Chinese Horoscope Predictions For 2017 Year Of The Rooster

What does the Chinese New Year mean for you? Predictions for the year ahead, as we enter 2017- year of the rooster.

A bonus video this weekend. I recently purchased this book, Your Chinese Horoscope 2017 by Neil Somerville. Basically, woke up on the eve of Chinese New Year  wanting to make an astrology based video. Unfortunately most of the recaps are brief, apart from the Rooster’s of course – as we are entering the year of the rooster and I am one myself.

Hopefully this will be my year *fingers crossed and holding breathe…

Luckily, based on the video below, it would seem none of us are in for too much horror. Disclaimer: just opinion not fact! This year is said to be an interesting year offering scope, awareness and much possibility. A year where we need to seize the day and jump at all opportunities that come our way.

Well that is enough spoilers – here is me talking about our future year ahead:

*Disclaimer -not an expert, just reading and predicting for fun!

Thank you for reading and watching.

See you next time!

Xx

Wanderlust Travel Tag & Channel Update

This week’s video is a bit of a mix. Part one is a regular travel themed video where I complete AmandaMuse’s wanderlust tag. Here are the questions if you would like to partake:

1. Your most treasured passport stamp?
2. Can you recite your passport from memory if asked?
3. Preferred method of travel; planes, trains or automobiles?
4. Top 3 travel items?
5. Hostel or hotel?
6. Are you a repeat visitor or do you explore new places?
7. Do you read up on your destination (culture,history,safety) or do you wing it?
8. Favorite travel website?
9. Where would you recommend a friend to visit? Name city & why.
10. You’re leaving tomorrow, money is no object, where are you going?

And part two is an update on this YouTube channel adventure I have begun. In 2017 I am going to push myself upload two videos a week. These will be Travel Tuesdays and Favorite/random Fridays! I am excited to start this schedule and push myself to complete it. It shall be quite a challenge considering the ever changing shifts I work, but I am determined to make it all work. This is because I am honestly finding a ridiculous amount of joy and stress relief with this new found hobby. When I say stress relief – I almost mean a stress exchange or a different type of stress that is some how more rewarding and enjoyable.

Here is the video and let me know what you think:

Thanks for reading and watching!

See you soon,

Xx

Interview Advice From an Amateur – 13 Things

Interviews are one of those experiences that we all need to go through multiple times in our lives. I have not been on many, but enough to create a list of 13 tips, tricks, advice, lessons and other things on the subject. Can we also take a minute to appreciate my attempt to be extremely creative above. The original picture is of myself after my latest interview, which was in fact rather pleasant.

On with the list.

  1. Dress to impress. This obviously depends on what type of job you are applying for. As a general rule, it is not okay to wear jeans, a t-shirt and/or trainers to your interview. I may however be guilty of this. It was a last minute interview for kitchen hand and I was already out and dressed when I was called in. I thought it would be better to be timely over running home to change.
  2. Make sure you will be comfortable. It is important to look your best, but do not compromise fashion choice for comfort. If you are tumbling through the corridors and holding on to your potential employer for dear life… Those 5 inch heels were a bad choice.
  3. Be yourself. It may sound cheesy, but this is one of the most important pieces of advice in life and specifically during your interview. Pretending to be something you are not will see you failing or ending up in a job which is not suited for you.
  4. Take pride in the fact you got the interview. The people or person sitting in front of you were impressed enough by your resume and possibly phone interview to meet with you. Do not take this for granted, let it inflate your ego a little.
  5. Be confident. You have nothing to fear and nothing to lose. This is your chance to prove your worth and as easy as it is to say, you do need to at least portray confidence.
  6. Arrive early. If like me you are hopeless at directions, make sure you know where you need to be. Scope it out before interview day and figure out how you will get there. Nobody wants to employ someone who is never on time.
  7. Have questions ready. If you truly want this job, you will know what you want to ask. If you just need this job then use google and reword the top recommendations.
  8. Take deep breathes and remember there are no wrong answers. The questions you are asked in an interview are not straight forward. The interviewer wants to know that you can and how you have dealt with certain situations in the past. Have examples ready, but do not over study. Find a list of common interview questions (roughly 30) and make sure you can answer them all. Practise answering a variety of questions, rather than robotically answering just a few. On the day words will just flow!
  9. Sell yourself. I strongly dislike this term. I could easily give you a list of things I am bad at and working to improve on. Naturally, I pick at my faults and rarely look into my strengths. News flash – you have to. If you cannot convince yourself you should be the one to get this job, no one else will believe it.
  10. Group interviews. The idea of these terrified me until I had one. I find them easier. The interviewers want to see how you interact with other people and how you would contribute within a group. I never want to be the first to introduce myself, but second is always best. Being the first to volunteer is great, but getting in second (in my opinion) is just as good. Make sure you speak up and get your points across during group exercises.
  11. Communication. Most roles require you to communicate. If you are in a group interview make sure you interact with other candidates and show the interviewers how well you communicate. Everyone is somewhat nervous about the interview and showing you can still communicate well during this time will give you points. Try to imagine you already know the interviewer or that you are just meeting them in a café. Be professional, but relaxed.
  12. Be thankful. I have personally never written a follow up thank you note, but in some situations apparently this can help. I believe they have already decided whether you are in the running or not as soon as you leave the building. However, do make sure you thank everyone before you leave the interview. Basically use all the manners your mamma and papa gave you.
  13. Be prepared. Research the company and position you are going for beforehand. This is the stuff you should have robotically memorized. Make sure you do not shove all this information they already know down their throat. You just need to show you want this job enough to know what you have applied for. Bring a pen and paper to take further notes on the position – this makes you look further prepared.

