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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Life Update

I feel like I have been away from here FOREVER.

It’s only been a couple of weeks since I posted, but my life has changed so much in that time that I could swear it’s been at least 6 months. I miss blogging! I just haven’t had much of a chance recently, as about 3 weeks ago I moved back to Sydney to live on my own, and have been adjusting to my routine with my full-time job, my part-time job, exercising, catching up with mates and just having some time to breathe here and there. I also only got my internet connected about a week ago, so that didn’t help.

But, now I’ve (sorta) got my routine sorted, I’m back on here, and just in time too! I’m at 299 followers (eek!), and am not only incredibly grateful and somewhat confused that so many people love my stuff, but also a bit guilty that I haven’t been updating so many of your inboxes with new content. Alas, such is life. BUT I’M BACK, BITCHES.

I have some amazing posts coming in the near future, so get ready! If you have anything that you want me to post about hit me up 🙂

My job is in PR, so if anyone is interested in my job itself or how we work with bloggers and influencers from our end, feel free to ask!

 

 

Love you guys so much,

Zoe x

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How To: Be Happy

Being happy is a skill and a mindset. It is not something attained easily, and it certainly isn’t something you can purchase at a store. Although I’m not expert and still have my down days, following these eight things has really helped put everything in perspective for me, and allowed me to live a life I don’t dread waking up to every day.

  1. Say ‘fuck you’ to everything that makes you anxious, angry, frustrated, guilty or sad

If a person, job, place or situation makes you feel any of the above – cut it. You might not be able to completely get rid of the thing, but acknowledge in your mind that you are done with it, and actively search for something better. If your job is horrendous, look for another and put in only the work you have to in order to signify the end to yourself. If a person is making you question yourself, dump them completely out of your life. It may be cliché, but life is way too short to be made to feel insignificant by a person. No one or thing should ever have that kind of power over you.

  1. Learn to be grateful for everything

This is a really tough one to master, but once you do, happiness comes naturally. Keeping track of how grateful you are for the food you eat, your internet connection, a sunny day and the clothes on your back really make the thoughts in your head just seem like what they really are – thoughts.

  1. Surround yourself with people – even if you don’t want to

One of the easiest ways to feel unhappy is to fall into the trap of not socialising. I’ve definitely been guilty of this myself – sometimes you just really would rather do anything else. But, humans are social creatures. In order to be really happy, we need human connection. If this is with one person or fifty, or just your mum, that’s fine. Just nourish the relationships you do have, maybe try and form some more, and immediately life becomes that little bit better.

  1. Label your feelings

In a similar way to number two, label what you’re feeling. You’re allowed to feel any emotion, but just name it. If you feel sad, say to yourself ‘I recognise I’m feeling sad’ which will immediately take the sting out of it. Ultimately, the goal is to make these feelings register as thoughts. You have lots of thoughts. Why would you take this one more seriously than the rest?

  1. Think about your insignificance

This might not work for everyone, but the minute I start thinking about all those who came before me, all those who will come after, and the speck my existence will have in history, all the unhappiness swirling round in my head becomes dull.

  1. Be mindful

I have reminders set four times a day for being mindful. This doesn’t mean a full out meditation (although I do highly recommend that), but all I do when I see that alarm is just notice what I’m doing. Am I working? Am I out? What’s happening? What can I smell, see, hear, taste, touch? I simply be in the moment, four times a day at least, which pauses my mind and helps me see clearer.

  1. Do things for accomplishment

Accomplishment is such a rewarding feeling that can outweigh almost anything. That’s why I’m a firm believer in setting realistic, achievable goals, and recording them. Even something as simple as having a to-do list with ‘eat breakfast’ on it can make you feel good when you tick it off after some cereal. Find out what accomplishment looks like for you, and do what you can to feel it often. Immediately your happiness will rise.

  1. Find your purpose

This for me is the most acute reason for my unhappiness. I have the thought ‘well, what’s the point?’ and things slide quickly down from there. But it doesn’t have to be like that. Using methods like ‘Ikigao’ and writing down what values are important to you in the fields of relationships, career, living, etc can help you figure out what is at the core of who you are and what you can do to satisfy yourself. When you’ve established that, things can only get better.

I hope this helped someone out there! Let me know what you thought about my tips on being happy.

Zoe x

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Get To Know Me!

I have gained quite a few followers recently, and so to celebrate, I thought I’d answer 25 ‘Get To Know Me’ style questions for you all. Feel free to answer your favourite question yourself in the comments! I thought this would be super fun and a bit different 🙂

{I grabbed these questions from the blog Megan Has OCD}

1. What is your middle name?

Nina – pretty self explanatory considering it is in my blog username lol

2. What was your favourite subject at school?

English 100%. I did the highest level I could, which made most people (myself included) question my sanity

3. Favourite drink?

Probably tea, as I don’t drink soft drink. However, I do love a good glass of rose or mojito 🙂

4. Favourite song at the moment?

I have no idea. I recently went to falls festival so I’ve been listening to a lot of Golden Features, but if I had to pick one I’d go with ‘Shape of You’ by Ed Sheeran.

