10 Well-Paying But Obscure Jobs That You Never Thought To Look Up

If you’re thinking of a career change, look no further than these crazy jobs. Boy would it be fun to be a professional snuggler all day…

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With supply comes demand. And with that comes upkeep. Here are some behind-the-scenes jobs that exist to keep services going for your pleasure.

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1. Wrinkle chasers iron wrinkles from shoes using a hand iron or a hot air blower. The minimum requirements are just a high school diploma and an eye for detail (or wrinkles). The average pay ranges from $19,000 to $49,000. That’s not bad for ironing shoes.

2. Furniture testers exist because machines (or robots) simply can’t give feedback about how comfortable these furnitures being tested are. Testers will sit on an armchair and give feedback (or their experience) to the furniture makers. This human touch helps the manufacturers gain insight to what is comfortable, what material they should use, how high/low the seats should be, etc. Furniture testers make — on average — $31,000 a year.

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My Day Shadowing At The Hotel Monaco!!

Yesterday I had the privileged of visiting the Hotel Monaco in Philadelphia, PA (I-76 is a scary road, just a side note). This was my first experience with a TRUE Boutique Hotel (The Rocking Horse Ranch is NOT boutique, no matter how much they insist they are) and I was very excited for what the hotel and its staff had in store for me!

I began my day at noon where I was welcomed by the GM. He was a very friendly man who told me he had some business to see to but would catch up with me later. I was first able to shadow the front desk/ guest services team. This small group of young ladies and gentlemen were eager to help each guest that came their way, something I always look for in the hotels I stay in. The decor of the check in room, which they actually refer to as “The Living Room” was gorgeous! Check out their website if you want a look at what their interior designer has done with the place. The front desk team was just becoming acquainted with a new rewards program for the hotel so it was interesting to see that. A lot of the work they did was similar to the work I did while I interned for the Lake Raystown Resort and Conference Center last summer, just on a much more professional and technological level. The room keys used wireless technology to allow access into the rooms, the guest folios had specific preferences (room location, snack or drink preference, etc.) and as much information on the guest as could possibly be gathered from their previous stays. A lot of the different interfaces were connected together and worked in unison to pass important information across the board to as many different departments as possible. This kind of advance technology is what I LOVE to see in a good hotel, especially when it is being utilized to its maximum potential.

When I spoke to the Front Desk Manager, I asked a lot about the work-life balance, the pros and cons of the job, his history with the company and with hotels in general, and many other topics. The job of a Front Desk Manager seems tough at times with its constant moving and complains from guests, but it does provide the most face-to-face interaction that I saw within the hotel, which I love. The hours are un-ordinary sometimes (3 pm-midnight or 7 am-3 pm are typical) which can be tough when you have a family or even just a partner. But overall, the idea of leading a team like this, going the extra mile for special guests to provide them with the best experience possible seems like a lot of fun to me. I love making people happy, and with the budget that the hotel has, they make that happen every day.

Next I met with the Public Relations/ Social Media person for the hotel. The cool thing about the Hotel Monaco is that they rarely, if at all, pay for advertisements. They rely heavily on word of mouth and reviews in newspapers, magazines, etc. to get their message across. Their website is also very detailed and helpful to get the company’s image across to guests. But the woman I spoke with works with connecting those pieces together. She mainly utilizes social media platforms to keep the hotel looking good and make sure guests are representing the hotel in a positive manner as well. If someone complains on Facebook or something, she does all that she can to help right the wrong. In the way of media coverage, she puts together press releases and other packets to get important writers and celebrities to stay at the hotel and then write about it, hopefully in a good light. The job seems fun in that she is able to interact with guests a little over the web and occasionally in person, and she gets to meet interesting people and sell the Hotel Monaco image to them. There is also a lot of travel involved as well, and a lot of writing.

I then moved on to shadow the head of housekeeping, something I had never done before! I have worked in many different facets of a hotel, but housekeeping is not one of them surprisingly. I was taken around the hotel, shown all the different styles of rooms and the different amenities that are offered to guests. I then helped inspect some of the rooms for cleanliness, helped restock the minibars, and then watched the process of making a bed from scratch. The whole experience was very cool, definitely different from what I had imagined. The one thing that surprised me was the use of technology with housekeeping. The minibars have a sensor that goes off when they are opened, telling housekeeping that they need to be checked for restocking. Also, they use a tablet to keep track of other minibar information and of the status of the rooms sometimes (unfortunately the tablet wasn’t working too well the day I visited…) The job is very intense, always on your feet, running around to different parts of the hotel to do different projects. This is where the most teamwork is really needed between all the employees. Each room must look exactly the same, so the same procedures must be taken every time a room is cleaned. Though it seems like it would be fun for a day or two, I don’t think I belong in housekeeping. There is very little interaction with people (some of the maids do leave notes for their guests though, which is VERY cool, and pretty cute too), and very little satisfaction (in my opinion) from the work that is done. Therefore, housekeeping isn’t for me. But if it is for you, then kudos to you!! 🙂

