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Job S.O.S Mini Series | Part 3: THE INTERVIEW

Read part 1 here and part 2 here !

So you’ve found the job you’re looking for – you’ve applied, brushed off your CV and are ready to go.. but what now? How can you ace that interview?…

"You've got the job, but you've got to change your clothes."1. TIMING & ATTIRE
Two simple elements that can sometimes be overlooked; firstly, dress to impress. Even if a dress code is considered ‘casual’ or even ‘smart-casual’ then always overdress. There is no harm in smartening up for a job interview – a blazer is never too much. Remember that it’s important to stand out – even in the way you dress, so a flash of colour on a tie or necklace will distinguish you from other candidates.
Another point; ensure you arrive at least 10 minutes before your allotted time. Always ensure that you leave plenty of time incase of travelling problems and when you get there bring a book or notepad with you. It will relax you!
2. P.M.A
Positive. Mental. Attitude. As I’ve explained before – this is key. Go into an interview feeling good and feeling confident; believe that you are the best candidate for this job and remember this is your one shot. Treat it as this and push the positivity and confidence.
3. SPEAK UP7b
Make sure you get your point across – especially in a group interview where voices can easily get lost. You want them to see that you’re a confident person that is good for their business. Ensure you speak up just enough to stand out but not too much that you look overpowering. Find the balance between patience and communication.
4. PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
Research into the company and their interview procedures. Showing that you have a knowledge of the business and have taken the initiative to find out more shows passion and gives you something to break the ice at the beginning of the interview. Having a search on thestudentroom website can give lots of insight into how the business handle job interviews and what sort of questions they may ask. They also have lots of advice and tips. Make sure you practice with a friend so that you feel prepared.

Hopefully this series has helped you consider about jobs to apply for and given you the confidence you need when going for a job interview. I wish you the best of luck in your job hunts! 🙂

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Year Abroad

Wuhan Update

Days here in Wuhan are going by so quickly, I can’t believe we’re almost in the middle of December already! I’m guessing all of you back in Portsmouth are finishing off your essays for the year and preparing to go back home for Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Meanwhile, I will have Chinese class on Christmas Day and be preparing for my exams in January. Might sound awful to have classes during Christmas time, but to be honest they don’t really celebrate Christmas here and there is nothing here reminding me of Norwegian Christmas so my Christmas spirit is non-existing. We do, however, have five days off for New Year’s! And yesterday three of my friends and I booked a trip to Hong Kong (and Macau)! New Year’s Eve in Hong Kong, I’m buzzzzzing! And just a month later I’ll start my one month holiday and go back to Portsmouth for two weeks. Exciting times ahead!

Even though we have a lot of homework and are busy studying, we do have some free time to explore the city and do some activities. Wuhan is home to 8 million people, so it’s quite big here with lots of things to see and do:

Shopping:
Wuhan has a lot of shopping areas, so there are plenty of shops to pick from. I really like Hanjie shopping street and Optics Valley. Hanjie even has a Madame Tussaud!

Madame Tussaud, Hanjie

Madame Tussaud, Hanjie

Wuhan Provincial Museum:
The university organised a class field trip to Wuhan Provincial Museum, home to the local and Chinese history. Even the outside is worth a visit, the museum was so pretty with the garden in front of it.

Wuhan Provinical Museum

Wuhan Provinical Museum

Music performance at Wuhan Provinical Museum

Music performance at Wuhan Provinical Museum

View from Wuhan Provinical Museum

View from Wuhan Provinical Museum

The garden of Wuhan Provinical Museum

The garden of Wuhan Provinical Museum

Celebrations:
We’ve done a few celebrations here already. Halloween, Thanksgiving, my birthday and some of my friends’ birthdays. For Halloween we all dressed up and went to a karaoke party with my friend’s (who is a teacher) students, who are all Chinese. They got to practice English and we practiced our Chinese. A lot of fun!
I celebrated Thanksgiving this year with my American friends. We had no turkey or Indians, but still managed to have a good time.
My birthday we went out for dinner and out to a bar. A lot of fun, too.

Halloween

Halloween

My birthday

My birthday

My birthday

My birthday

Thanksgiving Meal

Thanksgiving Meal

Visiting temples:

Everywhere you go in China you will find temples of different sizes and characteristics, also in Wuhan. The most famous temple in Wuhan is called Guiyuan Temple, however my favourite temple so far is Baotong Temple, just one metro stop away from the CCNU campus. Baotong Temple is very colourful, it’s built upwards on a hill and at the top is a tall, narrow pagoda which you can climb from the inside.

Guiyuan Temple

Guiyuan Temple

Guiyuan Temple

Guiyuan Temple

Guiyuan Temple

Guiyuan Temple

Guiyuan Temple

Guiyuan Temple

Baotong Temple

Baotong Temple

Inside the Baotong pagoda

Inside the Baotong pagoda

Rollercoasters in Zhongshan Park:
Zhongshan Park is one of the major parks in Wuhan, and it has a small theme park inside where you can ride roller coasters all day long. I’ve been there twice now and it’s a lot of fun! Just maybe avoid going there in the weekends and holidays, it gets very busy.