5. Favourite food?

I have too many favourite foods… but I’ll say cheese and chocolate (which aren’t helping me tone up,  I can tell you)

6. Last thing you bought?

Clothes for a job interview

7. Favourite book of all time?

I am an avid reader, and I honestly have too many favourites I can’t think of one off the top of my head. The book I always go back to is a book of classic Fairy Tails though – I can’t stop reading those.

8. Favourite colour?

Gold

9. Pets?

I have two beautiful dogs that I love to bits – a mini Foxie named Lily and a Poodle called Ruby.

10. Favourite perfume?

Vera Wang Princess Night or Juicy Couture Juicy La Fleur

11. Favourite holiday?

CHRISTMAS

12. Are you married?

Lol, no

13. Have you ever been out of the country? If so, how many times?

Yes – and I’m thinking of doing a post all about the places I’ve travelled. I’ve been to England, France, Germany, America, New Zealand, India, Hong Kong, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia – a few of those I did together, so technically I’ve been out of the country seven times.

14. Do you speak any other language?

I learnt French in school and can understand it at a conversational level. I used to be much better but I ended up forgetting most of it.

15. How many siblings do you have?

None

16. Favourite shop?

Kmart. Here in Australia Kmart is the shit and I honestly go about once a week. There homeware stuff is to die for.

17. Favourite restaurant?

I don’t have one – anywhere that serves me decent, gluten-free food is a win for me.

18. When was the last time you cried?

A couple days back about something stupid.

19. Favourite blog?

I follow so many, I couldn’t pick just one!

20. Favourite movie?

I hate this question, I have too many… I love These Final Hours, This is the end, Nerve, Love Actually and the first Hunger Games

21. Favourite TV shows?

Vikings, The 100, Game of Thrones, Westworld, Bob’s Burgers, The Walking Dead, Orange is the new Black, Archer, Mad Men, Sherlock, Peaky Blinders, DeathNote, FairyTail, Hannibal, Gossip Girl, Simpsons, West Wing.

22. PC or Mac?

PC

23. What phone do you have?

Samsung Galaxy S5

24. How tall are you?

5″4

25. Can you cook?

Yes and I absolutely love to!

Thanks for reading – hope you learnt something new about me!

Zoe x

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Dealing With A Split Family Over Christmas • 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!

I come from a split family myself, and I have first-hand experience with how difficult it can be to please everyone during the holiday time. My own family split when I was around 16, so I’ve had a couple years to get used to travelling on Christmas day. Usually, it sucks. I have my mum’s family, my dad’s family, my step-mum’s family and my step-dad’s family (which include halves and steps of their own), so Christmas becomes a bit of a clusterfuck of where I’m going to be and who is going to be mad if they don’t see me. Honestly, I’m glad I don’t have a boyfriend right now to add to that! So, I thought I’d share my tips on dealing with the situation!

1.Say ‘fuck you’ to pressure

I myself and a lot of my friends in this situation find that pressure to be with certain people/in certain places/for a certain time is inescapable at this time. But to that I say a loud and wholehearted ‘fuck you’. You need to go to the places that make you happy and keep you sane over the silly season. Don’t just go to places because you ‘went there last year’ or because of family drama. Pick a place/places to be on Christmas and stick to it.

2. Be in a central location

If you are planning on travelling on Christmas Day, make sure that you have based yourself in a central place that makes travel time easier. Don’t expect to be able to travel 5 hours on Christmas Day and not be pissed that you lost all that time at the end of it. Plan in advance.

3. Try and be reasonable & flexible

Most of the time, our family misses us and that’s why they want to see us. Although I said before that you need to do what you need to do, make sure you aren’t blanketing things out. If it doesn’t hurt anyone, go and have breakfast here, lunch there, dinner in another place to see people you want to see. Remember Christmas Eve and Boxing Day are great times to see family as well. If both of your parents want to see you and you can physically get to both of them, try to. Being reasonable about it will only make the situation easier to handle.

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100 Followers!

I can’t believe we just hit 100 followers on here!

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I can’t thank you enough for all your inspiring comments and support with me. A year ago (almost exactly) I started this blog with no expectations as to what would come from it, and I’m absolutely amazed that so many people want to read what I have to say. Thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart, for being such a loving bunch of creative people, that never cease to make me smile and make blogging such a fantastic and positive outlet for me.

I love you guys! Please come and chat with me on my social media:

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Zoe x

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