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How do I get "certified" as having a disability?

I'm better now, but I feel that I was disabled before and want to re-file my taxes. Do I need to prove this, and how does that work? What does it take to prove disability, especially retroactively? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 24, 2014 - 6 answers

Dealing with parental pressures to find a job

I recently graduated, but I'm already feeling pressure to find a job now or else be bombarded with my mom's criticism. How should I deal with this until I get work? [more inside]
posted by bluekazoo on Jun 18, 2014 - 22 answers

How to Protect My Employability

A combination of anxiety attack and anemia (the term used by the paramedics was close to that, I don't recall) caused me to pass out in my office. I was discovered unconscious, and came to as the EMT people arrived. I was not scheduled to work that day, but agreed to help the shift supervisor and departing assistant manager, who refused to come into work. The shift supervisor did not react well to the possibility of having to stay in the store to close it. This resulted in a public confrontation after the paramedics left (because I refused further medical treatment; they told me to go home immediately). I ended up closing the store. My store manager, who tried to fire me once already, has informed the District Manger and HR. I was told to come in at my scheduled time, but I can expect to sign papers. What can I expect during a retail-industry termination? [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Apr 14, 2014 - 24 answers

How do I help my brother get over his unemployment slump?

My little brother graduated with a degree in marketing last spring, and has since been living at my parents' house doing...absolutely nothing. He is interested in applying to jobs, and understands the steps involved, but seems to have no motivation to start that process. How can I help him? [more inside]
posted by mellophone on Jan 12, 2014 - 19 answers

Help me rejoin society?

I have been unemployed for a long period of time and it's really worn me down. I have an interview coming up, but I feel like I'm going to let my anxiety get the better of me and let this opportunity fall through if I don't get some kind of help. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by cosmicbeast on Jan 6, 2014 - 17 answers

How [Not] To Job Search

I've heard it all: "You're Too Professional," "Not Enough Experience," and of course, "Just not the culture fit we're looking for." After three months of non-successful job searching, I've decided to turn to the hivemind for help. [more inside]
posted by nikayla_luv on Nov 12, 2013 - 20 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

Insurance options for the recently unemployed in Tokyo?

I'm an American living in working in Tokyo, but am planning on moving to the states in a few months. I will leave my current job in a month that is providing insurance and take a month or two off to get my affairs in order. What are my options for insurance after I resign? [more inside]
posted by princeoftheair on Mar 24, 2013 - 6 answers

Potential Temp Agency Faux Pas, or, PLEASE HELP ME STOP FREAKING OUT

I have been working with a staffing agency who placed me in a really great (contract) job last year, which ended in October. I have been keeping in touch with the rep who was working with me ever since, checking in once a week to see if anything had become available. Last month, my grandmother passed away after a very long illness and I got wrapped up in the various family-related things that obviously came along with that, and therefore I stopped checking in with the rep for a while (it became a much lower priority). At the same time, my friend offered me some extremely low-paying (to the brink of me basically doing it pro bono), intermittent consulting work on a project just to help me keep somewhat busy during the boring slog of unemployment, which at least allows me not to have a huge gap on my resume and my LinkedIn profile. Because this happened right around the time my grandmother passed, and because this consulting work is most definitely temporary and not income-sustainable, I forgot to inform my rep that I'd taken on this work. I am now concerned that I have committed a major faux pas professionally. Help me understand if I have or if I am overreacting. [more inside]
posted by thereemix on Mar 14, 2013 - 14 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

Mortgage Help on Underwater House While Unemployed? Yikes.

Laid off and underwater. . . are there any programs that can help me to keep paying our mortgage? [more inside]
posted by Kalatraz on Jan 30, 2013 - 6 answers

How do I survive on a pittence while returning to school?

Job hunting and money hacks for less-than-shoestring budget while returning to school? Help me not become a fatality of class warfare. Very complicated and snowflakey stuff inside. [more inside]
posted by Ephelump Jockey on Jan 1, 2013 - 20 answers

Oh Hai, Gives Me Teh Job Plz, Kthxbai.

