flowcharts, create training programs, conduct training sessions, oversee employee development, manage the intranet, maintain shared documentation, conduct process analysis, administrate process improvement, and do some project management on the side. Now it's time to move on and I'm sitting staring blankly at indeed.com, not quite sure what jobs to search for; knowledge management, technical communicator, training, process improvement? Is there a job which encapsulates these all? Or am I barking up the wrong tree - maybe these skills are pre-requisites for a position I haven't yet considered? [more inside]
posted by forallmankind on Nov 25, 2014 - 6 answers

How do I go about getting an IT job with little experience?

My question is, how do I go about marketing myself and finding jobs that need level 1 tech support or very Jr system admin jobs? Any help would be great. Thanks guys :) (more info inside) [more inside]
posted by DatAznGuy on Nov 24, 2014 - 8 answers

Jobs For Introverted But Friendly One-On-One Types? Help!

I'm looking for a career change. I am a very focused, caring introvert, part creative and part analytical. But I'm really poor in an office environment. I hate meetings with more than 3-4 people and it's very stressful for me. I like people but I just feel that I thrive more in a one-on-one or small group setting. I work in online advertising for my company right now, and while I don't hate it and it sort of fits my personality type, the money isn't that great and I don't see myself as the "climb the corporate ladder" type. I am trying to find a career outside of the corporate office world where I may not sit at a desk all day and then have large meetings. I was looking into physical therapy assistant, massage therapist, maybe an allied health profession, or something else that is more one-on-one in nature. Any other suggestions? [more inside]
posted by selma52 on Nov 22, 2014 - 16 answers

How to relocate with less-than-sexy skills?

I want to move from the South to the Bay Area, but I'm an administrative assistant. Is anyone going to hire someone like me who has to relocate? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 21, 2014 - 14 answers

Is my boss out of line or am I?

My job has an externship program that frequently hires externs once their externship is complete and they have completed their degree. I have been mentoring an excellent externship who have out performed any other extern I have mentored. She is fantastic and I want her for our team but my department supervisor refuses to offer her an job. Complication inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 19, 2014 - 16 answers

Do I really REALLY have the job?

I accepted an offer from the hiring manager three days ago -- but I still don't have an offer letter. When do I start to panic? [more inside]
posted by duckus on Nov 19, 2014 - 9 answers

Might take 8 years to become a senior analyst

Should I stay or look for another job? [more inside]
posted by Mountain28 on Nov 18, 2014 - 12 answers

Journalist changing careers.

I have, for the past several years, worked as a journalist in a fairly niche area. I do not want to do this anymore - but I do want to put my skills to good use, and make a decent living. How do I do this? What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 17, 2014 - 8 answers

Online listings for academic education technology jobs in North America

A UK colleague, who has worked for about a decade at various management and director levels in the UK academic sector (Education technology projects and services) is starting to consider moving abroad, but continuing the same line of work. His contact network in the education/academic sector outside of the UK is weak, and he doesn't know where to start looking online for positions in USA or Canadian Universities, Colleges, and Education Technology services and businesses that serve academia. Which are the good websites, and online listings, for these kinds of positions?
posted by Wordshore on Nov 14, 2014 - 5 answers

Should I take on a full-time job on top of my current part-time job?

Just started a great part-time job, and may have the chance at a great full-time job on top of it. Would taking the additional job be a good opportunity, or a setup for overwork and failure? I need help deciding if I can/should do both, given the chance. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 9, 2014 - 8 answers

How to get through a period of fruitless job hunting?

I have a degree and nine years of work experience, but I can't find any kind of job. How I can deal with my overwhelming feelings of hopelessness, and keep from losing my mind while I'm job hunting? Snowflakes inside, of course. [more inside]
posted by kinddieserzeit on Nov 8, 2014 - 6 answers

Should I take this job and move home?

Should I take this job offer and move home because that's where I want to end up, or spend another year at my current company doing my dream job? Complication: I'm female, 30, single, and want to get married and have a family in my home state. [more inside]
posted by curtains on Nov 6, 2014 - 23 answers

How to catch hold of a disorganised boss to resign?

I've gotten a job offer I'm happy with. My boss is the distracted, goalpost-is-always-moving kind of guy. As in, his schedule changes day to day, always last minute, even up to the hour before. How is the best way to catch him to advise of my resignation? [more inside]
posted by glache on Nov 4, 2014 - 18 answers

I'm 32 and trying to rebound from depression. I need a plan.

I've had chronic depression for 15 years. It stymied my attempts to work and study. As a result I have no resume to speak of and maybe 8-10 university units I could count towards a degree. I've recently started finding my feet but I'm not sure where to begin. I'm sick of being embarrassed about my life and am looking for a direct route to a suitable* job. [more inside]
posted by hTristan on Nov 2, 2014 - 4 answers

Dream job versus almost-dream job

Dream position X at my current job won't post for a few months. In the meantime, really good position Y has posted, also at my current job, and I've applied. I'm a favorite for both positions. Help me not shoot myself in the foot at the interview for Y. [more inside]
posted by Rykey on Nov 1, 2014 - 2 answers

hurting from co-worker's joke

How would you have handled this from a co-worker? [more inside]
posted by bananaskin on Oct 30, 2014 - 44 answers

Why do I regret turning down this job opportunity?

