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In with the new

In June, I'll be moving out-of-state to take a management/director position. The person who holds the job now is retiring; he has asked me if there's anything he can do to help prepare for my arrival - he wants to make the transition as smooth as possible for me and his staff. If you've experienced something similar, what was helpful for you (or would have been helpful)? [more inside]
posted by infodiva on May 2, 2016 - 4 answers

What to do in an up-or-out organization when I want out?

I have a foot out the door, mentally, but don't want to leave until I have something better lined up. I work at an up-or-out organization, and the next "up" step is on the horizon. How do I handle this? [more inside]
posted by J. Wilson on Apr 29, 2016 - 12 answers

Need to freshen up these skills

There is an online job I'd really like to apply for. It's customer support for a company that provides user experience information for a business's website. I think I'd be good at it except for one requirement. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 19, 2016 - 3 answers

Desperately need work to live & leave abuser. How to get regular notice?

Are there any good guides to approaching NYC employment agencies and consistently securing work? I need a job so I can leave my abusive partner, keep my tiny apartment, and see a therapist. I need stability. I’m a dedicated, bright, friendly, curious, and solid worker. I just don’t know how to make myself stand out or get a consistent response from either cold applications or agencies. Turning to MeFi again for guidance. [more inside]
posted by Fire on Apr 17, 2016 - 15 answers

What stone have I left unturned in this job search?

Searching for a new job in logistics/supply chain/transportation/management. I am currently employed with a transportation carrier and I manage a small team of 5. I have been searching in the industry for about a year but no major bites yet. I feel that there is a tipping point or path I have yet to find, any ideas? [more inside]
posted by bobbyno on Apr 10, 2016 - 6 answers

How many versions of my resume do you need anyway?!

Online job applications that ask for multiple versions of your work history (resume + manual entry form + LinkedIn +++): do employers actually read all the versions of your work history? Could you concentrate on just one? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Apr 10, 2016 - 10 answers

How to hire more women?

I have a business in the IT service industry and there’s a gender imbalance in my staff, which I want to address. [more inside]
posted by Kwadeng on Mar 28, 2016 - 21 answers

Entering the Stop Motion industry

What are the options for someone who wants to break into the stop motion industry. [more inside]
posted by asra on Mar 8, 2016 - 6 answers

Is it the depression or is it just us?

My boyfriend is depressed and I'm at a loss about how to talk to him about issues that have come up in our relationship without possibly sinking him farther into a funk. Please help me sort through my feelings and tell me if I need to have a reality check. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by socky bottoms on Mar 6, 2016 - 11 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

How to work a professional network?

I’ve been a freelancer for over a decade. It’s had its good points, but I’m feeling burned out and ready for something new. I would like to find a full-time salaried position, but I’m feeling a little lost about how to go about it. Can you offer guidance? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 2, 2016 - 5 answers

Struggling to Help in a Difficult Family Situation

My brother is in his late thirties, has no job, lives in rural Alabama, is on probation for a while after spending a year in prison, is a registered sex offender, and is a (hopefully) recovering addict. He is still living off my parents, who are at a loss to find a way for him to get a job. The state of Alabama has some incredibly strict limitations on what registered sex offenders can do, which makes dealing with the stigma even more difficult when trying to find employment. Help me come up with suggestions for a job for him. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 23, 2016 - 13 answers

Have a job offer, waiting for another - how to balance?

I am basically trying to juggle a job offer in hand and waiting for another that I really want, more than the one in hand. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by whatdoyouthink? on Feb 12, 2016 - 8 answers

Learn to code or...what?

I'm a liberal-arts-ish woman who has some experience with computer programming (HTML, CSS and PHP) and a ton of graphics/design experience. I hear about code bootcamps and lots of people changing careers to CS, and I'm wondering if it would be a good idea to try and develop my programming skills. But I'm worried I'm not geeky enough to hack it. [more inside]
posted by MetaFilter World Peace on Feb 12, 2016 - 18 answers

Acing a non-interactive job interview

Some time ago, I had a specific type of job interview which was new to me and I did not get offered a position. Now, I have this same type of interview again. How can I ace it this time? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Feb 10, 2016 - 11 answers

I have so much to offer, and no where to give.