When I sat down with the GM at the end of the day of shadowing, I realized just how much I had experienced of the hotel. I loved every second of it! Even though most of the jobs I had performed, I had never done them on a level as high as this. I enjoy luxury and high end hotels and restaurants, and to be behind the working of one would be a incredible. I can safely say that I prefer Boutique over normal hotels because of the atmosphere, the fun, the small (yet personal) number of guests, and how attention to detail is taken.

Speaking with the GM about his job (something I had yet to do) was very cool as well. He described the work he does as “making sure none of the trains get derailed. And if they do, putting out the fires and setting them back on their tracks.” I think this is very cool because he deals with every facet of the hotel, travels a lot, and though he works long and strange hours, he fits a lot into his time at the hotel. He is the highest person in house that can deal with an issue, and though that is a great responsibility, it’s also an amazing challenge that I may want to attempt one day…

Like always, if you have any questions about my experience at the Hotel Monaco, feel free to ask!! 🙂 Hope everyone has a fantastic Wednesday! HUMP DAY!

There Really Are Good People From New Jersey!

I apologize if the title offends anyone, but honestly, New Jersians haven’t really done a very good job of making a good name for themselves with their driving skills and they expensive bridge tolls… But nonetheless, I had the greatest experience ever with a man from NJ the other day.

To start the story from the beginning, my mother and I had a day planned to go to visit our friend in Manhattan who is working for Teach For America (amazing organization if you’ve never heard of it…). On that same day, one of my best friends was performing with a marching band (for those who know ’em, the Hawthorne Caballeros) in Secaucus, NJ. So the plan was to drop me off in Secaucus in the morning, and I would meet up with her in the afternoon via New Jersey Public Transportation (BAD IDEA).

So after visiting my friend, I found the bus stop that my itinerary (thanks to Google) told me to go to and waiting for the 2:02 bus. 2:02 came and went…and then it was 2:32…and then it was 3:02. Meanwhile, I’m frantically calling the transportation office, speaking to the same lady over and over, who has NO idea what she’s doing, nor where the buses have been for the past hour (you can’t just LOSE a BUS lady…). Meanwhile, the same security vehicle has been doing his rounds for the past hour, and each time I wave to him a little bit less enthusiastically as the time before.

After a while, the man, in his early 70s probably, pulls over and asks me what I’m doing waiting for the bus for this long. So I tell him my story and ask him what I should do. I still can’t believe it now…but the man offered to drive my to the George Washington Bridge, about 5 minutes away from where he lives, after he got off work at 4:00. By then it was 3:45, and I had no other way to get there, so I thanked him profusely and waited until he got off work.

This man, whose name was Danny, was one of the sweetest men I’ve ever met. He told me about his life, how he was in the Marines and worked as a prison security guard and now how he works for the security department at a local community college. We laughed at some of the crazy things he had done in his life, he told me some deeper stories about his past, and in the end he drove me all the way to the bridge. Without a thought as to who I am, or what I was doing in the middle of New Jersey, this man went out of his way to perform an amazing act of kindness.

I know there is only so much I can do for this man now that he is gone from my life most likely forever. But I hope this can serve as a lesson that acts of kindness, no matter how big or small, will always be appreciated. And also that there are some (but not many) good people from New Jersey.

I plan on performing a selfless act of kindness when the opportunity arises, and I will do so with Danny in my mind.

Hope everyone has a great week!! 🙂 Mondays don’t have to be bad just because they’re Mondays, they can be wonderful!!

Life Is Beautiful

Today, I feel alive. I feel free and alive, like a bird gliding over the crisp blue water of an ocean. This week has gone from mediocre on Monday to a whole new life on Friday. To summarize it all (which sounds hard, but surprisingly isn’t), I got rid of the bad in my life and filled it with good instead.

This means leaving a job that was not enjoyable (which I did on Sunday, kinda), and replacing it with much more enjoyable and exciting job. This means replacing time wasted on Facebook with quality, face-to-face family time without the distractions of technology. This means living life to the fullest Every. Single. Day. and never taking a day for granted.

Life is truly beautiful, sometimes it just takes some change to see the true beauty. I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend 🙂

A Day in the Life of a Realtor

Today I had the privilege of shadowing a Realtor from Century 21 and boy was it an eye opening experience! From regulatory paperwork, to visiting the house soon to be on the market, and even grabbing some grub for lunch, today was a day I won’t soon forget.

