The Queen Is Looking for a New Housekeeper—And the Gig Could Come With a Room at Buckingham Palace

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If all the hullabaloo for the upcoming Downton Abbey movie has given you a hankering for a career in the British hospitality industry, how about a housekeeping gig for Queen Elizabeth II herself? She’s looking for a full-time “housekeeping assistant,” and the position boasts some serious perks.

The job’s primary location will be either Buckingham Palace or Windsor Castle, and you can opt to live wherever you’re stationed. Each residence offers unique opportunities for royal family sightings: according to Insider, the Queen mainly lives at Buckingham Palace, but Harry and Meghan live in Frogmore Cottage, which is on the Windsor grounds. The job listing mentions that you’ll also travel to other royal residences.

Accepting the live-in option will result in a salary adjustment, but the on-site amenities alone might make up for it. Buckingham Palace boasts a staff gym, swimming pool, and squash and tennis courts.

No housekeeping background? No problem. Although previous housekeeping or hospitality experience would be an advantage, it’s not a requirement; management cares more about “your proactive approach and ability to tackle new challenges.” Also named are several soft skills needed for the job, but they’re pretty similar to what you’d expect to see in any standard job listing: attention to detail, high standards, time management skills, ability to work with a team and meet deadlines, efficiency, and good old-fashioned enthusiasm.

Though you’ll spend a fair amount of time on behind-the-scenes cleaning, you’ll also have the opportunity to “take care of guests and work front-of-house to support functions and events.”

The starting salary isn’t listed, but the job comes with 33 vacation days, a 15 percent employer contribution pension scheme, and a benefits package. The application is open through September 15, and you can apply here. (Maybe brush up on these etiquette rules first, though.)

[h/t Insider]

You Can Get Paid $1000 to Drink Coffee for a Month—As Long as You Avoid Chains

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Sustaining a caffeine habit can be costly; the average American spends more than $1000 on coffee each year. If you're looking for a way to earn back your annual coffee budget while doing as little work as possible, check out this job opening from Business.org. The small business resource site will pay one lucky person $1000 to drink coffee for a month and document their experience—the only catch is that corporate chains like Starbucks, Dunkin', and Gregorys are off-limits.

In an effort to support small businesses, Business.org will require its professional coffee drinker to get their java fix via local cafes. If they're a self-professed Frappuccino addict, that's even better: The gig is all about comparing independent coffee shops to major chains and noting the benefits and drawbacks of both.

The chosen candidate will be given 25 percent of their $1000 paycheck up front, which they can use to buy their beverages. The remainder of their earnings will be paid out at the end of the month. Job requirements include visiting at least eight locally owned coffee shops; photographing every cup that's purchased; and recording information like the cost, perks, and inconveniences of going local, all while avoiding brand-name coffee shops. The coffee connoisseur will also be tasked with sharing their experience on social media, and while having a strong social presence is a plus, it's not essential.

To apply, fill out the online application form with your location, current occupation, contact information, and social media handles. You will also need to upload a video pitching yourself for the role and write a short essay stating why you'd be a good fit. If just thinking about getting the job has you craving local coffee, check out the best independent coffee shop in your state.

California Company Wants to Pay You $100,000 to Quit Your Job and Follow Your Dreams

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Have you ever thought about quitting your job and pursing what you truly love? If so, what would that dream job be? Maybe you want to start an animal sanctuary, or build a house shaped like a beagle, or open a store for left-handed people. Is it money that’s holding you back? prAna, a California-based sustainable clothing company that sells apparel containing recycled content, hemp, and organic fibers, wants to give one lucky dreamer $100,000 to quit their job and make a leap into the unknown.

“The goal of this promotion is to spread our ‘Clothing for Positive Change’ philosophy,” Jeff Haack, prAna’s vice president of global marketing, said in a press release. “By asking the question, ‘How can prAna help you affect positive change in your life?,’ we are giving our audience a means to share their stories about what positive change looks like for them.”

To enter the promotion, rules state applicants must be at least 21 years old. While you shouldn't quit your job just because you entered, whoever wins the contest will be asked to quit their current job and pursue their dream job—and to generate updates along the way.

Applicants should submit a video that’s between 30 and 180 seconds long and describe their current gig and what their dream job would entail. Originality is key, so prAna encourages entrants to show their “passion in action.” For instance, an aspiring filmmaker could share a sample of their work while a pastry chef might want to show off some dishes they’ve made.

A panel of judges will review the videos and judge them on the quality of submission, originality, boldness, personality, and passion/enthusiasm. Applicants have between now and September 16, 2019 to submit, and prAna will announce the winner around October 17.

If $100,000 seems like a lot of money to win at once, there's a caveat: the money will be doled out in four quarterly installments over a year. The winner can expect the first installment in November 2019 and the last installment in November 2020. If you've ever wanted to transform your daydreams into reality, here's your chance. Click here for the full list of rules, and to enter.

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