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September 29

explaining that you were fired

Does admitting in an interview that you were fired ever turn out to be a job offer in the end? Especially if it involves getting fired from a job 4 years ago or even longer? I do want to tell the truth, but telling the truth does not seem to be practical, since companies are ready to write you off very quickly with such an answer. I once admitted it in an interview and the hiring manager looked shocked all of a sudden, left the room, and said that the next person who was going to interview me was too busy and had a work emergency. I think that admitting being fired is only safe when you have good experience and credentials, so that employers would forgive you for a little blemish in your career.
posted by pieceofcake at 8:12 PM - 17 answers

Anyone know where to buy Amazon returns directly from Amazon?

Hello, I am a newer reseller, I am looking to cut out my middle man. I also want to be the first to look at the returns. Right now, I go through a company that I believe goes through stuff before they box it up to resell from Amazon. [more inside]
posted by tricide at 4:43 PM - 3 answers

How to make next steps in IT marketing/communications

I've been working as a freelance copywriter/white paper writer mainly for IT companies but am looking to make the next step in education or job. [more inside]
posted by mosschief at 1:39 PM - 3 answers

US Citizen abroad -- OK to change bank address to foreign address?

Is there any reason I would regret changing my US account addresses to my new foreign address? [more inside]
posted by EtTuHealy at 6:23 AM - 10 answers

Publishing industry burnout. Where do I go from here?

I have no idea what I want to be when I grow up. Difficulty level: self-employment for the past decade, entrepreneur, 40something female. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:11 AM - 10 answers

September 28

How do I affordably start a music/art/educational LLC and non-profit?

I am a known financially developmentally delayed idiot. No really. I hate money. And I want to start a music and art festival on a slim budget and start building a framework to be able to raise funds for it and keep it all clean and kosher and separate while keeping my day job and tax bracket. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by loquacious at 11:23 PM - 14 answers

My Job is Stressing Me Out. Help Me Survive It.

I work in digital publishing, mostly doing email newsletters, and the pressure and workload keep cranking up. I'm looking for something else, but I need help surviving in the interim. [more inside]
posted by SansPoint at 1:48 PM - 17 answers

Should I stay or should I go now? (Job change advice)

I'm having trouble coming to a final decision on a job-change, and I'm hoping that you all can help with some of your unique perspectives. I recently received a job offer to go work with (well, technically for) a friend at a smaller company nearby. Polling everyone close to me (family, friends, work mentors) has yielded unanimous results: I should accept the offer. Yet, I'm wavering. Here is the situation: [more inside]
posted by theplatypus at 12:03 PM - 12 answers

Massage therapy as a career: learning and experiences!

Having come to something of a 'natural break' in my career (such as it is) at age 30, I've been looking at a number of options for retraining and doing something new. I keep coming back to massage therapy as a potential opportunity for me to break away and do my own thing - but just how viable is it, and what were your experiences of getting into it and doing it day-to-day? I'm looking for course recommendations - but mainly personal experiences. [more inside]
posted by winterhill at 8:33 AM - 8 answers

Are there ways to automate the tailoring resumes and cover letter?

I’m currently on the job market in Boston and am attempting to find ways to make the process of applying to work a little less tedious. By this I mean, I am looking for ways to be able to include the keywords from job listings in my resume without having to go back and forth and changing them. Additionally, the cover letters also need to be tailored to match with the particular job descriptions and their qualifications. [more inside]
posted by caudal at 7:14 AM - 5 answers

How to get through a meeting with a difficult co-worker

A difficult co-worker has requested a meeting to discuss communication problems with me. It's being mediated by our boss. What strategies can I use to get through it without getting personal or accusatory? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:59 AM - 12 answers

September 26

Recovering from a toxic workplace

I'm just finished up my last day at a toxic workplace. Help me come up with some great recovery activities in my time off. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:51 PM - 5 answers

Burning bridges by leaving unfinished work at your old job?

I was previously working at a medical supply company last year and left that job due to high turnover, low wage, and being 17-19 miles away from home. The current job that I have now is only 2.3 miles away from home although the pay was only $1 more. I work for a mental health insurance company. I've been there for 9 months now. I was hired as an administrative assistant, and I have found out the hard way after 4-5 months into the job that I'm not the best fit for the position. I also found out that the work environment is toxic along with a high turnover rate similar to my old job. Here is a couple of reasons for the toxic environment. & why I plan to leave. [more inside]
posted by tnar23 at 11:42 AM - 15 answers

Declining a Work Event

How do I decline attending this fancy work event? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:10 AM - 20 answers

September 25

Leaving a dream job for a better quality of life

About a year and a half ago, I was offered an absolute dream job opportunity with a company I obsess over. I feel like the things I am doing have the chance to change the world in at least a small way, and I am well respected and valued in my organization. I have direct access to VIPs that others would love the chance to have a single coffee with. But, it's incredibly stressful at times and has a poor work-life balance. Should I leave this job for an almost-as-cool job that might be better for my family? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:00 PM - 18 answers

How to Gain Certain Skills in an Odd Workplace

I'm an admin assistant looking for other admin work, and I've realized that my not knowing how to make travel arrangements or schedule things on Outlook is taking me out of the running for a lot of jobs. I'll never be able to learn how to do either at my current job for a variety of reasons. How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:00 PM - 11 answers

Recommend me some business books

What are the best business books you know of right now? [more inside]
posted by Serene Empress Dork at 1:37 AM - 17 answers

September 24

Out of bounds to suggest new clothes?

Is there an appropriate way to ask a potential employee to update their wardrobe? [more inside]
posted by horizonseeker at 1:46 PM - 31 answers

Helping my kid invest

My 12 year old is looking to invest money someplace other than in a savings account. The objective is to get the money working harder than in a savings account (and learn about investing). There is about $1000 available to start. I will supplement the investment if a slightly larger startup amount is needed to open an account. This is a long-term investment. [more inside]
posted by GernBlandston at 9:57 AM - 16 answers

How to not fall asleep for 2 hours after working full time?

Hi I'm a young adult woman im returning to work after health issues I have not worked full time much before it was less than 3 weeks that was about 5 years ago Ive worked more part time but I remember my first day at work I was so cranky at my parents my older brother usually sleeps 1 hour or more after work. Working full time I was a Earlychildhood relief teacher but even though that job can be tiring I would get tired after my lunch break. [more inside]
posted by re at 12:38 AM - 15 answers

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