Glossy Lip Liner (Ruimio)

I know I haven’t written many beauty posts recently and it’s one of the things I plan to feature a bit more this year, well we all love great new products or at least ones that are new to us and that work well.  I have been doing a little shopping and wanted to share the news of some lovely new products that I was fortunate enough to come across.  Today I wanted to feature some lip liner pencils that I recently discovered and thought would be of interest.  These are lip liners are by a brand called Ruimio.  These guys appear to do a whole range of different cosmetics and I am hoping to try a few different products eventually.

The Ingredients

Elaeis guineensis, Elaeis guineensis (palm) oil, hydrogenated coconut, Copernicia cerifera (carnauba wax), bees wax, tocopherol lanolin, petrolatum and zinc stearate.

Not too bad as some products go although anyone with allergies to lanolin should probably avoid these.

The Product

The pack of lip liners features 12 different colours ranging from a gorgeous nude brown which is my favourite to pretty pinks, purple and an orange.

In the box aside from the pencils you will also find a small leaflet which includes the ingredients, written instructions and diagrams on how to use the product.  The range of colours is great as it has enough to suit all and also to allow for a bit of colour mixing and experimentation.  Each lip liner has it’s colour at the end on the pencil so that it can be clearly seen without needing to remove the lid.  There are no colour names or numbers.  The pencils are decorated nicely although I would probably remove some of the writing as the design would look better simplified in my opinion.  The pencils themselves are simple to use.  There is no need to press excessively for the colour to show, a simple soft touch trace around the lips will suffice.  The lip liner can also be used as a lipstick if you fill in the lip with colour.  These pencils can also be used as eyeliners although I have yet to use them in this way.

The Results

The instructions said to hold the tip of the pencil between your fingers to warm it to soften it a little and make it easier to use.  I found even with applying the product directly it was easy to use and it seemed to be softened by direct contact with the lips anyway.

On application the pencil nib did not break apart but stayed firm but soft.  The lip pencil had a silky soft texture.

The lip liners are well pigmented so it doesn’t take long to get a good coverage.

The colour didn’t take long at all to dry which was great so no matter how many double checks I did it didn’t come off on my fingers.  I will admit to have checked it about 5 or 6 times to check and no colour came off!!!!

The colour stays in place and doesn’t seep into any creases around the lips (not that I have many!)

When filling the lips with these colours – using them as a lipstick, they looked great as they were and with a light lip gloss application.

My lips didn’t seem very glossy when the lip liner was applied but then my lips were very dry and I had applied the lip liner to the whole lip so a touch of lip balm / face cream helped add moisture and made my lips look great.

The colour lasted for a fair amount of time and it didn’t really need much reapplication after food and drink although that depends on what you eat.  The instructions say that this is waterproof so I tested this by licking my lips and noticed when I did touch my lips some colour did come off on my fingers but on the whole this did seem to preform quite well.  After about 7 hours with no touch ups the inner lip had lost colour and really was in need of another application but the outer parts of the lips were still as coloured as they were when I had applied the colour.  I would suggest checking after meals and every 3 or so hours just in case although I doubt many touch ups would be required.   Considering the price of these products they do seem to be good value for money.  The price varies from £8.99 to £13.90.

For any of you that fancy getting some of these I found them on both ebay and Amazon, but Amazon has them on special offer.

Have you tried any Ruimio products before?

Lalaloopsy Potty Surprise (includes a FAB competition)

A little while back we introduced you all to Lalaloopsy.  Lalaloopsy have a range of fun, brightly coloured toys for little ones and one of them that you may have seen advertised on children’s tv recently is Lalaloopsy Potty Surprise.  Now of course the second my girls saw this they wanted to have one, who wouldn’t it’s a doll that poops!!!!!!  I’m really excited about this particular toy because it has arrived at around the time that the mini man is more conscious about trying to go to the toilet and this has coincided with him actually using the toilet.  I think that seeing the doll and his sisters go to the toilet and not wearing nappies has really spurred him to wanting to be a big boy and using the toilet.  My little man has started stripping and running bare bottomed to the toilet although he can’t quite get on it without help just yet.  It’s hilarious, he has totally perfected the stripping part it takes him seconds and before you know it you have a toddler running starkers around the house, it’s pretty hilarious I must say!  Not so much when we have an accident on the floor though but we will work through that.  Anyway back to Lalaloopsy.  As you can see this doll is cute with her large dark button eyes and my girls love her.Lala1

 In the box you get the doll, 3 different coloured foods, a bowl, a spoon and a potty.  And of course importantly it’s super easy to use.

