Friday 7th February

Today I’m back to covering reception and seriously multi-tasking as I still have to finish off my project, yesterday I printed off a copy for my own reference to take home and to look over in the evening I found many mistakes and the more I looked at my project the more I had hated what I have achieved. Today I have come in looking at my project with a pair of fresh eyes and making small tweaks that will improve my pitch. See I’m a bit of a perfectionist and I really do think that nothing is ever perfect, take the concept of the pitch it’s basically saying, ‘Hmm what you’ve done is OK but these are the mistakes we see and this is what you should do to improve it’, there really is always room for improvement a perfectionist simply never sees anything as 100% its more something is 99% complete and that 1% is left being improved… a perfectionist will always say, ‘I can do this better’

Once arrived in the office I got myself a big bottle of water, I opened up ICAL and E-mails and I’m ready to be answering phones, passing on messages, writing up remittances and tweaking my project because as I said I think nothing can be ever perfect, it can be right but it can always manage improvements! ICAL shows that today shouldn’t be busy BUT it is Friday and in the media world it means finishing up deadlines.

Covering reception today consisted me of:
– Sending out remittances – I did the funniest thing with this today usually the accountant hands me the list of expenses going out with the invoices, most invoices have an E-mail address so that we can forward them their remittance. Each invoice I send a remittance to I stamp with a paid stamp and cross it off the expenses list. Sometimes invoices may not have an E-mail address but they’ll have a contact number so I put these invoices into a separate pile to go through once I have finished the rest. I then contacted the invoices without E-mail via telephone in order to be given an email where we can forward them their remittance, only problem is the first person I called was one of our freelancers in the office and she said to me, ‘I’m in the office, I’ll come over and speak to you now.’ I had no idea it was her as I knew her by her first name only, a bit of office banter is always fun…
– Plugging in the editors movements for next week
– Franking & Sending out the post
– Emptying the dishwasher and putting in any dirty plates lying around
– Handing out the parcel
– Counting competition entries

My morning was pretty calm as all I had to do were the remittances, then before I knew it I have 3 big jobs to finish by the end of the day…Ahhhh! It was slightly annoying as well as just to top it off the computer was being really slow… I’ll be honest too I have been having some panic attacks lately and getting the opportunity to cover reception again really does help my confidence. I remember the first time I answered the phone I was terrified  as I thought to myself, ‘Do not mess this up, you are representing this company.’ I feel I have come such a long way since then but now I feel like I did the first time I did it…simply put I just need to get over myself and do it.

I’ve also finished tweaking project and spent an hour applying F.A.C.E (Font, Alignment, Consistency and Engagement) to finally be able to send a PDF format to the editors for some feedback.

The commercial manager asked me if I could update my placement clientele via File Maker Pro, I had to search for the company first to avoid duplicates in the system and if it wasn’t listed to then add new company, company sector, company website, phone address and in comments write which client magazine it was for and then add the following information name, tel, email  & job title for the contacts company. 

It’s finally home time :), even though its Flexi-Friday and I made the extra effort to get in early so that I could leave earlier due to being so tired all this week, it ended up back firing as I couldn’t finish on time due to having so much work to do.

I’m back in on Wednesday to finish inputting my placements clientele, so I will see you then…

Also posted in http://lifeisfunbeingme.wordpress.com/

More Magazine Go Think Big Issue 8th April 2013

GET YOUR FOOT IN THE DOOR

Land your dream job with the help of GoThinkBig.co.uk

Our team at Bauer have put their heads together with the experts at O2 to set up GoThinkBig, a campaign to help young people like you find the right job. So if you’re looking for your big break, head to GoThinkBig.co.uk – a one-stop shop that gives you helpful ideas, advice and much-needed support so you can figure out the right career path for you. Why? Because we know how tough it is out there. And to help us find out what you think, we hit the streets to ask how you prepare for an interview…

HOW DO YOU PREPARE FOR AN INTERVIEW?
We took to the streets to find out…

Alice Holtham, 18, A fashion student from Chesire
‘You need to do your research. It’s also important to know what you want to get across – I do talk a lot! And practise keeping those pesky nerves at bay!  

Amie Shearer, 21, A creative executive at O2 London
‘I practice possible questions interview with my mum and make sure I have key examples of my skills and successes ready and up my sleeve to talk about.’

Rebecca French, 23, An illustrator from Milton Keynes
‘You need to know who you’re interviewing for, so do  your research. Look at their website, or buy their magazine if they have one. Don’t forget to stay calm either.’

Lizzie Rix, 21, A PR intern from Yorkshire
It’s important to look smart. I pick my outfit the night before, so I’m not rushing on the morning of the interview.’

Jen Marshall, 22, A designer at More! From St Albans
‘Stick to the brief of what you need to provide on the day, but try to go the extra mile. So if you need to present a portfolio do it in the company’s style.’

Rachel Toye, 24, A job Hunter from London
‘When Researching the company you’re interviewing for, do it properly – don’t make anything up! And ensure that your CV is relevant.’

ON THE HUNT
Make sure that your CV is the best that it can be and sets you apart from your competition, and then put it out there. There’s plenty of websites to post your CV on to, such as monsters.co.uk and indeed.co.uk. These sites normally have an app available as well, so you can stay on top of the most recent jobs posted when you’re on the go. And, as before, make sure you stay active within the social spaces, both to be seen and to stay on top of the most recent trends.’
Get more out of your technology by searching for ‘O2 Guru TV’.

(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article  ’o2 Partnership Get your foot in the door’ in Issue 8th April 2013, I did not write this!)

Also posted in http://lifeisfunbeingme.wordpress.com/