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Best practices for filling out online job appliications

I'm currently looking for a second /part-time job and have been filling out 3-4 online job applications a day. I've been a freelancer for the last ten years and found most of that work via word of mouth or through personal recommendation. For this reason, filling out job applications is relatively new to me, particularly online, and I have some questions. [more inside]
posted by marimeko on Jan 22, 2014 - 10 answers

Job searching on maternity leave: when to disclose?

I had a baby ten days ago. Whee! It's awesome. I have fourteen weeks off from work and planned to use this time not only to bond with baby but also apply for new jobs since my current job, though wonderful in the benefits department, is diverging in its business from what I was originally hired to do. At the very least I'd figured that it wouldn't hurt to look and now there's one company calling me back already. For this case and hopefully others to come, when in the recruitment process, and to whom, do I tell that I just had a baby and am on leave? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 16, 2014 - 13 answers

Professional Matchmaker Wanted!

Recommendations needed for good recruiters/staffing firms/headhunters in cloud services management. [more inside]
posted by anonnymoose on Dec 29, 2013 - 0 answers

How do I find a "real" tech job?

My workplace is in a decline, and I think it's time for me to explore other options. I'm a programmer at heart, an architect and team leader in practice, and a manager in name. Prior to this job I'd had really soul-crushing experiences in consulting, so (for example) I am experienced with but extremely cynical about capital-E "Enterprise" platforms and technologies. I don't want to go back to that world; I want to find a company and a team with a spark of life to it and people with the incentives to help each other out. What's the best way to filter for tech job opportunities that won't sink me back into the muck? [more inside]
posted by my name is irl on Dec 26, 2013 - 9 answers

Interview extroardinaire

How to do well in interviews? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Dec 21, 2013 - 6 answers

Job Seach Resources Help for Science-y, Communications-y Type Jobs

I'm looking for some help finding job search resources for a field that, at least as far as I know, doesn't have a super specific name. I'm interested in looking for communications-y type jobs that are specifically in science-y environments or that work with science-y content. Bonus points for resources specific to Washington, DC or Baltimore. [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter on Dec 20, 2013 - 5 answers

Master's program options for Geography/GIS undergrad

Do any of you know what my options might be as a Geography/GIS undergrad looking for Grad programs? And I guess more specifically, can you all think of any programs/occupations that use GIS to a certain extent as a supplementary tool rather than the sole tool? [more inside]
posted by mr.coffee on Dec 13, 2013 - 24 answers

Need strategies for job search as a single mother

I'm a single mom of an 8 month old and need to get back to work. I am an attorney, and most jobs I am qualified for require much more than 40 hours/week. I'm flummoxed on how to handle this during the job search process. How can I (delicately) make sure that a particular job will allow me to get home in time pick up my daughter from day care, etc.? [more inside]
posted by argyle dreams on Dec 8, 2013 - 14 answers

Should I still be looking for a new job?

I am working full time and making okay money. But I'm not satisfied with my salary or my commute. Should I keep looking or stay where I am for awhile so my resume doesn't look flaky? [more inside]
posted by chaiminda on Nov 14, 2013 - 10 answers

Web presence strategies for academic/professional job search?

I am at the start of a long runway leading to a job change in mid/upper higher education management. I don't have online skeletons, I just want my presence to be coherent and to point to me -- I google people when I hire, and I know how it can go awry. I am looking for best practices in self-SEO, details inside. [more inside]
posted by cgk on Nov 13, 2013 - 4 answers

Looking for new job but uncertain about career direction...

I'm a GIS office worker for a city government in the midwest. After a few years in my full time position I think its time for me to go, and move closer to my family, but I'm having trouble figuring out what exactly I should be looking for. Suggestions much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by ajax287 on Nov 12, 2013 - 5 answers

How do you keep track of variations of your resume?