Using the spoon to portion out some food.

There are various shapes and the kids loved discovering new ones in the potty.

Both my girls and Mr Squishy love playing with this and the great thing is that no matter how many times they have left the lid open the food which is like kinetic sand does not seem to dry out, good to know as we all know what children are like.  The food pot lids and the potty are all nicely decorated which I liked and this is one of those super toys that you don’t need to get batteries for making it a great gift as that’s one less expense and thing to remember, bonus!  A lot of thought that has gone into this toys presentation which is great.  When we were first playing with this I did notice when the doll wasn’t used properly the poop didn’t form a shape so be sure to follow our instructions above or via our YouTube video:

How much fun is that!

Now like all parents, grandparents, loving aunts and uncles we want to get our hands on these great toys but also where possible want to save ourselves a few pounds in the process.  With that in mind I did a quick price comparison and found the doll being sold by numerous shops for over £30 except for one!!!!  I am pleased to tell you I have found probably the bargain of the month for those needing to by something like this as a gift.  I found Lalaloopsy Potty Surprise was being sold for just £14.99 in Argos stores so if you want one hurry and get ordering online as once the deal sites get wind of it this they will sell out!!!!  You heard it here first lol.

 I am going to add some more good news to that.  We have a super duper competition for one of my lovely readers to win a Lalaloopsy Potty Surprise Doll!!!!!

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Mango Swirl Pavlova

Over the years I have written many recipes.  Some of these recipes have been featured on my blog, others in magazines and on other blogs and for the first time I have a recipe being featured in an e- cookbook.  How exciting!!!!!!  Various bloggers were approached and asked to write a budget recipe and I decided to rise to the challenge with my Mango Swirl Pavlova.  This is not only super simple to make but also tastes great and costs just 27p per serving!

The pavlova is large enough for 6 portions, unless you are my friend Jane and then probably enough for 3 or less.  She does love my pavlova and was kind enough to help me with the tasting and has helped with tastings of numerous others over the years.  Why does she love my pavlova?  Take a look below:

This has the most gorgeous light fluffy centre with a perfectly crisp shell.  I normally love to combine my pavlovas with vanilla cream and fresh cut strawberries but I thought I’d be adventurous and had wanted to try and be a bit different.  With my Mango Swirl Pavlova I actual swirled in some freshly made mango coulis into the pavlova base prior to baking so it’s actually cooked into the pavlova.  After this I added my toppings as seen in the picture above and voila you have an amazing dessert that is inexpensive and delicious!

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Spaccanapoli Covent Garden

Those of you that read my Blogging Goals for 2017 post will be aware that one of my goals was to eat my way around more London restaurants.  I have of course be revisiting old favourites but now have a new restaurant under my belt to tell you all about.  My friend and I recently braved the cold weather and ventured out to a restaurant located in Covent Garden called Spaccanapoli.  There seem to be a cluster of restaurants in the area where this particular restaurant was which all had large floor to ceiling glass windows making them look very inviting.


The restaurant we visited had two tables occupied on our arrival and during the time we spent there only one other group of guests come along to dine.  The seating was comfortable, roomy yet the restaurant was small and there was a nice relaxed atmosphere.

This particular meal was prepaid by us online, it was a deal found on the groupon site.  The offer was for the following:

Choice of starters includes: platter of Napoli prosciutto and salami | Toasted bread with tomatoes, garlic and basil | mixed grilled vegetables.

Choice of mains includes: gnocchi | lasagna | penne Siciliana | pizza margherita with tomatoes, olives, capers, anchovies and oregano | pizza Americana with salami, tomatoes, mozzarella, parmesan and basil | pizza vegetariana with tomatoes, aubergines, peppers, courgettes & mozzarella).

Apolina, a white or dark chocolate Italian treat will be served as a dessert.

Deal also includes a glass of house red or white wine each.

The waiter seemed friendly enough and flitted from table to table assisting the customers before vanishing off into the kitchen.

The menu was varied enough for the price and should you prefer you can swap your wine for a soft drink.

The House White


This wine was palatable and went well with my meal although it did look more like a half glass than a full one.

