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Almost 30 with No Skills, How to Correct?

I'm almost 30 with no real marketable job skills and I'm having a hard time figuring out a way to correct this. [more inside]
posted by Firestorm 2018 on Jun 10, 2016 - 9 answers

Resources for a woman in tech facing a lot of gender bias at work.

A friend is a senior engineer at a small company—the only woman in a senior technical role at the company—who, after years of working for them (she was literally the first hire) is hitting a lot of resistance from the men above, most of it the typical "Women in the workplace" b.s. She strongly believes in the work and the company, but is getting regularly undermined. I'd love to find some resources (books, blogs, forums, strategies, etc.) to help her deal effectively with the people making the workplace ridiculous. [more inside]
posted by Ookseer on Jun 9, 2016 - 10 answers

Credit as a copywriter?

My photographer client does not want to credit me for my accompanying copy or provide me with a testimonial for my work. Suck it up or cut him loose? [more inside]
posted by Caskeum on Jun 7, 2016 - 15 answers

How do I describe "what I do" without gainful employment?

I'm in the US and I know that matters. I am frequently faced with the question of what I do for a living and I never know how to answer it. I am not working due to health issues that aren't immediately apparent. But I also am passionate about a couple things that often lead to questions about who I am. I just don't know what to say. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Jun 6, 2016 - 22 answers

I got a new job without a raise but I'm happy and don't care, should I?

Last week I got promoted to a new job. . . it was the job I want, and it's much more interesting than my previous job, and honestly I've wanted this job for about a year. [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Jun 6, 2016 - 9 answers

Negotiating Salary at a New Business

I left my job about a month ago, and have recently been offered (kind of) an opportunity to act as front-of-house manager at a restaurant that hasn't opened yet. My primary discussions so far haven't been with the owner, so I need to figure out how to address getting paid/ starting work. [more inside]
posted by serenity_now on Jun 5, 2016 - 8 answers

Found the guy. Now, about that ring...

It's time to get an engagement ring, or is it? [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood on Jun 5, 2016 - 15 answers

Co-workers in hate

How to deal with co-worker that you dated and now have to work closely with, but your angst doesn’t stem from having dated, but just from the fact that you know too much about them now and really don’t like them as a person? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Jun 3, 2016 - 11 answers

Being Undermined at Work?

I am ostensibly the head of my department at work, which is a small startup. It’s also a small department, which is a subsection of, let’s say, Marketing. (It’s not Marketing.) Let’s call my department Widgets. My title is Head of Widgets. My team consists of one direct report whom I hired personally last summer and another direct report who was assigned to me from another department this past winter. I just found out that the VP of an entirely different section, say, Product, had an in-person interview with someone who would have the same title as my direct reports. I was not notified by my VP nor the other VP. I found out because one direct report saw it on the calendar and let me know. What now? [more inside]
posted by sockermas on Jun 1, 2016 - 25 answers

Human Resources emails Personal Information

HR (Human Resources) group at work used email to send personal information (in the form of screenshots). The screenshots don't answer my specific questions. It seems they were sent in more of a dismissive gesture. This violates my sense of privacy and trust. It seems every time I correspond with HR it's a negative experience. [more inside]
posted by uhom on May 31, 2016 - 5 answers

Should I help a colleague with a job? Even if I find them mildly evil?

This is the prettiest question I've asked and I feel pretty crap asking it. However, I'm a student about to enter the working world for the first time, so I don't know what the rules are around this kind of thing. Help please? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 26, 2016 - 46 answers

Blowback after expressing concerns of co-worker's suicide risk

A friend from work (Rachel) disclosed to one of her close friends (Monica) that someone on her team (Phoebe) had expressed suicidal ideation that was becoming seriously concerning. Monica works at another location, so Rachel talked with Monica in order to get advice on how to report her concern while remaining anonymous, avoiding blowback, and keeping the trust of her team-mate. Instead, Monica immediately reported her concern to the regional manger, Phoebe was immediately suspended and told Rachel reported her. Blowback has ensued. How does my friend deal with this perceived lack of professionalism? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 25, 2016 - 13 answers

How to ask for help finding a job without being a jerk

I have some quasi-friends that I used to work with, and I feel guilty about not keeping in touch with them. Now I need their help finding a job. Can I email them and say "Hey, I have been ignoring you but now I'm your friend because I need a favor from you," except not be a jerk? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 23, 2016 - 18 answers

You know what would make this mandatory training better? EXFOLIATING.

What are your favorite at-home spa products? [more inside]
posted by castlebravo on May 19, 2016 - 16 answers

Finding work in New Zealand before having a visa approved?

Having filled out an Expression of Interest to work in New Zealand I am 10 points shy of automatic acceptance. However, on receipt of a job offer I qualify easily. What I don't understand is the Chicken/Egg situation of looking for a job without a visa but needing a visa to find a job. Has anyone been through this? I can't help but feel it will be off putting to employers, although as far as I understand they need only to assist with the application for a temporary work visa; however I may be being naive here. [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 on May 17, 2016 - 6 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

How do I go barefoot at work without detection?

