Friday, July 31, 2015

The 10 Most Stressful Jobs (

Is Stress a Part of Your Job?

“My job is SO stressful!”

Most people think they have the most stressful job – that’s only natural. And without doubt, almost every job has unique brands of stress. But let’s face it, there are some jobs that are just way more stressful than others. But which ones are they and what makes them so?
We did a bunch of research on stressful occupations and there are tons of opinions. Many publications publish annual lists on the topic and some even reach out to experts who examine factors such as hours, working conditions, and consequences of mistakes. We examined the jobs in these articles, compared them to the jobs in our database, and chose our own top ten stressful jobs.



Job title: Teacher Annual median salary: $55,390

Yeah yeah, we can hear some of you expressing disbelief right off the bat. Yes most teachers get summers off and many get automatic pay raises. We know. But there is a flip side to that coin

First of all teachers are never going to get rich teaching. Second, most teachers are working well outside the times between the first and final bell by grading papers, going over curriculum, etc. Third, teachers have an unbelievably crucial responsibility to shape the minds of young people and properly prepare them for life after graduation. Failing to do so literally endangers the future – for both the students and society in general. And finally there’s the stress of dealing with most students every day. That’s normally enough stress right there to last a lifetime.

Social worker 
Job title: Social worker Annual median salary: $48,671

Imagine being placed into emergency situations where potential abuse or violence is taking place. No one else wants to step in, so it falls to you to deal with the aftermath and you’re getting paid peanuts.

This is life as a social worker.

Social workers have to advocate for those who are often in dire straits and dealing with one or more crises. While they help families plan next steps and offer education on various topics, they also must be an understanding and sympathetic ear while witnessing heartbreaking family and personal situations. Add to that the fact that social programs are constantly underfunded yet the demand constantly grows, and you have fewer dedicated social workers trying to do more work with less support.


Newspaper reporter 
Job title: Newspaper reporter Annual median salary: $37,942

Life as a print journalist is not easy.

First of all the pay is low and very few strike it rich as a newspaper reporter. But the reasons the stress levels are so high are because the job is demanding in many respects. This is a job with long and unpredictable hours covering meetings, trials, and breaking news. It’s not uncommon to work all day on a story, receive follow-up calls from editors well after you’ve handed the story in, and then get called in the middle of a night to cover a murder or major accident. Good reporters are never really off duty.

Also, the industry is not faring well at the moment because leaders still haven’t figured out a way to adequately monetize the product. That means many papers are downsizing (with some even shutting down completely) as fewer reporters try to do more with less – a stressful issue that looms over almost every reporter at the moment.

Emergency dispatcher 
Job title: Emergency dispatcher Annual median salary: $34,262

The first half of this job title is a big tipoff as to why it’s on our stressful jobs list.

When people call police and fire for help, officers and firefighters respond. But those officials only get to where they’re going because of the dispatchers, who are at the front lines of many emergencies and who often mean the difference between life and death. Dispatchers not only have to collect the address from the caller and pass it on to police, they are relied upon by first responders to ensure safety.

For instance, a dispatcher may have to give life-saving information to the caller such as how to perform CPR or the Heimlich, all the while relaying information to responding personnel. And those officers need the dispatcher to find out how many people are in a building, if anyone is injured, armed, etc. before they get there. Mistakes by dispatchers can end with people getting hurt or, in extreme circumstances, killed.

Registered Nurse - ER  
Job title: Registered nurse – ER Annual median salary: $66,517

Think about the last time you were in the hospital. You probably only saw the doctor a handful of times, right? It’s the nurses who take care of the details and upon whom you rely for most things.

The emergency room of any hospital is a hectic and chaotic place. Medical professionals are running every which way to determine who is a priority and who needs which treatments. There’s trauma almost everywhere you look, not to mention blood and other bodily fluids. Nurses are the link between patients and doctors, and are responsible for much of the routine care before and during treatment. Everything from catheters to getting patients another warm blanket is done by a nurse. Doctors rely on them, patients rely on them, and when mistakes are made regarding peoples’ health, the results can be catastrophic.

