Monday 3rd March

Evening All,

I’m back for the week covering reception, as usual as soon as I arrived I got myself a bottle of water and got started by opening up emails & ICAL to see what to expect from today…

I know I have said it a thousands times before, but I really am 1000% grateful for my work placement,  this week in between covering receptionist, the PA has kindly said to me to, ‘feel free to bring any uni work to do in between answering calls and emails.’ This for me is a load off my shoulders because I can work whilst studying and not have to try and make time for this in the evenings too, especially being in my last year at university and can now visualise my dissertation deadline.  

I find Mondays and Fridays tend to be the same… busy, busy, busy. 

The best thing about covering reception for me is you never know what job will come your way next, I love the excitement of not knowing. Today’s reception duties consisted of:

– Answer calls
– Pass on messages
– Handing out the post
– Emptied the dishwasher
– Book meeting rooms
– Fill out an expense sheet for the commercial director and making sure it was in date order
– Sign some birthday cards, one of the things I love about the office is the organisational culture, I really  like how friendly people are here such as whenever its someone’s birthday, a birthday card is sent around the office so that everyone can sign before given to the birthday girl/boy
– Call the concierge to let him know there was a water leak in one of the toilets
– Bind some documents for a meeting tomorrow
– Fill the photocopier with paper
– Keep the kitchen tidy
– Fill up coffee jars
– Search for and print an email for the PA
– Sign for parcels and hand them out
&
Last but not least…
– Frank & send out the post

By 11 o’clock I finally had some spare time to do some uni work seems like I might have to factor in time to do work this evening too, this week is going to be a long one…

I also managed to grab the graphic designer when she had a spare 5 minutes to ask her if I could shadow her even just for a half hour, I feel so proud of myself when I actually embrace a gold mine of an opportunity, go for it and simply open my mouth and ask. Yayy! 

I’m not in tomorrow so I will see you on Wednesday!

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Eureka!!!

OH MY GOD! I  had the best day EVER and the best part was I was all by myself imagine how happy I would be if I was out with others, I’m currently spreading happiness in my household eeeekkkkk…. nothing and no one can bring my mood down.  The advertising and creative industries workshop I mentioned  in lifeisfunbeingme was AMAZING! 

I wrote pages and pages of notes down, its always interesting to hear the stories of creatives in the industry and I have realised that their story of how they became who they are always differ but I always find they have one thing in common and that is OPPORTUNITY. They always mention how they did something and then the opportunity came along and that opened doors for them which allowed them to network, grow and get to where they are today. 

All creatives advise the same thing and that is perseverance, those that become intimidated by the industry because of competition and rejections will not make it you need to be strong and keep at it, because an opportunity for you will happen and those that give up, give the opportunity to someone stronger than them. 

This workshop really opened my eyes to the opportunities around me and what I want to do, to be honest as much as I love writing, have had the passion inside me since I learnt how to write my first sentence and cannot shut up if I start talking about my blog. I’m not good at it, some of you may think, ‘Aww she’s wrong, I love reading her lifestyle blog lifeisfunbeingme!’ but maybe that’s because I write it how I speak, yet this has grown to be my writing style you should see how much I beat myself up when I have to write for someone else. I panic because I worry that I’m not good enough, I hate writing reviews they are my ultimate pet hate but I love writing opinions, updating lifeisfunbeingme and getting my opinion across through writing, I’m pretty good when I’m pissed off, I just have to write it on paper and sometimes it turns out to be some of the best work I have ever done. When I know I have to write something that has to abide by certain rules and make sure I tick everything off the checklist, I lose the spark, you should see my essays I dread doing it because I find it so hard whereas here I let go and write whatever I want and how I want my blog is my freedom and no one can dictate how I should maintain it.

I might be repeating myself here but for my module creative industries and professional practice we had to do a project in a media industry where I was assigned to create a pitch for a magazine and I cannot believe I am saying this but when I started it I was absolutely terrified but the more I got into it, the more I got into my task, I ended up enjoying myself so much that I think I may want to work in the creative side of the industry and not editorial, I know it’s been my dream to write since I was a child but I think I want to take the path of brand management and see what doors it opens…

I now know what steps I want to take after graduation, first thing tomorrow when I go home for my hospital appointment and see my parents I am going to sell myself to them hoping they will employ me for my first project so that I can start to build my portfolio, I can become a someone and start to get my name recognised in the big wide world.