Four months ago I was laid off from a company where I had worked for almost 15 years. I received a severance equivalent to 30 weeks of pay. About half of that was paid to me in bi-weekly paychecks while I could still technically be called an employee of the company. The other half will be paid in a heavily taxed lump sum check in the next week or so. more inside... [more inside]
posted by getyourlife on Oct 28, 2014 - 7 answers

Cross Country Move: New Job or New Lifestyle?

I am moving across the country. Do I keep my current job and commute by plane or do I leave that job and find new work there? (... many details within...) [more inside]
posted by milqman on Oct 28, 2014 - 24 answers

What to do about my references and lack of response to possible employer

I had a job interview last week on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 and it went well. I was told that I would hear from them, even if I didn't get the job, to at least thank me for applying. So I find out on Friday , October 24, 2014 that the supervisor from this job called two of my references, but neither of them answered the phone. I was told by both of my references that they are "very busy" and would try to call back later. [more inside]
posted by little_miss_m on Oct 27, 2014 - 6 answers

How to give employees unwelcome news

Half of my team makes widgets and half of my team makes sprockets. Next week, I need to tell my widget-making employees that we are cutting back on widget production and ramping up sprocket production -- they will start making sprockets 25-50% of the time. How do I make this unwelcome (but needed) change in job responsibilities suck less for my team? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 25, 2014 - 7 answers

Marketable Skills - quickly!

I'm a woman in my early 40s with no real marketable skills that make me stand out in job hunting. I currently have a job in Montreal, but I'm originally from Toronto and for various reasons, I'm planning on moving back. I'd like to learn some skill(s) in the next 6 months or so (planning on moving July 1) that will hopefully make a significant increase in the likelihood that I can find a job quickly once there. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 25, 2014 - 8 answers

Leave fulltime job to take part-time job--of course, less money

Would you leave a full-time job that is stifling, depressing and not a good fit for you to take the part-time job of your dreams? Full-time job pays $55K and part-time job pays $40K. Am I crazy to even think about doing this?
posted by sandra194 on Oct 24, 2014 - 33 answers

Being your own boss

You work for yourself. How did you get there? What is it like? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Oct 23, 2014 - 17 answers

Full-blown panic mode

Lost job. Without a net. I am SO screwed... [more inside]
posted by Soap D. Spencer on Oct 21, 2014 - 33 answers

Hire me even though I ran out so fast you saw a blur?

I had a great second interview for a position that I believe I will excel in. I did the best I could and answered as truthfully as possible. I believe things were going well and both managers seemed receptive, yet had their poker faces on. My mistake was when I got up to leave, I grabbed my purse and forgot to shake their hands and walked out. Is it a big deal? [more inside]
posted by lunastellasol on Oct 17, 2014 - 18 answers

Husband laid off after 8 years. What now?

My husband was just laid off. He'll have about six months of severance ahead of him. He's 32 years old and has been in the same job for 8 years. Given his qualifications, what do you recommend we look for in terms of new jobs? Kansas City area but interested in moving, if that helps. [more inside]
posted by agress on Oct 17, 2014 - 12 answers

What do you do when you're burnt to a crisp?

I have major "failure to launch" syndrome and it's affecting my life big time. I have been in this situation for some time now and I can't see any way out. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 16, 2014 - 24 answers

What can I expect from an online competency assessment?

The next step in my application for a position with the city government is to take an online competency assessment. I've never seen one of these before - can anyone give me some insight? [more inside]
posted by majesty_snowbird on Oct 16, 2014 - 3 answers

Do I go for it?

Currently employed in retail working my way through college. [more inside]
posted by Urban_Painter on Oct 14, 2014 - 4 answers

How should I navigate this job situation?

I want to ask my (new*) company for a transfer to a different office. I'm not sure how this will be received, so I feel like I need to have a back up plan. I'm not sure how best to handle the timing on asking versus looking at other options. [more inside]
posted by tryniti on Oct 12, 2014 - 5 answers

Jobs for space aliens

I am wondering if there are any particular jobs or career fields out there that are more forgiving of the weaknesses of the inattentive ADHDer. Or magical hacks to make a normal office job not suck like an industrial-strength vacuum cleaner. [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Oct 8, 2014 - 6 answers

Professional jobs after felony conviction

A family member will soon be finished serving a prison sentence for a felony conviction. Before his arrest and long odyssey in the legal system he was a very experienced professional in an upper management position. What are the chances of him getting back into a professional track? [more inside]
posted by duoshao on Oct 8, 2014 - 16 answers

How to look for a job efficiently in the internet age?

The last time I went job searching was through answering ads on Monster. Everything was fairly straightforward. I would send my resume, go on an interview, get an offer or not. Now the advice is to network, use LinkedIn, find a recruiter, and figure out how to optimize keywords to defeat bot filtering while registering online. I’ve tried this without any success. Is there a better way to beat the system? Someone break this down for me. What actually works? [more inside]
posted by adapt on Oct 6, 2014 - 15 answers

Financial advice for a very fortunate 18 year old with a 401k?

There isn't any matching, but my employer does contribute a flat amount. How much of my paycheck should I contribute to this 401k? How should I operate the 401k, and what kinds of investments should I make? How much should I save or invest seperately, in other accounts? Are there any other actions I should be taking, financial or otherwise? [more inside]
posted by 207797 on Oct 4, 2014 - 12 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

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