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August 29

Is 45 too old to become a developer?

I've been a digital/interactive project manager since 1997. Now I want to go through an 18 week immersion program in web development and jump the fence to become a developer. But I'm 45 years old. Am I too old to get hired? [more inside]
posted by spicynuts at 2:07 PM - 2 answers

Mid-Life Career Change

Seeking advice on how a 43-year-old man can change careers. [more inside]
posted by Fairchild at 9:06 AM - 6 answers

Thanks, but no thanks job

I'm interviewing for a position this week for an organization I'd like to work for, in a position I'd also like, but pays waaaaay too little and I could never ever take. How do I manage this with finesse? [more inside]
posted by Toddles at 7:56 AM - 7 answers as recruitment software; how does it go for you?

I'm looking for Mefi users opinions on as Recruitment software. The good, the bad, the meh. If you have used it as either employer, 'employment broker' or employee, please tell me what you think. (The .io is this) [more inside]
posted by esto-again at 1:38 AM - 7 answers

August 28

Getting on the radar of recruiters

I'm working with my former boss to help her find a new, high-level appointment at an international institution or corporation. She has too much experience, and is too well-known in her field, to be making applications through job postings. How do I help her get the attention of a recruiter who will do all the legwork? [more inside]
posted by Tenzing_Norgay at 9:05 PM - 6 answers

How do DJs earn millions of dollars?

What do super successful DJs actually do? How do people like Calvin Harris earn millions of dollars? [more inside]
posted by Triumphant Muzak at 6:03 PM - 7 answers

Escape from Project Management

I find myself being recruited for (and sometimes taking) healthcare IT project management jobs, and it turns out I hate them all. Specifically, I hate being held accountable for everything but having zero authority to actually do, fix, or decide anything. How do I break out of this project management career trap? [more inside]
posted by Maarika at 8:53 AM - 7 answers

In search of: Commercial general liability insurance for Web developer

I freelance full-time as a Web designer and developer in NYC. A new potential agency (which could send me a large amount of work with interesting clients on a regular basis) requires that I obtain commercial general liability insurance. They told me this should run about $400 per year. So far I have gotten three different quotes from insurance brokers and all are over $950 though. [more inside]
posted by lgandme0717 at 6:35 AM - 4 answers

August 27

Sketching out a Plan B (and C and D)

I've put all my career eggs into a single basket. Can you help me come up with some alternate ideas? Scared chicken inside. [more inside]
posted by cotton dress sock at 5:18 PM - 13 answers

Transitioning to a new home during divorce.

My partner and I are breaking up after 20 years. Neither of us trusts the other’s judgement and dividing our only asset has become hugely problematic. We purchased our home 18 years ago as a fixer-upper in what has since become a very desirable location, so there’s a large amount of equity in it. I never gave proper thought about how we’d move on from it, meaning this is one of those “explain it to me like I’m five” inquiries. I’d like to have sensible questions to ask at our bank meeting tomorrow. We have a meeting next week with a therapist and have agreed to some kind of professional mediation in the future. The thing is… my partner demands that we extend our joint mortgage-backed line of credit to allow her to purchase (outright) a smaller place in the countryside. For 10 years, she’s only done part-time work for my home business, so she won’t have any income going forward (except for support payments). I doubt she could get bridge financing under her own name. I want to avoid being drawn deeper into debt with her. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:57 PM - 30 answers

Synthetic urine for drug test - yay or nay?

My friend just found out that she has a drug test for her job coming up in a few days. The problem is that she just came home from Colorado and apparently smoked... umm... a lot of marijuana. it's still illegal in her home state and she is freaking out since she doesn't want to lose her job. she was told by her friend that she would pass with synthetic urine no problem and she is planning on using it. Is synthetic urine really the answer? If so what kind? [more inside]
posted by Thanquol180 at 12:53 PM - 21 answers

August 26

Why does Google think SPY and DIA have a PE ratio?

Noticed when I was looking to see what the low was, and saw a PE ratio reported for SPY and DIA (but not QQQ) on Google finance. For SPY, it's currently reporting 9.52, which is surely not the PE ratio of the S&P 500 as a whole. So what gives? I guess you could count dividends as 'earnings' for an ETF, but you're not getting 10% there so what is Google calling earnings here?
posted by PMdixon at 7:36 PM - 11 answers

My job title: I do not think it means what I think it means

My job title at my company is CRM Administrator. I am trying to find out what comparable positions to mine are making salary-wise, but when I search using the job title CRM Administrator I am mostly coming up with job descriptions that are not very similar to mine at all. How do I figure out what I need to search on to find positions comparable to mine, and find the accepted salary range for my position? Bonus question included. [more inside]
posted by sock puppy at 7:01 PM - 8 answers

Help me decide whether to move across the country

I live in San Francisco. I have a job offer in New York City. Should I move? It's complicated, of course. [more inside]
posted by blnkfrnk at 4:31 PM - 32 answers

Best tools for tracking freelance income/expenses/deductions

In addition to my regular 9-to-5 day job, I do a lot of side freelance work, generally around music teaching & performance. I'm trying to do a better job of tracking my income, mileage, expenses, deductions, etc., and my old Excel spreadsheet isn't really up to the task anymore. [more inside]
posted by jeffjon at 7:25 AM - 7 answers

August 25

red flag green flag system for work?

This is so hard to google and sort of time sensitive - I read something once about starting the process of finding what you love to do, and it involved going about your work day and noting all the different tasks you do, then marking them with "green flag" or "red flag" etc., according to how much you like or hate that particular aspect of the job. There was more to it, and maybe it was a book? I'd really appreciate it if you know what this was. I might have found it on Metafilter.
posted by peep at 3:43 PM - 4 answers

Have I ruined my chances at a career?

Stuck in a rut for several years post-college, unsure about what I'm interested in. All that fun stuff. [more inside]
posted by robin89 at 1:15 PM - 6 answers

Show a rental before it's ready?

Should I start showing my rental property before new carpet is installed? It looks terrible right now. [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! at 9:00 AM - 5 answers

First time buyer at 51 years old

I need a bit of advice on the wisdom of buying a shared ownership property at the age of 51 years old. I live in London. [more inside]
posted by blokefromipanema at 1:35 AM - 5 answers

August 24

Curriculum design: Education / career paths

My wife, currently a preschool teacher, has expressed an interest in getting into the field of curriculum design. If you are experienced in that or a similar field, we'd love to hear from you about degree requirements, job availability, etc. Relevant info and [more inside]
posted by dondiego87 at 2:35 PM - 3 answers

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