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10 Dream Jobs You Never Knew Existed

10 Dream Jobs You Never Knew Existed

We all have a dream job, but whether it’s in sports, entertainment or science, it seems there’s always some days we’d rather be somewhere else. We can all list off a few jobs that spark our imaginations, but some lesser-known opportunities are simply magnetic. From snoozing for cash to traveling the world to drink tea, these 10 unexpected dream jobs will surely have you picturing your new resume.

Professional Snuggler

    ▲ Janet Treviño, Professional snuggler

    • Duty: Professional snugglers platonicly snuggle with clients in a cuddle session. The cuddle session is usually conducted in a studio. In the session, the interaction between the professional snuggler and client is not limited to snuggling. They can chat, have a meal, play chess… as long as it stays platonic.
    • Salary: Conventionally $1 per minute. Each cuddle session lasts for 15 minutes to 5 hours. The hourly rate can rise to as high as $1.5 per minute for more experienced snugglers.
    • Example: Janet Treviño, a full-time snuggler working in San Antonio, U.S.. She charges clients $80 per hour and spends around 20 hours a week cuddling people. Started in August 2016 as a part-time snuggler, she soon realized the overwhelming demand for cuddles and turned full-time a month later. She even has her own website to promote herself!

    Stand-In

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      ▲ The real Bruce Willis and the other “Bruce Willis”s

      • Duty: Stand-ins substitute the actor/actress before filming, typically for the time-consuming technical purposes such as lighting and camera setup. They usually share similar physical characteristics with the actor/actress. They allow directors to adjust the lighting and camera setup to obtain the more visually brilliant cinematographic outcome even in the absence of the actors and actresses.
      • Salary: A stand-in earns on average $33000 a year. The income is highly dependent on multiple factors which may make the number fluctuating.[1]
      • Example: Adam Bryant, the stand-in for Robin Williams, has been working with the star for a very long time.

      Gumologist

        ▲ Jesse Kiefer, a Gumologist for Cadbury Schweppes

        • Duty: Gumologists taste gums and review new products and developments for chewing gum companies. They play a crucial role especially in designing new flavours. Gumologists need to have the ability to distinguish over 70 ingredients from a pack of gum.
        • Salary: Approximately $37,400 – $107,500 a year, dependent on experience
        • Example: Jesse Kiefer, the chief gumologist at Cadbury’s Gum Center of Excellence in New Jersey

        Chocolatier

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          ▲ Stéphane Bonnat from Bonnat Chocolatier

          • Duty: A chocolatier is basically an artist with chocolate. Chocolatiers make all sorts of confectionery out of chocolate. Not to be confused them from chocolate makers who turn cacao beans and other ingredients to the treats. Chocolatiers work with chocolate exclusively and craft them into incredible treats, desserts, and candies to delight customers of all ages.
          • Salary: Average salary is $21,000 according to Simply Hired but the number can vary significantly based on the brand, experience and location.
          • Example: Stéphane Bonnat from Bonnat Chocolatier , the gold prize winner of the 2016 International Chocolate Awards in Plain/Origin Dark Bar Categories.

          Personal Shopper

            ▲ Belly Halbreich, personal shopper

            • Duty: Usually work with one person (and usually with renowned celebrity or businessman!) or fashion magazines, personal shoppers are fully in charge of keeping the wardrobe filled with the latest must-buys in the fashion industry.
            • Salary: Around $34,500 a year. For well-established personal shopper, the salary can rise up to a stunning $300,000 annually.[2]
            • Example: Belly Halbreich, probably the most famous personal shopper on the planet, has been working at Bergdorf Goodman for 37 year and has dressed celebrities like Lauren Bacall and Joan Rivers.

            Tea Taster

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              ▲ Sebastian Michaelis, the tea taster whose tongue is insured

              • Duty: Literally, sipping tea. Tea tasters are expected to taste up to 200 cups of tea a day and must be versed in every type of tea imaginable. Tea tasters are required travel around the world to test new suppliers and products. Pretty alluring huh? We are deeply sorry for those sensitive to caffeine.
              • Salary: Tea tasters earn an annual salary of $38,000[3]
              • Example: Sebastian Michaelis whose taste buds are so incredibly outstanding Tetley, the tea manufacturer, has insured his tongue for a stunning 1 Million pounds. Fun fact, his tongue is now as valuable as Madonna’s breasts, Heidi Klum’s legs and Julia Robert’s smile.

              Voice Actor

                ▲ Tom Kenny, the voice actor for the title character Spongebob in Spongebob Squarepants

                • Duty: Unlike regular actors who require outstanding body gestures and facial expressions, voice actors vitalize an animated character by their voice. One important thing to note is that they never appear on camera, so they can show up in whatever suits them. Pajamas. Onesies. Suits. Night gowns. Anything we can think of as long as our vocal cords are functioning.
                • Salary: Voice actors earn around $29,000 a year. The salary is dependent on experience which an entry level voice actor is expected to earn $17,000 a year while an experienced one can earn up to $76,000.[4]
                • Example: Tom Kenny. You might not know his name but you must have definitely heard his voice. Tom Kenny is the voice actor of the title character Spongebob in the Spongebob SquarePants TV series and films.

