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Disheartened and frustrated by job search.

I always feel like I keep hitting a brick wall after searching for jobs. Can I get some tips? [more inside]
posted by morning_television on Feb 8, 2016 - 10 answers

Company management in limbo, stupid time to ask for raise?

I'm approaching my first year at my job, my performance has been lauded and I intend to ask for a raise, however... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 6, 2016 - 4 answers

Ever stepped backwards in your career, and loved it?

The current, white-collar, project I'm working on will be wrapping up soon, and with it my contract. I've interviewed for a role that's in just about every way a step backwards for me - but could it still be the right step? [more inside]
posted by smoke on Feb 1, 2016 - 14 answers

How Do I Get Over This Psychological Job Search Hurdle?

I used to have a reasonably good job - now I don't. So I put everything in storage, took some time out, and now I'm back sitting in temp accommodation, looking for a new job, finding this and that... but I'm not applying for any of these jobs, because I'm convinced that what a new job really means is returning to my former lifestyle of essentially working, looking forward to not working (i.e. eves/ weekends), and then not actually doing anything outside of work because I'm a massive introvert. And I'm 40, and I now realize that I'm not going to live forever, and if I conscientiously choose to return to my former lifestyle for the 2nd half of my career, then more fool me if I reach retirement and look back with great regret at poor choices I made when I knew I should've known better. And so I spend all day looking at jobs - which feel like invitations back into my old life - and then not applying for them. I need help moving on from this. Former lifestyle details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 31, 2016 - 9 answers

Typical salary for Senior Software Engineer at small company in SF

I've been working at a ~15 person software company based in San Francisco for ~7 years now, currently with the job title of Senior Software Engineer, and I'd like to know what the typical salary range for positions like mine at similar (small) companies would be. [more inside]
posted by unus sum on Jan 26, 2016 - 14 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

2 weeks into new job in a new industry, given no time to learn

I have been trying very hard at a new job in a new industry, and have been reprimanded twice (both in front of other people and alone) by my boss during my second week in training. I am made to feel incompetent when I know I am very capable person who is simply learning the landscape. Please help me navigate this situation. [more inside]
posted by hollypolly on Jan 23, 2016 - 24 answers

Nonprofit nirvana ... or not

Phone screen with a social justice-oriented nonprofit next week... yay! I have never actually worked for a nonprofit full-time and it's been years since I've interned for one. I would welcome ideas on aspects to run toward/away from. [more inside]
posted by Sheydem-tants on Jan 22, 2016 - 11 answers

Should I become a counselor?

I think I need a new career: my current one is going nowhere, and I'm incredibly unhappy. It occurred to me that I might have a better life, if I were to become a counselor of some sort. Am I right? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 22, 2016 - 14 answers

Job Hunting in a Cultural Field

For the last five years I've been at the same small cultural institution in a large US city. During that time I worked my way up to a (non-executive) director role managing a few employees. I'm ready for a change, but I'm having trouble making that change happen. I've been semi-seriously looking for a year now without luck, and would love to hear experience and advice from other people who've grown or maintained careers in similar fields or situations. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 21, 2016 - 5 answers

Follow-up or wait for non-responsive interviewer?

Interviewer asked for availability for a phone meeting early this week, hasn't responded to my e-mail. Should I wait or follow-up? [more inside]
posted by ad4pt on Jan 20, 2016 - 10 answers

Finding a digital animation job in the Twin Cities?

My future son-in-law recently graduated from the DAVE school and is looking for a job, preferably in the Minneapolis/St Paul area. Any suggestions on how or where to look?
posted by luge on Jan 20, 2016 - 4 answers

moving to a new city for a "girlfriend"

I met this girl from an online dating site from Peru, and we have been chatting by text and on skype for seven months. Now she has moved to Toronto in Canada for school, but I live in Boston, and we agreed to do a long distance relationship for some time while I look for jobs in Canada or Buffalo, NY (which is close to Toronto). I only know this girl through 7 months of skype and texting, and she came to visit me one weekend recently and we got to hang out, and we had a really good time together. But I am having doubts about moving to a brand new city for someone I hardly know but I am still attracted to her, and as far as I know she has a really nice personality. Would it be worth it to leave everything behind to move to Toronto just to be close to her? The other thing is that I really like Toronto as a city, and I have a close friend who lives there.
posted by pieceofcake on Jan 19, 2016 - 24 answers

Job prospects for a female auto mechanic?

