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Tips for an Industrial Engineering MS looking for a job?

My wife graduated from Northeastern University with an MS in Industrial Engineering earlier this year. She's had some difficulty finding employment relevant to her educational experience. How can I best help her in this? [more inside]
posted by Earl the Polliwog on Sep 4, 2014 - 2 answers

What to write (and if to write) in a thank-you note . . .

for an interview for a position that you are not sure that you want? [more inside]
posted by thesnowyslaps on Aug 29, 2014 - 7 answers

How do I craft my resume and job search to find a job I will love?

I had been developing what I thought was a good career, but now I've hit a bump in the road and I'm experiencing frustration in finding a employer I want to stick with. I don't like the last few places I worked at and I'm not proud of the work I did while there. Please help me decide how to craft my resume and job search! More (wall of text) inside... [more inside]
posted by cristinacristinacristina on Jul 2, 2014 - 7 answers

I'm going to lose my job in one year. Help me decide what to do next!

As my title says, I'm going to lose my job on June 30th, 2015. I'm not sure what to do in order to land on my feet, so I'd like some advice, other then save money (I am, $700-$900 per month) and apply for jobs (I also am, but my field is pretty thin, job-wise). I see my options as: 1) continue to apply for jobs for the next year and hope for the best 2) continue to work at my present position but also go to grad school in a different profession (I'm pretty sure this will work and I get a free class every semester at the university I work at). [more inside]
posted by Fister Roboto on Jun 24, 2014 - 7 answers

I have a phone interview tomorrow. What can I do to succeed?

I have a phone interview tomorrow for a position at a university and I'm looking for some advice. What is the best way to prepare for a phone interview? What are recruiters generally looking to get out of phone interviews? What are some things I should and should not talk about? I know some of these are probably pretty obvious, but your tips are appreciated. Thanks!
posted by Fister Roboto on May 21, 2014 - 19 answers

LinkedIn profile quandary - switching gears mid-job hunt

My LinkedIn profile is targeted to the job I want, but I need to broaden the scope of my job search to include a different, lesser position. How can I do so without my profile hindering my chances? [more inside]
posted by sockless on Apr 14, 2014 - 7 answers

How do I turn down a job candidate after an extended interview process?

I run a small organization, just a few employees, and I am close to filling one of our open positions. What is the etiquette for breaking the bad news to an unsuccessful job candidate who has patiently participated in a drawn-out interview process? [more inside]
posted by inatizzy on Mar 4, 2014 - 21 answers

Looking to move home | Chicago to SF

I'm looking to move back to the bay area after about 7 years away. What's the best way to go about this and find a job? [more inside]
posted by Carillon on Feb 5, 2014 - 6 answers

Is LinkedIn a necessity in this day and age?

I am job hunting, and my career counselor has told me to set up a LinkedIn profile. I am a naturally introverted, private person, and don't particularly like the implications of social media. Is LinkedIn a necessity in this day and age? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Thanquol180 on Jan 18, 2014 - 38 answers

Reference after you've been fired?

Followup to this question; I was indeed asked to resign about a week after I posted here - thanks to those who gave advice. I was told during the severance meeting that my former employer would offer a reference (presumably "she worked here from date to date"), and I've also got two colleagues who can serve as references to provide greater detail. I'm applying for a job at a large institution that requires I fill out an electronic form in addition to submitting a resume and cover letter - if they ask for contact information for my last supervisor (the person who fired me), and that's the only reference they request for that job, what should I say?
posted by anonymous on Jan 1, 2014 - 5 answers

ADD + unemployed: help me develop coping habits without medication.

I am pushing 30, and find myself unemployed for the first time in my life. I am staying at my parents' house for the time being until I sort things out, which has been a godsend. I have ADD/anxiety, and believe that deeply ingrained bad habits sprouting from these two conditions have been hijacking my life, with my unemployment being just a recent example. Has anyone been in a similar boat? How have you been able to replace your bad habits with better ones? I cannot let my life collapse to this point again. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 5, 2013 - 11 answers

No sane person would expect me to work here anymore, right?

So, I have only been working at this new job two months, but now I need to leave. For, I think, reasons no sane person would object to. But it's only been two months and the last job was also brief, although again for very excusable reasons. Help me phrase a cover letter? [more inside]
posted by Sequence on Dec 4, 2013 - 22 answers

Sure, I accomplished....something. Workfilter edition.

I took a job two years ago thinking it was a great opportunity, and instead, it's turned out to be terrible. Lots of nice people and good intentions, but little infrastructure, tight budgets, and an executive director whose poor leadership skills are equaled only by her desire to micromanage. Long story short, I have about 8 weeks to meet some (unreasonable) departmental goals or I'm likely to get fired. Help me turn two years of helping my department tread water in spite of huge organizational obstacles into accomplishments for my resume, please? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 26, 2013 - 6 answers

Crash-course in IT security?

