I was 14 when I applied for my first part-time job because I REALLY wanted to start earning my own money. There was an IGA down the road from where I live so I thought, “Why not try there first?” and dropped in to give my resume to the manager.
At school we’d spent some time writing our resumes. When I first started I found it really difficult as it was so hard to know what to put in! So as well as asking my parents to read it over for help, I also looked online for ideas. Here are a few things I found which hopefully will help you if you’re trying to write your own resume.
- As well as writing down your contact details and where you go to school, make sure you list things you’ve achieved, like awards you’ve won.
- As well as past work experience, add in things you think your manager should know. For example I have my surf lifesaving bronze medallion, so I know how to resuscitate someone if they collapse!
- I also added in a few of my interests and things I liked doing so that the manager could get a sense of my personality.
After I dropped my resume in, the manager called and asked me to come back for an interview. I made sure I dressed appropriately because you need to look professional, even if it’s not a super-professional job. You definitely don’t want to give a bad impression.
After he offered me the job, he laid down the rules for me – what I would be doing for the job, what the rules were and what I needed to wear. He also asked me some questions like, “What is your past experience?” “How do you like working?” and “How are you with people?” I told him that I liked talking to people as I’m pretty friendly, and because of that I was mostly on till.
I really liked seeing all the new faces in my little neighbourhood. A lot of the same people come in every day so I got to know them and talk to them and after a while you become friendly with them. Plus it’s really nice getting to know all the other people who work there too. Having money of my own was good too. I spent my whole first pay check on clothing – I blew the whole thing! But now I’m saving and I haven’t spent much at all. I’m saving for my first car.
As much fun as work can be, sometimes you can have problems. If I do come up against any problems, like customers getting angry and yelling, I try to stay cool because you don’t want to make a bad situation worse. I just stay calm and say, “I’ll get the manager”. It’s best not to try to deal with it yourself but instead to ask for help from someone with a higher authority.
I stayed at the IGA for about a year until I moved and now I work at Boost Juice which I LOVE. It’s a lot of fun and everyone is super nice, including the boss!
Well, that’s it from me this month. Look forward to blogging again soon!
From the minute Universal Music told me I was going to meet Biebs, you could not wipe the smile off my face. In fact, I dared people to try. For reals though, I have been a massive Bieber fan since, well, forever and daydreamed on the daily about how we’d hit it off as BFFs.
When the day of Justin’s concert rolled around and I was waiting at the venue for security to take me to Justin, I reached new levels of excitement. That is, until I realised I was wearing a Kanye West tee. D’oh. “It’s a Bieber concert, Aimie, not Kanye.”
But turns out wearing a Kanye shirt to a Bieber meet-and-greet isn’t such a bad thing. In fact, when I walked in, I was greeted by Justin himself saying, “Hey gorgeous, I love your tee!” My inner fan-girl started freaking. He liked my tee and he called me gorgeous – zing!
Since then, I’ve made it my duty to remember every detail. Like the way his eyes sparkle when you look at them directly. Or the way he smiles so warmly and makes you feel like you are All That Matters (excuse the pun), despite there being security aplenty and no actual smile from the Biebs in our pic together.
As I stood next to him for our photo, he asked me how my day had been and put his arm around me. And while I planned to tell him all of the things we had in common and how we should be besties, all I had time to say was “thank you” before he winked at me and I was whisked away.
I can only explain the whole experience as magic. He was such a superstar and despite all the pouting and bad press, I can honestly say he seemed like a total sweetheart. Plus, I now understand the whole “OMG, I NEED TO CRY BECAUSE HE IS SO AMAZING” response he gets from girls. I’m not much of a squealer myself, but I totally get it. BIEBER4EVA.
I’m so excited for the new school year because not only is eight weeks a long time to be off but I’m going to start year 12 – I can’t wait!
Right now I’m getting in the back-to-school spirit by sorting out what stationary I’m going to have and what different notebooks I’m going to use for each subject. I like to be organised so sorting out things that will help me for the year ahead helps me feel more prepared. What also makes me feel prepared is knowing how to deal with difficult situations so here are a few of my tips for some of the more common ones.
