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May 22

Reaching Customer Service Escape Velocity

I’m lucky to have my job but I still need out of customer service, permanently. Seeking assistance in developing a strategy for a lasting professional transition at the worst time possible. [more inside]
posted by EatTheWeak at 11:36 AM - 4 answers

UK AI-assisted savings apps experiences

I'm interested in the functionality offered by apps like Chip and Plum, but they've both received some negative reviews (that I'm not sure are relevant to my situation). I'm also at least somewhat leery of connecting stuff into my bank account, even though both give a pretty sound explanation of how they work and why they're secure. Has anyone used these apps? What's your experience been like? [more inside]
posted by terretu at 5:43 AM - 7 answers

May 21

What is your opinion of Oxfam Canada and CUSO?

I have been contributing to these organizations for over 20 years and wonder, for example, if their work is still valuable and whether they are lean in their operations. I didn't really think about them much until the recent Oxfam UK scandal. There seem to be a lot of people with experience in non profit sector here that may be helpful.
posted by canoehead at 9:47 AM - 2 answers

May 20

How do I figure out rent vs buy calculations?

How do I figure out rent vs buy calculations? I own now. [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats at 10:04 PM - 12 answers

Match me to a career field!

Please help me figure out what I want to do in life. After working with a career coach, I have more awareness around my distinguishing characteristics and what I like/don't like, but I don't know where I want to take it. I'm 30 and have a J.D. but don't want to practice law. Below the fold: (1) my vague sense of what I'm looking for (2) list of likes/dislikes (3) info about me. [more inside]
posted by melancholyplay at 12:34 PM - 13 answers

Another career change question

Where do I go from here, career wise? Career change, grad school, something else? Nonprofit background. [more inside]
posted by ambulanceambiance at 11:42 AM - 3 answers

Multiple jobs at the same company that are actually the same job? What?

Same company, multiple positions with same title, same job description for both, how to handle on resume? [more inside]
posted by blerghamot at 12:41 AM - 4 answers

May 19

Show me the money apps! (Android)

Micro-investing for my kids, family financial accounts tracking for me [more inside]
posted by MiraK at 8:37 AM - 1 answers

Role models for introverted male solopreneur?

I am an introverted freelance worker (content writing) that struggles to get myself out of there and market myself/make connections/make myself visible. Looking for role models, people to follow, things to read. [more inside]
posted by iamsuper at 5:19 AM - 3 answers

May 18

A New Life in Death

I want to study and eventually counsel people about all things death related. Please help me fine tune this idea before I have $100k in student loans and nothing to show for it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:00 PM - 15 answers

Stories about career downshifts

I'd like to find stories of people who have made major career changes away from the white collar world. I don't mean parallel shifts, like a lawyer who decides to become a paralegal. I mean like a lawyer who decides to become a carpenter or a landscaper or something. People who have tired of the rat race and responsibility and emails and offices and are looking to work less, simplify, and work only as necessary rather than spend life building a career. [more inside]
posted by fso at 12:59 PM - 15 answers

job offers in These Unprecedented Times

A company I freelance for recently asked if I'd be interested in a full-time position. I like these people and I enjoy the assignments, but at the same time, the offer feels very abstract: I haven't met my contacts in person, nor have I visited their offices, and doubt I will until after we return to whatever will pass for normalcy. So — given These Unprecedented Times — what questions should I be asking before I make any big job decisions? [more inside]
posted by roger ackroyd at 8:12 AM - 7 answers

May 17

Negotiating leave of absence for COVID-adjacent mental illness

I am in Washington State, US. I live alone and have been sheltering in place since early March. My company has transitioned everyone to full time remote work and I have a managerial role. This extended period of isolation and restricted activity has caused my mental health to decline badly enough that I can no longer adequately perform my job duties. My company is offering some COVID-related reduced-schedule and leave options and I am considering taking a leave of absence. How can I effectively negotiate this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:26 PM - 4 answers

What can I do with a certificate in digital curation?

I am a mid-career public librarian, and I am thinking of positioning myself for a career change within the profession. I've been looking at certificate programs in digital curation, but I can't get a sense of the job market, and whether such a program will pay for itself. I know there are a fair number of librarians here, so I'm hoping someone can shed some light. [more inside]
posted by missrachael at 6:18 AM - 4 answers

May 16

Client wants to make me a temporary employee for their PPP forgiveness

My client applied for an received a PPP loan. They claim their accountant advised them it’d be best to add me as an employee to their payroll during the 8 week period to help ensure they get total forgiveness for the loan. This sounds totally sketchy and I plan on saying no to this scheme, but I don’t know how to explain why. [more inside]
posted by the thorn bushes have roses at 1:18 PM - 23 answers

May 15

Decent Temp Agencies in Kingston, Ontario?

I will be moving to Kingston, Ontario in the very near future and will be looking for work. Any suggestions re. decent temp agencies in town? I'll be looking for administrative positions, ideally in the public sector (government, higher education etc.), but I know the job market is really tough at the moment, so I'm definitely open to admin positions more broadly.
posted by PrincessCrouton at 12:37 PM - 1 answers

Gift Taxes: Buying a House with Fiancée (PA)

My fiancée and I are buying a house together. The mortgage will be in her name, but I will be supplying the bulk of the down payment. This will exceed the $15,000 gift limit. Do we need to get married to avoid taxes on the remaining amount I'm giving her? If so, when does this need to happen? We live in PA. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 7:56 AM - 14 answers

May 14

Looking for background images to use for video meetings

I need help finding background images to use for video calls that my team has over Zoom and Microsoft Teams. [more inside]
posted by NoneOfTheAbove at 7:50 PM - 15 answers

May 13

Dear Lazyweb: Employee ID cards

What's some super-simple and easy ways to get employee ID cards made for my tiny 4-person outfit? [more inside]
posted by glonous keming at 1:45 PM - 4 answers

Paypal takes donation but doesn't deposit it

Our social service group has started a Paypal donations page. We set it up and paypal verified our bank accounts through 2 small deposits. Paypal allows us to make donations through debitcards with Paypal membership. The bank shows the money being taken out of the debitcards but the money is not showing up in our group account. How can I get Paypal to help? Their virtual assistant is useless. They appear to have no live support due to Covid-19.We are losing donations because we won't link to the page if it's not working.
posted by Xurando at 10:26 AM - 17 answers

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