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There’s a good chance that a lot of people decided that 2018 was the year they were going to find a new job, and it appears as though hiring managers are well aware of it.

A new Glassdoor survey finds that 35% of people doing the hiring expect more employees to quit over the next 12 months, with 45% saying salary is the thing motivating those folks to leave, followed by career advancement opportunities, benefits and location.

Overall, 48% of HR folks say salary and compensation is the biggest factor for employees when deciding where to work, with two-thirds of them noting that one of their biggest challenges to hiring qualified candidates is competing offers from other companies.

  • One major problem in finding those candidates could be salary transparency. While 64% of HR managers believe their company is satisfactory/very satisfactory when it comes to revealing pay and benefit expectations in job postings, less than 10% of online job listings actually include pay information in job descriptions. What's more, 37% of HR managers believe retention rates would be better if new hires would be better informed about salary during the hiring process.

Source: Glassdoor


When you ask most people they’ll probably tell you their work is pretty stressful, but there are some folks whose jobs are way more stressful than others. Well, CareerCast has analyzed things like physical demands, environmental conditions, personal risk and more to determine their 2018 Most Stressful Jobs list and guess what, if you're sitting behind a desk yours isn’t on it.

It’s probably not that surprising to hear that jobs at the top of the list have workers risking their lives on a daily basis. The number one most stressful job is Enlisted Military Personnel, with a stress score of 72.47 out of 100, followed by the somewhat equally risky gig of firefighter, with a stress score of 72.43.

2018 Most Stressful Jobs (Job, score)

  1. Enlisted Military Personnel, Stress Score 72.47
  2. Firefighter, 72.43
  3. Airline Pilot, 62.07
  4. Police Officer, 51.97
  5. Event Coordinator, 51.15
  6. Reporter, 49.90
  7. Broadcaster, 49.83
  8. Public Relations Executive, 49.44
  9. Corporate Executive (Senior), 48.71
  10. Taxi Driver, 48.11

As for the least stressful job, that would be Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, which earns a nice median average salary, has a job growth potential of 17% and earns only a 5.11 stress score.

2018 Least Stressful Jobs (Job, score)

  1. Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, 5.11
  2. Hair Stylist, 6.61
  3. Audiologist, 7.22
  4. University Professor, 8.16
  5. Medical Records Technician, 8.54
  6. Compliance Officer, 8.78
  7. Jeweler, 9.05
  8. Pharmacy Technician, 9.14
  9. Operations Research Analyst, 9.17
  10. Medical Laboratory Technician, 10.00

Source: Yahoo Finance


After shelling out tons of money on that special wedding dress, most brides wind up storing it in a closet after the big day is over. Yes, it’s a wonderful, and expensive keepsake to have, but if the marriage goes south, there’s a good chance you wouldn’t even want to look at it anymore. 

Well, that’s certainly the case for one former bride who has decided to sell her wedding dress, and is doing it in a pretty hilarious fashion, advertising the dress as having only been “worn once by mistake.” 

“Please help remove this dress from my life, it no longer means anything to me,” she wrote on the Trade Me site. “It is in excellent condition — unlike my marriage — pretty much brand new and ready for a legit wedding after a practice run back in 2013.” She adds, “it comes with a certificate of authenticity and I have personally hand-washed the bad luck out of it!” 

But the witty ad doesn’t end there. She notes that the dress is so stunning “it will distract you and your guests from the fact that you are marrying a compulsive liar,” and asks for $300 for it so it could “pay for over a years gym membership for me to lose the kilos I put on from such a miserable marriage — either that or a decent night out on the wines.”

And it seems the witty ad may be working. So far the dress has received 32 bids, with the price creeping up to over $650.

Source: New York Post


We’re all getting older and there’s nothing we can do about that, but we can do our best to age gracefully. Part of that includes getting plenty of rest and using sunscreen, but there’s more to it. And some things we do in our nightly skincare routine could actually be speeding up the aging process!

According to Dr. Purshiva Patel, a board-certified dermatologist, these are the mistakes we could be making that are damaging our skin and making us look old before our time.

  • Sleeping on your face - “Gravity wins when we sleep on our faces,” explains Patel. So you get the immediate effects of puffiness and swollen eyes, plus over time, sleeping face-down promotes full-face-sagging and loss of collagen. So try sleeping on your back, it’s better for your back and face.
  • Not washing your face - We all get lazy sometimes, but not taking time to remove the dirt, sweat, and makeup from the day will lead to clogged pores and breakouts.
  • Using too many skincare products - Mixing products can have unexpected results. So if you’re using a retinol to prevent wrinkles, don’t use a product with acne-fighting benzoyl peroxide because it can increase irritation and make your skin dry.
  • Not drinking enough water - Being dehydrated makes your skin look wrinkly and your eyes appear sunken in. And consistent dehydration can cause skin to lose elasticity, which means it doesn’t bounce back. Just another reason to drink enough water every day!

Source: Women’s Health Magazine


We know there’s a secret menu at Starbucks, but did you realize you could order something off it that could help get rid of your cold? The “Medicine Ball” has been a longtime part of the secret menu because fans swear it can alleviate cold symptoms and clear up a stuffy nose.

So what’s in this cold-curing beverage? Here’s the full ingredient list:

  • 1 venti cup with half hot water and half steamed lemonade
  • 1 bag of Teavana Jade Citrus Mint Tea
  • 1 bag of Teavana Peach Tranquility Tea
  • Packet of honey
  • Pump of peppermint (optional)

So it doesn’t have as much sugar as lots of the lattes, and that’s a good thing. But only you can decide if you believe in this Medicine Ball tea’s ability to cure your cold. It might sound like a longshot now, but when you’re suffering through your next cold, you’ll gladly spend that $4 or $5 to find out how well it works.

Source: The Daily Meal

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