Calling all Mefites who are good at composing emails! I am struggling with verbiage in an email I am sending to someone regarding a potential employment opportunity. Please help this nervous going-on-3 months-unemployed job seeker not screw this up. Tasty plate of beans inside. [more inside]
posted by thereemix on Dec 27, 2012 - 16 answers

Reeking of the Desperation Cologne

I’ve been researching a lot, and have read time and time again, that during interviews, you’re also interviewing the employer to see if you’re a “good fit” together and that you should never seem desperate for a job, but rather, you should pretend money is no object and you’re only there because you think it would be fun, etc. The question is—how do you do this when you are in fact desperate for money and you need a job ASAP? (long-winded details behind cut) [more inside]
posted by camylanded on Dec 16, 2012 - 19 answers

How to convey enthusiasm on the job hunt?

I just moved to a big city after graduating college in August. I'm not sure exactly what I want to do, and I'm not the most ambitious or confident person, to say the least. I have a somewhat untreated case of ADD, but I don't take my meds anymore; I'm finding coffee and exercise are much better. Anyways, I have gotten two different pieces of negative feedback on my phone behavior with people who had the potential to give me a job; they both basically said I sounded unenthusiastic. What is a good way to remedy this? [more inside]
posted by bluelights on Oct 19, 2012 - 28 answers

Help me preserve my sanity long enough to escape my parents' household.

I'm a recent unemployed graduate who's stuck in an abusive household. Please help me develop a wellness strategy. [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Aug 13, 2012 - 67 answers

Help with EDD unemployment benefits

I am in California and have some questions regarding the Employment Development Department. [more inside]
posted by i_wear_boots on Aug 11, 2012 - 4 answers

Living on the dole.

What is it like to be on unemployment? Specifically, I have a few questions about being on unemployment I'd like to ask. [more inside]
posted by Fister Roboto on Apr 24, 2012 - 9 answers

Collecting out-of-state unemployment while living in New York

If I collected California unemployment benefits while living in New York, do I have to pay taxes to New York? [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on Mar 11, 2012 - 6 answers

VA, unemployment, and state taxes!

Simple (I hope!) tax question: my only income in Virginia for 2011 was unemployment benefits (~$9k). I now live in CA. Will I need to file a Virginia income tax return? I believe that in VA unemployment benefits are not taxed at the state level... so I shouldn't need to file, no? Thanks!
posted by alaijmw on Jan 4, 2012 - 3 answers

How are 1099 contractors different from W2 contractors?

I got a part-time job contracting for a non-profit. Turns out they have me as a 1099 contractor instead of a W2 as I'm accustomed to. What do I need to do or know? [more inside]
posted by never nice on Nov 15, 2011 - 20 answers

My mom was fired today. What should she do next?

My mom was fired today. What should she do next? Also, niece and school special snowflake details inside! [more inside]
posted by needlegrrl on Oct 25, 2011 - 16 answers

I just want to work!

3.5 years out of college and I'm still looking for permanent work. I've sent out a ton of resumes, and have had a few interviews, but can't seem to get anything to stick. What am I doing wrong? What can I do better? How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by monkeyagent on Jun 8, 2011 - 47 answers

Unemployment Post-Staffing Agency

Am I likely to get unemployment from a staffing agency? [more inside]
posted by brynnwood on Mar 23, 2011 - 7 answers

AAAAACK! Could it be any worse?

LinkedInFilter: I just discovered that, instead of casually linking to a friend's counseling business, my LinkedIn Work Experience section lists my last four years as a therapy client...! [more inside]
posted by IAmBroom on Mar 10, 2011 - 6 answers

Jobless Claims Table

Is there a table of initial jobless claims by week available anywhere online? [more inside]
posted by jefficator on Mar 7, 2011 - 2 answers

How do I prove depression as a cause of absence for my unemployment claim?

Recently, I successfully applied for unemployment benefits in New York. My former employer has filed an appeal. They are claiming I was discharged for misconduct, specifically, absenteeism and tardiness. I am claiming that my absences and latenesses were due to illness, specifically, depression. How do I prove my case? Will a letter from my therapist suffice? Do I need a letter from my psychiatrist (an M.D.)? Do I need the therapist/M.D. to verify that my illness was the cause on each of the dates in question, or is it enough to provide a general statement that my illness was the cause of this pattern of behavior?
posted by flotson on Nov 3, 2010 - 6 answers

Was I fired with cause or not?

