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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Wednesday 31st July

As soon as I arrived once again I got myself my water and threw myself straight into working mode as I have so much data entry left to do… 

The CEO asked me to buy her some pretend medals today when I had the time as tomorrow the office is going on an away day which I imagine is where they build up on team working exercises and similar things like that. As I am just a work experience girl I am not going therefore I am covering the phones for the day. I barely had a lunch break as none of the shops near the office sold fake medals so I had to walk into the centre and try a fancy dress shop, luckily they had them!

Back to comps if I have no more distractions I should get loads done today! 

BUT 

I’m a work experience girl so the following task was given to do… 

-Kitchen Shop

At the end of the day I then went over tomorrow’s schedule with the PA as I’ll be one of the employees in the office along with one of the freelancers. I’m so glad that the PA said I can park in the garage which means I don’t have to stress with looking for a car parking space in the morning! Yay :)! 

I’m finally in the 3000’s with the data entry, I never thought I would see this day come…. 1000 left! 

I would like to mention that I am feeling incredibly happy with my work placement, it’s such a fantastic place! I’m feeling really positive as I’ve really got out there and asked editors to be involved a bit more. Part of the reason is that I’ve been able to join in with a bit of the office banter as well as I’m not sat in the reception area which is a bit secluded from the rest of the office making the day that bit more enjoyable! 

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