I'm currently an apprentice at an auto repair shop and considering my options for working in this field long-term. Wondering about hourly pay, work culture, best way to get training, etc. [more inside]
posted by Questolicious on Jan 14, 2016 - 12 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

Applied for a research position, multiple labs responded. What do I do?

I applied to intern/assist at a number of research labs under the same university, and unexpectedly received multiple positive replies asking to meet in person. I don't think each professor knows I applied to other professors at the same university at this point, but they probably all know each other. How do I handle this properly and politely? (I don't want to offend anyone...) Help! (Longer explanation inside.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 12, 2016 - 12 answers

How long to find a new job in a new city?

How long does it take to find another job in another city? On average? I am currently living in Providence RI, but I want to move to Buffalo NY, and I want to secure a job in Buffalo first. How long would it take to find a new job in a new city that is many miles away?
posted by pieceofcake on Jan 10, 2016 - 9 answers

Multiple interviews in one week... How to handle current job?

Hi all! Around 6 months ago, I took on a contracting/freelance (they use the terms interchangeably) position at a large company. Sadly, they have no intention on making the position permanent for any of the contractors in our department; this is in addition to me feeling the company isn't the right fit for me. As a result, I've started applying to other jobs. It's going surprisingly well and I've nailed down two interviews thus far... the problem, you may ask? How the heck do I get time away from my existing job? [more inside]
posted by theshmeek on Jan 8, 2016 - 13 answers

I want to make maps or solve mapping problems – what career is this?

I love knowing and finding where places are. Where is the capital city of Tajikistan? Where do the most car accidents in Miami occur? Where is there the most pollution in Rio de Janeiro? Where are there untapped oil reserves? Where are the largest ergs? Where is an earthquake most likely to occur? What I have wanted to do for a long time is either make maps or solve issues that require finding a location. What I don't know is how to get into a career doing this. [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend on Jan 1, 2016 - 11 answers

Suicidal Nephew Possibly Moving In - No Job, No GED, No Car

My 18-year-old nephew tried to commit suicide two months ago, right before his birthday. At that time, and a couple times a couple years ago, my husband and I offered to let him come live with us. His mom wouldn't let him before he turned 18, and, after his suicide attempt, he chose to continue living with his mom. His mom just quit her job to move out of state, and the consensus has been that he'll come live with me and my husband. I've been open to it, until this past week or so. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 29, 2015 - 87 answers

Co-workers will know I got a raise! What can I do?

Short Version: I got a raise and my coworkers will find out. This makes me feel uncomfortable and I want to know the best way to handle the situation. Has anyone been through something like this before? Long Version below. [more inside]
posted by Girl from Ipanema on Dec 27, 2015 - 15 answers

Withheld information on a pre-employment health check. Now what?

I'm in the background check stage of a job in health care. I foolishly didn't disclose something from my medical history on my occupational health check. I would be grateful for any advice about what to do, but particularly from people based in the UK. This post discusses self-harm. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 22, 2015 - 16 answers

How do you break into voice over acting?

How can some one with little to no voice over experience break into the commercial/narrative voice over field? [more inside]
posted by CosmicSeeker42 on Dec 21, 2015 - 17 answers

I think I need to leave my JD off my resume to get a job. Please help.

I've seen a lot of similar questions, but they don't quite get at my particular issue. I got a JD in 2010 and an MS in Social Policy in 2012. If I only had the MS, I'd be able to find work. The JD is holding me back. The most common feedback I get is "you're a flight risk" or "we can't afford you." I get it, but it's not true, and I can't convince them otherwise. [more inside]
posted by timory on Dec 18, 2015 - 32 answers

"Don't come in high on your first day!" yes I think I knew that already.

