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November 18

Fell into marketing... mid-life crisis a-go-go... how to escape?

Through a series of un/fortunate events, my CV is littered with copywriting, marketing and social media management experience. I set up my own business several years ago, doing all such things. On paper, I'm a marketeer. First problem? I can't stand it any longer. Second problem? Where do I start...? [more inside]
posted by doornoise at 12:57 PM - 15 answers

November 17

career opportunities

Career options for recent graduates with bad grades? [more inside]
posted by lhude sing cuccu at 1:02 PM - 22 answers

So...I'm going on a medical leave...k bye! (runs away)

I am about to go on a medical leave from work because of some mental health issues. I feel ashamed and guilty, and I don't know how to tell my manager - email? Meeting (how could I not cry in a meeting)? What specific words and phrases can I use so that he won't know or guess the reason for my leave? What do I say, and how? [more inside]
posted by kitcat at 10:34 AM - 18 answers

November 16

Team leaders: how much time is taken up with admin?

I've been given the opportunity to apply for one of two roles within the same organisation; one is a software dev, the other is team leader of the software dev team. Team leaders: how much of your time is taken up with the administration of your team? [more inside]
posted by urbanwhaleshark at 11:48 PM - 12 answers

Let a creepy stranger use my mobile phone, now worried I've been scammed

Last night I let a stranger use my mobile phone to make a call. The whole interaction gave me a weird vibe. Could I be at risk of being the victim of a scam of some sort? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:28 PM - 10 answers

I want to work closer to home; how to locate within a certain zip code?

Is there a way to use say google maps to hone [first time using that word in a sentence feels good] in on a specific location for business or even job opportunities?
posted by usermac at 10:27 AM - 3 answers

November 15

Pregnant! Should we step back from buying this house we've dreamed of?

We were getting close to making an offer on a home — but the house was a lifestyle upgrade, not a necessity. This month we found out a kid is on the way (whoo!), and we're trying to decide if the house is still doable, or if we should save our pennies for the little person-to-be? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:28 PM - 22 answers

Can I ask opportunity to come back in a couple years?

I'm trying to decide whether to leave a cushy but very frustrating government job for one at a private firm. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:28 PM - 9 answers

I'm awkward in office settings, should I become a social worker?

I was accepted into an MSW program next fall to become an LCSW. I’m concerned about this working out because I have a hard time fitting into office cultures. I particularly have problems with women--and since they dominate the agencies I’m wondering if I should do this? A few scattered snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by kewpiesockpuppetdoll at 4:03 PM - 13 answers

Quick fixes for imposter syndrome

I'm at a conference and feeling like a failure. I know about power poses, I've started blasting upbeat music in my headphones when I'm going from place to place, and I've started doing little mindfulness/body checks if I'm feeling really alarmed. What else can I be doing to combat my imposter syndrome/crises of confidence, right now?
posted by c'mon sea legs at 9:57 AM - 19 answers

November 14

Checking account with categories built in?

I am instructed by my lawyer to change banks immediately. I remember seeing an ad, which I cannot place in time, for a bank which would let you build categories (kind of like budget lines) into your checking account. You could allocate X for household supplies, for instance. I have scoured these webs and cannot find such a thing. Does it still exist? What bank had it?
posted by The Noble Goofy Elk at 6:25 PM - 11 answers

How to maximize a salary raise at a giant F500 corporation?

I was recently hired into an Associate XXXX position in the technology space and received a base salary of $80,000. This base salary is already around $10,000 higher than what the position typically pays in other cities. Now that I've been at the company for ~5 months and have been kicking ass, performance-wise, my boss told me that he'd like to get me promoted to full on XXXX position at my half-year mark because I'm outperforming my peers, and to a large extent, even Senior XXXX peers. But... [more inside]
posted by 6spd at 5:23 PM - 15 answers

GTD Practitioners: How do you prioritize daily tasks?

I've read David Allen's "Getting Things Done" for the second time and gone all in on implementing the system. The only area I feel the system and guidance are a bit weak on is planning your day-to-day and moment-to-moment choices for next actions. [more inside]
posted by the foreground at 4:44 PM - 7 answers

November 13

How hard is it to be a US expat in Ottawa?

I have been offered an opportunity at a promising company in Ottawa, Canada. However, I'm a US citizen who has never lived outside of the US. Have any Metafites done this before? Do you regret it? Is this just a Bad Idea (TM)? [more inside]
posted by msladygrey at 7:11 PM - 15 answers

How do I create my own job?

I have a neat opportunity to potentially create my own job at a company in a segment of my industry. How do I do that? [more inside]
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty at 12:32 PM - 3 answers

Why is this stock worth anything?

Not really about a specific stock but I'll use NWPX as an example. To clarify what I'm asking I should say I understand the concepts of discounting earnings, voting rights, common stock, diversification etc. but fundamentally I have always scratched my head over what the point of owning this sort of stock is. [more inside]
posted by Pembquist at 9:23 AM - 14 answers

Six Month NYC Moving Plan

My wife are planning to move to New York in around six months. Assuming you had the $$$ & job situation figured out, what steps in moving are unique to that city, or things you wished you did before you moved there? Is there a good 'NYC basics' guide (things that tell you-- yeah you really should get a NYC driver's license, etc) that isn't geared to 22 year olds? [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv at 4:14 AM - 27 answers

November 11

Do I really need a LinkedIn profile photo?

I'm whipping my LinkedIn profile into shape, and I'm really stuck on whether I should add a profile photo. Slight complication: I'm a visible minority with an ethnically misleading name. Help? [more inside]
posted by blerghamot at 7:47 PM - 27 answers

November 10

Does FannieMae consider wage deduction (garnishment) a hardship?

Wells Fargo has required that I fill out a Uniform Borrower Assistance Form because my wages are being garnished for repayment of credit card debt. Is this considered a reduction in income outside of my control?
posted by qsysopr at 7:31 AM - 2 answers

The chores. The stores. Fresh air. Times Square!

What should a couple keep in mind about deciding whether to move to a small town and become a single income family? Bonus complications: Resort town, SAHD. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:44 AM - 9 answers

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