                Waterslide Tester

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                  Sebastian Smith, world’s first waterslide tester

                  • Duty: Waterslide tester is probably the best summer job ever. Waterslide testers travel around the world and ride on exhilarating chutes, flumes and slides. After that, they rate the rides on two factors, “Biggest Splash” and “Adrenaline Factor”. All expenses covered. There’s nothing better than a paid vacation, right?
                  • Salary: 20,000 pounds a year (approximately $30, 000)[5]
                  • Example: Sebastian Smith, a student who beat off competition from 2,000 applicants, was reported to be the first waterslide tester which he travelled around the globe to test and review on slides and venues.

                  Netflix Tagger

                    • Duty: Netflix taggers are required to watch hours of latest contents on Netflix, then enter key describing words into the system for each show. This is done for Netflix users to search for shows more easily.
                    • Salary: Not indicated by Netflix but it is paid on good hourly rate and is a part-time job
                    • Example: N/A, but it is known to be a part-time job which can work remotely (that means our HOME!). For your information, Netflix just hired taggers to watch kids’ contents last September. So, be ready to regularly check on Netflix to hunt on your dream job.

                    Professional Sleeper

                      • Duty: Whether they’re sleeping for scientific studies or for NASA, professional sleepers have the literal dream job.
                      • Salary: Around $15,000 a year, but can vary due to company, location and experience[6]
                      • Example: Pat Phillips from Boston, is paid to participate in sleep research projects at area hospitals. Helsinki Hotel, for example, hired professional sleepers to test out on their beds and write about the experience in blogposts.

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                      12 Practical Interview Skills to Help You Land Your Dream Job

                      12 Practical Interview Skills to Help You Land Your Dream Job

                      Today, with many companies going remote—at least until there’s a COVID-19 vaccine—technical proficiency is a vital skill for every interviewee to master. You may be asked to interview for a job on Zoom or Microsoft Teams. The way you handle yourself in the online interview (your interview skills) will say much about your ability to work from home efficiently.

                      Does your workspace look clean or cluttered? Is the area free from noise? Is your home office well lit?

                      Once hired, you may be asked to organize meetings on Zoom and other platforms. Along with mastering the technology, you will have to learn to follow certain protocols.

                      Now is the time to get up to speed on your technical skills. Learn which interview skills are needed for the particular job for which you are applying and practice them.

                      Online learning sites, such as LinkedIn Learning and Udemy, offer courses for free or a nominal membership fee. If you are a DIY type, make use of training videos offered through your particular digital tools.

                      Additionally, demonstrating that you have these 12 interview skills will help you land your dream job.

                      1. Organization

                      When you work in a brick-and-mortar office, some of the organizing is left to others. Your direct supervisor may host a Monday morning quarterback meeting where each worker reports on the progress on their tasks.

                      When you work from home, much of the organizing will be left up to you. To a much greater extent than before, you will need to develop a schedule and stick to it. Some tasks may be faster to complete from your home office where you don’t have other workers competing for your attention.

                      Conversely, you may find that some tasks that would have gone quickly in an office seem to take forever from your home computer. Your phone may ring a lot, which can distract you, or you may have kids and a spouse who inadvertently disrupt your schedule.

                      To do: Set a schedule and stick to it.

                      To discuss during your interview: Be specific. Point to the interview skill you utilized to create a schedule for a complex work project and followed it.

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                      2. Flexibility

                      You set a schedule for the completion of your tasks, but your prospective boss gets their work done between the hours of 2:00 and 8:00 a.m. Your West Coast partners are three hours behind your East Coast partners, and one of your partners lives in England while another lives in Australia.

                      Feedback and collaboration (see point 3) may need to happen asynchronously. Be the flexible candidate—the person who is willing to occasionally disrupt their schedule for the greater good of the team.

                      For extra credit: don’t just look up time zones, look up whether they observe Daylight Savings Time.

                      To do: Be flexible about meeting times.

                      To discuss during your interview: Highlight a time when you worked on a team where members lived in different time zones. Discuss your processes.

                      3. Collaboration

                      As recently as six months ago, before the pandemic raged around the world, collaboration wasn’t quite as essential as it is today. In a remote office setting, collaboration doesn’t just mean working well with others—but actually sharing documents and editing them online on time.

                      Several cloud-based tools, such as Google Drive, Basecamp, and Trello, enable the type of collaborative teamwork that most companies want today.

                      To do: Download the correct software and practice using it.

                      To discuss during your interview: Discuss how you worked remotely with a group. Share how you overcame certain challenges.

                      4. Poise

                      Murphy’s Law states, “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.”

                      When things do go awry, keeping your wits about you will demonstrate your consummate professionalism under fire. This will show your future bosses that you will be able to work well under the pressures of remote work.

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                      What could go wrong, you ask? You might be muted without realizing it—your Internet connection may not be robust, your headphones may blip out, your cellphone may ring, Zoom could have an outage. The list goes on and on.

