Five Interview Tips for Job Hunters

*Post in collaboration with TMI Recruiting

So summer is here and you might be looking for a sparkly new job. Or you might be a soon to be graduate hunting down your first full time role. Either way, TMI Resourcing are currently doing a campaign on interview techniques so today I’m going to give you some top tips to make sure that you can ace any interview that comes your way. Because everyone deserves an amazing job!

As I said in my last post, I recently bagged myself a new job so here’s how I did it.

 

Do your research

There’s nothing worse then showing up unprepared to an interview. At the very least you need to know what the role entails and what the company does. I personally like to check out the company history, what they’re all about and what they’re up to now. Then I focus on the job role itself. It’s quite useful to go through each aspect of it and think of examples you would use to show that you have the relevant skills. Interviewers love examples. Always show evidence of how awesome you are.

Also it’s a good thing to prepare answers to competency-based questions. These can be like showing examples of when you had to deal with a difficult customer or what you think makes a good team member. Use the Internet to find lists of these types of questions and practice answering them.

 

Think of questions to ask beforehand

Nine times out of ten, near the end of an interview, the interviewer will ask you if you have any questions for them. Don’t be that person who stares blankly back at them – be prepared. Ask questions that show you’re interested in the role and the business. These can vary from questions about the business culture to what a typical day is like for the department. If you’re not sure what to ask, the Internet is a great resource for finding these types of questions. And definitely don’t have your first questions be about benefits and salary, let them bring it up if you’re going to talk about it.

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Look the part

Gone are the days where you had to wear a suit – now it all depends on the business that you’re interviewing for when deciding what to wear. However don’t forget that no matter who the interview is for, erring on the side of caution and dressing too smart is better then dressing too casual. I always take interview outfits on a case by case basis. It all depends on the kind of company and industry you’re hoping to join. Dress the part.

 

Be passionate

Interviewers want to see passion. Sometimes you may not tick all the boxes of the ideal candidate but your passion can see you through. My job I just got was in an industry I hadn’t worked in before but because I had transferable skills and a heap of passion, I got the job. Show them how much of an asset you would be to the role and the company and don’t forget to smile!

 

Stay calm

Interviews can be super nerve wracking but try to stay calm. If you’ve followed the first four tips then you’ve got nothing to worry about. Just be yourself and remember that the interviewers are people too. Put things in perspective – what’s the worst that can happen? You don’t get the job? That’s ok – just try again. It’s all you can do. The more interviews you do, the more confident you will be.

Good luck!

 

What’s your best interview tip?

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Yet Another New Beginning

So things have been pretty quiet around here lately. I mentioned that I was waiting in limbo for some news. Well I received the news and it was good. Things have changed considerably. I went and got myself a 9-5 job.

It has been a decision that I’ve been toiling with for months now. And ultimately though I have enjoyed being a freelancer, it’s best for my mental health to have a 9-5. A good 9-5 mind you. Not just any role in any company. I wanted to find a nice company and I’m 99% sure that I’ve found it. The job is stimulating, the people are lovely and the money is good among lots of other things.

I’m about to start my third week and I’ve felt my mental health problems melt away into the background. I’m happy to get out of bed every morning and I feel like I have a purpose again. My overeating has stopped in it’s tracks and I’m filled with hope. This will be the first time that Topher and I are in a financially stable position. We’ll actually have disposable income and be able to save. That takes a great load off my mind and we can just enjoy living.

As well as the job, Topher and I have rejoined Slimming World and the gym. I weigh the heaviest I’ve ever weighed and feel so uncomfortable moving around but now I know I’ve got control again and can get back to my happy weight. I’m tired after these two weeks but a satisfied kind of tired.

I can’t wait to get the house under control (as it’s pretty messy at the moment with both of us working!) and planning our new life. We’ve already decided to move our Japan trip forward to Easter 2019 and planning is fully under way. I can’t begin to explain how happy I feel. There will be random times of the day and I’ll find myself just smiling away for no reason. It’s awesome.

So even though freelancing wasn’t for me long term, I’m so glad I gave it a go. It was quite a ride. And I would definitely still recommend people giving freelancing a try as it could be an amazing option for you. I just realised that I wasn’t happy with having to solely rely on my creativity to put food on the table. I love being creative and I’d much rather do it without any pressure behind it. Maybe I’ll finally be able to get some scrapbooking done.

So that was my little update – I will try to do my best to get back to regular posting around here. Because this blog is going nowhere!

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I’m having a hard time at the moment

I’m having a hard time at the moment. There, I said it. I’m feeling far from my best. 2018 so far has been littered with lovely moments like going to the cinema with Topher, having dinner with friends, seeing my parents and all the little things in between. But overall, I haven’t been happy.

As soon as I’m left alone during the day that voice in my head starts creeping in. The one that makes me doubt my work. The one that says what’s the point? The one that says just stay in bed. And the one that says go on, just have one more snack.

