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September 30

How to give a technical software interview
I’m a software developer at a small startup. I'm giving a technical interview next week. My CTO will be doing the interview with me, and wants me to ask several algorithms/data structures whiteboard questions. I have very little experience either giving or receiving technical interviews, no traditional CS background, and am stressed out by whiteboard coding (also just socially anxious in general). What questions should I ask? [more inside]
posted by introcosm at 3:21 PM - 12 answers
Considering a job with lots of travel -- give me your pros and cons
I have been looking for a new job for quite some time, and recently something interesting popped up on my radar. It's in my field, but in a different role than I've previously worked, and would require extensive international travel on a regular basis, but with promises of lots of time off in between trips. I have a spouse and two young kids. What does the hive mind think? [more inside]
posted by Creamroller at 1:01 PM - 26 answers

I want to be a data cruncher - kinda
They say that if you love what you do, it's not like working at all, so here's the deal. [more inside]
posted by patheral at 12:14 PM - 10 answers

What do I need to do to become a Technical Writer/Content Editor?
My background is chiefly Facilities Management/Procurement/Commercial Real Estate, however, I completed my Business degree last year as a mature student of 32. It is only recently (through exhaustive introspection after being made redundant 4 months previously) that my passion falls within the technical writing/editing arenas. Moreover,What colour is your parachute?enabled me to identify what skills I have utilized and subsequently enjoyed throughout my life/career, to facilitate a career of my choice as opposed to just falling into roles I do not like. [more inside]
posted by emma33UK at 11:08 AM - 1 answers

Can my American parents live in Europe after they retire?
My American parents are looking forward to their retirement in a few years, and for a variety of reasons are contemplating retiring in Europe - likely the UK, or possibly Germany/Austria. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by ClaireBear at 9:41 AM - 18 answers

How to quit sucking at writing?
What resources are available to make me a stronger writer (marketing/communications)? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 at 9:21 AM - 8 answers

This is a question for the experienced journalists of MeFi.
I'm a freelance journalist who is mostly self-taught. I didn't go to j-school and I've never worked on staff at a newspaper or magazine. While I'm confident in my research and writing skills (at least I know where I need to improve) there are a few "rules" of journalism that I feel like everyone else knows and I have never learned. Hence this question. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:17 AM - 9 answers

September 29

Transfer of social work qualifications between Anglosphere countries
How well do professional social work qualifications transfer between Anglosphere countries (US, UK, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia)? [more inside]
posted by quadrant seasons at 3:15 PM - 3 answers

September 28

Almost 2 hour commute - is it worth it?
I'm really interested in applying for this job but it would mean a commute of around 1 hour and 45 minutes one way each day (by reliable public transportation). I live in the suburbs so I am used to taking the underground everywhere and to it being a minimum of an hour before getting to where I want to go (but I don't do this on a daily basis). I'm worried almost 4 hours total of public transportation a day might be pushing it. [more inside]
posted by Blissful at 11:59 PM - 48 answers

Taxaphobic in Chicago
We hate doing our taxes. Despite a professional familiarity with the basics of the tax code, or perhaps because of it, dealing with all of the paperwork really stresses me out, and my spouse doesn't like to do it either. Can you help us find an accountant in the Chicago area who will be competent and easygoing? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:14 PM - 2 answers

This question is also a form of procrastination.
I have been procrastinating finishing up a project for work for months, only working the night before having to give updates. Tomorrow is the deadline with the client and it's a big event and once again I'll need to spend the night working on it. I have no idea if I'll be able to finish in time but if I don't my head will probably roll. [more inside]
posted by Ratata at 6:01 PM - 8 answers

How should my Dad leave us the proceeds from the sale of his land?
My Dad owns about 20 acres of land in a small town that he wishes to give to my brother, my sister, and myself now, not when he passes. My siblings and I plan to split the proceeds of the sale of the land evenly amongst us. Which way, tax-wise, would maximize the amount of money we receive from the land in the end? Should my dad give the title/deed to us first and we sell it, or Dad sells it and then gives us the money from the sale of the land? [more inside]
posted by Gmbee at 7:11 AM - 15 answers

September 27

Where to start in the business of printing and shipping my own poster de
As an illustrator/letterer living in Toronto and I want to start selling my posters, but I need to know how to handle the post-designing aspect of things (type of printing, best standard paper stocks, type of packaging, type of shipping/drop-shipping, pricing, ...). It is an overwhelming endeavor but I have to start somewhere. Any comprehensive, step-by-step resources on this sort of thing out there? [more inside]
posted by cyrusw8 at 8:53 PM - 5 answers

How can a lawyer get a real job after a long absence from the workforce?
46, lawyer, musician. I have been fallow for an extended time and am coming out of a bankruptcy and divorce. I have a couple years experience as a criminal defense lawyer (from 4-5 yrs ago) but haven't really done much since. I don't want to continue in criminal law. I find jobs that are intriguing but my resume is spotty at best. So how do I write an effective cover letter and create a resume that doesn't reflect my lazy attitude toward work these last few years? [more inside]
posted by werebad at 7:16 PM - 5 answers

Knowledge mobilization?
I recently happened to come across a job posting (at a university) in the area of "knowledge mobilization." I'm interested in learning more about this career. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 5:19 PM - 7 answers

I will begin teaching English for the first time this week. Any tips?
I will teach my first class ever this week, am nervous and looking for advice! [more inside]
posted by Kat_Dubs at 12:34 PM - 8 answers

Did I mess up this job interview by being evasive?
I think I more or less lied by omission in a job interview that I had a bit over a week ago. I am feeling a bit guilty about it and kind of mad at myself. Do those feelings seem warranted given the situation? Would this be a red flag for you as an employer if you found out about it? [more inside]
posted by thesnowyslaps at 11:16 AM - 6 answers

How freely do you discuss your pay rate with fellow freelancers?
How freely do you discuss your pay rate with fellow freelancers? [more inside]
posted by soy_renfield at 9:08 AM - 10 answers

September 26

What are the pros and cons of supervising others at work?
What are the pros and cons of supervising others at work? I have never supervised others in my entire working career. Given my story beneath the fold, should I consider doing so? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:19 PM - 13 answers

Slap me twice: real estate sale
People answered my earlier question nicely and the tenant who was in the condo has left. I am going to sell the place, and I have a pretty bad history of understanding real estate transactions; please help (US market) [more inside]
posted by jet_silver at 8:30 PM - 12 answers

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