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I was wondering what the best and worst jobs are that everyone has had.
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Best job I've ever had is a hard one. I worked at Barnes and Noble for a while in my early twenties and while it was very hard on my pocketbook that was a pretty good job.

I think my best one though, was projectionist for a movie theater. This was when I was 18-21 and movies came on reels. They arrived on Thursday afternoons and then starting at about 9 pm on THursday nights I put the reels together and threaded the machines. My best friend was the assistant manager at the theater so after I had the movies together it was our job to stay at the theater after everyone else had left and watch the movies to make sure there was nothing wrong(once we were watching Ransom and all of a sudden everyone was upside down. oops!). There was just something about having the whole theater to ourselves, eating free popcorn and drinking free pop, watching movies into the early morning with your best friend that doesn't scream "WORK!" The other days I just had to be upstairs making sure nothing went wrong, focus was set, volume was good. Other than the fact that the upstairs was pretty creepy(this was a really OLD, but gorgeous, theater-Screen one used to be used for live stage plays so there were lots of dark nooks and crannies where sets and costumes were stored) it was a great job. The only bad part was that really long movies(hello Green Mile) sometimes got too big for the platters and sometimes had a tendency to fall off onto the floor. Its really hard to untangle that many feet of film. seriously.

My worst job was actually one where i didn't have anything to do. I was hired to maintain a database but the database hadn't been built yet. Since this was a national project and I would be maintaining one regions section I wasn't part of developing the database. My only job at that point was to get on a conference call on Thursday afternoons and find out what they had done so far. That was it. It sounds awesome I know, but I was extremely bored. I was still in my office 40 hours a week-I jsut didn't have anything to do. I lasted about 5 weeks and then I started job hunting.
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Although I really like my current job, I would have to say my favorite was working as an assembler for Walmart. Did nothing but put bikes, furniture, grills, lawn mowers, etc together.

Easiest, but most boring, was working at an aluminum die casting plant picking up scrap aluminum from the around the molds... for 8 hours.

It wasn't really a bad job, but least favorite was working at Eddie Bauer while in college. Loved the discount, but hated pushing sales. We weren't on commission, but we did have a "sales goal" we were supposed to reach based on how long we worked that day which meant we were supposed to aggressively try to sell stuff. I hate aggressive salespeople when I'm shopping, so I hated trying to be one even more.
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That was it. It sounds awesome I know, but I was extremely bored. I was still in my office 40 hours a week-I jsut didn't have anything to do. I lasted about 5 weeks and then I started job hunting.


Sounds like a good job to play werewolf with. I had something similar though, I got a summer job at the university lab to help the system administrator, who was too busy to explain any of his issues (by the time he explained it he could have had it already done himself, and the tasks were not very repetitive so it wouldn't help for the next crises).
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My favourite job. I guess in the late 90's I was employed to deliver turn-key internet billing systems to various telephone companies and train the local staff. World travel, expense account, I was single...

My worst job was as a payroll clerk for a group of fast-food restaurants. Had to work in the back of the hot kitchen, people were always complaining about the hours the time clock said they had, their deductions, etc.
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My best job was right after graduating from college in 2009. I was desperate for work and replying to every Craigslist ad I could find. Most of them were scams or worse, but eventually I heard back from Rosetta Stone, the language software people. They were rolling out a new program called TOTALe based on social learning, and needed to populate the userbase with dummy accounts for a few months after launch to make it look active.

Basically my job was to use their software for 20 hours a week and interact with any real users I encountered. I got paid $10/hr to take Dutch lessons. There were very few real users learning Dutch, which meant that I would just hang out in the games lobby for hours during my shift while I watched movies or played WW in another tab. (This was the peak of my WW career, when I played Descent and Doom and many other fun games.)

Eventually the higher-ups figured out that the Dutch team wasn't profitable at all and started cutting back our hours. It was disappointing but not surprising. I quit Rosetta Stone and transitioned into a call-center job downtown, which I hated. But that's a different story.
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My worst job...I have done a lot of things in the pursuit of money. I am willing to take almost any crazy opportunity to earn extra cash. (Not that crazy opportunities present themselves very often, but sometimes I come back with a story.) I have spent whole days hacking sod away from sprinklers, hauling roofing material, completing surveys online, and sorting insurance records in a dark basement. I have been an usher, a library shelver, and a softcore porn star.

