Confessions

  • Trade Secrets Of An Insurance Agent: 8 Things Insurance Companies Don't Want You To Know

    Trade Secrets Of An Insurance Agent: 8 Things Insurance Companies Don't Want You To Know

    In June 2006 I took a call center job that I thought would be just like all the rest: take some calls, placate some customers, sell people some things that they probably could do without. You know, the usual. But one week in, it became clear -- there was nothing usual about working in a call center of a major... Continue Reading

  • Trade Secrets Of A Hair Stylist -- Beware, Some Are Hair-Raising

    Trade Secrets Of A Hair Stylist -- Beware, Some Are Hair-Raising

    Although some of these trade secrets may seem shocking and unbelievable -- they have probably been practiced in your favorite salon. I am a former hair stylist who worked in a busy, big-city salon with a reputation for upscale hair artistry and over-the-top prices. Even there, it wasn't uncommon to witness... Continue Reading

  • Trade Secrets Of A Massage Therapist: 10 Ways To Ensure A Great Massage

    Trade Secrets Of A Massage Therapist: 10 Ways To Ensure A Great Massage

    When you are shelling out $60 to $150 per hour, you want to get the best massage you can find. But how do you go about doing that? Chances are, if you are aged 25 or older, you've had at least one professional massage. In fact, according to the 2009 American Massage Therapy Association consumer survey, an... Continue Reading

  • What It's Like to Be Married to the Boss

    What It's Like to Be Married to the Boss

    Imagine that after a long day of work you're looking forward to a relaxing evening. You get home, put on your sweats, kick up your feet and turn on the TV. But just as you're starting to unwind, your boss walks out of your kitchen and asks you what's for dinner. Continue Reading

  • Forced to Be the 'Devil's Double': The Horrifying Job of 'Being' Saddam's Son

    Forced to Be the 'Devil's Double': The Horrifying Job of 'Being' Saddam's Son

    Living in the lap of luxury in a plush apartment with gourmet food, designer suits, top of the line watches and as many pliant women as you desire, all provided gratis at any hour of the day or night, doesn't sound like such a bad gig, does it? But when the price for all this involves standing idly by while... Continue Reading

  • Confessions of a Sexy Housekeeper

    Confessions of a Sexy Housekeeper

    Did you ever wonder if those ads for a sexy housekeeper, perhaps dressed as a French maid, are for real? I can tell you that some of them are. My name is Nickie, and I was a sexy housekeeper. I worked for my own company in Virginia Beach, Va., for private clients through my regular housekeeping service, but... Continue Reading

  • Confessions of a Bartender: A Job to Love and Hate in Equal Measure

    Confessions of a Bartender: A Job to Love and Hate in Equal Measure

    Bartending is a fiercely competitive field, a way to make great money, and a job that occasionally induces hair-pulling frustration. But in the life of a mixologist, it's the fascinating characters and their colorful tales that ensure there's never a dull moment. Continue Reading

  • What It Was Like to Work at Area 51 [Video]

    What It Was Like to Work at Area 51 [Video]

    Does the name Area 51 bring to mind visions of mysterious experiments on alien bodies and spacecraft? Do you believe that the government was hiding something originating from another world, out there in the Nevada desert? If so, they had you just where they wanted you back in '50s and '60s. The truth is... Continue Reading

  • What It's Like to Be an FBI Agent

    What It's Like to Be an FBI Agent

    Jack Owens attended law school although he never wanted to be a lawyer. He chose a profession based on rules, regulations, and bureaucracy, but he wasn't much of a rules guy. For 30 years, Jack Owens was an FBI agent, catching bad guys, working Cold War counterintelligence, and earning a spot on the S.W.A.T.... Continue Reading

  • I Survived Spring Break Working Hotel Security

    I Survived Spring Break Working Hotel Security

    I can say with certainty that the most exciting job in the hotel industry during spring break is hotel security. I was a security officer for the Sands Casino and Hotel in Reno, and I loved it. I was also one of the few female officers working the swing shift, which is often when things really got to rocking.... Continue Reading

  • I Survived Spring Break: Tales from a Miami Beach Store Owner

    I Survived Spring Break: Tales from a Miami Beach Store Owner

    It was like the calm before a Miami storm. One day I'm happily slaving away in my small souvenir store, just a few blocks off South Beach, folding the umpteenth T-shirt and putting the disorganized sunglasses back into their carousel, and the next day I'm pondering running away, moving out of Miami to some... Continue Reading

  • Working Stiff: Bartending at Le Belle Chalet Supper Club

    Working Stiff: Bartending at Le Belle Chalet Supper Club

    Bessmer, Mich., is a small town about 10 miles east of the Wisconsin border, and in 1973 I moved there to replace a guy who had quit the part of El Gallo in a production of 'The Fantasticks.' For real money, I worked in The Abbey refurbishing it as a ski lodge. More on that later. But then I got a second job... Continue Reading

  • A Day in the Life of a Nightlife Operations Director

    A Day in the Life of a Nightlife Operations Director

    People go to clubs to have a good time -- whether it's an evening to celebrate a special occasion, the chance to party with your favorite celebrities or just a night out on the town. Great music, delicious drinks, a lively crowd, exciting entertainment and an energetic atmosphere are the perfect ingredients... Continue Reading

  • Confessions of a Las Vegas Blackjack Dealer

    Confessions of a Las Vegas Blackjack Dealer

    I am Antoniya Hamberg and I have been a Las Vegas blackjack dealer for over two years, working at Binion's Hotel and Gambling Hall (which used to be known as the Horseshoe), as well as at a couple of other properties. I'm what they call a party pit dealer; I deal blackjack while wearing lingerie. It is my... Continue Reading