Here's a question that seems like it should be pretty basic, and yet I'm struggling! I'm applying to summer internships in many different fields (journalism, consulting, PR, etc) and am trying diligently to tailor my resume and cover letters to each individual place. But for resumes, it's frustrating to try to keep track of what belongs in each specific version. Do you have any strategies for keeping things organized? I'm thinking of making a template with allll of my experience and verbose descriptions, then trimming it down as needed every time. Any feedback on this idea, or other strategies?
posted by estlin on Nov 4, 2013 - 16 answers

Here's everything I did at my last job

If you work a job where you're expected to provide "samples" in your job search, how do you deal with the confidentiality aspect? I feel like if I was an employer, I would find it similar to the taboo against saying anything in negative in an interview. "Well if you're willing to say this about them, what are you going to say about me?" = "If you're willing to show me everything they're up to, how can I trust you to keep my information private?" But presumably people get jobs in this field every day, so there must be a lot of this going on? So there must be some expectation this is acceptable? Nobody I asked has been able to give me an answer to this other than a shrug.
posted by bleep on Oct 19, 2013 - 12 answers

I'm having coffee with a potential employer... What should I know?

I'm scheduled to meet over coffee with a potential employer. What's considered good etiquette in this situation? How should I be prepared? [more inside]
posted by ScarletLark on Oct 17, 2013 - 11 answers

Tips for assisting w/ a job search for someone who can't do it alone

I've offered to help a relative with a job search because it isn't going well on her own. She is qualified (with a 2 year degree) for the job she wants to find (and is not interested in entry level retail or the sort) but doesn't have the experience or skills to go about finding it. She also may have a diagnosis of Asperger's, and whether or not that's certain, I can at least say that she is stymied by technology (forgets how to do things, forgets logins, avoids it where possible), isn't likely to search out new career listings online much less apply, and gets weary and forgetful of the search easily. I would like some help from AskMe trying to make this is as easy as possible for her while hopefully still teaching her a few tricks. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 16, 2013 - 5 answers

Applying for a new job- but what to do about a planned vacation?

After years of being on the fence about leaving and gritting my teeth while putting up with a shitty work environment, I'm ready to start applying for jobs. It's taken me a long time to get brave enough to do this, so I'm pretty happy that I'm going to pull the plug! But I feel like I can't start applying for positions because of an upcoming vacation, and I'm not sure what to do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 15, 2013 - 29 answers

How can I postpone a job interview?

My mental health took a crash and I need to postpone a job interview I have scheduled this week. How can I do it / how should I word it? [more inside]
posted by htid on Oct 14, 2013 - 13 answers

Should I stay, or should I go?

I just discovered I'm pregnant and due in April. While thrilled, the timing wasn't well planned... I've been looking for a new job opportunity and am starting interviews. Here's where I would love your advice: continue my search for a new position or tread water at my current job for another 1 to 1.5 years? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 24, 2013 - 10 answers

Use headhunter as well as the boss-approved method to get an interview?

I was contacted about a job with a company by a HR recruiter (not from that company) on LinkedIn. I was aware of this job from the company’s website and also I have a friend who is working at that company in a peer position. That friend said he spoke to his boss, and his boss said I should apply for the job via the company's website, so I did. Would there be any benefit following up with the HR recruiter from LinkedIn anyway? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 18, 2013 - 7 answers

Help me apply to Google! (post-postdoc version)

I'm leaving academia (math), and I want to apply to work at Google and some other companies in the SF bay area. This will be my first job that isn't teaching/research, and the MANY potential opportunities are overwhelming me me a bit. Can you help me figure out which vaguely described jobs are likely good for me? [more inside]
posted by ktkt on Aug 28, 2013 - 5 answers

I finally have a good idea of what I want to do! Now what?

I have been very slow when it comes to getting my career off of the ground. I've decided that I need to focus on what I can do right away to begin working in the field that I love. I want to help teenagers or adults with low literacy learn how to read. [more inside]
posted by to recite so charmingly on Aug 26, 2013 - 4 answers

How should I acknowledge my job references for helping me land the gig?

