Confessions

What To Do After Your Career Goes 'Poof'

What To Do After Your Career Goes 'Poof'

Gail Belsky will be blogging for AOL Jobs about her quest to find a new job -- and reinvent her career. This is the first post in her weekly series that will run Mondays. At 51, I've become both a cliche and a victim of circumstance -- neither of which makes me happy. A cliche because I'm a middle-aged woman... Read More »

What It's Like To Be An Undertaker: 'A Call To Serve'

What It's Like To Be An Undertaker: 'A Call To Serve'

Funeral Director Daniel Honan is busier than he'd like to be these days. As the only undertaker in Newtown, Conn., Honan is working overtime to provide funeral services to families of 11 of the 20 first-graders murdered Friday at Sandy Hook Elementary School. To help keep pace with the demand, Honan... Read More »

Sex Surrogate Cheryl Cohen Greene, 68: I've Slept With Over 900 People

Sex Surrogate Cheryl Cohen Greene, 68: I've Slept With Over 900 People

Cheryl Cohen Greene is a 68-year-old loving grandmother and cancer survivor who's been happily married for 33 years. In that time, she's slept with hundreds of other men in her conjugal bed, and transformed many of their lives. Greene is a sex surrogate, treating patients with sexual difficulties through... Read More »

Confessions Of A Mall Santa Claus

Confessions Of A Mall Santa Claus

They show up each year in malls and department stores like clockwork, seemingly eager to hear every child's Christmas wish list and pose, broadly smiling for photos. And, of course, there's that unmistakably hearty "Ho, ho, ho!" that signals that the holiday season -- and Santa Claus, himself -- has... Read More »

Confessions Of A Flight Attendant: 'It's As Crazy As You Think'

Confessions Of A Flight Attendant: 'It's As Crazy As You Think'

The allure of routine travel to exotic locales makes a career as a flight attendant especially appealing to many job seekers. So much so, in fact, that more than 20,000 people recently applied with American Airlines to fill just 1,500 flight attendant jobs, prompting the airline to largely quit accepting new... Read More »

Confessions Of A Corporate Hit Man: 'I Got Paid To Restructure'

Confessions Of A Corporate Hit Man: 'I Got Paid To Restructure'

When people ask me what I did before I became a career coach, I say, "Have you seen the movie 'Up in the Air' with George Clooney?" At which point, they say, "Yes!" Then I say, "He had my job." Sometimes, I even throw in the random additional fact that Clooney and I share the same birthday too. (Sorry George,... Read More »

Cosmopolitan Magazine Editor Kate White: My Weirdest Days At Work

Cosmopolitan Magazine Editor Kate White: My Weirdest Days At Work

By Kate White Did you ever see that fun, wacky '90s television show called "Just Shoot Me"? It was all about working at Blush, a fictional women's magazine. One day I noticed that the set and props were very similar to stuff we had at Cosmopolitan. When I asked my entertainment director about it, she said... Read More »

Confessions Of A Professional Skydiver

Confessions Of A Professional Skydiver

Lots of people enjoy or at least have tried skydiving. They include President George H.W. Bush, who famously parachuted from a plane 10,500 feet above the ground to celebrate turning 85, following similar jumps on his 75th and 80th birthdays. Some lovers of the sport attempt to turn it into career by... Read More »

Confessions Of A Manhattan Nutritionist: Confronting Bingers And 'Emotional Eaters'

Confessions Of A Manhattan Nutritionist: Confronting Bingers And 'Emotional Eaters'

"Much of my job is like being a therapist," says a Manhattan-based nutritionist of her practice. Read More »

Confessions Of A Customer Service Rep: Dishonesty Is Part Of The Job

Confessions Of A Customer Service Rep: Dishonesty Is Part Of The Job

So who is that person on the other end of the line when you call customer service to troubleshoot problems with your cell phone? What's the experience like for him or her? Read More »

9 Ex-Assistants Tell All About Their Rich And Powerful Bosses

9 Ex-Assistants Tell All About Their Rich And Powerful Bosses

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency recently stripped Lance Armstrong of seven Tour de France titles and wiped his record going back 14 years. The last thing that Armstrong needed, in his free fall from grace, was a personal assistant to bust out of the woodwork and portray him to the world as a truly despicable guy. Read More »

Confessions Of A Private Investigator

Confessions Of A Private Investigator

By John Powers I am a private investigator. Which means if we met at a party you'd immediately ask: So do you, like, follow people around? Are you an ex-cop? Where'd you park the Ferrari? Then you'd confess: Wow, I've never met a real P.I. Which partly explains your misconceptions, though in my experience the... Read More »

Googler Watched Child Porn And Beheadings Daily For His Job

Googler Watched Child Porn And Beheadings Daily For His Job

There's a lot of creepy, repulsive, morally abhorrent stuff on the Internet, and that means there are also a lot of people whose job it is to watch it, review it and get it taken down. One guy who reportedly had that job at Google -- and whose identity was not revealed -- describes the "scarring" experience... Read More »

Confessions Of A Male Nurse: Dealing With Nasty Jokes, Sexual Propositions

Confessions Of A Male Nurse: Dealing With Nasty Jokes, Sexual Propositions

It's a profession whose members help save lives on a daily basis. And given that nursing pays relatively well and is one of the fields projected to grow, more men are considering entering the traditionally female profession. But male nurses are still the butt of jokes -- and not just in movies, as Ben... Read More »

Confessions Of A Reality TV Producer

Confessions Of A Reality TV Producer

By Sharon Houston I work in syndicated daytime... Read More »

Home Care Aide Tells What Really Goes On At Work

Home Care Aide Tells What Really Goes On At Work

It's one of the fastest growing fields and requires no special training or degree, but it has some significant downsides. Read More »

What It's Really Like To Be A Street Performer

What It's Really Like To Be A Street Performer

Michael Trautman didn't start out wanting to be a street performer, never mind a mime. As with many people who came of age in the 1970s, Trautman, 56, says he wanted to "change the system" from within and planned to become an attorney. But that plan got sidetracked after he appeared in several student... Read More »

Retired Madam Would Prefer Her Daughter Be A Prostitute Than Banker

Retired Madam Would Prefer Her Daughter Be A Prostitute Than Banker

Prostitution A More 'Honest' Career Than Banking, Former Madam Says

Becky Adams began her more than two-decade career in sex work at a time of desperation. But even though her teenage daughter Emilia grew up wanting for nothing, Adams wouldn't mind if the girl followed in her footsteps. It's certainly better than banking, she told the British tabloid, The Sun. "Society may... Read More »

Hotel Employee Dishes On What Really Goes On At Work

Hotel Employee Dishes On What Really Goes On At Work

By Jill Krasny When you want the goods on the casino, lottery and airline industries, the only place to go is Reddit. Recently, Beastmachine, a self-proclaimed five-year veteran of Citadel hotels in Halifax, Nova Scotia, did an "Ask Me Anything" on the service industry that was pretty revealing. Read More »

Ex-Goldman Sachs Exec Sells Tell-All For $1.5 Million

Ex-Goldman Sachs Exec Sells Tell-All For $1.5 Million

By Matt Egan Just weeks after gripping the financial world with a scathing op-ed piece about Goldman Sachs, Greg Smith has reportedly landed a seven-figure advance on a book deal. Read More »

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