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October 20

Feel Like A Number

My firm needs a coding/numbering system for proposals, estimates, and invoicing to be used for bookkeeping and accounting. Ideally, this system will reference clients and projects, so proposals can be tracked to invoices, and vice-versa. Please recommend your favorite/best practices for coding and numbering systems for proposals, estimates, and invoicing!
posted by mattdidthat at 11:34 AM - 9 answers

How do you measure a software engineer's productivity?

I’ve been told that my productivity at work needs to improve, and that I should think up three ways in which my manager can measure my productivity and its improvement. Difficulty level: software engineer. Wall of snowflakes inside (longer than expected, sorry folks!) [more inside]
posted by six sided sock at 10:54 AM - 31 answers

Productivity Ninjafilter: how do you keep track of articles to read?

How do you handle and keep track of articles to read later? [more inside]
posted by zooropa at 10:51 AM - 10 answers

October 19

How to recommend SRI fund to company 401k provider?

I know about nothing about investments, but would like my 401k to be with a socially responsible investment (SRI) fund. I have an opportunity to recommend one or more funds to the 401k provider for the company I work at. I'm wondering about the best way to do it. [more inside]
posted by ErikH2000 at 6:18 PM - 6 answers

Keypad deadbolt for small business exterior door?

I need a keypad deadbolt for a nonprofit's exterior door. [more inside]
posted by fieldtrip at 5:07 PM - 4 answers

Should I do this job interview?

Should I do this job interview, even though it could actually hurt my chances of getting the job I want? [more inside]
posted by miyabo at 2:15 PM - 6 answers

Do you know Edward Jones?

I am in the process of hiring on with Edward Jones and I'd like to hear from you. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:32 AM - 13 answers

October 18

Hardware and Software PM tool?

Another PM looking for my snowflake scheduling tool. Challenge: hardware and software. [more inside]
posted by gillianr at 11:44 PM - 2 answers

October 17

Arts/Humanities salaries at MIT?

This is a long shot, but I am up for a position as an assistant professor at MIT (in an arts/humanities department), and I'm wondering if the salaries are similar to the other assistant professor salaries at MIT (average is 120K) or if they are paid much less, as at many other universities. Thanks!
posted by anonymous at 10:52 PM - 6 answers

Hire me even though I ran out so fast you saw a blur?

I had a great second interview for a position that I believe I will excel in. I did the best I could and answered as truthfully as possible. I believe things were going well and both managers seemed receptive, yet had their poker faces on. My mistake was when I got up to leave, I grabbed my purse and forgot to shake their hands and walked out. Is it a big deal? [more inside]
posted by lunastellasol at 2:24 PM - 17 answers

Maximize my mid-life opportunity: Open-ended, few restrictions.

I find myself in my early 40's with two careers under my belt and an itch to do something entirely different. I have no kids or spouse and no debt. What in the world shall I do? It's an embarrassment of riches and I am paralyzed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:58 PM - 14 answers

Coding assignment as interview: how much is too much?

Experience-based opinions from fellow techies especially appreciated! [more inside]
posted by rada at 8:30 AM - 16 answers

Husband laid off after 8 years. What now?

My husband was just laid off. He'll have about six months of severance ahead of him. He's 32 years old and has been in the same job for 8 years. Given his qualifications, what do you recommend we look for in terms of new jobs? Kansas City area but interested in moving, if that helps. [more inside]
posted by agress at 7:43 AM - 12 answers

October 16

Should I apply for this job?

About a month ago I applied for a job, but was then told that the company had been put under a hiring freeze. They recently posted another interesting looking job opening; do I bother to apply? [more inside]
posted by Rora at 7:48 PM - 10 answers

Invited back to interview for a different position...?

I recently had a job interview at a perfect-for-my-current-circumstances employer. I thought the interview was okay but I could've done better. Didn't hear a peep for two weeks. I received an email this Tuesday asking if I could come in this Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday to interview for a different and higher-paying position. I'm looking for some advice on how to handle interview #2 tomorrow. Confusion & mitigating circumstances inside! [more inside]
posted by cardinality at 6:38 PM - 12 answers

Career change help needed

[Posting for a friend] I am trying to make a career change from finance to tech. Lots of special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by jenbo1 at 6:22 PM - 3 answers

What do you do when you're burnt to a crisp?

I have major "failure to launch" syndrome and it's affecting my life big time. I have been in this situation for some time now and I can't see any way out. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:04 PM - 24 answers

What can I expect from an online competency assessment?

The next step in my application for a position with the city government is to take an online competency assessment. I've never seen one of these before - can anyone give me some insight? [more inside]
posted by majesty_snowbird at 2:48 PM - 3 answers

October 15

Should I tell people from an interview that I moved back to their city?

Okay, this is complicated but I will try to make it as simple as possible. Interviewed for a permanent position last week that I really want in a city I have been coming and going from. The day I interviewed, I got offered a temp position in the same city that let me move there for the next couple of months. I accepted the temp position but am wondering what to tell the people at the place with the permanent position. [more inside]
posted by thesnowyslaps at 8:07 PM - 8 answers

To lease or buy my next car?

I've looked all over the internet for a lease/buy calculator that fits my situation, but they all seem to compare leasing versus a car loan. I am wondering whether to lease or buy a new car with cash. Is there ever a valid argument for leasing over a cash purchase if you can afford to pay for the car outright? [more inside]
posted by cecic at 11:56 AM - 14 answers

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