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I've been an AD/ACD/freelance in Chicago for 15 years and I cannot stand agency world anymore. Plus, I'm 40 something, and seems like new hires are usually very young, and the lack of people over the age of 35 at agencies these days is appalling. Need help figuring a way into client/corporate side. [more inside]
Just got promoted, yay! Except another job that I'm interested in was recently posted ... [more inside]
An acquaintance of mine is suddenly homeless and jobless in New Hampshire. What social services are available to assist someone in this situation, or what temp work is available? [more inside]
Help me figure out if my dream job is worth the low pay. Snow flurries inside. [more inside]
Through surprisingly painless saving I find that I have £5000. For those not in the UK, the Bank of England has dropped its interest rate yet again so leaving it where it currently lives in a savings account seems like a lost opportunity (I just made £0.99 last month on interest. Woopidy doo.) I googled around for some ideas and found this, which is hilarious because that's me 7 years ago and things have changed since then. So what should I do with £5k now? [more inside]
Looking for a site (ideally non-bank) that 1. offers billpay (physical checks), where they'll also mail along a physical piece of paper (invoice, etc) that the user uploads in PDF, and 2. can also send ACH payments out -- ideally would work similar to Venmo in that pulls from one bank acct and puts in another, but would *not* require the recipient also has the same app/site access. Yes, I'll have the recipients routing/acct #s. I'm ok with paying fees.
Is it possible to get over anxiety like mine about nursing? I’m not exactly keen to try, but I feel like I’m failing at having a career before I even started. Can I still have a successful career with a nursing degree I never intend to use? [more inside]
The only perk of academia that really panned out for me was the sabbatical. I earned a year without teaching or service and it was largely productive and glorious. It's over now. Not surprisingly, heading back to regular academic life sucks. Lots of things are exactly the same (my office still doesn't have windows and it still does have cockroaches) and some things are worse in terms of working conditions, colleague behavior, and academic bureaucracy. Please tell me what you did to make returning from sabbatical not feel like returning to prison after a glorious parole . [more inside]
We put in an offer to buy a house. We got a text from our buyer's agent saying it was accepted. We signed the purchase agreement, still waiting for seller signature, but he and his listing agent are suddenly non-responsive...what could be the issue here? [more inside]
Can I get my FICO or credit score if I have a credit freeze in place with the big 3 credit reporting agencies? Would I need to remove the credit freeze in order to get my credit rating?
I have a Bank of America rewards card. I'm thinking about using the option of a BOA savings account to cash out my rewards for more cash back. Is this a mirage of a deal and will I incur unwanted financial scrutiny because of it? [more inside]
how to ace a video interview with a panel of people? [more inside]
I seem to be terrible at interviewing for jobs. I attribute most of this to anxiety around being evaluated, as I always freeze up and my mind goes blank. I think my anxiety makes me come off as timid as well. I've never, EVER, gotten a job from a formal interview process. All of my full time jobs I've obtained via temping; Clients realize that I am an excellent employee despite poor first impressions and hire me permanently. My former co-workers and managers have told me that I'm friendly, articulate, outgoing and professional. I just can't get this across during job interviews. [more inside]
We own a house 1.5 hours from our location, and we're currently renting it. Our tenants are awesome, but they will only be able to stay for a couple of years. What should we do with this property? [more inside]
If you'd asked me a few months ago, I would have told you my gig was pretty sweet, but that was before ... THE INCIDENT! [dramatic music cue] Now I need to decide if I want to stick around (blizzard of snowflakes inside). [more inside]
Public health, health informatics, health administration, human computer interaction, educational technology, and user experience design...these are a few of my fa-vor-ite thiiings! I'm a teacher who's considering a career switch. Can you help me think this through? [more inside]
More than one such service exists. Do they work? Are they worth it? Should I sign up? [more inside]
Microsoft discontinued support for its Microsoft Money software several years ago. I'm still using their Sunset / Deluxe version 17 and I am dreading the day that it will no longer work on future versions of Windows (I barely got it going on Windows 10, so it can't last forever). What are some alternatives to Microsoft Money? [more inside]
I'd like to do a standing desk in my extremely narrow home office (a.k.a closet). My space is pretty limited -- I actually think the Oristand I've ordered as a pedestal may be deeper than my actual desk, but I can deal with that. I'll have a keyboard at hand height and laptop at eye height, but I don't have additional room on the pedestal for my lightweight 24" monitor. I'd like to move the monitor up and down -- about a 3 ft. traverse. [more inside]
I'm in the midst of a job search. I have an interview with Company A scheduled early the week after next. I have a final phone interview (i.e. the round before an in person interview) with Company B scheduled late next week. (There are also Companies C and D, much earlier in the process.) Do I tell B that they're potentially going to run into a time crunch? What do I say? [more inside]