It doesn't break the rules in my office. I'm male. Sneakers without bottoms would be ideal if they existed. Or socks that look like real shoes, maybe? [more inside]
posted by derbyshire on May 15, 2016 - 84 answers

Coping strategies to reduce/eliminate negative thoughts about my boss

I need help to stop hating my boss. I don't think that my boss is a bad person. I do think they are a terrible leader and that their actions are directly impeding both my ability to be effective in my role and to advance my career along the path I have been (wildly successfully) on. I also think that they, consciously or subconsciously, are working to sabotage me, or at the least smother me with power-plays and microaggressions to "keep me in my place" and under their control. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 13, 2016 - 11 answers

I'm gregarious and my boss is an introvert. Help me not piss him off.

The title says it all. I am the "fuck it, let's go, get it done and be awesome" type at work and my new boss is shy, quiet and exactly the type I usually piss off. I want to make this work. Give me some pointers? I've seen all the "how to care for an introvert" memes. I don't want to care for him. I want him to pull his weight. In a right way, not in a everyone is on pins and needles or reading the oracle way. (waaay more details inside) [more inside]
posted by krautland on May 13, 2016 - 56 answers

Help me negotiate for more pay/days off

I was laid off at the end of January. I have had a few interviews and just got an offer. It's less than I was making, and with a little less vacation time. But, it's a position that sounds like it's good experience. And the company seems stable. How can I tactfully negotiate for more money? I'd like about 20% more to be where I was when laid off. I'd also be interested in a little less than 20% more if it meant that I got more vacation days. What's the best way to do this without sounding greedy or lazy? Or just take it and keep looking because it's a job.
posted by bodgy on May 10, 2016 - 10 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

does being put on probation at work mean you're going to get fired?

HR people of Metafilter: my brother has been having trouble at work and had a meeting with HR yesterday where he was put on probation. I’m trying to understand the situation better. Is probation usually just the final formal step a company has to go through before firing someone? Is it possible to be put on probation and still keep your job? [more inside]
posted by colfax on May 8, 2016 - 25 answers

Should I go back to school?

My job hunt has proved to be totally fruitless and I find my lack of success concerning. I have a career path picked out and think going back to school could help, but given that it's nothing that's currently trendy, am I wasting my time? [more inside]
posted by intheigloo on May 5, 2016 - 13 answers

Do I mention a nasty personal rumor to a colleague at work?

Over the weekend a very nasty rumor regarding one of my colleagues at the office reached me, and I'm troubled about what to do. It would damage him if it reaches the wrong ears. Should I tell him that this rumor is making the rounds? Would you want to know? [more inside]
posted by frumiousb on May 3, 2016 - 35 answers

How to Try to Get Value at Work

For a number of reasons, I don't feel valued at my current workplace. I know what I ultimately need to do, but what do I do about my feeling useless and lack of hopelessness in the meantime? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 3, 2016 - 6 answers

Done with the rat race?

I've been working in a social work profession with the public for ten years. I'm burned out and ready for a change. My spouse is supportive, we have the $$ to go to one income, but I'm hesitating. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 2, 2016 - 16 answers

Am I acting like a child or do I have a legitimate complaint?

I just lost out on the chance to pick up some responsibilities at work that I really wanted and thought I was promised. Now, instead of enjoying my job like I used to, I am mostly am just upset. Are my feelings justified? Should I cut my losses and leave? [more inside]
posted by Krop Tor on May 1, 2016 - 13 answers

door number one? door number two??

I was all set to attend a coding bootcamp, but my employer is pulling out all the stops to keep me from leaving. I have to give them an answer by Monday and I don’t know what I’m going to do. Help me? [more inside]
posted by naturalnumbers on Apr 30, 2016 - 21 answers

My job is killing my soul but I can't leave

I'm at the point where my job is actively causing me despair. Since I can't quit without getting a new job first, how do I cope every day while I try to find something new? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 30, 2016 - 8 answers

Work calendar etiquette: Do you share your calendar? How?

Do you share the details of your work calendar? Or just free / busy status? Does it depend on the person or event? I'd love to get some idea of the norms in this area. [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Apr 29, 2016 - 32 answers

How to cope with office life for the highly sensitive person?

I've begun working as an assistant in an office after years of telecommute work, and very familiar, frustrating feelings have come flooding back. I am a Highly Sensitive Person and this whole week, I spend a ton of mental energy being on all day at work, beginning with an anxious morning routine where I struggle to even get everything done. Then, when I leave work, I come home and basically sit on my couch all night and do nothing, then repeat the cycle. How can I learn to cope? [more inside]
posted by Fire on Apr 27, 2016 - 22 answers

How to request that feedback be passed on to my boss?

