Interview Preparation: Preparing to Make a Great First Impression

An interviewer will make a decision about you within 60 seconds of you walking through the door, so it is critical that you make a great first impression when invited for an interview.

The interviewer will have already started to form an opinion on your suitability based on your resume, however your first meeting will have a huge influence on whether you are selected for the job or are invited back for a second interview.

Here are a few tips for interview preparation that you can utilize to ensure that you present yourself in the best possible light.

Dressing for a Job Interview

How well you dress and look has a big impact on the impression you make on others when you first meet them, so make sure to look your best. Choose and set out your clothes the night before, making sure your selected wardrobe is clean, ironed and lint-free. You don’t want to be rushing around, looking for something to wear on the morning of the interview. What is regarded as acceptable interview attire varies from company to company, so it’s best to play it safe and opt for something businesslike and professional.

Choose a conservative outfit or suit in a darker color, such as dark grey or blue, with a plain white shirt or blouse. A tie or scarf should enhance the look of your outfit without standing out too much. Shoes should be black, leather and polished. A handbag or briefcase should also be black to match the rest of your outfit. If you wear earrings, they should be small and inconspicuous. It’s a good idea to try on your outfit beforehand to make sure it fits well and feels comfortable.

Personal hygiene and grooming is equally important, as it’s the kind of thing that is easily noticed. If necessary, get a haircut a few days before the interview and make sure to also clean your fingernails. Shower, shave and wash your hair on the morning of the interview and check for body odor or bad breath. Avoid wearing any strong colognes or perfumes, as they can become overpowering in a small interview room. Its best to wear no fragrance at all. Making the effort to look good, will make you feel better about yourself and give you more confidence during the meeting.

What to Take to an Interview

The night before, prepare a smart briefcase or folder with only the essential items you’ll need at the interview. This should include:

  • Printouts of extra copies of your resume
  • A notepad and pen
  • A list of references
  • A list of questions that you want to ask
  • A map and directions
  • Any supporting certification and letters of recommendation
  • Photo identification, a valid driver’s license and social security card

You can bring a cell phone with you in the event of a delay, but make sure to switch it off before the interview. Do not have any food or drinks with you when you enter the interview room and do not chew gum. A last minute check in the mirror before the start of your interview is also recommended, so be sure to bring a comb or hairbrush. Tissues and breath mints can also be handy.

Making Sure You Get There on Time

Timekeeping is obviously important to an employer, so plan ahead to make sure that you get to the interview at the allotted time. Look up travel schedules if traveling by bus or train and check back for delays or changes. If traveling by car, check the tires, make sure you have enough gas and look into the parking options nearby.

Look up the company’s address with Google Maps and print out detailed directions to the location. Do this even if you intend to use your car navigation system. Review the directions until you have a clear understanding of how to get there. Calculate how long your journey will take and factor in some extra time, in case of traffic or train delays. Also check online weather, so that you are prepared with an umbrella if necessary.

Aim to arrive 30 minutes ahead of time and find somewhere nearby to wait, such as a local library or smoke-free cafe. This will allow you to settle yourself and do some last minute interview preparation. This would be a good time to go over any questions that you want to ask at the interview. Avoid waiting at the place of the interview, as it may make you seem desperate. If something unforeseen causes you to be delayed, phone the company to apologize with a good excuse. Whether this is acceptable will depend on the interviewer’s schedule and how many other candidates they need to see.

 

The Importance of Studying Spanish for Employment

Spanish is known to be an ancient language and is spoken in many parts of the world today. The Spanish speaking population seems to be increasing through every passing day and in the long run, it is surely going to end up being one of the most spoken languages in the world. When it comes to learning the language in the case of acquiring an amazing career, it is highly recommended as it allows individuals to have both short and long term benefits in the future without having to struggle too much in the matter.

An Excellent Skill

When people step up in order to apply for jobs, the employers take a good look at their skills and abilities. Knowing Spanish can really be a big step towards getting better in a specific field in the long run. For people who want to work as translators, Spanish is an exceptional option since people require its translation on a large scale. For everyone, having a special asset like a language of their resume is surely going to increase their chances of getting hired by a long shot in the top organizations which can be found in various parts of the whole world.

