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April 30

Options for massive medical bills for retired mom?

My 61-year-old mom is worried she's going to have to declare bankruptcy due to hospital bills. Is there any way to avoid this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:32 PM - 9 answers

Is enlisting in the Air Force at age 38 a terrible idea?

I'm 38 with a poor resume: not getting callbacks when I apply for jobs. I'm getting to feel quite downtrodden and that I'm slipping through the cracks of society. I thought I was too old for military enlistment but I just found out that technically I'm not... [more inside]
posted by glonous keming at 12:22 PM - 16 answers

My job is killing my soul but I can't leave

I'm at the point where my job is actively causing me despair. Since I can't quit without getting a new job first, how do I cope every day while I try to find something new? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:27 AM - 7 answers

Should I Apply For Training Jobs If I Have Panic Attacks When I Train?

One of the primary roles in my last job was training. At some point I started having panic attacks when I began my training sessions, which was a cause of real distress in the moment, but also longer term as I was now worried about my ability to do my job. Now that my company has closed down, I'm looking for a new job, and I've become aware that I'm subtly discounting opportunities which involve training out of fears related to panic attacks. I really don't think I can afford to overlook these positions in the current job market, but my brain keeps imagining turning up at a new job and having a panic attack in front of a whole new group of people, and naturally things grind to a halt from there. Any thoughts, advice or previous experience would be most welcome; comprehensive history inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:27 AM - 3 answers

April 29

What to do in an up-or-out organization when I want out?

I have a foot out the door, mentally, but don't want to leave until I have something better lined up. I work at an up-or-out organization, and the next "up" step is on the horizon. How do I handle this? [more inside]
posted by J. Wilson at 7:10 PM - 11 answers

What are the best job search sites in 2016?

It's been a long time since I looked for a job and a recruiter got me my current gig. Have you looked for a job in the past year? If so, how did you go about it? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels at 7:01 PM - 6 answers

How do I get through the next 4 months in a dysfunctional workplace

I'm looking at exiting my job (in a HIGHLY dysfunctional, but famous, organization) after a big event in 4 months that its important for me to see through. Help me figure out how to get through it, with many snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by socktastic at 2:18 PM - 9 answers

Work calendar etiquette: Do you share your calendar? How?

Do you share the details of your work calendar? Or just free / busy status? Does it depend on the person or event? I'd love to get some idea of the norms in this area. [more inside]
posted by 3491again at 10:17 AM - 29 answers

April 28

I don't want to burn the midnight oil.

How can I find a job that has a regular schedule and is limited to 40 hours per week max? [more inside]
posted by wonder twin powers activate form of a sock puppet at 4:30 PM - 30 answers

onsite job interview and missing work

Amazon is apparently interested enough in me that they want to fly me to San Francisco to interview in person with members of the team I'd be working with. Great! The problem is, I'll have to take several unplanned days off from my current job. What is the best way to do this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:02 PM - 26 answers

Career coach: worth it?

I have been struggling and stressing over finding a job. I've found a recruitment agency I like (it helps women in tech!) and they recommended a particular coach. I'm worried about my finances, since I've had a rough year, and I'm wondering: will paying for a job coach be worth it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:45 AM - 6 answers

April 27

How to cope with office life for the highly sensitive person?

I've begun working as an assistant in an office after years of telecommute work, and very familiar, frustrating feelings have come flooding back. I am a Highly Sensitive Person and this whole week, I spend a ton of mental energy being on all day at work, beginning with an anxious morning routine where I struggle to even get everything done. Then, when I leave work, I come home and basically sit on my couch all night and do nothing, then repeat the cycle. How can I learn to cope? [more inside]
posted by Fire at 8:58 PM - 21 answers

Financial resources for the complete newbie?

As an avid watcher of Shark Tank, I always hear phrases like "it is a so-and-so dollar industry" and "company x owns so-and-so percentage of the market" thrown around. Where can I find this type of information laid out in a layman-friendly way?
posted by omar.a at 5:59 PM - 2 answers

Here and there and back again

What should I be thinking about when considering a professional opportunity that would see me splitting time between two cities? [more inside]
posted by tryniti at 4:16 PM - 7 answers

The Case of the Missing 401(k) Contribution

The lovely Ms. Quizicalcoatl recently changed jobs and rolled over her 401(k) into an IRA with a different firm. Awesome! Then, she got a final vacation payout check from her former employer...but her pre-tax contribution was withheld from that payout. The money never showed up in her 401(k). Where did that money go and how do we get it back? [more inside]
posted by Quizicalcoatl at 3:46 PM - 7 answers

What Companies Have Remote Tech Support Opportunities?

This is probably the first of what is to be many questions about moving to a different state, hooray! Currently I work in a tech support-ish sort of job, answering customer emails. I love what I do, but I can't do it from a different state. Load me up with companies who have remote support opportunities, please? [more inside]
posted by masquesoporfavor at 11:18 AM - 9 answers

How to request that feedback be passed on to my boss?

The nature of my job is that I don't have a lot of contact with my immediate leader for long periods of time. I've been "on loan" to another area of the company since late last year. In that time, I've received a lot of positive feedback on my work. Sometimes this is given to me in person and other times it's through email. Is there a tactful way that I could suggest that people pass some of this feedback onto my boss, so that it can be considered when I'm being given my performance evaluation? I'm not really sure how to phrase this in a way that isn't awkward?
posted by anonymous at 10:15 AM - 13 answers

How to be a good manager?

I am interviewing at various agencies and I just had an interview for an ACD level. I'm ready but I have only had informal management rolls, never an official title. So what is there to know? [more inside]
posted by stormpooper at 9:56 AM - 8 answers

In a rut or time for change? Careerchange filter with art dream caveat

I started in Montessori Preschool education a little over 6 years ago right out of college and I LOVE it... except I don't. Working in the confines of a school is getting really physically and emotionally taxing, especially since my life has done a 180 Snowflakes-> [more inside]
posted by Kestrelxo at 9:54 AM - 1 answers

Should I ask to postpone this job interview?

I've started applying to school jobs that start next fall because I am on maternity leave until then. Not knowing how long the interview processes would take, I got started before the baby arrived. Now that she's here I'm getting requests for interviews and I'm not sure if I'm ready to take them! Some slightly TMI details inside. [more inside]
posted by chaiminda at 7:43 AM - 13 answers

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