Tuesday, January 8, 2008

JANUARY 8, 2008

Reese Witherspoon proved to be the most-liked celebrity among ten women who regularly found their way onto magazine covers and into gossip columns in 2007, according to a poll last week.

For its E-Score Celebrity survey, E-Poll Market Research asked more than 1,100 people ages 13 and older whom they found the most appealing, confident, glamorous, interesting and over-exposed, among other qualities.

Witherspoon, 30, who has been in the spotlight since winning an Oscar for playing country singer June Carter in "Walk the Line," topped the list with a personal appeal rating of 74 percent, followed by former "Friends" TV star Jennifer Aniston at 70 percent.

Meanwhile Angelina Jolie, who is now the companion of Aniston's ex-husband Brad Pitt, was the No. 3 most appealing celebrity at 53 percent.

Actress/singer Jennifer Lopez was behind her with a 52 percent rating, while Katie Holmes followed at 32 percent and behind her was former Spice Girl Victoria "Posh Spice" Beckham in the No. 6 position with a rating of 28 percent.

Troubled celebrities of 2007 -- Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears -- who all have battled drug and alcohol abuse and run into legal problems, rounded out the list with Hilton the least-liked.

She had a low 9 percent appeal rating, and was deemed to be the most over-exposed. Only one notch above Hilton was pop singer Spears with 11 percent likeability and a 68 percent over-exposed rating to Hilton's 75 percent.

Everyone wants to start the new year on a good note. So maybe it's time you stop acting like such a slacker at work and finally take your career seriously. You can begin by changing these five habits that your boss hates...

1) YOU DON'T SHOW INITIATIVE. No boss wants to have to tell you what to do at ALL times. So don't wait for someone to tell you what to do, especially when you have downtime.

2) YOU SHOW TOO MUCH INITIATIVE. It's cool to be ambitious and motivated. What's not cool, however, is stepping on other people to get where you want to be.

3) YOU MAKE EXCUSES. It makes you look WAY lamer to make up some excuse as to why you didn't do something than just admitting that you dropped the ball on it.

4) YOU COMPLAIN. No one likes a whiner. And no one, especially not your boss, likes to hear about all your problems. Whatever minor problem you have, you need to just suck it up, and deal with it on your own.

5) YOU ASK TOO MANY SILLY QUESTIONS. Usually, it's not such a bad thing to ask questions, especially if you really don't know about something. But don't bog down your boss with stupid questions that are a waste of time.

On the hunt for a new Mr. Right in 2008? Well, there's no reason to rush off your local dive bar or night club. Cosmo online scouted out some of the top locations where cute, smart guys can be found nowadays -- whether you're looking for a fun fling or potential boyfriend:

1. The Apple Store. Most guys love gadgets and Apple stores have a chill vibe that helps flirting along.Other computer and electronics stores like Best Buy can be fun spots for...ahem...scoping out the merchandise.

2. The gym. If you've ever set foot in a gym, you know the majority of people pumping iron are guys. Some cardio, yoga and pilates classes are seeing an increase in male participants, too, so throw on your cutest workout clothes and get sweaty!

3. A Fortune 500 or tech company. A survey by Vault.com shows 22% of people met their mate on the job. If you're searching for a new job, consider a Fortune 500 company (75% of full-time associates at top banks are men) or a tech company, where men make up about 75% of the workforce.

4. A political rally or campaign. The hottest political organizations have a fast-growing number of smart, passionate guys as members. If you're fired up for a cause, check out upcoming events. Or join a political campaign -- most are dominated by men, with an atmosphere intense and live-for-the-moment vibe that can only be good for love connections.

5. A sports bar on a Sunday or Monday night. There are few better places to score a touchdown with a guy than on game night at a pub.

6. A sports league. Joining a club sports team like volleyball or softball is a great way to get to know a guy over a period of time. Since you play games about once a week, you see your teammates on a consistent basis. And the majority of co-ed teams are 60% men.

7. A grad-school coffee shop. Certain grad-school programs are male dominant (like 82% of engineering degrees, 78% of computer science degrees and 58% of business degrees go to men). The shortage of chicks means they're thrilled when you seek them out, so stop by a cafe near campus.

8. A rock-climbing center. Some 6.7 million Americans scaled walls in 2005. And according to the Outdoor Industry Foundation, nearly two-thirds of wall climbers are male.

Where can you grab a cold beer from the company keg when the clock strikes four? Where can you take in a yoga class during your lunch hour? And where can you do laundry for free? How about… at work.

While competitive salaries and advancement opportunities still rank high on the list of job priorities, perks like posh vacations, gourmet cafeterias and concierge services are inching their way up the importance scale of employees.Check out how companies, big and small, across the country are keeping their employees happy.

1. Barkley Kansas City, Missouri
Great perks: This advertising agency has an annual "Kidnap Day," when the company shuts down for the day and workers are taken to an undisclosed location, like an arcade. They also have break-time activities, like pool and ping-pong tournaments, and free Boulevard beer on tap after 4 p.m. To top it off, employees are given birthdays off (with $25 spending money) on-site yoga and a rooftop observation deck with gardens, Wi-Fi access and barbecue grills.

2. SAS Cary, North Carolina
Great perks: Along with amenities like an on-site hair salon, massage therapy and car detailing, this software company also features subsidized day care centers and a free on-site healthcare center, complete with doctors, nurse practitioners and nutritionists.

3. Homestead Technologies Menlo Park, California
Great perks: Talk about time off: Employees earn paid winter breaks from Christmas to New Year's Day paid days off for birthdays unlimited paid sick leave and after five years with the company, a four-week sabbatical earning two-thirds of their salary. They also receive $100 gift cards for their birthdays, an all-expenses-paid retreat each year and use of a cabin in Lake Tahoe during the ski season (for a small fee to rent).

4. Google Inc. Mountain View, California
Great perks: To name a few: Employees receive up to $8,000 per year in tuition reimbursement unlimited sick leave 27 days of paid time off after one year on-site conveniences like medical and dental facilities, oil changes, car washes, haircuts, free washers and dryers, and three (free) gourmet meals a day.

5. Digitas Health Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Great perks: Free gym memberships (including lunchtime yoga) "Beer Fridays" during the colder months to kick off the weekends and summer hours on Fridays to get out and enjoy the weather.