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Is it OK to ignore a job agency recruiter?

A job agency recruiter sent an e-mail about a possible job opportunity at a very large company. The recruiter mentioned that she got my information through my friend (who currently works at that company). Initially, I thought it was spam however my friend does work at that company based on a quick search on LinkedIn. I haven't spoke to my friend for 5-6 years since graduation. Also, the job agency recruiter appears to be real and has a legit profile on LinkedIn. I am not looking for a new job at the moment. Should ignore or write 1-2 sentences back? Thank you
posted by Mountain28 on Jan 21, 2013 - 21 answers

 

Best practices? My job laughs at these. Please help me leave.

I work in a very small IT company that makes custom business applications. The owner is way too involved in the day-to-day and pushes the sales guy to schedule us back to back to back for projects. We have no dedicated support staff so support for existing clients falls back to us (me and the one other developer) in addition to building new applications - and having all the meetings etc with clients. We are like half BA, half developer with no project manager anywhere in sight. I need to develop some skills that will allow me to get another job but no one here has the time or interest in creating requirements documents or making use cases. I barely have time to get my work done and am working more than 40 most weeks without overtime (I am salaried). I am getting burned out and need to leave. But the lack of actual SDLC/Agile/documentation stuff is really killing my attempts to transition to a straight BA position. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 21, 2013 - 9 answers

Do I apply for (nearly) the same job again?

About five weeks ago, I applied for what seemed to be a great job at the university from which I recently graduated. (It's not a teaching/faculty position.) I applied about a week before the deadline and I think I'm a good candidate for it. The website, which is updated daily during the week, says that it has yet to be filled, that the selection is still in progress. However, I just saw a new job posting go up with the same title with a few small differences. I haven't been notified one way or the other as to the first job. How do I navigate applying for the newly-posted job? More specific information inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 21, 2013 - 12 answers

Do I have a right to shares after turning them down?

I accepted a higher salary in lieu of shares. Found of first week on the job the company is in talks to be sold. Am I entitled to demand shares? [more inside]
posted by DuckGirl on Jan 20, 2013 - 21 answers

Career ideas for a bright teen with a physical disability?

My 19-year-old-daughter is very smart, but due to her disability can't handle a school- or workday of more than 3-4 hours. Help me brainstorm career ideas for her as she completes high school. [more inside]
posted by DrMew on Jan 19, 2013 - 51 answers

Working in a software agency versus a large tech company

What are some differences to expect for someone working at a software agency for the first time, coming from the enterprise world? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on Jan 18, 2013 - 1 answer

Should I tell my coworker/friend about my upcoming job interview?

I just landed an interview for a job I really want, and I'm very excited about it. I'm seeing a coworker, also a very good friend, for dinner tonight. Should I tell her about it? [more inside]
posted by eleanor_of_aquitaine on Jan 18, 2013 - 27 answers

How do I get a job in San Francisco with a paper-thin resume?

I'll try to make this brief. I recently turned 23, and due to a combination of drugs and depression since getting out of high school I have essentially no work experience. This makes responding to job postings very frustrating and humiliating as my resume feels like a complete joke. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 18, 2013 - 16 answers

Do small retailers use head hunters?

I was wondering how small retailers (think of a mom and pop sized clothing boutique in a high-end shopping district.) find store managers and associates. I know that the small retailer can post an ad on craigslist or in the local paper, but will they ever use the services of a local recruiter? More broadly, can anyone explain the economics of becoming a “head hunter”, whether for a low paying retail position, a typical corporate middle management position, or for an executive position?
posted by otto42 on Jan 16, 2013 - 9 answers

What can I do about a sick person who insists on coming to work?

My clearly ill coworker refuses to go home. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 15, 2013 - 58 answers

Movin' on up

I've lived in just one city for most of my adult life. I know a lot of people who've spent their large parts of their adult lives working and living in many different cities. Those of you who've done this, how did you go about doing it? How did it work out for you? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 on Jan 14, 2013 - 8 answers

Help me design a parachuting class (not that kind)

My husband and I (both in our 30s) will graduate in May and then move to a completely new-to-us part of the country for a fresh start. During our last semester, we want to work together on defining and figuring out what our new career paths will be in the next phase of our lives. Please help us design a program to help us ask the right questions and do the right work to help us figure out what we want! More about our specific situation within. [more inside]
posted by pupstocks on Jan 13, 2013 - 1 answer

How do I find a job in Toronto?

How do I search for a job in Toronto that fits my special snowflake(but relatively modest[I hope]) requirements? [more inside]
posted by Gin and Comics on Jan 11, 2013 - 6 answers

Graduating with a BA in Philosophy (Canada) in April. Job search help

A few days ago I went to see my local Career Advisor at school. She said I was miles ahead of every other humanities grad as I have 15 months of work experience. She told me to contact various guilds and organizations in my area... [more inside]
posted by GiveUpNed on Jan 10, 2013 - 7 answers

Fired. Helped me get hired again.

