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Attending a scientific conference alone and overseas

I could really use some tips on networking and well, not panicking. Difficulty: I'm pretty strongly introverted and have some social anxiety as well, although I can fake it for a few hours if I have enough energy. I'm a senior PhD student who is expected to be better at this than I am. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 6, 2014 - 11 answers

Museum jobs in Los Angeles: tips, suggestions, advice?

Pretty basic: my partner and I are relocating from the East Coast to Los Angeles in July; I am hoping to find a job (or jobs) in one of LA's many fascinating cultural institutions. Primarily looking for positions in research, outreach, or education. I am looking for any suggestions as to listserves, forums, job posting boards, or other places where I can start looking for posted positions, as well as any local groups like the EMPs that I might be able to join once there. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 11, 2014 - 6 answers

Applying For a Job Through a College Classmate

A college classmate who I didn't know well/at all is a recruiter at a company with an open position I'd like to apply for. What's the best way to approach this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 6, 2013 - 12 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

How do I network when I don't know what I want

I am moving to a new city for personal reasons and I need to find a job. This weekend I will be in the new city and will go to the pub where my school's local alumni club for that city is meeting. I'd like to make a good impression on the people that I meet, and, in doing so, to productively advance my job search. The problem? I don't know what I want to do. How do I make a good first impression without having a direction? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 9, 2013 - 8 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

I want you(r division) to want (to hire) me

A division of a very large company does exactly what I'd like to be doing with my career. I'm currently retraining in a way that aligns me more closely with what they do. In the past, I've asked individual practitioners or heads of small companies in my (previous) field out for coffee to ask them for advice and to see whether they might have any opportunities for which I could be a good fit, but I don't know how to do this with a large company. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 15, 2013 - 4 answers

Is this what they call... networking?

I recently applied for an internship at X Company. Today I found out (or, rather, suddenly remembered from a conversation a couple months ago) that someone I know actually works at X, in the specific team to which I submitted the application. Is there any way I can sort of ~casually~ (or not) bring this to their attention? Would it even make a difference? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 15, 2013 - 11 answers

How do I ask my manager for connections for a new job in a new city without killing my chances for a promotion?

How do I ask my manager for connections for a new job in a new city without killing my chances for a promotion? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 2, 2012 - 5 answers

I made a big mistake

I just squandered a great professional opportunity. Help me repair relations with a professional contact, or at the very least prevent becoming a pariah at a very important company. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 24, 2012 - 29 answers

Make me less of an academic island!

I'm a PhD student, and I'd like to do more academic networking over email. How does this work, and what should the emails sound like? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 16, 2012 - 14 answers

How do you contact companies looking for work when you're in a different city?

How do you contact companies looking for work when you're in a different city? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 11, 2012 - 2 answers

Surprised With Being Let Go, Networking/Job Search 101 plz?

I was let go from my job last week - it was kind of a surprise, but I'm bouncing back and I was looking to leave the company anyway, so I'm not too broken up about that. I am not thrilled about the prospect of job hunting while unemployed (would have preferred to have landed a new job first) and am trying to get a handle on my next steps. I have some Networking 101-type questions that I need help with, as well as some questions about how best to frame what happened at the last job to recruiters/prospective new leads/interviewers, and how to best avoid ever being in this same situation ever again. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 23, 2012 - 11 answers

How do I rebound from being fired?

I was just fired from my job because I didn't meet performance expectations. It's a terrible feeling. How can I best learn from this experience and attack the future? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 26, 2011 - 19 answers

how to present this?

Should, or how should, I represent this cataclysmic but plum past job in my employment history? Way, way more within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 13, 2011 - 11 answers

How to deal with toxic friends/ex-classmates when they work in the same tight-knit industry as you?

How to deal with toxic friends/ex-classmates when they work in the same tight-knit industry as you? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 1, 2011 - 10 answers

I hate asking anyone for help.

Should I ask my Godfather for help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 7, 2011 - 23 answers

I'm just a shy introvert in need of a job

Networking - how long until I'm "one of the gang"? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 1, 2011 - 8 answers

Is there a script I can follow?

How can I learn to be (or at least fake being) passionate about things when I'm happiest doing nothing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 27, 2011 - 23 answers

Getting into the wireless networking game...

