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What It's Like To Be ... An Improv Comedian

What It's Like To Be ... An Improv Comedian

More of a calling than a ticket to riches

If you're a collaborative person, improv comedy might be for you. AOL Jobs visits Upright Citizens Brigade in NYC to find out more. Read More »

The Highs (And Lows) Of Working For Yourself

The Highs (And Lows) Of Working For Yourself

Excitement mixed with pangs of regret, self-doubt

After 20 years of knowing at least the outline of what each day would bring, going freelance is a regular exercise in mental and emotional self-flagellation. Read More »

Meet The Photographer Who Spent Four Years In A Forensic Morgue

Meet The Photographer Who Spent Four Years In A Forensic Morgue

German photographer Patrik Budenz documented work with the dead

Patrik Budenz went inside the Institute of Legal Medicine and Forensic Sciences in Berlin to capture real-life crime scene investigation. Here are his photos. Read More »

How A Frito-Lay Janitor Rose To Corporate Executive

How A Frito-Lay Janitor Rose To Corporate Executive

Pursued his version of the Ph.D: 'poor, hungry and determined'

In 1976, Richard MontaƱez was a janitor for Frito-Lay. Now he's an executive. All because he presented the idea of Flamin' Hot Cheetos to company CEO. Read More »

Networking! (How To Just Go Up To Someone and Say You're Awesome)

Networking! (How To Just Go Up To Someone and Say You're Awesome)

Will rely on Ina Garten's secret tip to schmooze through Chicago

Networking is not everyone's cup of tea and even a former national journalist gets uncomfortable. A speaking gig at Chicago Ideas Week offers a chance to grow. Read More »

Girl Develop It Success Stories

Girl Develop It Success Stories

Learning how to code empowers women.

Girl Develop It alums Tracy Bartley and Brenda Storer got the confidence and tech skills they needed to advance their careers. Read More »

3-Month Course Yields 5-Figure Job

3-Month Course Yields 5-Figure Job

App Academy requires 80 to 100 hours per week, but promises payoff

A new form of professional training makes it possible for those who have the inclination and work ethic to land higher-paying jobs. Read More »

Former Hooters Girl Rides a Gooey Pastry to Cinnabon CEO Spot

Former Hooters Girl Rides a Gooey Pastry to Cinnabon CEO Spot

Kat Cole rose from Hooters girl to vice-president at the organization before moving on to become CEO of Cinnabon. Here's how she did it. Read More »

3 Worst Mistakes To Make When Changing Careers

3 Worst Mistakes To Make When Changing Careers

Test your ideas by talking to people and get out of your head

Many people grapple with how to make a successful career change and make a few common, avoidable mistakes. Here are three errors you should watch out for. Read More »

Retired Marketing Executive Flips Burgers To Make Ends Meet

Retired Marketing Executive Flips Burgers To Make Ends Meet

The number of Americans 65 and over who are employed has jumped 67 percent in the last decade.

As an advertising executive, Tom Palome had a career you'd think would pay for retirement. But now he works at Sam's Club and flips burgers. Read More »

11 Surprisingly Dangerous Jobs In The New Economy

11 Surprisingly Dangerous Jobs In The New Economy

With the economy changing, so are the risks.

It used to be easy to define a job as good or bad, easy or tough, safe or dangerous -- but in the new economy it's no longer so cut and dry. Read More »

Beautiful People Have Yet Another Advantage In Job Market

Beautiful People Have Yet Another Advantage In Job Market

New study documents yet another advantage to being beautiful.

Beautiful people make more money, get promoted faster -- and get more job interviews. Read More »

Rejected For A Dream Job After 8 Months

Rejected For A Dream Job After 8 Months

How do you recover from that?

Tess Vigeland on her eight month quest to become next host of NPR's All Things Considered. Read More »

How To Achieve A Huge Goal If You're Over 40

How To Achieve A Huge Goal If You're Over 40

Remember the 64-year-old woman who swam 100 miles? It's never too late.

Remember the 64-year-old woman who swam 100 miles? It's never too late. Read More »

Why I Quit My 'Dream Job' -- Without A Safety Net

Why I Quit My 'Dream Job' -- Without A Safety Net

Tess Vigeland explains why she quit as Marketplace host, leading to a year of being 'adrift.'

Tess Vigeland explains why she quit as Marketplace host, leading to a year of being 'adrift.' Read More »

These Are The Workers Who Quietly Make This Country Run

These Are The Workers Who Quietly Make This Country Run

Forget the celebrities. These are the men and women who make America work.

On Labor Day, recognize America's truly great workers. Read More »

Signs You're In A Dead-End Job

Signs You're In A Dead-End Job

5 tell-tale signs it's time to move on. Read More »

Are Shallow People Happier At Work?

Are Shallow People Happier At Work?

Does happiness make people complacent and self-centered? Read More »

Confessions Of A Crime Scene Cleaner

Confessions Of A Crime Scene Cleaner

A Reddit user describes the worst things he's ever seen and why he does this work. Read More »

Bain Consultant Quits To Work At ... Chipotle

And he learned "some very real world skills." Read More »

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