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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 - 7 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 - 42 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

theft/damage/accident protection for prescription glasses?

You'd think the Google would be forthcoming with something on this, but it's really not, and neither my insurance company nor my optical provider strangely have any advice on this. My new prescription is way pricey because of my aging eyes; and I'm not talking about insurance coverage that pays for your frames/lenses - I mean, in case something happens to them. Suggestions? I see a place like Lenscrafters has a sort-of-warranty thing for theirs, but it's not very comprehensive, and I'm already wearing them. [more inside]
posted by bitterkitten at 7:36 AM - 10 answers

October 15


My new landlord has told me he hates paper checks. I would love to pay my rent automatically and electronically each month. I have his routing and account number but cannot figure out how to pay him rent without one of us having to set up new accounts or pay fees. Any ACH/EFT experts in the house? [more inside]
posted by JannaK at 7:07 PM - 19 answers

October 14

Should I quit my job?

Feel like I am in a never ending crisis; should I quit my job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:13 PM - 21 answers

Best way to track expenses after losing our house

We lost everything in the fire in Santa Rosa. We need a really good, easy collection and categorization system for our receipts and expenses. We have one iPad and two phones which Apple replaced. We got out with ourselves, one car, my purse, our elderly dog who we had to put down Wednesday because it was getting close anyway and the disorientation and pain of being thrown around the back of the car all night was too much. [more inside]
posted by Gusaroo at 8:41 AM - 10 answers

How to receive sizeable foreign payment from third party?

I live in the US and am expecting a sizeable payment in Swiss Francs from my ex-employers pension fund in Switzerland. What is the most cost-effective way to do an electronic foreign currency transfer to the US? (More inside) [more inside]
posted by eurandom at 7:39 AM - 9 answers

October 13

Job searching with no confidence

My current job is ending in December and I should be job searching but I'm paralyzed by fear and a lack of confidence. I endured a year-long, painful job search to find my current job and I'm dreading going through that again. I'm also not sure what kind of work to apply for, as I HATE the role I have the most experience in (admin) and also don't feel like it's possible for any employer to want to hire me or to see my value. Another barrier is that I can no longer tolerate office politics, sexism, and hierarchy bs. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:18 PM - 9 answers

Exempt to Non-exempt with 24/7 availability? Hmmm.

I anticipate a classification change from Exempt to Non-exempt. What's the best way to preemptively document and respond to ongoing after-hours expectations? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:01 PM - 8 answers

I need a poker face by Monday morning.

I need to attend and participate in a meeting at work on Monday morning with my boss’ boss. I’m going to need help in giving off a neutral demeanor (positive may be a bit much to ask). [more inside]
posted by bookmammal at 1:19 PM - 21 answers

Organizing my life when I have A LOT to do

I have a lot going on in my life and am having a hard time keeping track of and managing it all. Please recommend an app/combination of apps to help me stay on track! [more inside]
posted by galaxypeachtea at 8:47 AM - 8 answers

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