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The ball's in my court (I think). Now what?

I have been halfheartedly looking for a new job. My current position does not leave me much time or energy for searching, plus I have had a lot of illness in my family in the last year, which is time-consuming and emotionally draining. When a supplier I work with mentioned that someone in her company had left recently, I asked her whether she plans to replace him, and she said she does. I emailed her my résumé, and she sent me the job listing. In her email, she asked me whether I was interested, and if not, to let her know what my concerns are so they could address them because "your résumé is great!" How do I respond in the most effective manner? [more inside]
posted by zorseshoes on Jun 20, 2013 - 6 answers

 

Any opinions on graduate schools of banking?

Is attending a graduate school of banking worthwhile? [more inside]
posted by glenngulia on Jun 19, 2013 - 2 answers

Who Manages the Manager?

My boss figuratively (and I suspect literally) has the memory of a goldfish. This can get more than a little frustrating. What can I do to make my life easier? [more inside]
posted by C'est la D.C. on Jun 19, 2013 - 14 answers

Caught between my boss and my staff - how do I respond skillfully?

I need help in figuring out how to respond to a work situation between my boss and my staff. I am the second in command in our office, and manage all of the administrative staff. The administrative staff support all of the professional staff. (Think something like a law firm, or university department, where professional staff rely on and share administrative support). My boss is driving my administrative staff crazy. [more inside]
posted by It's a Parasox on Jun 17, 2013 - 28 answers

Million things to do at work ... how to keep track?

I have SO many things to do at my new job, and more things get added every day. I'm a pretty organized person in general but I feel like I have no time to even GET organized in this position. My current habits aren't helping, though. There's got to be a better way... Help! [more inside]
posted by trillian on Jun 17, 2013 - 15 answers

How do I respond to people who respond to my survey with an email?

I've recently run into the situation in which I'm trying to gather responses from dozens of respondents in my section typically via Doodle Poll or Google Forms and numerous people simply send me their response rather than entering it into the form. Can you help me with a script for politely responding to these folks? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat on Jun 17, 2013 - 21 answers

Plan B/In the Meantime career advice

I wasn't selected for military officer training school. Help me design my Plan B/In the Meantime career while I apply again. [more inside]
posted by mannermode on Jun 16, 2013 - 9 answers

Money and depression? Or Broke and Happy?

I can’t really decide how to quit my job. I know I want to quit – the reasons for wanting to quit are justified, but I thought about giving my employer some kind of choice before I just kick the bucket and not come back. [more inside]
posted by camylanded on Jun 16, 2013 - 22 answers

Is this a normal work setting?

I'm trying to figure out if I should be more agressively searching for a new job or if I would just be jumping into the same situation at a different company. [more inside]
posted by WeekendJen on Jun 13, 2013 - 8 answers

Don't want to send my kid sister to jail...

My sister told me about some pretty disturbing and illegal things that she is doing. She clearly needs some kind of help or intervention, but I have no idea how to go about doing that without putting her in jail. I feel totally lost and conflicted. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 12, 2013 - 44 answers

Your output is pointless. Have fun staying committed to your job!

I've been employed in my current job for a year now, and on more than one occasion (and by more than one coworker, hell, even my predecessor) I have been told that the bulk of my work (two very large, and somewhat superfluous reports) will ultimately be shelved and unread. Considering how much work I put into these reports, and as a researcher with a background in applied science, this is making me extremely ill at ease (if not resentful) on a daily basis. How can I cope with knowing that what I produce throughout the year is ultimately a worthless paper weight while I continue to gather experience? [more inside]
posted by Young Kullervo on Jun 8, 2013 - 21 answers

When I come home from work, I no longer want work to come home with me.

I'm in my late 30's and I need a new career, one whose responsibilities focus on the things I am better at while avoiding the things I'm awful at that make me grit my teeth. I'm a bright person, with better than average people skills, innate tech savvy, and terrific problem solving abilities. I am plain-spoken and genuine and I have endless reserves of positivity that put people at ease. But I sink like a stone when asked to tackle long term projects that require planning, organization, and longer-term time management. I'm not amitious and I'm not competitive. I've fought so long to improve at my jobs by addressing these shortcomings, but now I'm wondering if I couldn't just find a job where these skills were less important to begin with. What kind of fields could I be looking into? Additional snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 8, 2013 - 10 answers

How much does HR know about an employee's medical treatments?