Police officer

Job title: Police officer Annual median salary:$51,063

If your job consists of potentially putting your life on the line every time you punch in, that’s stressful.

Police officers never know what they’ll be dealing with on any particular shift. From breaking up domestic disputes to high speed chases to shootouts, it’s all on the table. Even routine speeding tickets can turn deadly at a moment’s notice, which is why police officers can never drop their guard for a second.

Commerical airline pilot

Job title: Commercial airline pilot Annual median salary: $119,958

Soar miles above the Earth while traveling hundreds of miles per hour with a few hundred people entrusting you with their lives? That can be stressful.

Yet that’s exactly what commercial airline pilots do day after day. Sure the technology today is advanced and some people claim “the planes basically fly themselves,” but try telling that to pilots like Capt. Chesley Sullenberger, who had to land his plane in the Hudson River when he encountered engine problems. Pilots who make mistakes risk being the cause of hundreds of deaths, making this a well-earned spot on our list.


Job title: Firefighter Annual median salary: $42,631

Firefighters choose an occupation that consists of running into a burning building when everyone else is trying like hell to get out.

This is yet another profession on our list that only exists because people are in dire straits and in need of rescue. And while much of the job is battling infernos at homes, schools, and offices, many firefighters are also licensed EMTs who assist at accident scenes and other endeavors like water rescues. Working conditions are hazardous and dangerous to one’s health, lives are on the line each and every shift, and the very real possibility of burning to death (or seeing someone burned) exists at all times. It’s the definition of stressful.



Job title: Surgeon Annual median salary: $342,520

I understand it’s easy to look at that salary and wonder how anything can be stressful when you’re making that much money. But hear me out.

Surgeons are literally cutting you open. Sometimes they take bad stuff out, other times they put good stuff in, and most other times they’re fixing what’s wrong. But the fact remains, these highly trained and qualified people are cutting you to operate on you and tinker with your insides. Any time you’re dealing with opening up the human body, there’s a large amount of stress involved.

As a surgeon, you’re responsible for the life of the person on your table each and every time. And with so many things that can go wrong as you battle to make it right, it has to take a toll knowing one mistake – one wrong move – means you’re forever responsible for someone dying.

Enlisted military personnel

Job title: Army Private – E2 Annual median salary: $18,127

I listed Army because we don’t have salaries for the other branches in our database, but they would certainly apply here too.

Bottom line -- this job consists of going through basic training, learning the skills necessary to fight in combat, and then going over to a foreign country if necessary to go up against enemy forces. It is a job that all too often involves killing or being killed, watching the back of the person next to you, and witnessing unthinkable acts of horror and violence. And even if soldiers make it home, they still have to battle things like PTSD. The kicker is it’s a job for which everyone volunteers.

In my book there’s nothing more stressful than war and protecting freedom, which is why this job lands as #1 on our list with great respect.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Find Out Which Types of Coworkers are the Most Annoying (


Which Coworkers are the Most Annoying?

Coworkers. Good ones can be the reason you stay at a job, while horrible colleagues can make every day in the office a living hell from which you’d like nothing more than to escape.

If you’ve spent a few years in the ranks of the working class, you’ve no doubt experienced a cornucopia of annoying coworkers. But have you ever wondered which ones are the worst of the bunch? We did, and so I drew on my own experiences and polled other workers to come up with the nine most annoying types of coworkers on the planet.

See if you recognize anyone from your office (or yourself) on this list.

 The Bully

Bullying has been a hot issue among teenagers and on school playgrounds across America as of late. But even though it doesn’t get the same play in the media, office bullies are alive and well.

You know the type. They walk around like they’re your boss even though technically they were hired after you and you have the same job title. But that doesn’t stop them from belittling you at every turn and publicly degrading your ideas during brainstorming sessions and team meetings.

Most bullies knock it off when you stand up to them, so take him/her aside and let them know you’re bothered by their behavior. If that doesn’t work, it might be time to get HR involved.

