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July 17

Finance Fellow Seeks New Path

I'm writing this on behalf of my awesome husband. He graduated with a degree in Economics and right away went to work for a bank. He worked his way up and is now a Veep. All in all, he's been there for eighteen years. He's ready to step back from the rat race, but needs some help brainstorming what he can do. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:28 PM - 7 answers

Need back taxes filed ASAP (Bay Area)

I need a tax preparer in/near Oakland, CA who can do QUICK turnaround on years of back unfixed taxes. [more inside]
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey at 8:27 AM - 5 answers

July 16

How to tell client I'm blowing another deadline?

I have to tell my client/employer tomorrow that I'm still not finished with what turns out to be an unexpectedly huge project. I need scripts. I'm kind of angry with them for dumping this on me, but I want to keep working for them if possible. [more inside]
posted by under_petticoat_rule at 9:46 AM - 5 answers

July 15

Grad student, interrupted

Due to circumstances beyond my control, I have come quite close to finishing my master's degree but will not be able to do so before going on the job market. How do I accurately represent this to potential employers? (This is an MSc, and the jobs I am interested in are within my field of research.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:46 PM - 3 answers

Does this business model exist?

I've figured out that the area where I can add a lot of value to a retail business is in demand planning and optimal inventory replenishment strategies. Do you think this business model that I have in my head could work? Please see below the fold for more details. [more inside]
posted by Gosha_Dog at 3:42 PM - 10 answers


You are not my insurance company. House was burglarized last night. They got my laptop, which I paid about $900 for about 6 months ago. [more inside]
posted by scratch at 11:46 AM - 6 answers

First real job career advice

About to start applying for my first real job in the tech sector. Seeking advice about the long term career benefits of starting at a startup vs. a more established company. [more inside]
posted by dragonfruit at 9:36 AM - 11 answers

July 14

Quick, non-scammy, decent sources of immediate/ish income

How does a depressive with a physical handicap and a stutter, but sound mind, and massive debt make decently-sized small chunks of money quickly. I currently have $45 in my bank account, am on $400 in SSI, nearly all of which is already gone this month. How do I stay afloat ( and not rely on my parents, whom I do live with, so no threat to basic livelihood here, thankfully) while I work through the long and arduous process of finding employment through a vocational rehab agency and the more typical hiring process? I've been out of school ( BS in Psychology) for five years now. I'm done being (relatively) poor and need money now. Hope me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:05 PM - 15 answers

Forget the brown M&Ms. How much for a guest singer?

Last Saturday I saw Gorillaz in Chicago. In the encore set they played 'Clint Eastwood' with special guest Del The Funky Homosapien. Collectively, the crowd lost their minds when he came out. How much did Del cost? [more inside]
posted by brokeaspoke at 1:03 PM - 4 answers

Should I eBay?

Have checked the archive and haven't found anything recent. I'm an underemployed writer/editor/PR type who wants to get rid of a bunch of stuff. I could donate much of it. But I could use some cash, too. Complications below the fold. [more inside]
posted by Bella Donna at 11:28 AM - 11 answers - good or dodgy?

I've had an email asking whether I'd like to provide lessons for Highbrow ( I gather Highbrow provides short series of five-minute 'lessons' by email. 'Teachers' get a small fee if enough people complete their courses. Does anyone have any experience with this? Is it legit and worthwhile or dubious and more trouble than it's worth?
posted by Segundus at 12:11 AM - 1 answers

July 13

Help Me To Begin Grieving My Lost Job

Last Friday morning I received a phone call telling me was I terminated and not to commute on on Monday to my long held contracting job. There was no explanation, no feedback and no thank you (I know, they don't have to do this). I had no idea this was going to happen. Since then I have been a state of shock and pain like nothing i have previously experienced. Help me to figure out how to grieve the loss of my job. It feels a little like a death though I know its different. [more inside]
posted by Xurando at 3:20 PM - 6 answers

Social Security for my mom

My mom is disabled, and has just turned 62. She contacted the social security office and asked if she could get social security, and they told her that there was nothing that she would be able to do. [more inside]
posted by FireballForever at 12:03 PM - 16 answers

Need conversation prompts for "getting to know you" work lunches

I'm running a series of weekly brown bag lunch events that are loosely based on learning more about what everyone else in the library is working on (I work in an academic library). Last week was the first one and it was clear that I really need to have conversation prompts prepared. I asked what everyone's favorite thing about their job is; what else can I ask?
posted by rabbitrabbit at 7:49 AM - 14 answers

Help me do social media right for my handmade jewelry?

I have been almost solely relying on internal traffic for my Etsy store but I now have a new standalone website and need to drive traffic to it. [more inside]
posted by whitelotus at 6:00 AM - 14 answers

July 12

How do I tech career (or other career that is less boring)?

I work in student services at a university, and I'm in a bit of a career rut. To get some of the intellectual stimulation that I'm not getting at work, I've been taking computer science classes, and I've enjoyed them and done well. I'm starting to think that maybe I shouldn't be so adamant that I'm just doing this for fun and not for job-related purposes. Can anyone help me think of jobs or careers that would scratch the same itches that my CS classes do? [more inside]
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious at 8:05 PM - 14 answers

Buy? Lease? Argh: We just want reliable transportation!

My partner and I begrudgingly need another car. We have a lot of student loan debt and are torn between leasing, buying a beater, or or a nice used car. [more inside]
posted by fizzix at 1:43 PM - 20 answers

My coworker yells. :(

A woman who works near me shouts when she is stressed out or frustrated. Her yelling is usually directed at her staff, and sometimes at someone on the phone. She does not shout at me but the yelling is very distressing for me to hear. These shouting sessions last for 2-10 minutes and happen 3-7 times per week. Is there a polite way for me to communicate that her yelling makes me uncomfortable without jeopardizing my position at work? [more inside]
posted by schroedingersgirl at 9:59 AM - 28 answers

Searching for an article about class, risk, and faking it

A few years ago I read an interesting article/blogpost describing how the "fake it 'till you make it" strategies currently in vogue with the startup/entrepreneurial set are very difficult for people from more modest class backgrounds to put into practice. Much of the difficulty was attributed to the different levels of risk tolerance appropriate for privileged v. underprivileged/average persons. Hypothetical example workplace scenarios were given. I believe the article was written in a colloquial style reminiscent of Cracked magazine and may have been authored by someone in the self-improvement/entrepreneurship sphere. Does this ring any bells?
posted by Svejk at 6:04 AM - 6 answers

July 11

Boss loves me. I'm leaving. Help me figure out how to leave well?

Boss loves me but I am planning to move on and need your help to not burn any bridges because my boss really likes me as an employee. More questions and details after the jump. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:47 PM - 10 answers

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