Get that Job

Hello Beautiful People ❤

 As a recent (ish) graduate I understand the pressures and often the struggles of finding a new job. There are thousands of applicants looking for jobs everyday, so it can be tough and disheartening when it comes to your job search. Soooooo I’ve decided to do a post on a few tips and tricks I have come across when it comes to interviews and starting a new job. I am by no means an expert these are just things I have learned along the way and that I felt have helped me in securing my job roles.

Remember everyone starts somewhere!

Nobody starts with their ideal job, everybody starts at the bottom. Unless you win the lotto, it is very unlikely that you will be running the show when you first start. I’m not saying be everyone’s dogsbody, but don’t go in with the attitude that certain work is beneath you, even if it is. It’s called paying your dues and you may be surprised at how much you learn when you’re not expecting to.

Keep Going with the Job Search

It is frustrating I know, trust me! There are so many applicants out there but you will find something provided you keep looking. It is recommended that if you aren’t having any luck with your search, that you should diversify your search a bit more. This can help come across roles that are different but still applicable to you. Don’t focus too much on a certain set of ‘key words’ have a look at what’s out there.

Manners go a long way

This goes for the interview and the job and just throughout life in general. I personally think there’s a lot to be said for good manners. I think it showcases a good character and let’s be honest it doesn’t hurt to say please and thank you whilst being curtious to those around you. By those, I don’t just mean those who are in charge, there’s a lot to be said for people who are kind and polite for those who aren’t in a position to help you. Who knows anyway, in the future they may be able to help you so why destroy that chance with rudeness. Also being rude is just unnecessary and can really hurt someone’s feelings. Don’t be that person.

Get to know your colleagues

This is essential for when your starting out. Making friends in a new work place may not always be easy but it is crucial. They are the ones who will help look out for you and teach you tips and tricks of the day to day. Things that aren’t taught in your induction. It is great to get to know people from other departments for networking purposes too. You may not be in your ideal role as of now, but who knows what may become available in the future.

At the end of the day isn’t it nicer to work somewhere that you have friends? Having a bit of friendly ‘banter’ in work will make the days go quicker.

Ask Questions!

Nobody minds helping the new person out, they understand that you don’t know much in your first couple of weeks. People do however mind when someone who has been in the role a significant amount of time, is still doing things wrong. Don’t be shy, just ask if you don’t know something.

Give it time

Absolutely nobody likes to be the ‘Newbie’ but it’s unavoidable, especially for graduates looking for a job. It is daunting and there is often that feeling of wanting to just quit, but wait it out. Once you start becoming more familiar with people, processes and just your new surroundings, you will have a different perspective. If you decide after some time that it is still not for you, well then at least you know you have done the adult thing and tried.

 Market Yourself

My Mam once told me a story about a girl who she had previously interviewed who was embarrassed about her previous role as a supervisor in a fast food chain. She couldn’t see how it would benefit her role in a global financial institution. It ended up that the experience and training she received actually put her ahead of other candidates.

Show the interviewer how what you have learned in your previous roles can be applied to the vacancy you’ve applied for. This can be done through your cover letter and also throughout the interview process. Don’t feel that you have nothing to offer, always market yourself!

Give it time//

There’s no quick fix to getting your ideal job. It is all about hard work and persistence. I hope this post is of use to any of you out there looking for a job or starting in a new role. It’s not easy but as they say, nothing worth having is! ❤

Until Next Time My Loves

Z x

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See the Good

 

Be the Change you wish to see in the World

-Ghandi

Hey Guys,

Today I wanted to share three videos with you that really made me smile. I’m sick today and am admittedly quite a bad patient so the fact these videos managed to make me smile, I figured they have to be good.

There seems to be nothing but negative news at the moment and it’s easy to see why people are losing faith in humanity. There’s no denying that there are plenty of bad things going on in the world, but there are also great things happening everyday.

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No matter how big or small, I think it is important to try and focus on the positive things that happen around us everyday. Don’t feel that your acts of kindness are being over shadowed because I can guarantee they make a difference to someone.

And finally, I know it’s everywhere but if anyone else out there needs cheering up like I did, then watch it as many times as you need. The cuteness does not fade!

I hope you all had a great weekend and are enjoying your Sunday evening. It’s the first day of Spring so make sure to kick some ass this week 🙂

Until Next Time My Loves

Z x

 

You’re Beautiful

Hey Guys,

The purpose of this post came out of pure coincidence, however I felt it was necessary. Last night I was googling ‘how to make yourself fall asleep’ because my brain just does not turn off as of late. When I got to the ‘yourself’ part of my sentence, the list of suggestions that came up, were slightly disturbing;

  1. How to make yourself look completely different
  2. How to make yourself look like another person
  3. How to make yourself beautiful

Is this really what people are googling?! Don’t get me wrong I am a lover of makeup and fake tan etc but I don’t want to look completely different? I think there is a large difference between making the best out of your assets and wanting to completely change yourself.

I exercise yes to look good, but also to feel good. I’m not doing it for anyone else. The same can be said for makeup. I love experimenting with products and trying out different looks, but I don’t think I could imagine changing myself completely and that is coming from someone who isn’t that confident with self image! Yes there are certain things I would like to alter, but who doesn’t have that feeling? It is however a worrying trend that more and more girls are going to extremes to effectively become some one else.

