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May 18

For the undecided: How did you learn to choose?

As a freelancer, I take on many different kinds of projects, with many different roles, in different areas. I find it incredibly difficult to make a dedicated choice in one direction for my career. But I feel like I should, because my lack of choice is hindering my professional development and career options. If you're like me: How did you learn to pick something and go with it for a while? [more inside]
posted by Thisandthat at 11:50 PM - 9 answers

Accept Support Role, or Focus Full-Time on Building Developer Skills?

I have a job offer at a consulting firm for a solutions/support role in the software integrations space. The role involves learning about how large enterprise systems talk to each other using middleware, and providing tier-3 support for these systems. However, I am currently building a freelance web/desktop software development business, and I have started to get real development work. I went down this path because I love coding, and am wary of a support role. I have until next Wednesday to decide. Can you help me think through the pros and cons? [more inside]
posted by 3FLryan at 10:04 PM - 12 answers

My boss is not doing a great job and I don't know what to do

I have big issues with a newish boss and I'm not great at being tactful when dealing with work issues. I often trip over my words and the points I try to make often sound overly critical of others. Can you help me approach this and not be a jerk? [more inside]
posted by crunchy_cereals at 1:06 PM - 17 answers

Sorry, you aren't invited!

How should I position being out of the office for a half day meeting on my new bosses' first day? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:25 AM - 12 answers

UK Question about monitored timesheets system at work

We swipe in and out of the office every day. The "first" and "last" swipe in/out are what shows up in our timesheets as how long we have been in the office for that day. It doesn't show the actual times, just the length of time between the two. We then have to fill in an online system with what projects we worked on in that time. So far, so good. We're told it's to keep track of how long it takes to get certain projects done for future planning, and not used for tracking our attendance/hours. Except... it's borked. And the latter part of that is a lie. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:24 AM - 9 answers

May 17

Should I buy a multi-family property with my parents?

Considering taking my parents up on their offer to help me buy a home. They're encouraging me to consider joining them in purchasing a multi-family property instead. Is this a good idea? What questions should I be asking? [more inside]
posted by acidic at 12:50 PM - 9 answers

Expensive ergonomic chair at new job

I have a serious chronic neck injury, and I want a fancy ergonomic chair at my new job. Can I ask them to buy one for me? [more inside]
posted by radioamy at 9:43 AM - 15 answers

Interviewing for a job you aren't qualified for

I emailed a connection in my network about a job opportunity in his unit. I'm a part-time graduate student in a related program, but I'm only about a third of the way through the program. This connection replied, 'cc'ing the hiring manager, who then asked to set up a time to speak with me. The problem is, I'm not really qualified for this job. How do I respond? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:18 AM - 13 answers

May 16

Should I be worried about my financial advisor?

Just got SEC-mandated background on a financial adviser. Lots of cash settlements over customer complaints. Not sure if it's cause for alarm, or par for the course for a big bank? [more inside]
posted by The Ardship of Cambry at 10:12 AM - 16 answers

Full-time artist who also works as a...

I don't have any day job ideas. Any guidance/suggestions would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by morning_television at 9:44 AM - 13 answers

Please help me not die in a ditch

I’m almost 30 and I have about $600 in my savings account and $3000 in credit card debt and a couple thousand in a 401k and that’s it. Can you recommend some sort of financial advice that won’t make me want to hurl myself into the fucking sea? Because everything I see on 'financial planning for 20somethings' starts off by telling me that I should start have started socking away hundreds of dollars a month from the time I graduated college and have 30K in savings by now, and then my brain just shuts down and I go into hyper-avoidance mode because I have clearly already ruined my life and will die in a ditch so what’s the point? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:51 AM - 42 answers

May 15

No college experience. So how do you get your foot in the door?

I'm good at my job (Client Services, Service Delivery, etc) and my resume reflects that. Unfortunately, I have no college experience. This gets me filtered out immediately all the time. Is there a way to overcome that aside from "ask for jobs from people who actually know you"? [more inside]
posted by radiosilents at 9:54 AM - 3 answers

I need advice on a difficult rental situation- what are my rights?

I live in a three-person house. One of my roommates moved out and we found a subletter. The subletter paid deposit and 1 month's rent directly to my landlord. She then changed her mind three weeks later (without ever moving in.) She then threatened the landlord with legal action and he returned her money to her - both the month's rent and the deposit. Now he is trying to hold us responsible for that money. I would like to deal with this without getting lawyers involved. What do we do? [more inside]
posted by pretentious illiterate at 8:05 AM - 17 answers

May 13

Is this Amazon "policy violation" notice a scam?

I received a notice from Amazon about a policy violation about trademark infringement. The message lists 17 ASIN identifier numbers, for many disparate types of items. 11 of the items are inactive (some were sold years ago). There are no details about what the infringement supposedly is, and the only information given is a contact address that has no obvious relationship to any of the items. [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie at 6:17 PM - 11 answers

Could I be doing this cross country job search better?

Hello, askmefi! I did search this question but did not find quite what I was looking for. [more inside]
posted by Zarya at 4:19 PM - 7 answers

It's all about who you know

I'm a freelance travel consultant and am doing more networking recently to grow my client base. I'm specifically targeting high income luxury travelers. This week I have meetings with two C-level executives at a major Fortune 100 corporation, and I want to make the most of the opportunity. [more inside]
posted by kdern at 12:41 PM - 9 answers

Planning to pay for financial planning

We're about to get an invoice from our financial planner. I suspect it's going to include both things I'm happy to pay for and things I'm not. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by Other at 8:36 AM - 9 answers

May 12

Buying stuff for one's nonprofit employer without it getting weird?

In the event that a nonprofit organization wants to buy a particular tool, but cannot (given their near-term budget restrictions) afford to, how (if at all) might an individual employee who wants to do so legitimately contribute toward the tool's acquisition? [more inside]
posted by aecorwin at 3:48 PM - 9 answers

Please help me write a Mother's Day message for work.

I've been asked to draft a Happy Mother's Day message that the boss of my office will send out. I'm...not doing well with writing this. [more inside]
posted by lazaruslong at 6:31 AM - 13 answers

May 11

Improving Professionalism and Interpersonal Skills

Please recommend some resources (books, websites, I guess maybe...tutorials? IDK) for improving my presentation and professionalism at work. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:47 PM - 3 answers

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