“I don’t know anyone”
My two best friends were both really quiet and shy and they didn’t know anyone when they started here in yeYr 8. Our parents had spoken beforehand though, so I went up to them and said, “Hi, I’m Sam” and now, four years later, we are best friends. If you’re new to the school the best thing to do is be friendly but, more importantly, be yourself. You’ll draw good people to you who have similar personalities and interests. And remember, everyone’s always new to a school at least once in their life so you’re probably not on your own.
“I’m nervous about doing new classes”
At the beginning of Year 11 I was so nervous because the schedule is so different to what you do in Year 10. You have new subjects – like, I had Chemistry instead of just Science. You start to specialise in the things you want to do. I was nervous to get started on these new classes but I tried to turn my nerves into excitement instead. The best thing to do it at first is to just take it all in. Write lots of notes and if it’s hard at first, practice more. And try to enjoy it – because the fact you love a certain subject should be why you picked it in the first place.
“But what if I don’t like my new subject?”
Remember that you are able to change your subjects early on in the year. I didn’t change any of mine but a lot of people I know did. If it doesn’t feel right don’t think, “Oh, I’ll give it a bit longer”. Change straight away because if you keep going with something that’s not right it could ruin your whole year for you. You don’t want to get too far behind, plus if you don’t like it you won’t do well because you won’t work as hard at it.
“I don’t like my teacher”
That’s definitely happened to me! Unfortunately there wasn’t much I could do except change classes, and that’s not always possible. So I just smiled, tried to be as nice as possible and stuck with it and made the best of the situation. You can learn something from everyone and if you get on their right side you’ll end up having a good year with them.
Hope this helped you guys out. Speak to you again soon!
If you’ve stepped in to a General Pants Co. store lately, you may have noticed that they’ve installed iPads smack bang in the middle of their stores. Why?
Because they’ve started a shopping revolution that will no doubt change the way you shop forever.
So what are they all about?
Well, I headed to store to see what exactly these little kiosks can do and how they can help you shop.
These bad boys are about making your shopping experience at GP all about YOU! They’ve set the system up so that you can personalise and maximise your time in store, ensuring you’re spending both your time and money wisely.
These are the elements I found most fun...
First off,you can pick the tunes playing in store while you shop! Head to the “What’s Playing” section on the iPad and select tracks from the custom playlist. They’ll then be put in the queue to be played across the whole store. If there isn’t something you’d like to hear on the playlist, you can #GPRequests on Twitter and GP will add it to the playlist (because who doesn’t hate hearing their least favourite song when trying to get some serious retail therapy done).
After you’ve customised the sounds, you can then check up on the latest drop of product under the “What’s New” section. And when I mean latest, I mean literally that day! See if anything is your style and also click in to the GP site via “Our Site” to search further instead flicking through the racks.
If you don’t have enough dough to buy something or want to add a piece to your Christmas wish list, you’re also able to send yourself (or your parents, pals or BF) an email with the clothing or accessories.
The best thing about these sections of the kiosk is that if you’ve found something online and want to find it in store, you can just press the help button. Do that and a staff member will come and help you out soon after! In fact, you can press the help button if you need styling help with outfits or a second opinion on what you want to buy!
Getting a second opinion on what you want to purchase extends to “Insta Opinion” too. Take a pic wearing what you like, off the iPad, and it will then shoot around to the iPads in all stores, ready for other shoppers and staff to instantaneously give their thoughts! What better than insta-feedback when you’re solo-shopping on an impulse?!
If you’re still stuck for options and ideas on what your next purchase will be, you can hit up the “Our People” tab to see how GP staff have styled up outifts and what they’re wearing. There’s nothing better than seeing an outfit on someone else first before giving it a go yourself, especially if you’re thinking of branching out with your look.
So there you have it – a taste of what the future of shopping will look like! The kiosks will be rolled out to all General Pants Co. stores by February and extra elements like “What’s Happening” and “Our Picks” will be developed even more so that you’re in the know about what’s on in your area and what the GP staff highly recommend.
So, hit up your local General Pants co. and see what it’s all about! It might even cure your online shopping addiction with all the tech at your tips IRL.
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m SO ready to leave school and get the holidays started! Everyone’s done their exams so we’re all like, “Gosh, do we really need to be here still?”
