My husband was laid off from his job a few weeks ago. We have a toddler and live in Chicago. I've lived here forever, all of my family and friends are here, and I have a job I love here. So far, he hasn't come across any opportunities in this area, but we've seen some great looking job postings in smaller cities in flyover states. (Think Des Moines and Omaha.) Should he consider pursuing these opportunities, or should we stay where we are and struggle along? [more inside] posted by GirlLikesBeer at 8:54 PM - 25 answers
I was wondering if any Mefites might currently work in, or know someone who works in, a career that meets the following qualifications:
1. Involves a ton of writing. Any type of writing. Even if one spends most of one's time crafting emails, that would be sufficient.
2. Is relatively easy to get into with only a bachelor's degree in a possibly unrelated subject.
3. Is generally not discriminatory based on age (in other words, someone who is in their late 40s/early 50s would not be seen as teetering on the edge of their grave). [more inside] posted by Sockrates at 1:59 PM - 12 answers
I am in the midst of establishing an office in Downtown LA for a small and growing business. I purchased a package that in which I have business phone that I can use fax on, unlimited national calls etc. U-Verse Wi-Fi package is separate. [more inside] posted by goalyeehah at 12:52 PM - 0 answers
I'm going through for a marketing gig at a startup - but my idea of a job is influenced by my family's idea of a job, which tends to be very working class hourly wage stuff. Please help me figure out fitting in and working well with what I've had presented to me. [more inside] posted by Phalene at 9:43 AM - 12 answers
I was recently recruited for a mid-level role at a young startup (tech in development for several years; company has existed for about a year).
My gut feeling about the product and the tech is that it's viable. The market is there, and I myself would use the product. This is not the case for 80% of startup products/ideas that I see.
I'm not so sure how I feel about the founders or the results of the first interview. [more inside] posted by Occam's Aftershave at 3:49 AM - 20 answers
What are your specific investment recommendations for someone who's 25 years old, self-employed (contractor), has $130k in savings and no debt? [more inside] posted by Forty-eight at 10:27 PM - 14 answers
A couple of years ago, I graduated from [famous university] with a decent bachelors in physics. Since then, I've been working in a job which I'm going to be slightly opaque about, but I'm basically a ‘radiation physicist’ who gets paid by the government. I'm finding lots of aspects of this job unsatisfying and I'm looking for a career change. What are good avenues to explore for physics graduates? [more inside] posted by anonymous at 3:21 PM - 8 answers
I recently received my renewal notice in the mail for my auto insurance policy. The premium (for the entire year) increased by almost $100. I called my insurance company to find out why, and my BS detector is going off. [more inside] posted by tckma at 8:23 AM - 15 answers
I'm in need of a new bank. I've decided to go with an online only bank because of their lack of fees and 24/7 customer service. My choices have been narrowed down to Ally Bank, Capital One 360 or Charles Schwab Bank. Comments based on personal experience with any of these banks would be greatly appreciated. posted by r-senal at 7:20 PM - 26 answers
I've had difficulty finding a career mentor in the archives/preservation field because of a lack of local resources and the fact that I obtained my Masters degree online, which was rather 'alienating' and didn't really allow for the kind of student-professor relationship that blooms into recommendation letters and networking. Are there ways of seeking out (real, committed) mentors either online, or in my area (northern Virginia/Washington DC), preferably involving me providing volunteer work? [more inside] posted by nightrecordings at 4:10 PM - 5 answers
I was just placed on a civil service test list, and canvassing letters and interview offers are coming in - which is good. Not so good is that I'm working full time and I'm having trouble figuring out how to get out of work for an hour here and an hour there to go on these interviews without raising any of my bosses' suspicions. Any tried and true ways to be out of work for an hour or so, more than once a week? [more inside] posted by anonymous at 10:52 AM - 35 answers
I'm renegotiating my salary next week in a consulting startup but don't have much to go on in terms of being able to compare to similar jobs because the industry is rather niche and growing fast. How would you go about calculating a fair request with very little information? [more inside] posted by mireille at 10:36 AM - 4 answers