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March 31

What do project managers do?

Oh, right -- they manage projects. So, um... how do they do that? [more inside]
posted by pH Indicating Socks at 8:41 AM - 19 answers

How much do YOU wanna give me? (And what can I do while I'm there?)

A company is wanting to commission me for a project at a major sporting event. Obviously I want to make some money doing it, but I don't want to ask for too much and thereby lose my chances, as hopefully this would be something ongoing. Help me figure out how much I should ask for...and what I can do while I'm there. Deets within! [more inside]
posted by ditto75 at 7:39 AM - 6 answers

Coordinating a team: difficulty medium

Give me tips for managing a team that I do not supervise. [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh at 7:13 AM - 5 answers

Bedazzle my advocacy resume, lexicon and (potential ) interview skills.

Today a casual social chat on the phone with an acquaintance had her asking me what kind of work I was looking for. I had mentioned that I wanted to do advocacy work as I believed it was something I was very good at and would enjoy doing. She then asked me what kind of advocacy and I said I wasn't really focused on any one type but supporting the voices of marginalised people was something I was passionate about. I was really just chattering on... then she told me she'd like to see my resume. Oops. [more inside]
posted by taff at 6:00 AM - 1 answers

March 30

How to evaluate prospective tenants?

I own an apartment in New York City, which I need to rent out. I found tenants who seem to be lovely people, but I'm struggling to decide whether or not to be concerned about their finances. [more inside]
posted by amandabee at 4:59 PM - 25 answers

Need source of store-level sales quantities of specific produce items

I want to find out the volume of specific produce items (e.g. baby lettuce, arugula, basil, vine tomatoes) sold at typical grocery stores. For example, how many pounds of baby spring mix are sold over the course of a month at the average Whole Foods or the average Trader Joe's? How many pounds of basil? Can anyone point me to a source of data that I can extrapolate from? Detailed information on a single store would be helpful just to get a ballpark figure for specific produce items. Is it 500 lbs a month? 5,000 lbs? I'm more interested in total weight than dollar figures, but I'll take either. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:05 PM - 5 answers

What is the equivalent of "public interest law" in the UK?

I'm an American lawyer, now living in London. In the US, I know what it means to be a "public interest lawyer." But I'm having a hard time seeing how it translates in the UK. [more inside]
posted by EtTuHealy at 1:24 PM - 7 answers

I’m Not Sure What My Job Is

I’m looking at moving on from my current job and when creating my resume I realized that I’m not sure how to describe some of what I do. I'm wondering if some of my job involves tasks in an area that has some sort of professional type name of it’s own. On paper, I'm really not sure how to relate what I do and can do in a way that puts the best of 'me the awesome worker' forward. [more inside]
posted by Jalliah at 12:28 PM - 7 answers

Fixing credit without screwing creditors?

Pretty much what it says in the title. I need to pay debt. I need to increase my credit score. How do I do both simultaneously? [more inside]
posted by The Almighty Mommy Goddess at 10:07 AM - 14 answers

How do I decide how much money to spend on convenience?

Since getting a high-paying job, I've discovered that paying for convenience or wants instead of needs actually makes me feel bad. I'd like to get around that. [more inside]
posted by Questolicious at 8:54 AM - 40 answers


My employer is selecting a new financial adviser to run our 401K and I get to serve on the interview committee. My primary objective is to make sure that whoever we select offers a good variety of index funds to choose from (our current 401K offers none and I've been nudging HR about this for a while). But I'm wondering if there are other questions I should be asking too. Each firm being considered already is answering questions about fees, reporting, general investment advice. Any thoughts?
posted by brookeb at 8:36 AM - 7 answers

Jobhunting in Switzerland from abroad

How can I make my dream come true, or should I give up? I want to follow my soul-mate back to Switzerland and find a job in the IT field. Difficulty: I'm an American living in Asia. [more inside]
posted by koakuma at 1:08 AM - 7 answers

March 29

What are jobs that a game designer can transition to?

For a few years I've been trying to build a career in the game industry, but unfortunately it's been mostly contract work. Despite glowing reviews and a seemingly stellar resume I can't find an actual FTE position. My hopes for something longer term are dimming, so I'm looking at alternates based on the skills I have. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:08 PM - 12 answers

Tell me about working part-time in a grocery store, please

Hello Mefites, I have a full-time professional job with benefits. My husband and I don't have kids and I'm finding myself bored out of my gourd most evenings and weekends. For medical reasons I won't go into, my husband and i don't spend a great deal of time together. I'm thinking of applying to work evenings and weekends at the grocery near us. [more inside]
posted by harrietthespy at 3:43 PM - 36 answers

Good online free or cheap courses in project management and Excel?

I recently started a new job as a Project Manager for an educational travel company and would like to beef up my Excel and project management skills. I was previously managing academic research studies. While a lot of that experience is relevant, my new responsibilities are more in line with those of a formally trained/certified Project Manager and so I’d like to do some self-study outside of work. Any recommendations out there for good online coursework? [more inside]
posted by AlmondEyes at 1:08 PM - 3 answers

What's it like working at a pharmacy?

After not working for over 10 years, I filled out a job application at Publix, thinking I would be hired as a bagger, but they called asking me if I would be interested in the pharmacy store clerk position. I've never worked in a pharmacy before. What's it like? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:38 AM - 9 answers

March 28

How do I fix my interview/HR screw up?

I've been working freelance from multiple sources while looking for a perm job. I interviewed at a company and they asked what I was currently doing. I said that I've been working on Project A and Project B from Company C. They seemed very interested in Project B, but I realized afterwards that that project is not from Company C like I said, but from Company D (who I haven't been able to contact since the project ended). I'm an idiot, and HR wants to check references, what do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:28 PM - 6 answers

Can I get a loan?

My credit is in the toilet. I want to take out a personal loan so that I do not need to work full time while I go to school full time. Is this even possible? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso at 6:17 PM - 6 answers

In desperate need for a step-by-step rescue plan

My life has been in constant turmoil for a while now, and the end is nigh... [more inside]
posted by Soap D. Spencer at 5:44 PM - 19 answers

You've gotta know the rules if you want to play the game

For the first time in a long time, I have a full-time, long(ish)-term contract position in a "typical" office (one with more than like, 10 employees). I am very excited about it, but need pointers on how to play the game. [more inside]
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper at 11:57 AM - 17 answers

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