Aww today was just amazing, the inspiration you get from these talks is just brilliant I have a massive smile plastered on my face, I sang the whole way home in my car with the radio at like 100 and that smile is still there whilst I’m writing to you guys. I feel even more motivated to go just for it and I feel like I could write for ever. I am so happy with myself that I made the effort to go as opposed to going to my lecture which is the one I dislike the most, I just think imagine IF I didn’t go I wouldn’t have had the chance to gain an insight into 5 peoples working career in the industry I want to be working in, I wouldn’t have realised that brand management is what I want to do and I wouldn’t have realised that as much as I love my work placement, I have decided to leave in September and chase the world to see what else is there. I will always be grateful for all the things they have done for me, for giving me that chance to grow, to find out about the industry but doing admin for the rest of my life is not what I want to be doing, I want to be creative. I thought to myself that I don’t think I really take advantage in being there, and next time I go in I should show them what I am capable of by working on a campaign in my spare time and say these are my ideas what do you think? Can I come in and work on it with your guidance so that I can prove myself? If there is one thing that I learnt today, its in the creative industry you can’t apply for a job in a conventional way, you need to do it creatively to show your future employer you are worthy to be employed because you wow’d them by being creative and doing something different. 

See you soon I’m off to make my idea a reality, good luck me:)!

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Are you LinkedIn??

I was looking through my LinkedIn profile and found this article where The guardian posted and advised how students should use LinkedIn it’s worth checking out… 

Students: how to use LinkedIn at uni to help you get a job when you graduate

Getting to grips with LinkedIn while you’re still a student is a great way to build contacts

young woman looking at linkedin on an ipad

LinkedIn is like the professional Facebook, and could help students when they graduate. Photograph: Alamy

Trying to make yourself stand out in the sea of graduates looking for jobs is tricky. Having a LinkedIn account can be a key way to build up contacts while still at uni. And getting a LinkedIn profile now can be a good way to find work experience and other opportunities alongside your studies.

Ian Osborne, university work related learning officer, says: “In a previous role with the university I set up work placements for around 200 studentsand the vast majority were through utilising and generating contacts on LinkedIn.”

A LinkedIn profile is your chance to build a positive online presence for yourself.

Some universities are even integrating LinkedIn into their courses. Melissa Spiers, a third year zoology student says: “My university is very keen on employability so I heard about LinkedIn through academics. My course at university makes LinkedIn count towards my grade, so that is really useful.

“It helps me keep in contact with my peers in a more professional manner than Facebook and keeps track of my achievements beyond my CV.”

Universities are taking on board the importance of the online profile, and it’s something you should be thinking about too. If someone searches for your name in Google, what are they likely to find? Having an up to date LinkedIn profile is like an online CV.

Osborne says: “Advice I would give for students getting LinkedIn is to make sure it is up to date with their activities, achievements, grades, involvements in societies, passions, interests and career goals.

“Have regular updates on your profile. Think of it like Twitter in that sense. Your activity updates are like a beacon of flashing information disseminated out across your network;– as it’s not only your contacts that see this but their contacts too.”

Your LinkedIn account is your space to share what you are achieving at university, and will be important when you graduate. Anthony Vickers, masters student at the University of Exeter, has over 70 contacts on LinkedIn and says that he has found it useful when applying for jobs.

LinkedIn can help you network with people in unexpected ways. Osborne says: “Don’t necessarily keep your profile exclusive to your career. Everyone has potential with people they know. I had one student who had around five contacts and he thought they were irrelevant to his career choices. However on closer inspection one of them had a contact in the area he was looking to go into.”

For Osborne, LinkedIn is significant because “your profile can be used as a short cutting avenue into organisations and can help you get around the gatekeeper to the company (for example the receptionist you would have to speak to before getting to an employer).

“But it’s always important to keep in mind that LinkedIn is also a vehicle to meet key contacts face to face.”

