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September 3

Saving Smarter

Where should I put my money, with specific goals in mind? [more inside]
posted by sprezzy at 4:32 PM - 8 answers

What's it like to be a contract employee?

Specifically, what's it like to work for the state (PA) but through a "vendor"? I have a job offer to work for the State of Pennsylvania, but I would technically be working for what they're calling a "vendor" which I gather is sort of like a staffing agency. My understanding is that I would be employed by the vendor and "placed" at the state agency. Does anyone have any experience with this specifically or a similar working for the government, but technically for someone else arrangement? [more inside]
posted by ashworth at 9:06 AM - 14 answers

A full-time job + part-time job that is 40 miles away = burnout???

I currently work for a mental health insurance company as an administrative assistant for the past 10 months. I have unfortunately found out that working in a cubicle for 8 hours a day is not optimal for me. [more inside]
posted by tnar23 at 1:23 AM - 11 answers

September 2

How can I quick switch into 'vacation mode'?

My life is currently a pretty long commute to and from work bookended by childcare and cooking meals and cleaning up. That's pretty much all I do everyday. Sometimes I swim. I have a long weekend coming up and then, later this month, a camping trip planned. However, I find that it takes me so long to decompress that I don't begin to enjoy myself until the "break" is almost over. What are your tips for quickly switching into 'vacation mode'?
posted by amanda at 6:58 PM - 15 answers

Help me find retirement therapists/counselors

An elderly relative of mine is retiring within the next few years. Help me find a therapist/counselor to help them through this transition. [more inside]
posted by Ndwright at 12:46 PM - 6 answers

It's all in the name

I'm going from employed to being a freelancer. So now I need a name for myself. Details under the fold. [more inside]
posted by hz37 at 9:32 AM - 2 answers

Why is the focus in applying to jobs to be the same as everyone else?

We are working on our resumes, cover letters, and interview skills in college. What I can't help but feel frustrated and at times bewildered about is how the emphasis is always on assimilation, or to be like everyone else. [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend at 7:00 AM - 47 answers

Rolling over a really old 401k

I realized recently that I have a 401k from a previous job many years ago that I haven't rolled over. What should I do? I know YANML, but are there any legal issues here? [more inside]
posted by deathpanels at 5:27 AM - 14 answers

September 1

Big Fish, Small Pond: Job Title Edition

My job title is scaring off potential employers and I'm not sure what to do about it. Anywhere else the role I hold would be a executive level position that commands twice the salary I make (which is mid-level), but in my company I'm really more the equivalent a junior or senior contributor (plus some extras). How do I position my well-earned "executive" role so that hiring managers stop nixing me for junior-level positions because they think I'm expensive and/or overqualified? [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger at 9:33 PM - 10 answers

Help me decide on a possible (medical) career

I am a floundering college graduate with a degree in English trying to figure out what to do with my life. I always thought medicine was fascinating and recently decided hey, why not try to get a job in that field? But I'm not sure. And I'm torn on what to do next. [more inside]
posted by Amy93 at 6:21 PM - 9 answers

Recommendations for a techie looking to expand business knowledge

Technical maven in IT looking to expand business knowledge; What can you recommend in terms of books and other media I can look at to grow in this area? [more inside]
posted by MMALR at 1:44 PM - 4 answers

You're half fired!

How do I take away half of an employee’s accounts and income without losing him? For now. [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! at 9:31 AM - 52 answers

Student loans: feeling the crunch. Suggestions?

I owe $40k in student loans. Not sure of the best way to proceed, so am reaching out for advice. More under the fold. [more inside]
posted by dubious_dude at 7:32 AM - 23 answers

How should I have handled this difficult meeting? How to regain respect?

Basically, what happened last night was that during a meeting people were continuing to argue about how to determine the next course of action for an organization. As president, I decided to go with my gut and pushed for a third option, but I did so in a way that sounded like I was trying to push my role as the organization's leader to get my suggestion through. During this time my body language and patience deteriorated and it became a me vs everybody else situation where everybody suddenly had collectively found the solution that they wanted to reach, and at that point I had to concede my opinion and let their's represent the taken direction. [more inside]
posted by JYuanZ at 6:32 AM - 10 answers

Planning Ahead - Tools, Planners & Apps

I have a portfolio career. I run my own creative business and I am busy - this is good! Help me organise my life so I can sleep AND also pay bills AND do fun, awesome things. I often find I have agreed to do several awesome things over a very short period of time. I use Google Calendar to manage my commitments, but clearly it does not provide me with enough of an overview to avoid things colliding. So, what do you suggest? [more inside]
posted by kariebookish at 6:05 AM - 4 answers

August 31

Not attending friend's wedding

How much money should I give to a friend for not going to their wedding? [more inside]
posted by Mountain28 at 7:29 PM - 14 answers

Alternative to Glassdoor in Ireland?

Does anyone know if there's an alternative to Glassdoor website in Ireland where employees/candidates can provide company reviews? Thanks!
posted by mooselini at 10:23 AM - 0 answers

Project/programme management resources

I'll be adding some project/programme management responsibilities to my role in the next month or so, and am looking for resources to help me prepare. [more inside]
posted by minsies at 9:13 AM - 3 answers

Unintended consequences, mortgage refinance edition (USA)

I would consider refinancing both my mortgage and my HELOC (which is reaching the end of the drawdown period next year). However my income has changed since I originally qualified for the loans, due to a more freelance work situation. If, while exploring my refinancing options, my current lender becomes aware of my less reliable income could that cause me problems with the existing loans? [more inside]
posted by jindc at 9:09 AM - 3 answers

Asking for a bonus agreement two months after hire?

I need to make more money. Not so many snowflakes in this one. How do I get on target earnings in my job? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:05 AM - 6 answers

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