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Is my plan to change careers feasible? If not, how can I improve it?

Objective: Career change to technical writing. Obstacles: My current demanding job. Needing to relocate to place that actually has technical writing jobs. **Please help me determine the feasibility of my plan to relocate and change my career. Details inside.** [more inside]
posted by glass.hourousha on Aug 16, 2015 - 9 answers

Sister Getting Hitched, Her Plans Have Thrown Me.

My sister (early 50's) is getting married for the second time next year. Last week she sent me a shared doc with early wedding plans that I'm not onboard with because they involve my kids and I being assigned fairly substantial jobs without her ever asking. And the trouble ensues from there. [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Aug 14, 2015 - 58 answers

Canadian consultant (not employee) and working in the US (visa?)

I am a Canadian citizen and web developer / eLearning specialist who has been working remotely (in Canada) for several American clients. Some of my clients are interested in having me come down for short periods to work with them. I am not an employee of any American company, and from what I can see, I cannot be sponsored for a TN visa or an H1-B visa. Is there any way at all that a Canadian consultant can legally work in the US for short periods of time without being an employee? [more inside]
posted by maudlin on Aug 14, 2015 - 10 answers

Straw poll: Do you prefer questions at your desk vs phonecall vs email?

Do you mind if co-workers simply drop by your desk to ask you a question or give you info? Do you prefer getting impromptu questions from one of these channels over the others --> in person, phonecall, email, instant message? [more inside]
posted by watrlily on Aug 13, 2015 - 68 answers

Dysfunctional family business filter, please listen to your employees

How do we tell our boss (my father) that there are serious problems in our family’s business when he refuses to listen or acknowledge the problems? [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Aug 13, 2015 - 15 answers

Take on exclusion in the workplace

Frequently being excluded from peer group meetings and discussions at work. How do I tell my executives this is not acceptable? [more inside]
posted by quirksilver on Aug 10, 2015 - 11 answers

Bed bugs, business travel, and being reasonable

I encountered bed bugs for the first time and it majorly freaked me out. I travel regularly for work and am curious how other frequent travelers deal with this issue without succumbing to constant anxiety. [more inside]
posted by catoclock on Aug 9, 2015 - 20 answers

iPhone Time Punch/Clock App w/Lock Screen Controls?

I'm looking for an iPhone app that lets one keep time records (simple in-out-lunch's fine, don't need task/client tracking), but most importantly has a presence on the lock screen. In a perfect world I could get a lunch hour countdown clock too, but I'm not greedy. Any suggestions?
posted by WCityMike on Aug 6, 2015 - 1 answer

Seeking collaborative document review software or solution

I have a word document that needs to be reviewed by around 10 people. I want for them to be able to 1) edit the document at the same time and 2) see the comments that have been left by other reviewers. Have tried the SharePoint solution for this, but don’t like it. A few years ago I used a cool online tool that worked great, but I forget the name of the product (although it was for a PDF, not word document. I could convert the word document to PDF if required). What would you recommend?
posted by seesom on Aug 6, 2015 - 3 answers

How to explain away regular time out for long-term therapy

How do those of you in long-term therapy explain a regularly recurring absence during the work week without disclosing that you're in therapy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 5, 2015 - 21 answers

Depression and work sickness policies

How do I communicate to my boss that my depressive feelings are reasons for a sick day, or to work from home? Additionally, do you have any tips on improving my focus during depressive bouts? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 5, 2015 - 11 answers

Career rechanneling advice for a Canadian law-talking guy

I'm a lawyer in Ontario, and I'm considering a career change, but I'm trying to find a realistic career option that both works with my skillset and which satisfies at least some of what I want from work at this point. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 4, 2015 - 5 answers

Handling an overwhelming #of tasks at work; both small big ones

I have a problem with balance between numerous low importance tasks and the ones that really drive business. I find that sometimes I am too focused on the little things to keep from being buried. Everything seems urgent. How do I deal? [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Aug 3, 2015 - 5 answers

Jump ship or hold the course

I've been with the same Organization "Alpha" for five years and have been growing more and more dissatisfied. I'm on parental leave now and they have promised me a better position to return to than the one I left. Meanwhile, the boss of Organization "Beta" called me personally and offered me a job there. Both jobs have pros and cons and I can't decide which is the way to go. [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman on Aug 3, 2015 - 11 answers

Did I mess up this salary negotiation?

Moving from NYC to Minneapolis, had a great job interview and was offered a job! Yay! But I may have REALLY messed up the salary negotiation and lowballed myself. (more inside) [more inside]
posted by Kestrelxo on Jul 31, 2015 - 3 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

Foreign income exclusion via physical presence test?

I am a U.S. citizen. I moved to a foreign country on July 1, and will officially started earning income in the foreign country on August 1. If I quit and move back to the U.S. on July 1, 2016, will I receive foreign income exclusion on my taxes for both the 2015 and 2016 tax years? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 28, 2015 - 4 answers

Doing the networking dance

A few weeks ago i ran into an acquaintance and mentioned that I was looking for a new job. She said that she knew the CEO of a company that she thought I would be a good fit for, and gave me his and the company's name, along with permission to mention that I got his info from her. What do I do with this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 28, 2015 - 5 answers

What is the most useful email in the world?

