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Got An Interesting Or Unique Job? Do Tell Us All About It

When you tell people what you do for a living, do people look at you strangely? Do some folks tell you they had no idea that you could actually get paid to do what you do. Perhaps you’re a submarine designer, or you give tours of abandoned subway tunnels. Maybe you run a roller derby league, or sit at a machine all day making a part for a product that everyone uses but most people don’t even think about. If so, we want to hear your story. [More]

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Consumer Reports Hiring Secret Shoppers In 4 States

UPDATE: The application period for this position is now closed. [More]

Fulfilling That ‘Banker Bro’ Stereotype In Job-Hunting E-mails Is A Bad Idea

Fulfilling That ‘Banker Bro’ Stereotype In Job-Hunting E-mails Is A Bad Idea

It’s one thing (though still obnoxious) to be a brash, backstabbing alpha male when you’re out on the town with business associates. It’s another for a job applicant to be so dimwitted as to put that same arrogant attitude into an e-mail and assume it’s not going to be forwarded around, and probably end up on the smartphone screen of the very people you’re insulting. [More]

The 5 Jobs With Widest Pay Gap Between Men & Women

The 5 Jobs With Widest Pay Gap Between Men & Women

Sadly, lots of people won’t be shocked to find that many women in the workforce still earn less than their male counterparts, but you may be surprised to see just how wide that gap can be, especially on jobs where gender would seem to play absolutely no role in one’s success or failure. [More]

Hey Electronics Experts, Consumer Reports Is Hiring

Hey Electronics Experts, Consumer Reports Is Hiring

Our more respectable siblings over at Consumer Reports have an opening for a passionate electronics industry expert, and since we know there are more than a few of you out there reading Consumerist, we figured it was worth bringing to your attention. [More]

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Would You Get A Tattoo Of Your Employer’s Logo?

Some tattoo fans (not all, obviously) believe that tattooing the name of your beloved on your body dooms your relationship. It’s the same with matching tattoos. But what about your relationship with your workplace? Does getting matching tattoos with your colleagues doom your career and guarantee a layoff? One New York City real estate brokerage hopes not. They offered agents a 15% raise if they got a company logo tattoo. [More]

Dispatches from the employed, but unhappy.

FireMe Helps The World Discover How You Really Feel About Your Job

Do you hate your job? Do you love social media? Do you make the mistake of combining the two? If so, you may find yourself featured on FireMe, a research project that highlights public tweets from people talking $@#% about their boss and/or employment situation. [More]

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Home Depot To Hire 80,000 Seasonal Workers This Spring

While most retailers pack on some extra workforce during the holiday season, the spring months are the busy time for places like Home Depot. The retailer annonced this morning that it plans on adding 80,000 seasonal workers in the coming months — 10,000 more than it employed in 2012. [More]

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Survey Says: Retail Workers Feel Least Connected To Employers

While there are plenty of people working in all levels of retail who want to do a good job, a new survey shows that only half of U.S. retail workers have the sense that they are even moderately engaged with their jobs. [More]

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Unless You’re Of The Teenage Mutant Turtle Variety, You Likely Can’t Make A Living As A Ninja

While the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would surely disagree, the masked fighters on a half-shell are an exception to some very upsetting news: It is probably impossible to make a living as a professional ninja nowadays. That shattering you hear is the sound of innumerable broken hearts formerly set on a life of ninjaness. [More]

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Apple Moves Some Mac Manufacturing To Job-Hungry Nation Of United States

Looking for a new place to assemble their signature iMac desktops, Apple has turned to a country where desperate masses of unemployed workers rush to compete for just about any job: the United States. CEO Tim Cook confirmed that the “assembled in USA” tags on some iMacs are real, and more manufacturing will shift stateside in 2013. [More]

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These Workers Know Their Jobs Make The World A Worse Place But A Job Is A Job, Right?

In these trying economic times, we’re not about to begrudge anyone a job. Heck, we’ve all got bills to pay. But some workers are willing to point the finger at themselves and admit that what they do for a living is maybe kind of sort of making the world a worse place. A new survey asked a variety of workers if their jobs do good things for the world, and plenty of those polled replied, “Nope.” [More]

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Target To Hire Fewer Seasonal Workers This Year

Target is in the middle of ramping up for the all-important holiday shopping season by hiring a slew of folks to slip on a red shirt for a few weeks, but the retailer says it expects to hire 2,000-12,000 fewer seasonal employees this year than it did in 2011. Target also says this shouldn’t be seen as a bad thing. [More]

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Comcast Moves 1,000 Call Center Jobs Out Of California, Totally Doesn’t Blame State Government

Comcast customers in northern California who call in for help won’t be talking to their neighbors anymore. Kabletown announced yesterday that they plan to shut down call centers in Livermore, Morgan Hill and Sacramento in November. The 1,000 employees affected will have the opportunity to receive severance packages, or to follow their jobs as they’re transferred to call centers in Oregon, Washington and Colorado. The interesting part, though, is what Comcast had to say about why they’re moving the jobs, then later retracted. [More]

Job Interview? Your Potential Future Is More Interesting Than Your Past

Job Interview? Your Potential Future Is More Interesting Than Your Past

Ready to impress a hiring manager with a list of your past accomplishments? That may be a flawed approach. According to studies conducted by Stanford’s Zakary Tormala and Jayson Jia, and Harvard Business School’s Michael Norton, people prefer potential rather than achievement when evaluating others. [More]

Working For McDonald's Is Apparently Good Training For A Job At Volkswagen

Working For McDonald's Is Apparently Good Training For A Job At Volkswagen

Fast food jobs have been the butt of easy jokes since the first person asked if you’d like fries with that. But the volks at Volkswagen say that people who’ve worked behind the counter at McDonald’s are ideal for staffing the assembly lines at the company’s plant in Tennessee. [More]

Slightly Fewer Employers Checking Job Applicants’ Credit Reports

Slightly Fewer Employers Checking Job Applicants’ Credit Reports

Despite proof that a person’s credit history isn’t an accurate predictor of their job performance, companies still do it. This is unfortunate for candidates whose recent payment history isn’t so great because they–I don’t know–need a better job, or don’t have one to begin with. The good news for job hunters is that the number of employers performing these checks is falling. [More]

There Are More Job Openings Now Than There Have Been For 4 Years

There Are More Job Openings Now Than There Have Been For 4 Years

Get your resume spiffed up and your best interview outfit ironed — there are more job openings in the U.S. than there have been in almost four years. In March, employers were looking for people to fill positions at a rate that hasn’t been seen since July 2008. [More]