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June 26

How to move from social work practice to policy

I posted a general career question some time back. This one is more specific. The meat of it is, as it says on the tin: how do I go from being a social worker who has done direct practice of one sort or another for a dozen years to being in a more policy-oriented job without, say, getting another damn degree? [more inside]
posted by Smearcase at 3:34 PM - 4 answers

June 25

What order to do this in?

I live in NYC and want to move back to the (general) area I grew up in, about three hours north in Western MA. I have friends and some family there and I want to be close to them and away from the city, and I want to live someplace quieter, with more green space and less hubbub. I'd like to do it in the next 12 months, hopefully less. In order to do this, I will need to acquire housing and a job. I'm trying to figure out the best way to go about it. What order do I do it in? [more inside]
posted by cowboy_sally at 2:35 PM - 8 answers

Uneasy bedfellows?

Asking for a friend: (How) should one present leadership positions in political organizations on a resume for non-political positions? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape at 12:54 PM - 6 answers

June 24

Help me get over my fear of leadership

I've been supervising staff for about a year. I would, eventually, like to continue moving up the career ladder. Several people at levels higher than mine have recommended things like doing trainings or talks for other people in the organization, or other projects that would get my face out there as a "go to" person for something. Every time this is even suggested, I freeze. [more inside]
posted by lazuli at 9:06 AM - 8 answers

June 23

Innovative jobs programs for people with barriers to employment?

Can you point me toward any successful programs which prepare and train people with significant barriers to employment for jobs and career opportunities? I am even more specifically interested in programs which do the pre-employment prep and training as well as actually placing people in jobs with decent wages and benefits or a career ladder. [more inside]
posted by kensington314 at 12:58 PM - 14 answers

Please describe for me your planning routines

I've realized I need to get better at planning at work - especially for medium- and long-range projects and goals. I have no trouble finding suggested planning methodologies and documents online. Where I struggle is in understanding where and how this fits into daily working life. Can you share your planning hacks, techniques, systems and routines with me? [more inside]
posted by Miko at 11:15 AM - 10 answers

June 22

Are people with the same name [as me] hindering my job search?

I've been submitting resumes via an online job search engine, with no responses. I live in an area with a lot of jobs; I have skills, so I'm at a loss. For reasons, I have no online presence. After poring over AskMe and Ask A Manager, I've been considering creating a LinkedIn profile, though I'd prefer not to. After searching my very unique name, I found, much to my surprise, three other people with the same name. [more inside]
posted by racersix6 at 11:42 PM - 17 answers

How do I become an official scorer in professional baseball?

I like keeping score. I'm curious what it would take to do that professionally. [more inside]
posted by Picklegnome at 9:08 PM - 2 answers

How do I quit an internship gracefully?

I plan on giving my two weeks' notice for an internship in a couple days. (There are a number of reasons for this -- stress, unsatisfying work, wanting to spend more time on personal work, wanting to spend more time with my partner before they leave the country, etc.) We're running hard against a number of deadlines, and when I leave I'm going to be putting even more work on my coworkers' shoulders. How do I leave without looking like a jerk?
posted by brecc at 6:31 PM - 16 answers

No good at my job

I've been in my role as Policy Officer in a Government department for several years now but I feel like I'm no good at it. I do my best but there is nothing I seem to be good at or improving on very much. My work gets changed a lot but I can't see any logic behind the changes to learn from. Others seem to get promoted and progress a lot more easily than me. I've had other roles within the same organisation with mostly the same problem. I'm hunting for a better fit but I'm not sure what else would suit me. I was considered able at school and at university so this struggle is new for me. My performance reviews are always average - not terrible but not great either. What should I do? How can I cope with always feeling like the dull kid?
posted by anonymous at 3:00 PM - 7 answers

I signed up for Lynda.com. What should I learn?

I want to upgrade my skills so I can make more money. I signed up for Lynda.com, and now I don't really know where to start. What are some in-demand skills I can learn there? [more inside]
posted by Serene Empress Dork at 2:01 PM - 10 answers

Any wealthy advice for a new board of director?

Hi All. I have finally joined a small non-profit board of directors organization. I am trying to seek some advice, tips, glossary tips, legal advice, project management, and career advice as a board of director. [more inside]
posted by RearWindow at 12:22 PM - 7 answers

Help needed with simple contractual agreements

I frequently hire small companies or individual workers for small jobs around the house such as landscaping and carpentry. Occasionally they write up a contract that spells out the work to be done and the expected price. Other times they don't, or the agreement they show me isn't as detailed as I would like. [more inside]
posted by Rad_Boy at 10:01 AM - 2 answers

Job hunting + pregnancy

I made the decision to start job hunting a few weeks ago. I just got a positive pregnancy test. Should I stop searching? Has anyone job hunted while pregnant? [more inside]
posted by inevitability at 8:10 AM - 13 answers

How do I make the best of a difficult work situation?

I need some help determining the best course of action after the recent shakeups at my company. I'd like to do what's best for me and my career, but I also care about the people I work with and respect the core mission so I'd like to do right by them. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:10 AM - 3 answers

June 21

How to prepare for a big meeting?

How should I organize/prepare for an important, adversarial meeting where my role is to supply facts, details and fill in any gaps while the higher-ups argue? [more inside]
posted by acidic at 8:49 PM - 15 answers

How do I announce FMLA, intermittent to my supervisor?

My doc has signed off on FMLA, intermittent. How do I announce it to my supervisor and the timekeeper? Bonus: What does intermittent FMLA look like? (Please see most recent post "Workplace Hacks for Serenity" and know that it's gotten much, much worse. Without elaborating TOO much, I have used all the DBT skills, breathing, yoga, exercise and pharmaceutical interventions I know of, and nothing gets better. Perhaps only another job is the solution.) I did FMLA in the past, but I was so sick I can't remember too much of anything, hence, this post.
posted by intrepid_simpleton at 8:11 PM - 9 answers

employability support that worked for you?

Have you ever used a job club, employment adviser/consultant, HR person, or even a really caring recruitment consultant to find a part-time job or a flexible working job? I am looking for experiences that people have had, how they found the support, and what they felt could work better if they went about it again.
posted by parmanparman at 4:14 PM - 1 answers

How to prepare for a job interview that includes an analysis exercise?

What could an analytical exercise at a job interview involve? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba at 11:48 AM - 6 answers

How to structure bank accounts to make them accessible upon death?

My wife is a stay at home mom and I'm wondering what happens to our cash flow if I were to die unexpectedly. We already have pretty detailed attorney-written wills, our house is under both of our names, but will my personal bank account become inaccessible until it goes through probate? [more inside]
posted by exhilaration at 8:18 AM - 16 answers

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