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February 9

Fellow journalists, how do you deal with PR companies?

I'm looking for better ways to manage the overwhelming number of pitches I get each day and not miss the tiny percentage I'm actually interested in. I'm looking for suggestions both for sorting through pitches and how to interact with the PR people contacting me. (I read last year that there are now six PR people for each journalist, and it feels like it.) [more inside]
posted by pinochiette at 8:32 AM - 9 answers

February 8

Out-of-network claim reimbursement questions

Is there any way I can get my insurance company to reimburse out-of-network claims if the deadline for service/submitting has passed? What about expired checks from previous approvals? [more inside]
posted by unannihilated at 4:21 PM - 6 answers

Non-resident income tax issues (how exciting)

I'm a little confused about my tax situation for last year due to a mistake made by my employer—they withheld income tax for the state in which they are located; I work remotely from another state. What do? [more inside]
posted by sinfony at 11:18 AM - 4 answers

February 7

My group wants to fund but not administer a scholarship/grant

A professional organization I'm involved with wants to fund a scholarship/grant for college students studying to go into our field. We don't want to deal with administering it and are happy to pay to have somebody else who knows what they're doing manage it. How can we do this? Is there a scholarship administration company you'd recommend? [more inside]
posted by handknit 100% merino at 5:38 PM - 10 answers

Disorganized freelance client and not enough hours

I've been working for a freelance client remotely for a few years, and lately it's not working that well. I like the work, but the overarching problem is that she (an entrepreneur) is pretty disorganized, which is affecting my workload and enabling my own bad habits. Note: We live in different states. How can I help fix this situation? [more inside]
posted by trillian at 2:07 PM - 13 answers

Awesome conference or training?

My work has some money this year to send me to a conference or training within the US. Are there any fun or useful ones people can recommend? Fields can range from cool methods trainings, social sciences, tech, youth, fed policy, consumer behavior, logistics.... if it’s something really interesting or that you’ve enjoyed, I can spin it!
posted by inevitability at 6:52 AM - 4 answers

Financial blogs/forums for the Prius millionaire

I’m looking for blogs/communities for “regular” wealthy people. [more inside]
posted by myaskme at 6:19 AM - 14 answers

February 6

Coworker communication causing consternation

One of my coworkers in my new workplace has a communication style that I find absolutely exhausting. He is, by all accounts, a perfectly decent person, but I come out of every conversation with him (and even sometimes conversations I'm not part of - if I'm overhearing something elsewhere in the office, etc) with my muscles tense, pulse racing, and feeling bad because I did not express myself as well as I could have. How do I deal? [more inside]
posted by btfreek at 7:05 PM - 16 answers

When is good enough?

For the first time in my life, I have a decent, well-paying job... but when can I leave? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:12 AM - 15 answers

What's it like to transition to teaching high school after academia?

I teach adjunct at a great university, but yeah, well, adjunct. I found a job listing recently at a nice private school for a high school/middle school journalism teacher. I'd love thoughts on what this might be like or if it would be a good fit. [more inside]
posted by heavenknows at 7:06 AM - 9 answers

International Shipping for Pamphlets

So my Kickstarter was funded, but now there is a growing demand for international shipping for the physical rewards. The USPS reps I've spoken to have been less than helpful and I've not received a consistent answer as to what constitutes a 'Package' and 'Large Envelope' - but I have a plan so cunning you can exsanguinate a cow with it that I'd like to run by you, especially people familiar with the Royal Mail... [more inside]
posted by robocop is bleeding at 5:41 AM - 6 answers

February 5

Does the last paragraphs of a cover letters ever not sound insincere?

So two years ago you all gave me advice on a job search, now I'm looking for advice on a search for a better job. The thing is, I despise cover letters - even the examples I find on line of "spectacular" cover letters seem like they have one foot in insincere and the other in insipid. But I'm slogging through and I'm to that last paragraph...and everything I type seems awful to me. Tell me about the cover letter that sang to you. Help me stop overthinking this plate of beans.
posted by Sid and Marty Krofft's HR Sockpuppet at 7:18 PM - 12 answers

Fairly splitting shared expenses

My partner and I are discussing the idea of me moving in to the home he owns (yay!), and we've started talking about finances. Can you help us figure out options for splitting costs fairly, given big differences in our means and how we will use the space? Any tips for managing shared expenses in our situation? [more inside]
posted by deus ex machina at 2:40 PM - 26 answers

My new job isn’t working out.

I recently started a job with an organization that isn’t great. What should I do, and how do I tell my references? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:20 PM - 7 answers

Can you recommend to me a good, professional career counselor?

Exactly that. I'm seeking recommendations for a career counselor. I'd like to find someone who does not confine their work to any geographical area and is experienced and professional. I know that a professional expects to get paid and I expect to pay for their services. [more inside]
posted by grounded at 12:11 PM - 1 answers

Could We Move The Office, Boss? Thanks

I'm in the midst of a job search and have a very promising lead for a job where the one and only problem I have with it is that the office is physically located in an ugly neighborhood. Help me get over my snootiness. [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:36 AM - 24 answers

February 4

A victim of my parents' whims

Do you know a good tax expert in Canada familiar with up to date IRS stuff for Americans who have never lived in the US? [more inside]
posted by miles1972 at 9:42 PM - 2 answers

Advice and Reading Recommendations for Starting a Small Biz/Restaurant

I am looking for some books to read and general advice for starting a small business/restaurant. [more inside]
posted by saul wright at 1:28 PM - 6 answers

February 3

What happened to my taxes?

I can't sort through the tax jargon, but did I get screwed by Trump's tax plan? [more inside]
posted by archimago at 1:11 PM - 17 answers

How do I Conference Like an Adult?

I'm going to a large (45k attendees) professional conference (HIMSS) the week after next, and I'm looking for some tips on how to make this a good experience. I have attended a lot of regional conferences and smaller national conferences, and I tend to feel like I am not getting max benefit out the them. Some of my questions: What is the best way to interact with vendors? Is it worthwhile to interact with vendors we already do business with? How do I meet new people without being weird? [more inside]
posted by jeoc at 6:33 AM - 8 answers

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