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How do find a job or career where compassion, sensitivity are assets?

Are there jobs where having a *thin* skin is an asset instead of a liability? Where being loving, caring, emotional, sensitive are a good thing and you don't have to fight those tendencies, especially as a leader? [more inside]
posted by inatizzy on Sep 16, 2014 - 4 answers

Makeup For Clueless Professionals

What products - types of products, not specific brands - should I purchase to create a 'starter makeup kit' for a young professional? [more inside]
posted by hepta on Sep 12, 2014 - 28 answers

Early Morning Job Ideas?

Trying to revive my entrepreneurial spirit with a dose of early morning action and some financial security. [more inside]
posted by seatofmypants on Sep 11, 2014 - 14 answers

How to escape from a vicious cycle of low earnings?

How to escape from a vicious cycle of low earnings? [more inside]
posted by anonymous_account on Sep 11, 2014 - 16 answers

Productivity (ugh) hacks?

Hello AskMe! What is your most effective hack (ugh, I know!) for productivity working at home/on the road/otherwise outside a day job? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on Sep 11, 2014 - 8 answers

Unemployment after voluntary retirement

I have new direct management and what was an occasionally unpleasant job has turned into a nightmare of forced meetings and overhead I've never had to deal with and won't in any way help me in my work. There's a possibility that instead of just quitting, I could take advantage of a voluntary "retirement" whereby I continue to receive a salary for some period of time after leaving. That brings up a question. [more inside]
posted by tommasz on Sep 11, 2014 - 4 answers

Is this phone screen unreasonable?

Just got sprung with a phone screen and wondering if it was unreasonable--any thoughts much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by glache on Sep 11, 2014 - 10 answers

How to discuss possibly sexist behavior

Is there a way to have an open conversation with someone about behavior that may be discriminatory toward women (but could be explained in other ways too) without accusing them or putting them on the defensive? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 10, 2014 - 16 answers

But I wrote it!

Help me take my work with me after I leave my job. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 10, 2014 - 38 answers

How to talk to support staff without sounding like a condescending jerk?

I need to start to shift the work culture among a couple members of our support staff. Snowflakes and unicorns inside. [more inside]
posted by Ms. Toad on Sep 9, 2014 - 37 answers

Is the commute worth it?

My boss is asking me to take on a long commute for no additional compensation. Is this reasonable? Snowflakes inside! [more inside]
posted by cosmologinaut on Sep 8, 2014 - 18 answers

Sticky Work Situation - Worth Bringing Up?

I'm in a sticky work situation. My account manager, who I'm partnered with, is pretty great overall - tries to be understanding, gives me enough rope to succeed but enough support to perform, even spends extra hours with me for development. But we're all in our early to mid-twenties, which can be kind of a rough age. One of our other account managers is pretty blunt, quite potty-mouthed, abrasive with terrible delivery. For example, she will regularly say people "shit the bed" "absolutely fucking suck" "is a sack of shit" as a reason not to work with them. [more inside]
posted by rhythm_queen on Sep 8, 2014 - 31 answers

How to quit without being a jerk

Long-term work project starting. I want to quit my job. How do I start the project when I really, really hope that I am not here to finish it? [more inside]
posted by kat518 on Sep 8, 2014 - 20 answers

Job etiquette/decision help!

After months of nothing, I am now undergoing a couple interview processes simultaneously. There's been a bit of a bump in the timeline I expected and I am looking for help deciding how to do what is best for me without burning bridges, if possible. [more inside]
posted by one of these days on Sep 6, 2014 - 9 answers

Yet another career advice question from a frustrated software developer

For most of my career I've just floated downstream taking a position that seemed interesting enough, or at least an improvement - and then found myself unhappy when it wasn't a good fit. I want to be more intentional in my job search this time - I'm hoping the wise folks of green might have some ideas of industries and jobs I should be researching. [more inside]
posted by snowymorninblues on Sep 5, 2014 - 3 answers

Web content filtering at work + paranoia!

Trying to understand what IT is doing with my workstation right now. Near-constant prompts to log in to Outlook (I am already logged in) and suddenly, for the first time, most websites (but oddly, not social media) are being blocked with EdgeWave iPrism. What's going on, and should I worry? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by magdalemon on Sep 5, 2014 - 14 answers

Am I fooling myself in that I can get justice?

I was forced out of my job about a year ago. I am being treated for PTSD due to the crappy way I was treated. The ongoing symptoms and the waiting to hear back from the latest lawyer that I gave all my info to have a ripple effect in how I am dealing with personal relationships including my marriage. Am I foolishly expecting too much here in that I will get justice? [more inside]
posted by comicgirl001 on Sep 5, 2014 - 19 answers

How Do I Leave a Job Without Quite Leaving Yet?

I have a new temp-to-perm position, but my boss is a total nightmare! I called the agency that employs me and told them I want to quietly, slowly look at other options. Apparently, this triggers some automatic process wherein the agency calls the hiring director at my job and tells her I'll be leaving and that the company can keep me on as a temp worker until they hire someone new or that they can terminate my contract immediately. This is happening more quickly than I expected! How do I slow it down? [more inside]
posted by pineappleheart on Sep 4, 2014 - 11 answers

How do you let go of work-related bitterness after moving on?

