I have become ancient, but I am not a mariner. Is there still time to become one? [more inside]
I asked this question several weeks ago... and I'm back. How do I professionally ask/demand to be paid to do a much bigger job. I'm willing to quit over this, but would really prefer not to. [more inside]
Hey everyone! I've got a tough decision in front of me... I am lucky enough to be in a position where I have to choose between two job offers. One of these companies is American Eagle Outfitters and I would be working as a graphic designer in the corporate office in Pittsburgh. The other job is at yet another big PGH company, but for a slightly different position. I know people that work or have worked for the second company, so I've got the scoop on that option... However, I don't have any "inside info" on working for AE. Essentially, my position at AE is being called a "freelance" job, but I'd be working in the office 5 days a week with varying hours (and I'd be a W2 employee). That is a bit confusing to me, as (through personal experience) the words "freelance" and "W2" usually don't go hand-in-hand. ;) Anyway, sorry... rambling! Has anyone here "freelanced" for AE Corporate in the past and can give me some info on how it went/what it was like/etc.? I've got a big decision to make by end of day Monday!
Freud said “Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness.” So I want to add variety and depth to my working life, irrespective of financial gain. [more inside]
You are travelling to a different city, which you may or may not have visited before, on business. You check into your hotel to find that someone from your office has prepared an awesome gift bag for check-in. What's in there?
How to decide if I should stick it out at my boring, unfulfilling job, or if I should leave? [more inside]
Okay, hiring managers and HR folks of AskMe. Suppose your company has a job opening, and you've interviewed a candidate. Things went pretty well, and you want to make that candidate an offer. You have your recruiter call and ask him for his salary requirements, and he gives you a number. What are some reasons why you might then come back and make an offer that is $10,000 more than what he was asking for?
I'm having trouble respecting my boss. [more inside]
I am going back to work, after a year of maternity leave, as an architectural designer in November and would like to work part time, mostly from home. My boss and office is quite flexible about me deciding my own hours in the future. Trying to figure out how to maximize time spent at work while reducing stress & commute times in order to balance home & work life. I also have questions about holiday pay for part timers. (Alberta Canada). Lots more below. [more inside]
I have 2000 Toyota Camry LE, 6 cyl, 5 speed. I want to keep it and repaint it. A body shop told me that to remove the 20 or so dime-sized dents that pepper it, the half dozen eraser sized chipped paint spots and a hand sized dent under the door handle, as well as paint would cost between six and seven thousand dollars. He said he has to take the car apart to do the body work. He also told me European made paint, along with $50/hr labor is a big part of the cost. He said if I was a member of his family, he would tell me it's not worth repainting and I should just drive it until it falls apart. He said repainting would be a bad financial decision. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Frequently being excluded from peer group meetings and discussions at work. How do I tell my executives this is not acceptable? [more inside]
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]
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?
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?
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
What do I need to ask/know before accepting a job at an online company? See inside for more details. [more inside]
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]
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]
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?
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]
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]
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]
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
Asking for my husband: what's the best moderately-priced shoes for occasionally standing for 12+ hours/day? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
What are your tips for being the kind of person who thrives and is well-liked in an office environment? [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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