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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How To: Nail A Job Interview

How To: Get Up Earlier

For my job, I have to commute two hours each way. And do you know what that means? My alarm is set at 5.25am. I have never been an early riser, and I have to admit, when I got the job I was worried. Now? It’s fine. I have my initial freakout when my alarm goes off but as soon as I’m up, it’s all good. So, from one girl who used to get up at 10am on a good day to another, let me help you get up earlier.

This first tip is all about the alarm. We’ve all heard the trick of putting your phone on the other side of the room – but that does not work at all for me. I tend not to use my phone just before bed (more on that later), but it charges next to my bed. So, I got told about this ad – Alarmy – and it is the only reason that getting up at five am is possible. You can customise how to turn off the alarm – doing maths problems or shaking it, but mine is set of taking a picture of a cereal box in my kitchen. So, as soon as it goes off, I roll out of bed, grab my phone and go into the kitchen to take my photo. By the time that’s done, 30 seconds later, I’m completely awake and think “now I’m here, I may as well put the kettle on”. And so, my morning starts, and it’s as easy as that.

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Another thing I do is wind down. Every night, about half an hour before bed, I put my phone on charge and face down. Then, I wind myself down. Have some chammomile tea, brush my teeth, moisturise my body, write in my bullet journal and have a read. Soon enough, I’m sleepy and relaxed, so I’ll do a meditation session and drift off into a good quality sleep (this is very important if you’re getting up early, trust me!).

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I also tend to set everything out for myself in the morning. I mean EVERYTHING. All my skincare, makeup, clothes and food (I meal prep for the week and pack my snacks the night before). In the morning, this is a lifesaver.

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A way I kickstart my day is to skull a heap of water. I try and get down a half litre before I eat anything, to get a load of my water intake out of the way, to help my metabolism and to help me stay hydrated and therefore keep my energy.

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I also love having a good breakfast to look forward too. It makes it a hell of a lot easier to get on with your morning if one of your tasks is to prepare and eat something delicious. I love avocado toast with feta and mint, with a cup of english breakfast tea.

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NB: If I don’t finish my tea, I tip what’s left into my takeaway cup and carry on.

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I hope this helped someone out there! Getting up early isn’t easy, but just remember WHY you’re doing it, and the rest seems to fall into place ๐Ÿ™‚

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How To: Get Up Earlier

How To: Get Festive โ€ข 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!

Getting into the festive spirit is not something that requires a lot of energy or money, despite what YouTube vloggers’ house tours and Pinterest recipes will have you know. Christmas is my favourite time of the year, and I have compiled a list of things that help get me in the mood without spending a heap of money. I hope you enjoy!

Wallpapers

Adding a Christmassy wallpaper to your phone or computer is probably the easiest way to help amp up your festive feeling. Try it out, there are literally millions to choose from!

 

PJs

I have such a thing for Christmas PJ’s. Mine here are from Target, and the red nightie from Cotton On Body. Remember, Christmas is summer here in Australia, hence why I don’t have long pants or jumpers!

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Music

If you saw my first blogmas on the best Christmas music and how to best enjoy it, you’ll know how much I live for Christmas music. Check out my Spotify Christmas playlist and I guarantee you will be feeling festive in no time.

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Books

I bought this book for just over $3AU in Thailand and I haven’t been able to put it down! It’s full of charming Christmassy stories, fairytales and poems, which always make you remember the true meaning of giving and gratitude at Christmas.

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Candles

Last year, I did a post on my favourite Christmas candles, and not much has changed. Probably the main thing is that while in Asia I got my hands on the big Merry Cookie candle from Bath & Bodyworks and I think I have an addiction to it. Lighting this candle at any time of the day really amps me up and gets me excited for the holidays!

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Movies

Popping on a great Christmas film is a sure-fire way to get Christmassy!

My favourites are:
-Love Actually
-The Holiday
-Arthur Christmas
-Elf
-Home Alone 1 & 2
-Harry Potter 1
-Bob’s Burgers, The Simpsons, How I Met Your Mother & Friends Christmas Episodes

Starbucks

Visiting Starbucks and grabbing a Christmas cup is just so festive. If that makes me basic, I don’t care. It’s worth it.

