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January 30

How do you leave work at work?

I started a new job a month ago and I've found myself getting worried about if I'm doing a good job or not, if my boss likes me, if my coworkers like me, etc. when I'm not working. How can I just let these thoughts go and quit worrying so much? [more inside]
posted by modesty.blaise at 9:15 PM - 8 answers

How to explain on cover letter I've just started a year off?

I started a year off a month ago to take some courses I've been interested in and do some travelling too. A PT position in my old industry has come up in the city I'll be studying in. This city is also the city I've always wanted to live in, which is why I'm making an exception to apply for this. How do I explain this year off on my cover letter? [more inside]
posted by glache at 8:45 PM - 8 answers

I'm leaving and not coming back-- how do I do this?

I'm on FMLA leave for a health condition, and I am using accrued paid sick leave to pay my customary paycheck. I got a new job starting two days before my leave ends, and I can't come back. My health condition will not prevent me from working at the new job. I'd like to give as much notice as possible, but I want to protect myself from any recovery of benefits or major consequences. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:43 PM - 3 answers

FREE BEER! Okay, now let’s talk about Corporate Treasury…

My wife works in Corporate Treasury and has been considering creating a blog that discusses the intricacies of that career. One reason she wants to do this is because she cannot seem to locate any similar blogs or forums on this topic. So is anyone out there in any way connected to this realm and, if so, do you have any recommendations for her new endeavor? Also, if there are some noteworthy resources you think might be helpful, feel free to post them. Much thanks.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 2:48 PM - 1 answers

How do I email my job references

My academic and professional references have asked me to keep them informed of what jobs I'm applying to, both so that they have a heads-up, and so that they can let me know if they've been called. I haven't been very good at doing this consistently because I don't know how to phrase that email. [more inside]
posted by wrabbit at 11:40 AM - 7 answers

January 29

How should I discuss problems with a respected colleague with my CEO?

I have a 1:1 meeting pending with my CEO, and I'd like to discuss what I feel is the biggest impediment to our success: a single, very senior, very poisonous individual. I don't want this to be mistaken for a personal vendetta (it isn't), and I don't even need the person to be fired. I just want their poisonous behavior to stop. [more inside]
posted by grudgebgon at 5:47 PM - 13 answers

I want to be productive, but not too productive...

So once you've slayed (or at least knocked out) the procrastination beast, how do you keep your balance and not burn yourself out? [more inside]
posted by pennypiper at 11:30 AM - 6 answers

Pre-interview nerves with former interviewer.. please help

After a crazy amount of jobless time ofcourse everything has come at once. I am having interview after interview + my head is splitting. The knowledge base I am expected to cover is vast + I have worked a week prepping for this (along with producing presentations etc). Todays interview was tough - creepy cab driver in thick snow then being kept waiting nearly an hr for the interview whilst getting increasingly anxious.. Although I 'warmed up' I felt horribly stiff + self conscious for the first chunk + had deficits in some basic answers. No feedback yet but I'm not confident... [more inside]
posted by tanktop at 9:11 AM - 2 answers

recommend a Memphis realtor?

I'm finally ready to put my Memphis house on the market again, so have to find an ethical, skilled professional realtor there (I live 3 hours away). Ideally this would be someone who learned the business, and performance standards, in at least one other major American city. [more inside]
posted by mmiddle at 7:59 AM - 3 answers

January 28

Respectfully offering a speaking class to employee?

I have a great employee and friend who needs to give trainings, and he umms, speaks too fast, and stumbles. I think he'd really benefit from a speaking course, but he tends to take things very personally. How do I offer/suggest this to minimize hurt feelings? [more inside]
posted by ftm at 7:30 PM - 23 answers

FMLA when there's no HR

I work for a rapidly growing company that has no HR staff and relatively few policies to speak of. I need to take extended leave under FMLA. Difficulty level: no one else can do my work. [more inside]
posted by anotheraccount at 7:20 PM - 8 answers

[post-dissertation filter] Finding work while still tethered? Procedure?

I just submitted my dissertation (yay...)! But during the struggle I've decided that academia is not my cup of tea--what next? Details after dropping out of warp. [more inside]
posted by wallawallasweet at 6:53 PM - 2 answers

Barcodes: Do's and Don'ts - Can's & Cannot's

So, my little food business grew significantly in the last year and the future is making the idea of my products finding shelf space in retail outlets a very strong reality. With that, I will be putting barcodes on my labels. [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid at 6:48 PM - 8 answers

How does PayPal work?

A client located in the Caribbean wants to pay me via PayPal ; I am in Canada. I don't have a PayPal account, and I'm not sure how it all works. They will pay me in USD, which is great. I have a US dollar account at a major Canadian bank. How do I get the PayPal payment into my USD account? Any help would be appreciated, especially from those who have a Cdn bank account.
posted by Nevin at 5:51 PM - 9 answers

Stuck at work

I'm so far behind on a project that I feel like I'm lying to my employer and I'm deeply pissed at myself. How can I move forward? [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l at 9:13 AM - 13 answers

Taxes on Student Loan Disability Discharge?

I'll speak with a tax professional next week but if you've had a similar experience I'd love to hear from you as I'm feeling my way through this. Today I received a notice that my $20,000 student loan has been formally discharged. My only income for the past four years has been Social Security disability and there's no foreseeable change. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:18 AM - 3 answers

Severe job hunting anxiety

I have always experienced crippling anxiety whenever I've tried applying for jobs, so I've stayed in the same lousy job for years just to avoid it. Now that lousy job is ending due to layoffs, so I have to get over this somehow. I have already tried therapy and I'm on anti-anxiety medication. What else can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:17 AM - 12 answers

January 27

Strategies for dealing with customer complaints (in text form)

I've recently taken a part-time job with duties that include responding negative/complaint emails (from parents of kids in an after-school program). I've had lots of practice responding to these types of situations in person (thanks, retail work), but somehow seeing the comments in text makes them weigh more heavily on me. [more inside]
posted by btfreek at 8:42 PM - 9 answers

Dropping the interest on a seller-financed mortgage-what's in it for me?

Is there any benefit to dropping the interest rate on a seller-financed mortgage note "just because"? [more inside]
posted by honeybee413 at 1:06 PM - 14 answers

Should I tell my soon-to-be employer that my dad is on hospice?

I'm due to start a new job in five weeks. Since I accepted, my dad has been admitted to home hospice. Should I tell me new employer? [more inside]
posted by AlmondEyes at 6:43 AM - 8 answers

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