I am about to be unemployed. I will have essentially unlimited free time to learn a new skill set. I believe I would like to become a wireless network technician. How do I do it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 24, 2011 - 2 answers

I don't completely remember the last networking event, how do I gracefully and tactfully act at the next one ?

I don't completely remember the last networking event, how do I gracefully and tactfully act at the next one ? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 5, 2010 - 10 answers

A friend distributed my awful resume. Now what?

I sent a possibly-horrible resume to an influential friend, who graciously passed it along. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 28, 2010 - 7 answers

Anyone who mentions Dale Carnegie will be electrocuted through their keyboards

What makes a person "interesting," anyway? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 5, 2010 - 35 answers

Networking when you just want a &%!#^*@ job

Okay, so I didn't "dig my well before getting thirsty." Now what? (Vent Warning) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 19, 2010 - 14 answers

Networking - What am I missing?

I think networking is the missing element to my rather unsuccessful job search effort. Any suggestions as to how I could grow my network usefully? How much about "networking" is hype? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 30, 2010 - 12 answers

How to network with pride

I'm currently job searching and aside from getting in touch with close contacts and recent colleagues I'm having trouble with the whole idea of contacting people that I haven't spoken to in years when it's obvious my ulterior motive is networking. What's the best thing to say when approaching? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 19, 2010 - 8 answers

The dress code is not the problem...

What's it like to be a member of The Union League Club? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 22, 2009 - 2 answers

SOS: BOFH Gone Postal!

Our small company is about to lay-off our sysadmin who refuses to share passwords and could go postal. Advice on how best to proceed? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 17, 2009 - 21 answers

uuugh, schmoozing.

On the receiving end of lots of business 'networking' for the first time. How to deal with it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 15, 2009 - 4 answers

Should I tell my boss that I'm planning to move on?

I'm looking for specific guidance (based on experience or intuition) about whether or not to tell my boss that I am planning a career transition--and whether/how to approach the boss about helping me find a job that will better suit my talents, interest and ambitions. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 14, 2009 - 8 answers

LinkedIn awkwardness avoidance options

Is it weird to omit the name of only one of your past employers on your LinkedIn profile? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 14, 2009 - 4 answers

How to get a job (ASAP) with a resume gap, no network, and no references?

I was recently passed over for an interview for a great job because of (I strongly believe) my lack of references (which the ad requested, but I submitted without anyway because my other qualifications were strong). I don’t have any references. Not professional. Not personal. I’m dependable (to a fault!), hardworking, and stable (years-long resume gap notwithstanding), but I have no way of proving this. I suffered from crippling depression and anxiety for years... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 15, 2008 - 25 answers

Hung up and perplexed.

How do I get over my hang ups and start to live? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 5, 2008 - 23 answers

Creating a private wired network, but using a shared wireless Internet connection

Creating a private wired network, but using a shared wireless Internet connection [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 20, 2008 - 5 answers

Let's just say that I wanted to change careers...

Career change, midstream, to the technology field - can I have your suggestions? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 28, 2007 - 10 answers

Is a router a computer?

EarthLink Wi-Fi: Does plugging in a (wireless/wired) router constitute use of the wireless service with "more than one computer"? Can EarthLink detect use of a router with their service? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 2, 2007 - 11 answers

Discreet job inquiry?

I'm employed, but looking for a new job. I'd like to apply for a job with a cool company, but my current company has a content partnership with them. Someone I work closely with manages this business relationship, and I fear it might get back to him somehow if I were to apply. Can I discreetly apply for this position without risking anyone at my current job finding out?
posted by anonymous on Dec 7, 2006 - 16 answers

Can I wirelessly connect my iBook to my (rather restrictive) work intranet?

How can I become a rogue employee? I want to set up an unauthorized hotspot in my office, that "circumvents" the IT policy, by wirelessly linking my iBook to the all-PC network. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 13, 2005 - 16 answers

"I envy people who drink -- at least they know what to blame everything on."

I don't drink, but for one night, I want to look like I do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 6, 2005 - 76 answers

Too much too soon?

Am I qualified to do this IT job, and/or is it something I could pick up as I go? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 13, 2005 - 12 answers

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