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Here and there and back again

What should I be thinking about when considering a professional opportunity that would see me splitting time between two cities? [more inside]
posted by tryniti on Apr 27, 2016 - 8 answers

When are the robots going to take my job?

So it occurs to me that my entire household is supported by two jobs vulnerable to automation. How long do we have, in your opinion? What steps can we take to make sure we don't end up begging in the street? [more inside]
posted by Frowner on Apr 26, 2016 - 43 answers

Performance review - good time to talk about leaving?

Hi, my friend is up for her performance review and has some specific issues and is wondering about the best approach: Her contract is up in September and she has no plans on renewing it because she will be moving out of the state. If she gets a job before September she plans on leaving sooner as well. Her performance review is tomorrow and she is wondering if she should mention any of this at all. Thanks!
posted by Dmenet on Apr 25, 2016 - 24 answers

What Should I Do Next?

I'm currently an administrative assistant, but I've been at my current workplace for a while and want to move on. Problem is, I'm not sure what I want to do next. Can AskMe help me pick out some potential new jobs/career paths? My background/interests/various special snowflakes are beneath the fold. [more inside]
posted by Puck Soppet on Apr 23, 2016 - 8 answers

Procrastinated badly and screwed up - damage control?

I screwed up at work...despite all the time in the world, I dragged my feet on some important tasks and I let a lot of people down. What can I do to show that I take that mistake seriously and it won't happen again? Difficulty: remote team. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 23, 2016 - 6 answers

Emotionally distancing myself from job while staying productive

Due to a myriad of reasons I’ve decided the job I’m currently in isn’t one I should stay in for the long term and I’ve begun applying for other jobs. However, the frustrations at the office still get to me. I’m trying to emotionally distance myself but still stay motivated and productive and do my best work (within reason given the circumstances). [more inside]
posted by TheGreatSloth on Apr 18, 2016 - 8 answers

Working with Creative Staffing Agencies

I have an interview with a creative staffing agency based in Los Angeles next week and want to be as cagey as possible while talking with them so I don't end up getting myself into something I can't back out of. If you've worked with temp-to-hire/contract-to-hire agencies like this before, what do you wish you'd known in hindsight? [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger on Apr 14, 2016 - 3 answers

Working at a startup that's showing signs of trouble... how to prepare?

I jumped from a big stable company to a startup about a year ago, and now it's growing increasingly clear that things are not looking good for the company financially. If I'm being conservative, let's assume that in 3 to 6 months I know if we'll make it, or if part or all of the company will go under. How to prepare? COMPLICATION: Having a baby soon! [more inside]
posted by yearly on Apr 12, 2016 - 9 answers

I had a great job opportunity. But I think I just blew it.

I recently cold-approached a political hero of mine for a job at a cocktail reception. After hearing my prepared spiel, the person seemed thrilled and introduced me to their chief of staff to "connect." I sent a follow-up e-mail the following day, and almost a week later I have still not heard from them. They are leaving the state in about four days -- do I nudge them now lest I lose the opportunity to reconnect in person, or do I hold off and settle for a phone call at a later date -- or in the worst-case scenario, nothing at all? [more inside]
posted by lecorbeau on Apr 12, 2016 - 16 answers

How do I write this letter to a potential employer?

I'm on the job hunt, and I was recently offered a great job! I have till at least the end of this week to commit or not. However, there's ANOTHER job that I potentially want more. For this second one, I have gone through 2 rounds of phone interviews, submitted my portfolio and done an assignment (a series of technical and creative tasks for them). How do I politely write to them to say "hey, if you want to interview me in person, could we do that ASAP please?" My brainstormed letter below the fold. Also, if you think this a terrible idea, please tell me why. [more inside]
posted by andreapandrea on Apr 3, 2016 - 17 answers

Moving back to Ohio: how do I find a job (and maybe a new direction)?

My partner and I have decided to move back to Ohio to be closer to family. I don't have a network related to my field in Ohio and I'm also not certain I'm applying to the right kind of jobs because of my background. Snowflakes inside! [more inside]
posted by Tevin on Mar 29, 2016 - 10 answers

Is a "janitor" position worth to take if want to work in a company?

Allow me not to mention what industry but this is what I am facing.... The skill set in the industry that I want to be working in doesn't require education or certification but talent and network. Unfortunately, I have none. Well, I do have the minimum skills I picked up along my journey but I know they are not enough. I searched and searched for entry position and still no luck getting one. Some day, I came across this job listing for a "janitor" in a facility that I would dream about working at. I applied....and got accepted. Good thing is I am "in" the industry but I won't get to touch what I want to do but cleaning up floors, toilet, kitchen....etc.. Now, my savings is almost up but janitor position seems don't earn good money either. I want to improve myself but I kept going backwards. I told my loved ones that it's an assistant position and I don't want to bring trouble to the managing people, which I won't. I am not sure what to do... Any suggestion?
posted by lanhan on Mar 25, 2016 - 20 answers

Impostor Syndrome: The Job Interview version

I recently got invited to interview for what appears to be a dream job a couple of days after applying. Intellectually, I know that they've seen my resume and liked it enough to invite me in. In my heart, I'm feeling ridiculously intimidated and anxious about it being a job I'm underqualified for. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 22, 2016 - 17 answers

I think I may need to offer my head up for hunting...

