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Your job is so easy

Are there any good write-ups on the "everyone else's job is easy" phenomenon? You know, the one where people think you can buy good (accounting services / legal services / design services) off the shelf these days, and that hiring a professional is a fool's errand? [more inside]
posted by circular on Jul 23, 2010 - 22 answers

Twitter self-promotion

How do I successfully promote myself via Twitter? [more inside]
posted by Bwithh on Jul 7, 2010 - 17 answers

How can I project confidence when I look so young?

I look young. What are some techniques to ensure that I am taken seriously in professional situations? [more inside]
posted by franc.o.bolos on Jun 27, 2010 - 32 answers

Take this job and...

I was just given a pay-cut as a disciplinary action. This action came with no warning. Time to quit, right? [more inside]
posted by Jon-o on May 18, 2010 - 51 answers

brief question on cases

Shop like a grownup filter: Please tell me about the best ladies' briefcase you've ever seen. Parameters inside! [more inside]
posted by motsque on May 17, 2010 - 3 answers

Posters? Do I include bubble letters too?

Poster presentation outside of elementary school: help me be professional! Bonus question inside. [more inside]
posted by Hakaisha on Mar 31, 2010 - 14 answers

NYC non-profit professional networks

Seeking networking groups for a youngish, unemployed, non-profit-minded professional in NYC. [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Mar 25, 2010 - 7 answers

It can be done, but how?

I'm interested to know how people with chronic illnesses keep it from interfering with their professional lives. I have Crohn's Disease and am training to be a psychologist. How does having an illness affect your ability to see patients or clients, keep a schedule, and have a professional business etc.? [more inside]
posted by gilsonal on Mar 22, 2010 - 4 answers

Shave and a haircut, 2 bits.

Anyone know where I can buy a nice new black skirt suit (it's time to update) that isn't paired with a cootie huging mini or pencil skirt? [more inside]
posted by eatdonuts on Feb 24, 2010 - 11 answers

Tell you what. Keep the cookies, I just want my job back

Help me word a delicate email. I need to make it clear that the professional favor I’m about to extend to a "frenemy" is something I expect to be reciprocated once they get the job. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 1, 2010 - 29 answers

boston/cambridge professional writing group

I'm looking to find and join a Cambridge/Boston writing group comprised of (other) professional / experienced writers and producers of film and television. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 31, 2010 - 4 answers

Soon to be college grad doing IT consulting? That's either a great idea or a terrible one, and I have no idea which.

How does somebody break into professional consulting, especially IT consulting? How do you get clients? Should I even do it? [more inside]
posted by icebourg on Jan 26, 2010 - 8 answers

Looking for examples of good photographic websites

Websites for professional photographers and artist photographers are needed for my review. I am about to build my own website, and would like to see as many examples; via their links, as possible. [more inside]
posted by captainsohler on Jan 19, 2010 - 20 answers

Music for a good mourning

Copyright issues with memorial DVDs? [more inside]
posted by b33j on Dec 4, 2009 - 9 answers

Professional Troll shirt?

This evening, I saw a man with a slate blue t-shirt on that said "Professional Troll" on the back. There was a pandalike creature on the sleeve. What was on the front?
posted by pinky on Nov 29, 2009 - 6 answers

What are some good things to consider when starting out as a professional photographer?

What are some good things to consider when starting out as a professional photographer? [more inside]
posted by ghostpony on Nov 4, 2009 - 24 answers

Can't I have my cake...?

Would it even be possible to pursue a friendship, or a good idea, for that matter? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 23, 2009 - 31 answers

I would like to subscribe to your newsletter, and give you my card!

Help me network like a professional. What are common mistakes that soon-to-be graduates make at network events? What is proper etiquette for name exchanges, gracefully making one's way into a group conversation, and how one does one make an impression without coming off too strong? Particulars after the break. [more inside]
posted by cgomez on Oct 16, 2009 - 7 answers

How do I talk to doctors?

How do I talk to doctors in a professional manner? [more inside]
posted by bananaskin on Oct 7, 2009 - 11 answers

Gallant Above the Ankle, Goofus Below

Fashion Don't? [more inside]
posted by DU on Sep 22, 2009 - 97 answers

How to apply for ajob, the American way?

How to apply for a job in the US? Please, help! [more inside]
posted by Tarumba on Sep 5, 2009 - 6 answers

I love you, fresh egg

What cooking secrets take your food to the almost-pro level? [more inside]
posted by chalbe on Aug 24, 2009 - 135 answers

How Do I Get Paid For My Podcast?

How should I go about monetizing my podcast in a legitimate and professional manner? [more inside]
posted by HostBryan on Aug 11, 2009 - 4 answers

Are there professional organizers?

Is there such a thing as a professional organizer? What about for the common man? [more inside]
posted by rahnefan on Aug 3, 2009 - 14 answers

How to Submit Query to Magazine?

How does one submit a professional query to a national magazine? [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah on Jul 22, 2009 - 5 answers

PMP A-OK?

Do you have a Project Management Professional Certificate? If so, how has it improved your earnings and/or employment opportunities and how do employers see the qualification?
posted by parmanparman on Jun 14, 2009 - 6 answers

Buy a house: Yes or No?

Do I buy a house? [more inside]
posted by CPAGirl on Apr 14, 2009 - 46 answers

help me create a portfolio website that doesn't scream "student work"!

I'm an independent graphic artist looking to create a simple but not amatuerish-looking portfolio website to showcase my work. And because of my limited budget, I pretty much have to do it myself. However, I'm having trouble getting started because there's so much information out there, a lot of it conflicting, out-of-date, too specific, or too general. Please help me do this right! Plenty [more inside]
posted by MagicalHypotenuse on Jan 21, 2009 - 9 answers

Book Learnin

What are some great professional development books? [more inside]
posted by tinatiga on Dec 19, 2008 - 1 answer

When to apply to graduate school and what skills are considered valuable?

