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January 29

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 - 0 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 - 22 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 - 12 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

January 26

Sales and Marketing a new product line... for the complete novice

I have stumbled into a completely foreign land in which I am way outside of my comfort zone, and am looking for some direction. With a background in software design/development, I now find myself a proud owner of a side-business that has created a new line of consumer products (sports related). The hitch is that we have flown very much below the radar during development, but are now ready to sell these things... but we aren't sales-guys. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:25 PM - 3 answers

Which financial professional can help me choose a mortgage?

I'm about to make an offer on a home. I've seen six different loan scenarios from two different lenders. The monthly payments and $ to close are all in the range that I can afford, so I will probably just pick one for the offer and pre-approval letter. I told my realtor that after the contract is accepted, I want to sit down with a CPA of some sort (yes Metafilter, fee-only) and figure out which is best for me, given my tax and employment and personal details that the lenders don't seem to want to consider. She said that she has never had a client ask for that before. Really?! [more inside]
posted by ecsh at 5:28 PM - 10 answers

A question about job-hunting remotely

I live in Texas, but I'm actively seeking to move to Boston (for personal reasons), and I'm planning on moving there as soon as I find a job. I'm not moving sooner because I'm underemployed, living on savings, and the cost of living where I am now is much lower. What language can I include in a cover letter that concisely signals both "I'd be happy to move there at a moment's notice" and "I am not trying to con you into paying for my relocation"? Should I quit listing my Texas address and start putting a friend's Boston-area address on my resume instead? Am I overthinking this?
posted by nebulawindphone at 10:21 AM - 10 answers

Seller Doesn't Want to Involve Realtors but I Need Advice. How?

My landlord wants to sell me the condo I rent. I want to buy. I'm working on my credit to get into buying shape. She doesn't want to involve realtors in order to save costs. Who should I be talking to then? Special snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by tunewell at 10:11 AM - 20 answers

Tools for long term, low activity, planning?

My work has asked me to help with planning for our internal quality program, we are a smaller company so it isn't a full time job. Basically I have a short to-do list, some things with strict deadlines others with just "get this done sometime", that I need to ensure get done from year to year. How do people do that? (special snowflake details inside) [more inside]
posted by selenized at 9:09 AM - 2 answers

January 25

Reconnaissance about the medical careers

My lovely gf wants to switch careers to the medical field — and I want to help her —but we could use an overview of what positions there are. [more inside]
posted by Brainy at 6:19 PM - 7 answers

set up an investment account for a foreign relative

my relative wants to invest in the US stock market. he lives abroad and has no social security #, i.e., is a completed foreigner ("non-resident alien"). he proposed that i invest his money under my name and my social security #, and is increasingly insistent. i certainly can set up another account to keep his money and any investment / transactions completely separate from mine, but i am concerned about whether this is legal and also tax consequence. is this sth doable?
posted by anonymous at 6:21 AM - 15 answers

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