Zhongshan Park

Zhongshan Park

Zhongshan Park

Zhongshan Park

Chinese Opera Mask Painting:

Our university has a kind of society which organises events for international students, and one of them was to paint our own masks Chinese Opera style. Chinese Opera is nothing like Western Opera. It’s actually more like a theatrical play or show than an opera. It has different characters, a lot of costumes, mask-changing, and a special kind of singing. There are also different kinds of opera depending on where you are in the country. My favourites will have to be Beijing Opera and Sichuan Opera and I would love to go see it sometime.

Mask painting

Mask painting

Here is a short video about Beijing Opera:

Exploring the Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge Area:

In the heart of Wuhan lies the Yangtze river, and the view and scenery around here is breathtaking. The Wuhan Yangtze River Bridge is the oldest bridge crossing the Yangtze, and they say if you walk across it with your boyfriend or girlfriend you will be in love forever. My friends and I decided to walk across, have a look around in one of the parks and a temple by the riverbank, before crossing the river back by ferry. It was such a great day, Wuhan is so pretty in the nice weather if you go to the right places.

Yangtze River Bridge

Yangtze River Bridge

Yangtze River Bridge

Yangtze River Bridge

Yangtze River Bridge - View of the Yellow Crane Tower

Yangtze River Bridge – View of the Yellow Crane Tower

on the ferry

On the ferry

Dayu Myth Park

Dayu Myth Park

Temple by Yangtze River Bridge

Temple by Yangtze River Bridge

Yangtze River Bridge

Yangtze River Bridge

I think at the end of the year I will write a proper student guide to the best places in Wuhan. I hope you will all enjoy your Christmas and eat some roast on my behalf.

– Marie

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Job hunting

Job S.O.S Mini Series | Part 2: THE HUNT

Read part 1 here!
6bThe second in the job SOS series looks at the hunt for the job. Looking for a job can feel like an endless supply of rejections or, in some cases, no replies at all! Perserverence and persistence is key – it may feel demoralising but KEEP GOING! You’ll get there 🙂
1. APPLY FOR JOBS YOU WANT
Often we frantically apply for a job, fill in a form, send off our CV and we’re done. It’s very rare that, when we’re desperate, we apply for jobs that we actually want to do and read the specifications properly. Then a few days later a call comes through and, gulp, we’ve forgotten that we’ve appled for a job in a place we wouldn’t’ve have purposefully applied for had we read the listing properly!
Be wise with your job hunt. If you apply for a job you can’t see yourself working in or a place you can’t travel to then don’t apply! If you end up getting the job you might absolutely hate it and are more likely to quit or it may lead to disappointment.
Remember, it’s important to ‘go for it’ but still be selective of your job choices. It’s better to put your all into one application you love than it is to apply to copious amounts of job listings (some you might love, some you might hate) with sloppy applications.
2. GET EXPERIENCE6c
It’s the old catch 22 – can’t get a job without experience, can’t get experience without a job. But experience is key to talk about on your CV and during your interview so whilst your waiting for job applications/replies look into volunteering opportunities to enhance your job hunt.
Not only does this give you something to do rather than continually refreshing job sites but it gives you a better insight into the job industry, helps you interact with customers and also gives you relevant information to talk about and bring up in the future. Purple door, Vinspired and Portsmouth government websites are good places to look for experience.
3. USE TECHNOLOGY
Networking is key. A lot of companies now look for bloggers, on Facebook, twitter, Linked In and various other social networking websites. Some people have in fact found jobs online that weren’t necessarily advertised on websites. Remember to look on local websites or student Facebook pages for information on upcoming jobs as well..
Next time you’re on a social networking website consider how you may come across to a potential employee!
4. PURPLE DOOR, JOBSEEKERS & INDEED ARE YOUR FRIENDS
Utilise Purple Door! Not only do they help with CV writing and interviews but they post all the latest job opportunities and ensure that applying is easy!
Jobseekers are also helpful as they post a list of jobs that are updated daily that are provided by the jobcentre plus. I also recommended Indeed that few people have heard of but list jobs hourly and are frequently updated. Some of the jobs on there seem quite random and are skill specific but there are the odd glimmers that you wouldn’t have found otherwise.
6a5. OLD FASHIONED CV DISTRIBUTING
It worked in the past and it can still work now. There are some ‘local’ stores that aren’t big chains that take on people based on handing in CVs rather than online applications. Have your CV prepared in a little see-through slippery file or an envelope and, if you’re feeling brave, ask to speak to the manager. Not only does this make it personal but you know that your CV is going directly to them.

Look out for part 3: THE INTERVIEW coming soon!

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