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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Small Update

Hey All, 

As my last day at placement was last Monday, I’m not sure when I’ll next be there, so don’t worry this blog won’t remain DORMANT! It’s back with finishing up the tips that More Magazine have to offer us, before cutting it up and beginning my portfolio! Finally! As well as updating you with diary entries of any other work experience I shall gain, fingers crossed Eeekk!! 

Speak Soon,

Rosa X 

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More Magazine Issue 14th January 2013

As this issue was a January one and we all like to get rid of the old and start afresh it had some handy tips on how to do just that in the work world….
Enjoy

Make over your life… 

Time to get a new job if…

– You start dreading Monday morning on Saturday afternoon

– The highlight of your day is the five minutes it takes you to eat your lunch

– You’ve mentally shouted ‘I Quit’ to your boss at least 40 times in the past week

– You can do your job with your eyes closed and no longer feel inspired

– You constantly moan and complain about work

How to shake it up

Don’t let work overtake your life

‘Write down how much time you’re spending at work and how much you’re seeing friends and family’, says More!’s career expert Michelle Dewberry. ‘If your not happy with your work/life balance, set yourself goals to sort it out. Use futureme.org to send emails to yourself from the future, so you don’t forget your goals or give up after a few weeks.’ 

– Learn to love the job you have

Day to day, time-manage your worst jobs and reward yourself with treats as a motivator,’ suggests behaviour expert Judi James. ‘Also, try to go cold turkey on the continual whinging about work. Just sounding more positive can help you feel better.’

– Try something new

If you’re not happy, but not sure what else you’d be good at, try volunteering. Do-it.org.uk lists volunteer work in your area, from helping out at hospitals to fundraising. It’ll look great on your CV and might even inspire a career move. Or look into evening classes and retrain. 

(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article ‘Make over your life’  in Issue 14th January 2013, I did not write this!)

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More Magazine Go Think Big Issue 10th December 2012

This article is for you to use as a starting point just like I have wrote in my own words, however I think this article explains it better as this website has all the information for you ready…

GOTHINKBIG.CO.UK WANTS YOU

Getting your foot on the career ladder isn’t easy, but that’s about to change. Bauer has teamed up with O2 to create GoThinkBig, a fresh perspective on work experience that’s set to help thousands of young people (just like you) with career opportunities. O2 has already helped hundreds of young entrepreneurs like Hannah Catmur get their careers started, and you can find out more about applying for funding to set up your own organisation by looking at O2 Think Big on the GoThinkBig website. We found why Hannah couldn’t have set up her company without O2’s help…

How did O2 Think Big help you set up your organisation?
It gave me encouragement, mentoring and support in the form of training sessions, information and resources. I worked with a fantastic team full of enthusiasm and they were always willing to help with my ideas. 

Tell us more about your organisations.
Get Out! Explorers Club is passionate about getting kids to be more active outdoors and promotes adventure and exploration in an exciting way. Check us out at getoutexplorersclub.co.uk

What events have you held?
I organised an outdoor event this summer and 2000 people came along. The themes were exploring the outdoors and getting closer to nature. I was supported by various organisations and local businesses and it was great and a huge success. 

What are you working on now?
I’d love to develop Get Out! Explores Club and to receive enough funding to start the project up properly. I want to run more events for young children and families, educating kids about the outdoors.

What advice would you give young people who want to start their own business?
You’re young, so just go for it! There’s loads of support and resources out there now for young people wanting to start up a business. Times are tough and young people face so much competition for work, so now is as good a time as ever.

What are your thoughts on the new GoThinkBig inititative?
It’s a fantastic idea, as it encourages young people to make something of themselves. It’s inspiring and gives them the means to start up a venture. There are loads of talented young people out there and I know just how important work experience is. Don’t be afraid to get stuck in and remember there is no such thing as a stupid question!

Could you have done it without O2 Think Big?
I’m really driven, so I would have tried to make it work, but I wouldn’t have received the same amount of recognition and support. O2 Think Big helped me out with contacts and their experience was so important. 

(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article  ’o2 Partnership Go Think Big wants you’ in Issue 10th December 2012, I did not write this!)

