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October 22

Any career advice for a young professional (24F) in first corporate job?

I have been working in corporate customer service for 1.25 years now. I have an Associate's Degree in General Transfer Studies and and have decided to go back for my Bachelor's in Business, emphasis Supply Chain. My work does offer 50% tuition reimbursement, but I am not sure if I should stay there due to work culture and management issues, or leave and start getting experience in supply chain and possibly make more money while I am in school. (details inside) [more inside]
posted by anon1129 at 11:46 AM - 5 answers

Will this job offer kill her green card?

Any immigration lawyers out there? My friend just got a killer job offer -- but it just might kill her chances of staying in the US. [more inside]
posted by lecorbeau at 11:19 AM - 3 answers

October 21

Recourses over broken academic search

How to ascertain and pursue options related to broken promises and possible discrimination in academic library management job search? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:15 PM - 1 answers

How to explain $63 ATM withdrawal from Chase acct?

This morning I noticed that an unexpected $65.50 had been debited from my Chase account last night, specifically, $63 ATM withdrawal and $2.50 penalty for using a non-Chase ATM and I discovered that my debit card is missing. I called Chase immediately and they are investigating the fraudulent use. Unfortunately, they couldn't (yet) give me any info re the ATM. I didn't think to ask for a possible explanation re the odd amount, so I'm hoping you all might have some ideas. [more inside]
posted by she's not there at 9:33 PM - 16 answers

Best strategy for unreasonable medical charge (from insurance)

My 3-year old son had a routine tonsillectomy. It went as planned, and he was out half an hour before we expected. Ahead of time I tried to get the insurance company (ACA plan) to say something about what the cost might be and which of their in network providers we should use. They would provide no information, but suggested we check for ballpark figures. That ballpark was $2300. After the procedure, they're charging us $4985, which conveniently happens to be $15 less than the deductible. There's no reason for the charge to be higher than any standard arrangement. I feel screwed and have filed a complaint with the state department of insurance, but my question is in the meantime, should I pay the hospital bill? There's a 10% quick payment discount, which is $500 in this case, so that's worth something, and I don't really anticipate winning much with my complaint. Oh, yeah. I'm in the United States of America. :) [more inside]
posted by windowbr8r at 5:40 PM - 31 answers

Looking for suggestions to create a Product Owner/Mgr position at work

I'm looking for suggestions include in a proposal to create a Product Owner/Manager position at work. [more inside]
posted by badger11 at 3:15 PM - 2 answers

What is it that I do again?

I work at a very small company just hitting a major growth spurt, and while I have a Director title, I am working at the same level as (and as much as) our VP and C-level folks. I'm about to ask for a raise and title increase to VP, but given the range of what I cover I am at a loss for VP of what? Please help me figure it out. [more inside]
posted by polymath at 9:32 AM - 9 answers

October 20

Can we fire our realtor? (Buyer not under contract)

Can we fire our realtor? This is surprisingly hard to Google! We can, right? We're buyers who aren't under contract. Feel free to weigh in on if we should as well. [more inside]
posted by slidell at 5:12 PM - 25 answers

The opposite of presenteeism is...absenteeism?

I've been sick and out of work for four days, and I'm probably going to be out for a couple more. The guilt and anxiety I'm feeling about this is...surprisingly overwhelming, and I feel like my sense of what's reasonable may be broken. (But how broken?) Help me think about this rationally. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:11 AM - 25 answers

October 19

Good behavioral interview training?

Along with a few others at my company, I'm looking for behavioral interview training and having trouble finding it. We are hoping to find something in-person so that we can get actual practice and feedback, rather than just explanations. Any recommendations, especially if you've been through the training and found it useful? [more inside]
posted by greenmagnet at 8:23 AM - 3 answers

How do I gracefully decline an internal job offer?

I was invited to apply for a position within the company I currently work for that I indicated I was interested in, and was told in a roundabout way that the job is mine if I want it. I've decided I'm better off staying where I am right now. How do I gracefully decline? [more inside]
posted by skycrashesdown at 6:06 AM - 6 answers

October 18

Shopping for home insurance

It's easy to compare the price of home insurance, but how do you compare the quality —and whether the quality difference is worth the price. I'm thinking of both tangible specifics like deductibles and exclusions, and also less easy-to-pin-down qualities like customer service and how well they treat you when you need to use the insurance. Are there good lists of questions to ask on the phone, or good comparisons of providers available?
posted by spbmp at 5:35 PM - 8 answers

Can I get a business loan without personal credit?

I haven't used a credit card for years, and have no debt (I own my house). I am interested in buying real estate for a business that I can't just pay for in cash. I had a good credit score but it doesn't count any more. Will this make it impossible to get financing? Is there anything can I do short term? I would like to know what to expect before talking to banks.
posted by redorangeyellow at 9:03 AM - 5 answers

Should I out myself as bisexual in an academic job application?

I'm a bisexual cis white man applying for faculty jobs in some social science/humanities fields. There are two reasons why I'm considering mentioning my sexuality: first, that many jobs want me to talk about how and why I'm qualified to teach to diverse student populations, and second that I would be interested in teaching gender and sexuality courses. I would probably follow this advice on how to go about mentioning it, slipping in some "As a queer scholar, I ..." language along the way. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:00 AM - 8 answers

October 17

Help me brainstorm a new job title!

I'm in a creative organization that has both writing managers and editorial managers, and in my role, I actually do both of those things. I'm the only one, and I'd like a different title to reflect my unique responsibilities. Help me brainstorm one! [more inside]
posted by ferociouskitty at 2:51 PM - 8 answers

Quitting a job immediately following maternity leave?

My wife is currently on maternity leave and is scheduled to return to work soon. She has accrued 12 days of vacation time. Together we've decided that she is ultimately going to be quitting to stay home and raise our child. We're having trouble figuring out how to navigate this and we're finding conflicting information online. [more inside]
posted by Proginoskes at 1:38 PM - 9 answers

One Weird Trick to Save Money

I've made a fair few lifestyle changes to save money, but I've still got a ways to go before I pay off my debt. What's the one lifestyle change that saved you the most money? [more inside]
posted by Ziggy500 at 4:42 AM - 43 answers

Imposter syndrome turned up to 11

I messed up at work and I can't stop ruminating about it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:16 AM - 12 answers

October 16

Can a house appraiser (US) use local asking prices as comps?

I am in a legal dispute over the value of a house in PA. I want the value to be lower, the other party want it higher. We are therefore using appraisers. The report from the other party's appraiser came in, and it's a little higher than expected. On closer inspection, in calculating value from comparable sales in the neighborhood, it appears that the other appraiser has included some asking prices (i.e. pre-final sale) in the report, and these are being represented as actual closing prices. [more inside]
posted by life moves pretty fast at 7:04 PM - 5 answers

Becoming a drug counselor in San Francisco

I am interested in getting certified as a substance abuse counselor in the San Francisco Bay Area. I'm looking for feedback on different certification programs in the area, as well as general feedback from anyone who works in the field of substance abuse counseling. [more inside]
posted by désoeuvrée at 6:55 PM - 4 answers

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