LinkedIn is a useful tool for graduate job hunters, so getting to grips with it while still at uni will stand you in good stead. But it could also be your chance to get yourself noticed early, and to develop contacts while you’re still studying.

Top LinkedIn tips for students

• Get LinkedIn in your first year at university. Employers want to see it as an evolving online CV.
• Make sure your LinkedIn profile is complete. Employers are more likely to look at a finished profile.
• Make sure you upload a professional picture of yourself. No mirror selfies.
• To make the most of LinkedIn try to get a network of at least 100 key people.
• A student’s profile cannot be too broad. Display everything you are doing. Employers will look to see what you do that is over and above what they are looking for – it’s no longer just enough to have a good degree.
• Update your profile a couple of times a term. If you complete an activity such as a first aid course, update it to show that.
• Get to understand which groups are on there that you want to be part of and join them. Start approaching business mentors, people who can help you grow in your career and make contacts.

(Please note this article was taken from the guardian website  http://www.theguardian.com/education/mortarboard/2013/dec/30/linkedin-tips-for-students-employability I did not write this!)

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Brand Yourself

I am so proud of myself

BECAUSE

Yesterday I went to my lecture and it was for my module ‘Professional Practice & Creative Industries.’This lecture was about building myself as an online brand and starting our blogs. I was really excited for this lesson to see what we had to do and if there were any more improvements that I could take into consideration and act upon… surprise surprise there were! This means I have some improvements to make but don’t worry any changes that I make, I will update you. 

The lecture’s focus was on how to brand yourself online and it sounded strange to think of yourself as a brand but then I started to think of the big names such as, ‘The Murdoch Empire.’ Rupert Murdoch is a person with a regular name like me and you BUT by using the concept of branding and branding himself, he made it big! To get into the media industry you really do need to take advantage of the tools around you… 

This post WILL help you get started, regardless of what industry you want to go in, everyone finds everything on the internet, the question is, ‘Will your brand be there?!’ So whether your a baker, a photographer or a fisherman use the internet to brand yourself online! Although this post is mainly focused towards branding yourself for a media industry it can be applied to any other industry that use the internet and social media to their advantage to get their business recognised. To start off with, here are a few starting points on how to brand yourself…

USERNAME
The key is to always look and stay the same, for example MacDonald’s uses Ronald MacDonald as their brand and have never changed that figure.
-Always use your name 
-Try to use the same online username for every account you create, if it is already taken do not add a number instead add your profession, if my name was taken I would choose something along the lines of ‘rosaaversawriter’ 
-On any online accounts that you create try to always use the same profile picture so that when someone comes across your brand its looks professional

EMAIL
We all had msn when we were younger and made up a silly email instead of using our name, but let’s be honest if you put down on your CV ilovecheese@live.com, no one would hire you, especially in a media industry it’s always about being 100% professional. When thinking of your brand you need to remember that your name is your brand, therefore you want your brand to appear professional. I’ve said it before in a previous post but, ‘IMAGE IS KEY’. A tip so that you don’t confuse your personal life with your work life is to keep them separate and have two separate email accounts. With almost everyone having a smart phone/device it’s easy to keep up to date with opportunities, your work and personal life on the go via email especially as you can connect it to your phone. 

FACEBOOK
Again as I have mentioned before with social networks such as Facebook & Twitter you need to be careful about what you post, such as I like to keep my personal life private in the sense that if I don’t know you I won’t accept you on Facebook, you can also set your page to private via your settings. However I like to keep my Twitter public so if you want to follow me you are more than welcome. However a wise thing to do is to spend a few hours simply going through your social media accounts as employers now like to Google future employees, think to yourself if you were a CEO/Employer would you be impressed, more likely to hire yourself or not? My advice is simple if you are in doubt get rid of it! Your brand online could be costing you that job that you can’t understand why you didn’t get it if your perfectly qualified for it. Again, ‘IMAGE IS KEY’!

TWITTER
As Twitter is public you need to be extra careful with what you post as thousands of professionals use Twitter, think of it as your competition is on this network, how can you be different?! Remember to use all media professionally, when a friend mentions you in a comment respond to them privately so that your big plans for the weekend are not all over your feed. Make sure to follow as many professionals as you can within the industry that you want to go in and interact with others, share your opinion, if you use Twitter right it can bring many advantages. 