High Chances of Success

Individuals who are fluent in Spanish are likely to have a bright career when they start working in the corporate culture. It is because of the fact that all organizations have international projects which often require the knowledge of other languages like French, Dutch and Spanish. Since Spanish is most commonly spoken, many people can easily wind up the Spanish related projects in record time. Many deals can also be brokered with Spanish speaking clients who cannot fully converse in English as easily as others can. Such situations can be handled adequately in the presence of Spanish speaking employees.

Communication with Spanish speaking Clients

Businesses all around the world are evolving and emerging, therefore, it is essential to be an expert in languages. Since Spanish is one of the most spoken languages in the world these days, it is important for people to learn it in order to make a pathway for better employment opportunities in the long run. For all the Spanish speaking customers and employees, communication would surely not be a problem if they share the art of knowing the language fluently. Therefore, individuals must study Spanish in Colombia at the earliest convenience in order to be able to communicate with their Spanish speaking colleagues as well.

A Clear Edge in the Marketing Sector

In the marketing sector, people who are aware of more languages are mostly preferred. It is because of the fact that bilingual people can communicate with people from other races on a large scale and without having to struggle too much in the matter, unlike those people who only know English. People who can speak Spanish have more options in picking out their fields since they have a prominent edge over the others. The world is certainly progressing towards betterment and the only way to make use of the opportunity is to acquire as many skills as possible and language is one of the most powerful weapons in the present times.

Campus Personality Types: Online Or On Campus Part 2

What are Disadvantages of Each?

For those looking to venture off to school on campus, there are many disadvantages that come about. First and foremost, unless you live on campus, you will need to drive there each day. That extra gas expense can lead to having to work full time on top of a full time academic schedule, which could be too much for some to handle. On the flip side, at least when the weather is bad, you won’t need to drive to school if officials decide to cancel classes. For those students taking online classes, there is no campus for anyone to drive to, so if the weather is bad, you still need to complete your work.

Another difficulty for those taking classes on campus is the need to keep up with the class. For those who don’t learn as quickly as others, you will need to pick up the pace to keep up with the progress and that could set you back further.

The biggest disadvantage of going to school online is you won’t be able to make those same connections with your peers that you can in person. College friendships are meant to last a lifetime, but it is difficult to make those connections through email.

How to Judge What is Best For You?

When the time comes to decide what class is better for you, you need to look at yourself and your own personality. If you are an outgoing person that doesn’t have a full time job, you might as well go to school on campus and create lasting friendships. If you work 60 hours a week and aren’t as worried about making those connections, online classes are your best bet. Either decision you make, be sure you enjoy what you are doing.

I hope this article will help at least someone to decide what is best for him or her. Tell me know in the comments section what works for you or if you are currently studying, what did you choose, online classes or on campus, and why. Thank you.

Campus Personality Types: Online Or On Campus Part 1

For millions of Americans each year, the need to go to college is evident. Whether they are fresh out of high school or graduated from high school when their potential classmates were just born, more and more people are making the decision to go to school now more than ever before. For a lot of people, especially younger students, the want of attending a university far away from home is there simply so they can party, while for a lot of people, especially non-traditional students, staying close to home or taking classes online is needed.

This is one of those debates that will live on for ages, but what is the best environment for you, learning on campus or in front of your computer?

What are Benefits of Each?

It doesn’t matter which method you think you would prefer or what has worked for friends, there are various reasons why each might work best for others and not you.

Among the benefits of taking classes online is the ability to work at your own pace and on your own schedule. Yes, you will still have deadlines and required papers like you would with an on campus class, but you don’t have to block out those several hours each week and be forced to attend class. The only way you can pass is by logging on to the class website and completing the required work, but if you work multiple jobs and can only work on classwork during your lunch break, this helps you.