The Starter

Platter of Napoli Prosciutto and Salami


The cut was very thin and the Prosciutto was pretty fatty as you can see from the picture.  The bread was warm on arrival which was nice.  I would have preferred if the salami used looked a bit more appealing and less anaemic the picture gives the salami a redder colour then it actually had.  You can get such a lovely range of salamis that are not expensive from the supermarkets that look more appealing than those we were served.  The portion size for a starter was more than adequate.

The Main



The lasagna came out sizzling and looked very nice.  The portion size was good and there was plenty of mince inside but the lasagna itself needed more flavour.


This was extremely disappointing.  We would have liked something a little more substantial and we were not given the option of white or dark chocolate.  Instead we were given a glass that had something that we were told was caramel dessert which tasted a big like angel delight but with a thinner runnier consistency.  It was edible but I would have preferred a glass with tiramisu.

Spaccanapoli4For £19.95 for two people this wasn’t bad but I wouldn’t venture there again for this particular meal but the pizza did look good so maybe I just chose the wrong thing.  The price is reasonable and I think that if I was to venture there again I would probably go for the Bruschetta and a pizza.

Have you tried Spaccanapoli yet?

Holidaying In Europe with Your Pet


I have always loved animals since I was a child and apparently animals seem to love me as I am one of those people that animals seem to get excited on seeing (I have this affect on children too which is useful).  On numerous power walks I have made new friends who have then decided to follow me on part of my walks.  It’s not just me though we are a nation of animal lovers.  Our pets don’t take long to become an important part of our daily lives.

They are our loyal companions who see us through the ups and downs and make great listeners.  The comfort and love they show us daily is unconditional.  They become family from the first day they arrive at home, and you want to spend every second playing with them and cuddling them.  It’s not always easy to leave them at home while you go to work but worse still is to have to leave them with someone whilst you go on vacation.  Fortunately travelling with pets has become much easier over the years and the steps to enable them to be able to come with us are simple and straight forward.

I am sure some of you would love to take your pets abroad but in some cases not knowing the process involved to allow you to do so puts you off so in this post you will find all the information you will require.  Make sure you check out the various links for further details on the topics in bold.

The Checklist for Your Pet

 Before travelling with your pet it’s important to make a checklist of the steps that need to be fulfilled before departure.  First of all, your pet will need a pet passport plus a super cute picture to go with it.  Your veterinarian will be a fundamental part of this process.  Before any vaccines, or paper work, remember that your pet should be micro-chipped (in many countries it is required by law).  The chip serves as a permanent ID, in case of emergency situations so for example if your pet gets lost and then found thanks to the chip he/she will be recognised and linked to the respective owner.  A common vaccination that may be required is for rabies.  After having this your will need to wait 21 days before they can travel.

Don’t forget their favourite toy(s) and a blanket to help keep them calm during travelling and settle into the new surrounding better.

If your pet requires medication / special shampoos, creams these will need to be packed too.

Don’t forget too pack a spare leash and muzzle in case they are needed.

Choosing the Right Means of Transportation


Once you go through your checklist, and get your pet the appropriate jabs you then have to choose your mode of transportation.  Whether you are going near or far, the way you choose to travel is important for both you and your pet.  One of the best, and more efficient ways is travelling by air.  Travelling by plane is, as we all know one of the safest forms of travel and picking the right service provider that will care about your pet’s comfort is important.  One company that provides international transportation for pets by air is Bliss Pet Service.  Bliss Pet follows your loved one from start to finish and ensures their trip goes as smoothly as yours.  Started in 2011 this company has a 98% satisfaction rate.

After dealing with all the paper work and veterinarians visits, comes the fun part, deciding where to go.  You will need to make sure you do a little research into where your little furry friend will be accepted without any problems.  The world is your oyster obviously, but some of the best problem-free places to visit include Italy, Germany and Switzerland. These countries are known to be extra pet-friendly and do not mind when you want to bring pets along with you.  You and your pet will be able to do almost everything together.  In fact, your 4 legged friend is welcomed in places such as shops, restaurants and hotels.  Bringing them on public transport is also possible, as long as you keep them on a leash and have a muzzle with you just in case.

It is far easier to travel with pets than you may think and lovely not to have to leave them behind.

Have you ever travelled with a pet(s)?

Love Songs for Feb 2017

I love music.  I listen to music and sing on a daily basis and if I wasn’t so shy I probably be singing somewhere – not just in the shower and to the kids.  I love listening to a range of music and have noticed that there are some great love songs being played at the moment which is of course very appropriate with Valentine’s Day coming up.


