CITYCALLING JOB WEBSITE & JOB INTERVIEW TIPS

Today I’m here to share with you some job interview tips I’ve picked up over the years and I also want to tell you about a new and innovative job recruitment website which will help you find the perfect job. City Calling is a website which helps both jobseekers and employers alike by connecting ideal matches together and creating wonderful opportunities.

http://www.citycalling.com/ gives a refreshing approach and allows you to personalise your job search so you can find jobs you’ll love which are relevant to what YOU want. The City Calling website has a huge amount of job vacancies just waiting to be explored.

If you’re looking for employment or if you’re looking to recruit, visiting http://www.citycalling.com/ will be one of the best things you do today. With a clear layout, helpful staff and a very involved role in social media, make sure you visit today to start your career journey.

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Since my blog is mainly beauty and fashion, the main thing I’ll discuss in this post will be appropriate fashion and makeup choices for your interview. I’ll also include some other helpful suggestions which will hopefully help you out.

I think one of the first things that comes to mind when you have a job interview is the panic of what you’re going to wear and how you’re going to look. A job interview is stressful, and you want to do nothing but impress. Employers want to hire somebody who looks smart and presentable, they wan’t to hire somebody who looks right for the job. If you show up unwashed in your creased jeans and tee with messy hair and dirty nails chances are the employer isn’t going to take you seriously. You need to make a good impression and show them that you are able to take care of yourself.

An interview is a very formal moment and the first impressions count. Make sure you are wearing an outfit that suits the environment you will be working in. If you’re going to work in a professional office, don’t turn up in your favourite Friday night dress or your comfortable jeans and tee. Choose something that is smart and well fitted that blends in with the people who surround you. If you’re going to be working with children, add a pop of colour in with a soft muted blazer or cardigan. If you’re going to be working in the fashion industry, add some of the latest trends into your outfit while keeping it smart. It’s all about dressing for the environment in a professional way. If you’re unsure about the right attire to wear, doing some research on the company might help to give you some ideas.

APPEARANCE TIPS:

  • Shower, brush teeth, wear deodorant and clean clothes. It’s important to not smell unpleasant. If you’re a smoker, try to avoid smoking until you’ve finished your interview
  • Make sure your hair is clean, neatly brushed and not covering your face
  • Men and women, find a good skincare routine that makes the best of your skin. Moisturising, cleansing and exfoliating makes a big difference
  • Make sure that your nails are cleaned and filed. A clear nail polish is great for giving a simple and attractive finish
  • If you’re wearing makeup, try to keep it looking as natural as possible (unless the job position requires a more dramatic look)
  • If you’re wearing a fragrance, make sure the scent is very delicate and light.

OUTFIT TIPS:

  • Always dress smartly for the environment you will be working in. Your outfit doesn’t have to be dull and dark. It’s fine to add in some colour and accessories, as long as it isn’t too dramatic and you look presentable
  • Always make sure your clothes are clean and leave them in a safe place until the day of your interview
  • Take the time to iron your clothes and remove creases
  • Make sure your shoes are clean and polished and keep heels at a sensible height
  • When choosing your outfit, make sure you feel comfortable when wearing it so you don’t have the added stress of worrying about how you look
  • Buy clothes that fit you well.

ideaGENERAL JOB INTERVIEW TIPS:

  • Make sure you know how to get to the location of your interview
  • Do plenty of research on the company you will potentially be working with
  • Arrive 10 minutes before the time of your interview
  • Greet your interviewers with a smile and firm handshake
  • Be polite and remain professional
  • Don’t forget to bring copies of your CV
  • Avoid answering questions with a simple yes or no, elaborate and ask your own questions to show you’re interested but try not to ramble on too much
  • Be enthusiastic

I really hope you’ve found this post useful. I know a lot of my readers are teenagers, and I’ve even had conversations with some of you guys through emails where we’ve talked about leaving school and feeling nervous and unsure about what you’re going to do next. I know so many of you will find the http://www.citycalling.com/ website very useful, so please make sure you join up and take a look!

FUDGE AND CHERRY RAISIN SCONES

I recently made some delicious fudge and cherry raisin scones which turned out perfectly and I knew I had to share the recipe with my lovely readers. If you have a sweet tooth, then you need to bake these as soon as possible because I promise you will be left feeling fully satisfied. One of my favourite things about this recipe is how the fudge melts inside of the scones leaving you with a gooey and sweet sticky treat.

RECIPE – MAKES 8 

SCONES:
350g self-raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
A small pinch of salt
85g room temperature butter cut into small cubes
75g caster sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
180ml milk (plus extra for glazing)

FOR THE FILLING:
100g fudge cut into small pieces (you can buy premade fudge or make it yourself if you prefer)
40g cherry infused raisins (Nakd do a variety of flavoured raisins or you could just use normal raisins)

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INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Pre-heat your oven to 220C/200C fan oven and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. Put the tray into the oven while you prepare your scone mixture.

2. Sieve the flour into a large bowl and add the salt and baking powder and mix. Add the butter and using your fingers rub the mixture together until you have a fine crumb texture. Stir in the sugar.

3. Warm the milk in the microwave for 30 seconds until warm. Add the vanilla essence into milk and create a well in your scone mixture. Pour the milk into the scone mixture and using a spoon quickly stir the mixture together so you’re left with a sticky wet dough.

4. Tip out the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and press flat. Don’t worry if the dough feels a little wet and sticky, this is normal. Grab your fudge and raisins and generously sprinkle over the dough. Coat your hands with flour and lightly knead the mixture for 60 seconds helping to evenly spread the filling and create a smoother dough.

5. Pat the dough into a round circle around 3cm deep and using a cutter or a small glass turned upside down, press into the dough and lift up so you are left with a deep shaped scone. Repeat this step until you have 8 scones.

