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5 Things Successful Job Hunters Do To Get Hired

Sunday, 19, October, 2014 0 , , , Permalink 2

Over the past 15 years, I've applied for at least 50 jobs and internships and interviewed for close to 30. Everything from a bakery, hardware store, supermarket, hospital, temping agency, engineering company to law firm. It doesn't matter what the position, there is a method to the madness of getting hired in this economy. Here are the 5 things every successful job hunter does to get hired: 1. Reach out before you dish out Over 80% of jobs are never advertised - they are usually filled internally or through existing networks, as it saves the employer time and money. So, personal connections are clearly important in the employment process. If you're responding to a job advertisement, try to make contact with someone at ...

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Top 10 Must Eats in NYC

Sunday, 21, September, 2014 0 , , , Permalink 0

There is so much to do in NYC. But what do you do if you've seen the Empire State Building, Rockafella Centre and Top of the Rock? If you've strolled through Central Park, Little Italy, Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdales? If you've toured the UN, the 9/11 Memorial and all the museums? At least twice. Well, I say it leaves guilt-free space in your itinerary for eating your way around the city. On my recent trip to NYC - my fourth bite of The Big Apple - I was able to really get a taste for New York. Food is a huge part of my travelling experience - I'd prioritise eating a croissant in Paris over the Louvre any day. So, here ...

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5 Lessons from the Wolf of Wall Street

This week, I took the opportunity to see Jordan Belfort (aka The Wolf of Wall Street) at one of his famous motivational speaking seminars. Like most people, I’d seen the movie and took a vague interest in Jordan’s story, quickly deciding that I did not like the man or what he stood for much at all. But, fraud and moral corruption aside, Jordan has led a pretty extraordinary life and I figured that I’d be pretty close-minded to dismiss the lessons that he had to share at face value. So, I went along. Not surprisingly, the people-watching at this seminar was entertainment enough. A majority of the audience was comprised of suited-up-wolf-wannabes with their highlighted copies of the book ready for Jordan’s ...

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The Quiet Achiever & Leader

According to Myers Briggs, I’m an introvert. This actually surprised a few people (friends and colleagues included) but not me – I’ve always been a bit shy and reserved. I’m happy in my own company and find crowds and meeting new people overwhelming. Sure, I can be the life of the party, give a presentation and mingle and network with the best of them – but I find it draining and regenerate afterwards by spending quiet time by myself. It became pretty clear to me fairly early on that schools, employers and the corporate world in general recognise and reward extroverted behaviour much quicker than the subtler introverted approach. Susan Cain talks about this divide between introverts and extroverts in her ...

Here’s the thing about cargo pants

When I was 13 years old, the khaki cargo pant was the height of teen fashion. It was the late 90s and - after watching one-too-many TLC or All Saints music videos - I became firmly convinced that I simply must have a pair to go with my butterfly clips and “Bad Girl” t-shirt. And it wasn’t long before I had my heart set on this cute khaki pair at the local Jeans West store. I spent (what felt like) weeks begging my parents for a pair of those cargo pants. I have no doubt that my mood ring would have been permanently black with angst. “Everybody’s got them”, “I really, really need them” and – in the grand finale of ...

My European Highlights

Tuesday, 1, September, 2015 0 , , , , , , Permalink 1

I knew this Monday was going to be more difficult than usual. Nevertheless, at 8.42am, I found myself staring blankly past my computer screen in a zombie-like state (due, in large part, to jet lag) unnervingly surprised at the sudden - almost physically painful - onset of post-holiday blues. This time last week, I was lying on a sunny beach in Sicily with a book in hand, basically getting a free hot stone massage from the pebbly shoreline that Italians call a beach. It was divine. And it sure as hell beat the uncomfortably-ergonomic office chair (with no massage features) that I’m sitting in this Monday. Yes, I have just returned from 4 blissful weeks of (unpaid - gah!) leave in Europe. ...

Don’t use emoticons (And other useful career advice)

Tuesday, 2, June, 2015 0 , , Permalink 0

The first time you enter the workforce – the corporate kind – it’s the beginning of a huge learning curve. You swan in with your university degree and self-proclaimed “life experience” and can’t help but shake that excitedly expectant feeling that you’ll be the next Harvey Spector… But, as it turns out, a piece of stamped paper and volunteering in South East Asia for 5 minutes isn’t much help when it comes to navigating the do’s and don’ts of office life. After nearly 9 years in the corporate world (gah!), here are the 10 lessons I think it’s good to learn early - whether you’re a university graduate or moving from professional services (law, accounting and consultancy firms) into the “real ...

5 Tips for the Bay of Islands

Tuesday, 28, April, 2015 0 , , Permalink 0

Another long weekend spent in picturesque New Zealand. And it contained all my favourite things - a road trip, good food, good wine, fresh air and amazing company. I barely scraped the surface of the Bay of Islands but there are plenty of articles and websites that you can find with the must-see attractions. Here are my personal 5 tips for a cracking long weekend:     1.       Stay in Russell at Robin’s Air BNB apartment The view from Robin's place Perfect location, perfect size, great views – enough said? Air BNB is absolutely my preferred accommodation when I travel. "Belong anywhere" is their aim and Robin's place in Russell made us feel right at home.   2.       Have the seafood chowder at Sally’s Restaurant Dinnertime view from Sally's Located ...

5 date ideas for the stay-at-home traveller

If there was ever an opportunity for harmonising roots and wings in a single blog post - well, this is it. Dating can be difficult at the best of times - a "roots" endeavour, for most of us it's essentially about finding a life partner. So, for a wanderlust-infected traveller - a lover of "wings", so to speak - it can be difficult to stay anywhere long enough to really lay the foundations of a relationship. There needs to be a compromise - a middle ground between roots and wings - but who says you can't stay put and still get that travel buzz? Enter, the “staycation”. We've all heard of it – the seemingly-less fun, holiday at home - and I realise ...

A long weekend in Auckland

Tuesday, 10, February, 2015 0 , , Permalink 0

If you live on the East Coast of Australia, going overseas for an indulgent and picturesque long weekend is not as impossible as it sounds. Just 3.5 hours of flying will get you to a destination that has views reminiscent of the Greek Islands, mountains and lakes as grand as Switzerland, vineyards to rival Tuscany and harbours as bustling as Venice. Next surprise? It’s all on the lesser-travelled North Island of New Zealand – Auckland. Now, frankly speaking, the actual city itself is nothing particularly special. But it’s a great place to kick-start a long weekend. Here is my sample itinerary and tips for a long weekend in Auckland:   Day 1 in Auckland (Friday) A day in Auckland is going to be plenty. After ...

What an 85 year old’s birthday can teach you about life

Sunday, 9, November, 2014 0 , , , , Permalink 0

Recently, I surprised my family by flying home for my Nana’s 85th birthday. It was a bit risky – surprising an 85 year old – but luckily Nana was thrilled and survived to tell the tale of her eldest (and, of course, favourite) granddaughter travelling cross-country to see her. The truth is - it was an easy decision. She's an amazing lady, my Nana. The epitome of class and grace, she knows every rule of social etiquette and is responsible for my table manners and ability to make pastry from scratch. She has the patience of a saint and an ever-so-subtle habit of being charmingly manipulative when she needs to be. She is a master of the long-lost art of letter writing. ...