I know not everyone is a fan of Valentine’s Day but I am sure you are all fans of good music so I wanted to share my favourite love songs that I have been listening to on the radio and YouTube recently.

James Arthur – Say You Won’t Let Go

Apparently I am not the only person that likes this, check out the number of views on this video!  It’s a great song and one you can sing to quite easily in the car on the way to work or on the school run or even when doing stretches after a power walk or workout.  I can see this one being used at quite a few weddings this year.

Ed Sheeran – Shape of You

This is pretty catchy and one of those songs you can enjoy with youngsters too without worrying about loads of naughty words popping up.  The beat is pretty fast so great to dance and exercise too!

Little Mix – Touch

I’m not too keen on the video on this one but the song is still very catchy.  I didn’t realise this was a Little Mix song until I saw the video.  Is it just me or are there too many gyrating men?  I think that they should have ditched most of the men and made something a bit more watchable it probably would have saved them a little on the cost of the video too having less men to pay for.

JP Cooper – September Song

I love this, it’s sweet and non offensive with NO swearing.  This song has been around for a little while but it’s going strong which really isn’t surprising.

John Legend – Love Me Now

What a great voice!  Love the lyrics in this one and the message.  I bet many of you love this song too.

There are so many great songs at the moment I couldn’t feature them all but these are some of my favourites to get you all into the mood for snuggling up to a loved one whether they are your partner, child(ren), a pet or teddy.

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Do you have a favourite love song in the charts at the moment?  If so why not let me know in the comments.

Introducing Dubble Trubble Plus a Giveaway

Bath time is a pretty fun time for the little ones at our house.  They love to splash about and get lost in their own little imaginative world.  The girls love to bathe on their own so they can stretch out and pretend to be mermaids where as Mr Squishy loves to fill up jugs and toys with water and pour it back into the bath.  Of course bath time is not just about playing it is also about washing the little ones so they smell great after running around at school or at home and building up a sweat.  No one likes a smelly child now do they.  My little ones love fragrant fruity products to use when washing their body and hair and so were extremely excited to be sent some Dubble Trubble products.  These award winning organic (over 70% organic ingredients) shampoos and body washes come in a range of aromas including Cherry Bomb, Cool Cucumber, Strawberry, Watermelon and Bananaberry.  You will also find a Cool Cucumber Detangling Conditioner Spray.


The products do NOT contain SLES, SLS or parabens.  SLES and SLS can cause skin irritations and SLES are often contaminated by a carcinogen (1,4 Dioxane – cancer causing) which is a by-product of manufacturing.  The products are NOT tested on animals which means we can buy the products in good conscience.

Dubble Trubble products have been created by celebrity hair colourist and Prince’s Trust Ambassador, Daniel Galvin Jr.  His collection of five pH balanced Hair & Body washes and Detangling Mist all contain organic botanical extracts to ensure that our children’s hair is in safe hands.

These are available in Tesco and most Asda stores, as well as online in Ocado and Daniel Galvin Jr’s stores.

As we all know children love to unbox items no matter what they are it’s the excitement of seeing what’s inside so I thought it might be fun to do an unboxing video.

So now you’ve seen the unboxing what did the children think???

It was hardly surprising that the children had whipped off their clothes in minutes and were excited about getting into the bath after filming.


The children loved the range of aromas and wanted to try them all so we have been having extra baths to get through each.  Their favourites were the cherry bomb and strawberry although they did like them all.  The combination of the shampoo and the detangling spray made the children’s hair easier and faster to brush through which was good as we can spend ages sometimes.  I liked the range and aromas and would like to see a few more of the aromas of the shampoo and body washes available in the detangling spray range.


These are lovely products and ones we are sure to use again.  If you would like an opportunity to give them a go for yourself why not enter our competition to win some Dubble Trubble goodies.  One lucky reader will be sent the selection of hair and body washes and also the detangling spray.

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Philip Kingsley Re-Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner

I naturally have curly / fizzy hair which generally means that the second there is any moisture in the air, ping!  It starts to frizz up like a puff ball and my perfectly glossy straight beautiful mane begins to resemble a really badly put together birds nest (insert crying emoji here).