There has always been pressure on both men and women to adhere to society’s version of ‘beautiful’ but I thought we had come a bit further in terms of what beauty can be defined as. I thought uniqueness was now being embraced and slowly but surely it was becoming more acceptable to be (and look like) yourself.

We all know the phrase: ‘don’t try to look like the girl in the magazine, because she doesn’t even look like that’ and it has a point! I don’t judge anyone who opts for plastic surgery or other methods of altering their appearance, provided it’s for nobody else but themselves! Unfortunately I think many girls dream of looking like the girl on the front cover. I’m guilty of this too, but I think my cynical side can kick in where I realise they don’t really look like that. This tends to make me feel better about my bad hair day!

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(I personally don’t think either look bad in the before pictures!)

I don’t know however if celebrities and models can claim sole responsibility for us ladies feeling insecure and in some cases inadequate. I personally think the majority now know the effects of photo-shop and we see pictures of celebs with no makeup now online quite often. I think the issue arises within a much smaller circle. At the end of the day, people can be mean. Hurtful words seem to consistently be a form of communication in the day to day. In some cases it may not be intended to be as damaging as it realistically is, however this doesn’t undo the effects. You can’t take back an insult that has genuinely hurt someone.There’s a lot to be said for Thumper’s wise words. Don’t be the reason someone types in the above search criteria. Be the one who makes some one feel better about their insecurities. Be kind, always.

At the end of the day, we all want the perfect body, the perfect hair, the perfect clothes. But who gets to decide what is perfect? Everyone’s perception of beauty is different. That’s what makes it beautiful 🙂 Confidence and a genuine smile is the most attractive thing a person can have. It’s a pity we are so hard on ourselves that we sometimes lose the things that make us seem so beautiful to others!

Until Next Time My Loves

Z x

Bubye 2014

Hey Guys,

I have to say I’m not the biggest fan of New Year’s Eve, I like New Year’s Day as it is a second Christmas in our household. The ‘Eve’ part however just doesn’t appeal to me, but to be fair I have to acknowledge it. I’m not one for long winded, unattainable resolutions so this post will most certainly not be based on that aspect. Instead I have decided to do a quick review about my 2014, it has been an eventful year to say the least. I am going to focus on the highlights and forget about the lows as I plan on leaving them in 2014 also!

So here it goes….

Proudest Achievement of 2014: I have two (sorry I’m crap at narrowing things down) the first is graduating with a first class honours degree (victory dance) in Marketing after four years of studying. The second would be starting my blog. I’ve always wanted to do it so I’m really happy that I actually took the plunge!

Biggest Change of 2014: Finishing college and actually using my degree to get a job and becoming a grown-up (ish) Bubye retail!

Favourite Song of 2014: I’m not usually a pop music kinda girl but it would have to be ‘Rather Be’ by Clean Bandit. I just have some good memories and I always smile when I hear it! I’m also loving Uptown Funk I have been bopping around to it since it came out!

Favourite Movie of 2014: Ok I’m cheating here but the movie I was going to say was actually released late 2013 but it was my favourite and I did only watch it in 2014 🙂 So it was of course Saving Mr Banks

Favourite Style Icon of 2014: It has to be Olivia Palermo, she is so unique and elegant in her choice of clothing. The girl knows what she is doing!

Favourite Designer of 2014: It would probably have to be Victoria Beckham or Eli Saab, god I really am bad at choosing just one 😛

Favourite Holiday of 2014: Without a doubt it has to be Prague. It is such a beautiful city and I had the most amazing time there in the Summer. I would recommend it to anyone!

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Favourite Buy of 2014: My baby blue pencil skirt which I got ON SALE in River Island. I can’t wait to wear it again, I really do love it!

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Favourite Style of 2014: Turtle necks, I am obsessed!

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Favourite Quote of 2014:

What I’m most appreciative for in 2014: It has to be the support and inspiration I have received from my amazing family, my best friends (you know who you are) and my boyfriend of course!

My Favourite advice from 2014: Burn the fancy candles and wear the expensive perfume, don’t wait for the right time.

What I learned in 2014: Do not judge anyone for any reason. Simple as. Nobody knows what is going on in anyone else’s private life. I’ve also learned not to worry about others judging me! Absolutely nobody on this planet is perfect but there will always be someone somewhere, with something to say!

My Aim for 2015: Put my plans into action and push out negative thoughts and anxiety!

I hope you all have a wonderful New Year’s Eve / Day and get to spend it with those you love. At the end of the day, that is really all that matters. Here’s to a fricken fantastic year!

Until 2015 My Loves

Z x

 

 

The Real Meaning of Christmas

Hey Guys,

Well it’s D-Day, yes I know, shocking that I am a Christmas Fanatic, so this post is of course based around my favourite time of year. This year in the run up to the festive season, I have been thinking about what it is that makes Christmas such a special time of year. Yes while it is great to get presents, I think as you get older (I’m a ripe old 23!) your perception of Christmas begins to alter. It becomes more about spending time with family and friends and seeing their faces when they open their gifts. So many tragic and unfortunate things happen every day, it really makes you appreciate having your loved ones safe and happy. At the end of the day that far out weighs the monetary side of Christmas.

I have put together a small collection of videos that communicate the real meaning of Christmas. Regardless of their circumstances, everyone deserves a little something to make them smile at Christmas. I hope you enjoy and you all have a lovely Christmas with your nearest and dearest 🙂

Merry Christmas My Loves

Z x