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Applying for jobs when you have the same name as a skeevy criminal

I have the same first and last name as a US college athlete involved in a rape case that got some national media attention recently. When googling my name, even verbatim or in quotes, the first several pages of hits are news items about the crime, the trial, etc. I'm now applying for jobs and looking for the best way to preemptively make sure I'm not confused with [demonstrably horrible person]. Worries & details below. [more inside]
posted by BespokePuppet on Sep 8, 2016 - 35 answers

How to resolve a harassment case?

I am in a young-ish lecturer at a UK university, and I'm trying to "broker" a solution to an incident of sexual harassment. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 7, 2016 - 17 answers

Looking for books, articles, and advice on managing software engineers

Yaaaay! I just got a new job managing a team of software engineers! Looking for books, articles, and advice on how to be most effective in my new role. I'm particularly interested in the "people skills" side of the job. [more inside]
posted by when it rains it snows on Sep 6, 2016 - 8 answers

Time for a career change. How does this work?

Feeling like my first master's was a waste, I'm pursuing an MBA and considering a career change. If this sounds like something you've done, I have some questions for you below. [more inside]
posted by schooley on Sep 5, 2016 - 3 answers

My best manager did this...

I am taking up a new management position this month and I have been enjoying asking these two questions of my friends to help me prepare mentally. Can the Green help too? [more inside]
posted by Toddles on Sep 2, 2016 - 81 answers

Help me say no to what’s likely to seem like a great offer

In a few days’ time I’m going to be sitting down for lunch with my ex-boss, whom I know is going to offer me a new job. I left my old job for very good reasons that haven’t gone away, and whilst the new job sounds intriguing, I know it’d be a very bad idea for me to take it. Unfortunately I’m terrible at saying “no” to people. Help me deal with this like a grown-up! [more inside]
posted by six sided sock on Sep 2, 2016 - 20 answers

Should I critique my boss to their boss?

My boss has been promoted to incompetence. How can I and the others in our (very small) group help our boss be a better leader without risking our own careers? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 1, 2016 - 13 answers

Job filter: Should I stay or go?

I was encouraged to apply for a promotion at my current job. I applied, interviewed, and was offered the job. But I'm not sure I want it, and have been offered another interview at a different job, that seems like it might be a better fit. I must decide whether to accept the promotion before my interview for the other job occurs. Please help me sort out my thinking and plan of action! Challenge level: should I let my current job I have an interview elsewhere, which is why I'm turning down the promotion? [more inside]
posted by robertthebruce on Sep 1, 2016 - 10 answers

Help me steal back my assistant!

I’m in a tricky situation at work. I secured an administrative assistant to help me in the office, but a coworker of mine is dominating this woman’s time, leaving me to struggle all by myself. How do I fix this without causing animosity in the office? [more inside]
posted by Everythingsalrighteverythingsfine on Aug 31, 2016 - 23 answers

What's in a name? AKA-- Help me pick my new title!

I'm in a fun/slightly anxiety provoking situation at my work (a small, education non-profit) of getting to pick my own title. I am currently director of programming, but in recognition of the scope of my work and the fact that I functionally co-lead the organization with our ED, I have been offered the title of A) Deputy Director, B) Chief Academic Officer or C) Something Awesome of My Own Invention. What say you, AskMeFi? (Some snowflakes below.) [more inside]
posted by jeszac on Aug 31, 2016 - 6 answers

How to Reenter the Workforce after 5 years, with Disability?

I stopped working just about 5 years ago due to a medical condition. Much to my surprise, I'm actually starting to physically do better, and I want to go back to work. But I do still have some limitations. I'm not sure how one navigates going back to work in a fast moving field after a prolonged absence. Add difficulty level of not sure how to navigate the disability and physical limitations part of it. Field Web/UX. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Aug 30, 2016 - 7 answers

How do I make friends at work if we're all on Slack?

I work for a media publisher, and my own small group is 3 other people. I like them enough, but they're a bit younger than me. I've become friendly with them all, but it's the kind of polite "lol" in chat thing, not like "Wanna grab a coffee/beer?" thing. How does someone in their mid-30s navigate an office where almost everyone communicates solely through Slack, even though we all sit feet away from each other. (I'm bad at making the first move in friendships, so I know that it probably first step.)
posted by Peemster on Aug 29, 2016 - 9 answers

How do I work with/around my checked-out supervisor?

