How To: Nail A Job Interview

Job interviews are pretty terrifying for almost everyone. We tend to overthink and over analyse every minute detail, usually resulting in us being a basket case of nerves when the time to actually do the interview comes around. I have had a pretty good run with interviews, so I thought I’d share my tips! These apply for ALL jobs – from casual to full-time corporate!

Don’t underestimate the power of a good CV

To have a chance at any job, you need a CV that is easy to read and relevant to the job. Make sure you use the key words from the application/job description in the resume and cover letter. There are a tonne of different ways to write a CV, so you need to do the research to figure out which one will be the best for you. If you are in the interview stage, likely they would have seen your CV already, but make sure you bring some more copies for everyone at the interview.

Dress to Impress

I feel like this is an obvious one, but people still overlook it. Dressing well is CRUCIAL to performing well in an interview. Make sure your clothes have been selected to fit the job, and have been ironed if they need to be. Freshly paint your nails, brush your hair, wear nice jewelry. It isn’t difficult to do and trust me – chipped nail polish comes across worse than you think!

Be happy and confident

People are very receptive to someone who is friendly, sunny and sure of themselves. They will be more likely to like you and go easier on you in the interview if you give them no reason to be otherwise. If you’re nervous, take a deep breath before answering any question. Be polite and keep smiling! If you’re going to inject some humour into the interview (if it’s appropriate) go ahead, just make sure the jokes won’t offend anyone in the room.

Do your research

This is another essential. Don’t just research the job, but research the people who will be interviewing you. What are their strengths? What do they like in a person? Researching this will also make you feel much more confident when you get into the interview, as there will be no curve balls thrown at you.

Be open and accepting

If the interview turns out differently than you’d expected, be open to it and accept it for what it is. By forcing your preconceived notions onto the interview, you won’t be at your best for the position.

Be positive if things don’t turn out your way

If you don’t end up with the job, don’t give up! Thank them politely for their time and consideration, and maybe ask for feedback as to where you went wrong. If it went particularly well and you still didn’t get it, maybe ask the boss if they can recommend anywhere similar for you to apply. Any connections made during the interview should’t be lost!

I hope this was helpful – and good luck if you’re going into a job interview soon!

Zoe x

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Christmas Makeup Look #2 • Blogmas

Welcome to my Blogmas! I love Christmas so much, and the best way to celebrate is with Christmas related posts every day at 5pm WordPress time until the 25th! Hope you enjoy!

This is my second makeup look of blogmas, and I’m thrilled with how it came out! It is a really warm smokey eye  with gold and a rosey lip, which I think is just perfect for Christmas day!

Products Used

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Stila One Step Correct Primer
Australis Oh2Glo Foundation
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer
Tarte Amazonian Clay Pressed Powder in Smooth Operator
NYX Taupe Blush
Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
Elf Blush in Candidly Coral
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone
Essence Eyebrow Powder Duo
Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette
Chi Chi Retractable Eyeliner in Bronze Ambition
Benefit Roller Lash Mascara
Sportsgirl Lip Chalk in Pretty Please

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Overseas Travel Essentials

As you’d know if you read my latest post, I recently spent a week in the beautiful Hong Kong. So, I thought I’d share my essentials in my carry on for the 14 hour, entertainment free flight.

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To Keep Occupied

Of course, you’re going to want your phone, camera and chargers. In terms of electronics, I also brought my kindle (which my mum has, so in its place is my tablet), and my friend took her laptop and a dual headphone adaptor so we could watch movies together. I also took with me a small notebook and pen, to jot down ideas or simply sketch if I felt the need. Having a pen is also really handy when it comes to filling in customs forms.

Basics

Passport, boarding passes, wallet. You know the drill, just don’t forget them. It’s also a good idea to get copies and leave them with loved ones at home, in case you lose your passport or something overseas.
If you’re going to a warmer country, a handheld fan, sunglasses and a cap can really help you once you’ve gotten off the plane and are thrust into an unfamiliar climate.

To Keep Clean & Hydrated

I packed a little pouch with hand sanitiser, face wipes, lip balm and hand cream, and let me tell you it made my life a hell of a lot nicer. I also brought some warm socks which I put on before we even took off. I bought myself a litre bottle of water in the airport, and drank the whole thing up in the air. Your skin will thank you for it.

Keeping Warm

Flights are always damn cold, so make sure you dress appropriately. I wore some comfy leggings and a singlet, while also bringing a cardigan and a scarf so I could stay warm as I napped. Wearing a sports bra and some good quality shoes also helps keep you comfortable.

Remember…

Don’t overpack. You’d rather have less to carry through an airport, especially the big ones. Just have a little backpack that has all your essentials in it, and leave it at that. All my toiletries, makeup, etc were in a bigger bag which was my only other bag for the trip. We took these bags as carry on too, so I was lucky enough to have all my possessions in arms reach if I needed them. If you can get away with it, not checking in a suitcase makes life a hell of a lot easier for you.

