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November 28

HELOC or secured loan to an elderly relative?

My elderly relative requires expensive in-home care, owns her house, and I'm trying to figure out the best way to tap her home equity. [more inside]
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 12:26 PM - 5 answers

November 27

Help with basic management skill

How do you make sure employees have enough to do without being a jerk? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:22 PM - 10 answers

Unemployed and Job Hunting

Should I take a job I don't want? [more inside]
posted by Asian_Hunnie at 12:05 PM - 15 answers

November 25

Drug testing, false positives, and SSRIs

I need to undergo pre-employment drug testing. I take two common SSRIs that are known for causing false positives. What are the chances of a false positive? To what extent am I able to maintain my privacy in the event of a false positive? [more inside]
posted by Anonymouse1618 at 10:16 AM - 6 answers

work that matters: COVID edition

Does a hands-on healthcare job exist for a burned-out marketing pro who wants to be of more use InTheseUnprecedentedTimes(tm) but can't take a cut in pay? Does that job still exist if the applicant is a woman with grey roots? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:07 AM - 7 answers

November 24

Where Else Can you Buy a Dream for a Dollar?

What are some (legal) places, besides the lottery, where a small investment might turn into a a large windfall without a lot of work? [more inside]
posted by chiefthe at 12:24 PM - 12 answers

What Is The Correct Way to Show Example Documents to Employers?

I'm applying for jobs and have multiple documents I've created at my current employer - Word, Excel & Visio - which demonstrate aspects of my job - writing user guides, test plans & workflows. Can I just attach these to an application, or do I need to modify them in some way - what is the best practice? (These are all workflow-related docs, vs secret recipes).
posted by my log does not judge at 9:38 AM - 11 answers

unusual academic job interview request?

Hi academics of ask-me, how unusual would it be for a hiring panel to ask for your job-interview-presentation slides? [more inside]
posted by Joeruckus at 7:41 AM - 20 answers

November 23

The Case of The Lost Commission

I may have lost a helpful sales representative their commission on a purchase of mine. I would like to make it right. Let me know if you approve of my strategy or have anything else to add - details (and wrinkle) inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous donut at 8:51 AM - 6 answers

November 22

Job interview experience- is this normal nowadays or not?

I recently had an interview for an entry level technical position at a Teapot Testing and Certification company. The pre interview involved taking an OPQ (occupational personality questionnaire) and a large chunk of the interview was devoted to "Critical Behaviors for Success" questions, which the interviewer suggested that I was "probably familiar with, most companies use them." Is this so? [more inside]
posted by Larry David Syndrome at 6:45 PM - 9 answers

November 20

Money and prestige vs meaningful work?

Looking for stories from people who have left (outwardly) successful/prestigious corporate careers for a “smaller” but (potentially) more meaningful role? What did you think about when making the switch? What did you decide and how do you feel about it in retrospect? [more inside]
posted by annie o at 10:07 PM - 8 answers

Make Me Work Again

I'm too bored and resentful to do my job, and too depressed for look for a new one. Please tell me how to trick my brain into working again. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:06 AM - 7 answers

November 18

How can I make onboarding/integration successful for my new employee?

We (an in-house legal team) hired a new lawyer, and they are starting remotely on Monday. They will report to me, but do work for several people across our businesses. I want to do whatever I can to make their first few days comfortable and interesting, to start to establish a good bond, and to get us set up for success in the future. Remote starters/HR onboarders/good bosses: what should I do (and not do) to get things off to a great start? (Bonus question: any tips on how to generally be a good remote boss to a new employee?) [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket at 11:21 AM - 7 answers

Summer Sales job: Is it a scam?

Is door to door pest control sales a scam? If so, how can I prove it? [more inside]
posted by crapples at 10:08 AM - 26 answers

Explain Like I'm Five: How to Job Search

I want a new job, and I’m realizing I don’t know how to search very well. Please help. [more inside]
posted by xenization at 8:45 AM - 10 answers

November 16

Best conservative non-retirement investment options?

I am about to be gifted what is for me a large sum, about $60-$65k. I am not employed right now and this is unearned income so I cannot put it into a retirement account. However, that is what I will hopefully eventually use it for. In the meantime, I want to keep it safe and at least match inflation. [more inside]
posted by Flock of Cynthiabirds at 6:20 PM - 21 answers

Adulting 201

As of today, I am COMPLETELY DEBT FREE! Help me make sure I'll be responsible with the money I was using to get that way! [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:31 AM - 39 answers

November 15

Should I pull $ from my 401k to pay student loans?

Partially motivated by fears about the stock market but also partially not. See inside for details. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:33 AM - 16 answers

Feeling Overwhelmed at Work. Any Hacks?

I just started a new job with a highly aggressive weekly deadlines. I'm not concerned with the 12 hour days. What's challenging is managing all of the emails, slack notifications and additional communication that are a key part of the job, in addition to my primary job which is film editing, which requires concentration and lack of distraction. [more inside]
posted by captainscared at 8:38 AM - 9 answers

November 12

Responding to a job rejection when I think my skills were misunderstood

I just received a (very polite!) rejection email for a job I interviewed for recently, which was worded along the lines of "We liked your personality and your experience with Y, but at the moment we're looking for someone experienced in X." The thing is, I believe I'm perfectly experienced enough in X to meet the job requirements, I just emphasized Y more in the interview because I guess I misjudged the profile they were looking for. [more inside]
posted by mekily at 3:21 PM - 8 answers

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