This year I’ll probably spend most of my time at the beach. I’m also going to go camping with my family and best friend for a week and apart from that I’ll be working (I work at Boost) and relaxing at home as well as hanging out with my friends. But even with all of these plans I know I’ll have times when I’ll be bored hanging out on my own – a lot of my friends will be away some of the time and also sometimes I’ll feel too lazy to leave the house! So here are a few things I plan on doing to keep myself occupied and energised until school goes back next year.
1. Become a bookworm
Finding a really great book to read can be so much fun. It might sound a bit dorky but it doesn’t matter because you’re alone at home so nobody can see you anyway. If you get hooked on a book you won’t want to do anything else. You won’t even get on your phone to check Instagram or your messages, that’s what I do!
I totally recommend The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. A friend suggested it and it was really interesting – it’s a psychological read. Also if you haven’t already done it, read Divergent by Veronica Roth! I loved this so much when I read it at the start of this year, so I can’t wait to read the next two in the trilogy over the break. Last but not least another book I really enjoyed was Losing Lila by Sarah Alderson. Personally I’m not very into history or sappy romance, I like my books to be more supernatural, thrilling and adventure-based. The action in this book is great – it starts up straight away and is constantly on the go. There’s nothing worse than reading a book where you get 200 pages in and the story STILL hasn’t started.
2. Turn into a Masterchef
My friends and I have decided that a great idea is to pick out a really nice cookbook and then make every recipe from it over the holiday time. I really like cooking (although my sister is a much better cook than me!). I love dessert cookbooks the most, we have one at home that is all about macaroons which are pretty difficult to make but SO good to eat, so I’ll be challenging that one first!
3. Learn something new
I got my L’s in June and so I’m learning to drive at the moment – I absolutely love it. So I’m planning on getting much more driving under my belt over the holidays. Why not find something that you’ve always wanted to learn and take the summer to do that? It could be anything from driving to learning a language to scrapbooking.
4. Paint party
A friend of mine is a really good artist and she gets a bunch of big canvases and invites a friend or two to come around and paint with her. I’m not the best artist but it is a lot of fun spending the day with your friends getting creative.
5. Walk it off
Going out for breakfast with your friends is fun and so is going out and exercising together. My best friend and I walk 10km to a really yummy café to have food and talk, when we’re done we walk back! It’s really nice to get up early on a good day and go for a relaxing walk with your bestie!
Hopefully that’s sparked some inspiration. I’d love to hear your ideas too to keep me even busier, add them in on the comments section below!
Till next time
As most of you may know I am the queen of CONVERSE at DOLLY HQ!
I wear them pretty much every day. Whether it's with a dress, jeans, shorts - I make them work.
This week I was lucky enough to attend a CONVERSE event to preview their Winter 2014 range. And boy did I love it! I was in shoe heaven.
So what new styles do they have in store for us next year? Well of course they have many yet my top four are:
PLATFORMS: yes they have done it - a Chuck Taylor All Star platform in black, white, neon pink and purple which have an inbuilt wedge and the fun doesn’t stop there. They also have a dye tied sole which looks awesome!
TIE-DYE: A mix of low and high tops in a variety of tie-dye colours inspired by 70’s ALL STAR classics. I think this is a must for anyone that loves CONVERSE- the colours range from purple dye tie to grey and red.
PATTERNS: I love a pattern CONVERSE especially this new range. We're talking mix floral, animal print in a classic Chuck Taylor style and also in a slim style which works great when you want to wear them with skirts and dresses.
METALLIC: My favourite style of the season – Rose gold and silver textured which will add a little glam to a casual outfit. These babies are on my wish list!
Of course these are just a few of the many styles and designs that CONVERSE have to offer us for the coming season so for now we will just have to wait for 2014. The countdown is on!
Sometimes in life, you’re thrown a hardball. You’ve been cruising along, catching every ball that comes to you so well that you know how and when it’s going to be thrown, even before the pitcher does. All cheesy and slightly confusing baseball references aside, what I’m basically saying is that things don’t always go according to plan and when that happens, you’ll be OK.
I’m speaking of course from experience. I got to a place in my life where everything was going AMAZING, then I found out some news that felt like it slapped me right in the face. My immediate instinct was to think “No, no, NO! This is not happening to me!” but after a few restless nights and a few more crying phonecalls to my mum, I began to think that it wasn’t so bad after all. In fact, it could make my life even more amazing than before (if that’s even possible).
