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Because I did not re-sign a contract with my school, my health insurance will end at the end of this month. This summer, I will be living in two different states to work, and then eventually moving permanently to a third state in late August. Should I just chance it and go insurance-less until my contract starts with my new employer in August?
Hi, I'm looking to get training for specific project in QuickBooks Desktop version: using the budget setup tool to switch a company from budgeting by accounts to budgeting by class, and refactoring reports. I'm not looking for ongoing training, certification, etc. What the client wants the software to do might not be possible - but it's hard to know. I'm thinking that a short training session with a QuickBooks Wizard would be far more valuable than many hours of searching references and generalized training. The usual online offerings don't seem to supply this. Any suggestions?
The agency I joined reneged on an agreement and I am not sure what to do. [more inside]
I'm a mid-thirties professional woman (assistant type work). I would like to take a break from the professional world and just do housecleaning or something. I can afford this, for now. But would I be shutting myself out of the workforce? [more inside]
Hi AskMe, i have just become aware of an immediate need to loan money to a family member so that they do not have their house foreclosed on. Help? [more inside]
Over the last 2 weeks, I have had 3 direct credits to my Australian bank account that I don't recognise. The first 2 were both from the same reference number, the third one occurred yesterday from a different reference number. The reference details for all of the deposits mention my bank, but the fact that when I contacted the bank they had no idea what the deposits were has me concerned. Has anyone else experienced this? Is it a scam? [more inside]
My brother and I are racking our brains for the name of this thing. There's a role some companies have, for a sort of independent mediator who just seeks solutions to problems even when it's not necessarily best for the company short-term, etc.. Not quite a customer advocate, but related. It has an odd name that we can't remember now... the spelukum or something like that. The...belorgum. The nib locum. What the heck is this thing called?
I was laid off in March of 2017 and have not been employed since except for a very short-term consulting project. I have intermittently been applying and interviewing, but much of that time has been dealing with mental health issues which were exacerbated by the rejection from several jobs I was well qualified for. I have a phone interview coming up for a job I really want, and I don't know how to explain this gap. [more inside]
I was forced to withdraw from a university class this past semester due to a dramatic change in my work schedule. Financial complications abound. Please help. [more inside]
I would like to become more involved in producing content for my company, specifically articles for our customer newsletter. I have the needed writing skills, but I am not very good at coming up with ideas. [more inside]
I have worked myself into a niche career field and make good money, but I am terrified of losing my job. Help me formulate a backup plan and not be so anxious. [more inside]
Was I crazy to ask my boss whether I could go to DMV to renew my driver's license on work time? My job requires travel by vehicle (both personal and gov't agency fleet vehicle). It is written into my job description that I must maintain a valid driver's license in my state. But when I said, "Hey Earl [my boss], I need to go to DMV to renew my license. Is it okay if I go on work time?" he basically laughed at me and said, "Nice try!" Was I completely out of line? [more inside]
I recently got hired into a pretty high paying position right out of school. FYI, I’m a pharmacist working for an insurance company. Prior to this role, I did a year of residency with the same company so I’m not new to the company but I’m new to the current role. I’ve been in it for 3 months and so far I like it, not love it but I can see myself doing it for a few years. Last week, one of the managers from a different department approached me and asked if I would be interested in applying for a spot in Department B (let’s call it that). Department B is highly competitive with low turnover rate. This position is the same salary and benefit as my current one. However the nature of the job would allow better chances for advancement and the experience would look great on my resume. As far as the job goes, I enjoy it as well. Maybe not more or less than the current job. [more inside]
My spouse just defended her (awesome) PhD thesis; she is now a doctor! This has raised a LinkedIn question. Her question is: does she list her name as "Dr Her Name" or "Her Name, PhD"? She asked my opinion about this, and I don't think my opinion is trustworthy on the subject, so, at her request, I'm asking y'all. [more inside]
I do freelance illustrations on commission (cats!dogs!portraits!) in watercolor to make extra money from time to time. I've been promoting my work via relevant facebook groups, tumblr, and the kindness of friends who have twitter followers. Where else can I share my work, and what else should I be doing if I'd like to turn this into a more regular job? [more inside]
In the past year I've struck out at a bunch of interviews for jobs I'm well-qualified for. What are my best resources for preparing beforehand? How do I present and sell myself more effectively during the interview itself? And finally, is an interview coach worth it? What worked for YOU?
The big three automakers tried to assassinate Ralph Nader's character when he pushed for seat belts (see the documentary about him). The FBI spied on MLK to do the same thing. Have there been any reports of banks / lenders trying to assassinate Dave Ramsey's character?
Mrs Ashtray Elvis is considering becoming an Arbonne consultant. We've done the research...she's considering this an opportunity for her to flex her entrepreneurial and sales muscles. She has a great career currently, but her occupation does not involve sales. She has asked all of the 'right' questions, and is aware enough to realize this wouldn't be (financially) a career, but is happy to keep her career (which she loves) and have a sideline. Looking for thought/experiences with Arbonne, if you could share. Thanks!
I'm being recruited for a software-focused role at an early-stage hardware startup. I would like to take the gig, but I have an IP-related concern: Outside of my day job, I have a hobby building entirely unrelated things that includes an open-source software/hardware component. I would like to maximize my chances of being allowed to continue doing what I do for fun, insofar as it is orthogonal to what I would be doing for work. [more inside]
Working in mental health care, I'm now in a department where there is such an intense culture of demanding emotional labor of each other (99% women) that I'm trying to understand it better, through this experience. I've followed the emotional labor thread with a lot of interest. But I'm taken by surprise in my current worksituation. Any thoughts or new ideas, or things I've missed because I haven't followed publications since the EL thread here. Also, I'm very interested in comparing with other professional sectors or circles. [more inside]