Want to Work at Buckingham Palace? The Queen Is Hiring a Chef

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Being born (or marrying) into royalty isn't the only way to gain access to the inner sanctum of Buckingham Palace. For people who come from humbler backgrounds, working for the queen is an alternative route. Elizabeth II of England needs dishwashers, housekeepers, and even letter writers to keep her life running smoothly, and as Travel + Leisure reports, there's currently an opening for a chef's job at the queen's London home.

According to the listing shared by the Royal Household, Buckingham Palace's new chef will work full time preparing menus for various events. The position comes with a £22,076.04, or roughly $27,600 annual salary, with the option to live on-site with a salary adjustment. Other benefits include a 15 percent employer pension contribution, 33 vacation days, and free meals during work hours.

To have what it takes to work in the kitchen of the royal family, the new chef should be highly skilled, experienced, and passionate about food and cooking. The job description reads: "As you'd expect, standards are exceptionally high here, and every day is busy, so you’ll need to be an ambitious and qualified chef. You may have some previous experience within a premier kitchen or volume catering environment, but it’s your ability and enthusiasm to deliver across all sections of the kitchen that we're looking for."

The job is primarily based at Buckingham Palace in London, but the chef will occasionally be asked to work at other royal homes, like Balmoral in Scotland. Prospective candidates can apply for the position through the Royal Household's website. If you're interested in applying, here are some insight into the job (including the queen's eating habits) from past royal chefs.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

Netflix Is Hiring ‘Nerds’ in Los Angeles and Paris

Netflix's headquarters in Los Angeles.
Netflix's headquarters in Los Angeles.
Netflix

The word nerd might have started out as a mean-spirited schoolyard insult aimed at smart kids, but it has since turned into a term that self-proclaimed nerds wear like a badge of honor. Netflix has taken it one step further by using nerd as an actual job title—and they're currently looking for some in both Los Angeles and Paris.

The Nerds at Netflix are the IT team, so book nerds might want to sit this one out. According to the website, the streaming giant is looking for “smart, motivated” individuals to “provide exceptional technology support to [its] employee base.”

In other words, you’d essentially be responsible for troubleshooting technical problems for staff members. A degree in computer science isn't required, but you will need experience on a technical support team and an in-depth knowledge of Mac and Chrome operating systems, cloud-based services, Windows, Google Apps, and a host of other programs.

A day in the life of a Netflix Nerd could include resetting a few passwords, issuing a company-owned cell phone to a new employee, setting up a video conference, fixing a finicky printer or two, or keeping a careful log of all your resolved requests.

And, since the job is customer service-based, the listing also mentions that applicants should have “patience” and “excellent interpersonal and communication skills.”

The three positions are similar in nature, with a couple key differences. The Paris-based Nerd will live in Paris, of course, and must be fluent in both French and English. The other two positions are both in Los Angeles, but one is for the “Core Support” team that services the entire business, and the other specifically provides support to Los Angeles employees.

Nerd hopefuls can apply here.

Dream Job Alert: Irish Island Is Hiring a Couple to Run Its Local Café

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Resolving to spend more time unplugged isn't easy in 2020, but if you'd like to replace the gaming, binge-watching, and social media in your life with silence, nature, and solitude, consider moving to Ireland. As The Guardian reports, Great Blasket Island, off the country's west coast, has a job opening for two caretakers to manage a café and accommodations that are straight out of the 19th century.

The position comes with free food, lodging, and an undisclosed salary. Duties include maintaining three cottages and serving tea, coffee, and snacks to up to 21 guests. Such luxuries as Wi-Fi, hot showers, and electrical lighting are missing from the island. Instead, caretakers will depend on candles for light and stoves to boil water.

Great Blasket isn't completely off the grid. A small wind turbine there produces enough power to charge a smart phone, but with the spectacular views of the 1100-acre island and the Atlantic coast, you may not want to return to a life of nonstop scrolling.

Whether you apply for the job with a romantic partner or a close friend, it's important that the two caretakers get along well. Alice Hayes, the person behind the job listing, also stated that they should be friendly, talkative, and in good shape.

The gig starts on April 1 and runs through October 1 of this year. If you're interested in leaving the modern world behind for a few months, you can contact Alice Hayes for more information at info@greatblasketisland.net.

[h/t The Guardian]

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