Posted in Career

Five Top Tips on How to Prepare for an Interview

Great work! You’ve applied for a role and received an invitation for an interview which is an achievement in itself. It means that they’ve read your CV, you meet their requirements for the role and they are keen to meet you.

Now you need to deliver during the interview and preparation is key so I’ve come up with five top tips to help you prepare for the interview!

1. Research the company

Read up on the company and make notes on what you find.

Prepare a summary and practice explaining the company to someone else, this will determine if you know enough!

  • What is their core business?
  • What are their values?
  • Who are their clients?
  • Where are they located?
  • Do they have multiple offices?


2. Analyse the job description

If you haven’t received a job description when you applied for the job, ask for one and make notes on it to prepare for the interview.  The job description is an advert for the ideal candidate which basically tells you what they are looking for and therefore, what you need to be in order to be successful.

Pay particular attention to the words they use in the job description and analyse what the words mean:

Great attention to detail’ – This candidate would need to have a very keen eye for accuracy, patience in order to spend time on the detail and a long attention span.

Works well under pressure’ – This candidate would need to be dynamic and flexible in order to meet the demands of a pressured environment.

Works well in a team’ – This candidate would need to have strong communication skills and a positive attitude to working with others.

Once you have analysed the job description, prepare some statements that you can use during the interview referring to areas of the job description.

3. Think of questions

Prepare some questions to ask at the end of the interview. When a candidate asks questions during the interview it shows eagerness to understand more about the role.

I would prepare a minimum of five questions just in case they answer some of them during the interview.

A few examples are listed below:

  • What would a typical day entail?
  • What is the culture like?
  • What is the size of the team that I would be working in?
  • What is it about the company that you love?
  • Are there any opportunities for career development?


4. Research the interviewer(s)

If the company provides the names of who will be interviewing you, find their LinkedIn profile or biography on the company website.

  • What is their role?
  • What is their level?
  • How long have they been at the company?
  • Do they have any hobbies or interests?

The more you know about the interviewer the better prepared you will be. It means you can talk about specific points that you know they can relate to or use words that they have used in their biography. This will help to build a rapport with the interviewer.

Don’t feel as though you need to mention that you’ve done research on them as this can be interpreted in the wrong way.


5. Get an early night before the interview

Trust yourself that you have done enough preparation and switch off. This will help you relax and give a warm impression to the interviewers.

If you want to get your dream job by presenting yourself professionally ain your interview, I can help.

I’m offering a 60 minute free session to apply these principles and prepare for your perfect interview. Click here to book a time and date that works for you and let’s make this happen!

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Posted in Mind, Motivation, Positivity, Wellbeing

Challenge, Change and Conquer

My dream is to put my professional and personal experience to practice by helping people all around the world with whatever challenges and to become a happier, healthier and more satisfied version of yourself, using the three C’s: Challenge, Change and Conquer.

When there is something in your life that you are not happy with, the first step is to challenge it.

Why are you not happy with it? What about it makes you unhappy? Were you always unhappy with this or has it developed over time? Is there a way of improving it that will bring back the happiness?

By challenging it, it gives you a stronger and clearer understanding of why it makes you unhappy and helps you see the matter from an objective perspective.

The next step is to change it. Many of us are unhappy with aspects of our lives but we feel as if it is acceptable to be unhappy. It’s not.

We all deserve to be happy and we are all in control of our own happiness so once you’ve found the trigger of your unhappiness, set yourself the goal to change it.

Unfortunately there is no quick win to changing areas of our lives and it is often easier said than done, but you are not alone.

Our philosophy is based on our experiences, both successful and unsuccessful and we are here to share our techniques to positively implement change in your life.

The final step is to conquer it.

Achieve your goal, see your success, visualize yourself being victorious and believe in your ability.

You are in control of your life, your success and your achievement.

If you’re not feeling fulfilled or satisfied with an area of your life at the moment, I can help.

I’m offering a 60 minute free session to apply these principles and help you take the first step towards your happier life. Click here to book a time and date that works for you and let’s make this happen!

Posted in Business, Career, Mind, Motivation, Positivity

The Truth To Achieving Success

If one more person offers me a REALLY EASY way to have a 7-figure business or to quit my job and travel the world… I going to seriously lose my @#%&!!