I'm looking for good books or websites that will give me a crash-course on modern IT security - common vulnerabilities, common strategies, common jargon, etc. [more inside]
posted by Dr. Zachary Smith on Nov 24, 2013 - 13 answers

Where do I start looking for a job?

I don't know where I should be looking in order to search for a job. (Peculiar Einstein-Bose Condensate details inside) [more inside]
posted by Hactar on Nov 1, 2013 - 6 answers

First rule: no lawyer jokes

Help me brainstorm some "thoughtful questions" to ask at a law school networking event. Difficulty: it starts in 3 hours. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 7, 2013 - 16 answers

How did you know when to go?

When and how did you decide to stay at or leave a job you kinda liked and an employer you'd been at for a long time? Is it good to stay or have I been here too long? That's the situation I am in. I feel like I'm stuck, but I also feel like I'd be giving up a good thing. What can I do to help decide? [more inside]
posted by fireoyster on Aug 6, 2013 - 15 answers

Do I smell bad or something?

Over the last several months, I've noticed a job hunting pattern. I apply for a job. I get called for an interview. Yay! However, despite going on MANY interviews over the past 8-9 months, I'm not able to actually close the deal. What am I doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Jul 18, 2013 - 32 answers

What should I wear to an interview to be a teaching professor?

I have an interview next week for a teaching professor gig at the local college. What should I wear? [more inside]
posted by terrierhead on Jul 5, 2013 - 8 answers

Apply again or give up?

Didn't do well in a previous interview, but the company has a new position that I'd like to apply for. Try again or give up? [more inside]
posted by so much modern time on May 15, 2013 - 15 answers

Please help me figure out this snowflake-looking career pickle.

I'm a manager in my field who, in moving to a new city, got into. Things were looking great, but unexpectedly the company shut down two weeks in. Now I'm looking for a managerial job again, and I need to know how to explain this. [more inside]
posted by drea on May 2, 2013 - 4 answers

New to the US but not to software engineering- help advise my husband.

My husband just moved to the US and so is not so familiar with the local software engineering scene (actually, not so familiar with the scene at all as he hadn't even visited the US before this). I'm American and can guide him a little, but not too much because I'm not in software or a related industry. [more inside]
posted by cacao on Mar 8, 2013 - 15 answers

Is there a good way to list an ABD instead of a PhD on a resume?

About a decade ago, I had a quarter-life crisis and decided to drop out of grad school in science... how do I deal with that now? [more inside]
posted by lostguy on Jan 31, 2013 - 18 answers

I don't know how to hunt a job.

I have come to the realization that I don't know how to look for work. How do I find a job outside of searching craigslist (unuseful in this part of the country) or other local job boards (that are all overwhelmed with medical field or mental health jobs....or temp jobs)? [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart on Nov 30, 2012 - 15 answers

Cold calling academics?

Is it appropriate to cold call a professor with a cover letter and resume when looking for lab tech/research assistant positions? [more inside]
posted by Slackermagee on Nov 28, 2012 - 7 answers

Tips for working with recruiters?

I am looking for a job and am starting to work with some external recruiting firms. Do you have any suggestions/advice/wisdom for me? [more inside]
posted by radioamy on Oct 29, 2012 - 6 answers

Living with post-recession stress disorder

I've landed in a dead-end job, but it's hard for me to overcome my anxiety about retraining or changing the direction of my career. How should I perform an objective, reasonable risk-reward analysis in the face of imperfect options and information? [more inside]
posted by pullayup on Oct 28, 2012 - 16 answers

How do I thank a recruiter who didn't end up placing me?

I have been using a professional recruiter. If I end up taking a position that I didn't find through them, what the best way to thank/compensate them for their effort? [more inside]
posted by i am a sock puppeteer on Sep 25, 2012 - 9 answers

Is a Master's in Public Policy something I want to do?

What sort of entry-level type jobs can I look for now to help me figure out if a Master’s in Public Policy is something I want to pursue? [more inside]
posted by Shesthefastest on Jul 26, 2012 - 7 answers

I got my MBA and all I have to show for it is a pocket sized diploma

I got my MBA, and moved from the suburbs to the city -- why can't I find a job to apply for? And those I do, no interview. [more inside]
posted by hrj on Jul 23, 2012 - 15 answers

How should I explain job searching after only eight months?

Eight months into a one-year contract, I'm aggressively searching for a new job because of a horrible boss. How should I explain my short stay at the company to recruiters and potential employers? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 29, 2012 - 16 answers

This job search is putting holes in my soul...

