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Worlds toughest job makes headlines

Posted on Monday, April 21, 2014 at 9:17 am

A viral video made its way onto Facebook this past week. The headline for the video was “Job Applicants For World’s Toughest Job”. Feeling intrigued I clicked on the video thinking that I would see a very strict application for a government position or something to the same equivalency. The video was actually interviews of the small handful of people who applied for the job. The requirements were as listed:

Must be able to work 135+ hours a week

Ability to work overnight, associate needs pending

Willingness to forgo any breaks

Work mostly standing up and/or bending down

Must be able to lift up to 75 lbs. on a regular basis

Ph.D. in psychology or real-life equivalent

Crisis management skills a must

Ability to manage a minimum of 10-15 projects at one time

Ability to communicate at all levels (basic to advanced).

Ability to improvise

Proficient in handling sticky situations (literally and figuratively)

Ability to coordinate multiple, often conflicting, schedules

Ability to make independent decisions on behalf of others

Ability to work with associates with minimal ability

Ability to work in a chaotic environment

Frequent travel; minivan driving experience a plus

Excellent interpersonal skills and a collaborative approach

Flexible when it comes to surprise requests

Demonstrated knowledge and experience in negotiating, counseling and culinary arts

Unlimited patience

Understanding of social media, mobile devices and video games

Understanding of finance

Understanding of medicine

Selflessly driven

Valid driver’s license, CPR certification and Red Cross membership

Ability to wear several hats, professional and domestic

Positive disposition at all times

During the interview it was explained to the applicants that the terms were nonnegotiable and they can be done…in fact, hundreds of thousands of people do this everyday, and they do it without pay. All of the applicants were shocked and said they couldn’t do it. They insisted to know who is able to perform all the above tasks and do it without pay. The man sat back and smiled, his answer, “Mothers”.

Mothers fall under all the guidelines listed and don’t get paid for it, they work all hours of the day and it’s the least we can do as we think about how to celebrate our mothers and those who have acted as our mothers this coming Mothers Day. Make them feel special and let them know that the 135+ hours a week they worked to make you who you are were not forgotten.

By Kristen Harris