Many people dream of working from home because of perks like not having to commute and being able to work in your pajamas. The good news is we're seeing more and more jobs that give people the privilege of working from home. Although there are stereotypical contract admin or call-center jobs that let you work from home, there are plenty of other at-home jobs that are way more fun. Read on to find out what they are.
There's probably someone in your life who's looking for a job right now, whether it be someone about to graduate, someone recently laid off, or somebody who quit her job as a step toward taking up her dream career. Looking for a job can be really stressful, so consider getting some of these gifts for the job hunter in your life to brighten things up a little.
Showing appreciation for co-workers should be as easy as saying, "Thanks, buddy!" But somehow, those two words can sneak through the cracks or come off as disingenuous if they are uttered too often. Office politics, nonstop schedules and confusing etiquette can make thanking your co-workers and boss nerve-racking. Use this simple guide to give gracias to your office mates and when in doubt, just say thanks.
We were pretty surprised when it was announced that Ashton Kutcher would play Steve Jobs in a biopic about the Apple founder, but seeing is believing. We have the first few images of Kutcher on the way to the set of Jobs, wearing the signature look of the deceased tech giant: black mock turtleneck, jeans, and New Balance sneakers. Check out the pictures and let us know if Kutcher's makeover has you convinced he can pull off the role.
It seems like everyone has strong emotions about their job, whether it be love or hate. Let's see how your career compares with results from a CareerCast list that used data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics and other government agencies to compile the best and worst jobs in 2012. They factored in things like physical demands, work environment, income, stress, and hiring outlook to come up with the rankings. Here are the top 10 best jobs:
- Software Engineer
- Human Resources Manager
- Dental Hygienist
- Financial Planner
- Occupational Therapist
- Online Advertising Manager
- Computer Systems Analyst
Ashton Kutcher has signed on to play Steve Jobs in the independent biopic, Jobs. Hear four reasons why he's the perfect pick for the role in today's PopSugar Rush.
There's been talk of a Steve Jobs biopic pretty much since the death of the Apple cofounder, and now we've got a face to put to the film. Ashton Kutcher will play Steve Jobs in the biopic Jobs, which will follow his life from young adulthood onward. Despite Kutcher's devotion to Silicon Valley, it's hard for me to picture him putting all of his goofiness aside and taking on a role this heavy. How do you feel about this bit of casting?
OnSugar blogger Beauty and the Budget shares the shocking unemployment statistics of college graduates.
As a teenager, it seemed as though the next few steps in my life were going to be easy. You go to college and you get a job. That's what all of the older kids did. What I didn't know was that I would graduate college one year after the recession began and that my dream job would be even harder to grasp, much less finding a job with a good salary and benefits.
Since graduation, I have not been able to find a job that pays more than $10.50 an hour. Even though I have liked my jobs, that doesn't mean I am not financially stressed. I have around $40K in student loan debt — and that's even after receiving a $10K scholarship. Sometimes I feel like I could have skipped college altogether considering I have worked jobs that don't even require a college degree. On the optimistic side of things, I still feel like getting a college degree is a good idea. I just wish I'd have known then what I'd be getting myself into and that I wouldn't just magically graduate with a good job.
There's always going to be a certain level of stress at a job and there are plenty of reasons why people consider their jobs stressful: low pay, instability, office politics, and not being challenged. Even if your job has these certain stress factors, do you think it qualifies as one of America's most stressful jobs? Here's a roundup of CNBC's top 10 most stressful jobs in America:
- Enlisted Military Solider: Makes about $35,580 a year.
- Firefighter: Makes about $45,250 a year.
- Airline Pilot: Makes about $103,210 a year.
- Military General: Makes about $196,300 a year.
- Police Officer: Makes about $53,540 a year.
- Event Coordinator: Makes about $45,260 a year.
- Public Relations Executive: Makes about $91,810 a year.
- Senior Corporate Executive: Makes about $165,830 a year.
- Photojournalist: Makes about $40,000 a year.
- Taxi Driver: Makes about $22,440 a year.
You might scratch your head at some of the occupations listed, because being an event coordinator or senior corporate executive sounds like the type of job people would dream to have. However, the grass is always greener on the other side, and there are plenty of downsides. For example, event coordinators have to deal with the pressures of bridezillas and other perfectionists, and corporate executives are responsible for the conduct and activities of a big group of people. Do you have a stressful job?
Doing what you can to prepare for a performance review puts you in the best position possible for a smooth experience, but unexpected bumps can certainly arise. If you and your boss haven't been communicating well, that leaves an open door for surprise comments that could shake your confidence. Don't let these minor moments distract you from getting the most from your review. Check out these tips for handling potentially sticky situations.
- Ask questions: Your boss may assume that you know what she's talking about when she tells you you're doing a good job. Ask what stands out about your job performance, and if she's dissatisfied with the job you've been doing, ask for specific examples and how you could do better next time.
- Tell your story: If you think your boss's negativity stems from a misunderstanding, ask her, "I have a different perspective on this situation. Would you like to hear it?" Steer clear of defending everything your boss brings up. Sometimes, it's more appropriate to say, "I hadn't looked at it that way. I'd like to try that next time."