I recently started a job that I'm really excited about. Part of the reason I was hired is because I got great endorsements from my references. I'd like to send flowers to the Manhattan offices of each one, but if you have a better idea for a considerate thank you gift for three smart, accomplished women in their late 20s/early 30s, I am all ears! I want to send something nice that makes it clear how grateful I am for their confidence in me. [more inside]
posted by andromache on Aug 21, 2013 - 12 answers

Help me find a biotech recruiter

Recent Ph.D. grad would like to work with a recruiter/headhunter to find an industry job. Can you help me find a recruiter in the Boston area, or give me pointers/tips on working with one? [more inside]
posted by htid on Aug 13, 2013 - 1 answer

I suck at cover letters

Please give me your tips for the ever essential skill of writing a knock out cover letter. [more inside]
posted by Phalene on Aug 13, 2013 - 35 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

Time to get a new job.

I'm trying to find a new job so I can start actually saving some money and move into my own place. I'm a college grad with a linguistics degree living in northern NJ. For the past three years, I've been living with family, paying a small amount of rent each month, living a paycheck-to-paycheck existence and working a job I don't particularly enjoy. I'm done with this, but I don't know where to begin. I know there are a lot of posts such as this one on here, but I'd like to try to find answers particular to my situation. [more inside]
posted by zchyrs on Jul 3, 2013 - 18 answers

Help me brainstorm presentation ideas for higher ed job interview

I have to give a 10-minute presentation as part of a job interview for a career advisor and instructor position in the career services office of the business school at a large public university. I'm having trouble coming up with ideas, and would love some help brainstorming. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 28, 2013 - 12 answers

Good idea, bad idea: Leaving first job before a year's up

I last asked a question about moving or J-school. Most answers encouraged the former. I do want to move now, but should I relocate if doing so at the optimal time would mean I'd be at my first job less than a year? [more inside]
posted by dean_deen on Jun 22, 2013 - 9 answers

A change of scenery would be nice

I'm in a pretty miserable job and I'm trying to get another gig. A yearlong job hunt hasn't really been fruitful, so I'm trying to branch out. What else should I be looking for? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 12, 2013 - 9 answers

What kinds of jobs should I look for other than admin/office stuff?

I've mostly done generic office work but I would like to expand my job search to include more specific things. What fields (with jobs available) would be a good fit? [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on Jun 12, 2013 - 17 answers

Setting up a Life in 10 Days?

I'm going to be in NYC next week where I'll be looking for a sublet, and trying to get a handle on jobs. I'm hoping to move in early July. What can I do in 10 days to find a full-time job as quickly as possible in my field? I'm looking for work in content strategy/communications. [more inside]
posted by Violet Blue on Jun 3, 2013 - 18 answers

Is there such a thing as hunting TOO HARD for a job?

I was unfortunately laid off early this week, but have a couple months' severance and thus have a couple months' time in which to do a job search (it's okay, I was already thinking of starting my own search in a couple months anyway). However, I haven't had much experience IN searching - and think in the past I've been exhausting myself looking TOO hard. Is there such a thing? What does an effective job search actually LOOK like? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos on May 31, 2013 - 45 answers

Tips on starting up a science-themed blog

I was convinced to start a blog under my real name, for the purposes of being visible on the internet in a positive light while applying for jobs. Unfortunately, now it's up, I hate it and never want to write anything there. Since my partner is sick of me wailing about it, I thought I'd ask you guys for tips on low-effort ways to post on a blog with a general theme of 'interesting science news'. [more inside]
posted by daisyk on May 11, 2013 - 7 answers

I didn't used to be bad at this.

Follow up to this question I asked a while back. Yes, another email verbiage question. [more inside]
posted by thereemix on May 8, 2013 - 3 answers

I'm not so great at the unknown.

