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So...how does one actually get a job?

I'm about to finish grad school and I've been applying to jobs furiously, but I feel like I'm shouting into the wind. I need some advice on networking and how to appropriately reach out to employers. [more inside]
posted by the offing on Oct 19, 2016 - 10 answers

Moving to Brooklyn, jobless...oh dear

My partner has a job offer in Brooklyn. We both love Brooklyn. But we currently live in the midwest, I have no job prospects in NYC at the moment, and I have no idea how long my job search will take...can we survive? [more inside]
posted by Miss T.Horn on Oct 16, 2016 - 29 answers

Nonlocal candidate: the impossible dream?

Last time I was actively job searching (2010-2014, give or take), conventional wisdom had it that hiring managers/HR wouldn't even look at a resume with an address beyond reasonable commuting distance from the job. [more inside]
posted by scratch on Oct 13, 2016 - 13 answers

Possibly burned out from IT work at 35, what careers to transition to?

Hello, ask MeFi. I've searched for proper advice on this, but I'm coming up with blanks. I've come to the realization that I'm losing interest in IT support work. Sometimes I feel I have no choice to work IT, but I want to see if I can do another type of work. I'm currently searching for jobs, and most IT jobs that I'm finding are either lower paying temp jobs from staffing agencies or job that take skills or certs that I don't have. [more inside]
posted by 81818181818181818181 on Oct 1, 2016 - 11 answers

HRFilter: To whom...should I address the cover letter to?

I was taught "Dear Sir or Madam" was acceptable for cold job applications, but in my recent round of job searching, I'm seeing multiple blog posts talking about cover letters saying that this is no longer acceptable and shows a lack of initiative on the side of the job seeker. Is this so, HR professionals of MetaFilter? [more inside]
posted by smirkette on Sep 27, 2016 - 27 answers

Deflecting questions about career goals without feeling like an asshole

My friends/classmates and I are going on the job market in the coming months. I don't want to really discuss this whole process with them and what my top choices are, where I've gotten interviews, and so on. But, I also feel like a competitive, secretive asshole for not openly telling them what I'm doing and what my goals are. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 25, 2016 - 18 answers

Explaining to my references why I'm already looking to leave my new job

I recently started a new job, and quickly realized it was a big mistake to accept the position. I'm searching for other opportunities but don't know what I should say to my references about the situation. [more inside]
posted by oiseau on Sep 21, 2016 - 6 answers

Applying for jobs when you have the same name as a skeevy criminal

I have the same first and last name as a US college athlete involved in a rape case that got some national media attention recently. When googling my name, even verbatim or in quotes, the first several pages of hits are news items about the crime, the trial, etc. I'm now applying for jobs and looking for the best way to preemptively make sure I'm not confused with [demonstrably horrible person]. Worries & details below. [more inside]
posted by BespokePuppet on Sep 8, 2016 - 35 answers

Behavioral interview tips needed.

Do you have any behavioral interview tips you can share? Or resources you can point to, such as great articles or an online guide? [more inside]
posted by J. Wilson on Sep 8, 2016 - 12 answers

Job hunt freak out

I've been working in a specialized field and have to find something else (for reasons explained "more inside"). I haven't been able to "turn it off" for months. What next? Are these things I'm thinking about totally crazy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 7, 2016 - 7 answers

The classic where should I live question.

What cities should I be considering for my job search/living in as an LGB tech geek considering my other criteria inside? [more inside]
posted by Chicoreus on Aug 20, 2016 - 27 answers

Job hunting for snowflakes

I'm looking for a new job, in Quality Assurance or Scientific Affairs, FDA-regulated industry (food, dietary supplements, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals), in the US. What's your best advice for a mid-career, older person on finding and getting a good job in those fields, specifically? Maybe you'd be willing to critique my resume? More about who I am and what I hope for, inside. [more inside]
posted by pH Indicating Socks on Aug 7, 2016 - 3 answers

What should an editor's portfolio site look like?

I'm an editor with two solid decades of experience and a good reputation in my field. I do a lot of rewriting and restructuring but no real writing I can call my own. I work with mostly long-form content for IT services companies, universities, medical advertising agencies, nonfiction books, annual reports, etc. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 6, 2016 - 3 answers

Best ways to find technical or semi-technical job openings?