I try to ignore it but it keeps coming back. Because to tell you the truth, I’m far from bossing it. My work life is making me miserable and it makes me feel like I did last time I was self employed. And the last time I worked in an office too. Then I make myself feel sad because I can’t seem to find my thing. I know there’s so many people out there who haven’t found their thing either but it seems like anything that isn’t my thing makes me feel down.

Every job I had, there’s been something wrong. Retail – I hated it. Office job 1 – bad company, boring job (though thanks to that, I have this blog.) Self employed stint 1 – barely made a penny and put a strain on my creativity, Office job 2 – loved the job, hated the company and the commute, Office job 3 – nice company, boring job and now I’m on self employed stint 2. Year one was great, year two I just felt myself sliding. I’ve made enough money to survive but only just. Thanks Topher for keeping us afloat.

Every job and every situation we’ve been in, we’ve just survived financially. We don’t have much disposable income at all. I just want to be able to replace something when it breaks without thinking about it and be able to go on holiday without breaking the bank.

Since office job 3 I’ve had ongoing health problems with my hands and arms. It’s due to repetitive strain which started in my right hand and it’s spread to both hands and arms. It makes admin work hard and that’s what I do. It makes me feel down because I need to find a career that isn’t so admin based but I don’t know what it is.

I haven’t even wanted to blog, which is unlike me. I can tell when I’m happy because I blog – if you see me disappear for a while, something’s usually wrong. I’ve been just blogging about stuff I need to – collabs and such.

It’s not all doom and gloom of course – I have a husband and family and friends who love me. I have the two sweetest cats you could ask for. And I have a roof over my head that isn’t going anywhere. But there’s something in my life that I need to fix.

I’m not sure how to fix this but I think I know where to start. I need structure. I need to take the pressure off.

Wish me luck.

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The Trouble With Guilt

I’ve spoken about guilt and being your own worst enemy on the blog before and I feel like I need to revisit the topic.

I’ve been falling into the same trap I found myself earlier this year – only it feels so much worse this time. My down periods seem to be getting longer and I’ve been feeling so guilty about it. It’s the same old story – I have my down days, do little to nothing and then spend the rest of the day making myself feel horrible about it. Not only that but I was playing the comparison game and it made me feel physically sick at times. Yuck.

Being stuck in this hole has left me in a place where I’m not happy with myself. I haven’t pushed my business and it’s because I’ve been thinking what’s the point? Sometimes it felt like if I’m never going to achieve anything, then what’s the point in trying. It’s a toxic way to think which lead me to spending a lot of days in bed doing the bare minimum.

I’ve let it slide to other areas of my life too such as my health which I was so proud of at the beginning of the year. Recently I’ve been binge eating and only eating crap, which was making my insides feel like crap. I actually miss fruit and veg. My weight has increased quickly in response, undoing all my hard work which has taken me back to where I don’t feel good again.

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So how do I turn it around?

Stop making myself feel guilty. We all get into periods like this and the only way out of it is to stop feeling guilty about it. Guilt simply continues the cycle and everything stays the same.  I don’t want to stay the same. Things aren’t always going to go to plan and that’s ok. It’s all about baby steps and focus. Here’s my strategy for the rest of the year and 2018:

  • Be kind to myself
  • Create a meal plan that will make me feel good about food again
  • Make my to do lists short and sweet
  • Make a realistic plan for 2018

Does guilt play a big role in your life?

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My Inner Critic Is A Bitch

My inner critic is a bitch. She’s a humungous pain in the ass. She’s a cynical, nasty piece of work that’s stopping me from reaching my potential and making me feel terrible about myself.

It’s not news to me that I have one. Everyone has an inner critic. Sometimes they’re in the back of your mind and sometimes they’re right there next to you, constantly whispering in your ear. Its just part of life.

Since going freelance, and especially since launching Begin.Create, I’ve found that I go through periods of feeling down. Sometimes they last an hour, sometimes a day or two.

During these periods I just can’t bring myself to work because I like what’s the point. And then of course afterwards the guilt comes that I didn’t work. So it’s a vicious cycle. I’m constantly beating myself up

For the life of me I couldn’t figure out why. But sometimes it takes another person to make you realise. For the last few months, I’ve been doing a skill swap with a life coach, Angela. Our latest session was such an eye opener.

She made me write down every bad thought I’ve ever had when it came to work, including things that people had said to me. Then one after one, she read them out loud to me.

It’s funny but when you say these things individually to yourself, it just feels like part of your day. But when you hear them all one after the other, it’s the worst. My eyes were welling up with tears.

I was so upset at myself. How could I be so mean? I would never talk to anyone else that way so why should I be so cruel to myself? No wonder I feel down.

So I need to learn how to be my own cheerleader. It’s going to be a long process because my inner critic is so strong, but over time I’m determined to replace those horrible sayings with positive ones.

Together, Angela and I came up with positive comebacks to my critic so I can practice everyday to make her weaker and my cheerleader stronger. I’ve got a way to go but now I know how to shut up my inner critic.

How loud is your inner critic? And do you listen to them?

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