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More Magazine Rules Of An Office Romance

According to recent research, at least half of us have dated a colleague and one in five of us know someone who’s been disciplined for doing so. Here’s how to stop it ruining your career…

1 You might call him babe on a date, but don’t do it in a meeting.

2 Don’t be tempted to have sex in the stationary cupboard. You will get SACKED if you’re caught!

3 Consider keeping your relationship quiet until you’ve established that it’s serious.

4 If one of you is more senior you need to be careful. You don’t want to give the impression that either of you are getting special treatment because your dating

5 There may be a clause in your contract preventing you from going out with other staff. But if you’re both behaving reasonably, your boss should too.

(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article ‘How to cope with the C word’ By Michelle Dewberry’  in Issue 26th November 2012, I did not write this!)

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More Magazine Issue 26th November 2012

With each and everyone of us there is always room for improvement, in this issue Michelle Dewberry tells us how to deal with criticism in a workplace… 

PERSONAL OPINION:

I for one will openly admit I am the worst person in the world when it comes to criticism hopefully if I too follow these tips I will handle it better:) 

Article – How to cope with the C word. 

Not that one – Criticism. Michelle tells you how to handle negative comments from your boss…

For some people, criticism from an employer can make us more determined to do well at work, while for others, it can leave us crying in the loos. But any kind of feedback is an essential part of our working lives. If nobody ever tells you how to improve, how are you going to get better? Being on the receiving end of a disappointing appraisal from a boss doesn’t have to be a bad thing – it’s how you deal with it that counts.

Feedback often comes as part of a formal review, but can also come out in a passing conversation. So how should you react when a manager wants to have a chat about your performance?

1 Don’t Take It To Heart

Firstly, all comments should be given in a constructive manner. Obviously, it can be hard not to take it to heart when it’s bad news, but there are ways to make the situation better. Always ask for clarity about what exactly it is that’s wrong. If somebody senior sits you down and tells you that you’re not doing well, that’s a general sweeping statement and isn’t helpful. Ask for specific examples about where you can improve. It might be timekeeping, your phone manner, or working on skills for a specific piece of software. ‘You need to do a better job’ isn’t a valid criticism and you would be well within your rights to say so.

2 Stay Calm

If you get unexpected negative feedback, stay calm and listen. I would then suggest saying something like, ‘Well, that’s a bit of a surprise. I’d like to take some time to think about it. Can we get back together to chat about it tomorrow?’ Give yourself breathing space, so that you can respond without becoming defensive or emotional. Afterwards you need to ask yourself, ‘Is this fair?’ Do you agree with what’s been said? Is it accurate? Could your boss have a point? Is it purely about work or is it personal? If you don’t think it’s fair, you need to speak with your boss to set the record straight – but by giving yourself head space, you can work out the right way to do this.

3 Set Targets

When you have a follow up discussion with your boss, ask them to write down any targets that have been decided on. You should ask how your performance is going to be measured. ‘What are the criteria and how long do I have to improve?’ are the right questions to ask.

4 Make Changes

If the feedback’s valid, you need to start changing your behaviour immediately. In the past, I’ve had to speak to employees about their timekeeping, then the next day they were still late. If your challenged about something like that, you have to get it right. It’s not hard to be on time for work, it just means getting up earlier and being more organised the night before. Sometimes it’s not our boss but our inner critic that leaves us feeling unsettled. I hate to say it, girls, but women are far more susceptible to this than men. I’ve known people leave high – powered jobs because their inner voices have been overwhelmingly critical. Don’t make up unachievable goals in your head. Work through them with your manager, write them down and make them do-able. Finally, there’ll come a point when you’re the one dishing out feedback. When you first start giving appraisals it can feel just as difficult as being on the receiving end! I use a sandwiching technique, where you say one good thing (the bread), one that needs improving (the filling), before finishing on a positive note (another slice of bread). It should never be personal but about helping everyone do their best. 

(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article ‘How to cope with the C word’ By Michelle Dewberry’  in Issue 26th November 2012, I did not write this!)

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More Magazine

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

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