So here’s a step-by-step guide to facing that curveball head-on and coming out the other side even brighter and better than before.
Step one: Freak out.
No, I didn’t forget the ‘Don’t’ at the front of ‘Freak out’. Let’s be real here guys, no matter how much we tell ourselves to not freak out, we always do 100% of the time. Un-tamed hair, your crush somehow finding out you’re into him, missing the latest ep of TVD or turning up a party wearing exactly the same thing as your frenemy; we’ve all been there. It’s completely normal to start excessively sweating, chewing your nails off and refusing to listen to your friends and fam’s advice that everything will be ‘OK’.
Step two: Suss out the sitch.
Now you’ve slightly calmed down a bit (this could happen after a few hours or a few days), try and look at all possibilities of the scenario. This is where your friends and fam come in. During Step One, you probably zoned out everything they had to say because you were in your ‘I hate the world’ phase, but now it’s time to take all their opinions and comments and really process them. Soon enough, that little voice in your head is going to start saying ‘Ohhh, I didn’t of it that way’.
Step three: Adapt.
This is where you just go with it/roll with the punches. Whichever analogy you’re most cool with. If someone else is wearing the same dress as you, get a photo with her, caption it as ‘twinnies’ and tell her she has amazing taste. Forget your feelings of going after the snitch who told your crush your little secret ‘cos that person just did you a favour.
Step four: Smile.
When you’ve reached this step, give the air a big fist pump. Why? ‘Cos you just went through something mega life-changing (OK, maybe not life-changing but defs super annoying) and now you’re better off. So when you smudge your freshly painted nails or your parents tell you you’re moving to a new town, just remember these steps and in a few days time, you won’t be sorry it happened.
Happy new DOLLY day! This month we have the amazing Taylor Swift on our cover and, in our chat with her, she was filled with great pieces of advice for us all.
One of our questions to her was, “What would you tell your high school self?”
She told us (and I’m paraphrasing here) that she wouldn’t give her high school self any advice because she NEEDED to go through hard times in order to come out the person she is now. So she wouldn’t tell her 16-year old self that those “mean girls don’t matter” because at the time they DID matter and if someone had told her otherwise she wouldn’t have found comfort in that.
Pretty wise words from Ms Swift and it’s a sentiment I can relate to – at 16 I was incredibly headstrong and convinced that I knew better than anyone how to handle myself and my problems. With hindsight, I would change a hundred different things though so I thought while 16-year old Tiff might not listen maybe someone out in the DOLLY universe might like to hear it anyway. So here goes!
#1. Don’t try so hard to get boys to like you.
I was not one of those girls who guys fell over themselves to ask out. I’m still not! But while I was confident in a lot of other ways, I had absolutely ZERO confidence when it came to boys. I desperately wanted a boyfriend and I totally went about it all the wrong way. To be completely honest with you guys, I tried so hard to get boys to like me that at times I compromised what mattered to me most. I learnt the hard way that if a guy likes you it doesn’t matter what you look like/sound like/act like. He’ll like you because of who you are … and he’ll like you even more if you’re totally owning it.
#2. In a couple of years’ time you won’t remember what marks you got in your final exams.
There’s so much stress at high school to get the right marks, to get into the right university, to get the right job. I didn’t get the marks I wanted. I didn’t get into the university course I wanted. But guess what? I HAVE landed the job I wanted – it just took me longer to get here and meant I had to work that much harder to come up with new ways to help me in my journey. It’s that old cliché “If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.” In my case I can tell you it was totally worth it.
#3. Don’t be ashamed to ask for help.
When I was 16 I experienced my first bout of depression. It was not only a horrible and confusing time but what made it even worse was how alone I felt. I didn’t understand what was going on and I was too ashamed to talk to anyone about what was happening to me. I struggled through this bout by myself and continued to do so again and again for over a decade. It was only relatively recently that I felt like I could ask someone else for help and I can’t tell you guys enough how big a difference it made to my life. I could kick myself for not having done it years sooner. So remember, no matter what you’re going through you are NOT alone. There are other people out there who have not only gone through it too, but can offer you practical solutions to get you through. Seriously, what’s the worst thing that can happen by asking for help? There are heaps of great services – I really recommend HeadSpace, here’s a link to seek some extra information www.headspace.org.au.
Well, that’s it from me for now, speak to you guys again soon.