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July 21

Bored with my job

Too good to leave, too bad to stay: job edition. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:17 AM - 4 answers

I was poached internally - how to mitigate the fallout?

I was approached by the manager of a different department than the one I work in (same company). She asked me about my interest in a position in her department. I hadn't considered it previously, but after doing more research, I decided that it would be a great move for me, as I'll be making quite a bit more money than I'm making now and it's a fantastic growth opportunity. She asked me to keep the interviews, hiring procedures, etc. quiet with my current managers until the details were finalized. I wasn't super comfortable with this (I'm close with my current team), but did what was requested of me. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:17 AM - 30 answers

July 20

Should I rent or should I buy now?

I'm 40 and single, and have been renting for all of my adult life. I'm now in a position where I can buy if I want to. I'm starting to do initial research and attempt to get a better understanding of my options and what the best decision is for me. [more inside]
posted by bunderful at 4:18 PM - 27 answers

Most effective donation strategy for 2016 election?

If I am in a position to make the maximum legal donation to the Clinton campaign this year, should I worry about timing it for best effect? [more inside]
posted by murphy slaw at 1:48 PM - 8 answers

How can I streamline my resume? Should I?

My current work responsibilities are...complicated and various. My resume looks cluttered as a result. How can I better organize things, given that functional resumes are seen as dodgy? [more inside]
posted by Frowner at 7:37 AM - 6 answers

Regrets about no negotiating job offer

I left a job where I had plenty of privileges for a new job that I love but has no perks [more inside]
posted by 3dd at 5:50 AM - 7 answers

Third Day on Job - Problematic Recommendation Request

My wife is on the third day of her job, and has to give a diplomatic but honest response regarding someone who applied to the company and may or may not have listed her as a reference. [more inside]
posted by glaucon at 4:41 AM - 15 answers

July 19

Tell me about becoming/being a UX editor or copywriter

I'm an experienced editor (of all sorts) and writer (primarily journalism but also have had short gigs writing copy for social media and for a mobil app interface). Long ago I analysed a client's website to see if it was user-friendly or hostile. I'm really good at understanding customer perspectives and advocating for users. Also, I'm an old. How might I go about getting such a job? And would such a job, in the Bay Area, be lucrative? [more inside]
posted by Bella Donna at 3:32 PM - 6 answers

How can I, an American, get funding for a PhD in France?

I was accepted into a PhD program in France. I was invited to compete for a limited number of 'contracts' which come with a salary. I came up just short in this competition, but for a number of reasons have decided that this is an opportunity I wish to pursue. . . . but I need money and don't want to take on debt. [more inside]
posted by os tuberoes at 1:42 PM - 6 answers

What can I do to set myself up for success in a work from home job?

I recently accepted a new job that will be completely remote. I'll be staring in about a week. What can I do now and in the first few weeks of the new job to create good habits and organization? [more inside]
posted by chatongriffes at 1:11 PM - 22 answers

Domestic cleaning agencies in central London likely to hire a retiree?

Asking for a friend who is a fit 65 and is needs casual employment as a cleaner. The catch: she has no formal cleaning experience or references. What central London agencies might hire without experience and/or offer training? [more inside]
posted by OlivesAndTurkishCoffee at 7:51 AM - 0 answers

Help with Excel formula to compare 1 column of numbers to other columns.

I have an excel sheet with 4 columns of numbers. The first column is a recent donation amount. The other three columns were the prompts of donation amounts, (the Reach, the Target, and the Anchor). Is there an excel formula that can compare these four columns? [more inside]
posted by andoatnp at 7:37 AM - 8 answers

July 18

Sluggish when it comes to the basics of hard work

I just got a new job in sales, after years of unemployment. My boss is great, the environment is great and the work is right up my alley. But my work ethic is slipping. I've seen this pattern before, and it doesn't end well. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 at 7:28 PM - 14 answers

Laid off and freelancing

I was recently laid off. I am searching for a new permanent gig, but in the meantime I would like to try to earn some extra money by freelancing. I want to understand the implications of this and make sure that I am not overlooking anything that I need to consider. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche at 6:13 PM - 2 answers

403b to Roth or non Roth IRA?

I left my job in August 2015 to do an internship in a school during the 2015-2016 school year. In my previous job I had about $23,000 in a 403b account. I left it there when I left. Should I roll this 403b into a Roth IRA or a regular IRA? [more inside]
posted by the twistinside at 4:50 PM - 9 answers

How to make a compelling case to outsource MS Sharepoint work to experts

This is for a company that is wanting to migrate from on-premise Sharepoint to Sharepoint Online. There's obvious benefits of cost savings to do things in-house, i.e. use IT staff who knows about MS Sharepoint to do it themselves, gain knowledge from the experience. But, what if said IT staff and colleagues are time poor and don't hold any Sharepoint certifications (despite being intelligent generalists) and don't want to take on this type of responsibility? What if this company is quasi-government and has a global footprint? (risk averse) What compelling case can we make to suggest hiring external consultants to do the job for them? [more inside]
posted by gttommy at 7:27 AM - 5 answers

Help me ask for a raise!

I need help with wording. I have worked with my organization for nearly 6 years. This fall I will have my annual review, and after this I will get a raise. We always get a small cost of living raise (2.5% roughly) but I also was promoted at the start of the summer to a more supervisory position. I will get a raise for this as well, but last time I got a promotion the raise was minimal. I never negotiated or asked for more, because others on my level were making similar. But this time I want to ask for more. [more inside]
posted by chela at 5:30 AM - 5 answers

July 17

[UK] How do you save when you have more than £75,000?

I'm in the fortunate position of having £69,000 in my Casa ISA this year and be able to put the £15,240 maximum allowance in. Unfortunately this will push me over the £75,000 FSA protection limit - so what are my options now and, assuming I plan to save again next year, what are my options then? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:29 PM - 5 answers

Applying to jobs with no openings?

A career services counselor at my college called me to ask how my job search is going – I told him it's not. A bit of advice he gave me was to send out my cover letter and resume to companies that don't have any open positions. Coming from a man that once encouraged me to bribe employers by buying them gifts I'm hesitant to take seriously his advice. [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend at 5:22 PM - 20 answers

July 16

Moving to Ann Arbor, MI on very short notice. What do I need to do?

Or maybe not. I am in the running for a job at the University of Michigan that came on the scene unexpectedly. It's at the second interview stage. If I get this job, I will find out in about a month and then start the month after that. I need help figuring this all out, especially housing. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:55 PM - 13 answers

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