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I’ve FINALLY published the last article from the last issue of More’s Magazine that I had collected and have written up all their tips that they offer us on how to make it in the career/work world. I would like to remind you that all tips taken from More Magazine have NOT BEEN WRITTEN BY ME nor have been re worded. I simply took the time to copy and write them up as I think they are useful for those trying to get into a working world. Again here is a reminder of what I wrote before I started to blog any of their articles…

I still haven’t bought my portfolio book so in the meantime I might as well start blogging the tips that More magazine gave us amateurs before I cut it up and start to compose my portfolio.

I would like to CLEARLY state that the tips from the More Magazine issues are NOT MINE! I have simply spent the time of writing them up as I thought they would be good tips to share! If you see Personal Opinion then that is me simply commenting my opinion on what the article advises.

Hope it helps

Enjoy 

Rosa X

Remember to NOTICE that all of the More Magazine posts are under the More Magazine category. However in the More Magazine category, it is clearly stated in the category description that the information provided is from More and NOT me! At the bottom of every post, all credit goes to More Magazine, issue and article of where the information came from. Unfortunately More has now shut down, their Twitter and Facebook page is hyper-linked for you to check out but their Twitter page has not been updated since the 22nd April 2013, a week before their last issue! 

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Quiz The Boss More Magazine Issue 29th April 2013

Malene Rydahl, 37, is director of corporate communications for Hyatt Hotels. She lives in Paris

WHAT DOES YOUR ROLE INVOLVE?
I run the public relations and communications campaigns for 54 hotels across the UK, Europe, Russia and the Middle East. I’m responsible for Hyatt’s reputation and image. 

WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?
Travelling. My contacts book is packed with industry names and my fave places to visit around the world.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEBODY JUST STARTING OUT IN PR
You have to be very diplomatic. When you work in communications, everybody in the company will come to your office with questions at some point. You have to know what to say at the right moment. Sometimes I feel like a psychologist!

WHAT TIPS DO YOU HAVE FOR FITTING INTO AN OFFICE?
Watch how others work around you. Understand who your boss is, their habits and how they like to work, then adjust the way you work, too. 

HOW CAN AN INTERVIEW CANDIDATE STAND OUT?
By visiting a Hyatt hotel and some of our competitors, too. Pop in for a coffee and watch the service and values of the company in action. Whatever role you’re applying for, knowing how the business works and having something constructive to say about it will set you apart. For more information, visit hyatt.jobs

(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article ‘So you want to be a hairdresser’ in Issue 29th April 2013, I did not write this!)

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Awkward Interview Question More Magazine Issue 29th April 2013

This week,’What’s your proudest moment?’

Tony Wilmot of staffbay.com explains how to handle that curveball

WHY DO THEY ASK IT?
Your interviewer is trying to gain a better insight about what motivates you and what makes you tick. Different people answer this in different ways and the interviewer will be trying to grasp what attributes you have, and what difference you think you’ve made to others around you. 

HOW SHOULD YOU ANSWER?
Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Your proudest moments have been clinching a big contract or signing off a complicated project – these work – based answers are valid. However, there’s no harm in inspecting your personal life and thinking where you’ve made a difference to your friends and family. Instilling a human touch into a tense interview atmosphere could make you more likeable and make all the difference to the outcome.

(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article ‘So you want to be a hairdresser’ in Issue 29th April 2013, I did not write this!)

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Hairdresser

I can’t believe it guys I have finally reached the last final issue of More Magazine tips 😦 Enjoy!

Three insiders reveal what it takes to make the cut in the hairdressing world…

YOUR ROUTE IN Bethan Mannings*, 23, is a senior designer from Cardiff
‘I started off as a saturday girl in my local salon when I was 13 and worked whenever I could in the school holidays. By the time I turned 16 I had a real passion for hair, so I decided to leave school and work full-time. However, you can’t become a qualified hairdresser without completing NVQ levels 1 and 2. Each level takes a year to complete, but I also decided to do level 3, an advanced qualification that allows you to expand your talents and go on to teach others. As I had a full time job in the salon, I went to college once a fortnight for a day of theory. The rest of it was practical work with someone coming in to assess you. You can study full time, but it’s better to gain on-the-job experience – plus you earn money, too. I worked my way up from junior stylist to senior designer. Now I also specialise in wedding and evening hair.’

