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March 17

JobFilter: Introvert Edition

I'm a 30-year old socially anxious introvert who lacks a degree and has very little work experience. What work should I be looking for? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:38 PM - 10 answers

Individual task tracking system

I really need some help finding or devising a light-weight, low-friction task tracking system for managing my work tasks. It doesn't need to be used by more than one person at once, but it should be clear enough so it could be handed off to someone else. [more inside]
posted by leticia at 10:22 AM - 19 answers

Mortgage officer screwed us over. Help me not have a total meltdown.

The upshot: we are first-time homebuyers. We were diligent in asking questions and turning in our paperwork, but our loan officer dragged his feet and gave us misleading information about the loan process. Interest rates have been climbing...and we ended up on the wrong side of this week's rate hike. I am so angry that we didn't get better guidance. The extra costs aren't going to kill us, but thinking about how much it's going to cost us in the long run is making me sick with anxiety. How can I deal with this? [more inside]
posted by sockity sock at 10:21 AM - 19 answers

March 16

How do I fill out my self-assessment in appropriate corporate-speak?

We're having to do self assessments at work for the first time in the 8 years I've been there. My boss will also be filling out essentially the same questions for me. I'm struggling to figure out how to talk about a couple of my specific weaknesses I'm writing about, as well as what my "action items" for the next year regarding them are going to be. [more inside]
posted by skycrashesdown at 10:56 PM - 13 answers

Unhappy with job and location - too many intricacies to figure out.

I am unhappy with both my job and my location, but I can't figure out how to remedy either without shooting myself in the foot or indulging "grass is greener" syndrome...help please? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by majesty_snowbird at 7:16 PM - 5 answers

Starting over in the same place? Feeling discouraged.

I feel like I want to leave everything behind me and start over. Like I have embarrassed myself, and the only solution is to never have to see any of these people again. Yet, I know that won't fix anything and I'm tired of being a quitter. How do I get a fresh start when I feel like I blew it already? [more inside]
posted by picardythird at 6:36 PM - 6 answers

Online mortgage vs. with a human mortgage broker

My partner and I are comparing options for mortgages and getting pre-approvals from several local mortgage brokers and online banks. We’re first time home-buyers and we're perplexed at how much cheaper the online bank's fees are (~$300) compared with a human mortgage broker's fees (~$3000). It seems like there must be catch, otherwise how do mortgage brokers continue to exist? Is there some benefit to using a mortgage broker that we'd miss out on if we went with the cheaper, online option? All mortgage shopping or condo/townhome-buying tips are welcome!
posted by crabapple at 12:11 PM - 13 answers

How do I respond to this email?

I've cold emailed someone in my industry and she responded with a rude email. How do I respond? [more inside]
posted by treetop89 at 10:44 AM - 28 answers

What are common & difficult management challenges (non-profit context)?

I am interviewing for a job in the next few weeks. In my role I would help non-profit managers improve their management skills in order to support the work of their team and meet the objectives of their organization. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:20 AM - 7 answers

March 15

Planning a Day Planner

I have created a modified Bullet Journal/Day Planner for myself. A few friends have commented that it's really great, and I'd like to make some for them. And maybe a few other people. How does one do this? [more inside]
posted by Elly Vortex at 9:13 AM - 13 answers

Can I quit a job right after signing the contract?

I'm having bad feelings about a new job, and am thinking about quitting. [more inside]
posted by raintree at 4:51 AM - 9 answers

March 14

Misplaced Social Security Number

I misplaced a piece of paperwok with my SSN on it. How risky is the situation, and what is the best way to get a replacement if that's the ideal solution? [more inside]
posted by thedarksideofprocyon at 8:48 PM - 6 answers

Where can we live in Los Angeles while our house is renovated?

My wife, daughter, two dogs, and I are planning to have our house renovated over the summer, which will mean we'll have to move out for approximately 3 to 6 months. I'm asking the Mefi community if you have some ideas I haven't thought of to find nearby places to temporarily live. Besides Westside Rentals, AirBNB, and Craigslist, what are some reliable sources to find some places to find short-term rentals? [more inside]
posted by rybreadmed at 8:17 PM - 14 answers

The Pros and Cons of Hourly vs Salary jobs? Which one is better?

I am starting to apply for IT jobs mostly entry mid level ( Help desk support and desktop). My family has told me that be careful when it comes to being paid a salary there are some companies that will take advantage of you as in make you work 60 hours a week and they don't have to pay you overtime. How true is this? But you can also get paid for 40 hours even if you just work 30 that same week. While being hourly non-exempt you are guaranteed to get paid overtime? [more inside]
posted by iwantworklifebalance101 at 7:14 PM - 25 answers

Savings Account? Treasure Chest? Dragon Hoard? Where do I put the money?

Now that my mother's house is on the market, I've realized I need a more concrete plan to handle my share of the proceeds than 'save most of it'. [more inside]
posted by Archipelago at 3:04 PM - 10 answers

I need to learn account management!

New to account management. I'd like to get some type of entry-level training regarding account management - customer relationships, networking, customer retention strategies, mapping out contact opportunities, meeting agendas, etc. Any ideas? (I'm in the tech industry, if that helps - web development)
posted by adverb at 11:30 AM - 2 answers

help me resign from this project

I stupidly agreed to help someone with a project that I don't have the time or the emotional energy to do. Help me get out of this now before I waste any more of his time. [more inside]
posted by thereemix at 11:19 AM - 10 answers

March 13

Pregnant academic: due date and second job interview in the same week

I did a Skype interview for an assistant professor position this past Friday and I believe that it went really well, committee said I will "definitely" be hearing from them within two weeks. Two weeks from my interview is my due date, exactly. The camera was aimed (as is usual) at my head and shoulders, so my 9 months pregnant status was not visible nor did it come up. I emailed a short formal thank you to the committee at the end of the day on Friday. The position is at the same university where I already work, but in a different department. It's a non-tenure seeking, teaching oriented position. I've just been to the doctor today, and she confirms I'm on track to deliver at or around my due date. Today is Monday, the first work day after my interview. My questions are within! [more inside]
posted by powerbumpkin at 8:49 PM - 15 answers

Escape from academia

I finished my PhD in molecular and cell biology in December. I need a job. Added difficulty: I want nothing to do with academia or benchwork (doing experiments). My whole life I have just been following the next step of school and I've come to the end of the line. I feel lost and overwhelmed. Help me find a way out! [more inside]
posted by 12%juicepulp at 3:41 PM - 12 answers

Teach English overseas? Degree of difficulty, older and lesbian.

Seriously considering teaching English in Taiwan. My current job is ending, finding jobs when I'm over 50, especially with an employment gap, has been difficult. No experience teaching, but have done a good bit of training adults over the years as part of running library computer systems. I have a passport, have lived overseas but not in 30 years. Have minor, under control health issues. Have done some research, and this doesn't look insane, but would appreciate feedback. [more inside]
posted by QIbHom at 11:49 AM - 11 answers

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