What sites, boards, and/or recruiters have you had a good experience with when looking for a new technical job? [more inside]
posted by Chicoreus on Aug 5, 2016 - 15 answers

Seeking Creative Writing Instructor job.

Which job sites can I use to find Creative Writing Instructor positions?
posted by Ready2016 on Jul 29, 2016 - 7 answers

What if they ask about salary?

I'm in Texas and am looking for jobs in the northeast. (My applications seem to skew towards NYC, but that's not my target specifically.) I'm getting emails about arranging phone screens and it occurs to me that I might get asked about compensation. How do I start coming up with an answer beyond googling for a cost of living calculator? (And those come up with truly staggering figures I'd feel embarrassed naming, but that's a separate issue.) [more inside]
posted by hoyland on Jul 28, 2016 - 9 answers

How to follow up with a late recruiter? (2 jobs, 1 company)

I applied to two jobs at the same company, and spoke to a recruiter about one of them (but I'm more interested in the other job). She said a hiring manager would call me back within a week, but it has been more than a week. How/when should I follow up? [more inside]
posted by mannermode on Jul 14, 2016 - 2 answers

How to present back-and-forth movement on a resume?

I worked at a place for around two years, then decided to try a new kind of job at a different place. This experiment did not quite work, the job was a poor fit for me, and I was let go after about a year. My original place has hired me back part-time to do part of my old job while I look for something more permanent, which is great! But I'm not sure how to present all of this on a resume. [more inside]
posted by Ragged Richard on Jun 29, 2016 - 3 answers

How do I explain searching for a new job immediately after a promotion?

I have been with my current workplace for about 10 months, and I’ve just received a promotion. It was my intention to stay in my new role with my new, better job title, which will give me greatly improved career prospects going forward, for a year. However. Serious escalation of Crazy Manager behaviour has made me realise I must start looking for a new job, basically ASAP. There must be a way to navigate this gracefully, but I’m so stressed out right now I can’t see it. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 2, 2016 - 12 answers

Networking (and socializing) for socially awkward people.

I'm ashamed to say I've been somewhat avoiding the whole job application and networking stuff. I find it very difficult to speak to people because I have a quiet voice and I'm very standoffish. I tend to have a very robotic way of speaking and I've been told I look overwhelmed and scared a lot. I find it very difficult to express myself and sometimes I wonder if I even have a personality. How do I change so I can be more likable and approachable? [more inside]
posted by sheepishchiffon on May 28, 2016 - 14 answers

Following up with a job lead?

I'm looking for advice on how to follow up with a job lead in light of an upcoming promotion at my current job. Advice welcome! [more inside]
posted by J. Wilson on May 28, 2016 - 3 answers

Advice on the Ethics and Potential Pitfalls of A Job Search

I’ve started a long term job search and would like some advice on the ethics and potential pitfalls of approaching a company that I’ve been working with in my current job. [more inside]
posted by Jalliah on May 19, 2016 - 5 answers

How did you overcome a low gpa and/or no work experience?

I am one class away from graduating with a 2.6 GPA in a Business degree. I do not have any internships and very little work experience. I have mental health issues and I'm very socially awkward. Am I doomed from ever finding a job? How did you overcome this?
posted by sheepishchiffon on May 15, 2016 - 16 answers

Yet another "Do I want this job?" question

I've been at my current employer for about three years. I'm thinking of making a career move, so that I focus more on, let's say, tennis policy analysis. I've found a job that looks promising, but I'm having a hard time telling if it's the right next step for me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 10, 2016 - 10 answers

Should I go back to school?

My job hunt has proved to be totally fruitless and I find my lack of success concerning. I have a career path picked out and think going back to school could help, but given that it's nothing that's currently trendy, am I wasting my time? [more inside]
posted by intheigloo on May 5, 2016 - 13 answers

Career coach: worth it?