I'm planning to change jobs soon to get away from a toxic workplace situation. I'm really bitter and angry over how things have gone down here. How do I let go of this so that it doesn't poison my next position? [more inside]
posted by cabingirl on Sep 4, 2014 - 17 answers

Interviews are done. Now what?

When is it appropriate to follow-up with a hiring manager after interviews (and reference checks) have been completed? I did ask for a timeline during the interview and I was told that they would be in touch "soon". The posting stated that they wanted someone to start in early October, when the position becomes vacant. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 3, 2014 - 7 answers

You can't have a reprint unless you tell us why you want it.

All you masters of tactful business communication, please tell me how to handle this reprint request response. [more inside]
posted by pH Indicating Socks on Sep 2, 2014 - 17 answers

Help Pick A Group Work Appropriate Game

I work from home. Most of the people I work with also work from home. We're scattered around the US. Once a year we all (80 people) fly in to HQ for a few days of face to face meetings. My boss wanted to have some kind of game we can all play while we're there. I can not come up with any ideas, and I'm hoping someone can recommend a good game for this. [more inside]
posted by Blake on Sep 2, 2014 - 8 answers

What are your favorite temp/staffing agencies in NYC or NJ?

Hey MeFi. Had a great experience at a temp or staffing agency in NYC or NJ? Please tell me about it. [more inside]
posted by topoisomerase on Sep 1, 2014 - 3 answers

How to move from startup to real job?

A while back I asked a question about becoming better at a new job. I'm now hitting my quota for anonymous Qs so give me your best advice on how to plan to transition from this fabulous new job that has only one problem--no reliable pay check. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 1, 2014 - 16 answers

I'm done asking this but.... Hope me with jobs?

The situation that prompted one of my first questions on AskMe is unfortunately still relevant. Logistics have improved, my depression is....eh. I'm 25 now and have been out of undergrad for over a year. This is my resume . Ignore the crappy formatting, but... [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Aug 30, 2014 - 11 answers

Theories of time management for volunteers

How can our organization stop people from feeling simultaneously guilty and oversubscribed? [more inside]
posted by pretentious illiterate on Aug 30, 2014 - 12 answers

Is it worth leaving one job for another for the same pay?

I'm employed now but have been job-searching for a few months. I've finally found a company that I'd like to work for. The disappointing part is, the final offer they've made is for a lower salary than I'd wanted; after crunching the numbers, I would be earning the same as what I earn at my current job, with no title change. Is it a good idea to move to a new employer for equivalent pay, if the only discernable difference between the two is that the new job seems more interesting? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 29, 2014 - 15 answers

Does a planner for two weeks at a time exist? With a To Do list?

I want a two-week planner. Not a weekly planner. Not a monthly planner. I want to know what I need to do and plan for two weeks at a time. And I want enough room to add a to-do list. [more inside]
posted by HeyAllie on Aug 29, 2014 - 5 answers

Must automate, ASAP.

Dear Metafilter, I need to automate some tasks at work, and I'd like to make it happen quickly. [more inside]
posted by schooley on Aug 29, 2014 - 13 answers

Calming the rage beast at work

Work stress has led me to being increasingly short with people. How can I stop this? [more inside]
posted by rebooter on Aug 27, 2014 - 17 answers

Exactly how closely is Big Brother watching me at work?

If I'm on my workstation at the office, using Pages through iCloud.com on a web browser, how likely is it that my IT department can see what I'm typing? I'm fairly sure they can see that I'm on iCloud.com using Pages if they look. But can they see the text I'm typing into a Pages document? [more inside]
posted by kythuen on Aug 26, 2014 - 10 answers

Quarter life crisis (work or study or travel?)

I've been having what I suspect is a quarterlife crisis for several months and luckily I've pretty narrowed it down to three options/priorities. However, that's the snag. I can't decide between the three (work, study, travel and a bit of play). Any thoughts much appreciated. [more inside]
posted by glache on Aug 26, 2014 - 18 answers

Workplace Etiquette

What is the opinion of the hive mind: if one of my superiors receives a promotion, is it polite to congratulate them or is that the wrong tone? [more inside]
posted by jojobobo on Aug 25, 2014 - 9 answers

I'm a boring person and I want boring music to go with my life.

I want boring music to listen to. Not even elevator music: hallway music. Dull, faceless corridor music. Cheesy, soothing, soft. Commercial music, the kind of music that men in the 1970s thought would induce people to feel groovy and buy stuff. The music that plays in Animal Crossing while you get your haircut. Ceefax music. Music you'd hear in an old Mad Men episode. Music that just sits there and doopey-doops while I concentrate and get important stuff done.
posted by glhaynes on Aug 23, 2014 - 54 answers

How to build a career & income as a single parent of special needs kids?

I've driven my career into the ground as a parent of two special needs kids. Where do I go from here? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats on Aug 22, 2014 - 19 answers

Sit-Stand Desk

I'd like to get a sit-stand desk for my work and I need some advice and suggestions. [more inside]
posted by chirico on Aug 22, 2014 - 16 answers

Career Change to Engineering?

