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  Friday, 21 Jun 2013 | 4:01 PM ET

These People Have the Best Jobs in the World

Posted By: Cindy Perman
Best Jobs in the World

Well, it's official! These seven people have the best jobs in the world. They won Australia's "Best Jobs in the World" contest, where they were looking for everything from a wildlife caretaker to a chief funster.

Each of the jobs takes place in a different state or territory of Australia and involves a six-month contract with a salary package of A$100,000 (US$92,000) including all accommodations, food and expenses.

Their initial application involved a 30-second video and a test of their ability to generate buzz. (Watch the winning videos.)

Then, they headed to Australia for a one-week test — call it the Olympics of tourism. The events included — no, not balance beam and uneven parallel bars — reviewing Perth's best restaurants, attending VIP parties and festivals in Sydney and feeding the kangaroos on Kangaroo Island.

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  Saturday, 1 Jun 2013 | 4:11 AM ET

The Coolest Jobs of 2013

Posted By: Jermaine Taylor

The Coolest Jobs of 2013

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Would you go swimming with sharks if someone paid you to?

Well that's exactly what 32-year-old Daniel Botelho has been doing since he was 17, capturing some of the most breathtaking images of underwater inhabitants in the world.

How about tussling with alligators in the bayous of Florida?

We interviewed several individuals who we feel may have some of the world's coolest jobs. Click ahead to find out what drives them do what they do and what they enjoy most about their work.

By Jermaine Taylor
Posted 1 June 2013

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  Friday, 17 May 2013 | 4:27 PM ET

Chief Funster? Yep, That's a Job

Posted By: Cindy Perman
Source: Tourism Australia

From the land down under that brought you the "Best Job in the World" — island caretaker! — comes a contest for, not one, but SIX dream jobs: chief funster, outback adventurer, park ranger, wildlife caretaker, taste master, and lifestyle photographer.

Each of the six jobs takes place in a different state or territory of Australia and involves a six-month contract with a salary package of A$100,000 (US$97,200) including all accommodations, food and expenses.

Tourism Australia received a whopping 620,000 applications from 196 countries. Naturally, chief funster (which involves reviewing festivals and events) was the most popular job, with 20.2 percent of the applicants going for that one, followed by wildlife caretaker with 19.9 percent and park ranger with 17.5 percent. The others got about 13 to 14 percent of the applications.


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  Monday, 29 Apr 2013 | 2:33 PM ET

Officer, I Can Explain! My GPS Made Me Do It

Posted By: Cindy Perman
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Whooo oo whoo oo whooo!

As soon as we hear the wail of the police siren, we panic, and start running through the Rolodex of excuses in our head so we can get out of it, because—oh man, not me, not today—we just have to get out of it.

Well, they saw you coming a mile away, lead foot! Here are the top five excuses we give to police when pulled over for traffic violations, according to a survey by insurance-comparison site Insurance.com:

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  Tuesday, 23 Apr 2013 | 4:10 AM ET

....The Worst Jobs in America for 2013

Posted By: Cindy Perman

The 10 Worst Jobs in America

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There are a variety of reasons a job can get slapped with the "worst job" title. It could be that it's an extremely dangerous or stressful job or, in the case of this year's No. 1 worst job, it could be that the job outlook is dismal.

So, while the economy and hiring outlook may be improving overall, for some of these jobs, it doesn't matter.

"Even with an improving economy, it doesn't make a different with the worst jobs," said Tony Lee, publisher of CareerCast.

CareerCast is out with their annual list of the 10 Best and 10 Worst Jobs of 2013. They took a look at 200 jobs and ranked them based on a variety of criteria, including income, outlook, environmental factors, stress and physical demands.

Interestingly, some of the jobs that made the "10 Worst" list last year but managed to skirt it this year were in the food-service industry — butcher, dishwasher and waiter/waitress. They are, of course, still tough jobs with low pay and little job security, but the economic recovery may have helped the restaurant industry start to come back as more people go out to eat or treat themselves to a steak at home. Indeed, the National Restaurant Association reported that the restaurant job growth hit a 17-year high in 2012.

"The restaurant industry bounced back quickly after the recession," the NRA said.

So, what are the worst jobs this year?

Click ahead for the 10 Worst Jobs for 2013, the midlevel income and whether the job moved up or down from last year's list.

By Cindy Perman
Posted 22 April 2013

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  Tuesday, 23 Apr 2013 | 4:08 AM ET

The Best Jobs in America for 2013

Posted By: Cindy Perman

The 10 Best Jobs in America

Guido Mieth | Flickr | Getty Images

When the going got tough in the job market in the past few years, many employees were forced to just stick it out no matter how frustrated they were about their pay or workload. Well, let's just say all that hunkering down has left many employees with cabin fever.