A while ago I came across a webpage where the author provided a short, one-line email to use in business situations where you are being ignored or not receiving a timely response. For the life of me I can't recall the exact wording of the message, nor the webpage. Ring any bells?
posted by sociology on Jul 27, 2015 - 3 answers

You suck at working in a foreign culture bub.

Short of saying flat out what I said in the title, how can one help people learn to become “bicultural” and adapt to a foreign work style if they are unaware of the need to do so? [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! on Jul 27, 2015 - 13 answers

My parents are very perplexed by all this

Tell me about your transition from white collar to blue collar work. Bonus points if you're a woman or in a trade union. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Jul 24, 2015 - 18 answers

Employment contract question

I signed a contract with an employer and once I started I found out they were not honest with me regarding the type and volume of work to be done. They said I have a lot of two types of exams when I have few of those, and I have many exams of a type I have little experience in and do not care for. They also told me it would be a busy environment but in reality it is very slow, some days I do none, or maybe one or two exams all day. There is not enough work to justify having a person in my profession on as full time. [more inside]
posted by spacecowgirl on Jul 22, 2015 - 29 answers

How do I deal with contemptuous people?

Without going into too much detail, I'd love to know the most effective way to combat contempt amongst coworkers, bosses, and fellow members of social circles. I have attempted "killing them with kindness," but it seems to have little impact on diffusing situations where I am treated with disgust. Any help would be much appreciated.
posted by aristotlefangirl on Jul 22, 2015 - 15 answers

Should I stay or should I go now?

I'm asking a question for my boyfriend. We currently work at a large company and our department is soon, i.e. the end of the year, to be dissolved and all of us will be losing our jobs. They will be providing severance packages. [more inside]
posted by hazel79 on Jul 21, 2015 - 16 answers

Good riddance to bad rubbish.

I'm searching for a new job. What are some tips or things to look out for so I can avoid being in another toxic work environment? [more inside]
posted by MeaninglessMisfortune on Jul 21, 2015 - 6 answers

Well, this is awkward...

A week after interviewing with a company - a vendor in my industry - they are now partnering with my company as we will be using their product. The man I interviewed with is even on email threads and possible phone meetings with me. What's the most professional way to handle? [more inside]
posted by windbox on Jul 20, 2015 - 9 answers

Operations managers: what do you actually do? How can I be you?

I'm an Operations Manager and I'm looking for a new job. When I look at job ads for Operations Managers, what they want varies widely. What do you or your Operations Manager do? And what can I do to broaden my appeal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 17, 2015 - 6 answers

Can pregnancy and an art studio mix?

I recently learned I was pregnant. Just before that, I put down a deposit on a rented workspace. Artists work in adjacent spaces, using paint, pens, etc. The place does not actually smell fume-y. Should I be worried about safety? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Jul 16, 2015 - 16 answers

Good-for-now work shoes

Asking for my husband: what's the best moderately-priced shoes for occasionally standing for 12+ hours/day? [more inside]
posted by Lyn Never on Jul 15, 2015 - 12 answers

Can you help me find men's work clothes that aren't awful?

I need to build a small set of work clothes that I can combine and re-combine. Unfortunately, since this is retail sales(with attendant conservative clothing policies) , there are some severe constraints in place. Feeling creative? [more inside]
posted by Gin and Comics on Jul 14, 2015 - 8 answers

Dear Sir, Gis-a-job.

I intend to apply for a software position at a company. Before applying, I'm going to send an email enquiry. What should I ask? [more inside]
posted by popcassady on Jul 14, 2015 - 7 answers

How can I blend in socially in my field, esp. at my new internship?

I am currently interning and hope to work long-term in the environmental field (but office-based). I like outdoor activities but I am a bit overweight, out-of-shape and am inexperienced. Most of the people in my field are super fit and outdoorsy, and have already invited me on a variety of excursions that are way above my skill level. I've had to decline them all because I know it would be unmanageable at my current fitness state, and I'm worried people will just think of me as anti-social and unlikeable. How can I deal with this? [more inside]
posted by majesty_snowbird on Jul 12, 2015 - 14 answers

What's the life for me?

I've never been a career-person and have done many different things from college to now. Is it realistic to keep jumping? Is there an ideal job for me that I'm not thinking of? [more inside]
posted by monologish on Jul 10, 2015 - 9 answers

What to do about a work colleague texting me inappropriately?