The Truth

I always say “if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is!”. Success is not easy!  Success comes from strategic planning and consistent effort!

Through years of blood, sweat and tears, I have designed a proven way to help myself and my clients be truly successful. It’s not easy, it’s not a quick process, but it works!

Step 1: Know your purpose

Knowing your purpose is crucial for success because it’s the light at the end of the tunnel. It’s the one thing that is going to keep you on target and motivated towards achieving success.

When you have those tough days, your purpose is the thing that is going to motivate you to push through!

So in order to know your purpose, ask yourself the following questions:

What is my ‘WHY’?

Why do I want to be successful?

How do I want to be successful?

What do I want to be remembered for?

Step 2: Be Prepared

If I could have any quote tattooed on my arm it would be:

“Fail to prepare, prepare to fail!”

I believe that anything is possible with the right strategy and support and so the second step to success is planning your journey!

If we don’t prepare for our journey to success, how do we know that we’re going in the right direction? We would set off on a long drive that we’ve never done before without a map would we?

So the key points to prepare for your journey are:

How are you going to get there?

What steps do you need to take?

When will you take these steps?

Is there anything else that you need?

Every question will help you prepare yourself for the steps that you need to take and help you build a road map to your success!

Step 3: Work Hard and Be Patient

This is an obvious point but is probably the most important of the steps to success!Nothing ever worth it was easy and hard work really pays off! There will be times where you’ve tried so hard and put in so much time and effort with every little return and it is VERY demotivating. But you need to pick yourself up and try again.

Success doesn’t happen overnight and it VERY rarely happens at the first attempt so  be patient and just keep going!


The Real Life

Abraham Lincoln is a great example of how the road to success is not alway smooth!

Before becoming a U.S president, Lincoln had a failed business and two failed political careers finishing eighth out of thirteen candidates for the Illinois General Assembly and losing the election for Democratic Senator for Illinois.

Lincoln’s success as a political leader today wasn’t found, it was built from his immense drive and determination, and his skills in educating himself when others refused to help him learn with their help.

J.K. Rowling is another great example of how success takes time to build and it took years of perseverance for her to become the success she is today.

Before Rowling became a huge success, her journey was not considered to be smooth! Whilst launching her career as a writer, Rowling had to deal with the devastating death of her mother, serious depression, a failed marriage, a baby daughter she had to raise alone and a number of rejection letters for her first Harry Potter book!

Despite this, she has gone on to sell millions of copies of her books, which have been translated into 73 languages, and accrued over $20 billion through movie adaptations and sponsorships. The thing that kept Rowling going was her passion for writing, a definite example of how knowing your purpose is vital for success!


The Take-aways

What I’ve learned from my experiences is:

• Success is not found, it’s built

• Hard work is rewarded

• The best feeling of achievement is when you’ve worked SO hard to get there!

What have you learned about love through this post? How will you work towards achieving success? What will you do differently?

Comment below with your learning points and what you’re going to do different to achieve your success! Share your stories, questions, and insights.

If you’re not feeling lost when it comes to achieving your success, I can help.

I’m offering a 60 minute free session to apply these principles and help you take the next step towards your success. Click here to book a time and date that works for you and let’s make this happen!

Posted in Mental Health, Mind, Positivity, Wellbeing

“Knowledge is power” is an understatement

I’ve always been a worrier, I’m naturally a very analytical person and so over analysing and worrying always came naturally to me.

It seems that I always managed to find something to worry about. I’d worry about what other people thought of me, what if I said something that upsets someone, what if I let someone down and the list goes on.

So it’s no surprise that when I first experienced depression, anxiety shortly followed.

But it’s not all doom and gloom! 

When I was diagnosed with anxiety I felt like I couldn’t switch my brain off. The worse it got, the more I worried about what people thought of me! As you can imagine, an endless circle of thoughts.

But one day I woke up and I was fed up one day worrying about what everyone thought of me at work (that was the anxiety kicking in) and the next day I bit even caring if I got out of bed (and that was the depression kicking back).

I was fed up of not knowing what was happening to my mind.

So I decided I was going to start learning about my mind, how it works and why some of us experience unpleasant features such as anxiety or depression.

