Considering a job

Do you remember the best job in the world? Have a look at this advertisement:

Would you like to apply for this job? Well, I’m afraid it’s too late; the position was covered a year ago by Ben Southall, who beat almost 35,000 applicants from around the world to fulfill a six-month contract on Great Barrier Reef island.

I’m sure, however, some of you are not so keen on a job like that. Each of us, of course, is different, and what carries a lot of weight for some of us is insignificant to the rest of us.

Job satisfaction comes from different places. For some people their boss’s respect brings them job satisfaction, others get job satisfaction because of the money they make, some are satisfied with their jobs because they love what they do… What about you? What’s the most important thing you consider when looking for a job?  Find below a list of factors to consider before accepting any position:

Work environmentResponsibilities

Wage or salary

Insurance benefits (medical, dental and life)

Sick and vacation leave

Medical and other pre-tax accounts

Retirement scheme optionsProfit sharing

Stock options

Parking or transportation

Child care needs


You may probably think no company would ever meet all the benefits you can think of. Well, there is one that exceeds them all: GOOGLE, which has been described as the best company to work for:

However, google is not an exception: Fortune, a global business magazine, has listed the 100 best companies to work for, if you click on the name of the company, they will explain to you what makes each of them so great.

Looking for a job in 2010? Before you start sending out your resume, you might want to check a new list of the best and worst possibilities for employment. The job search company Careercast examined five factors – stress, working environment, physical demands, income and hiring prospects– and compiled a list of the 10 best and 10 worst jobs in America.

As you’ll see from the list, the best jobs aren’t the most wanted or the highest paid, but in the words of the career evaluators, they rank high because they offer people the best chance for “good health, low stress, a pleasant workplace and strong growth potential.

10 Best Jobs for 2010

  1. Actuary
  2. Software engineer
  3. Computer systems analyst
  4. Biologist
  5. Historian
  6. Mathematician
  7. Paralegal assistant
  8. Statistician
  9. Accountant
  10. Dental hygienist

10 Worst Jobs for 2010

  1. Roustabout
  2. Lumberjack
  3. Ironworker
  4. Dairy farmer
  5. Welder
  6. Garbage collector
  7. Taxi driver
  8. Construction worker
  9. Meter reader
  10. Mail carrier

Do you have one of the top ten best or worst jobs? Would you like to? Do you think your job is better or worse than those in the list? Have a look at the list of qualifications, benefits and drawbacks we produced today in class before making up your mind.

Whether you can’t stand the thought of going back to your job for one more day, are graduating from college or have recently found yourself on the dole, our ranking can help you make up your mind in your job search. So, take the 2010 Jobs Rated rankings serve as a guide for trying to get a clearer picture of employment in an uncertain time.

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