Sunday, November 16, 2014
Do Your Research
Yeah if might sound like a bit of an obvious one, but it works whether you're simply applying for a job, or you've made it to interview stage. Research is key. Make sure you know who the company are and what you've got to contribute. At work I get a lot of prospective emails from people looking for work. And one thing that sets you apart is knowing your stuff. If you already understand who the company is and why you'd be great to work for them, then it can make all the difference.
Wear Something Sensible
Ok, so another obvious one. So you've gotten the interview, and you've spent a week prepping the perfect outfit. Sure, you want to look your best. And you want to look smart. But if you feel a bit wobbly in those new heels, or they're giving you blisters just walking out your front door, maybe rethink them. While you want to look great, wearing something that's smart but comfortable can automatically help you feel more relaxed.
So you're applying for a pretty high stress job, you want to show you can multi task, cope under pressure and manage your time like a boss. Great. Did you check where your interview was happening? Did you make sure you have everything you need to bring with you? Did you definitely iron that shirt last night? There's nothing like proving the skills you have on paper. And if you show up for the interview a dithering mess without a clue, it's not going to do much to prove how well you can handle yourself. Not to mention the stress that running backwards and forwards because you haven't got properly organised beforehand will cause you. And that's before they're even grilling you with tough questions.
Be On Time
My friends sometimes joke about the fact I'm always running at least 15 minutes late. It's not really a joke. Most of the time I am. But when it comes to job interviews, client meetings or anything professional.. Punctuality is a massive bugbear for pretty much everyone I've ever worked with. Yeah accidents and freak instances of apocalyptic style weather happen. And most reasonable people will let you off. But people are busy, and they don't want to sit around and wait all day for you. So if you're not sure where you're going or how long it will take you to get to the interview, set off early. Being late makes you look disinterested and uncommitted. Because if you can't show up on time to sell yourself as the perfect candidate, you'll have a hard time convincing your interviewer that you'll be an exemplar employee.
Sure your hands might be shaking, and you might have to cough over your quivering voice. You might be mega prepared for this but you're bound to be nervous. It's ok, just don't let nerves get the better of you. There's nothing worse than feeling like you've worked your arse off preparing for an interview, only to go to pieces on the day. Chances are, the more prepared you are, the less nervous you'll be. But there's simple things that I always think help me stand a little taller. I always find something that helps me is making a conscious effort to put something on that I know looks good. Whether that's your outfit, a signature scent or a bright lipstick that will give you a boost.
And remember, if you've gotten as far as interview stage then you've done most of the hard work. You've managed to set yourself apart from a whole other pile of papers on your interviewer's desk. So now, try to stay calm and let them see exactly why you're the perfect person for the job. Good luck!
Monday, November 10, 2014
Photos by Klein Borrill
Sunday, November 02, 2014
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
But while I've got a love for all things Halloween related - the parties, the stories, the candies, the films - there's one bit I'm not so keen on now I've got a bit older: the costumes. I don't know why I've got this about fancy dress. I hate the effort I have to go to thinking of what to wear. I hate then having to buy my costume. Despite growing up with the biggest dressing up box of all my pals, somehow as an adult, I've got no interest.
Since this year I have plans to head to Screenage Kicksfor their Halloween double bill AND Lane 7's Halloween party, I thought I should put a little more effort into things. Rather than just opting for my fluffy black jumper a pair of hotpants and drawing whiskers on my face. So I've been looking on Pinterest for some inspiration for the spooky season. And whether you're spending Halloween at parties, or binging on Netflix all weekend hopefully these will give you some ideas too...
images from various sources via pinterest
Sunday, October 26, 2014
After working my through (and helping Helen out with the fries), we ordered a couple of coffees and settled back to catch up on gossip. I always think Garden Kitchen is sort of in a strange place for a restaurant. But being in Eldon Gardens, rather than the main part of the shopping centre, it has a sort of peaceful feel to it. You don't get too many shoppers bustling past and it's a quiet place to sit and catch up with friends.
Monday, October 13, 2014
From old favourites like my vintage sheepskin coat, to new favourites like the black thigh high boots I invested in last year, I've got a handful of pieces I know I'll be dragging back out for the next few years. But then there's nothing I love more than treating myself to new additions for my winter wardrobe.. Like an extravagant cashmere scarf. Or a statement print skirt? Well you know those moments when you know you should've bought something weeks ago? That leopard print skirt is right at the top of my list. I've been carefully avoiding Topshop for the last few weeks in the vain attempt to not just spend all my money on clothes (and to try and keep my purchases to occasional investments that are made to last), and look how well that pays off.. Now I've tried pretty much every Topshop in the North East to get my hands on an 8 or a 10. So far, no good. And I resent paying any more than RRP for it on eBay. Which just proves to myself that my impulse purchasing instinct should always be followed. I mean, I've usually got at least two weeks to justify it to myself.
In the mean time though and by avoiding Topshop, I've become completely addicted to TK Maxx. Between their Gold Label treasures (like the See by Chloe cardigan above), you never know what you might find. And with more and more popping up all over the North East (like our most recent addition in Bishop Aukland), I've had the perfect excuse to visit different stores and see what goodies they each have to offer. It's definitely hit or miss. But after finding the most perfect winter coat (photos to come soon), I'm convinced it's completely worth taking the time to rummage!
Saturday, October 11, 2014
jacket: c/o Great Plains, dress: Topshop, boots: Kurt Geiger, necklace: vintage