A DAY IN THE LIFE Vicky Coles, 23, is a senior stylist and manager from the Vale of Glamorgan
‘I’ll get into the salon at 9am and get everything ready for the day. I need to make sure all the equipment is clean and the customers report cards are out. From then on I’ll see between 10 and 15 clients, who come in every half an hour. I’ll make them a drink, wash their hair, cut it, then dry it before taking their bill and seeing the next person. If I’m really busy, I won’t have any time for lunch and can go the whole day without eating. Appointment times can also run over and the next client can be sat waiting for you. When the last customer leaves, I’ll tidy and clean the salon, then cash up before going home. On Mondays and Tuesdays I’ll try to leave earlier as I do colours the rest of the week. and won’t finish until about 8pm. But work doesn’t stop there – as I run the place, I have a lot of admin to do. In the evenings I need to sort out bills, pay my staff, put in product orders and advertise the salon. There are busier periods when I can often work from 9am until 9pm seven days a week – it can be exhausting.’

WHAT THE JOB AD WON’T TELL YOU  Amy, 22, is a senior stylist from London
‘I know a lot of salons have a “bitchy” stigma attached to them, but I’m lucky enough to get on really well with the people I work with. Customers put a lot of trust in us and you often find they will treat you like a therapist. We get told so many things that even people’s best friends don’t know! From relationship problems to fallouts with friends, even their sex lives, we’ve heard it all. You want to die inside when they’re telling you intimate details, but you have to smile and nod. Sometimes people arrive at the salon and their hair is gross. The most common problems are grease and dandruff, but I’ve also seen people with nits. I’ve had to deal with a few hissy fits, too.  It’s always a difficult situation, especially if you’ve done exactly what they said they wanted. This usually happens when I’m doing dyes, as the condition of their hair determines the outcome of the colour, so it may not be what they pictured. I do get nervous sometimes, especially if you’re making a dramatic change. You have to learn to hide that from a client – that’s when you have to trust your training. You can meet some demanding people. Some customers you really look forward to seeing, but others constantly fuss and won’t let you get on with your job. Another problem is that no two people picture something the same way, so it’s often a challenge understanding what the client is asking for when they don’t bring any photos. Hairdressing puts a big strain on our feet as we’re standing up for 10 hours a day, and our hands are chapped from constantly being in products or water. It’s not as glam as you might think.’ 

VITAL STATS
STARTING SALARY: £14,000 to £20,000

AVERAGE SALARY BY 30: £20,000
WHAT’S THE MOST I COULD EARN: Top professionals earn £30,000 + 
KEY QUALITIES: Creative, fashion aware and good with people
QUALIFICATIONS: NVQ level 2/3 in hairdressing and barbering.
WHERE DO I FIND OUT MORE?: Go to nationalcareerservice.direct.gov.uk and search for ‘hairdresser’

(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article ‘So you want to be a hairdresser’ in Issue 29th April 2013, I did not write this!)

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More Magazine Quiz The Boss Issue 22nd April 2013

Caroline Dawe, 27, from London, is a marketing executive with Make-up Brand Barry M

WHAT EXACTLY DO YOU DO?
Marketing is an umbrella term for public relations and advertising. The job varies, depending on the firm. A big part of mine is using social media to let customers know about our launches.

WHAT IMPRESSES YOU ON A CV?
I look for people with interests outside work. Playing sport of music shows commitment. I look for active bloggers with a strong social-media profile, too. 

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST MISTAKE PEOPLE MAKE AT AN INTERVIEW?
Coming across as a know it all already. Everybody has to muck in and get on with the job here. Even the boss does tea runs. People have to be prepared to do it all. 

WHAT’S THE BEST CAREER ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN?
Stick to your guns. When I said I wanted to work in fashion, lot’s of people rolled their eyes. I was stubborn and stuck at low – paid jobs. You’ll be working for nearly 50 years of your life, so it’s worth finding the industry that’s for you.

DO YOU HAVE ANY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR WHERE TO LOOK FOR MARKETING JOBS?
I found my job on totaljobs.com. Fashion Monitor, Brand Republic and Retail Choice are also great. Getting in with a recruitment agency is a good idea – jobs aren’t always advertised and recruiters approach candidates directly Barry M is celebrating 30 Years of Colour. For more info, visit barrym.com

(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article ‘So you want to be a singer’ in Issue 22nd April 2013, I did not write this!)

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More Magazine Awkward Interview Question Issue 22nd April 2013

This week,’Can you explain the gaps on your CV?’

Tony Wilmot of staffbay.com explains how to handle that curveball

WHY DO THEY ASK IT?
If you have gaps in your employment history, the interviewer will want to know what you were doing with your time. Address this in your application, on both your CV and covering letter, but be prepared to be grilled. it may be you’ve been travelling, or had a break between short – term contracts, but make sure you have answers in case you’re put on the spot.