Another benefit of taking classes online, especially for non-traditional students, is the ability to further your education without having to worry about taking classes with kids half your age. While that isn’t the worst thing in the world, there are some kids who are disrespectful to older students and this would be your way to go back to school and get an education without being harassed.

Some of the benefits of taking classes on campus are getting the real college feel of attending classes, parties, and other activities, ability to discuss the topic with the class, and the ability to get immediate feedback from classmates and professors. For students who care about their progress as they attempt to learn and retain information, there is immediate gratification from hearing others agree or even disagree with you. That is something you can’t get by taking classes online.

 

Catholic School Grants

Helping Hand For The Religious Ones

The Catholic School Grants are the biased financial aids which are available to the Catholics only. If you are needy and can’t afford your school tuition fee and you are a Catholic as well then you must opt for the Catholic school grants.

What are Catholic School Grants?

Grants are the monetary help provided to the needy. However, they are different from the scholarship because you don’t need an excellent result to gain a grant. They are also different from the loans as they do not need to be paid back. Many of the Catholics in the US are needy and cannot afford basic school education to their children. The growing expenses of the world today are also a reason for the parent’s need of a financial aid to give their children education.  Many organizations are available who grant this kind of financial aid to the students who are willing to study. There are certain organizations that are connected to special association and offer grants only if you are associated with those associations. Other private organizations are also available who offer grants to any and every needy Catholic. All you need to do is show them that you are indeed eager to study but can’t do so due to your financial shortcomings.

What Types of Grants are Available?

Various foundations, the federal government, as well as private organizations, offer grants to the Catholic students. These have an advantage as they don’t need to be paid back. Several types of funds are present.

State Funded Voucher Program: This fund is provided by the states to the students whose parents are opting for a school which alongside normal education also provides the religion based study. Such parents opt for Catholic schools instead of normal school. Although these Catholic school grants were questioned about before they are still available to the students

The Children’s Scholarship: This grant is available to the children who are entering the Catholic school from the kindergarten or a public school.

Build Teacher Knowledge Grant: This is a type of Catholic school grants which is available to the teachers of the Catholic school who want to carry on with their studies to a further level.

Other Catholic school grants include the Holy Family Parish Education Endowment Fund, St. Bernard Scholarship Fund, St. DePaul Society Fund, Camp Tekawitha Endowment Fund, Salvadoran Mission Endowment Fund and the St. Willebrord Open Doors, Open Hearts Fund.

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Review: Halo by Alexandra Adornetto

Warning: extreme rant. Approach with caution. It also has a spoiler.

Oh, Halo.

Because I don’t think I’ll be capable of positive thinking after this, I should add that I did enjoy the writing in this book and that I really admire Adornetto for becoming a published author at the age of 14 (she published The Shadow Thief).

And now onto the negatives.

I am writing this review on Good Friday and I would like to mention that no matter whether you regard angels as mythical beings or not, angels are regarded as powerful, good, pure messengers of God. Actually, they’re that way unless you’re a YA author. The rules bend for you because you MUST accommodate that HAWT boy in your book!

The reason why I picked this book up was that of the overwhelmingly bad reviews on Goodreads. If you go and check it out, the whole first page is chock full of hilariously bad reviews, complete with stress-reduction kits and all (bang your head against a flat surface until you are concussed! Your stress will then be reduced!). And I was super excited to find this book in the library because I thought it would be bad in a FUNNY way.

Nicole, learn your lesson. An overwhelming amount of bad reviews are never wrong. Never pick up this sort of book again.

Let’s start off with the location of this book and geography. Right now, I’m learning about the poverty line, population pyramids, that sort of thing. I’m learning about the overwhelming amount of people who don’t have shelter, who don’t have food, who don’t have access to basic healthcare, who don’t earn enough money to feed their families. Angels should go and improve lives of these people, right?

Wrong again, guys!

In this book, Gabriel, Ivy, and–yes, she is an angel, get this–Bethany go to a sleepy coastal town where the siblings stay in a mansion, eat truffles, send Bethany to high school, and generally have a great time! This is sidestepped by the fact that there is a glaringly obviously villain who arrives at Bethany’s school and then bad things happen.

