I'm something of a Swiss Army Knife of a human being, so there are many things I can do and that I find interesting. I am an artist and don't particularly care what I do to earn a living, as long as I can finance my artwork. That said, it can take me A LONG LONG TIME to finish a single job application. [more inside] posted by oogenesis at 3:59 PM - 6 answers
My fiance and I live in NJ and work at a major pharmaceutical company as scientists making decent money. What cities/towns within a 5 hr drive of north Jersey have cheap real estate where it's realistic to buy a house for < $250k yet still have major pharma/chemical/related employers? [more inside] posted by never.was.and.never.will.be. at 3:38 PM - 6 answers
We want to learn all we can about making a customer's experience good (and probably profitable for us) while they are in a store.
Is there a field of study for this? Are there iconic books? Favorite bloggers? Oft-cited research papers? [more inside] posted by jander03 at 1:55 PM - 6 answers
I need to find out my updated credit scores. I've already used up my once a year free inquiry back in April. I've used sites like credit.com and creditkarma but their scores are "modeled" scores and not the real thing. Where can I get accurate reporting on score numbers from the Big 3 bureaus? [more inside] posted by caveatz at 1:44 PM - 7 answers
I have been an aerospace engineer at a major aerospace company for 15 years, and I'm ready to try something different. I would really like to do something that involves diagnosing problems or solving puzzles. I love crosswords, cryptograms, logic puzzles, jigsaw puzzles. I hate team management/herding cats/politics. [more inside] posted by anonymous at 6:27 AM - 5 answers
I have a bachelor's degree in a non engineering field but I want to get into engineering and have work experience in a engineering related field, any suggestions on how to best do this? Snowflakes inside. [more inside] posted by KernalM at 6:24 AM - 5 answers
My office has an opening for a supervisor. They've decided that since things move slowly in our organization (government), before selecting someone permanent for the job, it will be opened up to the office and anyone interested can serve in the position for four weeks to "get full sense of the responsibilities." I'm interested in the job for a few reasons but concerned about the pitfalls of being a supervisor for merely four weeks. [more inside] posted by anonymous at 9:36 PM - 8 answers
I need a new job but I'm not sure where to even start looking. I don't feel like I'm qualified to do much of anything but what I'm doing now but I am BURNT OUT! So what's a 20 something with a sorta-liberal arts degree who hasn't done much but hang out with kids all day supposed to do? [more inside] posted by missriss89 at 9:11 PM - 11 answers
I'm trying to compare the compounded losses due to inflation to non-compounded profits. E.g. if inflation makes me lose 3% of an investment each year, what % would I need to profit each year in order to exactly keep up? This is tricky because the profit is not compounded the way inflation is. I'm not looking for an answer to this specific question, but rather, looking for a tool or method to do this kind of math. [more inside] posted by brenton at 11:20 AM - 12 answers
So I tore my ACL and would like to have it reconstructed. I have been offered a job that starts late September that would offer superior health insurance. I would ideally like to be on that insurance when I get the surgery, how do I make that happen? [more inside] posted by sibboleth at 10:47 AM - 5 answers
Several different managers have told me that I need to develop a "more forceful" persona. I'm trying to work out exactly what this means. More details inside. [more inside] posted by ontheradio at 7:30 AM - 16 answers
I am trying to remember the name of a book I read within the past few years about how multilevel marketing (MLM) doesn't work. I could be wrong, but I don't think the book was solely about MLM.
The book talks about all the reasons that MLMs don't work, but the one distinguishing thing I remember from the book is:
MLMers need to set up "events" at random-ass places, where they get people to sample the product and get them hooked into the scheme. There were *pictures* in the book of these places, and the author made points about there's never any description on the outside about what's happening inside. I remember that one particular MLM sold smoothies or juices or something along those lines, and some of the pictures showed how bizarre it looked to have small cups of juice sitting on a table for people to sample, and no one was in the room.
It's a shot in the dark, I know.. but even if you can suggest books that talk about how MLMs don't work, that would be great. Thanks! posted by wuMeFi at 11:00 PM - 2 answers
I'm the junior member of a 2-person legal team for a government agency. I routinely have to ask people wholly outside my chain of command to do things for me or, more rarely, correct work when it's not compliant with law/policy/practice. I've successfully won over the majority of the staff in my year with the agency, but one staff member is routinely argumentative with me. How do I fix this? [more inside] posted by mchorn at 3:36 PM - 27 answers