The nature of my job is that I don't have a lot of contact with my immediate leader for long periods of time. I've been "on loan" to another area of the company since late last year. In that time, I've received a lot of positive feedback on my work. Sometimes this is given to me in person and other times it's through email. Is there a tactful way that I could suggest that people pass some of this feedback onto my boss, so that it can be considered when I'm being given my performance evaluation? I'm not really sure how to phrase this in a way that isn't awkward?
posted by anonymous on Apr 27, 2016 - 13 answers

What jobs can I get with my disability and level of education?

How can I make money with a disability? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 27, 2016 - 8 answers

Don't want to be around kids; should I find a new job?

I am in therapy for abuse and find being around kids really upsetting for some reason. It's an essential part of my job, though; should I quit? Or are there strategies for this? [more inside]
posted by fair isle sock on Apr 26, 2016 - 14 answers

Procrastinated badly and screwed up - damage control?

I screwed up at work...despite all the time in the world, I dragged my feet on some important tasks and I let a lot of people down. What can I do to show that I take that mistake seriously and it won't happen again? Difficulty: remote team. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 23, 2016 - 6 answers

Is it possible to change bad professional reputation?

I had a nightmarish experience during my PhD which is in most part due to my supervisor. I barely made it through and graduated with no publicaitons and shattered self-esteem. Thanks to a lot of luck, I landed a good postdoc position. It's a very narrow field of work though, everyone knows everyone and my PhD experience continues to haunt me... [more inside]
posted by sockiety on Apr 22, 2016 - 20 answers

Most Professional Bang for the Buck?

I'm graduating with my Bachelors in Logistics and Supply Chain Management & Administration in a few weeks. What should my next steps be? [more inside]
posted by sharp pointy objects on Apr 21, 2016 - 4 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

Failing at intercultural office politics.

After working my butt off to build a life abroad, I'm worried that my inability to make friends at work is an un-fixable cultural issue. I have never been one of those super-incredibly popular people, but this is the first time in my life I've struggled to fit in/build a friend group, and I'm beginning to wonder if it's just an unavoidable moment in an expat's life, deliberate snubbing, or if something is actually psychologically wrong with me. [more inside]
posted by peakes on Apr 13, 2016 - 15 answers

Dealing With Difficult People: The Micromanager

About to get a new boss at work. New boss is a [reputed] notorious micromanager. I need quick tips and best practices for 1) developing compassion and understanding for the micromanagement supervision style, and 2) establishing and maintaining boundaries to protect my mental health without letting my work quality (or work relationships) suffer. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Apr 12, 2016 - 11 answers

Way too many OPT-ions

Please help me figure out if I can make post-degree Optional Practical Training work for me as a freelancer working for companies all over the world. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna on Apr 11, 2016 - 1 answer

Should my husband bring our child to my work event?

I've been nominated for an award at work, and there's a reception where the nominees, their nominators and our general work community members are invited to attend, and they'll announce the winner. My husband wants to bring our child.... [more inside]
posted by MissSquare on Apr 11, 2016 - 44 answers

"Great to see you again, Nancy! No, wait, Shona. No, Rob. Um..."

How to recognise people when you're not good at recognising people? [more inside]
posted by Catseye on Apr 8, 2016 - 22 answers

Am I in a dead end job or an amazing networking position?

Every day is a rollercoaster -- need to figure out where i stand -- Waterfall of Text below the fold [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Apr 7, 2016 - 7 answers

Appropriate thank-you gift for a supervisor

My boss just did me a really big favor. I feel the need to give her a thank-you gift, but not sure what's appropriate (or if a gift is appropriate at all). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 6, 2016 - 23 answers

Colleague is not pulling her weight and nothing is being done about it.

Our main customer service person has basically stopped doing her job and it's reflecting badly on all of us. The managers don't manage. We haven't had performance reviews in years. Nothing is changing. Can anything be done? [more inside]
posted by wannabecounselor on Apr 6, 2016 - 10 answers

Should I Stick With My Current Company, or Leave for a New One?

I've come to realize the people I work for are fake and opportunistic to the point I've been looking quietly for a job. Then they offered me a substantial promotion. Do I take it and tolerate them until I can go elsewhere? Or do I quit now and move laterally on to something else? [more inside]
posted by priskyprisky on Apr 4, 2016 - 13 answers

Good idea, bad idea: Boss's horrible attitude.

Should I have a meeting with my boss and her boss about her horrible attitude and work ethic before I go on leave for a month? Way more inside. [more inside]
posted by baddecisiondinosaur on Apr 4, 2016 - 20 answers

What to do with not getting paid for part time job?

I did some part time freelance work but did not get paid as agreed. What can I do? How to revenge? [more inside]
posted by pack2themoon on Apr 3, 2016 - 21 answers

How important is it to be "work-equal" in relationships?

Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by fka on Apr 3, 2016 - 24 answers

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