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I Was an Extra in a Drew Barrymore Movie

I Was an Extra in a Drew Barrymore Movie

Maybe you're an aspiring actor ... or you just have some free time on your hands and want to earn a bit of "extra" money. Either way, there's a gig you may not have considered. We caught up with a theater major who's going behind the scenes and making cash as an extra while looking to get her big break. Read More »

Hire That Jobless Redhead!

Hire That Jobless Redhead!

On the East and West coasts, there are two enterprising redheads, each with their own online presence, each determinedly pounding pavements -- both virtual and actual -- for honest work. While the creators of JoblessRedhead and HireThatRedhead -- Michael Williams, 28, and Chase Porter, 26, respectively -- may... Read More »

Aspen Cop Fired for Giving DUI Reporter Ride Home

Aspen Cop Fired for Giving DUI Reporter Ride Home

According to the Aspen Times, Valerie McFarlane, a police officer in Aspen, Colorado, was let go last month after she failed to file charges against Troy Hooper, an Aspen newspaper editor, for allegedly drinking and driving. When McFarlane encountered Hooper in downtown Aspen, she picked him up. The two... Read More »

Take Your Kid to Work ... Just Don't Let Him Direct Planes

Take Your Kid to Work ... Just Don't Let Him Direct Planes

We understand -- especially in this economy -- how school closings can wreak havoc with the best of a parent's intentions. Good babysitters are hard to come by, and they cost money. And you can't very well forgo a day's pay every time the weather gets iffy or the kids are home sick or off for winter break. So we... Read More »

Confessions of a Casting Director

Confessions of a Casting Director

Beth Schiff has been casting commercials, TV shows, and films for almost 15 years. We caught up with her recently to get the inside scoop on the casting couch. Want to get behind the scenes yourself? Read on for tips on how to cast ... and be cast. Read More »

Jobless Claims Increase -- Again

Jobless Claims Increase -- Again

Newly released Labor Department numbers show that while economists had expected a drop in new jobless claims, the number of people filing for first-time unemployment benefits has actually increased yet again-the fourth increase in the past five weeks. Read More »

Why Don't the Unemployed Volunteer?

Why Don't the Unemployed Volunteer?

According to a new report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployed people don't like to volunteer. Well, that may be jumping to conclusions-but the statistical fact is that the volunteer rate barely budged in 2009 despite numerous among us being unemployed. In fact, the report states that "during the... Read More »

Secrets of a Skunk Whisperer

Secrets of a Skunk Whisperer

Think your job is difficult, unpredictable, dangerous ... maybe even smelly? Just imagine if there was an angry skunk involved! We had a chat with Ned Bruha, vice president of The Skunk Whisperer, an Oklahoma-based company specializing in humane wildlife control methods, to get the secrets of his trade. Hi... Read More »

My Layoff Landed Me in Africa

My Layoff Landed Me in Africa

Rob Chilton, 34, suffered a fate that's the stuff of unemployment nightmares. He was laid off not once but twice from his job as a celebrity magazine editor. While he was reinstated two weeks after the first blow in January 2009, he was let go again in April. "It was an emotional rollercoaster to say the... Read More »

TSA: Sleepin' on the Job

TSA: Sleepin' on the Job

Say what you will about the TSA and how diligent they may or may be about our security. In at least one recent situation, an employee has been caught sleeping on the job-quite literally. Aw, who hasn't experienced the old nod 'n' bob in the workplace now and again? Bucky Turco, who was traveling through New... Read More »

Confessions of a Novelist

Confessions of a Novelist

We at AOL love you guys whether you have jobs or not. But some people we know seem to have landed the coolest jobs we can imagine. For instance, Jami Attenberg, who splits her time 70-30 as a novelist and interactive copywriter. We recently had the chance to ask Jami a few questions about her abundance of... Read More »

A Layoff Story: My Deal with the Devil

A Layoff Story: My Deal with the Devil

As a freelance copy editor, I was always looking to fill my schedule, praying for long-term gigs so that I wouldn't have to constantly search the job boards. Then one day a close friend of mine called and told me the fashion magazine that she wrote for needed someone during Fashion Week. Taking the job meant... Read More »

What Keeps You Sane?

What Keeps You Sane?

When you're in the dreary, winter, often endless-seeming days of unemployment, sitting alone in your apartment or house staring at a computer and searching for jobs, it's easy to start to feel, well, a little unhinged. You may go for hours or even days without speaking to anyone in person. You might not even... Read More »

TSA Employee Punished for Powder Prank

TSA Employee Punished for Powder Prank

Today in the actually-deserves-to-be-fired department we have the TSA screener who stopped Rebecca Solomon, a 22-year-old University of Michigan student, as she was going through security in Philadelphia and plucked a baggie of white powder from her computer case. Hey, we all know flying can be stressful. But... Read More »

Unemployed? Blame it on the Cold

Unemployed? Blame it on the Cold

Hey job-seekers, we now have another thing to blame for the lack of gigs out there. That's right, jobless claims are back up-the government reports that the number of Americans filing first-time claims for unemployment insurance surged to a 2-month high last week. There were 482,000 initial job claims filed in... Read More »

Unemployment Awkward: Face to Face with the Former Boss

Unemployment Awkward: Face to Face with the Former Boss

Running into the person who fired you is kind of like running into an ex (the one who dumped you, of course). You ideally would look your best-10 pounds lighter, having a great hair day, wearing your hottest new outfit. You would have a fabulous new job (or relationship, or both) to brag about. Unfortunately,... Read More »

The Best Day to Get a Job...

The Best Day to Get a Job...

Last week (last Tuesday to be precise) marked "the busiest day of the year for job seekers" in the U.K. Which made me wonder, what's the busiest job-searching day in the U.S.? Do we even have one? Extensive research has proven inconclusive, although some claim that January 7th is "the busiest day for job... Read More »

A Layoff Story

A Layoff Story

I was laid off two months and one day ago from my job as guest service manager at a successful hotel chain. (Trivia: This company was the very first hotel "chain." Take a guess!) On the day I was laid off, I was brought into the restaurant section of the hotel. The general manager, front office manager, and... Read More »

Why You Should Apologize to an Ex-Employer

Why You Should Apologize to an Ex-Employer

I'm sorry ... so sorry ... Often, those are the last words you ever want to say when you get laid off. Why should you apologize? It's your boss who owes you one, right? But as a recent article in the Wall Street Journal points out, these days people are more anxious than ever to get past misdeeds off their... Read More »

Who Said We Were Giving Up?

Who Said We Were Giving Up?

I recently read an article that claimed the unemployment rate is staying below 10 percent because we unemployed people have just packed it up and called it quits. And according to the statistics, maybe this is a little bit true. Read More »

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