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How to escape low-wage service jobs in your 20s?

Those of you post-grads figuring it out in your 20s (or 30s) doing odd jobs, waiting tables, jobs not nec. related to your major, where are you now? What advice would you have if you could go back and do it again? [more inside]
posted by bluelight on May 22, 2013 - 38 answers

How do I report freelance income while collecting unemployment?

I just got laid off from my job, and I've booked a few freelance gigs here and there and have some ongoing freelance writing stuff as well. Do I need to report this income when I earn it, or when I get paid? (This is in California). [more inside]
posted by ablazingsaddle on May 21, 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

Should I stay or should I go now?

Should I stay in the job I've always wanted (at the expense of a dream) or go on the trip that I've always wanted (at the expense of stability)? [more inside]
posted by liquorice on May 2, 2013 - 26 answers

Hand Surgery Part Two?

About 8 weeks ago I sliced the flexor profundus tendon that allows the tip of my right pinky to function. I had surgery and have now subsequently re-severed the healing tendon, requiring ANOTHER round of surgery to try to repair again. Should I go through with this? Issues related to post-operative depression, unemployment, and general existentialist angst inside. See previous. [more inside]
posted by jnnla on Apr 16, 2013 - 11 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

How can I stay focused while rewriting my resume for the 1000th time?

I’ve shuffled the words around so many times, they’ve not only lost all meaning to me, but actually blur in front of my eyes. I’m starting to make really dumb mistakes. Until the end of year 2 of underemployment, I had a few friends who were willing to give my applications a once-over, but I’m now embarrassed about asking for help so often. How can I stay on track? Any advice on a check system to minimize errors? [more inside]
posted by nelljie on Mar 6, 2013 - 9 answers

Giving Notice, Being Asked to Leave Early, and Unemployment.

I'm in MA. I'm about to give my two-weeks, but I'm guessing they're going to tell me to just leave. Could I apply for unemployment to fill the gap between the job I'm leaving and my new job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 12, 2013 - 22 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

what's the best way to leave a job if you don't already have another one

My boss and I agreed I am not right for my job. How can I be eligible for unemployment while not having a black mark of being fired for future employers? [more inside]
posted by lacedcoffee on Jan 16, 2013 - 11 answers

Trying to Be Smart

Unusual combination of pending unemployment, upcoming (home equity and car) loan needs and a long boat ride requires the mefi thinktank for logistical scenarios and a bit of education about said loans. We are looking for the smartest approach to the coming year and could use more brains in the mix. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 12, 2013 - 7 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

Help

I'm unemployed, and probably depressed. Any help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 18, 2012 - 9 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

Things to think about in a lay-off

I have a feeling that I am going to be laid off at my review next week. Since I suspect that this is coming, I would appreciate any suggestions on what I should say at the review and also, what the next steps I should take are, particularly things that I may not think of or overlook during the somewhat emotional time. Further details on my particular situation inside... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 3, 2012 - 13 answers

Unemployment in WI: nonprofit edition

I work for a small non-profit in WI and the organization is about to close its doors. Because we are so small, the non-profit has not had to pay into the state UI fund. I don't know what that means for my ability to collect unemployment. I am going to see an unemployment office as soon as possible, but I would appreciate any info from MeFi about whether there are ways I am eligible to receive benefits, if there are specific questions I should ask the UI office, and whether there are other state or federal benefits available to me as I look for a new job.
posted by anonymous on Nov 30, 2012 - 3 answers

what's the best way for me to appeal my unemployment claim?

what's the best way for me to appeal my unemployment claim? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 20, 2012 - 15 answers

How to help a fired friend

How to help a close friend who was just fired? [more inside]
posted by Laura Macbeth on Nov 7, 2012 - 15 answers

make the most of my pregnant and unemployment in nyc!

i am five months pregnant, in NYC and just got fired from my job... now what? [more inside]
posted by sabh on Oct 23, 2012 - 17 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

Just moved here, may I walk your dog/serve your burger/tutor your child?

Just how tough is the minimum wages and/or temping jobs market? If I were to move to Chicago tomorrow, how long would it take me to get some sort (any sort) of employment? [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on Oct 7, 2012 - 11 answers

Trapped in a pigeonhole

How do you draw boundaries when you don't have the grounds to? Specific to first-gen East Asian immigrant family... [more inside]
posted by ichomp on Oct 7, 2012 - 9 answers

I took the plunge...but still can't struggle to the surface!

2012 has not been my year - it has been 5 steps forward, 4 steps back (sometimes 6 steps back) trying to rebuild my life. I'm left now where i was at the beginning...broke, unemployed, frustrated, depressed. What am I doing wrong? Or is the Universe really just hating me this year? [more inside]
posted by assasinatdbeauty on Oct 5, 2012 - 20 answers

Do I quit this job or have a nervous breakdown?