                      To do: Make sure you have the most up-to-date versions of Skype and Zoom uploaded.

                      To discuss during your interview: Consider highlighting a time when a project did not go as planned. Demonstrate the interview skills that allowed you to rise to the challenge.

                      5. Communication

                      Your ability to handle online communication is one of the top critical skills you will need to thrive in today’s remote workplace. Download Slack if you haven’t already. Get used to toggling to a different form of online communication if one of your tools fails.

                      When it comes to the preferred format for your online interview, demonstrate proficiency by offering several different options. Give your phone number, Google Chat Hangouts name, and Skype ID.

                      To do: Familiarize yourself with video conference and online chat tools, such as Slack, Fleep, or Workplace by Facebook.

                      To discuss during your interview: Be prepared to share the online communication tools you’re using and examples of how you use each one.

                      6. Good Computer Hygiene

                      Setting up a backup system for your computer files is one of today’s crucial requirements for working in the digital age. Storing documents that can be shared by team members is also an efficient way to work together on presentations, articles, and reports—although studies show nearly one-third of employees avoid them because of the time it takes to find documents.

                      Be prepared in your interview to indicate your experience utilizing this technology, describing how you organize and store files using cloud-based collaboration tools. How do you keep track of links and tabs? Do you use Dropbox? Google Docs? Confluence? Others?

                      To do: Take inventory of the cloud-based document sharing and storage systems you know and use.

                      To discuss during your interview: Describe the document sharing tools and backup systems you utilize—both for personal protection and professional file sharing.

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                      7. Proper Meeting Etiquette

                      Today, presenting yourself virtually has its pros and cons. While you only have to show a professional persona from the waist up (make sure to straighten up your office space behind you), you must boost your energy to show that you’re engaged in the discussion.

                      Make your voice as upbeat as possible. Have your talking points at the ready and be careful not to ramble on, as long virtual meetings easily become tiresome. Use the mute and chat features to avoid interruptions.

                      To do: Once you know the meeting platform, make sure you have it mastered before your interview.

                      To discuss during your interview: Offer to share your screen to show an example of a work project— while at the same time demonstrating your prowess with video conferencing tools.

                      8. Respecting Feedback

                      In the age of working remotely, there may not be as many systems in place to obtain feedback (such as yearly performance reviews). Workers may need to ask for feedback, while managers may need to give more feedback than usual as the team adjusts to working off-site. Respecting feedback is on top of the interview skills list that you should learn.

                      Taking a proactive approach with giving and receiving feedback and incorporating it into your work style is a desirable quality that your employers will note.

                      To do: Reflect on the positive feedback you’ve received from past employers to bolster your confidence.

                      To discuss during your interview: Share a time when you received feedback that made you grow in the job. If you’re a manager, share a time when you gave feedback to an employee who needed to better their job performance.

                      9. Project Management

                      Staying on task with projects has evolved far past a to-do list, with electronic tools that can track time, manage team workloads, and even do the client billing. While your prospective employer may have its preferred project management program, your experience with any of the various options—whether it’s Basecamp, Teamwork, Smartsheet, or another—will be applicable.

                      To do: Know which project management software is likely to be used by the industry in which you’re interviewing, and familiarize yourself with its features.

                      To discuss during your interview: Highlight a project management feature that is particularly useful in helping you excel in your work, and explain how you utilize it.

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                      10. Staying up to Speed

                      Employers expect their remote workers to be technically proficient so that technology runs smoothly and doesn’t create work disruptions. Bosses count on remote workers to know enough about their systems to manage them without relying on the help of overworked IT staff.

                      To do: Make sure you have a fast internet connection and have a back-up plan, such as a second computer or other tethered devices.

                      To discuss during your interview: Note that you are diligent about keeping your computer and software up to date.

                      11. Attention to Cybersecurity Issues

                      “Virus” is a loaded term these days. Spreading a computer virus in your company, however, will not only bring productivity to a halt, but it will also make you a pariah. While working from public places using free Wi-Fi (with uneven security provisions) has waned, in pre-pandemic times, coffee shops accounted for 62 percent of Wi-Fi security breaches.

                      To do: Keep antivirus software updated and don’t download software without verifying its authenticity.

                      To discuss during your interview: Emphasize your awareness of cybersecurity risks and your care in taking necessary safety measures.

                      12. Teamwork

                      Work relationships now mostly happen in virtual settings, yet employers value team-oriented workers.

                      Being a part of a team gives you a sense of connection and shared purpose. A well-honed team understands how mutual reliance makes the sum of its parts greater than when individuals act on their own, improving the end product.

                      To do: Take stock of your attributes as a team player and where you can cultivate skills that will enable you to work more collaboratively.

                      To discuss during your interview: Inquire about the company’s culture and how it encourages a sense of community despite working remotely.

                      Final Thoughts

                      Preparing for remote positions available in today’s job market will mean honing your interview skills to highlight your technical abilities as well as your adaptability. By adhering to these To-Do’s and perfecting your online interview skills and charisma, you will rise above the competition and win over any prospective employer.

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