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Should I go for the better job with less security?

I work at an emotionally taxing job, and sometimes I take a frustrated, depressed attitude home with me. A job that appears to be in a much better work environment has opened up a few cities away. Should I go for the job that will probably make me much happier at work but reduce the amount of quality time I have with my family, or should I stay where I am and just learn to deal with the stress there in a healthier way? [more inside]
posted by Chuck Barris on Jun 19, 2014 - 8 answers

I need a system for managing a shared email inbox.

Please give me your shared email box efficiency tips! [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Jun 18, 2014 - 5 answers

Help us move to Europe.

My partner and I are finally in a position where we can seriously work towards relocating from the US to Europe (specifically Germany). Help us make this a reality. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 17, 2014 - 9 answers

Laid off from non-profit job. Can I transition into Linux sysadmin work?

I'm about to get laid off from my non-profit job within the next month. I was hired as a general office admin person, and ended up doing mainly Linux sysadmin work. What are my chances of getting this type of work as my next job? Details and snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by winterhill on Jun 17, 2014 - 20 answers

Lean in or get real - apply for the higher or lower job?

An employer I am interested in working for has two jobs open. The jobs are at different levels - one role reports to the other. Should I apply for both jobs or one only? [more inside]
posted by AnnaRat on Jun 16, 2014 - 19 answers

Hivemind, please help me choose a career direction

In short: PMP? CISA? Dev? Or all of the above? I'm working at a small IT company (30 people). I have a CompSci degree. I went from programming to business analysis to project management with a side of information security thrown in as I'm responsible for ISO 27001 policy compliance. I'm not a "rockstar" or expert in any of those fields, but I can do them competently. (There certainly haven't been any complaints from the management.) Basically I'm a "jack of all trades, master of none". So where do I go from here? [more inside]
posted by Behemoth Judge And The Explosive Xerox on Jun 13, 2014 - 2 answers

How to find a starting job?

Just graduated with a degree in Industrial Engineering and having hard time getting a job. [more inside]
posted by Parh6512 on Jun 12, 2014 - 6 answers

Young French chef seeks US employment

One of my former English students from Toulouse, France is now attending Anne-Sophie Pic's culinary school and hopes to find a job in the U.S. in a couple of years. He has asked me for advice on how to go about that, avenues he should pursue, the kind of Visa he should get (before or after he finds a job?), so now I'm asking for you--- any advice or personal knowledge for fulfilling this dream of his?
posted by la_rousse on Jun 12, 2014 - 2 answers

Applying for a job when I don't know my availability

A dream position of mine just opened up, but I'm unavailable for up to 6 months. Is it worth applying? [more inside]
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug on Jun 12, 2014 - 6 answers

Technical Writing offshoring and job security

Technical writers: please share your experiences with me regarding offshoring and job security. I am considering technical writing as a career change and want to determine if it would be a good move to enter this field. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by glass.hourousha on Jun 10, 2014 - 6 answers

Can I ask for a raise?

I've worked at my current job for 12 months. I think I've had a great year and have become more valuable to the company. I would like to ask for a raise but I don't know whether this is a reasonable request or how to ask if it is. Career specific details below. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 9, 2014 - 9 answers

Do I know where I'm going to?

How can I plot the next steps of my career, given where I am now? [more inside]
posted by droplet on Jun 7, 2014 - 1 answer

Should I quit my job?

I started a new job couple of months ago. I feel it may not be working out. I don't want to be impulsive. Is the decision to quit a good one? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 6, 2014 - 13 answers

To qualifty for a GS-13

Looking for advice on obtaining employment with the federal government. [more inside]
posted by gagoumot on Jun 6, 2014 - 17 answers

Easiest way to learn these programs?

