I am profoundly stuck trying to figure out if there is a career that can fit my needs after a unique medical/existential history. I am in my late 30s, and spent most of my life having surreal dissociative epileptic seizures, but not realizing the cause. The nature of the seizures were such that I assumed the world was not real in any way. So despite a great education, I have not prioritized or conceptualized work or career in any sense, and simply bounced from thing to thing without caring, as long as I could feed and house myself in very basic ways. Now that I know what was up all these years, I have no idea how to move forward. Any potential ideas, dear MeFites? [more inside]
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?
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]
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]
Help me brainstorm some "thoughtful questions" to ask at a law school networking event. Difficulty: it starts in 3 hours. [more inside]
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]
Résumé design advice needed! Details within. [more inside]
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]
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]
How do you ask for a job after rejecting it the first time? [more inside]
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]
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?
Need advice about how to proceed in getting a really awesome job. [more inside]
What would be the most suitable way of explaining long gaps on resume, in employment history due to health reasons.
Need urgent help with resume making, given less than optimal circumstances, namely a history of illness and accompanying lack of employment for an extended period of time. [more inside]
Husband loses job, gains new job. Awesome! But I'm expecting a great job offer myself - on the other side of the country. [more inside]
Job-Filter. How to best display your skills when you have close to what they want? [more inside]
I've decided to start searching for a new job, and I'm incredibly nervous about the technical interviews that software engineering jobs often require. How hard are technical interviews? What are some things I should review before going to one? [more inside]
What can I do to get an interview? [more inside]
Some direction would be nice. [more inside]
How can two Seattle residents best go about looking for jobs in London? [more inside]
I'm in a job offer dilemma. I've verbally accepted an offer that i'm excited about. BUT, a job that I don't hesitate to say would be a dream company for me just had me interview again for one of two positions they are considering me for. Sounds like it is a slam dunk that i would get an offer from DreamCompany but it's the end of their quarter and they are wrangling a few details around, shifting head count, etc and won't have anything firm for a few more days but SortaExcitingCompany needs papers signed TODAY. Ugh - dilemma..... SortaExcitingCompany does not know anything is up yet. I'm tempted to see about getting a few days extension on the offer but worried about just retracting it all together. I know everything in the US is "at will" work anyway - but ethics still come into it for me at least.
So, a co-worker situation has reached the point that it's giving me dyspepsia, and management isn't going to do anything about it. [more inside]