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Not made for selfie

Do you have a friend who is always pretty in selfies?

I know, irritating right? Because us girls have this hidden goal in life, that is to feel (and sometimes look) good about ourselves. And how do we do that? By comparing ourselves to others. Most often than not, we compare ourselves to the people surrounding us: our girlfriends, our office-mates, our neighbors, that girl in the coffee shop. I know it’s not healthy but admit it, we (sometimes) feel good if we look much better than the people around us. Why do you think fashion and trendy clothes are so profitable? It’s because they survive and feed on our insecurities.

If you have body issues, we do this all the time. Crooked teeth? Flat chest? It’s okay, at least I have an expensive bag, or a nicer shirt, or even VS undies.

I do have those insecurities. Sadly, I don’t have those fancy things, but you get my drift yeah? We focus on the other good things about us, sure we’re good people who pay our taxes, donate to goodwill and whatever ViralNova-worthy things we do but people on the social media can’t really see that. Because believe it or not, us humans have this innate longing to be noticed and to belong.

So back to the blessed bitches who looked divine in selfies. Obviously I’m not one of them. I’m cool with that. I look good in front of the mirror anyway. I woke up with a faint blush on my cheeks and my hair was gorgeous when I removed it from its bun. I looked perf to be honest and it put a smile on my face even and that’s even before coffee. That’s huge, mind you.

If only I could capture that with my brand new iPhone so that I could post a photo of me with the hashtags #humblebrag #gorgeous #perfect, that would be glorious.

P.S. In case you didn’t get the tone of this post, read it again with sarcasm. And my iPhone is old boohoo. Not really hehe.

Also listen to this lovely song by Imago called Pretty Me.

5 Tips for Succeeding in the Hospitality Industry

If you are committed and enthusiastic about a career in hospitality, there are a number of ways to not only forge a career, but get ahead in the industry. Here are five tips to help you progress your career in hospitality.

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Upskill and get educated

Before sending out your resume to prospective employers, it’s very important to arm yourself with skills and qualifications appropriate for a career in the hospitality industry. The good news is that a range of providers offer relevant courses and, depending on the provider, courses can be take online or face-to-face. For example, www.etrainu.com offers course such as Responsible Service of Alcohol and Responsible Service of Gambling, both of which can be taken online.

As you learn new skills and gain relevant qualifications, you will also learn more about the hospitality industry – including the demands faced, the opportunities it presents and the benefits available.

Think carefully about how your personality matches the industry

First and foremost, a career in the hospitality industry is all about service. No matter whether you are young and a new starter, or an experienced and very senior head of a large organisation, in the hospitality industry people at all levels must provide high quality service to customers.

A career in hospitality is not easy and most often, attributes such as humility, self-motivation and cooperation are essential. Unfortunately, people who are highly argumentative and confrontational rarely do well in this industry.

In contrast, those who love to serve others, meet people, and work hard can enjoy great success in the hospitality industry.

Smile!

When working in hospitality, you need to smile and be friendly and pleasant. In fact, you should always smile no matter whether you are working the lunchtime shift, or in the small hours of the morning.

Customers want and deserve to feel comfortable with those who serve them, and it is vital to remember that they are paying for the service received.

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5 ways to boost your confidence before a job interview

Earlier this year I got made redundant from my job. I know it wasn’t my fault and there’s nothing I could have done, but I still felt like a failure. My confidence levels were at an all-time low and it showed. For every interview I went to over the next five months, every one of them would say that the credentials were there, but my lack of confidence was something they couldn’t ignore. With each not this time my self-esteem took another hit and lead to countless days sitting on the couch having my own pity party… not applying for jobs.

Eventually I ran out of savings, was unable to pay the rent and relied on my (very sick at the time) boyfriend to foot the all the household bills on a single sickness pension. Things needed to change. I needed to find ways to boost my confidence before a job interview but I wasn’t sure how to do it. I enlisted the help of a business consultant and what she said was surprising. It wasn’t knowing the ins and out of the company you were interviewing with, it was all about finding ways to alter your behavioural patterns and develop a positive attitude. Needless to say, I didn’t have anything to lose so I adopted her quick methods and by the month’s end, I secured a position at the place I work for now. Yay! So what were these tips?

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Play Your Jam

You don’t need a scientist to tell you that music is good for your soul and while it might sound a bit silly, listening to a song that’s positive right before an interview makes you feel invincible. It’s a common fact that on the drive to an interview, a lot of thoughts are running through your head like what are they going to ask me? Have I prepared enough? Am I going to find a park and make it there in time? Does this skirt make me look bloated?! All of these thoughts can turn you into a nervous, sweaty mess before you’ve even walked into the building. By playing upbeat music, you block out those fears and find yourself relaxing to the point where you can say I’ve got this!

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