I have a bachelor's degree in a non engineering field but I want to get into engineering and have work experience in a engineering related field, any suggestions on how to best do this? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by KernalM on Aug 22, 2014 - 5 answers

What's a good analogy for prioritizing work process tasks?

At my company customers place orders online. Orders get selected for fraud screening and need to be worked in the most efficient way possible. Some orders take priority (customer pays for rush shipping and order needs to be screened today, so the warehouse can get it out the door). Currently orders are split into separate reports based on priority and workers are assigned to one report at a time. I want to combine them all into one report and assign all workers to that report. [more inside]
posted by robadobdob on Aug 21, 2014 - 4 answers

Define "forceful".

Several different managers have told me that I need to develop a "more forceful" persona. I'm trying to work out exactly what this means. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by ontheradio on Aug 21, 2014 - 16 answers

As an agnostic, how can I successfully work with a religious client?

I'm the only copywriter at a mid-sized advertising agency. We just landed a huge job that's going to require a lot of work on my end. Here's the problem: I'm agnostic, and religion (namely Christianity) makes me really cranky and frothy. The client is a faith-based company that makes things (I don't want to say what) for churches. How can I make it through unscathed? [more inside]
posted by shiggins on Aug 20, 2014 - 47 answers

Help, I have a real job!

I'm due to start my first job post-PhD on Monday. It's a tech job outside of academia, vaguely related to my field of study (but not my research). I've never had a job in an office before. What should I expect the first day? What do I need to bring with me (besides documents for an I-9)? What am I supposed to wear? (I'm assuming err on the side of formal relative to what people were wearing when I interviewed, but not as formal as for the interview.)
posted by hoyland on Aug 20, 2014 - 20 answers

The bureaucracy of international remote coding work

From a description of a web company: "Everyone works from their own home or office, and we’re spread out all over the world — California, Texas, New York, Canada, Ireland, Scotland, Japan, Iceland, Bulgaria, Australia, and more." I know lots of development companies operate like this, and I'm intrigued, but I don't know how it works, especially the aspect of taxation, citizenship, etc. [more inside]
posted by mbrock on Aug 20, 2014 - 3 answers

How to work under an insecure boss?

I'm struggling with a social / political issue at work. I have been in my current job for about a year. I am a little overqualified for the position, but I really like most aspects of it and it's a small enough field that other similar jobs are hard to come by, so I'd vastly prefer it if the solution doesn't involve quitting. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 19, 2014 - 10 answers

Apologetic about success?

What I do in terms of career/projects/desire are all one and the same. And I'm lucky enough to be paid to do what I love, and I continue to do it. It just so happens that lately, within the past year or so, I've been especially "successful". But much of my friends/acquaintances are not really in a similar position, which makes me feel guilty/weird about sharing what's going on in my life. I feel apologetic about my so-called "success", which leads me to under-share about myself. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 18, 2014 - 8 answers

Examples of adults complaining about the younger generation?

I am trying to find examples (essays, articles, etc.) of previous generations complaining about the work ethic of the younger generation. It doesn't matter how far back it i
posted by cherrybounce on Aug 16, 2014 - 11 answers

Financial crisis when I have awful credit and am too sick to work

I posted here about my financial situation of being on disability for mental health reasons. Right now my PTSD symptoms are huge and all-consuming, so I am not able to accomplish much at all. However, I'm hitting a financial crisis point and need to find some remedy. My credit is too bad to get any kind of loan and I don't know who I could ask for one personally. Do you have any suggestions?
posted by mermaidcafe on Aug 15, 2014 - 9 answers

Help me get pumped up about my new work schedule!

I am disproportionally bummed out that I will no longer have a traditional 9-5 schedule at work. Hope me! [more inside]
posted by fox problems on Aug 14, 2014 - 13 answers

Give me your most jargon-filled work-related statements

I love jargon, especially among sub-genres of things. This week a web developer friend uttered a sentence about frameworks and databases that made sense but sounded so ridiculous I had to stop and ask him to repeat it. I'd like to hear more of these. Please give me the most jargon-filled sentence that you might have uttered at work in the past few weeks and made complete sense to coworkers, but sounds utterly ridiculous to outsiders, and state what your occupation/context was for it.
posted by mathowie on Aug 14, 2014 - 33 answers

What part time jobs should I check out?

Help me figure out what jobs I should be looking for. I have excellent office and computer skills, including the full Office suite and quickbooks. Additionally, I am currently a webmaster and have some coding, design, HTML and CSS skills. I need to make at least $15/hour and work 20 hours a week - this is non-negotiable. [more inside]
posted by stoneweaver on Aug 13, 2014 - 12 answers

Is it okay to accept a new job that I might leave in the near future?

I have been offered a new position at work that has the potential to be a good, but not great, opportunity, but there are multiple other positions that I would like to pursue with outside organizations. Is it acceptable to take the new position knowing that there is a small chance that I would leave shortly after it began if offered a different job? [more inside]
posted by kardia on Aug 13, 2014 - 21 answers

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