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January 23

Riskiness in making my room legitimate

When I moved into my apartment some three years ago, I moved in with a friend. He left a while ago, and while his name was on the lease, mine wasn't due to unstable finances at the time. Everything is much better, but I'd like to clear the axe over my head of "if the management company finds out I'm living here without being on the lease, I'm doomed." [more inside]
posted by Philipschall at 4:13 PM - 5 answers

data + words + sustainable freelancing!

Freelance/self-employed writing filter: What are some good approaches for pitching & sustaining work in data journalism/technical tutorials/data science & visualization-backed nonfiction writing? I'm curious to learn more about (1) writing in these specific domains and (2) sustainably writing on the side of a full-time position. [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish at 10:00 AM - 1 answers

Tips sought for positive self-talk when starting a new job

I have started a new job which requires a strong focus and attention to detail for success. Help me be nice to myself while I learn it. [more inside]
posted by Armed Only With Hubris at 9:50 AM - 6 answers

What's a good beginner's book for system thinking?

I supervise a team member who is new to the concept of systems thinking and I'm looking for a good beginner-level book on this. [more inside]
posted by archimago at 8:15 AM - 7 answers

I'm new to "jobs" — what should I know?

I'm in my late 20s, and have been a freelancer and small business owner (designing websites, solo and later supported by a small remote team) for nearly half of my life. I'm about to make a big shift though: on Monday, I start my first "real job". Having never been gainfully employed before, what should I know going in? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:57 AM - 25 answers

January 22

Where should I sell some gold and silver coins I inherited?

Hey metafilter! I'm in Ottawa and I have a few coins to unload -- nothing crazy, just Canadian silver coins and a couple 1/10th ounce gold coins, all minted in the last few years. I feel like Google is turning up mostly Cash4Gold places that feel like payday loan sharks, so I'm hoping for some other people's experiences to get some guidance. I just don't want to be ripped off. :-/
posted by Decimask at 7:26 PM - 2 answers

What do I do now?

I’m confused, frustrated and lost in this crossroads of life. I’m hoping the Hive Mind can help. [more inside]
posted by Imogenetic at 5:54 PM - 20 answers

Trying to fix a tax error, not sure who to trust anymore

My mother and I made a very stupid, awful error and had an accountant w/o the CPA designation do her taxes (in Canada) for the 2017 tax year and long story short she had to pay a large five-figure amount in tax. In August we found a new CPA designated accountant to refile her taxes to fix this error. I'm still not sure if I can trust this CPA or if he's doing the process correctly and I am having massive anxiety about it. How do I know if this CPA is reliable? [more inside]
posted by VirginiaPlain at 11:09 AM - 9 answers

Back to work after the flu

I have type A influenza, most likely caught at work as others in the office had it before me. Had to take some unpaid time off as I haven't accrued enough sick leave as a new employee. Tentatively said I'd be back on Thursday and just looked at my schedule to see I've been scheduled for a strenuous task Thursday morning. I'm not sure if my feelings about this are justified. [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood at 2:02 AM - 7 answers

January 21

Non-profit burnout: high functioning edition

Unlike some non-profits, mine is large and well funded, but burnout has been creeping up on me ever since a co-worker passed away a couple of years ago. However, my burnout is pretty high-functioning and difficult for others to see. How can I persuade management to see that I have a real problem? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:58 PM - 19 answers

Pro Bono review of simple separation agreement, NYC - necessary?

I have a pretty straightforward separation agreement from my employer. Do I need a lawyer to look it over, and if so, where I can I find a free one? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 3:01 PM - 8 answers

Is it time for a job change, or can I make this work?

If it is time for a change, where can I turn? And how can I cope with my current job while looking for something else? [more inside]
posted by summertimesadness1988 at 2:21 PM - 9 answers

Mortgage Re-finance or not?

If you wanted to do a bathroom renovation how would you pay for it? [more inside]
posted by JenThePro at 7:40 AM - 7 answers

January 18

Employer wants me to be a contractor but I can't and won't.

I need to extract myself temporarily from a tricky employment situation involving contracting, a not terribly bright employer, and finding a way to not have to form my own company as a short term solution. Canada, but any advice will be helpful. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:44 PM - 8 answers

January 17

Bay Area tech (or non-tech) companies with Mandarin language needs

In my inner circle is a 28-year-old Taiwanese-American man who will graduate with a B.A. from UCLA this Spring 2019 in psychology with a number of business courses. This person is both bilingual (completely fluent in Mandarin and English, also proficient in Cantonese) and bicultural (has lived in the US and in Taiwan, and has traveled extensively in Asia). He would like to start job hunting now for a position in the Bay Area for after college. [more inside]
posted by ClaudiaCenter at 3:44 PM - 6 answers

Resources for Discouraging Bro-Speak in the Workplace?

I work in the middle of a 90s beer commercial, or at least that's what it sounds like from over the cubicle partition. I'm looking for articles or other resources that might help encourage a more inclusive (and maybe quieter) work environment. [more inside]
posted by asperity at 2:57 PM - 8 answers

January 16

Festival ticket management - what's a good way of handling passes?

I am helping to organize a theatre festival for the first time. We're thinking of selling passes for the entire festival. One issue is that if people with passes choose not to go to one of the shows, that seat goes empty. It would be nice if we could sell a ticket for that seat, but we definitely don't want to lock out the person who has a pass. What's a good way to maximize our ticket sales in this situation?
posted by storybored at 11:19 AM - 8 answers

Will my boss know if I apply for another job within the university?

I work at a large university. I'd like to apply for another job within the university, but I'd rather my current boss not know I'm applying. The only way to apply is via the university HR's online application system. Will my current boss likely be alerted that I'm applying for another job via that system? Or is it standard for large HR departments to keep this kind of thing confidential? (I looked for an answer to this question within the HR website, but found only a statement that my information would not be shared "outside of those involved in the hiring and recruiting process.") Thanks especially to anyone with personal HR or supervisor experience in a large educational setting who might know how this typically works.
posted by barefoot at 8:57 AM - 17 answers

January 15

How can I keep my current address confidential from a previous employer?

I parted ways with a very bad company last year due to a bullying/harassing boss. After I left, I moved and now have a new home and physical address. My former employer needs my new address to mail my W-2 for tax purposes. I don't want this boss to know my current physical address, for my personal safety and other reasons. How can I get around this? [more inside]
posted by chatelaine at 1:03 PM - 22 answers

Current Recs for Resume Writing Services?

I need some recs for online resume writing services. I have a bit of an odd work history, and I need someone who can package it properly on paper. [more inside]
posted by Archipelago at 11:21 AM - 2 answers

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