My worst job was in the summer of 2008 between my junior and senior year. I was nearly broke and basically living off my partner's income because I was too proud to take handouts from my parents. Frantic Craigslist desperation led to an interview with some place called Vector Marketing that didn't quite explain what they did.

Vector was all about selling CutCo knives. They are a decent product but massively overpriced, and the company relies on broke high school and college students to pitch the knives to family and friends who agree to buy them out of pity. I left the company after a week and a half because I couldn't stand the thought of sizing up my loved ones as potential customers. In that time I made enough money to break even on the gas I spent driving from sales pitch to sales pitch, which was good enough for me. I was just glad to be out.
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None of my jobs really fit a high or low, they have all been kind of average...

But..

The first job I ever had was just a 2day job cutting flowers for a florest the day before Valentine's Day. That was a fun little job cause I learned a few tricks of the trade when it comes to cutting roses.

And another job has scared me for life, in that I HATE with a pasion any Frank Sinatra song. I worked for the Bombay Company for a summer and the only music they played in the store was Frank. After 40 hrs a week listening to nothing but his songs, I can now identify his songs really quick, and then start screaming. When I got married that was the one rule I gave to the DJ, no Frank Sinatra songs, even if someone requests one... just tell them that the bride said NO!
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My favorite job is what I'm doing now, teaching English to high school students in Japan. It has its ups and downs. I teach at a mostly-girl (95%) high school on Wednesdays. Every stereotype you can think of concerning Japanese schoolgirls? They're true. Except the tentacle ones.

My least favorite job was one I had over summer during university. Had to go through a mixing lab in a rubber manufacturing company and catalogue and dispose of chemicals that hadn't been used in 30 years. Everything was covered in carbon black. I had an old t-shirt and ratty jeans that I wore every day for 2 and a half months. They got dirtier and dirtier every day. There was no air conditioning in the lab. Was a pretty yucky summer.
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and a softcore porn star.
Whaaaat? Tell us more!
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ElAdoranSureshot wrote:
I have been ... a softcore porn star.

This needs further explanation. laugh
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Best job: I spent my summer and Christmas breaks in college working for a law firm as a file clerk. Most of the full-time file clerks were single moms who never went to college. I learned not to take college for granted and getting to read through the case files was interesting.

Worst job: A family friend is a florist middleman. I worked for him for 5 months as an assistant manager. Each day I got to deal with customers complaining that we had misrepresented ourselves as an actual florist and that their orders had been messed up, but I wasn't given any power to actually address their complaints. I've never been called so many bad names in my life. It was awful.
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ElAdoranSureshot wrote:
and a softcore porn star.
Whaaaat? Tell us more!


Okay, I apologize for the blatant teasing going on there; I'd never make a comment like that without intending to follow up eventually.

At around the same time I was working for Rosetta, I was feeling a little blue that my college days were over. I had had some crazy fun times, but I was worried that they were all in the past. So I was on the lookout for things that might make for good stories later on in life. That was when I came across an ad posted to Portland's livejournal community looking for male models for an erotic photo shoot. Thinking I'd never get a better chance for a story than this, I followed up.

When I showed up at the photo shoot I was very nervous, but all that instantly melted away when I met the people who were organizing it--they turned out to be acquaintances-but-not-friends from school, one of whom I'd met on my very first day of classes. This made me super-comfortable knowing that I could trust them.

They were trying to start up a magazine for women that included erotic stories accompanied by pictures of guys. The one they cast me in was basically Stargate Atlantis fanfiction about two soldiers stranded on an alien planet by a magical wormhole device that required them to hold hands and synch heartbeats.

The actual photos they took of us were not very erotic; in fact mostly they were just pictures of me tromping around in a swamp in a turtleneck. They didn't even end up using it in the first (and only) issue they published; they just put it up as the free download on their site. (That's syzygymag.com, which is obviously NSFW.) I don't even know if it's available any more; I think eventually they just made the whole issue free to download.

