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Don't say Toastmasters

How can I get better at talking about technical subjects on the fly in high-pressure situations? [more inside]
posted by unannihilated on Dec 30, 2015 - 19 answers

Bad back. Two small kids. Winter Weather. Professional Job. What shoes?

I'm going back to work after having my second child. This time I have a back prone to injury. I'm looking for stylish, comfortable footwear suitable for dropping the kids off at school and daycare during the winter, and also wearing with work clothes in a professional environment. [more inside]
posted by semacd on Dec 30, 2015 - 12 answers

Is it appropriate to apologize to a boss for poor performance? How?

Personal upheaval has affected my work performance in the past few months, both my day job and freelancing gig. No major screw-ups, but some missed days, missed deadlines, and overall reduction in my quality of work. I've been thinking about saying something to my direct supervisors, just a "hey, I know I've been off my game lately and I'm sorry. Thank you for your patience, and please know that I'm committed to improving my performance." Is this appropriate, or am I being overly anxious/contrite? Some contextual details below. [more inside]
posted by adastra on Dec 29, 2015 - 12 answers

How to deal with an opinionated, overbearing mom (re my kid & childcare)

My mom has many, many opinions on how we are caring for our son (from what we give him for breakfast to the chores he should have, ugh), and she loves to share them. All the time. Especially in emails (joy). Here's the situation: I am considering going back to work full time but I am sure my mom will voice her displeasure. [more inside]
posted by trillian on Dec 28, 2015 - 18 answers

Leaving an outside, labor career for desk work; Thoughts?

Have you transitioned from working an outdoors, hands-on job to a desk job successfully/happily? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 26, 2015 - 7 answers

What should I do in the next chapter of my life?

I have spent five years 2,000 miles from home getting a graduate degree. I thought I would do a PhD, but I just got a master's in liberal arts. Thankfully, I have no debt. [more inside]
posted by uncannyslacks on Dec 25, 2015 - 10 answers

How hard should I try to fit in at my new job?

I've been told I'm introverted and people are afraid I'm judging them. [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Dec 22, 2015 - 10 answers

Love vs. The Bomb: Should I become a Nuclear Missileer?

I've been selected for USAF Officer Training School, as a Nuclear and Missile Operations Officer. Should I accept the opportunity? [more inside]
posted by mannermode on Dec 22, 2015 - 26 answers

Withheld information on a pre-employment health check. Now what?

I'm in the background check stage of a job in health care. I foolishly didn't disclose something from my medical history on my occupational health check. I would be grateful for any advice about what to do, but particularly from people based in the UK. This post discusses self-harm. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 22, 2015 - 16 answers

If I am undocumented/out of status is it "illegal" for me to work?

For the past two years, an acquaintance has been living in my car. Originally from Japan, he came here on a student visa and then, believing his employers would help him maintain a legal status, he overstayed that visa. Eventually, he lost his job and his home - and sought my help (hating our local homeless shelter, which is admittedly dangerous). Now he believes that if he works he will be breaking the law. This matters to him as he is pursuing legal action against his former employers (a case I don't think has much merit - though I haven't really looked at it). We're meeting with a homeless services provider today, who I'm certain will want him to have some kind of income before helping him find housing. And so the main question is: is it "illegal" for him to work? Thanks for any help.
posted by punkbitch on Dec 21, 2015 - 28 answers

what to do when coworker hands off subpar work?

A coworker handed off a Thing that turns out to need more work. I might be asked to explain why the Thing isn't done already. How can I handle the question gracefully? To be clear, I don't mind doing the remaining work, and I don't want to get Coworker in trouble. But I also don't want to protect Coworker at my own expense. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 19, 2015 - 19 answers

I think I need to leave my JD off my resume to get a job. Please help.

I've seen a lot of similar questions, but they don't quite get at my particular issue. I got a JD in 2010 and an MS in Social Policy in 2012. If I only had the MS, I'd be able to find work. The JD is holding me back. The most common feedback I get is "you're a flight risk" or "we can't afford you." I get it, but it's not true, and I can't convince them otherwise. [more inside]
posted by timory on Dec 18, 2015 - 32 answers

"Don't come in high on your first day!" yes I think I knew that already.

What do you wish you had known or done before starting a new job? [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Dec 16, 2015 - 37 answers

Project Management for newbies

I've been offered an awesome opportunity at work to help manage a large-scale statewide project. I need suggestions for resources to up my project management game. [more inside]
posted by onecircleaday on Dec 16, 2015 - 4 answers

Seeking witty rejoinders for when someone gets my name or pronouns wrong

I've just come out as trans at work (like, yesterday) and I know that people are going to struggle with my name and pronouns for awhile, especially since I don't appear super masculine. I am sure that their slip ups won't be out of hostility. I'd like some ideas for jokey corrections that are still appropriate for a white collar workplace. (If "mistakes" persist I will get more serious, and management has my back on this.) [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Dec 16, 2015 - 34 answers

Going from Permanent to Contract---What Should I Know?