I was "let go" from work the other day - I had already been on probation due to a bad review. The review was full of incorrect statements, which I had proof of but I didn't put up a fuss. I was given requirements to fulfill to show improvement. I met those times 3. They let me go anyway. I said that I had gone way farther even than I was asked to in the requirements, so why are you letting me go? The reason was "The decision has been made." I want to know, is this considered with cause, and can I get unemployment? BTW this is in Mass. [more inside]
posted by Astragalus on Aug 1, 2010 - 23 answers

Retirement Contributions While Unemployed/Job Hunting

Got laid off and while I'm looking for a new job, should I keep putting away money for retirement? [more inside]
posted by gov_moonbeam on Apr 5, 2010 - 10 answers

Concerned and confused about unemployment.

I'm currently unemployed and wondering if taking a job will affect my unemployment insurance eligibility. [more inside]
posted by digitaldraco on Feb 4, 2010 - 10 answers

Laid off while on leave, denied unemployment in California...

(Asking for a friend). My friend was laid off from his salaried job in California last year (employer ran out of money, usual story). He was on vacation at the time and had had to take unpaid leave to go on the (long ago arranged) vacation, as the employer did not offer any paid leave. He was told in his last week off that he didn't have a job to return to. [more inside]
posted by crabintheocean on Jan 14, 2010 - 5 answers

DC to DUX, can't be that hard, right?

I moved across the country for a dream job at my alma mater, my job's funding was cut and I am now unemployed. I have no benefits and am losing my place at the end of the month. I don't have a lot of money but I have decided to make a go of Eugene, Oregon. I have applied to some temp places, but what else should I be doing as a professional fundraiser and broadcast journalist to find work and get my life together? I am over the despair but I need major help. [more inside]
posted by parmanparman on Dec 17, 2009 - 5 answers

Mindhack me into a smooth interviewer (in four hours).

I'm an unemployed third-year law student, have my last interview in four hours. Any tricks on appearing intelligent, charismatic, and, most importantly, not desperate? Have had four interviews with different employers so far, have not heard anything back. This is my last shot at employment before I go back to desperately combing job listings. Interview is with a judge in a district I've never lived in, who is of the opposite political persuasion as I am. This will be my first of this type of interview so give me your all-purpose i'm-the-right-person-for-this-job tricks.
posted by anthropomorphic on Oct 27, 2009 - 25 answers

How Can I, Early in the Process, Make Sure a Potential Employer and I Aren't Way Too Far Apart in the Potential Salary for a Position?

Does formal, or politely euphemistic, language exist by which, early on in the job-hunt process, you can make sure you and a potential employer aren't considering salary ranges that are half a planet apart? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Jun 12, 2009 - 8 answers

Do I include the unemployed roommate on the apartment application?

I am planning on moving in with two of my sisters. One of them lost her job and has been unemployed for the past few months. Should we include her on the apartment application / lease? [more inside]
posted by Julnyes on May 13, 2009 - 5 answers

How do I salvage my life?

How do I salvage my life? [more inside]
posted by Thirsty_Mouse on Apr 29, 2009 - 40 answers

Could anything make a nice guy less attractive?

Unemployed and dating... Advice! [more inside]
posted by IAmBroom on Mar 16, 2009 - 36 answers

How do I get a new Continued Claim form for unemployment?

California Unemployment: I filed for unemployment a while ago, and due to a variety of factors, my Continued Claim form expired before I was able to send it in. How can I get an updated one? [more inside]
posted by LionIndex on Feb 25, 2009 - 3 answers

Why is unemployment being extended 7 weeks longer than it can be received?

Unemployment benefits have been extended 33 weeks in many states so some people will receive 26 + 33 weeks of unemployment. From the little I understand about how unemployment works, an unemployment benefit year is 52 weeks long. What is the point of extending unemployment to 59 weeks if seven of those weeks can't be claimed?
posted by somas1 on Feb 3, 2009 - 8 answers

How do I earn some a small steady income in an area with little employment to be found?

Living in an area with literally no jobs to be found. What things can I do to even earn a bit of cash? [more inside]
posted by jrdnbaade on Feb 1, 2009 - 37 answers

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