The Complainer

Nothing stops success and the free-flowing of good ideas like someone who constantly complains about everything.

The Complainer’s gripes know no bounds. They’ll complain about the boss, the company, the workload, the fact that there were only plain doughnuts left in the cafeteria this morning – you name it, they’ll complain about it. The negativity is constant, and the mood of the team (and potentially productivity) will be brought down.

The Underminer

This annoying coworker is especially frustrating because he/she will often feign friendship and then stab you in the back five minutes later.

Did you discuss a great idea with a coworker only to see that person steal it and use it as their own? Are you missing meetings because your coworker leading a project keeps “forgetting” to email you the invites? If so, you’re probably dealing with The Bully’s sneaky and conniving cousin – The Underminer.

The most important thing to remember here is that The Underminer sees you as a threat and is genuinely scared of you. Try to keep that in mind and use it to your advantage when dealing with him/her.


The Dead Weight

Every coworker should bring unique strengths and special skills to the table. If you’re working in a team environment, you’ll likely use each individual’s strong points for the benefit of the team to get optimal results.

Unless you’re dealing with Dead Weight.

Simply put, The Dead Weight is useless and shows no desire to do anything but the bare minimum. Unhappy in their jobs and checked out long ago, these people have no interest in succeeding at work because all they want to do is just enough not to get fired so they can keep collecting a paycheck. Unfortunately, you usually deal with these people by picking up their slack.

The Type A

The polar opposite of The Dead Weight, Type A coworkers are equally annoying at the other end of the spectrum.

Instead of not wanting to do anything, these perfectionists feel the need to do everything themselves. They are total control freaks who feel the only way to do something right is to do it their way. Type A people tend to ignore alternative points of view, and while their bossy ways might make them high-performers, no one else enjoys dealing with them.

The One-Upper

You think your accomplishment was a game-changer? I guarantee you The One-Upper did something better. And he’ll gladly tell you all about it in great detail.

You increased sales by 50%? Too bad The One Upper had a 60% spike last quarter? And while it’s very cute that you were Employee of the Month, The One-Upper was Salesman of the Year – for two years in a row. Whether these milestones were actually reached or (more likely) The One-Upper is bending the truth a bit, either way it’s obnoxious and can very easily squash morale in a team setting.

The Brown-Noser

Some people get ahead by working hard and accomplishing their goals. But The Brown-Noser advances by puckering up to the boss’ backside, or even by engaging in an office romance.

This person does perfectly mediocre work and doesn’t excel in any particular area, yet keeps moving up the ranks solely because they know exactly whose derriere to kiss and work hardest on sucking up to upper management. And nothing is more demoralizing to people actually working hard than others who get promoted based on things other than work ethic and results.

The Drama Queen

Don’t let the “Queen” part fool you, as this person can definitely be a man or a woman.

Somehow, even though everyone has the same assignment, the Drama Queen feels put upon or singled out – and has no qualms about telling you their alleged woes. Adding to the problem is you probably know all of the Drama Queen’s other issues – both personal and professional – because nothing is sacred and the Drama Queen wants you to know about all his/her problems. Upcoming wedding? Recent break-up? Blind date over the weekend? Buckle up, because you’re about to hear all about it

The Black Hole

You know who I’m talking about. The coworker who wastes more of your time on a daily basis than Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest combined.

If you catch his/her eye in the hallway or at the water cooler, you cringe because you just know it’ll be a guaranteed 15-20 minutes of chit-chatting and small talk before you can rip yourself away. But while you can do your best to avoid them, sometimes they come to you. Then you’re stuck at your own desk as they try to show you their wedding pictures or the latest viral YouTube cat video while the clock ticks on your project deadline.

So how about it? Did we miss any? Leave your most annoying coworker descriptions in the comments section.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

5 Ways Your Resume Can Command a Higher Salary (

Have you ever felt undervalued or offered a lower salary than you are worth? Were you afraid to ask for a higher salary?