How do I talk about being fired in future job interviews? Advice and encouragement needed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 7, 2013 - 16 answers

What's the best place to live on a low budget given a life-consuming job in Manhattan near Madison Square Park? And how low can I go both before and after unintelligible-but-critically-important-tax-stuff?

What's the best place to live on a low budget given a life-consuming job in Manhattan near Madison Square Park? And how low can I go both before and after unintelligible-but-critically-important-tax-stuff? [more inside]
posted by ch3cooh on Jan 6, 2013 - 21 answers

How to sell myself to companies as a former academic?

Academic with non-CS background but software development experience looking to transition into the professional workforce, from an ABD Ph.D perspective. How to overcome the "lack of experience with real/big systems" question, and in general pitch myself to employers? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 6, 2013 - 8 answers

Should I mention how little pay I would work for?

I'm willing to work an internship for little or no pay. Should I mention this fact or would it come off as desperate and unprofessional? [more inside]
posted by WCF on Jan 5, 2013 - 10 answers

How do I work within the system in spite of the system?

Corporate dysfunction and general structure is causing my job to be difficult, and sometimes impossible. How can I cope best? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 4, 2013 - 5 answers

Should I quit my current job?

Should I quit my current job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 3, 2013 - 16 answers

Help me find my inner unicorn tamer

Help me consider interesting and unconventional career choices out of university [more inside]
posted by awesomathon on Jan 3, 2013 - 4 answers

To suit or not to suit?

What to wear to a non-librarian library interview? [more inside]
posted by trillian on Jan 2, 2013 - 14 answers

The Resignation of the Amanuensis

I need to give my resignation this week, but just learned my boss/supervisor is on bereavement leave. What's the classiest way to handle this? [more inside]
posted by this reminds me of an achewood strip on Jan 2, 2013 - 11 answers

This is not what I signed up for.

About a month ago, I accepted a job with the federal government. The salary was mutually understood to be at the GS-12 level. I just got a call that the job will now be at the GS-9 level due to fiscal cliff issues. What do I do now? [more inside]
posted by jcatus on Dec 28, 2012 - 35 answers

Do I need to tell the hiring manager that I'm NOT pregnant?

This fall, when I was unemployed and job hunting, I discovered I was pregnant, kind of like this person: http://ask.metafilter.com/207069/Should-I-reveal-my-pregnancy-in-job-interviews. I did not mention this during interviews, but when I got an offer, I brought it up with the hiring manager as part of my negotiation. I was very pleased that it did not seem like a liability, and he promised I'd be made eligible for their paid maternity leave even though I would have only been there about six months. He also said he'd leave it up to me to tell my boss and team with at least 4 months advance notice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 27, 2012 - 21 answers

Oh Hai, Gives Me Teh Job Plz, Kthxbai.

Calling all Mefites who are good at composing emails! I am struggling with verbiage in an email I am sending to someone regarding a potential employment opportunity. Please help this nervous going-on-3 months-unemployed job seeker not screw this up. Tasty plate of beans inside. [more inside]
posted by thereemix on Dec 27, 2012 - 16 answers

I want to be Cher when I grow up.

What makes the difference between a good academic campus interview and a great one? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 21, 2012 - 9 answers

How can I save my IT career?

How can I get a new job in IT with limited experience, no relevant education, and an unusual employment history? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 19, 2012 - 15 answers

What kind of jobs could I do remotely?

In the next year, me and mr. desjardins are embarking on a nomadic lifestyle (in the U.S.). Given my skillset, what kinds of jobs could I do remotely? Or what kinds of temp work could I pick up while we stay someplace for 2-3 months? [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Dec 17, 2012 - 8 answers

How do you know?

How do you know if it's not big enough? (A raise, I mean?). I would like to hear about whether the recession has shaped how people think about money and career advancement. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 14, 2012 - 9 answers

A job while I train for a career?

I'm currently in school for a 2-year degree in biomedical equipment technology (how to fix medical stuffs). While I'm going through the program, I'd like to have a part-time job that, in some way, could be a resume builder...but I also need to make semi-decent money. [more inside]
posted by SampleSize on Dec 14, 2012 - 2 answers

Love writing but...

I've always had communications-related jobs, but they never seem to be the right fit. I'm a great writer (although I have a love/hate relationship with writing), but I also helping enjoy helping people and interacting with people, etc., and writing is a pretty solitary job. (Well, PR isn't, but that's one area I want to stay away from, as well as fundraising). Have any other writer-types who are like me found a solution? (Oh, and I don't want to take on grad-school loans right now.)
posted by trillian on Dec 14, 2012 - 15 answers

My employer stole my money?

