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January 21

Do I need to dumb down my resume? If so, how?

I'm trying to de-escalate my worklife from that of a Ph.D and need a little guidance. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:46 PM - 7 answers

Negotiate Salary after Consulting

I've been consulting (part-time) for a company and am going full time. I need tips for negotiating salary. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:46 PM - 2 answers

I've worn a Hawaiian shirt for over 10 years, what now?

It's looking more and more that I may be moving away from a career in Grocery. What other careers should I be looking into? [more inside]
posted by carnivoregiraffe at 7:39 PM - 8 answers

January 19

Dr. ADHD Needs a New Career

How can I best help my depressed, recently unemployed, ADHD partner find the structure he needs to find a new job after a long career in academia? [more inside]
posted by hollisimo at 6:15 PM - 19 answers

January 18

Tax pointers for a first-time freelancer?

My partner recently started doing freelance technical writing. We live in California, the person paying her lives in the US somewhere outside California. There are no other complicating factors. A few questions inside. [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix at 10:42 AM - 5 answers

Tips for Starting a New Job in Covid WFH Times?

Next month I'm starting a new job (yay!) in which I'll be managing a team of about 5 people in a specific technical area. I've managed small teams before, but not in the job I've had for the last 6-7 years, where I was on a team but worked pretty much on my own, without even much direct supervision. Oh and I'm painfully introverted by nature and feel like I've become practically a hermit working from a cave in the past two years... [more inside]
posted by RandlePatrickMcMurphy at 3:38 AM - 4 answers

January 17

Are you not entertained?!? well, no actually...

How to keep up an actual esprit de corp among teammembers when your work life is virtual? [more inside]
posted by alchemist at 11:28 PM - 13 answers

Please help me get more interesting work

I recently got promoted. While I enjoy many aspects of my job, like my colleagues, the pay, and the benefits, I have not found it professionally satisfying for the most part, pre- or post-promotion. I wonder (1) how I can better advocate for myself and (2) whether I should reorient career-wise. More inside. [more inside]
posted by Clyde Sparrow at 7:56 PM - 3 answers

Project management for dummies

I'm part of a nonprofit healthcare org's communications & marketing department. We all (3-6 of us) work well together, but lack actual processes or systems for doing our work. I'd like to learn how to create some. Explain like I'm a high school dropout, because I am. [more inside]
posted by 2or3whiskeysodas at 3:35 PM - 5 answers

How to calculate amortization for income-based student loan repayment

I am interested in the nuts and bolts of an income-driven plan on an LRAP (Loan Repayment Assistance Program). [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster at 7:11 AM - 4 answers

What's the current thinking on filling out a self-assessment for work?

As part of the usual dog-and-pony show, we worker bees are, once again, being forced to jump through the self-assessment hoop to justify our continued existence (and potential bumps in compensation) to our employer. How are people completing these things these days? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:55 AM - 11 answers

January 16

Texas 529s and 529s in general

We are moving to Texas later this year and I want to use some of the proceeds of our home sales in our current state to start 529s there for our kiddos. But I am OVERWHELMED with the information. [more inside]
posted by tafetta, darling! at 1:12 PM - 7 answers

help me prepare for a smooth move the the USA as an expat

My partner and I will be relocating from the Netherlands to the USA in 1 to 2 years for work reasons. We will stay in the USA for about 3-5 years. What steps can I take now to make this process easier? If you're an expat, what did you wish you had known/done before your move? [more inside]
posted by PardonMyFrench at 6:52 AM - 27 answers

January 15

Show me great articles/books about running restaurants, stores and more

I love reading about the practicalities and experience of running physical stores, restaurants, etc. and would love your favourite articles or books written by people who have done so. [more inside]
posted by fabius at 10:53 AM - 14 answers

January 14

Rituals for starting work

Do you have any habits or rituals for starting work in the morning? Things that help your mind focus and get the ball rolling?
posted by roaring beast at 11:35 AM - 19 answers

How to manage up without your head exploding

A key element of all my jobs to date has been managing up. It's getting harder and harder. What are some ways to do this effectively, without sending my anxiety through the roof? [more inside]
posted by unicorn chaser at 2:39 AM - 5 answers

January 13

How many meetings is a "normal" amount?

Office Space question: Since the pandemic started, the number of meetings over the course of my workday has begun to feel out of control. Is it actually, though? Or do I just need to get my shit together? [more inside]
posted by windbox at 2:12 PM - 19 answers

Should I quit now or later

I have a new job and I think I won't want to do it for long. Should I quit now or later? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:36 AM - 5 answers

January 12

If it's not broken, don't fix it?

I have struggled professionally because I have excellent skills combined with mental health issues that can make living up to expectations difficult to impossible. After crashing and burning at my last/only full time position, I have been freelancing and gradually built this up into a pretty good work-from-home business. I've never been more stable than I am now…but my newfound success has led to more opportunities and, now that I am potentially going to be offered a job that is objectively an excellent opportunity, I am beanplating about it. Help! [more inside]
posted by picardythird at 5:40 PM - 16 answers

How did you know whether to take the leap?

I am settled in my life here, but an opportunity presents. If you've been in this situation, how did you decide what to do? [more inside]
posted by Amy93 at 1:29 PM - 19 answers

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