On The Pros and Cons Of Collective Living

@A-M I lived in a house very similar to that in grad school. Basically 4 studios attached at the kitchen. My room and the other room in the front of the house shared a bathroom and the two back rooms had their own. There was a huge shared kitchen and a large backyard. Each bedroom essentially had their own living room because they had high ceilings and a loft where everyone kept their bed. It was great in theory but the house was a major dump from being rented out for far too long and general dead beat landlord issues.

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 6:52 pm 0

On Is It OK To Lie About Your Salary History: A Friday Chat

@erinep You're right, it shouldn't matter. I always ask people what range they're looking to make. It sucks but if they're unemployed we generally offer them the bottom of that range and 100% of the time it gets accepted. This isn't my policy, it's HR. I just have to follow the rules.

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 6:50 pm 0

On Is It OK To Lie About Your Salary History: A Friday Chat

@CMD+click For sure. That's why I'm in network mode. It's just temping to say my salary is higher if/when they ask because it's totally plausible that it would be. Based on salary data from my own company, from glassdoor, salary.com and that kind of thing.

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 6:47 pm 0

On Is It OK To Lie About Your Salary History: A Friday Chat

I think about this a TON for a number of reasons. 1. I know I don't get paid enough. 2. I know (as in saw data I should not have) people at my company get paid more in the same position (different divisions) and I perform much higher. They have more experience/are men. 3. Last year on top of my salary my company paid for two very expensive certifications. Now that I have them I should be getting paid more but due to some organizational changes it's not the right time to bring it up. 4. I'm starting to network aggressively with the hopes of having a better job some time this year. So all of that makes me want to lie. Which is a big deal, because everything else on my resume is true. I would never fake a degree or exaggerate experience in an area. Except that I was talking to the VP for my division who is sometimes a great mentor and advocate for me at work and sometimes a person I would like to punch, but do not because I like to get paid. He said - and had no reason to lie- that his job prior to our current company they point blank asked for his last pay stub to confirm his salary history. What would you even do in that situation if you had lied?

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 5:15 pm 0

On Hotel Preferences: For The President, ESPN & A Gym

The president can't stay anywhere with a view? Well that seals it, I'm not running.

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 4:48 pm 0

On Marriage, Money, and Compromise

@Derbel McDillet Yeah it makes total sense to me. I was on team "I will never marry someone I don't live with first" and regret nothing. I didn't learn anything surprising but I was glad to know that before we had a legally recognized relationship. Breaking your lease is painful, but not as rough as divorce.

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 4:07 pm 0

On Friday Estimate

@LookUponMyWorks I know, some times I can't believe it's on NBC.

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 3:38 pm 0

On Ask the Grindstone: Job Reference Etiquette

@meatballsub Holy shit WHAT? Or did he just say that on national television so people stop asking him to be a reference?

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 12:00 pm 0

On Friday Estimate

Tonight: hanging out and making a beer can chicken, already bought. Maybe going out for some beers? $25 Tomorrow: Breakfast at home, taking the dinghy out, and a wine tasting we already paid for. Maybe $50 bucks for incidentals? Sunday: two hockey games. One early, one late so I'll buy lunch between them. $15. Should be a low spend weekend but I'd be shocked if it ends up under 100 because that's rare.

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 11:37 am 0

On Friday Estimate

@RiffRandell Hannibal season 1 if you haven't watched it yet. Assuming you like serial killers who are super well dressed.

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 11:32 am 0