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Can I salvage my college career in my final year?

I'm about to enter my senior year of college as a Computer Science major with pretty much the worst profile possible: a just-above-being-kicked-out GPA, no internships or relevant experience, no extracurriculars, no well-developed skills. Is there any way I can make myself employable in the next 10 months? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 20, 2016 - 15 answers

How to introduce myself to executives in my field after a long absence?

I am planning to reach out to some museum executives in hopes of building my network and seeking steady employment in my field areas of Anthropology & Museology. I have not been working in my field for the past couple of years because of a horrible domestic abuse situation and I am out of practice in terms of applying for jobs/networking, etc. How can I reach out to these executives and not appear like an idiot? [more inside]
posted by chatelaine on Aug 10, 2016 - 11 answers

Difficult dilemma - pursue MBA or apply for well paid permanent job?....

I'm fast approaching 36 this year and have had a varied career. You could same i'm a jack of all trades but master of none, what with undertaking lots of roles and completing a business degree at 33. For the past couple of years, the job market has been tough. I've undertaken a couple of 6-9 month job contracts as a temp, whilst also experiencing a length period of unemployment. I loved the experience academia brought and I excelled during this journey, developing some great skills. I've just been accepted to do the MBA part time and have been in my current contract 15 months. It is due to come to an end in October but there's a chance of a permanent job coming up that is very well paid. [more inside]
posted by emma33UK on Aug 8, 2016 - 15 answers

New job! But there's a catch. Help!

I have an absurdly stable job with great pay and benefits. The problem is, it is not what I want to do long-term and it is not a good cultural fit for me. I have a much more relevant job opportunity with a very prestigious organization but with dramatically lower pay and benefits. Do I follow my heart or brain? [more inside]
posted by lecorbeau on Jun 24, 2016 - 19 answers

How to hire ethnically diverse employees?

Small firm looking for salespeople-- how can I get a more diverse group of candidates? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 16, 2016 - 16 answers

Yet another "Do I want this job?" question

I've been at my current employer for about three years. I'm thinking of making a career move, so that I focus more on, let's say, tennis policy analysis. I've found a job that looks promising, but I'm having a hard time telling if it's the right next step for me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 10, 2016 - 10 answers

Are these red flags or just quirks, or, Should I quit a new job?

I was recently hired for a part-time (two days/week) position as an assistant at a small employment services company. After two days of training/work, I feel very uncomfortable about the position and the work environment. I'm considering not going back (I would call/email, of course, I'm not planning to just not show up). However, I've had a really rough year, and don't fully trust my perceptions and decisions. I'm trying to separate new-job-discomfort from this-situation-is-genuinely-weird discomfort, and would love some outside perspective. Additional backstory/context and plenty of details within! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 15, 2016 - 27 answers

Chronic pain, unsympathetic job, still need to work. What can be done?

Asking for a friend filter: Friend is in their 20s. Just got halfway decent health insurance. Working at a retail store since summer of last year, job involves a lot of physical labor along with sales desk. They've been commended for good work a few times and have been told they've been doing well enough to be a keyholder soon, which would involve more hours and a raise, Recently got a merit raise. They've had chronic pain for a while, and circumstances are... [more inside]
posted by ShawnStruck on Mar 16, 2016 - 7 answers

What is the best solution for my work schedule?

I need to stick to a scheduled work day, from clock-in to clock-out times. I've been having lots of trouble with this and need to find the right solution for me. [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Mar 8, 2016 - 39 answers

Time off, I'll miss you...

Have you made this move, from a relatively large amount of time off from work to a good deal less? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 2, 2016 - 10 answers

Summer work for an academic between assistantships

My funding for my current project ran out. I should be fine for the upcoming fall semester, when I will be finishing and defending my dissertation. However, the summer semester is unaccounted for. I have a part-time catering gig that I can get a little bit of money with, but I'm looking for ideas for other work. Details in the extended explanation. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Feb 25, 2016 - 12 answers

What is a meaningful "years of service" award for a programmer?

I'm in a big company that just sends me PDFs to print and give to people when they get to various years of service. I want to give them something a bit more fun. They are web developers and QA. Some sort of geeky trophy maybe? I'd be paying out of my own pocket so the focus is on meaningfulness, not cash value.
posted by freecellwizard on Feb 12, 2016 - 11 answers

Need unstressful work

I'm a reasonably bright person with no practical skills to speak of and a lot of social/cognitive limitations. Is there a job I can do? Is there any way to make money? [more inside]
posted by thetortoise on Feb 3, 2016 - 24 answers

What's the most profesh way to ask my job to relocate me?

