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February 28

Timing for buying a house and new jobs

I am wondering which I should look for first: a new job or a house to buy. [more inside]
posted by furtheryet at 9:26 AM - 10 answers

February 27

Setting expectations for apartment showings with my landlord in NYC

I'm going to notify my landlord in NYC that I'll move out in 1 month, at the end of my lease. What are reasonable expectations for apartment showings as they find the next tenants? I'm curious about applicable tenant rights, if any, and how it's worked for you if you've moved/had a tenant move during the pandemic. [more inside]
posted by estlin at 6:49 PM - 9 answers

February 26

Can I get a home equity loan with a lien against house?

I have 12,000 in very old real estate tax debt that I've so far been unable to deal with. The interest rate is pretty high (the debt started out closer to 3,000), and I've paid a lot into this hole while it keeps increasing. Part of this debt is liened against my house, which is probably worth more in reality but last time I tried to get a home equity loan its value was assessed at $35,000. [more inside]
posted by lgyre at 11:49 AM - 4 answers

Industrial Marketing?

I have invented a thing to sell on the retail/consumer market (see link in my profile) but I don't want to be in the retail business. I want to sell large numbers to large companies who would then sell at retail. How? [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri at 8:22 AM - 11 answers

Budgeting for a home upgrade

We are soon moving to a much bigger house (2 bedroom flat to 5 bedroom house) and I am very excited to make it a home! Maybe too excited. I am fantasising about all the things to renovate and organise and furnish and decorate. It is not practical or financially responsible to follow through on all of it at once. Any advice on how to approach and plan this transition? [more inside]
posted by like_neon at 4:20 AM - 27 answers

February 25

Resumes for US government jobs?

Hi, does anyone have experience with or a recommendation for someone who can assist me with getting my resume in good shape to apply for federal jobs? I currently have zero time to do this but can throw some money at it, so tips are not helpful, but contacts/information about people I can hire are helpful. Thanks much!
posted by Rock 'em Sock 'em at 5:53 PM - 3 answers

Canadian mortgage approval requires signing?

We bought a house! It currently under construction and so the sale will not close until later this year. However our offer was subject to financing, so we researched the mortgage offerings from a number of Canadian banks and applied to two. Both provided an approval. One is asking us to sign some documents already and I don't really understand why they need signatures. [more inside]
posted by keep it under cover at 12:50 PM - 4 answers

Best practices for moving accounting/accounts payable files digital?

As many office are, we are working from home - and we may not go back into the office. I have a LOT of paper. I pay the bills for the company, I do bank transfers, credit card payment entry, etc. I know I need to keep this data, but I'd like to minimize the effect it's having on my workspace, since that is also my home. Has anyone done this and have recommendations, or places to figure out best practices? [more inside]
posted by needlegrrl at 8:06 AM - 8 answers

Capital gains carryover confusion

For USians: I’m wondering if you have historical short-term capital losses that carryover from prior years, but long-term capital gains for the current year, do those gains have to offset the losses when filing taxes? Or can taxes be paid at the long-term capital gains rate despite the carryover losses?
posted by drpynchon at 6:54 AM - 5 answers

February 24

How do I manage a "timid" disposition in the working world?

I've always been identified along a similar range (I'm 33 now): quiet, shy, introverted, reserved. Since at least middle school, I've noticed people who are gregarious, charismatic, and assertive, and envied them their (apparent) ease in life, knowing that that's not how I function. For the most part, I've grown out of it being an issue. However, I notice that it still comes up in the working world.  [more inside]
posted by thoughtful_ravioli at 3:12 PM - 10 answers

ELIAnAmerican: European Software Industry Employment Contracts

I am an American software engineer actively applying for employment in the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Germany. Years of work experience in the US (specifically California) have given me a decent layman's understanding of the expectations for software industry employment agreements there. It looks like employment agreements in my European target countries are structured pretty differently, e.g., with probationary periods. What should I keep in mind when assessing these contracts? What should I watch out for? What country-specific issues should I be aware of?
posted by 4rtemis at 9:35 AM - 4 answers

Online banking app for teens

Looking to hear about people's experiences using online banking apps aimed at teens. [more inside]
posted by Orlop at 5:24 AM - 3 answers

February 23

What is my next career step and how do I get there, redux?

So in 2014 I asked you for ideas about a new direction to take my career in. The good news: I got a new job, I'm still at that company, and I really like it. But I'm now thinking longer-term about the future, I'm finding the limits of how much I can scope and define my role, and I'm ideating about where I want to be five years on. Maybe you can help? [more inside]
posted by robot cat at 3:32 PM - 6 answers

February 22

How long is too long to wait for an internal job move?

I applied for an internal position and got it but my transition has been contingent on back-filling my role. It's been almost 18 months with no end in sight. Am I being unreasonable to think that this is ridiculous? How can I approach management about a solution? [more inside]
posted by eatcake at 3:56 PM - 20 answers

Help me understand small recurring fraudulent credit card charges

I've already called my credit card company and the card is cancelled, but I'm trying to understand the motivation for these small recurring fraudulent credit card charges. [more inside]
posted by Is It Over Yet? at 11:35 AM - 13 answers

It's a no from me, boss

The "promotion" that was looming is now postponed, but I have been pushed into a temporary promotion that is far and away from my role, yet still expected to work my current roles. (3 roles for the price of 1!) I've lost the motivation and hope that I want to pursue my boss's role, and now it's wondering if/how to break it to her. [more inside]
posted by buttonedup at 8:20 AM - 9 answers

February 21

I was looking for a I have a collaborator?

I received a grant for a dream project, and it involves hiring a few freelancers. The grant wasn't much so the pay is low and might as well be pro bono. But it would be a cool project to list on a resume. One freelancer is really excited about this project and is bringing a lot of ideas to the table. Are they now considered a collaborator? [more inside]
posted by mild deer at 11:07 PM - 12 answers

Freelancing as a medical proofreader

I recently finished a medical proofreading class at University of Chicago and I feel confident enough in my skills to proofread and copy edit thesis papers for medical students. Where should I ho to advertise my services? Is there a Craigslist-type website for med students who need their medical theses proofread?
posted by pxe2000 at 12:50 PM - 5 answers

February 20

Tell me about being a project manager

I only have a very vague idea of what the options are for a career in project management. I'm aware that the PMP is a thing, although it seems like it requires quite a bit of actual experience before you're eligible. I'd love to hear about how folks ended up in project management and what your actual day-to-day work life is like. [more inside]
posted by forkisbetter at 8:41 AM - 10 answers

February 19

My employer is trying to keep me on and I want to leave.

Essentially, it's a small company and no one else right now is trained to fully handle my responsibilities. So they are offering a raise while I postpone leaving. However, I don't really feel like staying any longer than I legally have to or reneging on my agreement with my new employer. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 9:22 PM - 49 answers

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