LINKEDIN
LinkedIn is a very useful website to use, it’s use is purely professional, for those of you that don’t use social networks at all you need to be on LinkedIn at least to create your brand. This social network is very useful as you can search for jobs within your industry sector, add other people you have been in business with and best of all your CV is public and easily searchable. For those of you yet to discover LinkedIn sign up to it ASAP it could land you your dream job!

BECOME NUMBER ONE
Everyone has something in common with another person but to become a brand YOU have to be different, you need to have a unique selling point (USP) which makes you different from someone else. Most people will know that an industry like the one that I really want to get into is extremely difficult so you need to be eager, intelligent and know your industry. The internet is an amazing tool so use it to your advantage to find out as much information as you can. Now that I have started this module, I don’t think that this blog will be enough to set me apart now that it is compulsory for all the people on my course to have a blog similar to mine in order to pass this module. As Kid President says, ‘What will you create that will make the world awesome?’

INTER CONNECT
One of my favourite things about social media is that most of your social networks can be connected to one another, for instance when I blog this post it will instantly be posted on my Twitter feed, LinkedIn profile and Tumblr account at the expense of a click. Make sure to keep all of your accounts connected so that your brand can grow and reach a bigger audience than you can possible imagine.  

BIOGRAPHY, WHO ARE YOU?
Writing about yourself is the best way a person can sell their brand across the internet, my teacher referenced this blog site http://brandmeajournalist.com 
(This website is focused more towards people wanting to go into the Media/Journalist industry.) which is amazing, it’s filled with tips on how to write about yourself and how your bio can have an impact on your brand. Make sure you check it out for tips that could be of use to you, especially as Twitter has a limited amount of characters try to maximise the limited space available. When branding yourself online make sure that the image you want to sell is reliable and professional, try to select a professional photo as your choice of profile picture. 

CONTACT
It’s strange but I never realised I did this too until my lecturer pointed this out yesterday but it’s quite common for people to forget to update/put their contact details on their social networks. For example would you have known where to find my contact details? Either put them in your about me page or have a page dedicated on how to contact you. A good tip is to mention your email in posts now and again, just to put it out there my email is  rosa.aversa92@live.com you can find my contact details on my Online CV page.

PRIVACY
-Although your Facebook page may be private if you have 1000 friends that means over 1000 people can view your page and friends of friends can use your friends Facebook to view your page so you may want to really think about who you want to keep on your Facebook page.
-As it is a social media account remember you are there to interact so think through your privacy settings. 

When I was in the lecture and my teacher was discussing all of the above I thought to myself, ‘Why am I here? He’s pretty much repeating everything I do already’ Most of the tips in this post have been written about in detail beforehand and have been posted on separate occasions, if you would like to find out more on a certain subject, you can search it, check out the  tips category  for all the tips available or you can comment below if there is a certain subject that you would like advice on and I will dedicate a post for you. Now that I have reiterated most of  the tips that I have previously given and used the extra ones from my lecture notes, there is only one thing left to say…

What are you waiting for?! 

Start BRANDING YOURSELF! 

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Followers where are you?!?!

Hey guys,

I would appreciate it so much if you were to respond to my posts, although there are a few hundred people following me it would be nice to know that you guys appreciate this information & find is useful. It would make me so happy to know my blog helped or contributed in any way, shape or form for you to get a job, to inspire you or even better helped you start your career. It would spur me on even more to continue putting in EFFORT, TIME & DEDICATION into this blog.

If there is anything in particular that you would like me to write about, do let me know and I will do my best to find the best research and write it up for you.

If you would also like to GUEST BLOG, send me you name & article to rosa.aversa92@live.com and I will post it on your behalf.

I know I discuss and talk a lot about writing & media but it’s only because this is my life passion, it’s what I want to do so if I find anything relating to both industries I will post about it, Facebook it and Tweet it!

The CHOICE is up to you, if I don’t hear from you I won’t write about it!

Love

Rosa X

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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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