The day started with some paperwork, a little learning about the real estate industry, and some chatting about life and such. The guy who I was shadowing was a previous alum from Penn State so we had a lot in common to talk about right off the bat. But the paperwork was mostly getting ready for his big meeting tonight with a man hoping to put his house on the market.

The basic story is that the man bought his house about 5 years ago, fairly recently in real estate terms, and is now relocating because of work and needs to sell it. The company that he works for has a program that contacted Century 21 and another company to put the house on the market, so essentially the guy I was shadowing had some competition to deal with. He needed to break all the ties in his favor between this other company in order to win the client over.

To start, we put together a listing of about 10 other “comps,” or houses that we could compare to the one we were putting on the market (same school district, size, bedroom and bathroom #, age, etc.) to get an idea of how to price the house. We looked at houses currently on the market, houses currently working on being sold, and houses previously sold to get an idea.

Once this was done, we took our information and drove over to the house before he planned to do the meeting there in the evening, both to get an idea of where it was and possible perks or downsides about the property. The house was an adorable, light yellow, two story, two car garage house. Unfortunately, the street that it was located on wasn’t the greatest. The street looked like there were original plans to build about 15 houses, but there were only 3, surrounded by overgrown brush, in the back country of the town we were in. This was very unfortunate, and troubling, considering everything else about the house was looking good! But hey – where is the challenge in that?

We ended up consulting a few colleagues about how to price the houses and ended up pricing it lower than the owner bought it for until the owner is able to get the county or the people who own the land plots to do something about it.

This was one of the main challenges we faced today, making me realize that there is no NORMAL day in real estate! But that is why the person I shadowed loves his job so much. He is able to be moving around most of the day, not just sitting in a cubicle from 9-5, but instead he is on the road, making phone calls and house calls and meeting with clients for meetings. He works at his own pace when he wants to, he is his own boss essentially. He told me that normally realtors aim to either put 2 houses on the market or sell 2 houses to customers or a combination of the two each month. Some months are empty (October-January specifically) where he did no business. But other months are packed with opportunities. In May he sold or bought NINE total houses!! That blew my mind.

To make his money, he makes a 3% commission for putting a house on the market, and 3% for selling it (taking it off). And when houses run about $200,000, that’s around $12,000 a month for 2 sales, or $144,000 a year. Not bad I would say… BUT, this only applies if you’re motivated and work your butt off. It’s a dog-eat-dog work in real estate, but the rewards can pay off generously if you work for them.

To get started, about a $2,000 investment to obtain your real estate license is necessary. Only then can you be hired by a company such as Century 21. The next step for my shadowee is to get his Broker License, which he is currently taking classes for.

I’m really not sure how I feel about this job. While working on your own can be challenging, it can also be fun. Also the lack of early mornings or late nights is also a nice bonus! The only downside the person I shadowed mentioned was that you need to be self motivated, but I see that more of a challenge or mantra than a downside… I suppose this could be a fun career is all else fails, but I feel like I would need a side job during the winter months to make ends meet…maybe as a snowboard instructor…hmm… 🙂

If you have any questions about my AWESOME day, feel free to ask! 🙂 I hope this provides some people with some more information than they already knew!

8 Awesome Benefits Of Sleeping Naked

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1. Ease. There’s however many less clothes you need to wash each week because you just aren’t using them. You don’t have to buy pajamas.

2. It encourages you not to be a schlub. When you wear pajamas, pajama time can creep up earlier and earlier. Some people get into the terrible habit of changing into them as soon as they get home from work! And then you are a person who wears pajama pants and won’t leave the house because you’ve already taken off your work clothes. Sleeping in the nude means you can’t get ready for bed until you’re actually going to bed — and forces you to keep your nice clothes on until then.

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3. Self-esteem. Spending time naked makes you feel comfortable with your body. When you are comfortable with your body, you act more confidently which makes you happy and is viewed…

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The One Time Buzzfeed Was Actually Right About My Life

Buzzfeed.com is a magical website. They put out so many articles that I don’t think they can even keep track of them all! Normally they’re either somewhat funny or somewhat relevant, or they tell you the character in Game of Thrones that you are only kinda similar too. Rarely are they super accurate. Until today…

Lo and behold, 29 Genuinely Astonishing Facts You Learn In Your Twenties

Now if these aren’t the most accurate things I have ever seen, then I don’t know what is. For those going through some trouble in life, take a look here. This helped me realize that the things I’m feeling about my life aren’t uncommon, that other people are in the same boat as me, and that everything is going to be alright!

Leave it to Friends to brighten your day, I mean really! 🙂