Zoe x

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Products in photo:
Stussy Cap
Monki Passport case and Typo Travel Wallet
Samsung Tablet, Samsung S5 Phone (Kmart Case)
Cotton On Wallet
Mimco Purse with Etude House lipbalm, Natio moisturiser and Palmolive hand sanitiser
Forever 21 Sunglasses and Socks

 

 

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Everything You Need To Know About University

Starting university is a pretty terrifying time. I feel like the header photo from a uni party does a good job of summing it up; me (right), is smiling even though I have no idea what is going on and I have this look on my face like someone is threatening to shoot me if I don’t act like I know what is happening.

Sounds pretty accurate, if you ask me.

Since I graduate this year (and have to become an official adult… brb crying) I thought I’d share some of my wisdom (I say that sarcastically) as to what the hell university is all about. I wish I had someone explain all this stuff to me before I started!

  1. Tutorials and Lectures.

    Yes, yes, uni is all about parties and societies etc etc… but don’t forget that the REAL reason you’re there is because you want to learn something and eventually get recognition for learning it. This means you need to know about the classes going on, and try not to sleep through your alarm every morning.

    For me, lectures are usually optional, and to be completely honest it’s rare that I go, because I can catch up online. That said, I do find I perform way better in assessments if I go to the lecture and take good notes.

    Tutorials are like school classes, and compulsory. Again, taking good notes helps a lot, and I find that summing up the class at the end in a sentence or two and highlighting it helps me revise a lot quicker when it comes to finals.

    I recommend a 4/5 subject notebook that you can take with you to every lecture and tutorial, saving the need to carry more than you have to.

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  2. Assessments suck.

    Uni is mainly assessments, sorry to break it to you. You HAVE to look at the weighting as soon as you get the assessment, to know how much time to spend on it. UTILISE YOUR PLANNING SKILLS. Trust me, doing a 60% the night before will only ever lead to you having to repeat the course when you fail it.

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    Also, learn how to reference properly depending on what your uni asks for. This is usually worth >10% of the assessment. Remember that most unis offer extra writing and referencing support if you can’t get the hang of it.

  3. Yes, there are parties. Lots of parties.

    Uni is very much a social experience, so definitely get involved where you can. At my uni, there are tonnes of different societies to join, from cultural ones, to Quidditch and Game of Thrones. Get involved, go to the uni parties, and make sure you enjoy it all. Trust me, when the real responsibility of finding a job comes around, you’ll regret it if you didn’t spend your young years living it up.

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  4. A degree will get you nowhere.

    I know, this is not what you want to hear. But it’s so. Damn. True. A degree alone shows you have no experience, and honestly the things you learn in uni are not super applicable to real life. You aren’t going to be asked to do something, and have to refer back to some reading you did in the middle of Semester one, are you? No. So, use your contacts, your parent’s contacts, and every other bit of help you can to get internships. Doing a few of these in your (stupidly long) holidays will look fantastic on your resume and put you miles ahead of the majority of graduates when the times finally comes to throw the cap.

  5. Textbooks and readers are stupidly expensive.

    This is fairly well known. If you can, buy a reader off a friend in a higher year for cheap, and rent your textbooks off places like Jekkle, or buy them second hand. You’d much rather be missing one reading and have spend $20 on your book then be out of pocket $200 for no reason. Also, if you really can’t afford the textbooks, borrow them for a few hours in the library and photocopy, scan, or take photos of the pages. This has saved me from buying literally tens of textbooks.

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  6. You’re going to have to do your readings.

    I know, you can convince yourself that you don’t really need to read this, and that it’s all just bullshit. But, we both know that the time you skip a reading is when a question regarding it is in the final. Just do the readings, you end up on top of things and don’t feel like you’re being set on fire.

  7. Don’t wear heels, and don’t use a handbag.

    Backpack and sneakers. That’s the life motto. When your campus is kilometres big, and has some killer stairs, you’ll know why. Carrying a heavy laptop and textbooks on one shoulder whilst teetering around in stilettos is not going to help you.

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    I hope this helped at least one person out there! Love you guys,

Zoe x

Everything You Need To Know About University

How To: Make Your Room Relaxing

Your room is your sanctuary. This applies to anyone, but more so if you still live at home and your room is where your entire life is stored and happens. Since I live with my best friend (and have for two years), I have been lucky enough to make my entire house a great place to live, but I’ll often have a ‘sorting my life out’ day, where I get my room back in order from the stresses of university/work/social life and I never fail to feel calmer in it. You want your room to be that one place that is separate from the drama of your everyday life, and is the place that you can relax and be yourself. Hopefully some of these ideas help you to do so 🙂

