7 top tips to help you land your dream job

Career advice

80% of the time the people who land the job nevermind get the interview usually have a relationship somewhere, somehow with the person/ people they will be working with should they be successful. Reason being, teams hire yes for skill, but more importantly, for “fit” aka culture. All parties involved in the process need to be sure that you will fit into the culture, help make money, and stay.

Having said this, below are 7 really important fundamental tips/ things to consider to help on your journey in landing what you believe is your “dream job”:

  1. What are you bringing to the table?
    • How can adding you into the team be beneficial to the bottom line?
  2. What’s in your skills toolkit?
    • What can you do differently/ better than all the people around the office?
  3. Again!!!!! Culture fit– soooo NB. No one wants to be dealing with “situations”…
  4. Are you generally a hard worker?
    • I mean, its not just good for your image, you just feel less guilty as a resource when pay- day rolls around knowing that you have worked for your money and you’ve actually made a difference and added value. It might feel great skimping on hours and taking shortcuts, but don’t forget-  they may not say it but people are watching you…
  5. Can they take a chance on you?
    • Are you a promising candidate? you can measure this by analyzing then expressing how you being added into the equation of the team will result in some sort of value add- talk numbers if you can… but also, have someone/ people who can vouch for you somewhere somehow so that you look lucrative, as a resource. You must be wanted. People want what they can’t have right? So be wanted haha!
  6. Are you all familiar?
    • Remember, they can’t take a chance on you if they don’t know you/ about you. In South Africa we call this “udume ngani?” loosely translated means “what are you known for?” and it summates everything, from your reputation to your work ethic.
  7. Do you have grit?
    • Can you stand the test of time/ can you venture into territories others refuse to go/ are you resilient/ are you willing to take a chance/ is no the end of the conversation or the beginning of a new one for you? All these attributes that show your huger… so important!

So there you have it! a few things to keep in mind to help position yourself and give you the competitive edge to everyone else who aspires for all that your heart also aspires for 🙂

 

 

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Book Review (unfiltered): The Four

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Okay so first of all, let’s get all the niceties out the way…

Thanks so much for stopping by!

So. I need to send out a HUGE apology to everyone who has gone out on my recommendation to purchase this book which is, in my informed and humble opinion, incredibly overpriced and to be honest a huge piece of American entrepreneur propaganda bullsh*t. Why you ask? lets get to it then!

“I hope the reader gains insight and a competitive edge in an economy where it’s never been easier to be a billionaire but it’s never been harder to be a millionaire.”

– Scott Galloway (Author of The Four)

Scott Galloway is an incredibly well- researched writer in the scope of the four companies he writes about (Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Google) however I personally think that his defense in later chapters of his book regarding why these four companies specifically and why not others was incredibly weak.

Let’s take the one example that I got to that made me throw this book away where he states reasons why Alibaba could never be a company that influences consumer culture. Bullshit right? Cause we know how big Alibaba is and how much of a big deal Jack Ma is from reading ” The house that Jack Ma built“. The author essentially writes off Alibaba based on his ignorant opinion that its not a company that is big enough in America and can therefore never even begin to compete with Amazon. Wait what? I’m not sure who deemed America the centre of the universe but last time I checked Asia has a bigger population than America and Alibaba is highly utilized in China, more so than Amazon. Sooo… how can Amazon be taking over in the bigger scheme of the rest of the world…..? Don’t get me wrong, it is an amazing organization isatin, with an amazing history, however, no corporate, no matter how big and “innovative” is immune to the burning platform syndrome.

As I said, I think the author is well researched but I loathed the ignorance and bias undertones towards a specific region so much that I literally had to throw that book away; it won’t be making it into my collection but it was certainly informative in some areas which were good enough to document.

So in conclusion, if you are looking for fast facts of “the four”, definitely pick this expensive piece of sh*t up, however if you are looking for an objective, well- written observation of who the four leading organizations are  that are taking over “the world”- don’t pick this book up. It spits on entrepreneurial efforts of billionaires with successful business models, who don’t fit the stencil of the “American dream”and God knows we don’t need anymore marginalisation in this cold world.

Some highlights and interesting observations below (if you still care to read):

Chapter 1:

  •  55% of people search for a product start on Amazon vs 28% on Google which definitely shows consumer confidence on the platform that is Amazon.

Chapter 2:

“Instinct is a powerful chaperone, always watching and whispering in your ear, telling you what you MUST do to survive”

  • Galloway sets the scene around consumerism and the role of men and women in this context by referencing Hunters and Gatherers, with a comparison of the modern day man and woman to the Paleolithic and Neolithic people

” if you google biggest mistakes in business history, the majority of results are risks that firms failed to take such as excite and blockbuster passing on acquiring google and Netflix respectively….”

  • Write up on Amazon’s floating warehouse

Chapter 10-“The Four and You”:

My favorite chapter to be honest! Galloway sneakily starts off with the following phrase

” follow your talent, not your passion”

It’s fantastic and so so relevant! In chapter 10, Galloway basically breaks down the critical components one needs in order to stand out in the 21st century. He highlights the number of “good” graduates there are but goes on to state that “good” is just not good enough to survive the digital age. He breaks down key focus areas one must master/ apply in order to beat the curve, show you have grit, and generate wealth.

These are the sorts of things your mentor must be talking to you about; sharing of insider secrets for your success, Not, “tell me how’s work?”.

page 266: together the horsemen employ 418000 employees- the population of Minneapolis. If you combine the value of the 4 horsemens public shares of stock, it comes to $2.3 trillion. CRAAAAZY…

 

 

Studying while working-is it worth it?