If so, you are not alone. Many people avoid salary negotiation out of fear. However, even among those who are willing, it is a common misconception that the process must begin with a job offer. Salary negotiation begins much earlier in the job seeking process. How much earlier? As soon as you submit your resume. While this might be a surprise to some, it’s important to be aware for those who potentially risk undervaluing themselves for fear of asking for a better salary.

Find out how your resume can help you negotiate!


Use Powerful Language

Impress a prospective or current boss with crisp and powerful language.

Action verbs are a great start. A poorly written resume reflects badly on you, providing a preconception that has nothing to do with your skillset or how you are able to add value to the company.

Resumes Are Proof of Your Value

It is your marketing, your advertisement. It is an opportunity to succinctly highlight your value.

What is your monetary value? Not the salary you are requesting, how much are you going to save or make the company? Highlight metrics. If you helped generate $2M profit in 2014, make sure that stands out like a big flashing beacon. Or if you were the #1 seller in the company, then be specific and say that.

Do not be arrogant. Be confident in your value. It shows you are worth the $10,000 more you are asking for, the #10,000 more you deserve.


Make Them Need YOU!

You need to be unique. What makes you different? What makes you stand out? Why are you an asset to the company? What makes you better than someone else in a similar role? Try to lock in on your USP (unique selling point) and make it stand out on your resume.

Make Sure Your Skills Fill a Void

Companies hire new employees to solve problems. There is a reason that position is open.
Find out the importance of the job to the company's bottom line and show them you understand the value the candidate needs to bring to the role. Highlight this by clearly marking your achievements and previous awards. Display your value and successes at previous companies and don't make them search hard for it on your resume.


 Don't Discuss Salary Too Soon

Ok, so I have given you tips of what you should state in a resume to get paid more. But ironically, the one thing you should definitely NOT discuss is salary. Don't talk about it in your application, cover letter, or resume. Figure out if you want to work there and if they want you, and then ease into the salary discussion.
Remember, an employer wants to see drive for something, other than financial benefit.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Executives from Texas Instruments Explain What Gets You Hired & What Doesn't (

Want to stand out from other job applicants? You will need high grades, demonstrable passion for your work and, of course, good grammar, according to hiring managers at Texas Instruments, a semiconductor and computer technology company that employees a staff of more than 34,000 worldwide. For jobseekers, the process of writing cover letters, assembling resumes and going on interviews can seem opaque, with few clues to indicate what they are doing well and what needs improvement. So we asked TI's head of worldwide staffing Shannon Freeze-Flory and Andrew Hardy, director of sales and applications, to share their thoughts about what they look for in candidates and what can get an applicant noticed (in both good and not-so-good ways).
Check Your Qualifications

The most basic advice Freeze-Flory offered might seem obvious: Make sure you are qualified for the job. If you do not meet the minimum requirements laid out in the job listing -- years of experience, skills, GPA (for new college graduates) -- your application is unlikely to get a second glance, she said. If your resume does get further consideration, recruiters will look for concrete signs of accomplishment in your field, Hardy said. 

"Try to make every aspect of your resume quantifiable, so that a person could see where you stand," he said. 

If you are a new graduate with little professional experience, the recruiters advised making sure to highlight activities that demonstrate leadership or passion for your field: acting as captain of a sports team, competing in academic contests, participating in relevant extracurricular activities. 


Be On-Target & Ready to Walk the Walk

Once you make it to the interview stage, it is important to prepare for your meetings with recruiters and hiring managers, Freeze-Flory said. Review any information provided by the company, and use Internet searches and networking websites to learn as much as you can about the business, its products and the people with whom you will be meeting. 

"You need to know the organization you are talking to," she said. "Know enough to ask good questions."

During the interview, be prepared to demonstrate, not just declare, that you have the qualities the company is looking for. Saying you are passionate or organized or curious isn't enough. At TI, for example, you might be asked to talk in detail about your previous tech accomplishments or get into specifics about your hobby of building your own computers.
"We do not take statements like, 'I have an affinity for technology' at face value," Hardy said. "We will put that to the test."

Think About Your Professional Development

And what if you get the dreaded question about your greatest weakness?