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Vlogmas

I can’t be the only one who wakes up to about 500 vlogmas and Christmas videos to watch on YouTube! I absolutely am loving Zoella, Tanya Burr, Gabriella (velvetghost) and AlishaMarie!

Christmas-Themed Everything

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This is something I have no trouble with. Aside from decorations, I go to town with Christmas mugs, pillows, stationary – you name it. It’s the tiny little touches that really bring your mood from 0 – Christmas explosion.

Above All, Be Grateful

If you are reading this post, you have free time to read it and some device to read it on. Be grateful for what you do have, rather than wishing for the things you don’t. Embrace the giving of the season and remember that you are lucky.

 

Tomorrow’s post is something a bit more beauty related, so get excited! Also, please give my previous posts some love!

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How To: Get Festive โ€ข Blogmas

How To: Be More Productive

With finals right around the corner and the crazy season of Christmas almost upon us, it is essential we are more productive than ever. I never used to be particularly productive, but I had to teach myself how to be in university. Here are the best tips I’ve learned and absolutely swear by. Hope they help!

-Get Right Into It

This is perhaps my biggest tip of all, and it’s to just get started. I used to sit around, not really doing anything and waiting for motivation to find me. It just doesn’t work like that. When you start, the motivation comes. Taking that first step is the most difficult, but once you do it’s difficult to stop. Getting into this mindset can help with other things too, such as not procrastinating your workouts or drinking that extra bottle of water.

-Turn Off Notifications

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This is absolutely essential to do – I cannot stress this enough. Turning off all notifications gives you anxiety the first time you do it, and studies show this is completely normal. However, after a couple of days you start to not only feel normal again, but better. You are free from all these immense distractions unless you actively choose to be distracted by them. I don’t even have the facebook app on my phone, so the only time I go on is on my computer. You get so much more done of not only work, but things you want to do. How many times have you looked at a book and thought ‘I’ll read that when I’m not so busy’? Well, now you don’t have to be free from business to do the things you love.

-Find Out When You Work Best

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Some people work well in the mornings when everything is quiet and bright, in the middle of the day when they’ve had some food and are getting on a roll, and some in the peace of nighttime and evening. Whatever it is for you, find out and stick to it. Consider this for your working environment too. Make sure this space is always clean and neat and somewhere you like to be, so you are more motivated to just sit yourself down and get cracking on whatever you need.

-Remove Digital Clutter

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On the same wavelength as having a tidy space, make your digital world nice and organised. Clear off your desktop, sort out your photo folders and cut down your bookmarked sites. Having a tidy work space on your computer or tablet can make more of a difference than you may think. We spend so much time on these devices, that they need to be looked after too.

 

Good luck!

 

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How To: Be More Productive

How To: Keep Your Bedroom Tidy

Keeping your bedroom tidy is one of the most difficult things unless you are born super organised. I, unfortunately, am not this way inclined. So, in order to keep my room in a decent state, I have found some ways that help me keep my room always neat and tidy. I can tell you now that this does wonders for my productivity and mental health. Tidy room, tidy mind!

1.Keep On Top Of It

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It is so easy to let your room get out of control, especially high traffic areas like your bedside table and desk. So, put aside 5 minutes each day to tidy it up, and you’ll never have to do an enormous tidy ever again! In the photos below, my desk took me about 3 minutes to do and my bedside table about 2. All I did was put stuff away and throw out some old flowers. Easy!

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2. Make Your Bed

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Yeah yeah, this is pointless, blah blah. However, making my bed is a habit I’ve come into and now I feel really weird if it isn’t made. It just puts me in such a better frame of mind and means I can’t get back into bed, which stops me from napping all the time and being genuinely lazy as hell.

3. Decorate

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Make your room a place you want to be in and keep clean. Is everything in a layout that you like? Are the colours and decor suited to your personality? Even little touches like fresh flowers and candles can make the world of difference. Love your room, and you’ll never want it to get messy.