After that, there’s a happy ending. ALL IS WELL.

So basically, this is what the main characters in this story do to help life on earth:

  • Ivy knits And volunteers at an aged care facility! I do that with the Duke of Ed programme at my school too! Yay! I’m just as good as an angel!
  • Gabriel teaches at a school and he’s moody. And, OMG, because he’s so cute heaps of girls are chasing after him.
  • Bethany goes to school and, let’s see…hmm, what does she do help people? Oh, yes, she falls in love with this guy and it’s totally okay even though she’s an angel because he’s, like, totally hawt and it’s so okay to love hot boys even if it’s against the laws of heaven because he’s, like, cute! She also occasionally snaps out of it and goes and volunteers at the aged care facility because, like, she needs to DO something, right?

There are just…so many problems with this book I can’t even begin to list them all. For one, the author fills up about the first half of the book (and I’m not even exaggerating here) with descriptions of le beautiful town and how great life is on earth. And then she spends the next quarter of the book building up to an achingly obvious conclusion. The fact that I could predict the ending the moment the villain entered the story didn’t help either.

 

There’s also the part where Bethany reveals that she’s an angel to her human boyfriend, the moment when Gabriel hands her a credit card so she can go shopping for prom (I might add here that Adornetto is Australian, and in Australia, we have no such thing as prom. It’s a SCHOOL DANCE or a SOCIAL), the part when she actually considers having sex with her human boyfriend. And while I’m at it, did I mention that she gets drunk and gets a hangover?

 

I could go on and on about this, but I think I’m going to stop here. Please don’t read this book, and if you do need to, borrow it from the library. It’s one of the books I can safely say I seriously disliked. One star.

Read  book reviews – Symbols In The Lord Of Flies!

 

 

Ways To Decide If Homeschooling Is The Best Choice

You may be a parent who isn’t happy with how your children are being taught in a traditional school and have wondered if homeschooling is for you. Homeschooling does not need to be overwhelming; the key is in arming yourself with the right knowledge. These tips will assist you with beginning your journey through homeschooling.

Don’t just use textbooks. Kids should be encouraged to read everything they can, even comic books! The daily newspaper is full of current events that can provide for great lessons. Discussing and analyzing these events will teach them lifelong analytical skills.

You need to contact the homeschool association within your state to research the laws. You may have to register your homeschooling as private, but it’s possible you’ll only have to test your children using standardized methods. Also, contact your local school district to be sure they are aware of your homeschooling status to avoid truancy charges.

Make sure you understand your state’s homeschooling regulations. Homeschool laws differ with each state, which is why you need to know what your specific state requires. Some area requires testing, but others are a bit laxer. Some states might require you to register your name as the owner of a private school before you can homeschool your kids.

Do not become a shut-in when you are homeschooling. A local network could help parents and homeschooled children. Look for support groups that are local, meet with other homeschooling parents and join online forums to begin developing a network. Building your contact list can be very beneficial for you and your child.

Get your kids to do some housework, or thinking about hiring someone to help. It will be challenging to accomplish it all yourself. Between everyday household chores and attending to homeschooling, your energy reserves will be taxed. Say yes to some help whenever it is offered, and do not be afraid to hire someone if your budget allows.

Nature is a great tool to teach your children valuable lessons. There are many strategies for how to learn on a walk. Smaller children could collect leaves and identify them by shape and color. Have them identify different colors and shapes around them. Let older children research each species. Bring a camera along to avoid disturbing any habitats.

There is so much to think about where homeschooling is concerned, so don’t take the decision lightly. A lot of information is available on the web to help you determine if homeschooling is the right decision for you and your children. Don’t romanticize the decision; it is important to recognize the time, energy, and money that are required to homeschool a child.

Your child’s interests and strengths should serve as a starting point in the development of the curriculum and teaching approaches. Let them suggest ideas which they’d like to explore. When they are a part of their education, they will actually have fun. Your kids can bring new excitement into planning and by involving them in the process, they will be more motivated.