  • Confessions of an Animal Behavior Trainer

    Confessions of an Animal Behavior Trainer

    It's always different and always the same, the life of an animal behavior consultant. Life as an animal behavior trainer is rewarding, tiring and more akin to family therapy than pet training. Continue Reading

  • Confessions of a Las Vegas Cage Cashier

    Confessions of a Las Vegas Cage Cashier

    Like everything else in Vegas, a casino cage operates 24 hours every day. The cashiers are responsible for buying back chips, redeeming markers, cashing checks, providing cash advances on credit cards, keeping the gaming tables stocked, adhering to all state gaming regulations and balancing it all at the end... Continue Reading

  • Working Stiff: My Mall Job at Chess King

    Working Stiff: My Mall Job at Chess King

    Southridge was a typical early 1970s shopping experience: one of the new mega malls with dozens of stores on two levels and thousands of parking spaces surrounding the massive enclosed structure. One of hundreds that were popping up in Edge Cities all over the country. An advance scout in the homogenization of... Continue Reading

  • Confessions of a Credit Manager

    Confessions of a Credit Manager

    My name is Rose Silcox, and I was a credit manager for Qwest Communications for two years, based out of Seattle, Wash. The title of credit manager is a nice way of saying I was the person who shut off the customer's home phone, cell phone, Internet and dish service if they didn't give me money for their... Continue Reading

  • Confessions of a Criminal Lawyer: The Client Is Always Right?

    Confessions of a Criminal Lawyer: The Client Is Always Right?

    They never told us in law school that it would be like this. I know it's hard to feel sorry for a lawyer, but they could have at least told us that on most days as a criminal lawyer, there is nothing we'd be able to do for our clients. The first thing that struck me when I started practicing criminal law... Continue Reading

  • Working at the Oscars: A Behind-the-Scenes Look

    Working at the Oscars: A Behind-the-Scenes Look

    As an entertainment journalist, I've interviewed many famous faces in Hollywood -- Tom Hanks, Nicole Kidman, Demi Moore, Samuel L. Jackson, Richard Gere, to name a few. On the red carpet, I made Brad Pitt laugh out loud and got an on-camera apology from Angelina Jolie for not being able to speak to me. I even... Continue Reading

  • Confessions of a Personal Assistant

    Confessions of a Personal Assistant

    In the fall of 2003, I had just graduated from UCLA with a degree in anthropology, an area which was personally very enlightening but, unless you plan on doing research in that field, is basically useless in most work sectors. At 22 years of age, I didn't want to go to law school or work in human resources --... Continue Reading

  • Confessions of a Taxidermist: Sometimes Gross, Never Boring

    Confessions of a Taxidermist: Sometimes Gross, Never Boring

    My name is Heidi. I'm a 36-year-old professional reporter and researcher. My husband Kaylan is a professional taxidermist who runs and operates his own studio, called In Tune Taxidermy, here in Castle Rock, Colo. I have on many occasions been promoted to "assistant taxidermist" when my husband is in a bind; I... Continue Reading

  • Confessions of a Coroner

    Confessions of a Coroner

    What's it really like in a coroner's office? The truth is, it's nothing like what you see on television. As I stood over the railroad tracks, freezing and cold on a damp, rainy December morning, the sight was gruesome. Some kid had decided to throw himself in front of an Amtrak train -- and now I, as the... Continue Reading

  • Confessions of a Mortician (Funeral Director)

    Confessions of a Mortician (Funeral Director)

    Wherever I go, people ask me what it's like to work as a funeral director. I tell them it is not an easy career, particularly given the emotional component of the work. As funeral directors, we deal with issues of mortality -- our own as well as those of our clients -- on a daily basis. We also work long... Continue Reading

  • Confessions of a Bounty Hunter (Bail Recovery Agent)

    Confessions of a Bounty Hunter (Bail Recovery Agent)

    I was young when I got started as a bail recovery agent. I had just turned 23 and recently been honorably discharged from the Army. I was working as an EMT for an ambulance service in Oklahoma City, and I needed a second job to earn a living wage. It was 2004, and the TV show 'Dog the Bounty Hunter' was just... Continue Reading

  • Confessions of a Pet Detective

    Confessions of a Pet Detective

    Kat Manning's job may sound straight out of Hollywood, but not in the way you expect. She's a pet detective, but it's nothing like the old Jim Carrey character, Ace Ventura. She's never even seen that movie, and her days are really more like 'CSI' meets 'Cold Case.' The Dallas, Texas, resident and her chocolate... Continue Reading

  • What It's Like to Work at Walmart

    What It's Like to Work at Walmart

    I started out at Walmart as a lowly cashier in 1999. It was just an after-school job, something to pay for going to the movies with my friends and to fuel my video game addiction. Apparently, I was good at what I did, because I got promoted to customer service manager, and then to a job in the accounting... Continue Reading

  • What It's Like to Work at UPS

    What It's Like to Work at UPS

    If you've ever been curious about what it might really be like to be Santa, get a job working at UPS during the Christmas season. You better believe that Santa couldn't possibly be jolly and round. He's got muscles made of steel and very little body fat! As I am currently a college student working toward my... Continue Reading

  • Managers Confess Their Most Embarrasing Moments

    Managers Confess Their Most Embarrasing Moments

    No matter how they'd like to be perceived, even executives feel like crawling under their desks sometimes. Business staffing service OfficeTeam recently conducted a survey in which executives were asked to recount their most embarrassing moments at work. Continue Reading

  • Confessions of a Medical Assistant / Patient Care Tech

    Confessions of a Medical Assistant / Patient Care Tech

    A medical assistant, also be known as a patient care tech (PCT), is a person who assists nurses and doctors in completing procedures and monitoring the status of patients. This job requires an attentive and responsible individual to insure patients receive the proper care. My name is Teddie Wiggins. I am 23... Continue Reading