My supervisor is retiring in a month and seems to be checked out or perhaps just not worried about maintaining relationships. How do I maintain relationships and do good work in this situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 28, 2016 - 4 answers

Where to buy casual work clothes

i want an office wardrobe I don't have to think about. Please help! [more inside]
posted by Bella Donna on Aug 26, 2016 - 28 answers

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

Supervisory experience I have... and don't

I'm applying for a management position. It is within my current job field, and my boss would still be my boss. The two year supervisory/management requirement is a hard rule. HR is just that way. It's a position which I completely qualify for, in terms of skills and experience but not in that perfect way. [more inside]
posted by AlexiaSky on Aug 18, 2016 - 7 answers

Funny things I can use to keep chill during blizzard of office politics

What mantras or other sources of humour can I use during a period of office turmoil to help me keep in a good frame of mind and handle ridiculous and unfair goings-on as gracefully as possible? Preferably things that are funny and/or absurd? [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Aug 17, 2016 - 17 answers

See my vest, see my vest, made from real gorilla chest

Looking for a place that sells work vests -- similar to the Wal-Mart style -- with a screenprinting/embroidery option. My first choice for screenprinting, CustomInk, doesn't carry vests like this. Anyone know where I might be able to source such a item?
posted by porn in the woods on Aug 16, 2016 - 4 answers

Back to the office after telecommuting

I've been telecommuting on a full-time basis for almost 5 years. I applied for a new position that would bring me back to the office. I'm excited for this, but I'm looking for some input from people who have come back to the office after working from home, because I'm sad to give it up and I need some upsides! [more inside]
posted by DrGirlfriend on Aug 15, 2016 - 14 answers

How do you juggle multiple hobbies/activities while working full-time?

I’m a 30 year old guy who recently broke up with my ex this past April. Since the break-up, I’ve subjugated myself to the gym and playing basketball again after a 2 year hiatus. Exercise has done wonders for me physically and mentally. However, there are also other items that I want to learn: learning how to play the saxophone, how to cook, how to maintain my new car, and etc. [more inside]
posted by tnar23 on Aug 13, 2016 - 21 answers

How to stop feeling overwhelmed at work so I can get things done?

I love my job. I really do. But it involves a constant chaotic frenzy of emails, phone calls, people stopping by my office with questions that are sometimes quick and sometimes involved, meetings (both in and out of the office), presentations, and paperwork. I get overwhelmed with the volume and variety of tasks and feel paralyzed. How do I overcome this? [more inside]
posted by thepokylittlesockpuppy on Aug 12, 2016 - 14 answers

I'm getting fired and have no idea what to do next

I'm going to be fired for the first time in my life and I'm completely lost. Messy, rambling details within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 11, 2016 - 12 answers

Introducing feminine touches to mostly masculine casual work clothes

I'm an AMAB person. I'm not cisgendered and would like to gradually alter my work outfit to look more feminine without being too obtrusive about it. Clearly, I'm out of my depth. [more inside]
posted by langtonsant on Aug 10, 2016 - 36 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

What do I do regarding potential new job and holiday in September?

I had an interview for an exciting startup today and got emailed straight away saying they really enjoyed meeting me and would like to invite me to the final round of interviews on Friday. In September I am going to one of my closest friend's weddings in Japan, and will be away for ten days. I am worried they will not be happy about this, what do I say and when? [more inside]
posted by akita on Aug 10, 2016 - 19 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

What career path when you've failed alternative teaching certification?

In a previous question, I mentioned an opportunity that would help me change my life and give me the security to make a decision on the abusive relationship I've been in. That was alternative teacher certification, but I am pretty sure I just failed training and won't be allowed to get a license. What types of jobs or solutions might there be for me now? [more inside]
posted by Fire on Aug 7, 2016 - 20 answers

How can I frame my willingness to leave a job after only a month?

I recently started a job that ranks between okay and good. I have now been contacted about a job that would be OH MY GOD HOLY SHIT WHOAAAA. How can I possibly interview without revealing what a jerk I am for leaving a job after only a month? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 6, 2016 - 14 answers

I've fallen down a well and can't get out

I was a high achiever during high school and college, but after 10 years of working in the real world, I'm stuck in a mediocre career with few options for advancement. How can an achievement-oriented person such as myself find happiness in mediocrity? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 5, 2016 - 26 answers

I want to quit my federal job, but am unsure if it's the right choice.

Should I give up my federal government job? Major snow storm inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 3, 2016 - 14 answers

What on Earth am I to do with myself?

I am bored and unfulfilled in my job. I am not miserable yet, but I know from experience that if I don't do something soon I will become pretty miserable indeed. I've been through this before, and the endgame is not pretty at all. Help! I need a new career path. The problem is, I don't know what path would work for me, or even whether one exists at all. Can you help me brainstorm? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Aug 2, 2016 - 12 answers

Never have enough to do - selling point in interview?

I have been working in offices for about ten years now and have yet to have a single job in which I did not have copious amounts of free time. Seems like no matter how many tasks get dumped off on me when other people leave the company, I still work so fast and efficiently that I'm sitting around bored for 3/4 of the day. I have an interview tomorrow. If I mention this, would it be a selling point or a red flag? [more inside]
posted by agress on Aug 2, 2016 - 17 answers

Need some help to extricate myself from a volunteer organisation

I need to find the best way to exit from an organisation run by someone who is creating a lot of toxicity, without letting down my fellow volunteers or putting someone else into an uncomfortable position. (Long story inside.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 31, 2016 - 22 answers

Help me (girl in 20s) figure out office-wear? (UK)

I'm in my late 20s and have been a bit of an eternal student, but I'm finally graduating and hope to find a job soon. I don't know what field it'll be in at this point, but office work of some sort. I don't enjoy shopping but I know I will need to look appropriate. The problem is that I don’t have a clear idea what I should be wearing, or the best shops (I’m in the UK) to go to. [more inside]
posted by tangerine_poppies on Jul 30, 2016 - 24 answers

How do I live this awful job?