The weather seems to enjoy playing havoc with my hair and taunts me with rain, drizzle and humidity especially over the Spring, Autumn and Winter, we may as well throw summer in there too as that isn’t much better.  My hair naturally has a curl to it which would be great if I could manage to style it nicely but it always seems to turn out looking more like I’ve been pulled through a bush backwards when left to its own devices and allowed to dry naturally.  Adding products to help tame the unmanageable curls also termed frizz make it look better briefly but any height there is soon lost due to the length and therefore weight of the hair making it look like a drooping disaster.

For me this is pretty controlled hair.  Would you believe my hair is wilder / frizzier than this:


For those that can imagine wilder, shocking I know!!!!!  Quick eat a small square of dark chocolate it’ll make you feel better.  My defence mechanism is to straighten it and I love it straight but it’s nice to have a change once in a while.  I normally wash my hair, let it air dry and then straighten it as my hair is pretty long and takes a while to dry even with drying and styling tools.

Recently I was sent some samples of Philip Kingsley Re-Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner to try.


The Shampoo

This is perfect for coarse hair which mine is so I expected this to have some sort of impact on my hair.  The shampoo had a really nice floral aroma which I really loved.  It’s a shame you can’t get a body wash too with the same scent.

What the site says;

“Delivers moisture to transform coarse hair from dry and frizzy, to soft, smooth and shiny. Adds control and weight to aid styling making it perfect for coarse hair that does not hold a style. Reduces breakage caused by snapping – Re-Moisturizing Shampoo contains the same ingredient as Elasticizer, Hydrolyzed Elastin, which increases hairs ability to stretch, meaning less breakage occurs.”

The Conditioner

The partner product to the shampoo I thought it made sense to try them both and get the best possible results.  Again a lovely floral fragrance which is not quite as strong as the shampoo fragrance.

What the site says;

“Deeply penetrates the hair strands to leave coarse, frizzy hair smooth and shiny. Contains Oat Proteins to improve hair texture, making coarser hair types easier to manage. Increases moisture retention so hair is left nourished and glossy throughout the day.”

 The Results

On the first use of the shampoo I will admit I had left my hair to get very greasy to see how well this could cope.  It does suggest a repeat wash where required on the bottle and on doing this the second wash seemed to lather up very well where as it hadn’t really the first time around.

The second use – I didn’t allow my hair to get as greasy but I still seemed to need to use it twice to get a lather going.

The third use, I wash my hair the first time around with a cheap supermarket shampoo and then for the second wash used the Philip Kinglsey shampoo.  This seemed to work just as well which was good to bare in mind.

I used the conditioner each time and left it for a minimum of 5 minutes before rinsing off.

I noticed that with each wash the condition of my hair when left to air dry improved so we had progressed from a crazier version of the picture above to a more manageable:


My hair was just a little wilder than this after three washes.  I also noticed that straightening the hair was far easier and faster which was handy as my schedule is jam packed and I never seem to manage to do everything that I need to so a few extra minutes here and there can mean a lot.  My hair looked much more nourished too and seemed to look smoother, healthier, glossier with no frizz to be seen!  It also felt lovely and soft to the touch and did not leave my hair feeling greasy.

Would I use it again?

I sure would, I love this duo.  They seem to be doing great things to my hair and I must admit I am a little worried about what will happen when it runs out if I don’t get any more in time.  This really is a Fab Find and one that I think you would love too.

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Turkey Meatballs

Meatballs are one of those dishes that can be made and eaten at home with salad or for those wanting to bulk it up more a side of homemade chips, yum!


They are super easy to make and you can be flexible with the meat used.  You can try them with turkey, chicken, pork, lamb or beef or by cutting out the meat completely and using other protein rich ingredients such as chick peas, quinoa etc.  See, I told you they are flexible although technically by this stage they are no longer ‘meat’balls.  Meatballs are fabulously simple to make and this can be made even easier by using a few gadgets.  To mix mine I use my Russell Hobbs mixer and to make my bread into breadcrumbs my nutribullet.  This was the first time I had made bread crumbs with my nutribullet and I was curious how long it would take.  The answer seconds – don’t blink, you’ll miss it.  These meatballs are also great as an on the move snack or addition to a picnic.  Just to note for anyone curious that the rests are best when these are shallow fried baking does not compare

My recipe uses lean mince turkey.  For a change I bought ready minced turkey as I wasn’t feeling too great and wanted to speed up the process of making the meal.  Turkey is great for you as it has a low GI (glycaemic index) which means it raises blood sugar levels slowly so good for those with Type 2 diabetes.  Turkey of course is a great source of protein and has less fat than other meats.  It contains various nutrients including zinc, iron, potassium, phosphorus, Vitamin B6 and niacin.  Combining this with ingredients such as brown seeded bread, coriander and onion helps to increase the fibre and nutrient content of the dish.