The most important thing to remember is that interviews never go as bad as you expect them to. We tend to over think the process, when in fact it is quite simple. Be yourself and sell the real you. It is easy to focus on our weaknesses, but this is your opportunity to find and prove your strengths to both the interviewers and yourself. Stay true to yourself and if it is meant to happen it will.

Also, take feedback well. The way you are expected to ‘sell yourself’ in an interview is not always a given. Some companies will appreciate you pointing out and accepting your weaknesses, while others will want you to prove you are super human. There is no failing and always something to learn from the interview experience. Interviewers have been in your seat before and are hopefully human.

Good luck on your next interview and thank you for reading.

xx

 

Lessons & observations from the girl seeking employment.

  1. Degrees matter. I have never been one to preach the importance of higher education to kids. This is quickly changing. I used to be of the opinion that everyone has a degree nowadays so none of them really matter. If we all have one then what is so special about it? A degree puts you on top for most of the jobs you will really want in life, whether the degree is a requirement or not. Actually your degree doesn’t have to have anything to do with the position you’re applying for, as long as you have one. *Sucks to be me!
  2. Being unemployed at the time you are seeking employment is unattractive. This is comparable to so many things in life. People want what they can’t have. Although, in this case the fact that you are not sitting at home scrolling through job search sites in your pyjamas while watching Netflix is understandably more appealing to the employer.
  3. People get sick of hearing about your job searching antics. Sorry, my life is in shambles at the moment. Spending three hours adjusting my cover letter was the most productive point of today.
  4. Rejection sucks. In all forms. Rejection after an interview is easier to swallow, but before you’re even given the chance to voice your potential can be soul destroying.
  5. Weaving through all the listings may not help you decide what you want to do, but it is chucking a number of options directly into your trash folder.
  6. Finding this new potential job is all you can think about. Delete Tinder and any dating profiles. How can you sell yourself to a potential life partner when you currently don’t have one?
  7. There is a point where you know you’ll have to apply for everything and your biggest fear is getting to that point.
  8. The idea of interviews makes you anxious, but the idea of not having any gives you nightmares.
  9. You start planning your own business so you can become self-employed for the rest of your life. Unfortunately you need a job and money to make this dream come true.
  10. There is little reason for coffee. This makes you sad.
  11. Write and rewrite your CV on a daily basis. Every time you apply for a job, read an advert or write a cover letter there are new perspectives on what will look good.
  12. While your applying for jobs your job is to sell yourself. I personally hate this, but it is what you have to do.
  13. You are smart, confident and employable. Repeat until you believe it. Fake it until you make it. Find the proof to that comment and get employed!