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October 24

Hourly vs. salaried?

What exactly does it mean to be paid hourly? [more inside]
posted by Puck Soppet at 6:56 AM - 6 answers

the appearance of delight while fantasizing about the kill

How do professional women* manage to maintain poise, or, even more--smiling--in the face of overwhelming emotion? [more inside]
posted by A Terrible Llama at 6:26 AM - 6 answers

October 23

Workplace Drama - How do I choose/do I have to?

Work part time (eg, no full time contract) in academia. Currently split between two departments, with most of my time spent in Department A. Department B gave me a promotion. Now Department A wants me to only work with them. Dept B wants me to eventually be full time with them. Added complication: there is growing bad blood between the two departments, and both sides are smearing each other. [more inside]
posted by troytroy at 2:17 PM - 4 answers

October 21

Credit card chip fell off, what now?

So the chip on my credit card fell off somewhere, what can somebody do with it if they found it? [more inside]
posted by crashlanding at 12:35 PM - 5 answers

Is this bullshit or am I nuts? Workplace edition.

I was hired a year and a half ago to a position that I very much like and work very hard at in an extremely niche field. Everything has gone swimmingly until this week. Looking for some extra outside insight into this situation. Anybody had this happen to them? Or something similar? [more inside]
posted by strelitzia at 11:25 AM - 16 answers

How to achieve maximum impact of promotional free software

We are getting ready to release a free standalone CAD software. It is a downloadable product, does not run in a web browser (not like the more typical startup SAAS offers). Our company intends to sell an API library and consulting services using said API. The API was used to build the CAD software. [more inside]
posted by spacefire at 8:08 AM - 2 answers

How to Gracefully Quit a Job After Only Six Months

I will be quitting a professional, white-collar job after only six months. There are a number of reasons for this, but the bottom line is that the new opportunity is a much better fit -- though I'm not sure that explanation will go down well with my current manager. My current bosses are good people and I'd like to keep it cordial, given that our professional circles are small. Any tips? [more inside]
posted by GorgeousPorridge at 5:22 AM - 10 answers

October 20

Worried about being caught looking for a job

So here is what happened... I have been applying to jobs, and I got an email from a recruiter about not getting a job offer, and I was reading this on my phone. After I read it I put my phone down, and I accidentally left the screen on after things got really busy at work, and so I forgot I left my phone on and went to a different part of the building. When I came back I then realized my screen was left on with the email for everyone to see. And I found out from my coworker that my boss came inside the room. And so my mind is racing and worried about if my boss went up to my phone and read the message. [more inside]
posted by pieceofcake at 5:15 PM - 16 answers

Cool collaboration platforms and products

My office is in the middle of piloting a certain tool for cross-organizational collaboration, but I'm wondering what else is out there. [more inside]
posted by lunalaguna at 2:22 PM - 6 answers

How do I give notice from my remote job?

I've decided to accept a job offer and leave a job that I had become dissatisfied with, yay! But now I need to tell my manager and my teammates that I'm leaving and I'm not sure how to do that because I'm a remote worker. Special snowflake details within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:09 PM - 10 answers

October 19 does one actually get a job?

I'm about to finish grad school and I've been applying to jobs furiously, but I feel like I'm shouting into the wind. I need some advice on networking and how to appropriately reach out to employers. [more inside]
posted by the offing at 6:00 PM - 10 answers

Training terminology time!

Co-worker is planning a program of hands-on trainings in [esoteric public-sector field] and wants to jazz it up a bit with unnecessarily grandiose names. Specifically looking for current tech-sector jargon for "experiential learning" or something along those lines.
posted by psoas at 4:32 PM - 1 answers

The Monetary Value of Connecting the Dots

I have a simple idea for a cottage business, but I don't want to get screwed because it's so simple the industries involved could easily shoulder me out. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by rougy at 10:51 AM - 10 answers

I may be offered a job that I'm unqualified for

A colleague (X) that I have closely volunteered with at a separate non-profit for a couple years recommended me to apply for a job at her workplace from which she is soon departing. This job (technical in nature) is in the same department that X works in and she also sat in on each of the interviews as a part of the interviewing team. I've had a couple interviews so far, and based on my advancement, now believe that I may actually be offered this position, and my long-held impostor syndrome is actually now warranted. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:32 AM - 15 answers

October 18


Is it eccentric to submit a cover letter as a .txt file? [more inside]
posted by postcommunism at 5:23 PM - 24 answers

Tiny Little Company, Great Big Surgical Procedure

How do I tell my bosses about an impending surgical procedure I will be receiving? We are a tiny company, we are very busy, the procedure is pretty big, and I will be out of commission for a good while. Also: the procedure itself COULD be considered "elective" (but kinda isn't). Iodine-swabbed snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew at 3:31 PM - 25 answers

UX Design exercise for job candidates

Do you have, or have you encountered a design exercise for a UX job application that you thought was effective? [more inside]
posted by colin_l at 3:10 PM - 7 answers

Looking for career counselor recommendations in the Seattle area

A friend of mine is looking to change careers and is at kind of a loss for the best path forward. I was hoping to find them a career counselor in the Seattle area. This person is not in a technical field, which is what most of the Seattle area counselors appear to specialize in.
posted by lattiboy at 1:31 PM - 1 answers

Are my ideas around a real estate career a little too lofty?

Yes, pun completely intended
Will real estate help be get what I want from life, will it be a good fit, or is there something else out there better for me? What am I not thinking of? [more inside]
posted by FirstMateKate at 10:26 AM - 25 answers

October 17

teaching english in japan as a parent

In Japan, is teaching english compatible with family life? would I ever see my children if I did that for a living? [more inside]
posted by myriad gantry at 7:53 PM - 8 answers

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