You live in City X. You want to move to City Y and are looking for a job there. Do employers care if your resume says you live in City X or City Y? [more inside]
posted by the NATURAL on Apr 23, 2012 - 16 answers

Help me design a great résumé, please?

Résumé design advice needed! Details within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 12, 2012 - 18 answers

Letting my manager know that I am looking for a new job?

Should I tell my manager that I am looking for another job? I understand that the answer to this question is usually a big NO NO NO. But, special circumstances inside. [more inside]
posted by moiraine on Apr 6, 2012 - 19 answers

I'll be smart, experienced, and missing ALL the buzzwords

I'm trying to choose between two programming jobs. One company is very, very unusual for its field, and the features which attract me to that company are rare or even unique within its field. I'm worried about how taking my first job there will limit me in terms of experience, stereotypes, and networking if/when I have to change jobs and/or fields. Are my fears valid? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 29, 2012 - 17 answers

I can't go home again, but can you help me get to Portland?

Please help me devise a feasible plan for relocating to Portland from Los Angeles. Level of difficulty: pretty desperate. [more inside]
posted by easy, lucky, free on Feb 22, 2012 - 17 answers

Should I temporarily relocate 70 miles from home to find a good job?

I have a house and a husband I'd like to keep. However, it seems like the only way to do this is to temporarily relocate myself 70 miles away where the job market is better. Is this a good idea? [more inside]
posted by Val_E_Yum on Feb 15, 2012 - 27 answers

Should my husband take a job with a very low salary?

Should you take a job that doesn't pay enough to live on, or continue on unemployment -- which is even less? [more inside]
posted by KathrynT on Feb 9, 2012 - 33 answers

Customer service ---> Gainful employment

Help me transition out of my customer service "career" [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen on Dec 14, 2011 - 7 answers

Help me manage a long-distance job hunt!

I'm a 2L at a third tier law school in one part of the middle of nowhere. My same-sex partner is from a very different middle of nowhere that has distinguished itself as one of the sorts of middles of nowhere that we can actually get married in. We are provisionally considering moving. The job market's bad enough already, so... help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 2, 2011 - 13 answers

Networking for the Desperate

With very little to offer, how can I network more effectively? [more inside]
posted by aintthattheway on Nov 22, 2011 - 10 answers

LinkedIn Endorsements - Trim to the few "best" or show them all?

I've often called my career in architecture glorified itinerant work. The fact is that I need to go where the jobs are. So, despite having confidence in my position for the next six months to two years, I recently decided to start brushing up my public facing networking tools. In particular this means LinkedIn, and I decided to send a request for recommendations to many folks I have worked with over the past decade and a half at several positions. The result has been pretty gratifying to my ego, but now I realize I need to better understand the etiquette and strategy of how best to post them. [more inside]
posted by meinvt on Oct 15, 2011 - 4 answers

Job hunt fallout - is this situation recoverable or do I need to move on?

How do you ask for a job after rejecting it the first time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 25, 2011 - 9 answers

When to start job hunting

I am going to quit my job and move back home to Canada with my husband. My targeted quit date is 12/16. When do I start looking for a new job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 23, 2011 - 6 answers

London Calling

Londoners: Is November a bad time of year to begin a job hunt in your city? (Over and above the difficulties already imposed by the current financial situation, that is.) [more inside]
posted by tuckshopdilettante on Aug 4, 2011 - 13 answers

Getting a job in spite of flaws

Have to get a job within a few months. Crippled by depression and an awful work history. What's the best way to attack this? [more inside]
posted by wanderingchord on Jul 10, 2011 - 23 answers

Love vs. career - how hard will it be to maintain both?

I'm going to be moving around with my S.O. for a few years. Will having a few ~2 year jobs on my resume look bad? [more inside]
posted by ergo on Jun 12, 2011 - 7 answers

Can my job search please be over already?

I will graduate from college in a week. Two weeks ago, I got an email from an institution that I had done a job interview with saying, "We would like to move forward in the process" and asking to do a background check on me. I filled out the paperwork and faxed it back immediately. They still haven't gotten back to me. (I know my background is clean, as I've passed two other background checks recently.) How good should I feel about my prospects here? Was I wrong in assuming that the background check was a prelude to an employment offer?
posted by anonymous on Jun 6, 2011 - 11 answers

Co-workers? Supervisees?

If not a current supervisor, who do you ask for a job recommendation? [more inside]
posted by sugarbomb on May 9, 2011 - 10 answers

How to look interesting without looking crazy on the jobhunt.

Is it advisable to send unusual, outlandish looking CVs to grown ups who do grown up jobs? [more inside]
posted by dumdidumdum on May 9, 2011 - 15 answers

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