I got my dream job in a nightmare town -- stuck it out for 2.5 years and I gotta get out of here, but I want to keep my job. Help me persuade them to transfer me to our satellite office which is in a major city a few hours away. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 24, 2016 - 18 answers

Because hiding under the bedcovers is not a paying job.

My job of over a decade went sour thanks to a newer supervisor whom I can't shake. I am being micromanaged within an inch of my life, and it makes me shut down and do even less. New jobs are scarce, and I can't quit for financial reasons. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by sheena is a sock puppet on Jan 13, 2016 - 23 answers

Can my employer not reimburse me for work expenses if I'm late?

My employer is trying to screw me out of money I spent on a personal credit card for work expenses. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 5, 2016 - 8 answers

How to navigate the 'current boss as work reference' Catch-22?

I would have to break a small teaching contract to take a much more stable and lucrative admin job I interviewed for at the same university. I haven't told my current supervisor that I'm looking for other work, but the application form required me to put them down as a reference. What should I do if HR gives me the heads-up that they are going to call my references? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Nov 25, 2015 - 5 answers

So...I'm going on a medical leave...k bye! (runs away)

I am about to go on a medical leave from work because of some mental health issues. I feel ashamed and guilty, and I don't know how to tell my manager - email? Meeting (how could I not cry in a meeting)? What specific words and phrases can I use so that he won't know or guess the reason for my leave? What do I say, and how? [more inside]
posted by kitcat on Nov 17, 2015 - 18 answers

The chores. The stores. Fresh air. Times Square!

What should a couple keep in mind about deciding whether to move to a small town and become a single income family? Bonus complications: Resort town, SAHD. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 10, 2015 - 9 answers

How to stop obsessive thinking about getting fired?

Every job I have ever had I become convinced I am getting fired. How can I stop believing this and sabotaging myself at work. [more inside]
posted by thelastgirl on Oct 28, 2015 - 26 answers

How can I work at work?

I can't work at work and I don't know why. I can only get work done after the day's over while sitting on my couch. This isn't sustainable. Help! [more inside]
posted by theraflu on Oct 8, 2015 - 14 answers

Help me know what I don't know...career advice edition

What do I need to ask/know before accepting a job at an online company? See inside for more details. [more inside]
posted by fyrebelley on Jul 30, 2015 - 4 answers

Leaving an unethical and unpleasant workplace

How do I balance my need to save a little money right now with an unethical and unpleasant workplace that is really draining my mood and energy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 14, 2015 - 6 answers

What kind of raise can I expect after passing the bar?

Are "bar passage" raises nominal in nature? [more inside]
posted by kbennett289 on Mar 24, 2015 - 6 answers

Should I tell my former employer why I left?

I recently quit a new job because of a toxic and dysfunctional environment. In my resignation letter I just said it wasn't a great fit, but a few days later they contacted me and asked for honest feedback about why I left. Friends are concerned that responding could open me up to some sort of liability. Should I? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 3, 2015 - 43 answers

Is it unfair to tell my colleague I'm in love with her?

I'm in love with my female colleague. We went on a date in 2014 and left it as friends. Now I'm thinking of finding a new job - should I tell her why or is this unfairly burdening someone else with my problem? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 23, 2015 - 53 answers

How best to manage this work problem

For several years Small Company has been undergoing large turnover in employees, to the point that there are now a number of critical vacancies. I am a Widget Controller at SC. Because of the vacancies, I was told to also become a Cog Controller. They're not similar jobs even though they have a similar title and the career path is different. I am not paid extra for the additional role (I haven't asked). There is no overtime. Is a position change like this normal? Is it possible to escalate to HR as this isn't the job I was hired to do? I don't like being a Cog Controller.
posted by anonymous on Jan 9, 2015 - 11 answers

I want to work part-time.

I recently got a job as a public librarian. This is the first time I've had a permanent, full-time job and I've realized that it's not for me. I think I'd be much happier with the hours and flexibility of part-time work. [more inside]
posted by toby_ann on Dec 22, 2014 - 11 answers

I'm Not (that kind of) Quitter!

My most recent position is not ideal, and it's time to move on. How best should I phrase my departure and, if you were a hiring manager, what would you want to hear? Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Dec 17, 2014 - 15 answers

How can I support myself as an artist?

What are some things that I could do to support myself while doing creative work, *without* taking up so much time that I can't actually do art? [more inside]
posted by myitkyina on Dec 5, 2014 - 21 answers

Can a software company in California insist employees limit drinking?

