50 Bulls**t Jobs: Life Insurance Agent

May 2, 2007, 4:36 PM UTC
Fortune

Just a few ways to be profitably and pleasantly (if uselessly) employed, from Stanley Bing’s book, “100 Bulls**t Jobs and How to Get Them” (Harper Collins).

A reader in Colorado writes:

Bull## Job description:  If working in major agency: get up at crack of nine, cruise into work post rush hour, fiddle with files at your desk, think about making calls, spend 3-4 hours per day drinking coffee and going out to lunch.  Hang out with other agents and talk about the one that got away.  My advice to new agents back when I was a decorated agency trainer, paraphrasing John Savage:  “Next Monday when you tell your wife/spouse/partner/significant-other you’re going to work, try it.  Before you know it you’ll be working 3 or 4 hours per day!”

Upside:  Better than BO or Multilevel marketing for getting undesirable seatmates to shut up on crowded airplanes.

Downside (if single):  Better babe repellant than BO or Multilevel marketing.

Dark side:  Professional meetings same average age as a mainline denomination.

Readers, what do you think? Is this a bulls**t job?