What do you wish you had known or done before starting a new job? [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Dec 16, 2015 - 36 answers

I have a dream, I just don't know how to follow it

I know what I want to do with my career, but I haven't been able to make it happen yet. I'm sick of working at jobs I hate with some vague notion that it will somehow lead to me doing what I want to do. Help me figure out how to actually follow my dream. A bit of a tale below. [more inside]
posted by thereemix on Dec 16, 2015 - 4 answers

Recently promoted - How to reflect on resume?

I have been recently promoted and still want to continue looking for a new position. How should I state my latest position on the resume considering I do not have acomplishments to state yet on this position vs the position i got promoted from? Should I ignore the new position on the resume?
posted by djfreex on Dec 14, 2015 - 4 answers

Should I make this transfer?

I'm a software engineer who's thinking about transferring to another team at work that does way more interesting stuff, but now my current manager is trying to get me to stick around by making offers of more interesting work on this side. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Two Stranger on Dec 10, 2015 - 10 answers

How accurate is H1B salary data?

I don't really trust the salary data on sites like Glassdoor or even from BLS (which contains really vague information). How accurate is the H1B site for getting some transparency into a given organizations salary data? [more inside]
posted by windbox on Dec 8, 2015 - 6 answers

Should I take this job? I'm feeling very conflicted.

I'm 23, currently living at home with my mum close to London. I've got a good degree but in a subject I'm no longer interested in pursuing. I've just been offered a QA job in Bristol which I originally applied for in September. They really liked me in the interview stage, but I was turned down because they found someone more experience. Today I received an email from them with a job offer, I'm really torn whether I should take the job or not because there's a lot of pros and cons. [more inside]
posted by fallingleaves on Nov 30, 2015 - 11 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

Lack of references

What to do if I don't have a lot of work exp/references during the job search? [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Nov 25, 2015 - 7 answers

How to navigate a switch to web development?

How does a Python developer position themselves to move into web development? Specific questions about resume writing, job description/skills, and salary negotiation below the fold. [more inside]
posted by Chicoreus on Nov 23, 2015 - 5 answers

Post-doc job search, sh*tshow edition

The last two years of my doctoral education have involved some extraordinary circumstances that might raise eyebrows for someone looking at my CV. In a hyper-competitive job market where I was already kind of outlier, I think any kind of academic position is a long shot right now. How do I 1) explain my history to potential employers with minimal drama/"woe is me" details and 2) prepare for a likely transition to non-academic employment that still doesn't entirely shut the door on future university employment. Details inside.... [more inside]
posted by pantarei70 on Nov 22, 2015 - 12 answers

Back to the drawing board

[Career-filter] Help a somewhat disillusioned archivist brainstorm a new career. [more inside]
posted by the cat's pyjamas on Nov 22, 2015 - 3 answers

What Career Might Be A Good Fit For Me?

After taking a myriad of online personality and career quizzes, I am turning to you all for some ideas because being a miner and roofing bolter aren't really what I want to do. So, given my likes, dislikes, personality quirks, and talents, do you have any suggestions on what career/job might be a good fit for me? [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras on Nov 20, 2015 - 9 answers

I want to work closer to home; how to locate within a certain zip code?

Is there a way to use say google maps to hone [first time using that word in a sentence feels good] in on a specific location for business or even job opportunities?
posted by usermac on Nov 16, 2015 - 3 answers

What questions and issues should I raise at a federal interview?

I recently had a phone interview for a federal GS-11 paralegal specialist position that went well. They’ve offered to fly me out for an in-person interview at their location. I’ve never worked for the federal government, but have roughly 10 years of experience working in various law firms. If this were a law firm, I'd know what questions to ask, and what the red flags would be. However, when it comes to the federal government, I'm really clueless about everything. If you transitioned from a career in the private sector to the federal government, what do you wish you had asked before you started? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 8, 2015 - 11 answers

Should I tell my boss I'm looking for another job?