So, I've been job hunting, and working through headhunters and the like. It seems like a lot of the jobs through the headhunters are contract gigs. I'm really anxious to switch jobs, so I'm willing to accept a contract gig, but what am I actually getting into? I've only ever worked as a permanent employee!
posted by SansPoint on Dec 16, 2015 - 15 answers

When is it time to move on?

I just achieved a major professional milestone, but it feels nearly totally unacknowledged at work. Formally, they gave a nominal bonus and a lunch (which ended up combined with a lunch for a departing intern...), but in reality, I have the strong sense that my director doesn't see much value in what I do. I don't know if I should just quit and move on, or try and push through. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 14, 2015 - 11 answers

Slept w/ my superior at our office party. How to deal with the fallout?

So I (female, early 30's) had a little bit of an adventure last week with my superior (male, early 40's), but now it's become a bit more complicated, and I could use some advice. LONG wall of text inside, apologies! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 13, 2015 - 56 answers

Botched.

I screwed up at work and I'm having a hard time bouncing back. Complication factor: I'm actually leaving this job in a couple weeks. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 12, 2015 - 20 answers

Planting in salted earth?

I may have the opportunity to take over a non-profit in which the old ED was run out of town for essentially burning all bridges very publicly, alienating important political connections, significantly damaging the reputation of the organization, as well as losing about 50% of donors along the way. All in about 5 years. So two questions... [more inside]
posted by Toddles on Dec 12, 2015 - 9 answers

GF's ex-fling offered her a job (and he's the boss)

Before we met, they had a thing. He's offered her a (admittedly amazing) job, but I'm freaking out because she'll report to him. How do I deal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 12, 2015 - 48 answers

How do I do a daily routine?

I have a fair amount of trouble getting work done (at work and at home), especially consistently. I think having a routine would help, but I’m not sure how to create, get into, and stay in a routine. I’ve never managed to do that for more than a week before, even for very small routines. [more inside]
posted by triscuit on Dec 10, 2015 - 11 answers

How to get through a toxic work relationship/environment?

I'm having a hard time aligning with my co-worker. I think we're incompatible. There's also been the feel of a toxic work environment. More under the fold. [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude on Dec 10, 2015 - 17 answers

What to do when someone at work asks you out

And you like the person but you're seeing someone [more inside]
posted by winterportage on Dec 8, 2015 - 21 answers

What's in a name?

Calling all nick-name and users of your non legal name. I've hit a snag. New work email at huge corporation has a legal name policy for email addresses and seeing my legal name all over the place constantly is making me a crazy person. Details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 8, 2015 - 44 answers

What do you wish you'd known before coming out as trans at work?

I am a trans man and I am legally changing my name and gender marker in 2 weeks. I have still not come out at work. I am extremely anxious about this and want to hear other people's experiences. Preferably from the trans person perspective, but also HR or managers of trans people, especially in white collar environments. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Dec 7, 2015 - 10 answers

Not a team player

Our MD accidentally attached some harsh comments meant for an external training company to the the entire organisation. Basically, it breaks down person-by-person, their 'weaknesses' as he sees it. What recourse if any do I have/how do I approach this? More inside. [more inside]
posted by teststrip on Dec 7, 2015 - 40 answers

How to improve my leadership skills?

I am 3 years into my career as an actuary. I was recently one of the final two candidates for a promotion at work. I ended up not getting the role and the feedback I received was that it was very close, but the other candidate was stronger for their leadership experience. So, my question is twofold. 1) Are there any books you can recommend that might help me improve my leadership abilities. 2) Given that opportunities to demonstrate my leadership abilities might be somewhat limited by the kinds of work my leader gives me, are there things I can be doing in and out of the workplace to improve my skills?
posted by Proginoskes on Nov 30, 2015 - 7 answers

Standard workday: compatible with a dog?

I would tentatively like to adopt an adult, housebroken dog, but could stand to hear some outside thoughts before taking the plunge. See below for lifestyle details. [more inside]
posted by schooley on Nov 29, 2015 - 10 answers

An office gift that keeps on giving

I have a staff of 25 and I'm looking for a holiday gift that will give everyone a little lift every day they are at the office. In the past, my go-to gift was gift cards, but they seem so impersonal and forgettable. Some ideas that come to mind are: - new Keurigs and stock an assortment of coffees, teas, and ciders - snack cabinet and stock it with snacks and drinks - personalized stationery [more inside]
posted by jraz on Nov 25, 2015 - 30 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

Lack of references

What to do if I don't have a lot of work exp/references during the job search? [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Nov 25, 2015 - 7 answers

High Functioning Slacker Transition to High Functioning Go-Getter?

Have you or someone you've known started changing your attitude/work level, even if you're doing great by just getting by? How'd it go? How did you make steps required to change? [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv on Nov 23, 2015 - 11 answers

Back to the drawing board

[Career-filter] Help a somewhat disillusioned archivist brainstorm a new career. [more inside]
posted by the cat's pyjamas on Nov 22, 2015 - 3 answers

Should I quit my full-time job to do a Masters degree full time instead?

