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July 17

Fixing finances and filing taxes: easy edition

I was sick and destitute for a long time and now my finances are a mess and I need help. I have to file three years of income tax with the CRA, I have over 10 grand in pension funds from an old employer still sitting with them, and I don't understand my new employer's pension plan at all. Who can help me with this? Snowflakes: Canada. I don't want the "right" or "best" way, I want the easiest way. [more inside]
posted by Feminazgul at 9:44 AM - 4 answers

What professional do I call to help me figure out this somewhat urgent i

I have a job offer and need to crunch numbers to see which option makes the most financial sense. I do not have an accountant or a financial planner. Haven't had enough going on in my life to need either before. Who do I call? [more inside]
posted by crunchy potato at 8:04 AM - 11 answers

July 16

Problem Solve My Work Problem

How do I (a non-profit middle manager) fairly assign additional work to members of my team? [more inside]
posted by sleepingwithcats at 1:28 PM - 11 answers

Survival tips for a 24/7 work environment

In the next couple of weeks I will be working on something that requires 24/7 on-call as well as travel. This is basically my worst nightmare -- I am not a good traveler, and I fall apart very quickly without my routines. Please hope me with some tips on how to make it through with my job and health and mind intact! [more inside]
posted by We put our faith in Blast Hardcheese at 9:22 AM - 16 answers

Unusual company vehicle insurance situation

My brother runs a sweet shop and sweet wholesaler in the UK. He has a van and an employee who normally works in the shop, but occasionally goes to drop off orders with his retail customers. The employee in question is very suited to the delivery work, and who thrives doing it. He's not so good with the shop work. [more inside]
posted by dance at 6:14 AM - 2 answers

July 15

How to give up on financial commitments cleanly if not amicably

I'm disabled but able to work, unemployed, and it looks like I will run out of money and have to give up my rental home, possessions and the hope of paying off my credit card before I can land a job. YANML nor accountant. Please tell me how to handle the legal/financial logistics of navigating this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:44 AM - 16 answers

Disability career counselors?

I have some invisible disabilities that have made finding and keeping a job difficult. Are there career counselors who work with PWDs to help them find suitable work and navigate around challenging office culture?
posted by pxe2000 at 5:08 AM - 4 answers

July 14

Tips for all-day interview

The good news is I got called back for a second interview. The scary-to-me news is it will last ALL DAY. Can you give me advice on this type of interview? It's for an administrative position in a large organization and I will be meeting with various groups having somewhat competing interests. I also need advice on negotiating the salary if they offer it to me. If you can give me examples of specific things to say, that would be super. Ugh, god, the anxiety.
posted by HotToddy at 5:41 PM - 15 answers

July 13

Sick over the weekend- when to do chores?

So I’m sick this weekend- I was out of action yesterday and am trying to rest today. But I have a whole pile of chores to do. If I rest today, I will probably be more or less well again tomorrow. If I am well enough to go back to work, is it ethical of me to take the day off to do the chores? If not when am I meant to do them? I live alone and there is no one else who could step in.
posted by EatMyHat at 5:33 PM - 30 answers

Finding part time or temporary work quickly in 2019

I'm a bit lost and struggling to find part time or temporary work, and I really need to find it ASAP. I feel a bit lost because I've had little to no luck and I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. It's been so long since I've looked for work that wasn't related to my career that I don't know what the hell I'm doing. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] at 4:38 PM - 12 answers

Best way for a 30 year-old making $22,000/year to save for old age?

What is the best way for a 30 year-old person making $22,000/year and living paycheck-to-paycheck in the US to save even a small amount for retirement? [more inside]
posted by tomorrow at 2:27 PM - 16 answers

July 11

How to write a Letter of Recommendation?

Are there any good tips about how to approach writing a letter of recommendation for someone on my team, who I technically manage but isn't my direct report? [more inside]
posted by mannermode at 7:51 PM - 5 answers

Steps to find a job

It's been a while since my last job hunt, and I'd like to be as productive as I can with the next 30 days before I'm officially let go. I've got some theories about next steps below, but would love to have some advice from others who have navigated this recently. [more inside]
posted by rebent at 9:19 AM - 10 answers

What are your unique workplace benefits?

Do you get any unusual benefits as part of your employment? Like, they give you a pet boarding allowance if you need to travel for work or once a month you get X amount of product you can take home?
posted by Twicketface at 6:41 AM - 73 answers

Gross! Or... net?

Person A "Anne" asks Person B "Bryan" to fill in for her during a day at work, a day when she has a professional conflict and has to be out of town. He is in the same profession but they have met only once or twice, have different job titles and different permanent employers. [more inside]
posted by nantucket at 5:27 AM - 11 answers

July 10

Help me understand LIT camp leadership programs

I did not go to camp as a child, and had never heard of Leader in Training Programs. Where I work, a number of colleagues have teens who spend part or all of their summers as LITs at sleep away camps in cottage country. They teens don't get paid to work, in fact they pay for the privilege of working as camp counselors. My question is - how is this unpaid labor legal? [more inside]
posted by walkinginsunshine at 6:02 PM - 13 answers

This cancelled payment I didn't cancel

Checking one of my credit cards, I noticed my June payment had been cancelled, resulting in a late charge. [more inside]
posted by intrepid_simpleton at 3:46 PM - 8 answers

Considering career change to a lower level position

I have been in my current role (corporate marketing) at my company going on five years now and am ready for a change. For the past few months I have sadly realized that at my level there are no real horizontal opportunities in my current city, and don't feel like with my recent promotion that I am ready to move up another level. I could use some advice. Details below. [more inside]
posted by hillabeans at 2:49 PM - 5 answers

I really hate it here

Was just placed in a temp-to-hire job via a staffing agency. Three days in and I know this is not the job for me. How do I handle this without burning a bridge (if that is even possible)? [more inside]
posted by thereemix at 10:41 AM - 20 answers

July 9

If you could start over again at 45, what kind of work would you do?

I'm unhappy with where I am career-wise. So here's my situation and a kind of a crazy request for ideas... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:48 PM - 23 answers

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