In a few months I'm going to be having an elective surgery to fix an ongoing medical issue that I'm a bit sensitive about. The HR person at my ~100 person sized company is pleasant but she seems to be careless when discussing private info on the phone. What does she know about any medical treatment I get? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by averageamateur on Jun 8, 2013 - 11 answers

I want to become a primary teacher even though most do not support me.

I have just graduated from university with a bachelor of science in environmental sciences. My dad would love for me to continue down that route and become an environmentalist. I want to be a primary teacher and he is not happy with that decision. [more inside]
posted by lovisa91 on Jun 8, 2013 - 23 answers

Getting over a toxic boss in time for a new job

For the past year or so, I've been supervised by an especially moody and critical manager. Fortunately, my contract ended and I'm getting ready to start a new job at a different organization. How can I get over my grudges and feel confident in my new position? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 8, 2013 - 9 answers

i want my evernote!

How do you organize your work notes when your company security is really tight? I cannot use Evernote or any web-based tool. I cannot install any programs on my laptop or run anything from a USB drive (I can't even plug in my iphone to charge it). I have Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, and LotusNotes (which I HATE). Bonus: this is a new position for me and I'm a bit lost. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 6, 2013 - 18 answers

Help me climb onto the next rung of the career ladder

For the past 12 years after college, I have been working in the administrative field in various paraprofessional capacities (such as being a paralegal, program coordinator, office manager, etc). I feel like I just cannot do this kind of work anymore, but don't I see where I can go from here, career wise. Hope me! [more inside]
posted by annie_oakley on Jun 5, 2013 - 8 answers

Which country's law apply?

Friend working overseas for an USA company. [more inside]
posted by 3dd on Jun 4, 2013 - 6 answers

Setting up a Life in 10 Days?

I'm going to be in NYC next week where I'll be looking for a sublet, and trying to get a handle on jobs. I'm hoping to move in early July. What can I do in 10 days to find a full-time job as quickly as possible in my field? I'm looking for work in content strategy/communications. [more inside]
posted by Violet Blue on Jun 3, 2013 - 18 answers

Help me define a new job title!

My job is being reclassified, and I was asked to suggest a new job title. [more inside]
posted by COBRA! on Jun 3, 2013 - 6 answers

Playing with Fire

My older, senior colleague has been making some inappropriate advances towards me that have recently started to escalate. The catch is while he is entirely inappropriate for me on a number of levels, I can't deny there is a pretty strong chemistry between us that I've been aware of since the day I met him. How do I reestablish boundaries before this all turns really ugly? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 3, 2013 - 71 answers

Freelance editing—how to break in?

Freelance editing—does it exist? How can I break in? What are my prospects? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Jun 2, 2013 - 9 answers

New to the professional world, how can I expect be evaluated?

I'm relatively new to the working world and I've found that I still have a lot to learn about how things "work" and have found this community to be very helpful in the past. I've only been evaluated once before by the company I posted about before. At the time I didn't realize how ridiculous and unfair/unethical their treatment of employees/clients were so I don't have a good gauge for how my current evaluation will go. I was up for my 90 day evaluation about 30 days ago for my current job and it hasn't happened yet. From my intermediate boss, I hear that its a question of how to adjust my pay that is still being discussed. What could this mean? Is it bad? This is confounded by several special circumstances (below). [more inside]
posted by queenba on Jun 1, 2013 - 12 answers

Advice for how to market myself as a design/media/communications ninja

I've got a very eclectic resume: 5-7 years of experience in several different fields at once, because I have had multiple simultaneous jobs. Now I'm looking for a new gig, and I think I have a lot to offer, but I'm not sure how to market the breadth of my skills. [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Jun 1, 2013 - 4 answers

Fellow Mefi architects, am I nuts?

I'm considering going into Architecture. Bad idea? [more inside]
posted by pakoothefakoo on May 27, 2013 - 12 answers

Web Links / book recommendations for sample emails to boss & colleagues

Looking for sample business emails to improve my writing skills. The resources I found are typically for writing to clients or customers. I am looking for sample emails that one writes mostly internally within their own company. For example an email one would write to make a suggestion, disagree with something, ask for status, share an idea, remind someone politely, coach someone etc (Common business scenarios). Not looking for emails to win business or sell anything. Would appreciate if you could share web links or books (preferably the ones available at amazon.com). Also, I would like examples and not a resource that just gives guidance.
posted by r2d2 on May 24, 2013 - 2 answers

Physical Project Management System

I direct a research center at a policy institute and I'm also an analyst. I need a project management system and I want a physical system, not software or an application. Other than whiteboards, what are my options? Among whiteboards, which are really useful? Right now I have an electronic calendar and various notes/lists to remind me to do things and frankly, it's not working. In the past, I've tried various to-do list applications, as well as Basecamp, and they did not work for me either. [more inside]
posted by crush-onastick on May 22, 2013 - 6 answers

How to escape low-wage service jobs in your 20s?

