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May 24

After hours stock trades

What's going on with after hours trades that are way off the going rate? I understand a few shares going through, but explain this Amazon trade for example. About $2.7 million changes hands after hours today at about $130 per share below the closing price.
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium at 2:43 PM - 2 answers

Research associate interview questions

I have a few interviews for research associate/ assistant/ fellow positions for a variety of medical statistics jobs in the next few months. I am finishing my PhD at present. I haven't done many interviews before and am possibly overthinking it, but what questions should I be prepared for? Much beyond my work so far and general questions in the field? Are the interviews generally laid back or very intense? Any tips/ links/ example qs would be much appreciated!
posted by Lucy_32 at 1:29 PM - 4 answers

Knock knock, who's th-INTERRUPTING BOSS

My new manager has a communication quirk that is driving me a little nuts when I give presentations. Please help me deal. [more inside]
posted by btfreek at 9:57 AM - 29 answers

May 23

Question about taxation of capital gains

Help me understand how capital gains are calculated in two special cases (casino winnings and Bitcoin money-changing). [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:47 PM - 8 answers

Because I'm In Charge

A colleague of mine (we'll call him Lewis) frequently initiates large organizational and technical changes and insists that everyone must comply to his plans because it's 'his decision'. These changes are often disruptive and geared towards his thinly veiled empire building (his record for successful delivery is pretty spotty). When challenged to provide good reasoning or to enumerate the benefits of such changes, he gets aggressive and re-emphasizes that he's in charge. He's a bully and his management team seems keen to allow it. Help me figure out how to demonstrate to my management team that these tactics aren't an effective way for us to operate. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:47 PM - 8 answers

last slt in paris

Speech and language therapist moving to France, what's the regulatory pathway? [more inside]
posted by monster truck weekend at 3:10 PM - 2 answers

What should I tell the recruiter?

A recruiter from an agency that placed me at a dud job three years ago contacted me about coming in for an interview. Help? [more inside]
posted by pxe2000 at 8:54 AM - 6 answers

May 22

Help me eliminate voids in brazed copper socket joints

I am trying to qualify a brazing procedure to ASME standards which require less than 20% unbrazed surface. However, the tests I've been sending to the lab are all showing voids. I am at a total loss as to how I can correct this and get my procedure passed. [more inside]
posted by Naib at 6:09 PM - 6 answers

Legit personality/career testing resources

Where on the internet can I find high-quality, non-scammy personality / career testing to help me identify what type of work I enjoy, what jobs may be a good match, and what my strengths and weaknesses are? I'm a HUGE fan of the Myers-Briggs, but it seems that should be taken with a grain of salt. And, I am looking for something a little bit more career-oriented. Ideally such a resource would range from free to low cost (<$50).
posted by houseofleaves at 11:53 AM - 9 answers

One Productivity App for simplicity and continuity

Good news, everyone! I've stepped up from baby manager to full blown manager, with a broad and seemingly endless project portfolio. Turns out this hard to manage with my scratch paper and calendar reminder approach, and I need a better solution. Special consideration: I want my current team, and my eventual replacement to be able to use this, and I can't count on tech comfort. [more inside]
posted by skookumsaurus rex at 8:40 AM - 7 answers

How to plan a strategic planning session

I've been tasked with organizing a one-day strategic planning session for an organization I am very familiar with, for about a dozen staff people and Board members. How do I make it great? [more inside]
posted by ITheCosmos at 6:33 AM - 4 answers

Contacting Company Directly vs Third-Party Recruiter

If a third-party recruiter contacts me regarding specific opportunity, would I have any obligation to go through the third-party recruiter if I have an informal 'market intelligence' chat with them? [more inside]
posted by moiraine at 3:30 AM - 3 answers

May 21

How can I stop the endless negative chatter that stops me focusing?

I know lots of people have an inner monologue of negative thoughts, I believe the Buddhists call it the "monkey mind" but I'm not sure. But I seem to have it to a ridiculous extent, to where it's impeding my ability to focus and do back to work activities, and I think my bipolar brain chemistry is a big reason it's so bad. What can be done about and what sort of specialist help could I seek (it's something I'd be willing to pay privately for help/ classes with if there was a good chance of success). [more inside]
posted by AuroraSky at 11:40 PM - 14 answers

Wages garnished without notice and I don't know what to do.

[Virginia employment/debtor law filter]: I just saw that my wages were garnished on my current paycheck for over $350. I was never notified about this (by my employer or otherwise) nor served any papers and I am freaking out. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:58 AM - 8 answers

Nearly all of my job functions have been changed. What can I do?

After a year and a half, I've recently moved to a new team with my employer and after just a few months the managers have overhauled the entire position, despite protests. They told me my only recourse was to move to a different shift/location and now seem to be backpedaling on even that. What can I do? (Snow storm below!) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:56 AM - 7 answers

multiple job postings

What do I do if a company has posted multiple job postings that I am qualified for? [more inside]
posted by thereemix at 8:40 AM - 6 answers

May 20

Graphic design hand-holding for a non-designer

I'm looking for resources to help me do some very simple graphic design that doesn't completely suck. I'm starting a business and need to set up colours, a logo, fonts etc so I can make some vaguely professional-looking template documents for my initial pitches to clients. I am totally clueless on such things. Do you have recommendations for tools or guides that will walk me through doing this step-by-step, without assuming that I want to become a designer? [more inside]
posted by une_heure_pleine at 12:54 AM - 14 answers

How do I soften my exit from a job?

I work on a small software team. I've been here for 3 years and am currently Project Lead. Because of a whole mess of managerial and personal issues, I've accepted an offer at another company. I'll drop some special snowflake deets below, but I'm looking for tips around softening my exit and trying to make it as smooth and drama-free as can be. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:35 AM - 11 answers

Work history break in war refugees' CVs/resumes - best practices?

I volunteer for a non-profit where I find myself once in a while helping a person who was a refugee of war to get their resume together. Is there a standardized way to say what is basically, "My family was in a camp for eight years at this point"? Like, the feeling is that the whole thing needs an asterisk, but I don't know how to communicate that in a business-like way. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:35 AM - 4 answers

May 18

For the undecided: How did you learn to choose?

As a freelancer, I take on many different kinds of projects, with many different roles, in different areas. I find it incredibly difficult to make a dedicated choice in one direction for my career. But I feel like I should, because my lack of choice is hindering my professional development and career options. If you're like me: How did you learn to pick something and go with it for a while? [more inside]
posted by Thisandthat at 11:50 PM - 9 answers

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