It was truly life changing. 

Once I began to learn about different elements of the mind, I found myself using less of my energy to worry and more of my energy to learn. It became addictive and it was almost like by understanding what was happening in my mind, I wasn’t scared of it anymore.

I accepted the experiences in my mind and became more aware when it was happening and why. As I felt like I understood it, I found ways to challenge it.

The more it worked, the more I wanted to learn.

It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done and I still get days when it comes back but I find ways to remind myself of the knowledge that I have and that the feelings are normal for me and that helps me get through it.

Once I found ways of using what I’d learnt to help myself, I decided that my main goal in life would be to use what I’d learnt to help others.

I want to help people that are struggling with mental illness or low emotional wellbeing by sharing with them the tools that I learnt so that they can live the happier, healthier and more enjoyable life that they deserve.

If you’re struggling with your emotional wellbeing or would like some help to feel happier and healthier, I can help.

I’m offering a 60 minute free session to apply these principles and help you find yourself again. Click here to book a time and date that works for you and let’s make this happen!

Posted in Mind, Wellbeing

What is Emotional Wellbeing?

We hear the phrase ‘emotional wellbeing’ being thrown around so much at the moment but what does it actually mean?

I would define ‘emotional wellbeing’ as:

“the state of psychological health that drives the ability to positively meet the demands of everyday life”

Emotional wellbeing is so important because it effects everything that you do. Your mind controls what you do and how you do it and emotional wellbeing focuses on the health of your mind so the state of your emotional wellbeing is vital.

The better the emotional wellbeing of an individual, the more positive, healthy, efficient and productive the individual will be.

Lower emotional wellbeing is often associated with negative outcomes and can be related to mental health concerns such as stress, depression, and anxiety.

But why does it happen?

Do you find yourself feeling lost and can’t seem to feel happy in yourself? Do you feel like have everything you ever wanted in life but feel like something is missing? These are both very common causes of low emotional wellbeing.

The most common triggers of low emotional wellbeing that we see around the world are:

  • Constantly living a fast pace life, always on the go and not sure if we’re on the right track;
  • Always focusing on others and not putting ourselves first; or
  • Life changing event, such as going through a divorce or losing a job.

But I promise that you can get through it and feel your happiness again!

If you find yourself struggling with your emotional wellbeing or feeling low, I can help.

I’m offering a 60 minute free session to feel happier and healthier. Click here to book a time and date that works for you and let’s make this happen!

Posted in Mental Health, Mind, Positivity, Wellbeing

Why I Learnt To Self Love

Me loving myself?

Well everyone knows that with depression, the most common issue is low self esteem and self worth so loving myself was never really a thing I mastered.

I always wanted to help others, drop what I was doing when I needed them and put their needs before dealing with my own.

But then I realised that I was only hurting myself more and the worse I got, the less I could help other people.

The turning point for me…

About 2 years ago, one of my closest friends went through a huge battle with her health that was truely live changing.

Even though in my heart I would always be there for her, unfortunately I knew I wouldn’t be able to help her at this time because I had so much negativity in my mind that I couldn’t even think straight let alone think of how to take someone else’s pain away.

This was the turning point for me because I’ve always taken pride in being there for others and it was truely heart breaking when I had to walk away from her at this time in her life.

I decided that something had to change, I had to learn to help myself so that I could give myself the ability to help others again. I realised that by not helping myself I wasn’t just letting myself down, I was letting others down.

So when the moment came to being there for one of my closest friends and I realised that I couldn’t, I knew that I need to help myself so that I could help her.

That’s why I learnt to self love.

If you’re struggling with learning to love yourself, I can help.

I’m offering a 60 minute free session to get you unstuck, feeling happier and loving yourself more than ever. Click here to book a time and date that works for you and let’s make this happen!

Posted in Marketing, Social Media

How To Make Social Media Work For You

I hate to break it to you, but we are all sheep. Originally used as a survival technique but unfortunately this has also impacted the way we consider the use of social media in our businesses.

“Well everyone else is doing it so I thought I should”

Unless your business is EXACTLY the same and your target customer is EXACTLY the same, why would you copy their social media strategy? In the same way that you wouldn’t copy their business model or revenue model, don’t copy their social media strategies because they’re not designed to fit your business, your customers or your offering.