I would love to learn Autodesk 3ds Max (my goal is to use it for 3d architectural and product visualization) and Adobe Premiere Pro (I need to study the technical aspects of editing and hopefully move on to other offline and online NLEs). I fear at this point in my life, it might be too late to embark on such career-changing endeavors, especially that the learning curves for both these programs are reputably steep. What is the easiest and best way to learn these programs, and can I do it on my own? [more inside]
posted by omar.a on Jun 5, 2014 - 5 answers

How to Juggle Several Job Offers At Once

After a long, long stretch of unemployment, I landed a temp job that somehow kicked my resume into high drive. Great news! However, the amount of interest I'm getting and the urgency with which everyone seems to need to hire is really overwhelming to me right now. I'm worried that I'll get swept along into accepting a position that may not be the best choice. Please help me figure this out! [more inside]
posted by pineappleheart on Jun 5, 2014 - 11 answers

Strictly Business, like EPMD

What are some techniques I can use to get through a day job that is sometimes really grating? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 4, 2014 - 5 answers

Terrified over dream job

I am moving into a job I always wanted to have. Please remind me this is the right thing to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 4, 2014 - 10 answers

Seeking stories of professional boldness.

I'm looking for real examples of people who made bold, honest, and somewhat risky moves in a job situation and saw positive results. [more inside]
posted by ocksay_uppetpay on Jun 2, 2014 - 12 answers

Going in for an interview for a job I'm not sure I want

I have been asked to come in for a job interview at a company I have interviewed at before. They have since hired someone else for the position, but have asked me to come in for a similar job as the work load has increased. For a number of reasons, I'm not sure I will be interested in the position, but I want to hear them out and I want to keep these connections in the future. Is there anything I should keep in mind or do to to ensure that it goes well? [more inside]
posted by coreywilliam on May 30, 2014 - 8 answers

Production planners... please tell me what you do?

I'm trying to decide whether or not to interview for a production planner position that my friend informed me of (for an automobile/electric plant). My friend told me that I would be a great fit and there are a few areas that interest me, but looking at the description... for the most part, it doesn't seem like anything I would imagine myself normally doing for a job. The position seems to center around working with data, and I'm definitely not the number-crunching type. The problem is... I don't have a great job at the moment and am a little desperate. What does working as a production planner entail? What kind of skills would you say are necessary for this kind of job?
posted by Thanquol180 on May 22, 2014 - 3 answers

I've just been fired. What do I do next?

I was just terminated after 89 days from a job that I moved 550 miles to accept. I have no savings -- they were spent on the move -- and two weeks' severance pay (about $1,300). I have no family or friends in this city. What are my next moves? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 22, 2014 - 18 answers

You're Leaving Me?

Work BFF gets a new job and I don't know how to take it! [more inside]
posted by brynna on May 20, 2014 - 6 answers

Where do I learn SQL Basics?

I am starting a new job in about a month and need to brush up\learn SQL so that I can "hit the ground running" It's a testing role, so QA focused sites would be ideal. I used SQL everyday, but manipulating queries others have written. I think I need now how to write my own.
posted by MarvinJ on May 19, 2014 - 15 answers

Life after BigLaw?

Everyone always tells you that going to law school and being a lawyer will open up all types of job possibilities. I tried being a big firm lawyer and am don't want to continue doing it. I'm looking to figure out life after biglaw and what that actually means. Looking for advice on how to figure out what's next, where to look for jobs that might play to a legal skill set, and how and what to highlight about biglaw experience when looking for the next job. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 18, 2014 - 12 answers

Mysterious Night Shift Job At Home

What jobs might fit this description: telework and only in the evenings for a major telecomm company? [more inside]
posted by driedmango on May 17, 2014 - 8 answers

I need a better job! What's an introvert with a B.S. to do??

Here's my situation: I graduated with a bachelor's in biology, and have had a series of jobs I liked, involving wildlife rehabilitation and working at a zoo... but I've moved and these jobs are hard to come by in my current location, AND, none of these jobs make any money. So what career field can I transition into that could help me take advantage of the fact that I already have a bachelor's degree? [more inside]
posted by biograd08 on May 16, 2014 - 14 answers

Do I actually have a job?

Someone please share some experience so I can stop worrying and get some sleep. I received a tentative offer from a federal agency. I then received an email asking for my preferred start date so they can send a confirmation letter. I responded, haven't heard back for a month. I sent an email to check in but haven't heard back for a week. [more inside]
posted by inevitability on May 15, 2014 - 17 answers

Help with negotiation

I just got a job offer (yay!) and I need help with negotiating benefits. Problem being that this is a very small and informal company while I've always worked at large multinationals with clear guidelines for these things. I have no idea how small companies work. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 14, 2014 - 12 answers

Will it hurt me down the line to give myself a "demotion"?

