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 Create Your Own Business!!!

5 STEPS TO STARTING YOUR OWN BUSINESS – Carrie Green of the Female Entrepreneur Association says: 

SET GOALS: Having a clear vision of what you want to achieve is vital. Get a pen and paper and write down your goals and when you want to achieve them by.

GET SUPPORT: It can feel lonely setting up on your own, so check out online forums such as http://femaleentrepreneurassociation.com/ for inspiration and support.

FIND FUNDING: If you need money to get you started, check out start up Loans, who can provide loans of up to £2,500 if you are under 30, or The Prince’s Trust, who offer research loans of up to £5,000. Lots of schemes come with mentors, too, making them extra useful. 

LEARN FOR FREE: When you’re starting a business there will be things you have no clue how to do, but answers are out there. YouTube has video tutorials on every topic under the sun and The Centre of Excellence for women’s Entrepreneurship hold events and talks.

NUTURE YOUR BUSINESS: Business incubators – companies, like Google’s Campus, that help start-ups succeed by offering workspaces, IT infrastructure and expertise – are popping up all over the place. Visit http://www.companypartners.com to find your nearest one.

(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article ‘From filthy digs to filthy rich’ in Issue 4th March 2013, I did not write this!)

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Expand your contacts…

I cannot express how important it is to try and follow in my footsteps such as gaining work experience and following all the tips that I advise you to do! Many people I have spoken too seem to be impressed or amazed that I have managed to do all of this…. Maybe I sound a bit cocky or in your opinion I am doing it wrong and you can do it better or maybe I could do more!

BUT

because of work experience I have become quite good friends with the receptionist who has a passion for making films and said to me that I too should pursue what I like because no one is going to hand it to you! So she makes films & I write no tells me to, I just do it! I got into blogging as an editor I work with introduced me to WordPress. I now attend blogger events in my city, where I have the chance to meet new people, interact and network with others who also blog & write. At the first blogger event that I went too, I met the PR team of my city’s shopping centre who have said to me the opportunity is there if you want to get some work experience with us! I would be a fool not to take it!! This could lead to more opportunities my only advice to you is once you’ve got your foot in the door hold onto what you can and from there you will only blossom…

I will be eternally grateful to the PA of my placement for not throwing my letter asking to come in for work experience away and instead giving me that chance. If they would have said no I would not be here today writing to an audience who I know is out there reading my words!

Love

Rosa

X  

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More Magazine Biggest CV Mistakes

Not proofreading it. The number I’ve seen with typos and poor spelling and grammar show not everyone does. Always ask a friend or family member to have a look with a fresh pair of eyes.

(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article ‘Quiz the boss’ in Issue 4th March 2013, I did not write this!)

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Tuesday 19th July

This morning I got in at half 8 and I ended up being the first one in the office, I also managed to find a parking space straight away which is always a bonus… yay!

Due to the weather being so amazing because of this heatwave, I’m also super irritated because I can’t seem to sleep at night so lack of sleep = an irritated Rosa.

Seeing as I was an hour early I might as well make myself useful and get an early start. I did the receptionist a favour by helping her out a bit and made sure the kitchen was tidy, put plates and cups away and that jars were filled with coffee, tea, sugar etc…

Although some may argue that those were pointless jobs, when I cover for the receptionist that is all I really have to do unless I’m given tasks from the editors. However as well as being the receptionist she also covers the promotion side of things so it helps her out by ticking a few extra’s off her list. 

I also counted all the competitions that were in the box as she was most likely going to ask me to do it anyway. I think it’s strange that when we read a magazine we dive into a world that isn’t ours and when we see a competition advertised that we would only think would exist in a dream we go for it! When I sort out the competitions I see entries that make that extra effort by writing it in bubble writing or sending it in a neon coloured envelope, and then I think that it doesn’t make a difference because it really is a lucky dip and the winner could be anyone because what you don’t know is that their is a girl like me working in a magazine counting them and picking 1 out to then send out a winning letter too.

Now for the real reason why I was at work today…

One of their publications has had the majority of their competitions entries sent in and it’s my job to count them… 3073 counted competition entries later I then commence the task of opening them up 1 by 1 to then write up an excel doc to input the data as it useful to  be able to view the entries and to analyse the results.

I think I managed to do about 2000 today, not bad should be able to start typing the data up on Thursday, I’m quite fast with this as I have a pretty fast method worked out :)…

IT’S HOME TIME…

See you on Thursday as I’m going to Liverpool tomorrow. Roadtrip!! 

Rosa X 

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More Magazine Quiz The Boss Issue 25th February 2013

More asks Bosses what they look for when hiring an employee and tips that they can advise us with…

This week: Aruna Seth, 30, from London owns her own shoe line. Visit Arunaseth.com

WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR WHEN HIRING A NEW STAFF MEMBER?
I’m impressed in an interview when people tell me what they want to achieve for themselves and  the company in the long-term. I also look for people who are flexible. To work here you just need to be happy working in the stock room as you are representing us at a celebrity event. 

WHAT ARE YOUR TOP TIPS FOR PROGRESSING UP THE CAREER LADDER?
Know exactly what you want and speak to your manager as much as you can (without being annoying) – to learn from them. Networking is so important – the more people you know, the more likely you are to open yourself up to new opportunities. 

WHAT’S ONE THING YOU WISH YOU’D KNOWN BEFORE YOU STARTED OUT?
I wish I’d known what a massive part sales would play in my company. My background is in design, so I had to learn sales skills very quickly.

WHAT’S THE BEST ADIVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN?
My dad has taught me the importance of staying focused. It’s easy to take on lot’s of different projects at once but you need to prioritise before you move on to the next thing on your to-do list.

WHAT’S YOUR GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT?
Having Pippa Middleton wear my shoes to the Royal Wedding was a career-defining moment!

(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article ‘Spotlight on primary teaching’ in Issue 25th February 2013, I did not write this!)

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