4. Get rid of your ‘dump zone’

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Every room has that one area that becomes a dump zone for dirty clothes and random crap. For me, it’s an area I have for meditation/reading as it’s where I keep my workout equipment. When I’m finished with a workout, I’ll just throw stuff there. To combat this, I brought in a place to store all my workout stuff and rearranged my pillows all nicely so that I physically can’t dump stuff anymore. Easy.

5. Organise

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This brings me to my last point, which is making it impossible to be messy with organisation. If everything has a designated place, it becomes much harder to let everything get out of control. Beside my bed used to be so bad until I brought in this magazine holder to hold the books I’m reading at the moment and my journal. It’s neat and out of the way, and means I can’t just throw things down next to me and trip over them in the morning.

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How To: Keep Your Bedroom Tidy

How To: Stop Biting Your Nails

For as long as I can remember, I have always bitten my nails. So trust me when I say, it’s a BITCH of a habit to break. But, since my nails are somewhat decent these days, I thought it was only right to share my secrets on how to stop for good!

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Get Shellac

This is absolutely the key to it for me. Considering I can’t bite shellac off – and it’s reasonably good for strengthening your nails – paying $40 to get it done was worth it for me. Once your nails gain a bit of length, you won’t want to bite them anymore.

Anti-Biting Paints

These work, but the taste lingers forever and it’s disgusting. My tip is to use a nail strengthener like Herome, as it containsย formaldehyde. This way, you won’t just not want to bite your nails, you know you’ll make yourself sick if you succumb.

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Distract Your Hands

One of the best tips I ever got was to wear a worry bead bracelet and rings that I could play with instead. A lot of the habit stems from having something to do with your hands, so give them something to do that isn’t tearing off your nails.

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Invest in a Good Quality Nail File

I had the manicare crystal nail file for YEARS, and it helped. Such a beautiful nail file really was wasted on bitten nails, so I grew them out for the sole purpose of using the file. Petty? Absolutely. Did it work? You bet.

Paint Your Nails Frequently and Well

Spend time painting your nails, and change up the colour every few days. This means you won’t want to bite them, as you put so much effort into making them look nice. Check out my favourite colours of the moment here ๐Ÿ™‚

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Consciously Try to Break the Habit

Try and realise why you do it. Is it stress? Is it just habit? Why do you bite your nails? Keep ย track of when you have the urge to do it to find out, then you can fix that part of your life.

I hope this was helpful!

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How To: Stop Biting Your Nails

How To: Declutter your Makeup Collection

It is so easy for your makeup to accumulate and turn into a disaster zone. We are so caught up in what bloggers, vloggers and celebrities are buying that we completely lose track of what we already own and what we actually NEED. So, today I’m sharing with you my way of decluttering my makeup. I still have way more than I need, but at least it’s all organised and culled down to things I actually use, in an organised way that I can see what I own. Hope you enjoy!

1# Lay it all out.

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I keep my makeup in a drawer set, so the first step is to take the drawers out and empty them. You’ll soon start to see how much room you’re actually taking up.

2# Be ruthless.

Throw out old stuff, don’t just hold on because you’re sentimental. Have a donate pile ready for friends and family. Move stuff that doesn’t need to be kept with your makeup. Be real about it – you’ll know if you’re keeping something for no reason.

3# Clean it all.

Give everything a good wipe down with a makeup wipe which will freshen everything up more than you’ll realise.

4# Give away.

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I ended up with all this stuff that I just knew I wasn’t going to use again, or that I had duplicates of. I’m going to let my relatives and friends go through it and see if there’s anything they like. If not, they go in the bin.

5# Tidy and organise.

Now everything is clean and cleared out, organise your space in a way that makes it easier for you to get ready, as well as looks the way you want it to look.

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In my top drawer I keep concealer, primer, foundation, powder, palettes, eyeshadow singles and quads, eye stuff, eyebrow stuff and mascara.

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In my second drawer I have my lip products, cheek stuff, lashes and tools, as well as moisturisers and miscellaneous skincare. If you want to see what’s in my collection, check it out through my series!

All of my compartments are plastic tubs from the $2 shop or cut apart boxes/box lids/anything I can find. Really cheap and customisation, would definitely recommend trying this out if you have drawers like me!

I hope you found this helpful, or at least reminded you that you need to get cracking with clearing our your makeup!

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