My job is awful — and I mean really awful. I can’t get a full night’s sleep, take care of myself, or have a life any more. I’m suffering mentally and physically, but the exit door isn’t clearly marked. I could use some advice...and also, a new job. Lots of shitty snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 30, 2016 - 24 answers

Why is my boss allowed to take vacation in the middle of a production?

My boss has only been working there for less than 4 months [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Jul 28, 2016 - 33 answers

Subtle self-soothing at work

I am in treatment for severe anxiety. At home, I self-soothe by wringing my hands and rocking, but that's not appropriate for the workplace. I need to be typing so worry stones and spinner rings are out. I need to elevate my legs so foot tapping is out, too. What are some subtle physical things I can do at my desk to calm myself?
posted by Ruki on Jul 27, 2016 - 37 answers

Should my resume say Lead Engineer or Senior Software Engineer?

I'm a Software Engineer who's looking for a new job. The titles at my current job are a bit fluid. I could conceivably be called a Lead Engineer or a Senior Software Engineer. What should I put on my resume? [more inside]
posted by when it rains it snows on Jul 27, 2016 - 11 answers

Possibly moving to Paris: tips and advice?

So I may be offered my dream job in Paris. Yay! Help me figure out some of the details so I can be better prepared while negotiating salary etc and also just moving in general. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna on Jul 26, 2016 - 2 answers

Need a QR Code scanner app that doesn't suck, and can export to CSV

So, I've been tasked with finding an app my co-workers can install on their phones for an upcoming event to scan people's QR codes on their badges. My co-workers are generally not technical people, so it should be very easy to use. Must work on iOS and Android. [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Jul 22, 2016 - 4 answers

Bored with my job

Too good to leave, too bad to stay: job edition. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 21, 2016 - 4 answers

I was poached internally - how to mitigate the fallout?

I was approached by the manager of a different department than the one I work in (same company). She asked me about my interest in a position in her department. I hadn't considered it previously, but after doing more research, I decided that it would be a great move for me, as I'll be making quite a bit more money than I'm making now and it's a fantastic growth opportunity. She asked me to keep the interviews, hiring procedures, etc. quiet with my current managers until the details were finalized. I wasn't super comfortable with this (I'm close with my current team), but did what was requested of me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 21, 2016 - 30 answers

Sluggish when it comes to the basics of hard work

I just got a new job in sales, after years of unemployment. My boss is great, the environment is great and the work is right up my alley. But my work ethic is slipping. I've seen this pattern before, and it doesn't end well. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Jul 18, 2016 - 14 answers

How to follow up with a late recruiter? (2 jobs, 1 company)

I applied to two jobs at the same company, and spoke to a recruiter about one of them (but I'm more interested in the other job). She said a hiring manager would call me back within a week, but it has been more than a week. How/when should I follow up? [more inside]
posted by mannermode on Jul 14, 2016 - 2 answers

I can't be nice one more time.

I am stretched super thin and don't have any more patience or tolerance for people. Help me not start screaming. [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals on Jul 13, 2016 - 27 answers

Weighing my first job offer after graduate school

I recently completed my master's degree, and have spent the past six weeks looking for a relevant job. This week I received my first offer, but am torn about whether to accept or keep looking. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 9, 2016 - 11 answers

Should I tell my boss why I was out?

I have a long history of physical illness. I have a chronic medical condition that causes frequent loss of work, which my boss knows. I've taken several leaves of absence over the past few years due to this. However, my current LOA was due to mental illness. My depression/anxiety has been with me for a long time, but was contained by medication, until it wasn't. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 9, 2016 - 12 answers

what is this called and what can be done about it?

Is there a term for a certain practice: that of trying to get longtime, well-paid employees to either quit or get fired, through excessive enforcement of regulations or creating a generally hostile enviornment. (I know through a reliable source that this is a practice at my workplace, even though we are unionized). (those of you who know where I work, please do not mention it by name, thanks)
posted by jonmc on Jul 8, 2016 - 10 answers

How to reverse relationship with work colleague

I just moved to a new team who I've worked with in the past but not a ton. I've gotten off to a rocky start with one of the people on the team and it's all on me. How do I make her make want to continue working with me? [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv on Jul 8, 2016 - 21 answers

Getting a graduate degree in one field, but want job in another?

I've applied to and been accepted for a MA Graduate Degree programme overseas, initially for a design field that I was looking forward to. But in the last few weeks, I've started having some doubts - then today -major doubts- whether this was/is the right decision for me. [more inside]
posted by sam3cat on Jul 4, 2016 - 6 answers

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