How do I do this "taking a breather" thing? [more inside]
posted by bookgirl18 on May 7, 2013 - 5 answers

Job hunting on the DL

Is it possible to apply for a new job in the nonprofit world without my current job finding out? There must be some kind of protocol or professional courtesy about this kind of thing, right? [more inside]
posted by jrichards on Apr 15, 2013 - 6 answers

HR interview followup

When a company invites you in to interview for a professional position, you spend half a day speaking with multiple people, and then they choose to not contact you in any way regarding the outcome of their search - - is that 100% douchebaggery, or are there legitimate HR/legal reasons they might behave this way? To be clear, I'm just talking about sending a quick email saying, thanks for coming in, we've made a decision, best of luck in future.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Mar 28, 2013 - 23 answers

♫♫ What do you do with a BS in Physics? ♫♫

Three years ago, I graduated with a Physics degree. Since then, I've been working in a soul-crushing IT job. Realistically, what are my options to push my career forward? Help me find my passion. Lots of snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 25, 2013 - 11 answers

Reading to complete before a technical interview (CSS, JS, HTML)?

I'm scheduled for a technical interview after the weekend for a front-end development position. I'd like to spend some intensive time beforehand reading relevant blogs and books to prime the ol' noodle and supplement my existing knowledge. Could you recommend some resources? Are there questions you would ask an applicant in this situation, or that you have been asked? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Mar 22, 2013 - 10 answers

Give me advice on my job search in the NYC area.

I'm a librarian in the southern U.S. looking to relocate to NYC. The catch is that I can't move without a job offer. Am I hoping for the impossible? [more inside]
posted by carolinecrane on Mar 16, 2013 - 6 answers

How to apply for a job when your licensure is pending your graduation?

I’ll be graduating in May with a bachelor’s degree in a certain medical paraprofessional field, and will be sitting for my licensing exam in April. The state will recognize me as a licensed paraprofessional upon the date of my graduation. I’d like to start looking for jobs after I sit for my exam, which I am confident I will pass but am unsure how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 15, 2013 - 4 answers

How does on properly "network" when looking for a new job?

When job searching, how do you successfully network without looking tacky, blowing your cover at your current job, looking desperate - just general rules for avoiding acting in poor taste, whatever that would look like? [more inside]
posted by windbox on Mar 11, 2013 - 5 answers

Help me navigate the modern job search

I'm actively looking for a job for the first time in awhile, and whenever I sit down to write a cover letter and update my resume it's like my job application skills stopped developing in 1985 (nevermind that I wasn't old enough to apply for jobs then). I know that customs and expectations for resumes and cover letters have changed, not least because so much is done via email rather than hard copy, but I don't know how to adapt the stale job-seeking skills I learned from people who learned them 25 years ago to the modern job search. [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone on Mar 7, 2013 - 10 answers

explain finding and getting a job like Im a 5 year old

What are the must-have books on getting a job in addition to What Color is Your Parachute? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Papagiorgio on Mar 4, 2013 - 15 answers

How do I follow up with companies that accept resumes electronically?

I've been submitting applications for jobs in the retail sector, and most of the those applications are accepted electronically. If I follow up a resume submission, how should I make the approach? [more inside]
posted by Gin and Comics on Feb 26, 2013 - 3 answers

Back on the workforce horse

I'm someone who's been struggling off and on with PTSD and depression for about 12 years. The last couple of years have been particularly challenging, but I can see light at the end of the tunnel and am looking at venturing back into the workforce. I'm a bit nervous about how it'll go and am hoping for advice! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 9, 2013 - 3 answers

unemployed and floundering. sometimes i wonder if i'm a mistake.

I am between jobs, looking for work, and am really struggling. Please help me figure out how to cope and keep moving forward. I am stuck and scared. [more inside]
posted by thereemix on Feb 6, 2013 - 23 answers

Getting out of a job before getting out of a job

I'm an admin in a big corporate firm, but I'm secretly planning to hunt for a new job in a couple weeks. I've just been asked to take on new responsibilities here. Can I get out of this, and if so, how? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos on Jan 23, 2013 - 15 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

LinkedIn Job Seeker Premium - worth the money?

Has anyone used LinkedIn premium for finding jobs? Did it expose you to more recruiters/hiring managers? And most importantly, can people besides recruiters see that you are using it (like...current coworkers)? [more inside]
posted by windbox on Jan 21, 2013 - 7 answers

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