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April 14

Interview: should I mention that my current position is ending?
I'll be interviewing for a new position next week. I'm worried that if they ask why I'm leaving my current job, and I tell them that my current position is going will no longer have funding within a 6 months, I will give up some potential salary if it comes to salary negotiation. Is that a valid worry and if so, should I not mention that and just go with other (also true) reasons such as "I'm no longer feeling challenged"?
posted by anonymous at 2:04 PM - 13 answers
What is post-production like in Seattle?
I am a freelance video editor/assistant editor working in advertising in New York City. Career-wise I am doing pretty well and working consistently, but I have recently been thinking of relocating to Seattle. Is there enough post-production work in the Seattle area to keep me fed? [more inside]
posted by 235w103 at 1:31 PM - 1 answers

Temp agencies in NYC, then and now
How has getting work through NYC temp agencies changed since the 1990s? [more inside]
posted by gubo at 12:30 PM - 8 answers

LinkedIn profile quandary - switching gears mid-job hunt
My LinkedIn profile is targeted to the job I want, but I need to broaden the scope of my job search to include a different, lesser position. How can I do so without my profile hindering my chances? [more inside]
posted by sockless at 8:56 AM - 7 answers

How to Protect My Employability
A combination of anxiety attack and anemia (the term used by the paramedics was close to that, I don't recall) caused me to pass out in my office. I was discovered unconscious, and came to as the EMT people arrived. I was not scheduled to work that day, but agreed to help the shift supervisor and departing assistant manager, who refused to come into work. The shift supervisor did not react well to the possibility of having to stay in the store to close it. This resulted in a public confrontation after the paramedics left (because I refused further medical treatment; they told me to go home immediately). I ended up closing the store. My store manager, who tried to fire me once already, has informed the District Manger and HR. I was told to come in at my scheduled time, but I can expect to sign papers. What can I expect during a retail-industry termination? [more inside]
posted by Ashen at 8:36 AM - 23 answers

Grad School Tax Questions.
I'm entering a PhD program with full tuition covered and a stipend. I own a home with my fiancee, but my home is 2 hours away from my school. So for the first year, I'm going to rent an on-campus apartment. And I have some tax questions. [more inside]
posted by MisantropicPainforest at 6:24 AM - 14 answers

April 13

Longterm investing anxiety: Property or pension, or what?
Husband and I have $130k saved up. No mortgage, no pension to speak of. Just been called into the bank for talk about long term plans and am freaking out about what to do. Advice? Do I need to see a financial advisor or are they not a good idea? [more inside]
posted by everydayanewday at 2:50 PM - 11 answers

ADA accommodations after FMLA runs out
Due to a flare up in a (diagnosed, currently being treated) disability, I've had to take intermittent FMLA leave - which is about to hit the 12 week limit! How do I talk to my boss about reasonable accommodations going forward? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:14 AM - 15 answers

April 12

How do I source products from in and around Europe?
Hello all I'm thinking about starting an import business specialising in very high quality and hard to find products, particularly tools and machinery. I'm having trouble finding good quality online directories that list manufacturers like Alibaba that target Europe. Does anybody have any advice on finding products in Europe? Thank you kindly
posted by Jimmeh at 9:04 PM - 7 answers

Need to quit my job while on FMLA.
How should I quit my job to start another one while I'm on FMLA leave? [more inside]
posted by santojulieta at 7:43 PM - 9 answers

$14,000 in debt - how to pay it off?
I'm 22. I have in total about $14,000 loan in a student line of credit. About $9000 was used when I was abroad on exchange for 6 months(my parents paid my fees, my flight, etc) I currently commute to school and spend, from the line, about $1000-$1400 a month on everything - food, commute, coffee, beer, going out, gifts. I don't pay rent at home, or anything else like groceries (though I mostly eat out when I'm at school...I still gorge on home food) [more inside]
posted by rhythm_queen at 2:11 PM - 26 answers

April 11

1.85% on 45k student loan - just pay the minimum?
So, I'm selling my house and will have some extra cash, finally. I have a consolidated student loan that after years of steady payments, has come down to a very low 1.85% interest rate. Given the current economic conditions, and an intense desire to have my money work hard for me after years of being in the doldrums, should I up the payment and try to save a tiny bit on interest? Or would it be better to stuff my IRA, or put money into a no-load fund or index? [more inside]
posted by ihavequestions at 11:06 AM - 13 answers

Help me cross over to the dark side!
After 15 years or so working as a journo/editor on niche technical magazines, I am considering a move to the PR/communications sector... [more inside]
posted by low_horrible_immoral at 5:49 AM - 5 answers

April 10

Accounting switch
I am finishing my PhD in the life sciences this year. I do not want to stay in science. I have been debating switching to an accounting career. Difficulty level: bachelor's degree in mathematics, masters degree in biochemistry, phd in pharmacology. But no accounting coursework or direct experience. Also I will be 34 in November. How realistic of a switch is this and how long will it take me, best case? Advice for what to start doing NOW to make this as efficient as possible?
posted by sickinthehead at 3:37 PM - 10 answers

Why join proffesional societies or associations as a student?
I have been a member of a few professional societies as a student member. Should I continue with them? How can I better take advantage of them if I do? I am a student member of The American Psychological Association Division 52: International Psychology and The APA div 14: The Society for Industrial Organizational Psychology. They cost around $25 each annually but I don't feel I am taking advantage of them. I don't attend conferences due to the expense so I miss some of the networking benefits. There are usually forums for communication but the activity levels are fairly low. I have gotten access to some books and tons of articles and that's cool. Other than this, is it really worthwhile for me to be a member? If so, how can I better participate as an essentially online only member?
posted by Che boludo! at 11:15 AM - 8 answers

Unreasonable to Want Higher Pay or Better Fitting Position?
I get the feeling I'm underpaid in my current position and my primary skillset is definitely under-utilised, but without a degree or even the industry standard certificate for what I really like to do, I feel like I have to accept that. Am I wrong? It would change my life to be wrong. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:51 AM - 14 answers

facebook and twitter and vimeoh-my!
Where should my business go next on social media? [more inside]
posted by headnsouth at 7:16 AM - 2 answers

Any Melbourne tech companies that use a "Stripe"-like interview process?
I tend to have bad experiences with traditional job interviews. I'm interested in finding out whether there are any tech companies based in Melbourne, Australia, that use an interview process similar to the one used by Simply, Stripe gets candidates to work on a simulated project ( rather than, say, writing code on a whiteboard. [more inside]
posted by tomargue at 1:09 AM - 3 answers

April 9

Time to look for a new job? Lacking the resources to help patients...
I've been working for a medical supply company for almost a year now within the medical records department. Excited at first when I started last May of 2013 after being laid off for 3 months from my optical job for 8 years. Double the pay plus benefits to boot. Fast forward to April now and I've become semi-miserable the past 2-3 weeks. [more inside]
posted by tnar23 at 9:57 PM - 12 answers

Writing + Community + Speaking = Job Bliss
What are some jobs/careers/gigs that involve writing, some kind of direct interaction in a community space (such as a public library, media lab, shelter, etc.), and teaching/public speaking? Substituting counseling for teaching/public speaking is okay, but something verbal and interpersonal for #3 [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish at 9:53 PM - 7 answers

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