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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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 Quiz The Boss Issue 8th April 2013

Nichola Joss, 45, is a celebrity facilist and Sanctuary Spa skincare expert from London

WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT YOUR JOB?
The variety – I won’t know from one week to the next whether I’ll be in Australia massaging clients, doing a presentation for the press or on a film set working with a celeb. It’s hard work but I love the adrenaline buzz.

HOW DID YOU GET TO THE TOP?
I wanted to be a forensic scientist so I studied biology and physiology, but realised I was more interested in beauty. I did a course with [famous spa] Champneys, and worked on fashion shoots to make contacts. 

WHAT MAKES A CV STAND OUT?
If you’ve had a variety of jobs and have worked from a young age, it shows me you have a good work ethic and can turn your hand to anything.

HOW COULD SOMEONE IMPRESS YOU IN AN INTERVIEW?
Be friendly and confident and ask lot’s of questions. Don’t assume I know everything just because you’ve given me your CV. You need to sell yourself and that can mean going over and expanding on your application.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE WHO IS JUST STARTING OUT?
Work hard, be keen and don’t say no to something just because you won’t get paid. You sometimes need to work for free, but it will show your dedication and love for the industry. To book an appointment at Sanctuary Spa, call 0845 521 4567 or visit sanctuary.com

(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article ‘So you want to be a Nurse’ in Issue 8th April 2013, I did not write this!)

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More Magazine Quiz The Boss Issue 1st April 2013

Alex Nickolay-Kell, 32, from London, is the acting industry head at Google

YOUR JOB TITLE SOUNDS COMPLICATED WHAT DO YOU ACTUALLY DO?
I’m a sales manager, so I help Google’s clients make the best of the internet. That includes how they come across on YouTube and how to get more people to visit their sites. I look after 30 clients and manage a team of two. 

WHAT SKILLS DO GOOGLE LOOK FOR WHEN HIRING STAFF?
You don’t have to have been writing HTML since the age of  four to work here – all – round – excellence is what really impresses. Obviously the company is looking for a strong academic record, but standout candidates may also have been bungee-jumping off buildings for charity or volunteering abroad. 

WHAT TIP WOULD YOU PASS ON TO ANYONE AT THE START OF THEIR CAREER?
That everyone is just as terrified as you are – but some are better at hiding it. Remember, you’re always better than you think you are!

WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED AT GOOGLE?
I bring a lot of energy to my job, so learning not to take on too many projects is something I’ve got better at. 

HOW DO YOU MOVE QUICKLY UP THE CAREER LADDER?
I think most people who have the most meteoric rise to the top often they don’t have a concrete plan – they see a situation for what it is and respond to it.  

(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article ‘So you want to be a Fashion Stylist’ in Issue 1st April 2013, I did not write this!)

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More Magazine Quiz The Boss Issue 25th March 2013

This week: Lizzy Bishop, 33, from Brighton, is the director and founder of Brighton Fashion Week

WHAT DO YOU DO?
I organise Brighton Fashion Week, sorting out everything from the shows to the accounts. Most of my time is spent in meetings with sponsors, designers and make – up artists.

DO YOU HAVE TO DRESS A PARTICULAR WAY TO WORK IN FASHION?
You don’t have to wear Jimmy Choos, but you do need to be aware of what suits you – particularly if you’re out meeting clients.

IN A JOB INTERVIEW, HOW QUICKLY DO YOU DECIDE WHETHER SOMEBODY’S GOT THE ROLE?
Very! You have to be careful because first impressions can be false, but I’ll know if somebody’s job application matches up to the person sat in front of me in the first few minutes.

WHAT TIP WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEBODY WHO’S JUST STARTING OUT?
Get a mentor and ask if you can shadow them for a day. They don’t need to be in the same industry as you. I was mentored by someone from EDF energy who helped me learn everything from accounts to marketing.

WHAT THE BEST PIECE OF CAREER ADVICE YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN?
Nothing goes right all the time. You will have moments when you fail. I was diagnosed with cancer when I was 23. which taught me to tackle problems head on with worrying too much. BFW, 12-16 June (brightonfashionweek.com)

(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article ‘So you want to be a Florist’ in Issue 25th March 2013, I did not write this!)

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More Magazine Quiz The Boss Issue 18th March 2013

Jo Watson, 32, is a merchandising manager for The Perfume Shop

WHAT DOES YOUR JOB INVOLVE?
I monitor and predict The Perfume Shop’s overall sales trends. I work out which products to buy, how many of them, and in which stores we should stock them, in order to drive up sales. 

WHAT QUALITIES AND SKILLS DO YOU LOOK FOR WHEN HIRING NEW STAFF MEMBERS?
If you’re a school leaver or graduate then any retail experience, including stock room and shop floor, is an advantage. You shouldn’t be fazed by numbers, but you don’t need to be a maths geek. 

WHAT IMPRESSES YOU AT AN INTERVIEW?
Knowledge about the firm. If you’re going for a job at a retail company’s head office, for example, visit a couple of stores and prepare feedback on what you think was good and what could be done better. Don’t be afraid to share your honest and constructive opinion.  

WHAT’S YOUR TOP TIP FOR FITTING IN AT A WORKPLACE?
Don’t try to be someone you’re not. A great team is made up of lot’s of different kinds of people. Focus on your OWN development and being brilliant, because that’s what will make you stand out from the crowd.

WHAT’S THE BEST CAREER ADVICE SOMEBODY HAS GIVEN YOU?
Don’t be afraid to ask someone to show you what to do if you don’t understand. You learn by doing – no matter how long you’ve been in a job. Visit theperfumeshopjobs.com

(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article ‘So you want to be a Plumber’ in Issue 18th March 2013, I did not write this!)

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More Magazine Quiz The Boss Issue 11th March 2013

Emily Bendell, 32, is the founder of lingerie and sex toy retailer BlueBella

WHAT’S THE BEST ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN?
That the definition of success is falling over and getting back up again. It’s OK to make mistakes – it’s making sure you don’t repeat them that matters. 

WHAT MAKES A CV STAND OUT?
It’s all about the cover letter. Your CV should be no more than two pages and to the point, but in your cover letter you can be yourself. I look for people who show they know the company and tell me something about themselves.

WHAT IMPRESSES YOU IN AN INTERVIEW?
How somebody dresses. We’re a fashion brand, so I always look at what people are wearing. I’m also looking for a candidate to convey energy and genuine excitement.

WHAT’S YOUR TOP TIP FOR FITTING IN AT A NEW JOB?
Judge your environment. What’s acceptable in one company might make you look odd in another. Look at how others behave. If lot’s of other people are eating lunch at their desks it’s fine, but if they aren’t then don’t sit there noisily munching on crisps.

HOW DO YOU MAKE A SUCCESS OF YOUR OWN BUSINESS?
You have to believe 100% in what you’re doing, even when times get tough. It’s not always easy building a business and there will be challenges. so you have to absolutely love it. Visit bluebella.com

(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article ‘Spotlight on Television Presenting’ in Issue 11th March 2013, I did not write this!)

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