I’m looking for the way out of a life of perpetual admin-assistance. [more inside]
posted by Dressed to Kill on Feb 8, 2016 - 14 answers

Trying to break into journalism

I recently graduated with a degree in film from a Chicago school, but more and more I find myself only interested in documentaries, podcasts and articles. How can I break into journalism at a time when the future of journalism is so uncertain? [more inside]
posted by TheSillyman on Feb 6, 2016 - 11 answers

Where to work in web design outside the US?

I'm an experienced web designer/developer looking to work outside the US, potentially in a developing country that needs my skills. How to do this and where to go? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 31, 2016 - 7 answers

Worry about my referee's comments about potential jobs?

I've been offered Job A. Job B left a voicemail at the 11th hour today asking me to ring back on Mon. Based on what my referee told me at work drinks tonight, he thinks Job B is very likely to offer me a job. He said Job A were perfectly nice but felt like they were asking questions to catch me out, while Job B sounded like they wanted to hear nothing but good things about me, as though they *actually* wanted to employ me. Having said that, Job A is interstate so I don't know if they're just trying to make sure I'm not a dud. If I get offered Job B on Monday, would you make anything of what my referee mentioned? Could it be a reflection on them as people to work for? Thanks (and sorry I can't wait till Mon, it's been months and months of frustration and anxiety, to the point that keeping busy doesn't even work)
posted by glache on Jan 29, 2016 - 8 answers

Fastest route to ANY degree with 3 years uni credit from 10 years ago?

What is the fastest route to a degree for someone with three years worth of general University education (but no degree) from a state university, roughly 10 years ago, who is no longer geographically close to that university? Assume that the degree field itself doesn't matter (it literally doesn't in my situation.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 27, 2016 - 6 answers

Should I quit my miserable job without another lined up?

It didn't take me long to figure out my new job isn't for me, but delayed training and mandatory training repayment if I quit could mean being stuck there for more than a year. I am miserable. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by good day merlock on Jan 26, 2016 - 24 answers

How did you deal with gender-based wage discrimination?

Forgive me for the two part question Hivemind, and I super know you are not my lawyer - I will ask a lawyer for legal advice if I need it. But... 1) Have you ever sued or reported a company for gender-based wage discrimination? Do you regret it? 2) Have you ever experienced it? How did you deal with your emotions? [more inside]
posted by libertypie on Jan 22, 2016 - 13 answers

A publisher wants my book. How to pay the bills while I write it?

A publisher is interested in my unfinished book manuscript, and has asked for an estimated completion date. I’d love nothing more than to finish writing it. But my financial situation is precarious, and I haven’t been able to find a day job that will leave me with enough time and energy to write. Plus, I’m facing a rent increase in April that may cost me my home if I don’t find another source of income soon. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by velvet winter on Jan 21, 2016 - 47 answers

Successfully turn medical leave into layoff/buyout?

I am currently on medical leave from my job (in Ontario). I don't want to go back. How do I do that? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 18, 2016 - 7 answers

How to answer the salary history question?

A possible employer has asked for my salary history. Hooray, they're interested! But I want to make *more* if I take the new job. [more inside]
posted by underthehat on Jan 11, 2016 - 24 answers

Help weave my interests and experiences into job possibilities!

I've had several careers (or jobs) that seem very different from each other, and I have an educational background which is equally varied. I'm looking to possibly embark on a new path, but need help figuring out where I'm going exactly. [more inside]
posted by bacall423 on Jan 7, 2016 - 1 answer

How do I find volunteer actors in Rotterdam?

I need some Dutch-speaking actors for a multi-media, animated, science fiction (?), art project I'm working on. Complications: very little money, and I (sadly) don't speak Dutch. [more inside]
posted by crookedneighbor on Jan 7, 2016 - 4 answers

I just started a job organizing people's email. I have some questions.