Can a software company in California insist that employees participate in a system that limits drinking after hours? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 21, 2014 - 13 answers

What to do if I'm being paid less than agreed upon in an interview?

I recently took a part-time job tutoring at a nonprofit, and was told that I'd get paid $X/hr. Today, I was pulled aside and told by my supervisor/interviewer that I would instead get paid $Y/hr. I should have confronted her about it at the time, but I wasn't confident that I could think clearly in the moment so I asked for some time to think things over. What should I do so that I can get at least some of this back? [more inside]
posted by coolname on Oct 1, 2014 - 23 answers

I need a better title than "Jack of all trades"!

I was laid off last week, and after taking a few days to sleep in and dominate my boyfriend at Minecraft, I'm jumping into the job hunt. I feel like I've done a pretty good job on most of my resume, but writing out my position at my most recent job has me a bit lost. It's my only work experience in Quebec, and was the longest I've ever worked anywhere, so it's important I get it right. [more inside]
posted by hasna on Sep 22, 2014 - 5 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 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

I'm About to be Fired. Now What?

I walked into work today and was suspended with potential termination for policy violations, one of which does include the event that led me to ask this question. Where do I go from here? [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Jun 12, 2014 - 21 answers

Looking for the one, have you seen her? Employment edition.

Just three months at a new job and I'm miserable. Help me sort out if it just plain ain't right, or it deserves more time and effort. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 13, 2014 - 6 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

I can't quit, you're firing me

My job is trying to counsel me out for "performance" issues. I think this is unjustified, but either way, the relationship is over. How do I position myself to end my employment on the best terms for me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 25, 2014 - 19 answers

If not, I'm just gonna leave.

Mefites, please help. I am deeply unhappy with my life, and have been for a long time. I need help figuring out where to start/what to do about finding full-time, professional employment.I am out of ideas. I can provide background if necessary, but to keep this short and (relatively) emotion-free, I'll just list the complicating factors. [more inside]
posted by msbadcrumble on Mar 9, 2014 - 20 answers

Where to find frontend web development job at the lead/architect level?

I've been doing frontend web development for around 15 years and want to find a new position at the lead/architect level. I know a few sites to look at, and plenty of recruiters contact me, but what else can I do? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Mar 5, 2014 - 10 answers

Help me prepare for two big work meetings about possible new roles

I’m looking to make a move to a different role and location of the Mega Corp I work in. Have two meetings set up with people who could make that happen. Now what? Please help me understand the perspective of the bosses I'm meeting with and what I might say now that I have made these meetings happen! Background and specific question after the jump. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 7, 2014 - 2 answers

How to deal with a negligent micromanager

New job, restrictions that seem unreasonable. I love this job and I want to not get fired and not have to look for another job already. Hope me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 27, 2014 - 13 answers

Job application anxiety and disappointment

At the beginning of this year I finished my courses and exams to become an emergency medical technician. I finally have the certification I that allows me to work in the field, but I’m fighting against paralyzing anxiety that’s making it hard to apply for jobs. This is something that I've struggled with the past, but the stakes feel a lot higher this time and I’m looking for advice on how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by arcolz on Jan 22, 2014 - 11 answers

bridging visa blah

How do I get a long-term job in Australia when HR won't get past my bridging visa? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jan 17, 2014 - 19 answers

Career counselor in the Seattle area?

I'm looking for a career counselor in the Seattle area, one with experience helping women returning to the workforce. I want someone to help me long-term with moving into a career I can love, probably at a nonprofit. Recommendations?
posted by The corpse in the library on Jan 14, 2014 - 3 answers

How do I know if a job is a good fit for me?

Earlier this week I started working at a flour mill driving tractor trailers, after 2 months of training at a truck driving school to obtain a CDL, and I am having doubts about this decision. [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend on Dec 14, 2013 - 28 answers

How to ask for more work at a new, mid-level position?

First mid level position, due to some turnover and changes, my boss has no idea what my team does and I need work since mentoring/shadowing isn't providing enough. [more inside]
posted by lpcxa0 on Oct 19, 2013 - 3 answers

zero dollars

I have no money in my bank account and zero income. I have 29 days to come up with $800. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by dekathelon on Oct 2, 2013 - 115 answers

Special Snowflake Cover Letter

Can you give me some feedback on drafting a cover letter? The special snowflakes flurry within . . . [more inside]
posted by mibo on Sep 12, 2013 - 7 answers

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