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July 31

No beneficiary on traditional IRA. Now what?
My mom's IRAs went to my dad. My dad put me down as beneficiary on all accounts yet bank is saying that there are no beneficiaries listed. I was there when all paperwork was signed. [more inside]
posted by stormpooper at 10:40 AM - 1 answers
My career is spiraling out of control... Please help! (Beware: Long)
So my career is kind of a disaster and I am not sure what to do about it. This is a bit of a wall of text (because I want to give a lot of context), so thanks to anyone who gets through it. [more inside]
posted by argentum at 8:43 AM - 2 answers

Technical skills for new position?
I have had experience with Salesforce and Microsoft CRM, I am now entering a position managing Oracle CRM what do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by heavyp08 at 8:08 AM - 0 answers

July 30

Should I use USAA for a mortgage?
Is going with USAA significantly better or worse than using a local mortgage broker who sells our mortgage to another bank? Will USAA allow us to close on time, if the closing is 5 weeks out? [more inside]
posted by treehorn+bunny at 8:18 PM - 13 answers

How do I actually budget, taking into account variable expenses?
I have been using Quicken to track my expenditures for more than ten years. But I'm stuck on how to use the information for budgeting, because every expense category is so variable. How do I do this? For the sake of this question, assume I'm trying to calculate the minimum salary I'd need from a new job. [more inside]
posted by xo at 3:31 PM - 9 answers

Making the switch from mortgage loan officer to....?
I have slaved, I have begged, I have cajoled - and after years in the industry I have come to the conclusion that it's just too damned hard to make a living now as a mortgage loan officer. I have been in banking for 25 years and don't really want to go back to working in a branch either. Is there a career that would allow me to leverage my experience as a loan officer and make decent money - something similar to mortgage but not the same field or product? I can use Google and I am not looking for "have you tried, have you looked...". I am really looking for people who have done this or know someone who has. I don't need more training as a loan officer and I am not interested in the latest sales fad.
posted by brownrd at 3:00 PM - 6 answers

1-on-1 time with the president...
Posting for a relative... The President of my company has asked everyone in my department to meet with him in a 1 on 1 meeting in an effort to get to know us on a more personal level. I work for a Fortune 500 company in the travel industry. I studied Economics in college and deal with supply/demand pricing every day. From what I've heard, his meetings with non-management employees have been very relaxed. At the end of the meeting he asks what your salary is and if you are happy with it. He also asks if we have any questions for him. My question to you is what should my answer be to the salary question be? I am happy with what I'm getting paid but obviously want more. And what kind of questions should I ask him?
posted by likeapen at 1:29 PM - 8 answers

Dip into savings to pay off credit card?
My credit card is acruing interest at about the rate of netflix per month. I have enough cash to pay it off but that would be about half my balance of my savings account. Should I pay it off or should I keep chipping away with it and not putting any more than I have too on the card?
posted by mamamia88 at 12:19 PM - 15 answers

Time to get a new job pt. 2
I know exactly what I want out of work, and it is this: working on creative projects to make something useful (and also cool) as part of a team. And also money. Not tons, but enough to get by. I have a BA, but nearly all my work experience to date has been in low/no-skill labor. How do I bootstrap myself into a new career and what should I even be looking at? [more inside]
posted by zchyrs at 10:10 AM - 6 answers

The eternal curse of the career changer
Hiring managers of MeFi: say you're looking at the resume or cover letter of a candidate who is a mid-life (or later) career changer. They are attempting to come into your field with much professional experience in a totally unrelated career, but little-to-no professional, paying experience in your field. Are there things about them that would make you run screaming? Things that would make you go "hmmmm...maybe..."? [more inside]
posted by Sockrates at 9:24 AM - 11 answers

Where to call, email, Apartment agents?
The typical craigslist apartment ad in Boston might have (in addition to the craigslist anonymous email) a broker's corporate email, a corporate phone, or a cellphone. What is the most effective endpoint to deliver inquiries to, and at what time should it be done? [more inside]
posted by tintexas at 7:28 AM - 3 answers

July 29

What are some good jokes with the punchline: Change ?
I've been tasked (by my wife) with coming up with a corporate, work-safe joke with a specific punchline. That punchline is 'change'. Help? I've got nothing.
posted by duckus at 9:23 PM - 7 answers

Crash course in nonprofit communications?
I am the de facto communications director for my nonprofit. I'd like to become actually good at it, but how? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 4:13 PM - 5 answers

Leaving job by mutual agreement (Canadian edition)
My employer and I just agreed that I am not a good fit for the job. What should I do? I'm in Ontario, Canada. I realize that similar questions have asked, but am specifically looking for answers that take Canadian law into account. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by ITheCosmos at 10:59 AM - 5 answers

What is the best thing to do with $10,000?
I have just found out that I will be inheriting $10,000. I want to maximize whatever I do with it, but I am not sure where to start... [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 7:32 AM - 19 answers

Appointment Scheudling Application
I have a one person business, and need software to manage my appointments with clients. I have spent (wasted) a lot of time investigating different applications that end up having fatal flaws, so I am hoping that someone out there will be familiar with an app that meets a few simple criteria. [more inside]
posted by elf27 at 7:22 AM - 7 answers

July 28

Is it me??
I need your job advice [more inside]
posted by and hey Charlie at 6:27 PM - 13 answers

I need a job yesterday. I'm still stuck. Where do I go from here?
Many of the details in this question still apply. Logistics aren't that big of a deal anymore, and I'm chipping away ever so slowly at my social anxiety and fluency issue, but I'm still without prospects and now about $12k in debt on account of some reckless impulse spending and unpaid debt from college. Can the hivemind help get me out from under this? Snowstorm inside. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 at 3:42 PM - 7 answers

Bringing Bloggers On Board
Please give me guidance on how to find professional bloggers and work with them. [more inside]
posted by Leontine at 10:57 AM - 4 answers

What are inter-disciplinary and atypical uses for math MSc?
I have just completed my MSc in mathematics in Europe. I do enjoy math, but I spent my uni years feeling like a autodidact hippie marooned on an island full of Mr and Mrs I-Want-A-Good-Job. My main interests revolve around humanities (literature/history/anthropology) and economics (but not finance), and instead of starting a "stable" well-paying career I dream about something inter-disciplinary. I am very open to earning little money and relocating just to do kind of work that engages those skills. What are some random uses of my degree? [more inside]
posted by desultory_banyan at 5:02 AM - 12 answers

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