Those of you post-grads figuring it out in your 20s (or 30s) doing odd jobs, waiting tables, jobs not nec. related to your major, where are you now? What advice would you have if you could go back and do it again? [more inside]
posted by bluelight on May 22, 2013 - 38 answers

What strategies can I use to successfully do a job I don't like?

I need help constructing mental snowshoes that will prevent me from falling into deep drifts of work BS and frustration at a job I can't leave. [more inside]
posted by lastwomanstanding on May 21, 2013 - 14 answers

How to tastefully indicate authorship on a corporate document.

I have this problem, and I know it isn't rare. I on occasion produce excellent training materials where a knowledge vacuum exists, and as managers and power structures change within my department the memory of my past work gets forgotten almost constantly. Because I'm not really very good at the schmoozing with the new bosses’ game, I never get into the loop for new projects or initiatives where I would shine based on prior work. That’s a preface to a lot of different questions, but mostly, I'm asking an aesthetic question here, and I’m not talking about ownership of materials or anything like that. These are informal documents, but legitimately useful, and not my main job function. Basically, when they get circulated here and there... I would greatly benefit from managers and other colleagues knowing just who put this awesome thing all together. How do I do this correctly, and in a tasteful manner... i.e., basically, not put "By Me" on a coversheet in big letters, or not in a manner that would make most roll their eyes. Just some subtle recognition of authorship within the document. If you have another moment to think, some book recommendations on climbing the corporate latter in an ethical way, (based on competency, the best way to climb), in the face of the usual BS that many of us need to deal with. I enjoy my field... thats why I'm asking this, and not just finding something else to do.
posted by shimmer on May 21, 2013 - 19 answers

65,000 US visas gone in 4 days?!

Husband and I are applying for jobs at the moment (our contracts expire around end of July). Interviews have gone well, but the guy I was talking to yesterday said he couldn't offer me a position as all the HB1 visas were gone for this year. Apparently they were all allocated within four days of being available! And there were 800,000 applicants for 65,000 places. When would I need to apply/what do I need to do do maximise my chances? Husband can also work on an O1B visa - is that the same process? Have any of you applied for these visas, and if so how did it go/what was your experience like? Does anyone have any tips? Would it be good to hire a lawyer for this or can we do it on our own? TIA for any info/advice.
posted by everydayanewday on May 15, 2013 - 19 answers

Last Night I Dreamt I Had a Marketable Skill

I hate my job and originally only took it as a stop-gap until I found what I really loved. Unfortunately, I'm not sure what else I'm suited to do. I've been a copy editor, a social worker, and a paralegal. What on earth do I do with these skills? [more inside]
posted by pineappleheart on May 10, 2013 - 22 answers

Do I have to share a hotel room with my coworker?

Is it common in your academic workplace for people to share hotel rooms at conferences with colleagues? [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on May 9, 2013 - 60 answers

Rebuilding shattered self-confidence after grad school?

So, now I've got a PhD. But I'm crippled by zero self-confidence as I start applying to industry jobs. Did you rebuild your self-confidence after a PhD? [more inside]
posted by zeek321 on May 9, 2013 - 17 answers

Which retirement plan should I choose?

I find this comparison really confusing. I'm starting the job in August. I'm an early 30s married woman who would like to become pregnant in the next year. The contract only lasts through the end of 2014. I do want to continue on working there, but I have no idea if additional grant money will become available at that time. Which plan would you choose? Or, failing that, which are the important factors to consider?
posted by anonymous on May 8, 2013 - 4 answers

Getting Your Creative Motivation Back After A Long Dry Spell?

I went on a long, long break form my creative career cause I was feeling burnt out due to some failures and now I can't seem to get back into it, possibly because I no longer have a financial incentive to do so. How can I fix this? Warning: Long, super privileged person problems. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 7, 2013 - 18 answers

Do I tell him why I am not being my normal, friendly self?

