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Etiquette for Internships

Posted by Lori on February 19, 2010

Many companies have begun the search for summer interns even though it is only February. Working as an intern provides an up close and personal view of life on the job. It is as important to discover what you don’t want to do as it is to find a career that will make you happy. Also, the company is taking YOU on a test drive in order to determine if you would make a good employee upon graduation. Regardless if you would like to be considered for future employment or not, it will behoove you to conduct yourself in a manner that is appropriate. Wetfeet.com has some suggestions for you to put your best foot forward:

  • DWI: Drinking while interning – no getting sloshed at the company picnic!
  • Deflate your ego – respect EVERYONE.
  • Work time isn’t nap time – no explanation necessary.
  • Show skills, not skin – dress appropriately. Take clues from your co-workers on what to wear.
  • Let the adults talk – no baby talk, please.
  • Say it to my face – back stabbing isn’t ever appropriate.

Research companies in your area and see if you can find any who are hiring summer interns. Even if you find that you do not like the job, you will expand your personal network, which is always a good idea. You may even discover a new career path that will provide a lifetime of personal fulfillment.

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10 Deadliest Jobs in the U.S.

Posted by Lori on February 9, 2010

Think about the most dangerous part of your job. While you are pondering that, also think about the number of times you are in personal danger while you are performing the tasks working at the job. Nearly everyone who has spent time traversing the highways has happened upon a drop-out from the Mario Andretti School of Driving. But, how many of us risk our lives day in and and day out to feed the family? Earnmydegree.com compiled a list of the top 10 Deadliest Jobs in the US along with their average annual salary. Take a look at the list and see how your job stacks up:

  1. Fisher – $28,460
  2. Logger – $32,900
  3. Pilot – $119,750
  4. Steel Worker – $47,170
  5. Rancher – $49,140
  6. Roofer – $37,430
  7. Power Line Worker – $54,300
  8. Truck Driver – $38,720
  9. Refuse Collector – $32,790
  10. Police – $52,810

I think it is interesting the deadliest job pays the least amount of money per year. Another amazing factoid is that each occupation requires some sort of training, whether it is an apprenticeship, vocational school, college, or on-the-job.

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A Few More Jobs that are Still Worse Than Yours

Posted by Lori on February 5, 2010

As promised, we are revisiting Justin Racz’ book, 50 Jobs Worse Than Yours. (2004) Take a great big stretch, settle back in your easy chair, and take a look at a few more jobs that are worse than yours. Remember, while you might be tempted to scrap traditional college, or your adult education plan, please take a look at the list of jobs where you could end up working:

  1. Office Plant Watering Dude – Do you really want to be the person sloshing around to 50 companies sprinkling the plants, dusting the leaves, and rearranging the soil? Actually, some days that sounds like a pretty good gig!
  2. Walking Menu – This person wears a life-size menu and walks about the restaurant so customers can see the special of the day. Probably not that bad of a job, especially if you get discounts. Personally, I would get tired of people staring and pointing at me.
  3. Rat Catcher –  According to Racz, the job ranks right below gravedigger. To land this job in Bombay, India all you need to be able to do is swing a baseball bat. Rat-tatouille for two, anyone??
  4. Cheesecake Tin Quality Controller – This job involves a tactile inspection of 8,000 cheese cake tins an hour to make sure they are hermetically sealed. The drawback of the job is a numb thumb, but the benefits include free cake.
  5. New York City Taxi Driver – It’s sort of a mundane job; pick up fares, drive, honk, pick up fares, drive, honk. The job pays about $75.00 day and is considered the most dangerous job in NYC. Not only that, there is no social security, no disability, and no health insurance. They only thing you get is the right-of-way.

Seriously, I think there are times when we do whatever we need to do when the chips are down. We have to make a choice on either working in misery and being able to pay a few bills, or hang it up and wander aimlessly about the streets in search of food scraps for dinner.

Our topic for discussion next Friday will be, 50 Bosses Worse than Yours. I think everyone has a horror story or two about working for a boss-zilla, so we’ll take a look at the book and compare some notes. Have a great weekend!

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50 Jobs Worse Than Yours

Posted by Lori on January 29, 2010

Fix yourself a hot fudge sundae and crack open a can of diet Coke. It’s finally Friday, and time to take our tired ol’ feet off the street, throw them up in the Lay-Z-Boy, and just relax. Our topic of discussion for the next couple Fridays is a look at Jason Racz’ book, 50 Jobs Worse Than Yours (2004). Where, o where, do we start with this one?

Of all of the jobs I have worked, probably the worst was at a large meat packing plant in Dodge City, Kansas. I started my brief, 3 month-long, career weighing beef carcasses in the cooler. Then, I transferred out to the yard moving the live cattle closer to a grocery store near you. Probably the most important thing I learned about the industry was that I didn’t ever want to do it again.

Perhaps it depends on your perspective as to which job, or jobs are worse than yours. I decided to throw caution to the wind and select 5 jobs from the list that I think wouldn’t even light the board on being dreadful. Here’s my list for the day (in no particular order):

  • Garbage Barge Skipper – Standing amid the rubbish, transporting it from Point A to Point B, there would be no escaping the odor. The good news is that the dress code is casual; a skipper hat, sunblock, and deodorant are all that is needed. In addition to that, to an olfactory system made of steel would be beneficial! However, the drawback, according to Duffy Saint Pierre, Garbage Barge Skipper is, “Starboard side, port side, everywhere you look, crap’s ahoy.”
  • Domino Setter-Upper – I think this job would require nerves of steel, as well as a mighty steady hand. Tools of the trade include: a yardstick, domino stoppers, Scotch Tape and knee pads. There is tremendous satisfaction when the plan comes together and the dominoes fall, but big time disappointment when they don’t.
  • Stevie Starr: Regurgitator -This one is just plain weird. According to Racz, the job is to, “Swallow foreign objects, such as goldfish, needle and thread, a Rubik’s Cube, and then bring them up whole, threaded and solved.” Believe it or not, this is a skill that cannot be taught!
  • Sherpa – If you were at the USA Conference in Wichita this week, you heard Keynote Speaker, Skip Yowell from JanSport, use this term a couple of times when he talked about his mountain climbing expeditions. Sherpas assist hikers at Mount Everest by toting crates, assisting with camp building, and cooking. Their base pay is the equivalent of about $7.00/day. The book states an amazing factoid – people freeze to death at 28,000 feet and one out of 20 Sherpas do not make it to the next hike.
  • Chick Sexer – As you might suspect, these folks sort the girl chickens from the boy chickens. It may not be a glamorous occupation, but it pays fairly well with Sexers earning $400-$700/day plus expenses. Probably not a bad living in the grand scheme of things. I just think it takes lots of chick looking to garner the big bucks.

That’s it for today. We’ll get back to business on Monday and end the week looking at 5 more jobs that are still worse than yours. Have a great weekend!

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Toy Salesman

Posted by Lori on April 3, 2008

What’s it like to be a toy salesman? Does the sales staff just sit around and play all day? Here are some facts about the biz from Rachel Zupek, CareerBuilder.com writer:

1. The toy business is actually a very fashion-driven business and we replace or reinvent approximately 60 percent of our product line annually.
2. Though it’s a great movie, the toy industry is not like what is portrayed in the movie “Big.” (Although from time to time we do play with toys.)
3. We work two to three years out on most product introductions. We begin selling next year’s holiday toys 14 months in advance.
4. It truly is a very fun industry; however, don’t confuse fun with easy. There are many complexities and we face the same type of competitive challenges as many other industries. There is only a finite amount of shelf space for all toy products.
5. The toy business, excluding video games, is a $22 billion industry.

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