Overall it was a lot of fun but not very profitable; I scored two dinners out of the deal and enough money to enter a few Magic tournaments. But I'd do it again in a heartbeat, just for the story.
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Best job: Pretty sure it's the one I currently have as a statistician for the FDA. I feel like I'm doing important things and there's enough work to keep me busy without having so much that I'm constantly running at full-steam and burning out. Plus, pays well and has a lot of job security.

Worst job: My freshman year in undergrad, I took a job with the alumni association as a "tele-fundraiser." This is a telemarketer who doesn't actually sell you anything, but instead calls and bugs all the old alumni to donate money to their alma mater. It is exactly as totally unrewarding as it sounds. I'm not much of a "working with strangers" sort of person anyway, so cold-calling people was incredibly stressful for me. We had to be chatty and pretend to be friendly and then start out asking for ludicrously high amounts of money and then slowly knocking it down until we hit one they'd agree to, Dutch auction-style. We had a whole computerized script with all sorts of "Choose Your Own Adventure" choices to help you cope with whatever excuses they give for not wanting to give you money. The breaking point for me was on my third day there, when I had to continue bugging some guy who sounded like he was on the edge between shock and tears saying that he was about to lose his job and didn't know what he was going to do. I also had people who had a death recently happen or other things. Having to continue to prod these people for money in the midst of their pain was far too much for me. Luckily, a scholarship check I hadn't expected arrived after that day and I quit on the spot.
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ElAdoranSureshot wrote:
my college days ... I had had some crazy fun times

This also requires further explanation.
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Worst job, though it wasn't so bad: Sausage World in the mall food court.

Best job: Camping Services Director for my local YMCA. I directed winter, spring, and summer camp and also was liaison for Indian programs (guides, princesses, maidens, etc.), which meant I went on the campouts with them.

Though, my current job is a contender for best job. I own my own business selling powder processing equipment to manufacturing facilities. I get to go to all kinds of factories and see how they make stuff and sell equipment to help their processes. It's very interesting and I love being on my own... high plains drifter.

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ElAdoranSureshot wrote:
my college days ... I had had some crazy fun times

This also requires further explanation.


I dunno, just general college hijinks. Nothing too wild I guess, but I was just worried that after graduating I would lose my license to have fun.
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Worst job: My freshman year in undergrad, I took a job with the alumni association as a "tele-fundraiser." This is a telemarketer who doesn't actually sell you anything, but instead calls and bugs all the old alumni to donate money to their alma mater. It is exactly as totally unrewarding as it sounds. I'm not much of a "working with strangers" sort of person anyway, so cold-calling people was incredibly stressful for me. We had to be chatty and pretend to be friendly and then start out asking for ludicrously high amounts of money and then slowly knocking it down until we hit one they'd agree to, Dutch auction-style. We had a whole computerized script with all sorts of "Choose Your Own Adventure" choices to help you cope with whatever excuses they give for not wanting to give you money. The breaking point for me was on my third day there, when I had to continue bugging some guy who sounded like he was on the edge between shock and tears saying that he was about to lose his job and didn't know what he was going to do. I also had people who had a death recently happen or other things. Having to continue to prod these people for money in the midst of their pain was far too much for me. Luckily, a scholarship check I hadn't expected arrived after that day and I quit on the spot.


We had something like that too, and a couple of my friends worked there. I applied too, but after a phone interview, they decided not to hire me. Maybe something to do with the fact that they asked if I was comfortable calling up strangers and asking for money, and I said no.

Yes, I am a pro at interviews. But at least I'm honest!
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We had something like that too, and a couple of my friends worked there. I applied too, but after a phone interview, they decided not to hire me. Maybe something to do with the fact that they asked if I was comfortable calling up strangers and asking for money, and I said no.

Yes, I am a pro at interviews. But at least I'm honest!


Oh, and a followup to this that's sort of a "job"...