A colleague has been sending me Facebook messages pretty much everyday and making some rather inappropriate remarks. I have no feelings at all towards him. I'm quite repulsed by him. I don't think he actually wants anything to happen, but these messages have been making me feel uncomfortable and that they are crossing boundaries. How do I deal with this professionally? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 9, 2015 - 21 answers

"Hacks" filter: white-collar office work

What are your tips for being the kind of person who thrives and is well-liked in an office environment? [more inside]
posted by reshet on Jul 9, 2015 - 37 answers

Most professional way to get out of doing my "Extra" job

For a few months, I have been the acting head of my office while my supervisor went on unexpected leave. I want to give appropriate notice that I am no longer comfortable doing this without a pay raise. How do I do this with the most professional grace? [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats on Jul 8, 2015 - 10 answers

New job, planned vacations and possibly needing to sacrifice

Between losing my last job and transitioning to a new one with less pay and possibly less flexibility, I had planned a longer vacation and a weekend out of town. I'm now realizing taking this much time off when I'm new to my position may not be a good idea. How do I decide what to do while still maintaining some sanity? [more inside]
posted by intheigloo on Jul 8, 2015 - 7 answers

Starting a new job during early pregnancy

Recently hired at a decent job with good benefits. The job requires some occasional heavy lifting. The hiring process was long and in the meantime I have become pregnant (yay!). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 8, 2015 - 10 answers

Medium-term memory

How do I improve my medium-term memory? I have all my notes to reference from today, and in two weeks my work turns over. How to remember everything in-between? Maybe this is a recall issue. [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Jul 6, 2015 - 6 answers

What are the best ways to ask a co-worker to stop looking at my boobs?

Every time we talk he can't help staring at my boobs. It's only a few seconds but it makes me uncomfortable and angry. What should I tell him? I'm sure you have great scripts for this too common situation! (I'm 29, he's 55) Thank you in advance, Mefites
posted by OrangeCat on Jul 4, 2015 - 30 answers

Moving to Atlanta. Advice and recos?

There is a possibility I may be getting a job that would require a relocation to Atlanta. Can you help recommend a community or neighborhood? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by zooropa on Jul 2, 2015 - 13 answers

Healthy, low-carb work lunches that I can refrigerate for the week

For weight, money, convenience, and taste reasons I want make pre-portioned lunches for the week on Sundays, bring them all to work on Mondays, and keep them in the work refrigerator all week. I need some ideas for low-carb, healthy meals that won’t get soggy or stale being in the refrigerator for 5 or so days. [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Jul 2, 2015 - 18 answers

can I negotiate my salary after I already started working

I started a new job and never even thought to negotiate a higher salary. Now that I've started it seems like I really should have countered their offer. [more inside]
posted by Griffinlb on Jun 29, 2015 - 10 answers

Words for service

I need ideas for how to word a brief inscription honoring someone's work of N duration, for X cause/ Y institution. Failing that, any ideas for compact inscription-y alternatives to the words "dedicated," "service," or both? [more inside]
posted by gallusgallus on Jun 28, 2015 - 10 answers

How do I get my boss to finally remove me from a project?

I was assigned to project teams at work that are pulling me away from my core responsibilities. My boss agrees that I shouldn't be on these teams but he hasn't firmly re-assigned someone else. I want off! But how do I get him to make that final decision? [more inside]
posted by watrlily on Jun 25, 2015 - 17 answers

Videoconferencing: One packed room, some remote participants?

I have been tasked to "Put Jane and John on our conference room screen and put all of us on their laptop screens" to turn a regular teleconference meeting into a videoconference meeting. The problem is not Jane or John: They are in quiet remote offices with laptops and Skype accounts (or any other videoconferencing accounts you may suggest). The problem is us: Thirty colleagues, backs pressed against the walls, in a long, narrow, noisy conference room built for twenty, with no room to place cameras that will capture more than a few of us. [more inside]
posted by mississippi on Jun 25, 2015 - 12 answers

How does job hunting work while transitioning genders?

I'm in the beginning stages of transitioning from to female to male. Only my friends know at this point; I haven't said anything at work and I haven't started hormones (yet) so it's not very obvious physically. For many reasons, I want to start looking for another job but I'm wondering how to handle it with an impending transition. How do I present myself? How do I handle references when they know me as another name? [more inside]
posted by AFABulous on Jun 24, 2015 - 6 answers

How to explain time off for IVF treatment

After several years of unsuccessfully trying to get pregnant, my husband I were approved for IVF treatment (through NHS, we are in the UK). If things go to plan I could be starting treatments as soon as end of next month, but depending on my cycles, possibly the following month. Once my treatment starts there's a lot of appointments for scans and of course, egg collection and implantation, all within the span of 3-4 weeks. How should I explain this at work? Details inside: [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 24, 2015 - 16 answers

Tech jobs and cubicles go together like peanut butter and antifreeze.

Am I being unreasonable if I state having my own office as a requirement during my job search, and if so, has anyone successfully made the transition from having an office to working in an open area with interruptions and noise? [more inside]
posted by tonycpsu on Jun 23, 2015 - 18 answers

Applied for job but declined interview, can I reapply?

In January I sent my resume may in for a job I was considering. They got back to me after three weeks, and I had already accepted a job elsewhere. I replied to them thanking them for the interview but said that my circumstances had changed and I was no longer looking for a position. The job isn't working out and I'd like to reach out to this company and ask to be reconsidered. [more inside]
posted by slime on Jun 22, 2015 - 4 answers

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