I am married and recently realized I had developed romantic feelings for a friend/coworker (also married). I have stopped speaking to him for the sake of my marriage. He really wants to know why I am avoiding him. What's the best way to handle this without making him feel bad? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 6, 2013 - 30 answers

Help, I sound like an intern.

How do I sound older (35+) on conference calls? [more inside]
posted by mochapickle on May 5, 2013 - 16 answers

Should I stay or should I go now?

Should I stay in the job I've always wanted (at the expense of a dream) or go on the trip that I've always wanted (at the expense of stability)? [more inside]
posted by liquorice on May 2, 2013 - 26 answers

New baby having an impact on job performance?

My super-star employee returned from maternity leave a completely different worker. Her performance has gone from first rate to marginal / unsatisfactory. These are the exact same tasks she excelled at only half a year ago. Could it be a baby thing? And if so, what do I do? [more inside]
posted by falldownpaul on May 2, 2013 - 39 answers

Did I box myself in with a low salary?

I just had my first phone interview for a prospective software engineering job, which was a ten minute phone call with an in-house recruiter. I wasn't expecting the topic of salary to come up this early in the process, which I grant was maybe naïve, but they asked me and I gave a lowball offer. Now I'm wondering whether I've screwed myself here. [more inside]
posted by Two Stranger on Apr 30, 2013 - 14 answers

New job prob

I just took a new job, which starts in two weeks. Upon accepting the job, I asked for a day off on June 7th, which is the day before my friend's wedding (in which I'm sort of a bridesmaid). I'd already gotten that day off with my current employer. This was fine with the new job. Now, I've realized that to make it to the bachelorette party, I will have to leave early on May 17th too... on my third day of work. How and when do I bring this up? Can I, even? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Apr 30, 2013 - 21 answers

Making A Something-Level Career out of Very, Very Little.

I have recently acknowledged that my aimlessness has kept me trapped in retail and unable to find better for myself. My goal from several months ago - to find a double-digit hourly position by the anniversary of my graduation from college - is far from accomplished. I am not giving myself another year to mess up, but I'm having some trouble discerning where I should go. [more inside]
posted by Ashen on Apr 27, 2013 - 16 answers

Help me write my start up contract

A local web start up asked me to help start their web based business. I would be employee number 1. The venture is being funded by the founder who is a successful entrepreneur. [more inside]
posted by burlsube on Apr 26, 2013 - 5 answers

What will happen to the volunteers?

An non-profit organization with staff and volunteers has been non-union for its existence. Because of proposed changes by its board of directors, staff have applied to unionize. Some staff perform the same tasks as volunteers, but volunteers perform the overwhelming majority of the core work of the organization. The ratio of volunteers to staff is about 35 to 1. First, can a non profit unionize? And second, if it becomes a union shop, what will be the status of the volunteers?
posted by CollectiveMind on Apr 26, 2013 - 8 answers

I don't like the feeling of this...

Is there any good reason why top-level management would ask me why I chose to work in their company after I started working there? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 25, 2013 - 16 answers

It would be nice if I had a steady job by the end of the week

What are my options in Toronto for a steady entry-level job that I could start within a week? A line of work where they are always looking for new people and are willing to try you out without a lengthy application and interview process.
posted by GleepGlop on Apr 24, 2013 - 12 answers

I can do the job, mostly, really

I have a tricky job-application scenario: basically, I can do all the requirements that were advertised, but I have excellent reason to believe they expect the person in the position to semi-regularly do something my health prevents me from doing at all. How do I handle this in the application/resume process? [more inside]
posted by Fee Phi Faux Phumb I Smell t'Socks o' a Puppetman! on Apr 23, 2013 - 10 answers

I don't know what you want but I can't give it anymore

What I thought was my dream full-time job has turned into a nightmare after only three months. Help me leave ASAP. [more inside]
posted by Anima Mundi on Apr 23, 2013 - 8 answers

Toys and objects to deal with physical stress.

So there is the stress ball. That one I know. Does anyone have any other ideas for dealing with nervous energy from stress and anxiety in the office that won't bother people around you so much (esp those moments when I can't just go for a long walk or to the gym, etc). It’s a fairly routine problem for me that even after the stressor is long gone, the nervous energy sticks around. I don't so much need the 'take a deep breath' or 'think positive' type of thing, I might not even be actively thinking or worrying about anything; and I already have a good doc for the long term aspects. Just looking for some ideas about the tactile and physical side of this thing, which tends to stick around for a while and can be pretty uncomfortable.
posted by shimmer on Apr 23, 2013 - 33 answers

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