Everyone who donated money had to get hand-written thank you note from a student about how impactful the donation was to our lives. Every student group and such that received funding was responsible for writing a certain # of these. We were allowed to have up to 6 copies of the same letter, so smaller groups would make people write 2-3 different letters and then copy each again 5 times. My group was pretty big though so we assigned a few people to write and everyone else to copy. I really got a kick out of seeing letters from "Joe Kanada" written in the girliest handwriting imaginable.

The worst part was that there were really strict guidelines about margins, how many mistakes you could have, correcting mistakes, etc. A very common dealbreaker was not capitalizing "The" in "The Stanford Fund", and no corrections were allowed for that one... so many letters thrown out for that.

Ah, my hand cramps up just thinking about it.
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Yes, I am a pro at interviews. But at least I'm honest!

The thing to keep in mind is that you're interviewing them as much as they're interviewing you.
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ElAdoranSureshot wrote:
SuperChutney wrote:
ElAdoranSureshot wrote:
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Okay, I apologize for the blatant teasing going on there; I'd never make a comment like that without intending to follow up eventually.

At around the same time I was working for Rosetta, I was feeling a little blue that my college days were over. I had had some crazy fun times, but I was worried that they were all in the past. So I was on the lookout for things that might make for good stories later on in life. That was when I came across an ad posted to Portland's livejournal community looking for male models for an erotic photo shoot. Thinking I'd never get a better chance for a story than this, I followed up.

When I showed up at the photo shoot I was very nervous, but all that instantly melted away when I met the people who were organizing it--they turned out to be acquaintances-but-not-friends from school, one of whom I'd met on my very first day of classes. This made me super-comfortable knowing that I could trust them.

They were trying to start up a magazine for women that included erotic stories accompanied by pictures of guys. The one they cast me in was basically Stargate Atlantis fanfiction about two soldiers stranded on an alien planet by a magical wormhole device that required them to hold hands and synch heartbeats.

The actual photos they took of us were not very erotic; in fact mostly they were just pictures of me tromping around in a swamp in a turtleneck. They didn't even end up using it in the first (and only) issue they published; they just put it up as the free download on their site. (That's syzygymag.com, which is obviously NSFW.) I don't even know if it's available any more; I think eventually they just made the whole issue free to download.

Overall it was a lot of fun but not very profitable; I scored two dinners out of the deal and enough money to enter a few Magic tournaments. But I'd do it again in a heartbeat, just for the story.


I could not bring myself to actually read the story, but the pictures were brilliant. Thanks for sharing your hilarious adventures with us!
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I could not bring myself to actually read the story, but the pictures were brilliant. Thanks for sharing your hilarious adventures with us!


I read it only for the pictures myself.
 
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I could not bring myself to actually read the story, but the pictures were brilliant. Thanks for sharing your hilarious adventures with us!


I read it only for the pictures myself.


I especially like ElAd's scrunchy-embarrassed face for the spooning picture.
 
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nyriv wrote:
davidenkinderen wrote:
I could not bring myself to actually read the story, but the pictures were brilliant. Thanks for sharing your hilarious adventures with us!


I read it only for the pictures myself.


I especially like ElAd's scrunchy-embarrassed face for the spooning picture.


I swear, they just kept telling me "yes, that's perfect! keep doing that!" with a camera in my face. I did not mean to look that ridiculous.
 
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My worst job is pretty easy: I was hired to help move a chainlink fence company in November in New England. The week before it had rained heavily, but the week we were moving the stock, it had turned super cold and snowy. so we spent several days out in the weather with torches trying to thaw the mud enough to pull out the chainlink rolls that had sunk in about four inches.

The best job? A few times each year, I am hired to cook for weekend spiritual retreats on the coast. A dozen people would come for three days to a huge seaside mansion designed by HH Richardson (who designed many of Boston's landmarks in the 1870's) and landscaped by Frederick Law-Olmstead of Central Park fame. The estate is at the head of a promontory in Cohasset Harbor, and only the only other man made structure in the ocean view is Minot Light

I'd feed the participants a continental breakfast, set out a cold lunch, and enjoy their company during dinner. Otherwise, I had the run of the grounds and the house to myself, as the group only used one room and never went outside. I had an entire wing of the house for myself, and got paid for every minute I was there, sleeping or not.
 
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