I have been struggling and stressing over finding a job. I've found a recruitment agency I like (it helps women in tech!) and they recommended a particular coach. I'm worried about my finances, since I've had a rough year, and I'm wondering: will paying for a job coach be worth it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 28, 2016 - 6 answers

Out-of-state job quandry

Hi, My husband has applied for a dream job in another state. His application could take several weeks/months before we hear either way (a Federal position). I have found a position that I am well qualified for, but the end date for accepting applications is in five days. Is it tacky to apply for a job when you might not move to the state, or if your availability could be several weeks/months out? Or if I did apply and get an offer, and had to withdraw my application if my husband doesn't get an offer?
posted by Bexlemon on Apr 19, 2016 - 8 answers

Working in Business Development

The work sounds intriguing, but I have an odd resume and don't have much first-hand knowledge of the field. Do you think that business development right for me? If it is, how do I go about getting a job in it? [more inside]
posted by static sock on Apr 15, 2016 - 8 answers

Working with Creative Staffing Agencies

I have an interview with a creative staffing agency based in Los Angeles next week and want to be as cagey as possible while talking with them so I don't end up getting myself into something I can't back out of. If you've worked with temp-to-hire/contract-to-hire agencies like this before, what do you wish you'd known in hindsight? [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger on Apr 14, 2016 - 3 answers

When can you start? "Not until after my surgery"

While interviewing for a new job, you may been asked when you can start working at that company. If that date is a little farther out, would that impact your chances at being hired? [more inside]
posted by INFJ on Apr 11, 2016 - 13 answers

Which is easier, changing roles within a company or externally?

A few weeks ago my group was affected in a round of layoffs at a big video game corp and soon will be starting the process of finding a new job. I'm considering two changes to my career but i'm not sure what the best attack plan should be. I'd like to change job roles AND change industries, and I think there may be a best way of doing both but I'd like the hive mind's input. [more inside]
posted by escher on Mar 31, 2016 - 6 answers

Should I stay or should I go now?

I'm not ambitious - but maybe I should be? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 9, 2016 - 8 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

Tell me about technical writing

Are you a technical writer? How did you get your job? What do you do on a day-to-day basis? What are the pros/cons of your job? What's the salary like? [more inside]
posted by phoenix_rising on Feb 10, 2016 - 12 answers

No Work Experience in Computer Science | About to Graduate | Panicking

I'm completing a Computer Science degree. Graduation is this May, and I'm really worried about finding an entry level job. The main reason I'm worried is I have no work experience in Computer Science and I have no idea whether I am currently "hire-able." [more inside]
posted by snickersnee on Feb 7, 2016 - 27 answers

How Do I Get Over This Psychological Job Search Hurdle?

I used to have a reasonably good job - now I don't. So I put everything in storage, took some time out, and now I'm back sitting in temp accommodation, looking for a new job, finding this and that... but I'm not applying for any of these jobs, because I'm convinced that what a new job really means is returning to my former lifestyle of essentially working, looking forward to not working (i.e. eves/ weekends), and then not actually doing anything outside of work because I'm a massive introvert. And I'm 40, and I now realize that I'm not going to live forever, and if I conscientiously choose to return to my former lifestyle for the 2nd half of my career, then more fool me if I reach retirement and look back with great regret at poor choices I made when I knew I should've known better. And so I spend all day looking at jobs - which feel like invitations back into my old life - and then not applying for them. I need help moving on from this. Former lifestyle details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 31, 2016 - 9 answers

Because hiding under the bedcovers is not a paying job.

My job of over a decade went sour thanks to a newer supervisor whom I can't shake. I am being micromanaged within an inch of my life, and it makes me shut down and do even less. New jobs are scarce, and I can't quit for financial reasons. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by sheena is a sock puppet on Jan 13, 2016 - 23 answers

There are only bad options; which is the best one?

Out of work, unemployment benefits finished, and I feel like I need to choose between "take the crappy job that doesn't pay well" and "hold out for something better while temping and living off my savings." The catch? I've been fired twice in the last three years, so my employment history doesn't look great on paper even if I'm a good interview. What's the best job search strategy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 10, 2016 - 8 answers

Engineering career change research - Phase 1

EE working in Naval Nuclear Power seeks a foot in the door of the Aerospace Industry. I've got no network in this industry. Would like to develop one. Not sure how. Is this even possible? Do I have to go back to college? If so, what would that look like? [more inside]
posted by Team of Scientists on Jan 1, 2016 - 10 answers

Finding a job to relocate or travel

I'm looking for a job and am open to the idea of either relocating to the Twin Cities or finding a job in Seattle with travel to the Twin Cities. Open to sector, industry, and company size. [more inside]
posted by toomanycurls on Dec 4, 2015 - 3 answers

Should I take this job? I'm feeling very conflicted.