How to pursue check theft with my employer [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Dec 13, 2012 - 28 answers

What should I do with my career

I have a pretty successful career but still feel like a fraud. I would like to change that, NOW. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 11, 2012 - 11 answers

Do you have advice or books to recommend for a first-time manager?

Newbie Managerfilter: Do you have advice for a first-time manager? [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Dec 11, 2012 - 17 answers

Lesser of two risks?

I have an interview for an office job that I don't recall applying to. Do I call and ask what it is or should I wing the interview? Details inside attempting to justify why I can't remember. [more inside]
posted by Helleaven on Dec 5, 2012 - 13 answers

Too scared to work

How can I cope with extreme professional/work anxiety? [more inside]
posted by one of these days on Dec 5, 2012 - 21 answers

How can I get over feeling like I'm not good enough?

Due to my dad, I feel like I am stupid and can't do anything right. How can I rebuild my self-confidence? [more inside]
posted by stedman15 on Dec 4, 2012 - 16 answers

Help me prepare for this job interview, complication: I interviewed for the same job last year, and was not successful

Please help me prepare for a job interview for a job which I have my heart set on [more inside]
posted by iamsuper on Dec 4, 2012 - 8 answers

What does a professional statistician do?

(Good) jobs involving probability and statistics other than math teacher or actuary? [more inside]
posted by CustooFintel on Dec 3, 2012 - 15 answers

How do I ask my manager for connections for a new job in a new city without killing my chances for a promotion?

How do I ask my manager for connections for a new job in a new city without killing my chances for a promotion? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 2, 2012 - 5 answers

The dream job has become a nightmare

I have a fantastical dream career. I am something kids say they want to be when they grow up. It's amazing, and I love it. I'm one of the top twenty or so people in my area of my field in the world. On a daily basis, I pinch myself, I cannot believe my luck. Here's the thing: I hate my actual job so much that I think I'm going to spontaneously combust. Would I be stupid to leave? Is there any way I can figure out how to stay and be happy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 29, 2012 - 21 answers

Have degree, won't travel (outside Chicago)!

I've been in school my whole life and now am a licensed psychologist in Chicago. Help me get paid! [more inside]
posted by steve.wdc on Nov 26, 2012 - 5 answers

Generating ideas for work in Japan outside of teaching, or Eikaiwa jobs.

I'm currently looking for work in Japan. I'm scouring the internet, Dave's ESL cafe, ALT (assistant language teacher) listings and am not really looking for help in that respect. If you have any suggestions however, I am happy to hear more. The only exception would be if anyone knows of any Eikaiwa (Private school) jobs or any forums that post job listings.. It is my question that since the work is not always steady and there is the possibility I would go there just to tutor, there is waaay too much flux in my ability to pay for rent. I need help figuring outside work. Outside of selling Japanese items around the world, I'm trying to figure out ways to make money with a general skill set. I'm vocal enough and confident in my speaking ability so I figure I can lead tour groups on my free time and post the listings on craigslist. I'm also looking into working as a waiter or dishwasher, but I was hoping for some help generating ideas. Thanks! PS - I alreadly have information on career cross and gaijin pot. If anyone knows any temp agencies are teacher employment agencies, that would be appreciated as well.
posted by Nighthawk3729 on Nov 25, 2012 - 14 answers

Looking for new job whilst in training.

[Job-filter] How do I add a job to my resume that is both a contractor job, and more importantly, I haven't finished training at? [more inside]
posted by trogdole on Nov 23, 2012 - 5 answers

Please help a high school graduate find where to look for a decent paying job.

You are a high school graduate with no other experience and credentials. You need a higher-paying job to be able to support yourself. What do you do? [more inside]
posted by Autumn on Nov 21, 2012 - 26 answers

It's both me and the job, help me fix both.

Nearly everything I liked about my current job has evaporated, and I am left with stress and anxiety. In addition, I've always been indecisive about what my career should be. At this point should I try to build a career at my current company or leave and try something else? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 19, 2012 - 11 answers

Because finding a job is a job.

How can I hit the ground running looking for a job? [more inside]
posted by signondiego on Nov 18, 2012 - 6 answers

Sending follow up letter to the job I had to back out of - help or hurt?

Backed out of a job under duress. Thinking of sending a follow up letter to perhaps explain the circumstances and perhaps soften their perception of me. Good or bad idea? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 15, 2012 - 16 answers

Contacting recruiters on the job search. Cold Calling?

Contacting recruiters on the job search: Should I be cold-calling them? If so, how should I go about it? Any other advice about this topic? [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Nov 15, 2012 - 2 answers

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