Obviously it will be more expensive, but if I'm not taking the program seriously enough, is it foolish to keep overworking myself? [more inside]
posted by easter queen on Nov 21, 2015 - 12 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

Quick fixes for imposter syndrome

I'm at a conference and feeling like a failure. I know about power poses, I've started blasting upbeat music in my headphones when I'm going from place to place, and I've started doing little mindfulness/body checks if I'm feeling really alarmed. What else can I be doing to combat my imposter syndrome/crises of confidence, right now?
posted by c'mon sea legs on Nov 15, 2015 - 19 answers

Recurring Headaches, Only At Work

Over the last few weeks I've start getting recurrent and consistent headaches...at work. And only at work. Nothing has changed and I don't know how to go about fixing this. [more inside]
posted by motioncityshakespeare on Nov 14, 2015 - 28 answers

How hard is it to be a US expat in Ottawa?

I have been offered an opportunity at a promising company in Ottawa, Canada. However, I'm a US citizen who has never lived outside of the US. Have any Metafites done this before? Do you regret it? Is this just a Bad Idea (TM)? [more inside]
posted by msladygrey on Nov 13, 2015 - 15 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 can I best negotiate moving from full-time to part-time at work?

What is the best way to approach asking my employer to move from a full-time schedule to part-time? What is reasonable to expect in terms of changes to pay and benefits? [more inside]
posted by iamisaid on Nov 9, 2015 - 5 answers

What questions and issues should I raise at a federal interview?

I recently had a phone interview for a federal GS-11 paralegal specialist position that went well. They’ve offered to fly me out for an in-person interview at their location. I’ve never worked for the federal government, but have roughly 10 years of experience working in various law firms. If this were a law firm, I'd know what questions to ask, and what the red flags would be. However, when it comes to the federal government, I'm really clueless about everything. If you transitioned from a career in the private sector to the federal government, what do you wish you had asked before you started? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 8, 2015 - 11 answers

Should I tell my boss I'm looking for another job?

It seems like the multi-national that owns my division will be shutting us down next year. Already, people are quitting and not being replaced. My boss is trying to find ways to ensure we all keep our jobs next year. He wants me to think about what I'd like to be doing- should I tell him I'm thinking of quitting? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 6, 2015 - 15 answers

Keeping in touch for the terminally awkward - employment edition

I am terrible at maintaining contact with former supervisors/professors and have the tendency to put it off until it can't be avoided, then I feel like a jerk for only reaching out when I need something. How does one word a professional keep in touch email? [more inside]
posted by fox problems on Nov 6, 2015 - 15 answers

LinkedIn for remote jobs?

How does one search LinkedIn for WFH opportunities; also, how to present yourself as someone only interested in those types of jobs? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas on Nov 6, 2015 - 8 answers

Political differences with boss

My very politically conservative boss is outspoken about her political beliefs and frequently spouts off about issues on which my opinion is the opposite (I’m very politically liberal). Her remarks tend to skirt (but not exactly cross) the line of what’s overtly offensive. I don’t want to jeopardize my working relationship with her, but I need some help and advice on how to cope with this situation, especially with the next presidential election coming up (I’m in the USA). [more inside]
posted by pupstocks on Nov 5, 2015 - 26 answers

"Quarterbacking" in the arena of international business

I work in a large company with offices around the world, but with head offices in North America. Today, as I was reading a policy update, I came across the usage of the term "act as a quarterback". To me, this idiom seems to be a little biased towards North American workplaces (especially given that my company has a presence outside of North America), and can easily be replaced by "coordinator". But I'm not sure if I should let it go or to ask the copywriter of the release to consider using a different term to eliminate unconscious bias (and in the unlikely event that I do contact the copywriter, what would be the best approach) so I would like to see how everyone on Metafilter thinks. Thank you in advance!
posted by Tsukushi on Nov 3, 2015 - 31 answers

It's Occasionally Techy in Philadelphia

After 10+ years away, I'm considering the possibility of moving back to the Philadelphia area for the right career opportunity. Unfortunately, I don't know much about what the job market for software developers is like there now. Does anyone have any thoughts on what things are like for senior software developers in Philly these days, or any recommendations for reputable tech recruiters in the area? What about some good companies to work for that believe in work/life balance, are paying decent money, and doing interesting things? Details follow after the fold. [more inside]
posted by tonycpsu on Nov 3, 2015 - 2 answers

How do you respond to "ARE WE HAVING FUN YET?!"

I have a coworker that I report to, and they constantly ask, "ARE WE HAVING FUN YET?!" But then they seem to want a literal answer and I have no good response. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 30, 2015 - 87 answers

Sluuuurp

My cubicle neighbor's water bottle makes the most annoying noise and I don't know what my options are. [more inside]
posted by delight on Oct 29, 2015 - 35 answers

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