Black Friday, the day that strikes terror into the hearts of retail employees across the nation, is upon us again, with its deep discounts, midnight store openings and lines of panting bargain-hunters poised to be the first through the door -- and to the cash register. So what's it like to work in a retail... Read More »
January 8, 2010. That's the day I walked out of my office in Melbourne, Fla., with a box full of personal belongings: A picture of my boys, a smiley-face coffee mug, mementos from my military past that I had used to decorate my office. All were just remnants of the five years I had spent working behind a desk. Read More »
Moving from a stint in the military back into civilian life can be a tough transition, but nevertheless it is one that everyone who has served must eventually make. Here are two inspiring stories of success that prove that, despite the changes and challenges, life does go on after service to one's country is... Read More »
We've all had that moment, at least once in our working lifetimes. It's when the light bulb goes on bright in our brains and the realization hits: It's time to QUIT. Perhaps it's the boss screeching at you one too many times, or the sheer drudgery of the job overwhelming you with despair.
You've reached... Read More »
In this era of high unemployment, it is amazing that there are still terrible bosses out there, people who treat their employees like they are bugs to be squashed.
How do these people keep their jobs when their training and management techniques are so awful? That's a mystery that is hard to solve, but one... Read More »
For some happy couples, Valentine's Day isn't just a celebration of their romance. It's also a celebration of having a special job -- for without those, they would have never met, fallen in love and gotten married.
And while some companies frown on fraternization, some of these lovestruck partners still... Read More »
Sometimes, no matter how terrible the employment market might be, you come to the end of your rope and just have to say goodbye to a job you cannot stand. And while most people simply give notice and head off into the sunset, every so often the boss or the job itself is so bad that you've just got to get... Read More »
When it comes to manning the phone banks as a customer service representative, you have to have patience, a desire to help the customer resolve any issues and, most importantly, a sense of humor. Sometimes, the person on the other end of the line is just completely insane, yet it's your job to make sure they... Read More »
Sometimes you just can't resist temptation -- the temptation to leave a funny out-of-office e-mail message on your company account, that is. We suggest that you be a bit careful about just what message you send to the world, since these things sometimes have a way of turning around and biting the hand that... Read More »
As 2011 rings in, perhaps you're thinking that now is the time to take that leap-of-faith and start your own business. We asked some veteran female entrepreneurs to tell us the most important thing that they wish they had known before they jumped into the world of self-employment, and here are their answers.... Read More »
If you've ever watched the NBC-TV hit show 'The Office,' you probably know some of the funny nicknames that the characters end up living with every day at work. There's Jim, the "Big Tuna" or "Slim Jim"; Pam, often called "Pama-lama-ding-dong" and "Pamcasso"; and Ryan, also known as "Fire-d Guy," "Big Turkey"... Read More »
It's the most wonderful time of the year... unless you've made a huge gaffe at your company's holiday party. All of these tales of what NOT to do at the company party begin with mixing alcohol with business -- so beware the demon rum (or eggnog) at a celebration when your livelihood is on the line. Read More »
You know the feeling, We've all had it -- when you're at the end of your rope at work and someone says (or does) something so rude or stupid that you just cannot take it any more. Maybe it doesn't happen to you, but to your coworker in the next cubicle.
Regardless, "desk rage" is the new term to describe... Read More »
Ever consider stripping down to make a buck? There's one job out there that involves nudity, but without the distressing (and often illegal) sexual element that comes along with being naked on the job. Here are two exhilarating stories of women who conquered their embarrassment and became nude artist's models.... Read More »
So you want to be an elementary school teacher? It's a challenging career, requiring first a college degree that prepares you for the intellectual side of the job; and second social skills, as you have to be able to wrangle a room filled with rambunctious children.
But as our confessions below prove, once you... Read More »
Congress will be voting on legislation that would extend unemployment benefits for out of work Americans who have been unemployed for over six months. Senators are currently discussing the issue on the floor, and voting is scheduled to take place at 2:30 PM today.
There's an estimated 2 million jobless Americans... Read More »
Ever been tempted to tell a lie to snag that job? If you watch 'Glee,' you know that Finn Hudson (Cory Monteith) told a whopper – that he was confined to a wheelchair – to earn some extra money; that's a pretty extreme example, but no more than the real-life tales that follow. Read More »
If you've ever had a job you despised so much it hurt, then take heart. You are not alone! And every so often, when the time is just right, you might just find an outrageous way to say "I Quit!"
But beware, sometimes quitting in a flamboyant manner can backfire, as our first author ruefully remembers. Read More »
At the moment tragedy strikes, it is impossible to foresee anything but pain in the future. Be it the sudden death of a loved one, the diagnosis of a life-threatening illness, the suddenness of a terrible accident, life's catastrophes can be overwhelming and debilitating.
But for some, those heartbreaks... Read More »
It isn't too surprising that many people share the same fantasy about a job. After all, if everyone could be an actor, musician, author or travel writer (the most popular responses we got when hundreds of people weighed in with their fantasy career), who would do all the other more mundane jobs in the world?
But... Read More »