  1. Candles. I mean, is anyone not going to mention this? If you don’t like candles themselves, opt for an oil burner with wither wax melts or essential oils, incense or a room diffuser. Scent makes a huge difference.
  2. Clean the fuck up. Your room needs to be tidy and hygienic for you to feel like your life is in order, and therefore, to be relaxed. This does not mean it needs to be spotless constantly, as that’s impossible for most of us. I just mean, set aside a few hours and tidy, dust, vacuum, and wipe down your vanity and desk. All it takes is the lack of dust for us to breathe easier and automatically feel more relaxed.
  3. Clean out clutter. Following on from number two, cleaning out unused clothes, books, games, stationary – anything – will instantly make you feel more accomplished and less cluttered in your mind. A lot of people probably need the things you’re going to give away.
  4. Use old fabric. I have a few bookshelves that I use for storing things like candles, hair tools, uni stuff and my printer, and those things I don’t particularly want to be displayed. So, I came up with the idea of using these bits of fabrics to cover them up, which are really pretty of course, but also add colour and softness to the room, which I really enjoy.
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  5. Put things on display that you enjoy. If your room makes you feel like it’s only full of things you don’t like, you need to change that. Grab what you love most, be it makeup, your perfumes, your books, clothes, etc, and put them on display. That way, when you see these things, you will automatically feel happier, and basically condition yourself to feel calmer in your room. Here’s how I store my perfumes alongside my memory board.

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  6. Make your bed. I legit never used to do this, because I thought, what’s the point? And I totally understand that when you’re in school/uni, you just don’t have the time or the energy. I only really recommend this to people who spend a lot of time in their room/home, by studying, working or such, because when you finally do get into bed, you aren’t just rolling into it. There’s actually a distinction between waking and sleeping, so your room feels calm, but not tiring. Does that make any sense? Feel like I’m rambling here hahah
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  7. Fairy lights. Fairy lights, like décor and candles, change the mood of your room in a crazy way, and I love having mine on when I’m just chilling out, reading a book or listening to music. 20160110_173332.jpg
  8. A lot of people will tell you to make your bedroom a tech-free zone, but I certainly don’t have that option when my phone is my alarm, so I need it on my bedside table, and my desk is in my room. Therefore, I say try and ease back on the phone/computer like an hour before bed, so that you can distinguish the difference between awake time and sleep time.
  9. Music. Playing a simply youtube mix of classical/chill music will instantly change the mood of your room, and help you feel much more relaxed.

Thanks so much for reading!

Zoe x

How To: Make Your Room Relaxing

Anxiety AF

Here we go, another blogger that has a sob story *sigh*. I know, I know, I’m over it too. But, like it or not, mental illness is ridiculously common, and today I’m going to talk about it.

Look guys – this is not a post I ever thought I would have to write, but my favourite (not) thing about struggling with Anxiety is that my last post said I would be writing twice a week…and I haven’t written anything since the middle of June. Oops.

Since I’ve accumulated quite a following on this blog, I felt I owed it to you to explain why I have been absent for so long, and maybe help some of you out there.

Basic background – I have had Anxiety for as long as I can remember. I’m currently on a low-dosage medication that helps me deal with it.

I’ve been absent for so long simply because I took on an extra job (meaning I had university and three jobs), plus I am constantly maintaining an extremely long distance relationship, a social life, university grades, eating healthy – ugh. I could go on. Basically, I’ve been busy as hell, and my mind has not thanked me for it. It’s not that I don’t enjoy being busy, I actually love it, but there were a few events in the midst of all that business that made it all the more stressful. An interstate trip. My dad getting remarried. Losing close friends. Writing a novel. It’s all just been… full on. Fucking full on.

I do really enjoy blogging, and I am going to do some posts on travel, wedding makeup and writing tips in the near future, but I’ve just not had the time or the energy. Unfortunately, my Anxiety has just gone haywire in the past few months and all I have wanted to do is curl up on my bed and watch YouTube videos.

Still, I feel like I’ve turned a bit of a corner, and I thought I’d do a short post telling you guys what helps me cope the most. If any of these tips help you, PLEASE let me know. Even if I just help one of you, it’s worth it (cliche, I know. Just go with it)

Things that help me:

-friends & family
Yeah, of course. Family & friends yada yada yada. But, seriously, having a small, close group of friends and family out there that accept you having a bad day makes all the difference. No one needs to feel like a burden or embarrassed for experiencing a mental illness. If your friends make you feel like shit about it, they need an adjustment. Seriously.

-emergency pack
This is one of my favourite things in terms of helping with my Anxiety. I have a small neoprene bag with lip balm, hand cream, hand sanitiser, panadol, headphones, pens, safety pins, hair ties, pads & tampons and a water mist. Literally I have everything I could ever need to help me get through any situation.

-music & videos
I have a whole heap of my favourite music and youtube videos downloaded onto my phone that I can watch/listen to if I’m in public feeling anxious. This really helps you to escape for 5 minutes, and get your breathing down

-meditation
I try and meditate a few times a week, and I use the app ‘Smiling Mind’. This makes my sleep better and the day after calmer. It’s also really easy to follow along!

-organisation
I have a planner that I always take 10 mintues every week to write in. When tests are, work shifts, Rent due dates, when to go shopping, dinners, etc. When I have everything planned out, I can see just how much time I have free to do what I want to do and I can fill my days with constructive things. For example, if I see I have an hour between classes, I can put down ‘blog’, so I can use that hour constructively. Also, I like to plan out my meals for the week, which saves money and time going shopping, as I do one big food shop of good, healthy food. This means I am not (always) snacking on chocolate.

Thank you all for reading, and I am so sorry that I’ve been gone for so long.

I love you guys!

Zoe xx

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Anxiety AF