I am a U.S. Federal employee. I live in DC. After a decade here, I'm feeling pretty much done. I'd like to move to CA to be closer to loved ones, and a friend in SF just alerted me to a good-fit job opening in my agency's field office there. Problem: it's one grade lower than my current position. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 13, 2014 - 2 answers

Academic Job Dilemma: My PI screwing me over?

I have a staff position in academic research. I received a verbal job offer two and a half weeks ago for a higher position in a different lab, and I gave notice to my current PI (my boss) immediately. I haven't gotten the official job offer yet, and I think my PI might cause me to lose the offer... Also, I'm kind of just freaked out in general and need some fresh eyes. Am I freaking over nothing, or is trouble brewing here? [more inside]
posted by your mom's a sock puppet on May 11, 2014 - 14 answers

Should I move to Afghanistan?

Should I pursue an amazing professional opportunity in Kabul, or is this the stupidest idea you've ever heard? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 7, 2014 - 33 answers

Do I quit my job and do a web development bootcamp?

I graduated three years ago, and have spent most of the time since in healthcare/pharmaceutical PR. I loathe it. I want to sign up for an intensive Rails course, but I'm not sure if I should make the leap! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 6, 2014 - 12 answers

Help me find an employment lawyer in Sacramento, CA

I am employed in Sacramento, California. I would like to speak to an attorney with experience in employment law, as related to overtime-exempt status. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 5, 2014 - 1 answer

IT positions that don't rely on working with people

I've been bombing in interviews for IT Help Desk, or Desktop Support positions, and whenever I've called back the interviewer, the most common answer they give is "poor communication skills". Is there any entry point into the field that wouldn't rely so much on working with people? Would it make more sense to work as QA tester, and then try to transition to something in systems or database administration?
posted by omredux on May 5, 2014 - 13 answers

Using ICT in primary (elementary) schools - what shall I say?

I'm a career changer and coming to the end of training to be a teacher. There's a job going in my current school, including responsibility for ICT and I'd love to apply for it. The problem is, I'm too new to be fully qualified for it as it stands - but it's a fantastic school and I'd really love to teach there. I plan to have a conversation with the Head to ask them to let me at least apply, so that I'd be considered alongside the other, more experienced, candidates. Then they can decide whether to interview me and whether my potential outweighs my lack (so far) of experience as a teacher. I'm putting together some proposals to show to them, as part of my planned 'pitch'. My line will be 'I'm new but I have loads of great ideas' - and that's where I need your help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 3, 2014 - 4 answers

Dear Old Friend, Just Tell Them To Give Me The Job Already, Thanks.

Advice needed for how to follow up on a networking email for an interesting job. Help! [more inside]
posted by thereemix on May 1, 2014 - 2 answers

Was/am professional activist organizer. Giving it up. Need help.

For the last 7 years or so (since graduating from college), I've been a professional political organizer, essentially, working for progressive movement organizations doing primarily new media/online media/digital work, but also spending time on fundraising, action planning, communications, and a few other things as needed. After a lot of thought and consideration, I'm starting to suspect that I can no longer work as part of the left (or at least, my corner of the US left) and still be emotionally healthy with the stress I deal with all the time. I don't know what to do next. [more inside]
posted by Ash3000 on Apr 28, 2014 - 17 answers

Dream Company wants me -- so why haven't I heard back from my recruiter?

Dream company headhunted me a month ago for dream job(s). They were eager to get to know me the first week, and now, four weeks later, I haven't heard from them at all despite their professed interest in me and desire to get me in for an interview. This is weird because I am uniquely qualified for the jobs they're trying to fill and they sounded desperate. Given the communication history described behind the cut, what should my next steps be? [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger on Apr 28, 2014 - 13 answers

shall i take this non-profit offer?

got an offer from a non-profit in NYC. it has been growing like crazy in the past 8 years, but i am faced with a 20% cut in base salary. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 25, 2014 - 7 answers

Help me find work-life balance as a recent college graduate.

I graduated college a year ago, and I'm having trouble acclimating to my new life. Plenty of special snowflake info inside, but I would love any tools or anecdotes about how your life changed after college. [more inside]
posted by bbqturtle on Apr 25, 2014 - 46 answers

Need to understand stock options so as not to appear a total noob...

