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June 11

When is the best time to ask to work remotely full-time?

For quality of life reasons (related to physical and political climate, amongst other factors) my partner and I are determined to move from our town of residence to another, more suitable location - ideally in the next year or two. I am investigating work in the other town, but my current job is secure, interesting, and well-paid. When is the best time to discuss the possibility of full-time remote work with my boss? (Plot twist: Promotion!) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:45 PM - 8 answers

I'm selling a bed -- How to be fair?

I bought a cute bed that didn't work out for me, mostly cause it was a headache to find muscle to move things. Five people have said they will show up (for safety, I asked everyone who was interested to text me and I would text them the address rather than place it on the FB Marketplace post.) [more inside]
posted by Rumi'sLeftSock at 1:24 PM - 18 answers

Final contract paycheck: whose job is it to follow up?

Hello, I recently ended a not-good contract with a not-terribly-together agency. For my final week of work, I submitted my timecard at the end of the day on Friday, as usual. Boss did not approve it - which they normally had. I assumed that the agency would follow up, since they'd also be out money. However, they didn't follow up. Today I had to email Boss and Their Boss and say "Hey, I submitted my timecard for approval a week ago, why didn't you approve it?" [more inside]
posted by Tailkinker to-Ennien at 12:54 PM - 3 answers

"What do you do?" uhhhh

I'm very bad at answering what I do for my job. Usually it confuses people and shows people I don't really know what I do. I like to provide a better answer with the caveat that I hate this question so much but need to be able answer for two reasons. I would like to get better, as someone who doesn't identify as the job--- any tips? I want to walk the fine line of looking confident, answering the question but somewhat leaving at that.. [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv at 5:49 AM - 26 answers

June 10

Contract Research Position and Unemployment

Has anyone had an experience with applying for unemployment after a grant-funded job ends? I accepted a two-year research assistant position with a large university, but when I signed, it was represented to me that the fixed-term nature was solely due to funding concerns: my position would be funded by a two-year grant, so although there was no *guarantee* there would funding after those two years, if another grant could be found to support me, I would be kept on/re-signed. Unfortunately, another grant couldn't be found, so I had to leave, despite the fact that both I and my boss wanted me to stay on. However, I recently learned that the university marked my departure as "voluntary," which may cause some problems re: unemployment, etc. [more inside]
posted by Meow Face at 9:17 PM - 4 answers

How to pay a small-biz collaborator

Two artists doing a collaboration. Help me figure out taxes! [more inside]
posted by sucre at 7:05 PM - 2 answers

Surprise extra charge for dental procedure

I went to the dentist today expecting to have 2 fillings done. When I went to pay at the front desk, they told me they did an extra filling on one of the teeth that was already scheduled to get a filling, and presented me with a bill for 3 fillings "because you were already numbed up and we were working in the area." But I never consented to the extra filling, and it's quite a lot of money (1.5 times an already-steep bill) and an unpleasant surprise. [more inside]
posted by Questolicious at 1:04 PM - 19 answers

Student Loan repayment risk assessment

Should I consolidate my federal student loans, which will end up costing me more in the long run, but which will give me a better chance of receiving Federal student debt relief, if it happens? [more inside]
posted by greta simone at 10:17 AM - 5 answers

Alternatives to high-cost asset management for a 501c3?

I'm newly involved with a 501c3 that has their assets with an asset management company that's charging them 1.25%, while their needs are very basic. They're open to having me present lower-cost alternatives at the next meeting. I had/have some alternatives in mind, but would love help finding better ones -- or suggestions for other places to post this question (but not Bogleheads). [more inside]
posted by daisyace at 8:23 AM - 11 answers

June 9

Job interview help -- how to address inexperience in a particular area?

I have a job interview tomorrow and I'd say that I hit most of the requirements for their "knowledge and skills," but not all. The position I'm interviewing for asks for a 1 year minimum of supervisory experience, which I don't quite have. How do I address this "deficiency" during my interview? How do I spin this? [more inside]
posted by VirginiaPlain at 12:14 PM - 15 answers

How do you ask your Dr for an accommodation letter?

I was diagnosed with a disability a few years ago but I was able to continue working. Now to keep my current job I'm going to need an accommodation. What's the best way to approach this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:10 AM - 6 answers

Handling a pattern (?) of mistakes at the workplace

I keep making mistakes at work - stupid ones, ones I should have noticed. I'm beating myself up over them, but more importantly, I'm really worried about losing my job. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:52 AM - 19 answers

June 8

Is it crazy to ask for a raise mid-contract?

I didn't negotiate well for my first job and I've learned that my coworkers make much more than I do for the same work. Is there any way to address this without it seeming like a wild money grab? [more inside]
posted by fern at 5:44 PM - 15 answers

Seeking Conventional Wisdom

Anyone know anything about convention planning? Specifically medical convention planning? [more inside]
posted by lpsguy at 8:23 AM - 4 answers

June 5

Finding old shares of gift stock

I was given 2 shares of McDonalds stock in 1993 as a gift. I have a "certificate of ownership" but it's not a stock certificate. Can I ever claim this stock? [more inside]
posted by zvs at 3:27 PM - 8 answers

Late 30s. Should I move to management?

I’ve been interviewing for new jobs in tech (as an engineer) after some years at my current place, and it’s striking that all my interviewers, who will also be my teammates, are much younger than me. Should I rethink my career path? [more inside]
posted by redlines at 6:51 AM - 14 answers

Help me avoid becoming another question about a new job & bad fit or....

Interview the interviewer! I wrote 2 weeks ago about a strange interview for a talent management & OD consulting role and my typing speed. MICROMANAGEMENT fear! I’m now in the third interview and final round and will have to travel. I like the company and people, but we may disagree on certain methods. As they recommend, I want to ask them a few tough questions to establish whether this is a fit and avoid wasting anybody’s time or money. I want to throw out a question about their use of PSYCHOMETRIC ASSESSMENTS – personality & cognitive ability. [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! at 12:54 AM - 18 answers

June 4

background check question

I have a question about employment background checks. [more inside]
posted by nayantara at 3:59 PM - 5 answers

MassCareers portal -- jobs with the Commonwealth

Please give me tips/information/anecdotes about applying to jobs through the MassCareers portal for state-level jobs in Massachusetts. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:12 PM - 0 answers

How to avoid chargeback and other scams on venmo, paypal, zelle, etc?

None of these payment apps seem to have a way to decline payments (whether an honest mistake or part of a scam). A stranger paid me by accident on paypal and I couldn't figure out a way to return the money without being charged a fee. I've also heard about chargeback scams on venmo (you return the money in a separate transaction and then they also do a chargeback on the credit card). Is there any way to be safe on these apps? Should I cancel my accounts? [more inside]
posted by Gravel at 1:02 PM - 9 answers

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