When I launched my business, one of the first things I did was set up a social media account on EVERY platform I could think of! It was easy to set up but when it came to the content creation and maintenance, it was exhausting and seriously time consuming!

The lightbulb moment for me was when I realised that I had more followers my Instagram profile than all of the other platforms combined but I had not made 1 cent from it and 100% of my revenue actually came from Facebook because it ticked all of the boxes for my business.

When considering your presence on social media, it’s vital to make sure you’re delivering the right content, in the right place, for your customers WITHOUT trying to be everywhere. So I’m going to take you through my 4 steps to establish what platform is best for you and how you can make social media work for you!

1. Decide on the purpose of your social media 

As with any part of your marketing strategy, it’s so important to decide on the purpose of your distribution method and using social media is no different. If you can’t explain how a particular social media platform will help you to achieve your goals then it’s time to stop and remind yourself why you’re considering using it.

The ultimate purpose of your social media presence is to assist in the achievement of your strategic goals, right? So it’s crucial to understand what the specific purpose is for your social media presence and ask yourself the questions:

  1. What do I want my social media channel to do for me or my business?
  2. What are the objectives of my social media presence?
  3. How will my social media presence help in achieving my higher level strategic objectives?


2. Use the platforms that your potential customers use

If you decide that social media is vital in your marketing strategy, you need to be on the platforms that your customers are on.

Let’s be honest, there is no value for you to be on platforms where your customers aren’t if the objective of your social media presence is to build your brand or generate leads.

So you need to consider where your audience is interacting online and the best way to do that is by following social media demographics. When you’re building your social media strategy, it’s so tempting to just follow the trend but just because others are doing it doesn’t mean it’s the best approach for you. Always double check your assumptions with demographic data.

Here are a few links for sources of demographic data (Pew Research Centre):

Facebook – http://www.pewinternet.org/2015/08/19/mobile-messaging-and-social-media-2015/2015-08-19_social-media-update_07/
Instagram – http://www.pewinternet.org/2015/08/19/mobile-messaging-and-social-media-2015/2015-08-19_social-media-update_09/
Twitter – http://www.pewinternet.org/2015/08/19/mobile-messaging-and-social-media-2015/2015-08-19_social-media-update_11/
LinkedIn – http://www.pewinternet.org/2015/08/19/mobile-messaging-and-social-media-2015/2015-08-19_social-media-update_10/

On a side note, it’s very unlikely that your target customer will be using just one social media platform. That doesn’t mean you need to be on ALL of the platforms they’re on, you just need to be on the one that they use and that works for your business!

3. Conclude on the features that you need 

Now that you know the purpose of your social media and where your customers are, you need to consider what features you need and in particular, the features that will work for what you’re offering!

If you’re selling products to individuals and want to use a platform that can lead to direct sales, you might want to consider Pinterest as your preferred social media platform. If you’re selling products and you’d like to have a visual platform where you can boost your brand awareness, Instagram is a great option due to the visual nature.

If you’re selling a service and you’d like to connect with potential customers with a community feel, you may prefer to use Facebook for the Groups feature and the ability to instant message.

Of the platforms that you know your audience is engaging on, it’s SO important to pick one that offers the features that you need, otherwise there is a risk that the platform won’t work as well for you and won’t deliver on the social media strategies that you’ve set.


4. Consider the type of content you’ll be creating

The biggest difference between the most popular social media platforms is the type of content you can create and share. Certain content formats are definitely more suited to particular social media platforms than others.

If you decide that you’d like to write articles and share detailed blogs to boost your brand, you may prefer Facebook due to the large character limit on posts.

If you prefer to share images or videos targeted at a younger audience, you may want to consider Instagram or Snapchat.

If you’d like to share videos and live streams that are over a couple of minute in length, you may prefer Facebook, Twitter or YouTube due to the features available and the current number of users on those platforms.

So take the time out to conclude on the content that you want to be creating and sharing with your audience and ensure that you go with a platform that can deliver that for you.