6. Take the hot baking tray out of the oven and place the scones on top. Brush the tops lightly with milk and place back in the oven for 12-15 minutes until the scones are golden and cooked.

7. Once your scones are out of the oven, leave them to cool slightly on a wire rack. Be careful when handling them when they are straight out of the oven as the fudge is extremely hot.

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I completely forgot to take a picture of the finished scones until a few days later. But here is a picture I did get which doesn’t do them justice at all. They are lovely on their own; no cream, jam or butter needed. I find they go perfectly with a good cup of tea or coffee.

Have you been baking lately? What do you think of fudge and cherry scones?!

£3.00 & UNDER MUST HAVE OF THE MONTH – MARCH 2015

Hello everybody! How are you?

It’s that time of the month where I bring to you my £3.00 and under must have item.

One of my favourite things in the world is Game of Thrones (ASOIAF) and if you love the books and you love the TV show, you’re going to love my must have this March!

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It’s two phone cases. One with a print of Daenerys Targaryen and another one with Tyrion Lannister. One of my favourite things about these is the print they have, the pictures have a slightly rough textured matte finish which gives them a unique hand painted look. You would never believe that they only cost 99p each with free delivery. The cases are made out of a durable plastic. I’ve dropped my phone a few times since having the cases and there has been no damage which is always a good thing.

Since they ship from China, you do have a waiting time of 2-4 weeks. Mine arrived after around three weeks, but as I’ve said before this is something I can deal with when the prices are so low. I’ve looked around online for a while to find a GoT inspired phone case, but I could never find a case that I loved and the ones I just about liked cost £6.00 upwards which was just a little too expensive for me. I absolutely adore my new phone cases though, and at 99p they were a steal. They have the cases for a selection of phone models so make sure you check out the link!

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/311088447139?_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649&var=610335335917&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

Who else is super excited for the return of Game of Thrones next month?!

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A NEW FOOD & LIFESTYLE BLOG TO FOLLOW?

Good evening lovelies :-)

My friend recently started a blog and I’m sharing the blog love and doing a shout out.

https://rainbowjeans.wordpress.com/ is a blog mainly focused around veggie food, but you will also find other snippets of Hannah’s life thrown in too.

An introduction to Hannah

“Not much in life makes me happier than faffing about in a kitchen (any kitchen will do), throwing ingredients together and creating good meals. I like having fun, experimenting with classic dishes and trying out new things. So, here’s my amateur foodie blog! I’ll try and keep you updated with new recipes I’m trying, old favourites and everything in between. I’ll also post about my highly exciting (HA!) life, and things that I adore. A good book, gin, music, cups of tea, the countryside, new cities, musing about love and sex, travelling, art, excellent coffee and films, from old classics to new wonders.”

I thought I’d share some of Hannah’s beautiful pictures which will surely make your mouth water..

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If you loved the pictures above, then you’re guaranteed to love Hannah. With easy to follow recipes and instructions and an excellent style of writing, you should make sure you pop by and say hello. Some of her latest blog recipes include kale pesto and a Thai style sweet potato and coconut soup!

You can visit Hannah here: https://rainbowjeans.wordpress.com/

MOTHERS DAY GIFT GUIDE & A CHANCE TO WIN £50.00 WITH TOXICFOX!

So today I have something very exciting to share with you guys, the lovely people at http://www.toxicfox.co.uk/ are running a fabulous competition that you can all enter. They contacted me and asked if I’d like to create a blog post sharing the competition and also, create a gift guide to show you some beautiful gifts they have for Mothers Day, which will soon be here on the 15th of March.

If you’d like to enter the competition, which is super easy to do by the way! Make sure you keep reading as I’ll put details on how to enter below.. but let’s crack on with the Mothers Day gift guide.

I’ve been lucky enough to have to pleasure of dealing with ToxicFox in the past and I was very impressed. They sell a wide range of gifts for all occasions and their service is outstanding. If you’d like to read some of my previous thoughts on them, check out the blog post I made here: https://beautyadoration.wordpress.com/2014/11/27/the-perfect-christmas-gifts-from-toxicfox-co-uk-and-a-discount/

We all know how difficult it can be finding a gift for Mothers Day. Are you struggling to find something for your glam mum? Your comedian mum? Your wine loving mum? Your baking addict mother? Don’t worry, ToxicFox have it covered with their huge selection of gifts.

Here are some of my favourite picks!

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1. http://www.toxicfox.co.uk/forget-me-not-personalised-bucket
2. http://www.toxicfox.co.uk/personalised-my-family-keyring
3. http://www.toxicfox.co.uk/what-is-a-mum-frame
4. http://www.toxicfox.co.uk/detox-pamper-pack
5. http://www.toxicfox.co.uk/delicious-box-of-macarons
6. http://www.toxicfox.co.uk/personalised-hearts-teacup-saucer

All of these gifts I’ve listed are affordable and in my opinion, a gift worth giving. There is even more just waiting to be discovered on the website, so make sure you go and check it out if you’re needing a gift for the mother figure in your life!

DISCOUNT CODE:

10% OFF USING CODE:TFMother

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And now, it’s time for the fabulous competition! This competition is open from the 18th of February until the 1st of March. There are 4 chances to win £50.00 to spend on the Mothers Day collection! To enter, it’s very simple, all you need to do is go to http://www.toxicfox.co.uk/gifts-occasion/mothers-day-gifts-1 have a browse around select your favourite gift and then share the link on the social media channel of your choice ( Google+, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest ) using the hashtag #ToxicFox :-) so what are you waiting for?! I wish you lots of luck!

Terms & Conditions can be found here: http://www.toxicfox.co.uk/terms-and-conditions