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November 24

So my freelance article got killed -- now what?

I had a freelance pitch accepted from a major national outlet. For various reasons, the editor didn't like it after I wrote it. Now what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:17 PM - 2 answers

Trouble spending

I've always been very frugal and very unwilling to spend money. I recently lost 30 pounds and I'm in desperate need of new clothes, but I'm feeling tons of resistance to actually spending money. [more inside]
posted by dangerbird at 8:31 AM - 22 answers

When to quit my job while taking leave?

I am starting maternity leave in a few weeks. My company believes I will be back about 12 weeks after that. I, however, know I am not coming back to this position afterwards. I'm trying to figure out when I should tell my employer in order to still receive full maternity benefits (both from my employer and from the state of California) but also not be a jerk. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:30 AM - 15 answers

November 23

How to navigate a switch to web development?

How does a Python developer position themselves to move into web development? Specific questions about resume writing, job description/skills, and salary negotiation below the fold. [more inside]
posted by Chicoreus at 2:50 PM - 5 answers

High Functioning Slacker Transition to High Functioning Go-Getter?

Have you or someone you've known started changing your attitude/work level, even if you're doing great by just getting by? How'd it go? How did you make steps required to change? [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv at 8:52 AM - 11 answers

November 22

Recommend some reliable property investment companies in the US?

The goal here is to invest $250k in buy to let property. Looking for a property investment company that will manage the property and also help with the search of buy to let property. Requirement: The company will help with property search Preferably have options available where rental income is predictable Manage the property Help with the analysis of the investment (price to rent ration etc) The company must specialize in US based properties. I am not aware of any such companies. Could you recommend?
posted by r2d2 at 3:27 PM - 5 answers

Back to the drawing board

[Career-filter] Help a somewhat disillusioned archivist brainstorm a new career. [more inside]
posted by the cat's pyjamas at 1:46 PM - 3 answers

The world's tiniest auto loan is playing a song just for us.

Tell me about getting a bank loan for a very cheap car. [more inside]
posted by sockypuppeteer at 7:22 AM - 12 answers

November 21

Should I quit my full-time job to do a Masters degree full time instead?

Obviously it will be more expensive, but if I'm not taking the program seriously enough, is it foolish to keep overworking myself? [more inside]
posted by easter queen at 4:28 PM - 12 answers

November 20

How do I turn a recruitment into an information interview?

I received an email from $bignamecompany on LinkedIn. They want me to interview for a position. For a variety of reasons, I am not interested in switching jobs right now. I would like to get more information about the position at the company and establish a relationship with the HR person for the future, however. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:21 PM - 14 answers

What Career Might Be A Good Fit For Me?

After taking a myriad of online personality and career quizzes, I am turning to you all for some ideas because being a miner and roofing bolter aren't really what I want to do. So, given my likes, dislikes, personality quirks, and talents, do you have any suggestions on what career/job might be a good fit for me? [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras at 2:29 PM - 9 answers

November 19

How to address surprise org change while discussing role transition

After several months of working with my manager to get more visibility from upper management on my performance and frequently discussing an official role/title change, I was given news this week that an org change will place me under a new manager, while also taking over many of my previous manager's responsibilities. No formal title change to title or compensation has been discussed. I am meeting tomorrow with my Director (manager's manager) to talk through any questions or concerns I have. I have many, but would like advice on the most professional way to address them. [more inside]
posted by DuckGirl at 7:58 PM - 4 answers

How can I hire people in Europe to do software support for my U.S. firm?

I manage a small team of software support people based in the West Coast United States. Now I'd like to hire one or more people based in Europe (I'm thinking maybe Berlin, Germany or Stockholm, Sweden) who would do the same thing (and whose hours would line up better with our European clientele). I've begun to do some research into the logistics of employing a German in Germany (just for starters) but I feel like I'm not getting far. Have you done this? What works best? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Professional at 6:19 PM - 6 answers

Advice on how to offer help and let upper management know my strengths.

Our organization is in a bit of a crisis. There were issues with staff not completing their jobs (notes are incomplete/incorrect) as well as management issues (supervisors signing off on incomplete/incorrect notes). The reorg has already started. People at the top and bottom were let go and jobs reassigned. I know that with a case like this, I wouldn't know all of the details however, being in upper management, I want to help. I have a list is skills that I can offer (process improvement, creating tools, improving morale, finding inneffiencies). I am also good at learning and plowing through mundane tasks like scheduling and billing. I am good at both discrete tasks and strategy but obviously not great at everything. [more inside]
posted by PeaPod at 1:40 PM - 5 answers

Is this 'Best Boss Ever' cake too obvious?

I work very closely with my (supportive, hardworking) boss on a daily basis and she's always juggling her ridiculous amount of responsibility with thoughtfully planning little birthday celebrations for her direct reports. No one has stepped up yet to organize something small for her, so I'd like to return the favor in a genuine, humorous way. I'm also sensitive to people who hate going to these types of things and it coming off as a big suck-up event. Suggestions needed! [more inside]
posted by goodnight moon at 11:47 AM - 7 answers

Name and old college address used for fraudulent online purchases - why?

This has been happening for a while, and since I haven't seen any actual transactions shown in bank / credit card statements, I've just cancelled every order that came my way - until today, when somebody ordered from Checks Unlimited! (but still sent to my old address under my name?! WTF) [more inside]
posted by 01080591 at 3:56 AM - 11 answers

November 18

Fell into marketing... mid-life crisis a-go-go... how to escape?

Through a series of un/fortunate events, my CV is littered with copywriting, marketing and social media management experience. I set up my own business several years ago, doing all such things. On paper, I'm a marketeer. First problem? I can't stand it any longer. Second problem? Where do I start...? [more inside]
posted by doornoise at 12:57 PM - 15 answers

November 17

career opportunities

Career options for recent graduates with bad grades? [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu at 1:02 PM - 22 answers

So...I'm going on a medical leave...k bye! (runs away)

I am about to go on a medical leave from work because of some mental health issues. I feel ashamed and guilty, and I don't know how to tell my manager - email? Meeting (how could I not cry in a meeting)? What specific words and phrases can I use so that he won't know or guess the reason for my leave? What do I say, and how? [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 10:34 AM - 18 answers

November 16

Team leaders: how much time is taken up with admin?

I've been given the opportunity to apply for one of two roles within the same organisation; one is a software dev, the other is team leader of the software dev team. Team leaders: how much of your time is taken up with the administration of your team? [more inside]
posted by urbanwhaleshark at 11:48 PM - 12 answers

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