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How To Make Your CV Stand Out From The Crowd

By on April 29, 2017

how to make your CV stand out

A big complaint I hear from a lot of job seekers is that they feel like their CV isn’t getting looked at. They submit it to jobs, wait to hear back, and never do. How do you know that they’ve even seen what you have to offer?

An important thing to remember is that recruiters – both internal and agency – will often receive hundreds of CVs (not an exaggeration) and have very limited time in which to assess them. A lot of these applications will be from people who are completely inappropriate for the role and just eat into the already precious time. How can you combat this to ensure you get the best chance of success? Stand out.

Read on for my top tips for writing your CV!

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health

Six Steps To Loving Yourself

By on April 26, 2017

6 steps to loving yourself

Most women will have a similar story about not loving themselves. It starts with the first time they realise their body isn’t “ideal”. That they didn’t have a thigh gap or they didn’t have curves or they were too skinny, too fat, stretchmarks, acne, muffin tops…

I first remember being deeply unhappy with my body at about 10. That’s when I realised that food could be an enemy – that the wrong things could make you fat. My family weren’t “into” nutrition – I didn’t know the dangers of too much sugar, or that vegetables really were good for me. I just knew that I was fat. It took a few more years, but gradually my relationship with disordered eating became all consuming.

I won’t go into details, but I’ve been there. I’ve binged, I’ve purged, I’ve starved myself, I’ve put myself through excessive cardio…I had a good few tricks up my sleeves. Now, at 23, I can finally say that I love my self. Yes, there are things I would change. Do I adore my stretchmarks? No. Do I wish my boobs weren’t different sizes? Yes. But does that mean I hate myself? Absolutely not.

It’s not easy, but you can absolutely change your thinking and start loving yourself. It takes dedication, and you’ll need to commit, but I never thought I could do it either.

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Blogging

Do’s and Don’ts – What I Learned In My First Month Of Blogging

By on April 22, 2017

first month of blogging

I’ve been blogging for over a month now! That’s crazy – the month has absolutely flown by and so far, I’m really enjoying blogging. I initially started as more of a bucket list thing – I’ve always wanted to blog, I’ve tried a couple of times but never really stuck to it, but this time seems to be sticking!

There’s always new people trying out blogging, so I thought it’d be worth putting together a list of what I’ve learned in this first month. What would your top tips be for someone new to blogging? Let me know in the comments!

  • Don’t get hung up on perfection. You’re not going to be the best blogger in the world right away! You’re not going to know what domain authority is, or what the best hashtags are! It’s ok to make mistakes!
  • Do your research. It’s okay to NOT know what DA is, or what SEO even means, but it’s a good thing to learn. There are so many fantastic resources out there, hit Pinterest or do some googling and learn the key skills a blogger needs to know.
  • Do be social. I see bloggers on twitter/IG who just don’t interact – their feeds are all about self-promotion and honestly? I unfollow pretty quickly. Social media has to be just that – SOCIAL. Reach out to people, get involved in blogger chats and just comment on people’s work!
  • Don’t underestimate the power of self-promotion. Don’t be afraid to say HEY – Look at my post! If you’d want to read it, someone else will too!
  • Read other people’s blogs! Learn what works for them, explore new styles of writing and photography. Don’t copy people, but do let them inspire you.
  • Don’t feel like you need a niche. Beauty, fitness, lifestyle, travel…you can focus on just one topic but you don’t have to. If you love loads of things, let that shine! Your posts will be infinitely better if you’re really passionate about the topic,

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life

How To Ace That Interview

By on April 19, 2017

how to ace that interview

Interviews, eh? Everyone hates them. Stressful, nerve-wracking, and you never really come away feeling like you really represented the true you.

They don’t have to be like that. I promise.

I’ve been on both sides of the interview process – the interviewee and the interviewer. I’ve worked in recruitment in a few guises new for about two years, both as a recruitment consultant and as part of an internal recruitment team and I can promise you – pinky swear – they don’t have to be torture. I’ve put together my top tips on how to smash your interview, and I’ll get a post with essential CV tips up soon too!

Do you have any essential interview DO’s or DON’T’S? Leave them in the comments below!

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Monthly playlist

Monthly Playlist: March

By on April 15, 2017

march playlist

So this is a bit of a late post! It’s nearly time for my April playlist!

Aside from that, I feel like March was a fantastic month for music. Lorde released some new bits which I’m in LOVE with, and I can’t wait for the album to drop. The Beauty and Beast soundtrack came out too, and I discovered quite a few new artists too.

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fitness | Food | Health Series

Best Apps To Keep You Healthy

By on April 12, 2017

the best apps to keep you healthy

I’m going to start a dedicated monthly series, purely focusing on specific health topics. I’ll probably still post related bits throughout the month, but this health series is going to focus on things like my fitness & health journey over the last few years, my favourite healthy recipes, at home workouts as well as things like how to improve your relationship with health & posts about confidence. Kicking it off today – my favourite apps to help stay healthy.

One of the biggest objections I hear from people about fitness and health is that they don’t have time. I don’t think that’s true! Sure, maybe you don’t have the time for an hour long workout five times a week, I completely understand that! I personally train for about c8 hours a week and I know that is definitely out of some people’s reach.

But being healthy doesn’t mean dragging yourself to the gym for a class, or finding time to fit in a 5k run. To me, healthy can be little steps that benefit you – can you get off the bus a stop early, or take a walk around the city on your lunch break?

One thing that has helped me a lot has been fitness apps – it’s motivation and workouts right in my pocket, on my terms, when I need it. See below for my absolute favourites! I’ve included a range of apps – from workouts to mindfulness & healthy food! Do you have any you’d suggest?

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Goals | life | TED

TED Talks – Five Motivational Talks to Keep You Inspired

By on April 8, 2017

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I love TED Talks. I’m a huge advocate of accessible education and I think TED really supports that – they’re free, short videos that you can easily slot into your day, covering a huge range of topics. You can log on and you can learn anything, from Alzheimer’s research to the experiences of refugees, and anything in between. There’s motivational talks, intelligent talks, funny talks…anything you need, you can find.

I’m thinking about doing a TED series – little blog posts about my favourite talks on certain topics. To get started, it’s just talks that inspire me.

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Beauty | Wedding

Best Perfumes for Spring

By on April 5, 2017

Spring is here! Technically, and kind of. We won’t talk about how I sat in bed this morning asking my Amazon Echo to tell me the weather everywhere but Manchester (Orlando – 32 degrees, Las Vegas – 25 degrees, Cancun – 30 degrees…Manchester? 8, with thunderstorms.) and we won’t talk about the grey skies. It’s SPRING.

Spring, to me, is all about femininity. I just love wearing skirts, having fresh flowers in the house and lovely, delicate perfumes. I’m currently rotating between three main fragrances at the moment, all slightly different, but all which remind me of Spring and sunshine!

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