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October 19

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

We are trying to Denver. Hope us.

Due to a complicated series of events, Honolulu attorney/former law enforcement officer (28/F) (me) and Florida writer/drummer (25/M) who has also worked in retail, food service, hospitality are relocating to Denver together. (Yes we read the other Denver questions! Some of them were very helpful!) [more inside]
posted by zdravo at 11:22 AM - 6 answers

Condolences on death of Thai king, in a work context?

I work with some people in Thailand. Do I, and how do I, express sympathy at the recent death of King Bhumibol? [more inside]
posted by JuliaJellicoe at 7:40 AM - 6 answers

October 16

Moving to Brooklyn, jobless...oh dear

My partner has a job offer in Brooklyn. We both love Brooklyn. But we currently live in the midwest, I have no job prospects in NYC at the moment, and I have no idea how long my job search will take...can we survive? [more inside]
posted by Miss T.Horn at 4:42 PM - 29 answers

it'll be just like a sleepover, except not!

Tomorrow I leave for a "work retreat" my manager has arranged. Four days and three nights, with her and my two colleagues who make up our team. In a rental house. With every minute planned out. I'm starting to panic a bit and need survival tips. [more inside]
posted by castlebravo at 1:18 PM - 18 answers

Help me move on from a recent bad job and understand what happened.

I need help distinguishing what was my fault and what was bad management. Also need help dealing with the anxiety that still comes back to me about it. [more inside]
posted by winterportage at 10:21 AM - 11 answers

October 15

Help me sort through an extremely sad employment situation

I'm on the board of a small condo. The building has a small staff that has been here for almost two decades, and last night, a situation arose that resulted in one member getting arrested. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:51 AM - 9 answers

October 14

I know you want your money, but I can't help you!

tl;dr, I worked for a non-profit that shut down and now a service I used for my job hasn't been paid and they've called me. I'm wondering if I should do anything or just ignore it. I used the service, but it's not like I was in charge of our financials or compliance. Full details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:00 PM - 4 answers

saying no to philanthropy?

I had a great-paying job in fundraising but the job was insanely emotionally over the top and I found myself running away after 18 months and now work in the private sector as a business development director. I donate money to charity and it has created a major dilemma that I can't figure out how to solve. Can you give me some advice? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:59 PM - 10 answers

October 13

How do we tax internationally?

Last year, my partner and I did farm work in Australia on a work & holiday visa. Some employers gave us PAYG forms, which appear to be the Aussie equivalent of a W2, but not all did. We have since returned home to the US. What documentation should we provide the IRS in place of a W2 when we file? [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix at 8:11 PM - 6 answers

Nonlocal candidate: the impossible dream?

Last time I was actively job searching (2010-2014, give or take), conventional wisdom had it that hiring managers/HR wouldn't even look at a resume with an address beyond reasonable commuting distance from the job. [more inside]
posted by scratch at 2:44 PM - 13 answers

Successfully promoting great software engineers to leadership roles

I've noticed a pattern at the software company I work for: our best engineers (not just in terms of engineering but also in terms of their social skills, collaboration, coaching and working well with others) are promoted to engineering leadership roles and given direct reports. This reduces the time they spend actually making things by at least 50% due to the time they spend in management. They often don't make great managers (at least at first) and in some cases they eventually ask to return to being an individual contributor. How can we make this work better? What patterns of success have you seen for this in your own workplaces? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:56 AM - 20 answers

Taking a job when you know you won't be staying long

Recent grad school graduate here on the first adult job hunt. I'm quickly realizing that it won't take a magical month to find the job I want. I'm living at home while searching, and a job in my hometown is hiring. It is in my field, but exact opposite of what I want to do, however it would help me save money. Would it be wrong to take a job that I know I would probably only stay in for 4-6 months or so? [more inside]
posted by socky bottoms at 7:08 AM - 13 answers

What should my next career move be?

I'll be graduating next year with a degree in Psychology with a concentration in Childhood & Adolescent development. I'm looking to find a new job in the meantime, and I'm not sure if I should try to find something in my field or switch fields entirely. [more inside]
posted by Autumn at 12:44 AM - 8 answers

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