I'm badly depressed and anxious. And I've got the worst job of my life - I'm 42, so that's saying a lot - complete with a boss I despise and who seems to despise me. My therapist thinks I should quit. Um, hello? Realistically, what can I do? Special flower BS inside. [more inside]
posted by Jaie on Sep 22, 2012 - 26 answers

Job-hunting for my brother

How can I help my unemployed brother find work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 16, 2012 - 9 answers

Can a company's offer of severance pay be withdrawn?

Will my company stop paying me severance if they learn I've already found another job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 15, 2012 - 13 answers

Employee depression

What else can I do as an employer to motivate/accommodate my depressed employee? Or, barring that, fairly and effectively end our engagement with him? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 4, 2012 - 19 answers

Doomed to fail

How can I force myself to apply for jobs when I know I will fail at any job I get? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 2, 2012 - 15 answers

Stay home with kids or accept an entry-level job?

After being out of the job market for two years and becoming a stay-at-home mom, should I take an entry-level job, even if it's a big step down financially? [more inside]
posted by clarequilty on Aug 25, 2012 - 10 answers

Graphing Politics

Why doesn't Obama or any politician for that matter use graphs to explain things? For all of their sophistication in Internet and social media, why doesn't the Obama campaign just go on television and show the American people a damn chart? Are we that stupid or am I missing something here?
posted by jasondigitized on Aug 19, 2012 - 22 answers

How to go about getting fired?

Recently got fired, how do I go about with the situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 14, 2012 - 13 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

Are we unqualified?

Apartment-hunting: are we doing something wrong? [more inside]
posted by sucre on Jul 18, 2012 - 22 answers

I'd like to avoid living in a cardboard box -- please help if you can!

I was laid off today. I also need to find a new place to live. Obviously, details inside. [more inside]
posted by Hyperbolus on Jun 22, 2012 - 10 answers

Good job, fork grabber. Try not to cry on your pasta.

My clinical depression is getting worse and I think I need to quit my job, but really need the income. I'm in Massachusetts. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 18, 2012 - 16 answers

Can this deny me unemployment insurances? Is the company being sneaky?

May be let go for sales performance, company wrote "general misconduct for not achieving monthly target"...is this a play on words to deny me unemployment insurance? [more inside]
posted by Wazooga on May 26, 2012 - 17 answers

How do I document my sideline business while collecting unemployment in PA?

Can you walk me through the steps/documentation necessary to collect Pennsylvania unemployment while maintaining a "sideline" business? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 20, 2012 - 3 answers

help me become a better potential employee.

How can I make myself employable / find a job in any writing or editing fields, with a BA and MFA? (in the Atlanta area, if it helps.) Snowflakey details abound. [more inside]
posted by adrianna aria on May 19, 2012 - 9 answers

What's my next move?

At a work-life crossroads: 23 years old, college grad, getting laid off, about to get married and buy a house, struggling to find the next job, in school but thinking about going back for more degree(s). Seeking general advice on my next steps. [more inside]
posted by wansac on May 18, 2012 - 13 answers

Help me find help to get a job

Career coach or someone who can help me find/get a job in my field (social work/non-profit)? Getting desperate and losing hope after three years of no luck. In NYC. [more inside]
posted by greta simone on May 11, 2012 - 14 answers

Want to do something great for my husband's 30th, but I'm totally broke!

I'm unemployed and broke, and my husband's big 30th birthday is right around the corner. He went all out for my 30th, so I feel horrible that I can't afford anything nice. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by emily37 on May 4, 2012 - 17 answers

Should I include 1099 work when filing for unemployment in CA?

My employment history is a crazy jumbled mess. Help me file for unemployment, Hive Mind! [more inside]
posted by ablazingsaddle on May 1, 2012 - 3 answers

Worker bee lost in between beehives....

GTD Filter: How has GTD helped you in your experience of unemployment? I'm looking for a system to organize my thoughts, structure my time, and keep me working toward goals without losing steam. Google-fu is failing me, thanks in advance! [more inside]
posted by luciddream928 on Apr 29, 2012 - 6 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

Mass. confusion. How do I find the EIN from my unemployment compensation?

I need the EIN from a 1099-G from The Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance. Does anyone know where to find this? [more inside]
posted by Piglet on Apr 13, 2012 - 1 answer

Any tips for dealing with depression while unemployed?

What can I do to improve and make the most out of my involuntary unemployment? I lost my job nearly six months ago, and though I started out optimistic and productive, depression and feelings of uselessness are starting to get the best of me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 11, 2012 - 11 answers

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