The Take-aways

What I’ve learned from my experience is:
•  It’s better to give 100% to one platform than giving 20% to five different platforms.
•  Establish your social media presence based on your target audience and where they are interacting
•  Build a presence on the platform that works for the type of business you are AND the content you want to share!
What will you do differently now when establishing your social media presence?
Comment below with your learning points and what you’re going to do differently now!
Share your stories, questions, and insights!

If you want to create your social media strategy and boost your social media presence, I can help.

I’m offering a 60 minute free session to apply these principles and boost your social media. Click here to book a time and date that works for you and let’s make this happen!

Posted in Mental Health, Mind, Positivity, Wellbeing

Liberating Yourself… The Truth About Worrying What Other People Think

Everyone wants to be liked and accepted, but many of us spend too much time and energy worrying about what other people think.

And the scariest part is that, we probably don’t even realise that we’re doing it, but these kinds of thoughts are unhealthy and stressful because it makes us feel unworthy.

I remember that I always worried what people thought of me, I’d have a conversation with someone and then after the conversation, possibly even hours later, I’d be thinking “oh why did I say that? What do they think of me now! I should have said this”

And it got to the point where it was happening multiple times a day and because of it, I lost all of my confidence and self-esteem and ended up getting depression.

What I realised was that by constantly judging myself and knocking myself, I was the reason I had low self-esteem, no one else.

And the truth of the matter is… No one really cares!

Believe it or not, we’re not that special.

We go through our days thinking about how other people might be judging us. But the truth is — those people are thinking the exact same thing.

No one in today’s society has time to think more than a brief second about us. The fact of the matter is, we’re too busy thinking about ourselves and our own shortcomings — not others.

Worry is a mental state. It is created by our mind, consciously or subconsciously, and so we have the ability to remove it!

So rather than worrying what others think of us, let’s focus that time and energy onto making us feel better about ourselves!

Let’s stop judging ourselves!

Sometimes we hit ourselves over and over again with judgments to the point that we begin to question our own abilities and decision making.

By judging ourselves, it makes us feel like others MUST be judging us because we are judging us.

So let’s turn down the volume of our inner critics. Let’s enjoy our successes and put ourselves out into situations where we can impress ourselves and be proud!

Let’s find other people that do the same!

Let’s surround ourselves with people who are self-assured, confident with themselves and live life without comprising their core values, just like us!

If there is something in your life that you’re finding difficult or perhaps you want to liberate yourself, I can help.

I’m offering a 60 minute free session to get you unstuck, feeling happier and healthier. Click here to book a time and date that works for you and let’s make this happen!

Posted in Career

Eight Top Tips When Writing Your CV

So whether you’re about to take the first step into employment, applying for a new job or just looking to keep your CV up to date, it’s vital that your CV gives the best possible impression of you.

To guide you in the right direction I’ve pulled together eight top tips which will help you put yourself in the perspective of the potential employer and give you an indication of what they are looking for…

1) Include a summary of your profile to introduce yourself

The summary of your profile is the first thing that a potential employer will see so you want it to capture their interest.

It’s purpose is to introduce yourself but remember that your CV is an advert for employing you and therefore keep the summary focused on your career aspirations.

Any personal hobbies or interests that you’re particularly passionate about can also be mentioned in your summary but make sure you answer the question “how is this relevant to the job that I’m applying for?” and ensure that you include why it is relevant in the summary.

2) Define your brand

‘Don’t judge a book by it’s cover’ unfortunately doesn’t apply here. The look and feel of your CV is vital in delivering your first impression to potential employers.

If you’re striving for a creative role in a fast past industry, as an example, have a think about what you would expect a successful candidate to look like.

What would attract another creative individual to your CV? What would the font look like? It’s important to ensure that the look and feel of your CV reflects the role that you are applying for.

An easy win for this is to check that your email address is appropriate. If you’re applying for a professional role, provide the potential employers with an email address that reflects a professional profile.

As an example, professional firms may be put off by inappropriate or informal email addresses such as ‘x–the-crazy-girl–x@yahoo.co.uk’.

3) Is it a complete record?

Are there any gaps in your CV of a month or more? Perhaps you took some time out of work to go travelling or just a break from employment, don’t leave it out.

The readers will be checking for gaps in your CV where no details have been included. It’s not seen as a negative if there are gaps but it is better to include them in your CV rather than omitting them.