So, thanks partially to the response I received from a previous question, I've begun a sidebusiness organizing people's email inboxes: basically, helping people handle their email without getting overwhelmed, while also more generally helping with personal email/digital workflow. As this is somewhat of a unique project, I have two questions with not-entirely-obvious answers. [more inside]
posted by (The Rt Hon.) MP on Dec 30, 2015 - 9 answers

How to deal with an opinionated, overbearing mom (re my kid & childcare)

My mom has many, many opinions on how we are caring for our son (from what we give him for breakfast to the chores he should have, ugh), and she loves to share them. All the time. Especially in emails (joy). Here's the situation: I am considering going back to work full time but I am sure my mom will voice her displeasure. [more inside]
posted by trillian on Dec 28, 2015 - 18 answers

Machiavelli Filter

I've been in the service industry for about six years now. I'm very knowledgeable and skilled, but not always the best at positioning myself well. TLDR: What do I do about an arrogant twit? [more inside]
posted by nob'dy on Dec 27, 2015 - 11 answers

Career avenues for one who wants to help the fight against anxiety?

I would like to help people, maybe specifically teenagers, avoid being trapped in their lives by anxiety and save them some of the regret and difficulties I accrued. I believe if I turned my self seriously toward learning about it I could do some good. What sort of career avenues are there for someone interested in helping with this? And what sort of schooling do I need to have for them? [more inside]
posted by TheRedArmy on Dec 19, 2015 - 6 answers

I think I need to leave my JD off my resume to get a job. Please help.

I've seen a lot of similar questions, but they don't quite get at my particular issue. I got a JD in 2010 and an MS in Social Policy in 2012. If I only had the MS, I'd be able to find work. The JD is holding me back. The most common feedback I get is "you're a flight risk" or "we can't afford you." I get it, but it's not true, and I can't convince them otherwise. [more inside]
posted by timory on Dec 18, 2015 - 32 answers

Will accepting this part-time job ruin my chances for full-time job?

I just received a job offer for a very part-time position--only 16 hours a week--at an amazing organization. I need full-time, but **maybe** can cobble together full-time equivalent if I can find another part-time job. But accepting the job offer presents a conflict of interest with the really great full-time job I've applied for. [more inside]
posted by primate moon on Dec 10, 2015 - 7 answers

Should I make this transfer?

I'm a software engineer who's thinking about transferring to another team at work that does way more interesting stuff, but now my current manager is trying to get me to stick around by making offers of more interesting work on this side. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Two Stranger on Dec 10, 2015 - 11 answers

Polite professional phrasing for "bump"

I sent an email to someone with questions about a job listing they posted. Their reply said that the position is still open, but they are on the road and would write back next week. I replied "Great – talk to you then!" It is now six days later. I want to say, hey, are you back yet? but without sounding badgering or unprofessional. What's a good way to say this? This person and business is not formal, so formality is not necessary, just politeness and professional-style respect.
posted by ignignokt on Dec 10, 2015 - 21 answers

Get me out of this job (and into $75k)

I'd like to transition out of the logistics field. Can you suggest a new field/job/path so I can earn >$75k? [more inside]
posted by mannermode on Dec 3, 2015 - 13 answers

Temp agencies in L.A.--know a good one?

For colored girls who have considered temp work when the tech world is enuf: I'm looking for temp placement agencies in Los Angeles while I ride out this mid-career career change. [more inside]
posted by tyrantkitty on Nov 30, 2015 - 5 answers

Back to the drawing board

[Career-filter] Help a somewhat disillusioned archivist brainstorm a new career. [more inside]
posted by the cat's pyjamas on Nov 22, 2015 - 3 answers

career opportunities

Career options for recent graduates with bad grades? [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu on Nov 17, 2015 - 22 answers

Should I Move to TX?

I'm in CA and my company has folded. My research shows that moving to TX would be a good plan because, running the numbers, there is a reasonable amount of daily postings for positions I am suitable for across the TX metro job markets, and house prices are considerably less (read: affordable) compared to CA metro areas. So it all makes reasonable sense except for this: I have no emotional drive to relocate there. [more inside]
posted by The_Partridge_Family on Nov 9, 2015 - 21 answers

How can I best negotiate moving from full-time to part-time at work?