I'm 23, currently living at home with my mum close to London. I've got a good degree but in a subject I'm no longer interested in pursuing. I've just been offered a QA job in Bristol which I originally applied for in September. They really liked me in the interview stage, but I was turned down because they found someone more experience. Today I received an email from them with a job offer, I'm really torn whether I should take the job or not because there's a lot of pros and cons. [more inside]
posted by fallingleaves on Nov 30, 2015 - 11 answers

How to deal with an unfinished education due to an abusive parent?

I am shortly about to be on a job hunt for the first time in over a decade. I have a fair bit of experience as a professional, but the one thing I do not have is a completed degree, for reasons that are perhaps explicable, but how best to explain them?. Details within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 5, 2015 - 16 answers

Big Fish, Small Pond: Job Title Edition

My job title is scaring off potential employers and I'm not sure what to do about it. Anywhere else the role I hold would be a executive level position that commands twice the salary I make (which is mid-level), but in my company I'm really more the equivalent a junior or senior contributor (plus some extras). How do I position my well-earned "executive" role so that hiring managers stop nixing me for junior-level positions because they think I'm expensive and/or overqualified? [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger on Sep 1, 2015 - 10 answers

Am I Actually Employable?

I got a Masters in Entomology in May of 2014 and I've been looking for a job doing...pretty much anything in science since then. After a pretty crushing rejection earlier this month from a position I thought I'd get, I'm starting to wonder - am I even employable anymore? Snowflake details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by Noms_Tiem on Jul 23, 2015 - 15 answers

How does job hunting work while transitioning genders?

I'm in the beginning stages of transitioning from to female to male. Only my friends know at this point; I haven't said anything at work and I haven't started hormones (yet) so it's not very obvious physically. For many reasons, I want to start looking for another job but I'm wondering how to handle it with an impending transition. How do I present myself? How do I handle references when they know me as another name? [more inside]
posted by AFABulous on Jun 24, 2015 - 6 answers

Getting a summer job for dummies

Hi, I'm a 20 year old trying to get a job this summer. Almost any job. Wendy's, Starbucks, anything. I live in NYC. I go to college and I'm off for the summer. I applied for like 12 jobs. I have a polished resume with some volunteer experience and one summer job in 2009.. I haven't heard anything back from where I applied and I'm getting discouraged already. What should I do so I can definitely (hopefully) have a successful search and job?
posted by starlybri on Jun 21, 2015 - 16 answers

Post-interview municipal HR etiquette question

Would love to hear feedback from someone familiar with municipal HR practices. Yesterday I interviewed for a position with a city department. The interview was set up by someone from city HR, but was I was actually interviewed by people in the department. At the end of the interview, the contact from HR told me I could not contact the interviewers, but I could direct questions to her (the HR contact). I believe this is all because of various regulations regarding city hiring. When I've been interviewing for other jobs (private companies), I have sent a post-interview "thanks" email to the interviewer. Since I can't contact the people I interviewed with, is it appropriate to send a "thank you for organizing the interview" email to the HR person who has been my point of contact so far?
posted by anonymous on Jun 20, 2015 - 3 answers

Job search for dummies (or the chronically overlooked & underpaid)

Due to cuts, I've lost income and am now running in the red each month. I can handle this for just a little bit before it gets dicey. I need a new full time job but I've never been very good at job hunting or getting interviews and I've also battled a lot of depression and anxiety. (Complication - I am in what might be an emotionally abusive relationship and have to get on my feet.) [more inside]
posted by Fire on Jun 2, 2015 - 10 answers

Job interviews, no offers and dealing with negative judgment from others

I've been job searching for almost a year. I have had several interviews and have yet to come up with an offer. Family members are starting to assume something is wrong with me. How can I keep plugging while trying to explain it may not be as easy as they think? [more inside]
posted by intheigloo on May 19, 2015 - 18 answers

How to find part-time fulfilling jobs

I'm looking for a new job. I've been a library assistant for years and I'm tired of the stultifying atmosphere and conservative coworkers. This is partly made worse by my current work environment which I've loathed ever since I moved like 2 years ago. It just so conservative and small-minded, the kind of place where someone finishing the milk without replacing it would be the source of recrimination and speculation for weeks. [more inside]
posted by ninjablob on May 15, 2015 - 5 answers

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