I believe I am bring offered a job for which I just interviewed for. The president of this technology company emailed me and told me my compensation would be: x dollars base salary + y dollars in stock options. This does not seem to be a publicly traded company so I'm not sure what this means or what I would even need to ask to properly evaluate the offer... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 23, 2014 - 22 answers

Is quitting my job a good idea?

I left university with a decent degree in a scientific subject and got a job working in a related field in a hospital (I'm in Britain, so with the NHS) afterwards. I wasn't sure if this was the career I wanted so I decided to give myself a year to try it out. With the lease on my flat running out, I've realised the year is up, and now I'm starting to seriously question whether this is what I want to be doing, and whether it's worth finding another flat, or if it's better to quit this and try my hand at something else - maybe a PhD or a medicine conversion course. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 23, 2014 - 8 answers

Recommended someone for a job who I am now uncomfortable with?

Maybe working with a friend who turned out to be a little less than friend. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 21, 2014 - 9 answers

Third Shift Blues

(asking on behalf of a friend) I'm thinking about using the ADA regulations to try to move from night shift to day shift. How would this work? [more inside]
posted by zug on Apr 17, 2014 - 6 answers

Competitive people pleaser seeks self-identity.

I have a deeply ingrained habit of being both a people pleaser and caring a lot about accomplishments, winning prizes, receiving accolades, getting praise and recognition from others. However, so much so that it clouds what I really want to do in terms of my career. Was this you? Did you recover from it? How did you sort it out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 15, 2014 - 9 answers

I have substantial savings but no job. How to get someone to rent to me?

I have ended a long-term relationship where we both had mental health issues (bipolar depression in my case). I haven't worked since 2005 but am a graduate (was back in 1991 though, I'm 44 now) and have about 12 years of work experience. I believe I could work again if given the opportunity, and am willing to do the work either on myself or in terms of learning marketable skills to become employable. I also have about £50,000 ($70,000 I guess?) remaining from an inheritance, which I'm using to live on. It's actually possible to buy a modest apartment where I live for that money, but then I would not be eligible for out-of-work benefits, hence the need to rent. I have never rented before, I lived in my parents house until age 36 and then with my partner in her mother's house until age 44. So I have no references to offer as a previous renter, and am quite socially isolated due to shyness so not sure about finding character references either. My credit score is great due to only modestly using a credit card for 10 years and paying it off each month, and not getting into debt during that time. How can I best sell myself to a letting agency as someone their landlords might want to rent to, and what concessions would I need to make for renting to be a possibility - pay a big deposit? rent in advance? money in escrow account? [more inside]
posted by AuroraSky on Apr 13, 2014 - 13 answers

Any Melbourne tech companies that use a "Stripe"-like interview process?

I tend to have bad experiences with traditional job interviews. I'm interested in finding out whether there are any tech companies based in Melbourne, Australia, that use an interview process similar to the one used by Stripe.com. Simply, Stripe gets candidates to work on a simulated project (http://www.quora.com/Stripe-company/What-is-the-engineering-interview-process-like-at-Stripe) rather than, say, writing code on a whiteboard. [more inside]
posted by tomargue on Apr 10, 2014 - 3 answers

Working in Rutherford, NJ. Where should I live? Can I live in NYC?

I'm a single, college-educated, mid-twenties male who will very likely be relocating from the West Coast to the Tri-State area in a few months for a full-time desk job in Rutherford, New Jersey. I'd love to know your recommendations for affordable rooms, apartments, studios, etc. in safe and convenient neighborhoods. [N.B. I grew up in and lived in South Brooklyn for many years, so I'm familiar with the NYC area, but I've never lived in NJ nor ever considered living there in the past.] [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 5, 2014 - 19 answers

Place on the internet to commiserate and get support about crappy jobs.

As the title says, I was just wondering if there's some place on the internet where people unhappy with their jobs can congregate, rant, commiserate, get advice, get support, support others, feel accepted and not alone, etc. It should preferably be an active place, not a forum that gets a single new post every few days or weeks. I know it's not healthy to just rage and complain all the time about a situation. Sometimes, however, you've just got to get something off your chest and know that someone is listening. And girlfriends and parents can only take so much of this, productive or not, because they're so much closer to you. This is more about just meeting people that are experiencing similar difficulties in life and having an active, understanding support group. [more inside]
posted by KinoAndHermes on Apr 4, 2014 - 11 answers

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