What is the best way to approach asking my employer to move from a full-time schedule to part-time? What is reasonable to expect in terms of changes to pay and benefits? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid on Nov 9, 2015 - 5 answers

Outdoor jobs?

Can you think of any jobs that sound like this? Spending time outdoors, collecting samples, analyzing them in the lab, figuring out how to improve our way of life on this planet. Maybe teaching kids from time to time. [more inside]
posted by Mdomdom on Nov 9, 2015 - 15 answers

LinkedIn for remote jobs?

How does one search LinkedIn for WFH opportunities; also, how to present yourself as someone only interested in those types of jobs? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas on Nov 6, 2015 - 8 answers

It's Occasionally Techy in Philadelphia

After 10+ years away, I'm considering the possibility of moving back to the Philadelphia area for the right career opportunity. Unfortunately, I don't know much about what the job market for software developers is like there now. Does anyone have any thoughts on what things are like for senior software developers in Philly these days, or any recommendations for reputable tech recruiters in the area? What about some good companies to work for that believe in work/life balance, are paying decent money, and doing interesting things? Details follow after the fold. [more inside]
posted by tonycpsu on Nov 3, 2015 - 2 answers

How do you respond to "ARE WE HAVING FUN YET?!"

I have a coworker that I report to, and they constantly ask, "ARE WE HAVING FUN YET?!" But then they seem to want a literal answer and I have no good response. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 30, 2015 - 87 answers

How Does One Become A Political Speechwriter?

I happen to know somebody who is a wonderful writer, a recent honors-in-English graduate of a great college, who writes terrific blog posts about politics as well as many Facebook posts on political issues. He's currently working at his first job -- copyediting for a publisher. How might he get into the field of political speech writing? I assume you pick a candidate you'd like to write for -- but do you approach that candidate directly, or...what?
posted by DMelanogaster on Oct 30, 2015 - 15 answers

Add learning disorder, subtract job

I have a learning disorder called and as a result my math skills are somewhere around a 4th grade level. I can't turn a 3d into a 2d drawing or vice versa and I really can't count money but for going painfully slow. Since I graduated high school I've been looking for a job that I could do where my cognitive function deficits will cause problems keeping the job. So far, lots of odd jobs and low-end jobs with nothing more solid or long term (or better paying). I've thought about going back to school but almost everything requires some kind of math or chemistry. I like working with my hands but my difficulty with math means that doing things like welding (which I trained for) are out because I can't handle the numbers.
posted by Socinus on Oct 28, 2015 - 18 answers

Will applying for a job that's not related to current one look bad?

I'm currently in a fellowship in my master's program. The fellowship is pretty specific (as it usually is) and in a field I knew nothing about but wanted to learn more of/also thought could help me serve a wider population in my career. Now coming up on graduation, I want to apply to another fellowship that could lead to a full-time job in my dream organization. I'm afraid because the two fellowships aren't related at all, the employers will wonder why I'm applying. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 23, 2015 - 4 answers

Editor-in-Chief: Should I take the job?

Hi, Ok here's my situation. Last year around this time I was diagnosed with bipolar. I lost my job, my apartment, everything. I was living several states away and I had to move home to live with my grandparents. When I arrived back home, I contacted one of my old employers who let me come back on part time as a writer and photographer. I love the job!! It gave me so much of my confidence back. However, it's only part time so the only reason I could afford to work there is bc my grandparents did not charge me for rent or food. I am 30, by the way. [more inside]
posted by asmith30 on Oct 19, 2015 - 19 answers

Bait-and-switched in a new job report structure. Don't know what to do.

I went through a long interview process and it turns out the person who was leading that process knew they were leaving, knew whom I'd be reporting to once they were gone, and actively withheld that from me. I don't think I can stay, I'm not sure what my next steps should be. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 18, 2015 - 12 answers

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