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April 18

Reprimanded at work how to keep my job and my dignity?

Having trouble sublimating myself when I feel attacked at every turn and attitude is given but when I defend myself I'm seen as a bitch. I'm not a bitch but also not willing to be thrown under the bus constantly. Long. [more inside]
posted by RichardHenryYarbo at 9:54 AM - 17 answers

Best way to transfer money from UK pounds to dollars?

This has been asked before, but not for a long time so I think it may have changed. I have money in a UK bank account I would like to transfer (in the most cost-effective way) to my US bank account. What's the best and cheapest way to do this? Thanks!
posted by EtTuHealy at 6:52 AM - 3 answers

April 17

How to transition from stay-at-home parent to working parent?

I am a 35-year old woman with 7 and 3 year old kids. I've been a full-time parent for 7 years, and am heading back to a full-time job next week. How have you dealt with this transition? [more inside]
posted by percor at 6:45 PM - 6 answers

Submission service that will let me send a letter and a check?

I'm going to be sending out a lot of packages this summer that include a document and a check. I can use online bill pay to send a check and Mail-A-Letter or other services to send documents. Is there a service that does both? [more inside]
posted by 3491again at 5:38 PM - 1 answers

How do I measure my (monetary) worth?

Let's pretend Glassdoor, Payscale, and other similar websites don't exist. How do you determine what to ask for in salary? How to I determine my value to a company in a role I haven't inhabited before? [more inside]
posted by Urban Winter at 12:13 PM - 7 answers

Fired :(

So two jobs in a row I've gotten fired. My confidence is super low. [more inside]
posted by spacecowgirl at 10:07 AM - 21 answers

April 16

Career advice for a jack of all trades?

I'm tired of my current job and I'm ready to move on. However, my job search is not going well because, although I have some qualifications for a number of fields, I've never worked for very long in any one field, so I basically lack sufficient experience for any of the positions I'm looking at. On top of which, I've never been able to muster enough interest or passion in any of the careers I've passed through to focus on one of them. [more inside]
posted by Enemy of Joy at 2:25 PM - 11 answers

I engaged in PREPARATORY_ACTIVITY for this?!

I originally did a few phone interviews at BIG_COMPANY for a management role related to my Ph.D. in SCIENTIFIC_FIELD. The recruiter at BIG_COMPANY is instead offering me an onsite interview for a much more tedious non-management role — with the intention of "ideally" "probably" assigning me some direct reports over time and eventually transitioning me into the management role I originally applied for. Jobs in SCIENTIFIC_FIELD are scarce, I belong to an underemployed visible minority group, and I feel like I can't afford to walk away. Help me negotiate effectively instead. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:22 AM - 30 answers

The viability of freelancing for different firms?

I have a question about the ethics and viability of working for firms that might in some vague sense be competitors. [more inside]
posted by swheatie at 8:45 AM - 7 answers

Flipping the verge? Pitching the peat?

We're embarking on the start of a significant earthworks project, and will be having an official "sod turning" ceremony for dignitaries and the like. The problem is, we hate the term "sod turning." Is there another, grander, more dignified term (groundbreaking is one, but still doesn't seem quite right) that the collective genius of the green can suggest? Google-fu is failing me.
posted by liquado at 8:17 AM - 9 answers

April 15

Help me find Hiring EMS/Fire within 1 hour drive of Columbus Ohio?

It's hard to get hired for Columbus Ohio Fire, and I heard if you're willing to commute you can find lots of other services who are desperate for new hires. How can I find these EMS/Fire Departments? I am looking to be an EMT-B/Firefighter and move up to paramedic in time. Thanks.
posted by crawltopslow at 6:53 PM - 1 answers

Rules for sales with profits given to charity in WA?

My son, a senior in high school, would like to have a class t-shirt made for any of the students who would like to pre-order a shirt. We though it would be appropriate to give any profits from the shirt sales to a particular charity. Living in Seattle, WA, and only selling shirt pre-sales in person to other students, what do we need to know to keep our claim of “profits go to charity” above-board? (…or where should we be looking/asking for these sort of rules?) [more inside]
posted by mboszko at 5:17 PM - 4 answers

How to catch up & possibly get ahead financially

I'm working, but not enough, and am seeking new employment. I pay rent weekly, am constantly a week or two behind, and my landlord has informed my that I need to fix this pronto or (understandably) move out. I'm looking for suggestions for how to financially catch up and possibly get my head above water and quickly. [more inside]
posted by item at 2:07 PM - 28 answers

Three roads diverged in a wood, and I...

I am looking into making a career switch into programming/development. Which one of these potential courses of action makes the most sense? [more inside]
posted by easter queen at 11:34 AM - 6 answers

April 14

Pros and Cons of buying a rental property in Boise while living in NJ?

We are considering buying an apartment or a small house in downtown Boise, Idaho strictly for renting it out. We live in NJ, but have family in Boise. Please help us understand all the pros and cons and the logistics of buying property from across the country. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:16 PM - 6 answers

Baby coming soon, and I'm stressed out to the max. Can I quit my job?

I'm still stuck in a bad work situation, having a baby in 2 months, my mom is sick, and I don't know how to go on. Should I quit my job? [more inside]
posted by fanta_orange at 2:09 PM - 19 answers

First & Last: The long and the short of it = N/A

My road to recovery is filled with potholes, and the potholes have alligators in them, and when the alligators open their mouths, piranhas and cobras shoot out at me. I have found cheaper shelter, but I don't have first and last. I DO have a headache... [more inside]
posted by Soap D. Spencer at 2:03 PM - 19 answers

CPA has gone silent… what to do?

I am really upset that we’re down to the last minute and my CPA has not finished my taxes or communicated with me since April 3. I haven’t paid him yet. I’m about ready to download Turbo Tax tonight and use his draft to double check. Would I still be obligated to pay him? What if I wait until tomorrow (which is going to make me extremely anxious)? [more inside]
posted by Kriesa at 12:29 PM - 19 answers

Cosigners on foreign bank accounts: how do you handle IRS forms?

TaxFilter day continues! In 2014 my mother-in-law made my wife a cosigner on her German bank account. The account is substantial (over €100,000 but under €150,000) and, of course, we need to fill out FinCEN 114 and IRS 8398. The instructions for IRS 8398 only cover "joint" account holders in the context of marriage. How do we approach this? [more inside]
posted by JoeZydeco at 11:21 AM - 4 answers

Should I be concerned that my accountant emailed me my tax return?

TaxFilter time! I am out-of-town and to facilitate getting my taxes done, my accountant sent me a copy of the draft and final returns via unencrypted email. Is this a standard practice these days? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit at 10:24 AM - 12 answers

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