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October 24

Administrative roles in oil/gas and offshore

What administrative roles are there at oil/gas plants or offshore rigs, in addition to HR and office clerks? [more inside]
posted by glass.hourousha at 1:59 PM - 2 answers

Moving balances in a mutual fund

When transferring balances from one mutual fund to another in my 401k, what the is the most advantageous format to use for the transfer (percent, shares, or dollars) and why? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk at 1:55 PM - 4 answers

How do I find a job recruiter to adopt me?

I'm looking for a new job - how might I get a recruiter to adopt me? [more inside]
posted by jander03 at 1:48 PM - 9 answers

More recruiters = more problems

A third-party recruiter wants me to commit to a job before negotiating salary with the company. How do I handle this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:25 PM - 30 answers

Team building Smeam Building

We're having our semi-annual meeting at my office and me and another co-worker have been assigned the task of coming up with two activities for the 40ish people in attendance that will take 10-15 minutes long each. Help me come up with some interesting, fun, not cliche activities for our group. [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson at 10:33 AM - 11 answers

Leave fulltime job to take part-time job--of course, less money

Would you leave a full-time job that is stifling, depressing and not a good fit for you to take the part-time job of your dreams? Full-time job pays $55K and part-time job pays $40K. Am I crazy to even think about doing this?
posted by sandra194 at 7:03 AM - 32 answers

October 23

Asking for a friend...Got fired, need health insurance, now what?

I just got fired. I was miserable and stressed and planned to have a talk with the CEO on Monday. Instead, he fired me today. I'm in California. What rights, if any, do I have? [more inside]
posted by Ruthless Bunny at 5:52 PM - 12 answers

Need help brainstorming/planning transitions to a postacademic career

Yep, sorry, another "I quit my humanities PhD and I have no idea how the real world works" thread. Except I haven't actually quit yet; this is more like advance research. It's seeming increasingly likely that I may have to leave ABD for the sake of my mental health, so I'm looking for input on how to manage the early stages of a transition to a career (ideally arts-related) where I'll have little relevant background. This post is also an early step in my effort to encourage more constructive coping behaviors after fairly serious depression. [more inside]
posted by urufu at 5:42 PM - 8 answers

Being your own boss

You work for yourself. How did you get there? What is it like? [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz at 9:22 AM - 17 answers

How can I become an entrepreneur in high tech science?

I am a recent college graduate who's been interested in combining interests in science and engineering with business. I would love to get into something entrepreneurial, but am not sure how. [more inside]
posted by cestlavie at 1:21 AM - 6 answers

October 22

Help me dress powerfully and elegantly. I look quite young.

I am in my mid-thirties, but people often think I'm about 22. I could probably pass for 17 in the right outfit. Young face. On top of that, I am slightly built and female. Not short, but delicate. People call me honey and baby and ask me where I go to college. I want to look like a badass who can win venture capital funding. I want to look as powerful and effective as I really am. [more inside]
posted by Pablito at 9:41 PM - 49 answers

Is my client an inadvertent spammer?

Can an employer give out an employee's personal email address to a benefit provider? [more inside]
posted by madamjujujive at 3:23 PM - 4 answers

Job-hunting for the first time in a while. Upgrade my employment, how?

Despite my people skills and ample experience with booze, I had to leave the food and beverage industry. I'm going to school part-time for civil engineering this spring. What positions and roles should I be looking at, especially if I want to increase my payrate? How can I best define and "sell" my skills on my resume and in person? How do I find places that will have a position for me? [more inside]
posted by TreeDodger at 10:20 AM - 4 answers

Help me decide whether to inherit an online store?

I have an opportunity to take over an established online baby/kid's product store with a very nice website. For free. [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 9:45 AM - 21 answers

Productivity coaching via phone?

I've hit a slump. I am in a very high performing profession in an executive role, but my productivity has plummeted. I'm looking to find a phone coaching resource to keep me on my game. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:42 AM - 6 answers

October 21

Full-blown panic mode

Lost job. Without a net. I am SO screwed... [more inside]
posted by Soap D. Spencer at 10:56 PM - 33 answers

Data Base Administrators: Please lend a hand to a new assistant DBA

Quick question about using MS ACCESS. Can you direct me to an online tutorial that quickly illustrates how to create or edit/manipulate and an existing report from excel data? I do have an existing report that can probably be modified, but I've never used access before. [more inside]
posted by snsranch at 7:03 PM - 4 answers

Job Search Blues

I've been looking for a "real job" (as they say) in my field since May and, honestly, I've had no luck so far. I've had a handful of interviews, but nothing beyond that. Now that it's October and just over five months since I've finished my program I am feeling supremely depressed about this job search. [more inside]
posted by modesty.blaise at 12:55 PM - 11 answers

Who leases a car for 15 years?

Back in June I bought a "special interest" car, MY '85. The story from the seller was that it was originally his neighbor's car since new, and when the neighbor passed away, the car was sold to his brother, then to him. Autocheck and Carfax, though, report the car as a leased vehicle as late as 1999. Who leases a car for 15 years? Or, once a lease, it always gets reported as a lease? Original titling state is Ohio. [more inside]
posted by hwyengr at 10:28 AM - 8 answers

Making an offer on a fixer-upper co-op apartment (NYC filter)

My husband and I are considering bidding on a fixer-upper co-op apartment in New York City, and are uncertain about how much to bid. More inside! [more inside]
posted by merejane at 9:10 AM - 5 answers

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