"Look for a new job" was one of the top new year's resolutions of 2013, with one in three employees (33 percent) telling Glassdoor.com that they were looking to jump ship this year.

Before you go blasting out the resume, you might want to take a look at the jobs landscape.

CareerCast is out with their annual list of the 10 Best and 10 Worst Jobs of 2013. They took a look at 200 jobs and ranked them based on a variety of criteria, including income, outlook, environmental factors, stress and physical demands.

So, what are the best jobs?

"Overall, what you see is most of the jobs break up into two categories — high tech and health care," said Tony Lee, publisher of CareerCast.com. "A lot of the health care, and even some of the non-health care, tie in … to the aging population. Almost every one of these jobs with a couple exceptions are benefiting from aging baby boomers."

Click ahead for the 10 Best Jobs for 2013, the midlevel income and whether the job moved up or down from last year's list.

By Cindy Perman
Posted 22 April 2013

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  Tuesday, 9 Apr 2013 | 12:00 AM ET

Arggggh! American Workers Are at a Breaking Point

Posted By: Cindy Perman
Franziska Mueller | Flickr | Getty Images

The economy is supposed to be in recovery mode, but you wouldn't know it by the grunts and groans coming from the next cubicle.

A whopping 83 percent of American workers said they are stressed out by at least one thing at work, up sharply from 73 percent in 2012, according to a survey by Harris Interactive for Everest College.

"When you look at all the other economic indicators, there have definitely been some positive signs," said John Swartz, regional director of career services at Everest College. But relief of workplace stress isn't one of them.

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  Monday, 1 Apr 2013 | 2:13 PM ET

Ha! The Rubber Chicken Economy Is Booming

Posted By: Cindy Perman
Grace Clementine | Photodisc | Getty Images

Prices bottomed out on everything during the recession, from homes to new cars, but now everything seems to be on an upswing, including the price of a good laugh.

The Cost of Laughing Index, which includes everything from rubber-chicken prices to comedy-club admission, rose 1.7 percent in 2013 from a year ago, according to Malcom Kushner, a lawyer-turned-humor consultant who compiles the index.

That was largely due to an 8-percent jump in rubber-chicken prices and an 11-percent increase in the cost of whoopee cushions.

Whoooooboy!

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  Tuesday, 26 Mar 2013 | 3:29 PM ET

Exit Strategy: Is It Time to Quit Your Job?

Posted By: Cindy Perman
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It used to be common for someone to stay in a job for 20 to 25 years and then retire. But now, a person who's been at the same job that long is as rare as a unicorn. So, how long is too long nowadays—and is it time for you to quit?

"Years ago, a colleague of mine who had held the same title for a number of years went to HR to discuss why she wasn't getting promoted," Jen Hubley Luckwaldt wrote on PayScale.com. The HR person replied: "People really only have your job for two years, max. Then they leave and go somewhere else. You've been here, what, six years? That's too long. I don't know what to tell you," Luckwaldt wrote.

"The norm is for people to move around a lot more than they did a few decades ago," said Marie McIntyre, a career coach and author of "Secrets to Winning at Office Politics." "I think when you're looking at resumes now, it's kind of unusual to see a resume where someone has been with the same company for 15 to 20 years."

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  Monday, 4 Mar 2013 | 3:51 PM ET

How to Get a Free ‘Test Drive’ of Retirement in Nicaragua

Posted By: Cindy Perman
Granada, Nicaragua
Jane Sweeney | AWL Images | Getty Images
Granada, Nicaragua

You can test drive a car, so why not retirement?

InternationalLiving.com, a magazine and website with a self-explanatory name, is holding a contest to "test drive" retirement in Nicaragua for a month – all expenses paid.That includes airfare and rent for the winner and a spouse or friend, plus $1,500 for extra spending money.

Why Nicaragua?

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About Pony In Here Somewhere

  • The news can get a little heavy sometimes, with debt crises, vicious markets and crappy earnings reports. So, we dispatched our crack reporter, Cindy Perman, to find some levity amid all this seriousness. Why a Pony? To be clear, there were no ponies harmed in the making of this blog. The blog’s name, “There Must Be a Pony In Here Somewhere,” comes from an old joke, a favorite of Ronald Reagan’s, that essentially means, with a pile of you-know-what this big, there MUST be a pony — a bright side — in here somewhere!

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  • Cindy Perman is a writer at CNBC.com, covering jobs, real estate, retirement and personal finance.

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