These days, Freeze-Flory said, recruiters are more likely to ask you what "development opportunities" you see for yourself. And the goal is not to trick you into revealing flaws, but to judge whether you have given serious thought to your own professional development, she said. 

Dress & Act the Part

When choosing an interview outfit, plan to "dress the way you want to be remembered," Freeze-Flory said. Still not sure what's appropriate? Go ahead and ask the recruiter, she said. 
And just like a bold appearance, Hardy said he likes to see candidates get assertive at the end of the interview. "Ask for the job," he said. "If you want to work somewhere, let it be known before you walk out the door."


Follow Through with the Follow-Up

A thank you note after the interview is highly recommended, Hardy and Freeze-Flory said. But don't slack off just because you made it through the interview: hiring managers are paying attention to the timing and content of your follow-up communications. Comment on the conversations you had during your interview, perhaps, Hardy said. 

"It is crucial to have follow-up," he said.

Recommended Reading

Thank you for reading. As an added bonus, the editorial has compiled a recommended reading list regarding this topic. Enjoy:

Monday, July 20, 2015

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

10 Things That Should Never Be On Your Resume (


For job seekers, the resume may be the most important document they need. After all, what's on that simple piece of paper can mean the difference between landing an interview and landing in the circular file.

While most job seekers concentrate on what they should include on their resume, few pay attention to what they shouldn't include. After all, experienced and honest hiring managers will tell you the initial goal of weeding through resumes is to exclude, not include. Which is why this article explores 10 things you should never put on your resume.

A crazy objective

So you want to be the next Bill Gates. Terrific! And you may even have the chops to make it happen. But please don't put it in your objective statement. Outlandish, overconfident, or "out there" objective statements almost always ensure that the rest of your resume isn't read.

Irrelevant job experience

Sure, the summer after freshman year you spent as Harry's Hot Dog Hut mascot was the best ever. But unless you're applying to wear the Gorilla suit for the Phoenix Suns, leave it out.

Achievements that aren’t achievements

Being nominated prom queen is not an achievement. Nor is belonging to a sorority or fraternity. And that award you won in a competitive eating contest? That's right--not an achievement. Stick to professional and community service awards only.

Physical characteristics

Hiring managers don't care if you have "ripped abs" or "a smokin' bod," so please don't describe yourself that way. In addition, pictures should never be included with your resume unless you are an actor or model.

Strange hobbies

It's fine to include a hobby or interest or two, as long as they aren't the type to raise eyebrows. Avoid listing hobbies such as "knitting sweaters for my 12 cats," and "twisting balloons into animal shapes." Stick to less detailed and more generic hobbies, like "reading," "gardening," "mountain biking" and "playing tennis." And keep them to a minimum.

Private matters

Sexual orientation, religious and political affiliations, marital status, age, and whether you have children should not be included on your resume. Some of these things are controversial and/or irrelevant, while others may unwittingly influence the hiring manager. Leave them out.

Bad grammar and obscure words

Describing yourself as a "Verry detail oriented multi-taster" is likely to get no other response than, "Yeah, right" before it's passed around the HR department for laughs--and then tossed. And don't try to impress with big words. No one needs to know you are endowed with "sophrosyne," when "good sense" will do.

Unprofessional contact information

If your email address, don't include it on your resume. Email addresses are free and most accounts allow you to get several, so either get a new, professional address or delete it from your resume

Personal information

Your resume is no place for your social security number or other sensitive information. There's no guarantee that your resume will be kept in a safe, secure place, so don't include anything that could be stolen or used in identity theft.

Attention-getting tactics

Adding non-traditional elements to your resume willmake it stand out--but not in a good way. Different font types and ink colors, glitter and other adornments, and brightly colored or perfumed paper--yes, every hiring manager has seen at least a few of these memorable tactics--are all no-nos.

First impressions count a lot

When it comes to finding the right job, first impressions count a lot. You can ensure your resume gives a good first impression by knowing not only what to include, but also what not to include. Good luck in your job search!