Make approximately 35 balls depending on sizing.

1 medium white onion

2.5 to 3 tbs chopped coriander

4 slices of brown seeded bread

800g lean turkey mince

392g potato

2 medium eggs

freshly ground sea salt and pepper to taste

Sunflower oil to shallow fry the turkey balls


Place one slice of bread which has been pulled apart into the nutribullet and blitz briefly we don’t want the breadcrumbs too fine.   Repeat with the rest.

Grate the potato with the skin on.

Chop the onion and coriander.

Place the turkey mince into the mixing bowl and using the dough hook attachment give it a quick mix.

Throw in all the other ingredients and mix well.

With a tablespoon scoop out some of the mixture with a tablespoon and squish (a nice technical foodie word) the mixture into balls approximately 3cm in diameter.  I prepare enough to cover my chopping board and then heat up the oil until I get a gently bubbling when a ball is added (see photo below).  I normally test the first ball by cooking it and then tasting it to make sure it has been seasoned enough.  Cook the balls in batches so that they are easy to turn half way through.  If you cook to many at the same time they can get broken easily.


Allow the balls to cook for a few minutes on each side.  Remove them from the oil and place on a plate covered with kitchen towel.  Leave them to drain off whilst you do the next batch.  I normally allow the excess oil to drain off, add the cooked ball to a plate / bowl and change the paper to help remove as much oil as possible from them.  I am always careful to use just a little salt when making these as the children eat them too.  Should you require a little more then just sprinkle it over after.


Once all the balls have been shaped, cooked and had any excess oil removed serve whilst still hot.


Tips & Advice For Landing The Job You Want In 2017

Looking to make a jump start with your career this Year?  You’re in luck; the global job market also tends to start fresh at the beginning of the year with new job positions being advertised.  Below we explore five tips that should help you land the job you want in 2017.

Tailor Your Resume for the Job You Want

Having a completed resume requires a lot more than writing down the basics – job titles, description and education.  I used to look through applications before deciding who I wanted to interview for the various positions that became available and the resumes that would get my attention were ones that stood out.  You need to think about what makes you a unique candidate and how you can illustrate this message through your resume.  If you are hoping to land a job after university or a job in another industry, it is extra important to tailor your resume to the type of job you are applying for.  For example, if you are applying to a job for a non-profit organisation, highlighting your volunteer work could be a great way to show how and why you would be a good fit.  Leave out information that is not important to the role as employers don’t want to read through pages and pages to get to relevant information.


Social Media

Having a strong social media presence in the 2017 job market is more crucial than ever before.  A must-have for job seekers nowadays is a social presence on LinkedIn.  Other mainstream social media platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, are also important, although in some industries more than in others.  Before applying, be sure to clean up your accounts and/or make them private.  In today’s market, employers are commonly using all social media platforms to learn more about job seekers and whether they would be a good fit for their company culture.  Job seekers can also leverage mainstream social media to connect with employers for openings that they are interested in.


Apart from mainstream social media, it is also important to be active on some of the well-established job-search sites.  Job-search sites keep you updated with new job opportunities in a particular area or industry, help take off some of the searching stress, and sometimes even provide you with practice interview questions.

Informational Interviews

Informational interviews are a great way for job seekers to seek advice on what it is like to work for a specific company, an industry they are interested in, and steps to reach specific career goals.  Meeting with professionals that you trust opens the door for conversation to not only learn from a professional that you respect, but also to learn more about what you may or may not want to further pursue.


Be Considerate to Others You Meet on the Way to your interview

Though going into an interview can be quite nerve-wracking for all and it is very important to remember to be polite to all you meet on your way there.  Many companies view company culture to be very important, so it is quite common to check on how you interacted with others throughout the building, you never know who you might meet!

Follow up within 24 hours

A quick note thanking your interviewer is always appreciated and a great way to be remembered!


Though it can take a great deal of preparation, landing the job you want can be made a bit smoother by following these tips and staying true to yourself!

Good Luck!

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