I'm a writer and former academic with a diverse skill set. I'm looking to make a major career transition, but am unsure how to find the kinds of jobs that I believe would be professionally satisfying to me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 6, 2016 - 4 answers

A short-term sure thing or a longer-term maybe?

My wife faces a career dilemma. She has an offer for a 6-month position to start immediately. At the same time she is waiting to hear back about a full-time position at another company. Seeking advice from MeFites who have been in a similar position! [more inside]
posted by AceRock on Mar 5, 2016 - 8 answers

Hey recruiter/hiring managers

How to avoid to disclose current salary without upsetting anyone. [more inside]
posted by 3dd on Mar 4, 2016 - 20 answers

Starting a tutoring business... crazy or crazy amazing?

I am an English teacher, and have been for 13 years. My husband and I are in the process of moving to a location that is an hour away from my current school. I am well paid and moderately content there. So my options are: spend two hours a day in a car to teach; find a new teaching job (which causes me to break into hives); start my own tutoring business. [more inside]
posted by hippychick on Mar 2, 2016 - 16 answers

I suck at whiteboard interviews. Can I suggest an alternate process?

I'm an experienced software engineer and manager. I have a number of successful projects under my belt and some really great companies on my resume. However, I'm really, really bad at the traditional whiteboard interview. I'm getting ready to start looking for a new job. Would it be worthwhile to request an alternative interview format? [more inside]
posted by panama joe on Mar 1, 2016 - 29 answers

Why does quitting feel so bad...

Company fail or am I jumping ship too soon? [more inside]
posted by irish01 on Feb 26, 2016 - 3 answers

Help me find a video-conference suite in Troy (or Albany), New York

Dear hivemind, I need your help! For some reason, Google Fu is failing me, and I am extremely short of time. Sometime today, I need to find a hardware-based videoconferencing suite in Troy, NY or Albany, NY, for a job interview I'll have on March 8 while visiting the area for a separate interview on March 7. To make things more complicated, I'll need to do one meeting at 5:45am EST and another at 9:45am EST. The (foreign) institution that is interviewing me, has not been very helpful. All they've said is that I'll need to find a suite that is compatible with a Tandberg Edge 95MXP system. And they want to do a test run on March 1. [more inside]
posted by betsbillabong on Feb 25, 2016 - 9 answers

What do I do with my life?

I'm 22, I have an AA degree, and I'm currently substitute teaching and tutoring, but need a long-term, higher-paying job. I have bounced from idea to idea (schoolteacher, tutor, professor, pharmacist, accountant), but no careers seem to fit me and/or be reachable. Here is what I have tried and discovered so far: [more inside]
posted by drd on Feb 22, 2016 - 12 answers

Resume updating for the second job

I'm one (non-academic) job post-PhD and am updating my resume. At what point do I start dropping things from undergrad(!) and the less interesting stuff from grad school? Do I drop GPAs? Is anyone really going to care that I organised a student seminar or did private tutoring now that I have clearly relevant experience (if they even cared before)? [more inside]
posted by hoyland on Feb 21, 2016 - 14 answers

Looking to improve IT career chances

Currently looking to find ways to break into IT careers but lack typical routes due to a series of unfortunate events. The worst part is I'm already 24 and completely broke. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Feb 14, 2016 - 9 answers

Take this job and...keep it?

Should I keep my stable, reasonably paying job with decent work-life balance that I've had for ages but which also makes me kind of sad? [more inside]
posted by whistle pig on Feb 14, 2016 - 29 answers

Activism/scholarship work for American abroad? Theme: history/politics

My dear friend is seeking a job abroad (at least 1 yr) and looking for solutions beyond the typical teach English/WOOFing/what have you. 26 y.o. and has completed 1.5 years of college (but no degree) & several years of activist experience (Occupy + radical queer politics by way of the conservative South). Kind of uncannily brilliant to the point where he's been asked to teach grad-level classes. Looking for something stimulating and interesting and stuck in that spot of not-enough-experience but so-so-much-brights. [more inside]
posted by red_rabbit on Feb 11, 2016 - 1 answer

Getting off the gravy train

I want to quit my stable and perfectly good job to do: nothing. Am I an idiot? [more inside]
posted by theodolite on Feb 10, 2016 - 45 answers

"Should I take this job" filter- replete with ethics & other snowflakes

After almost a year of unemployment, during which I have been living with my parents (and going crazy in the process) I am about to get a job offer from a company whose ethics don't quite align with mine. The job would pay me extremely well, and would allow me to be independent and save money to work toward my future career goals. Help me decide if it's worth the cost. Bonus: help me negotiate my salary. More inside... [more inside]
posted by sparringnarwhal on Feb 9, 2016 - 27 answers

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 - 11 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 - 17 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 - 15 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

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