Confessions

  • Insiders Reveal The 'Dirty Secrets' Of Their Industries

    Insiders Reveal The 'Dirty Secrets' Of Their Industries

    Reddit commenters tell what really goes on inside their industries.

    Reddit commenters tell what really goes on inside their industries. True or not, this makes for interesting reading. Continue Reading

  • Confessions Of A Former IRS Agent

    Confessions Of A Former IRS Agent

    All of the controversy over the Internal Revenue Service's investigation of Tea Party groups has unleashed a torrent of criticism of IRS tactics. But what do IRS agents think of their profession? And what do they actually do all day? Carroll McKibbin, a former IRS agent, gave AOL Jobs permission to reprint a... Continue Reading

  • My 9-Day Experiment: No Internet, No Cellphone, No Computer

    My 9-Day Experiment: No Internet, No Cellphone, No Computer

    I woke up one morning about four weeks ago and realized in a flash that I'd hit a wall. Most days I can't wait to get to work. On this day, I struggled to get myself out of the house. The first three months of the year had been intensely demanding, between hiring a series of new employees for a rapidly growing... Continue Reading

  • Confessions Of A Prison Doctor

    Confessions Of A Prison Doctor

    By Vivian Giang It takes a special kind of person to provide health care for accused murderers, rapists, and drug addicts. But these doctors do, in some cases, receive "better pay, better hours, retirement benefits, and free malpractice insurance," Parija B. Kavilanz has reported on CNN. "Typically a salaried... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • 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... Continue Reading

  • Confessions Of A Reality TV Producer

    Confessions Of A Reality TV Producer

    By Sharon Houston I work in syndicated daytime... Continue Reading

  • Confessions Of A Millionaire's Servant

    Confessions Of A Millionaire's Servant

    By Ashley Lutz A longtime servant of an eccentric millionaire wrote about what it's like to spend most of your time in a mansion while earning minimum wage. The man, who said he worked for a gentleman who made millions in real estate, posted on Reddit's Ask Me Anything to answer questions. Continue Reading

  • 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. Continue Reading

  • 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

  • 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 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

  • 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 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

  • Confessions of a Food Stylist: Poop Freeze and Other Tricks of the Trade

    Confessions of a Food Stylist: Poop Freeze and Other Tricks of the Trade

    Picture this: You've slaved all day over the stove making the perfect (and pricey!) beef tenderloin, potatoes gratin and asparagus. You carry it over to the table piping hot. But instead of sitting down and gorging yourself on deliciousness, you grab your camera, tripod and lamp and begin shooting photos. The... Continue Reading

  • Confessions of a Chauffeur

    Confessions of a Chauffeur

    My name is Matt. Having been a limousine chauffeur for the last four years, I must say it has been a unique career, certainly the most interesting one I have had. At one point I thought about writing a book about the entire experience, but the key to being a good chauffeur is discretion and maintaining the... Continue Reading

  • Confessions of a Clown

    Confessions of a Clown

    Just like every other teenage girl of my generation, I would wear too much makeup, funny clothes and wild, multicolored hair. But I didn't dress up like this to head out to a nightclub or a party. No, I would head out to ballgames, schools and festivals -- dressed as a clown. Continue Reading

  • Confessions of a Nude Artist's Model: Two Exhilarating Experiences

    Confessions of a Nude Artist's Model: Two Exhilarating Experiences

    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.... Continue Reading

  • Confessions of a Wedding Videographer: The Rise and Fall of the Bride

    Confessions of a Wedding Videographer: The Rise and Fall of the Bride

    I used to take photos for newspapers, so whenever I needed extra money I would do photos and videos for weddings. It was pretty much a word-of-mouth thing, although I would usually have a standard advertisement for my services running in a few local papers. It was not typically hard, although it was... Continue Reading

  • Confessions: Sowing a Career in a Garden Department

    Confessions: Sowing a Career in a Garden Department

    What's it like to work in the garden department of a large home-improvement store? The hours are long and the schedule is irregular; the environment is loud, dirty and physically demanding. Employees are expected to greet every shopper within range, provide knowledgeable customer service, keep merchandise... Continue Reading

  • Confessions of a Secret Shopper

    Confessions of a Secret Shopper

    By Tiffany Miller for PayScale Sandy Jones-Kaminski isn't afraid to get naked on the job. No, it's not what you think. She's not a stripper or nude model for a sculpting class. Jones-Kaminski is a secret shopper. And she strips down regularly for massage, facials and body scrubs. We're pretty sure you'd do it... Continue Reading

  • Trade Secrets of a Department Store Salesperson

    Trade Secrets of a Department Store Salesperson

    The typical department store opens at 10am. A few customers are already outside with sales fliers in hand or an armload of items to return. The phone is ringing off the hook while the red light on the phone console flashes to indicate a flurry of customers who want someone to call them back–today, of... Continue Reading

  • Confessions: Employee Spills Victoria's Secrets

    Confessions: Employee Spills Victoria's Secrets

    In my twenties, just out of college and living in a new state, the first job I could get was a part-time gig at Victoria's Secret. When I told the men I met where I worked you could see the wheels turning in their heads. They were no doubt envisioning a sales floor littered with scantily clad supermodels engaged... Continue Reading

  • Telemarketer Tells All

    Telemarketer Tells All

    I used to hate my job. Not just a normal "I don't wanna go to work" kind of dislike, but a deep-seated, scathing, fire-of-a-thousand-suns type of hate. I worked in a cramped cubicle calling people all day. I dealt with supervisors who had more children than IQ points. I was the guy that calls during dinner,... Continue Reading