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December 5

How to get started in refugee/disaster victim/etc camp infrastructure?

I'm interested in joining the field of disaster response--specifically, setting up and running the infrastructure for refugee camps. I realize that this is just as much of a political problem as it is a logistical problem, and I'm interested in that aspect too. Where on Earth do I start? [more inside]
posted by myelin sheath at 6:21 AM - 4 answers

December 4

Does complaints for sexual harrassment result in victim getting fired?

So I am a guy getting harassed by another guy at work, and by the way, this is a "professional work environment". A couple months ago this guy comes up to me and starts making comments like "you are looking good today" and just stares at me for a prolonged period of time with a smirk. And he has said other things too that make me uncomfortable. Now, I do what I can to avoid him but he is trying to gain rapport with me, but I just ignore him; so now it has been 3 months. I was initially going to talk with my boss (the CFO) and let him know what this guy has been doing. But, I have asked this question before on this website, and someone pointed out that I could get fired for making the complaint even though I am the victim. And then I did more research on the internet where victims of sexual harassment can actually get fired for making a complaint. I am just wondering how often does this happen, and if anyone has ever seen it happen before?
posted by pieceofcake at 3:52 PM - 17 answers

Can we afford this house?

Help me figure out if we're thinking clearly about a house purchase ... [more inside]
posted by agent99 at 12:24 PM - 15 answers

Jobhunting remotely

This is kind of a broad one. But thanks to life circumstances I find myself having to conduct a long-distance job search. Any advice for someone seeking work in one country while being temporarily located in a different country? I've been a full-time caregiver for a year, so I'm trying to get back into work after a career break. Can Mefites who've done this before share their experiences with me? Anything I should be aware of that I wouldn't already know from the blog posts and listicles that abound on this topic? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 at 1:13 AM - 4 answers

December 3

What do I do if I know what business stole my credit card?

In the last month or so I've had my credit card info stolen three times. First one card, then another I rarely use from a different credit company, then the same (reissued with a new number) card as the first time again about a month later. I think I know where it's happening. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by Wretch729 at 4:55 PM - 10 answers

Office Christmas gifts - is separate but equal okay?

I want to give the same Christmas gift to two of my team members, and a different gift to the third. Plus, the gift would be a rerun for one of the two, as it would replace the same item I gave her previously, which got broken. Should I do this, or move on to a different gift idea entirely? Specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by mama penguin at 7:32 AM - 7 answers

December 2

How can I hire myself, anonymously, for overflow freelance work?

I am in charge of communications for a medium-size department in a much larger institution. I've been mandated to expand our communications channels over the past few years, which I have done, but am having trouble populating them with quality content -- and content creation is not actually among my formal responsibilities. It's impossible to find local people in my small city that can support me as freelance writers at the speed, frequency and price point I need, and remote hiring has not been a great success in the past. I'm capable of doing the writing work quickly, efficiently and well, but can't do it during my regular hours. Is there any way I can hire myself as a freelance writer, working on my own time, without my bosses knowing I'm hiring myself? [Canada] [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:06 PM - 24 answers

Two interviews, two departments, same university

I am on the academic job market this year (assistant prof level), and I have an upcoming onsite interview at State University in one department for a faculty position, during which I will be giving a public job talk. I also have a Skype interview scheduled two weeks before that with a separate department for a different faculty position that has some overlap with the first one. What now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:06 PM - 8 answers

What happens when you back out of a job competition?

When you withdraw yourself from a hiring process - either turning down a verbal offer or dropping out at the technical test stage - is it normal to not get an email response or confirmation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:06 PM - 5 answers

How do I recover from burnout enough to find the next thing?

I am more burned out than I have ever been. My organization is transforming in a way that will only make this worse. I am so burned out that I don't feel like I'm good at anything and I can't remember enjoying anything. I need to move on; however I don't want to jump into another role that is going to lead to the same end point. We've just been told no vacations will be approved until March. How do I get myself the space to recover enough from burnout to figure out where I should move to next? This post, like a Tardis, is bigger on the inside and full of special snowflakes. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:37 AM - 7 answers

Privately Refinancing Federally Consolidated Student Loans?

I have been hearing a lot lately about people refinancing student loans with private companies like SoFi or DRB; do you have any personal experience doing this, and did it successfully save you money? [more inside]
posted by stellaluna at 10:51 AM - 12 answers

December 1

Recommend a co-working space in Portland

We are moving up to Portland next month (yay) and I will be working remotely for my current company. Some years ago I had a similar experience and really enjoyed using Hacker Dojo in Mountain View for a work space. Can you recommend a place in Portland or just south (we plan on living in the Lake Oswego/Tigard area)? [more inside]
posted by billsaysthis at 4:22 PM - 6 answers

Get me out of the non-profit world!

I currently work as a prospect researcher/prospect manager for the Development department at a large non-profit. I am unhappy in my position, and am starting to think I might want to get out of the non-profit world entirely as I've seen nothing but dysfunction in the organizations I have worked for. I need help figuring out how my skills could apply to another career. [more inside]
posted by GoldenEel at 2:52 PM - 9 answers


I seem to have reached a plateau in my career, and I’d like some advice to help me figure out what to do next. A lot of detail and ideas inside… [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:50 PM - 5 answers

Surviving a Toxic Work Place: To Leave or Not To Leave?

I'm the only female in my group at work and I'm rarely spoken to by any of my male colleagues, including my boss...not even courtesy greetings. They avoid me and only talk to me when they need something from me. [more inside]
posted by Kobayashi Maru at 1:36 PM - 26 answers

please advise on best business entity (or entities) for my situation

Sorry, long. This is a bit of a complex situation of my own doing. After quitting my job I did some consulting (writing code for Engineering companies) under my own name. [more inside]
posted by spacefire at 8:49 AM - 2 answers

Goodbye cubicles!

Hit me with your best ideas for an office remodel. What makes employees the happiest? [more inside]
posted by yawper at 7:16 AM - 74 answers

November 30

How to tell my boss no if she makes unethical, maybe illegal, requests?

I'm the administrator at a small business (s-corp, 100% owned by own person) and I am responsible for everything financial (paying bills, invoicing, payroll, anything to do with money). The owner sometimes asks for money from the business account to cover personal expenses. I am struggling with how to put a stop to this for good. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:26 PM - 27 answers

Freelance Writing Contract

What are the best terms for a freelance writing contract? [more inside]
posted by cacao at 10:35 PM - 4 answers

Mortgage Filter: Pre-Approval Means What? Snowflake details

Some time after receiving bank statements, tax forms, pay stubs, firstborn child, etc., the loan officer sent an approval letter to my realtor and I thought we were all ready to go. I made an offer on a place and after a short dance it was accepted. [more inside]
posted by intrepid_simpleton at 7:36 PM - 16 answers

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