4)
It’s OK to have a personal life

Include your hobbies and interests. After all, the reviewers will be people and, by detailing your hobbies and interests, it shows that you are human.

In addition, often hobbies and interests give an indication of additional skills that you may not have considered, for example, ‘captain of a local football team’ could indicate strong communication skills, ability to work as part of a team and leadership skills and experience.

5) Mirror the job description

If you have a particular role or job that you are looking for, review a job description for this role.

The job description is an advert for the ideal candidate which basically tells you what they are looking for and therefore, what you need to be in order to be successful.

Pay particular attention to the words they use in the job description and analyse what the words mean for example:

Works well in a team’ – This candidate would need to have strong communication skills and a positive attitude to working with others.

Once you have analysed the job description, review your CV and reflect the job description requirements in your CV.

If they have included a reference to ‘Works well in a team’, double check that you have included a reference to team work in your CV.

Make it real and refer to previous experience which has given you the opportunity to build the required skill, knowledge or behaviour.

It goes without saying that honesty is the best policy so it’s definitely recommended to not include anything in your CV that isn’t true, even if the job description mentions it!

6) Keep it concise

Once you have written a first draft of your CV, take a break and come back to it when you have a fresh pair of eyes.

Read your CV as if you are meeting yourself for the first time and challenge each sentence. “Is this relevant to the job?” “Is this adding value?”

If the answer isn’t a BIG yes then get rid. It’s so tempting for us to waffle on because often we struggle to sell ourselves in a concise manner.

By removing the waffle, you will create a succinct written summary of yourself which will keep the reader engaged and intrigued.

7) Check your spelling and grammar

Pressing that spell check button once your CV is finished can make all of the difference.

As I’ve said, the first impression is key and you can have the most impressive content in the world but if it looks like you haven’t taken the time to perform a simple critical self-review, I wouldn’t hold your breath.

8) Size doesn’t always matter

I’m often asked the question “How long should it be?” and I don’t really think there is a definite answer.

If all of the information in your CV is relevant and adding value, it’s better to keep it in and have a slightly longer CV rather than taking out potentially crucial information.

However, for those of you that like a rule of thumb, I would say a CV would be a minimum of 2 pages for someone who has less than 3 years of employment experience and could go up to 8 pages for someone with over 20 years of employment experience.

If it goes over 5 pages, I would really encourage you to check that all of the content is adding value as it will take longer for the reviewer to read and, after all, time is money!

If you want to get your dream job by presenting yourself professionally and writing an application that oozes perfection, I can help.

I’m offering a 60 minute free session to apply these principles and create your perfect application. Click here to book a time and date that works for you and let’s make this happen!

Posted in Mind, Motivation, Positivity, Wellbeing

The Power of Habits

Every big change starts with a small change

So if you’re looking to make a change in your life, start small. Start with a habit.

Habits make up our every day.

Whether its breathing, eating, sleeping, our lives are full of habits and we can use this to help us create our dream lives by aligning our habits to our vision and goals.

What’s your vision?

Take a look at your vision and life goals. What needs to change?

Consider the change that you want to make and think of a habit that you can introduce in your life that will help you make that change.

My new habit

The change that I want to make in my life is to make more time for myself and to switch off from the world around me.

The habit that I have introduced to achieve this goal is to leave my phone on charge in another room when I go to bed.

This way I’m not distracted by my phone and I’m getting into the routine of giving myself time before I go to bed to relax and to do something for me.

Know yourself and do what works for you

The key to successfully creating new habits, find out what works best for you and stick to it.

There’s no point leaving your phone in another room if you need to be contactable during the night, for example!

You might be the sort of person that likes having multiple habits to focus on or you might like to keep it simple and just focus on one habit at a time. Do what works for you.

Believe in your strength

As with any change, in order for the changes to work we need to want the change and we need to be are ready to make a difference in our lives.

We need to believe that we have the strength and power to make a change!

Habits make up your every day and you do have the ability to change your habits and create the life that you deserve!

If you would like to change a habit or perhaps you’d like to introduce a new habit into your life, I can help.

I’m offering a 60 minute free session to help you achieve your goals by introducing new habits. Click here to book a time and date that works for you and let’s make this happen!