HOW DO YOU ANSWER IT?
If you’ve had a lot gaps between jobs, you need to think what you did what you did that will impress potential employers. Look at your personal life and consider anything you think will reflect well on you, such as charity work, volunteering, or unpaid experience – and get this into your covering letter and CV. Be honest – if it was a tough time in the jobs market, say this, and then go on to explain what you did to overcome the hurdle.

(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article ‘So you want to be a singer’ in Issue 22nd April 2013, I did not write this!)

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Singer

Got the voice but not sure how to crack the industry? Our insider’s guide is here to help…

YOUR ROUTE IN Marvin Humes, 28, lives in London and is a singer with JLS
‘I inherited a love of music from my family – my aunt would take us to church and my dad worked as a DJ. The first time I performed in front of a crowd was at my little brother’s christening when I was about seven. You need a certain amount of talent but training and making contacts are also key. From the age of eight, I went to theatre school on Wednesday nights and Saturdays, which helped build my confidence. My first pro gig was in the chorus of the musical Oliver! and I went on to be in Grange Hill. I was in a band called VS in 2004 and we had three hits. After we split, I worked in property sales for a few years to earn some money. I hadn’t lost faith in working in music but you have to be realistic. Then a friend put me in touch with Oritse, which led to us auditioning for The X Factor in 2008. Now JLS are famous, the hard work still hasn’t stopped. We spend our days honing our craft, learning routines and songs. Some days, we rehearse for 12 to 14 hours. You don’t have to be in the charts to work in the music industry. There are many roles from a session musician providing backing vocals to being a singer in a wedding band. It’s possible to turn what you love into a job you can make a living from.’ D&B School of Performing Arts in Bromley offers a Marvin Humes Scholarship for three years of full-time tuition. Marvin will also act as a mentor throughout the training. 

A DAY IN THE LIFE Beth Macari*, 19, is a singer from Newcastle
‘I’m juggling a lot of projects so there’s no such thing as an average day. Dealing with emails offering work is a big part of the job. I’m glued o my iPhone from the minute I get up until I fall into bed at night. I have to promote myself so I spend a lot of time in meetings about my website and logo. Image is a big part of the job so I’m always trawling the web for style inspiration, too. I perform my own material and front a covers band called Betty 8 The Bad Cats. I’m also going on a national tour with Jane McDonald in August as a backing singer, so I’m in rehearsals most days, I enter singing competitions, too – the prize money comes in handy with my unpredictable income. As my schedule is all over the place, having a social life is difficult and I’ve had to miss friends’ birthdays to take a job. But I’d rather skip the odd night out to follow my passion.’ 

WHAT THE JOB AD WON’T TELL YOU Sarah**,21, is a rock singer from Durham
‘There’s a huge amount of rivalry in the music business. I gig across north-east England and there are loads of rock bands vying for gigs. I have a tricky relationship with a singer from a rival band. She posted snide comments on Facebook about how she was tired of me copying her – it couldn’t be further from the truth. She even got into a fight with my sister when she tried to defend me. There’s pressure to look a certain way. I once wore leather hot pants on stages and when I read the review the male critic focused on what I was wearing rather than the music, saying I should go back to my dressing room and put a skirt on. It can really dent your confidence, so you have to have thick skin. I enjoy the attention I get from fans but they can sometimes get a bit weird. One guy who came to every gig started sending me pervy Facebook messages, telling me how he liked to look at certain parts of my body on stage and describing what he’d like to do with me. I still have to work part-time in admin to make sure I can pay the rent. I travel with the band a lot and when we stay overnight we all share one shabby hotel room. It’s not very glamorous – sometimes you play in pubs to just a handful of people. It takes a lot of self – belief to keep going – I know we probably aren’t going to make the charts, but I do feel lucky to be making music pay at all.’

VITAL STATS
STARTING SALARY: Fees for gigs range from free to £150
AVERAGE SALARY BY AGE 30: £20,000, but many people supplement gigs with part time work.
WHAT’S THE MOST I COULD EARN? Chart stars can earn £100,000+ but for a session musician, around £40,000
KEY QUALITIES: An amazing singing voice, willing to work unusual hours, commitment to practicing regularly.
QUALIFICATIONS: Most colleges offer a BTEC Level 3 in performing arts.

(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article ‘So you want to be a singer’ in Issue 22nd April 2013, I did not write this!)

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