It seems like the multi-national that owns my division will be shutting us down next year. Already, people are quitting and not being replaced. My boss is trying to find ways to ensure we all keep our jobs next year. He wants me to think about what I'd like to be doing- should I tell him I'm thinking of quitting? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 6, 2015 - 15 answers

How to deal with an unfinished education due to an abusive parent?

I am shortly about to be on a job hunt for the first time in over a decade. I have a fair bit of experience as a professional, but the one thing I do not have is a completed degree, for reasons that are perhaps explicable, but how best to explain them?. Details within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 5, 2015 - 16 answers

Noobie contractor : question about questions edition

Hi mefites! When you start a new role where part of the brief is that you absolutely must hit the ground running and be extremely autonomous – what are the questions you would ask in your first few days to give yourself an understanding of how that company works? [more inside]
posted by mrmulliner on Oct 28, 2015 - 10 answers

Alternatives to programming

I've come to realize that while I enjoy solving interesting problems in software, I am not really very good at programming and never will be. What are my career options given that realization? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Oct 26, 2015 - 15 answers

Should I take this job?

After deciding to leave my current job that has grown to be a toxic, stressful environment which is exacerbating my mental health issues, I finally have a job offer that I am excited about! But I'm on the fence as to whether or not it's worth making the jump for - if these concerns are legitimate or if it's my anxiety holding me back from a great opportunity. Please help me decide the most appropriate course of action. [more inside]
posted by Malleable on Oct 25, 2015 - 11 answers

I feel like an outsider, how to act?

There is a group of people at work that I occasionally hang out with in non-work time. I am not invited to most of that stuff. Few times I have bumped into some of them when they were on their way to bar/pub and got a last minute invite. Should I go anyway? [more inside]
posted by sabina_r on Oct 24, 2015 - 20 answers

Protocol for interviewing for a new job when you've just started another

I need to know if mentioning on an interview that I've just started working a new job is advisable or not. Is it frowned upon to be searching for a new job so quickly, or is it seen as being proactive? Are you supposed to stay on a job you don't think is a good fit just because it's only been a month? These are questions I am wrestling with as I prepare for an interview on Monday. If there are any federal employees or HR folks who can advise on this, I would be so appreciative. [more inside]
posted by GeniPalm on Oct 23, 2015 - 6 answers

Management Psychology

My company is going through new management. We were informed that positions will be cut. We were told by upper management to make sure our resume is set up and we have a Plan B and C. Does anyone know of any documentation/study on the correlation of how many individuals told by upper management to have a Plan B leave the company? I am curious on how many they are expecting to find other opportunities outside of the company. [more inside]
posted by redandblue on Oct 23, 2015 - 8 answers

What are better jobs in Computer Software/IT for someone with ADD?

What are better jobs in Computer Software/IT for someone with ADD? [more inside]
posted by pack2themoon on Oct 22, 2015 - 3 answers

Should I quit my boring job for a lower pay but more stimulating job?

My good paying and stress free job is boring me, I am not sure what else to do but I feel like I need to try something new that will challenge me more. A lot of people are telling me to stick to my comfortable and secure job but I just feel so useless and bored at my job as there's no opportunity for growth and a dead end for me. I am just doing repetitive tasks. Should I quit my job for a lower pay but more stimulating job? [more inside]
posted by Lolly on Oct 21, 2015 - 14 answers

Should one take the first potential job offer right off the bat?

I interviewed for a job position at this university health clinic a month ago, and received promising news. [more inside]
posted by tnar23 on Oct 18, 2015 - 3 answers

Do past job titles matter when looking for higher/management position?

Dear All, I have a question regarding my graphic job title. I am applying for jobs but am confused what's best to describe myself in terms of qualification on my resume. I graduated from a fine art program back in college and have been working for 10 years now. During these 10 years, I have been working for several related jobs but in relatively different fields, such as logo design, catalog layout, poster, photography, animation, video...etc., and now I am confused about what I am. My latest job is a one-man team producing graphic works from taking pictures of products to picking up catalogs from printers and eventually have them mailed out. And that was a jr. graphic designer position.... [more inside]
posted by lanhan on Oct 18, 2015 - 3 answers

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