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February 19

How do I progress at work, when I don't want to manage people?

I'm a manager of things, and that works for me. My next step up the corporate ladder is to manage people, and I don't want to do that. I have ambition, just not in that direction. Have I hit my ceiling? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:53 AM - 9 answers

Job hunting: What to do when you have no good references?

I'm looking for work but due to Reasons, I don't actually have solid references. What are your suggestions for handling this? I'm looking for advice both from people who've been in my position and those who are hiring managers. How did you handle this? What can I do/say in my interview to reassure you it really was them, not me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:53 AM - 6 answers

February 18

What online classes would you recommend?

Through my public library system, I have free(!) unlimited access to Seeking course recommendations to improve my creative, technical and/or business skills. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings at 2:40 PM - 4 answers

My HR Rep sent me a meeting invite for next week.

So, around 2pm today (Friday) the HR manager for the division of the company I work for sent me a meeting invite for Thursday of next week. She included a staff lawyer and HR manager that comes from another division. Neither my manager, nor anyone from the business unit I work for was invited to the meeting. The meeting will be conducted over the phone (all parties work in different locations). I should note that I manage a small team and have 5 direct reports. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:53 AM - 33 answers

February 17

tax reporting for dummy EXPATS?

There are guides for dummies on US tax reporting. I need THAT but for EXPATS. Know of any? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:10 PM - 1 answers

Sticking to a career goal for dummies

I need a new job, but I'm wasting time cycling through several different options, never really getting anywhere with any of them. Help? [more inside]
posted by silly me at 10:07 AM - 4 answers

Diagrams and representing complex info in Powerpoint

What are some good resources for Powerpoint that will help me convey complex information? [more inside]
posted by theobserver at 2:33 AM - 6 answers

February 16

New architecture school grad seeks job search advice

Asking on behalf of Mr. Azuresunday, who's just graduated from the UNC Charlotte school of architecture and is looking for his first job at a firm. He's got a solid portfolio and has three informational interviews with well-known local firms under his belt. All three have said positive things, but none had specific job openings & the hunt is going slowly. He would love any advice from architecture and design Mefites on how to get his foot in the door and land his first job. [more inside]
posted by azuresunday at 7:08 PM - 12 answers

How to make best use of a lump sum of money?

Thanks to a lucrative year for my company stock, I am now possessed of a lump sum of money that I'd like to use to pay off debts/ important expenses. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:04 PM - 11 answers

Retail Store Co-Managerial Position: Looking for Pros & Cons

Job offer is imminent and through the grape vine I've heard that the General Manager is interested in a Co-Manager type situation. What are the pros and cons of two people managing a small retail store? Do you have any experience with such a situation and if so how did it turn out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:04 PM - 5 answers

Getting extra WFH days but can't tell coworker

Recently my manager has told me that he will allow me to work from home every other Friday, and a coworker is not getting the same perk. I know my coworker will notice, but don't know what to say to her if she asks. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by koolaidnovel at 2:39 PM - 10 answers

SLA/PO = freelancing without a contract?

My new job seems pretty good, but the terms have me a bit worried. The invoice cycles are uncomfortably long, not including processing time. Also, although it is regular work with a dedicated team, I have only a verbal agreement of my pay rate. [more inside]
posted by ldjflut at 12:09 PM - 5 answers

How do I renegotiate salary pre-offer?

Initial prescreen salary question was probably too low. How do I renegotiate back to what I was making before? [more inside]
posted by stormpooper at 9:28 AM - 8 answers

Physical labor jobs that do not involve a large amount of communication.

I am looking for physical labor careers which adhere to specific criteria that are detailed in my post. [more inside]
posted by Evernix at 3:31 AM - 19 answers

February 15

Could use some tax guidance after a weird year

Even setting aside all of the current-events stuff that happened, 2016 was a damned weird year for my wife and me. I left a job in June, taking a buyout package equal to half a year's salary. I did several contracting gigs over the summer. I worked as a subcontractor through a recruitment firm. My wife left a job in October and subsequently did some similar subcontracting work. [more inside]
posted by the phlegmatic king at 9:15 AM - 7 answers

Notebook Attention Deficit Disorder

I have a bad habit of grabbing any random notepad/notebook/piece of paper/sticky pad at work to take notes at meetings, jot myself a note, create a to-do list, etc., and would like tips, ideas, or suggestions for better organization & workflow. [more inside]
posted by ArgyleMarionette at 8:34 AM - 25 answers

Reference check seems to be taking a bit longer than usual--next step?

I have been in the application process for a job I'm really excited about. I was extended a contingent offer last week pending a reference check. On Thursday, three of my four references were contacted. I haven't had any contact with the potential employer since. Probably because I'm so excited about this position, not hearing anything is making me antsy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:52 AM - 8 answers

February 14

Realistically, I probably shouldn't do this

I recently lost some money (think something like a large health bill, ticket, or emergency airfare) and now am having intrusive thoughts about eating only cabbage and oatmeal for a year to "make up" for that lost money. Can you help me get rid of these thoughts? [more inside]
posted by fernweh at 10:48 PM - 26 answers

Your Favorite Planner?

I'm getting into data collection for a research project that has events and observations schedules pretty much every day for a month. I'm looking for a physical planner I can record these into. I'm going with something paper/physical, because having a physical object helps me to commit better than digital reminders. Details below the jump. [more inside]
posted by codacorolla at 1:10 PM - 18 answers

Ins and outs of buying a leasehold flat (UK)

We are thinking of buying a leasehold flat in the UK (London). I find leaseholds odd. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by EtTuHealy at 12:48 PM - 5 answers

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