How do I decide when the time is right to go back to school? [more inside]
posted by cranberrymonger on Nov 21, 2008 - 5 answers

How does one make the transition between "college student" and business professional" without being wasteful?

How does one make the transition between "college student" and business professional" without being wasteful? [more inside]
posted by DonSlice on Sep 6, 2008 - 23 answers

Where can I find a list of the sales rank of NFL jerseys?

How would you find a ranked list of professional sportsmens' jersey sales for a particular league during a particular season? For instance, where could you find a ranked list of the sales of NFL players' jerseys for 2007? [more inside]
posted by ChasFile on Aug 26, 2008 - 1 answer

How can we get great newborn photographs?

What are the tricks/tip to getting great newborn photographs? [more inside]
posted by k8t on Jul 28, 2008 - 18 answers

EIT/PE ten years out of school?

How to pass a PE license exam after ten years? [more inside]
posted by notsnot on Jul 23, 2008 - 9 answers

How do young professionals successfully negotiate a starting salary?

Do young professionals stand a change when negotiating a starting salary after a three-month probationary period? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 21, 2008 - 12 answers

Welcome to our office, we're technologically advanced.

I need an electronic welcome sign for my office. Currently we are using printed signs in a frame to welcome clients and prospects to our financial services office. We would like to change that to a large digital frame that can also show some photos from client events. The large part seems to be giving me trouble. [more inside]
posted by Talia Devane on Jul 14, 2008 - 6 answers

Acrobat-profilter: subscript

I am using adobe acrobat pro 8. I have a basic text field in a simple form. How in the hell do I get a subscript character in there (I want put in the text "H2M DEVELOPMENT CO." with the "2" as subscript)? Is this something boneheadedly simple I am missing? I can do it in two seconds in any word processor...your help will be mos appreciated - thanks in advance!!!
posted by kjl291 on Jul 3, 2008 - 7 answers

Photography blogs

Professional photographers: What blogs, resources, sites do you use/recommend for keeping up to date, trends, reviews, techniques, experiences with vendors, etc?
posted by pmaxwell on Jun 9, 2008 - 12 answers

Don't call me, I'll call you. No, seriously, I'll call you. Don't call me.

I'm currently out of work and looking for a new job. I share a cell plan with my family, but thanks to the combination of my having little money coming in and my sister & her boyfriend deciding that text messages are super fun, my phone's been cut off. So now I have dozens of resumes floating around with a bad phone number! How do I let prospective employers know my new number? [more inside]
posted by aristan on May 23, 2008 - 5 answers

Industry-specific social networks?

Good examples of web-based professional social networks? [more inside]
posted by Fiasco da Gama on May 13, 2008 - 13 answers

MeFi Eye for the Dork Guy

I'm a heavyset, geeky guy with no sense of fashion or style. Can you help me change my look? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Apr 12, 2008 - 32 answers

How do I pick a professional looking domain name?

Help me pick a professional domain name for email. All reasonable combinations of my name are already taken (the same goes for GoogleMail addresses). I'd like to avoid firstnamelastnameUK01321@googlemail.com if I can. I'm going to be using it mainly on CVs. [more inside]
posted by dcbarker on Apr 9, 2008 - 16 answers

Where are the entry level developer jobs?

Computer Jobs filter: My friend recently graduated with a BS in Information Systems (after a long hiatus away from school). He has pre-college experience in database architecture using MS Access, but his other skills (MySQL, pHp) are learned on his own. He wants to find a job as a DBA or a web developer, but doesn't have the 3+ years of professional experience everyone wants. Even if he's able to learn Oracle, Python, Ruby, etc. on his own, how can he prove he knows them without resume experience to back him up? [more inside]
posted by cereselle on Apr 8, 2008 - 17 answers

Does reading "How to win friends and influence people" will help me win friends and influence people?

Does reading "How to win friends and influence people" will help me win friends and influence people?
posted by dcrocha on Apr 1, 2008 - 18 answers

Business suits - are they worth it?

Is there a good way to make the transition from dressing business casual at work to wearing business suits? Is it a good idea? Women, I'd like to hear your experiences w/wearing suits to work - the good, the bad, the ugly - and how you made the transition. [more inside]
posted by widdershins on Feb 29, 2008 - 22 answers

fast, solid, non-lame name

Reliable paid file-hosting service that allows hotlinking and has a neutral, professional domain name? [more inside]
posted by allterrainbrain on Feb 19, 2008 - 12 answers

What is IT worth?

What's a reasonable hourly rate for a freelance IT guy? Phone systems, networking, basic setups, etc. [more inside]
posted by foxydot on Feb 10, 2008 - 9 answers

How do I find a star-for-hire in London?

How do I find a list of publicists for stars of the theatrical stage or screen? Basically, I can be a hero if I can find celebrities currently in London, England recognizable to a Canadian audience. We need to hire them for a charming bit on our show... but the ones on our short list have not turned out. Therefore, I am now looking to get in touch with an appropriate publicist who has LOTS of clients and who can make suggestions as to who we should use, and then give them to us. [more inside]
posted by Elle Vator on Jan 23, 2008 - 5 answers

I'm pretty on the inside, now let me advertise.

Image Management: 21 year old female wants to be able to ease into the girly arts without killing her bank account, with near zero starting knowledge. (May be long, this is several questions around one theme) [more inside]
posted by Phalene on Jan 22, 2008 - 45 answers

How to be a True Professional

What are the marks of a true professional? [more inside]
posted by PinkButterfly on Jan 22, 2008 - 40 answers

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