Top 10 Most Popular Job Stories of 2010
Before diving headfirst into 2011, we thought it would be fun to take a look back at the most popular stories of 2010. Based on what you read and shared the most over the last year, we've narrowed it down to the following tales of unlikely discrimination (is there such a thing as being too pretty?), coping with long-term unemployment, and ways to determine your workplace personality type.
10. Enneagram Uncovers Nine Personality Types at Work. Which Are You?
According to an Enneagram chart that dates back to 750 BC, everyone fits into one of nine distinct personality types in the workplace. Some are Top Dogs, Troubleshooters, or Producers, while others are Sages, Connoisseurs, or one of three others. Which one are you?
9. Debrahlee Lorenzana: Too Sexy for Her Job?
One woman claimed that she was fired from her banking position in New York because, even in flat shoes and long skirts, her figure was "too distracting" for her male coworkers to deal with.
8. My Unemployed Life: The Forgotten Woman
A story that's been all too familiar during our current economic recession: how the loss of a job can mean the loss of so much more than just employment status and financial security.
7. Amy-Erin Blakely Busts Devereux Foundation with Large Breasts Lawsuit
After working for years in a prominent leadership position, Blakely began to hear numerous derogatory rumors about her large breasts and was even told by management that she was "too sensual" for further advancement.
6. Confessions of a Nude Artist's Model: Two Exhilarating Experiences
Taking off your clothes for money doesn't have to be a degrading, negative, or embarrassing experience. Two women describe how they got into nude artist modeling and how it not only paid well but changed their body image for the better.
5. Is Weight Watchers Biased Against the Overweight?
Despite losing 118 lbs., exercising regularly, eating right, and being more than qualified in every professional respect, Lynae Remondino is told by Weight Watchers that she is still too heavy to work for them.
4. Biz Whiz Kids
Some kids spend their afternoons and weekends playing video games or hop-scotch -- but not these pre-teens: These special kids are building business empires reminiscent of Warren Buffet's start selling Coca-Cola bottles at 6 years old.
3. Outrageous Ways to Say "I Quit"
What's your ultimate "I quit!" fantasy? Although most of us keep our resignations professional despite whatever our real feelings may be, not everyone quits in a neat and tidy fashion. Several readers share their outrageous and hilarious job-quitting experiences.
2. Confessions of a Professional Housekeeper
How well do you know your housekeeper? Not nearly as well as she knows you, that's for sure. Here's a "laundry list" of things to be aware of -- from watching what personal papers you leave laying around to why it's better if she uses your equipment instead of her own.
1. Your Career Is in the Cards (of Destiny)
The science behind Destiny Cards is an ancient system that uses a standard deck of 52 playing cards to define the personality type of any person just by knowing the day and month of their birth. Lisa Osborne says that when profiling celebrities especially, it's accurate about 99 percent of the time.
Of the top 10, what was your favorite story of the year?
Rigel Celeste is a freelance writer and artist living in a small city in the middle of Midwest farming country. In her free time she enjoys gardening, hiking and playing with her dog, and drinking coffee while staring out the window.