Well there are a few things I have discovered about this new path in my life…the first one is the realization of the magnitude of the opportunity cost of doing something you should not/ do not want to do; and the second one, much related to the first is, things get a bit clearer when you hit 25 because you no longer have the leisure of time that you once had when you were 18 (yes, 25 is still young you may say, try convincing a rampantly ambitious millennial).

The underlying outcome of both of these realizations is that you get to know yourself a bit better. All of these wild thoughts and ideas I’ve had, and thought I really wanted to achieve, when I look at how valuable time is, I have had to sit myself down, have a DMC and ask “why?”… why is achieving A,B or C so important to me? Yes it generally is a good idea to study further, buy property and get married, but is it a good idea for me and does this generic life- template apply to my life, and why?

While studying and working can be a rewarding experience, Some important things to clarify BEFORE going down that path are:

  • “Why am I doing this?”
  • “What do I expect to get out of this experience/ investment?”
  • “Will the short-term sacrifice lead to MY PERSONAL long-term satisfaction?”
  • “Can I live with the opportunity cost of my decision?” because you must be able to derive some benefit in the end otherwise its a foolish decision.

The answers to these question, your “why” are exactly the things that will see you through when your fellow classmates are dropping out like flies, when you have 4 hours of sleep for two weeks straight and when you’re lying in your bed stressing about how the hell you’re going to make it through the next 24 hours. Your “why” in conjunction with your sacrifices will truly be worth it, and you will appreciate the journey so much more if you are doing what you are doing because YOU know why, and it isn’t a societally enforced requirement.

“If it were easy, everyone would be doing it and that is why the rewards will be so much sweeter.”

I can tell you right now, working and studying 70% of the time is not fun. You really do miss out on life, quality time with family, giving 110% (unless you are me) at work and still having that time to relax and recoup. My family has coined me as “Miss I don’t have time” because thats the one phrase I say so often this year. All this sacrifice and missed time must really be worth it or else you’re honestly just wasting your time.

The last thing I wanted to touch on was the part around things getting clearer with time. Besides getting a year older, I have had this dull panic around being “somewhere” before my 30s. The self- inflicted pressure is really teaching me how to make decisions over a short period (5 years) and logically think through the pros and cons of my short- term satisfaction vs long term pleasure. Studying and working makes you such an efficient person, your body and mind learn to do things you never thought were humanly possible if you are hungry enough to take yourself there. However, in those extreme states you really learn to quickly see what in your life is a waste of time, what you hate as well as what you truly love. you learn the power of your mind, the power of positive thinking and you also develop the skill of making decisions….quickly.- something I really struggled with as I am an avid rabbit- hole explorer!

I personally still have 7 months to go on my business school journey and I can say with certainty that I love it and it has been one of the best decisions in my life. very challenging but because I am in the right state of mind and my “why” supersedes and doubt, turmoil or stressful situation, the ROI  of my experience is exponential.

Wishing all you fellow multi- taskers nothing but the best on your journey! Stay strong and focussed! If it were easy, everyone would be doing it and that is why the rewards will be so much sweeter.

New in my (not so corporate) wardrobe

 

 

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The diversification of my wardrobe has been long overdue, and thanks to my studies and  travels, I’ve had to start collecting a few items which have been pleasant additions that I’d love to share with you.

Just like with my corporate wardrobe, I love adding timeless pieces that can go with “anything”. Dressing up is definitely a way to express yourself and I love to keep my message consistent across all styles which is- clean, classic and confident.

 

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I purchased my latest addition which as you can tell, my Old Skool Vans in classic black and white in preparation for my trip across Africa. I was told I’d have 2 weeks to comprehensively cover trends in 4 African countries so I had to make sure that when I was working I was comfortable (and trendy… don’t forget trendy). My sister and I had recently travelled to Europe and throughout the trip, she religiously chose her Vans for sightseeing activities and highly recommended them, while I on the other hand had a few ailments around my NMDs, which came with a steeper price tag to the VANS (almost 3 times the cost of a pair of Vans)… so I though what the heck, let me try them out, and boy was it the best purchase! if you can get me in sneakers on an ordinary day, you must know that I love them and they are comfortable; and my Vans are definitely ticking this box! Thanks Ole 🙂

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I love my Vans so much that I decided to write a blog post about them, so you must know, the love is real! Plus, you get so much value for your money so what is there not to love!? oh the jacket….? that’s a story for another day 🙂

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What are your favorite pair of casual shoes that you take everywhere? I’d love to know so I can add them to my collection.

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Hope you enjoyed my post! xx

How to wear Burgundy shoes to work

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Depending on how adventurous you are or the culture in your workplace is, one might find themselves feeling a little out-of-place if they step out of the black, blue or grey trend in the office. I recently bought a pair of Burgundy shoes from Zara which have been receiving raving compliments at work and here is why.

As mentioned before, my wardrobe consists of predominantly black clothes and shoes,  it’s what I feel most comfortable in.  However, very recently I decided to step out of my mould. My wardrobe needed some color and a new pair of shoes so I thought why not, let’s go ox blood-red/ burgundy!

Because of the style of the shoe, which has quite a low heel, I have found my shoes to very easily be adaptable to both formal semi formal and casual attires which I love. One day you’ll find me wearing them with a pair of chinos and the next day with a pair of distressed jeans, maxing out that ROI I tell you!

One of the ways I love wearing them though is with my soft pink cigarette pants (as seen below) which I pair with an off white blouse. I feel this look is quite different to my constant black, but also very soft and feminine while maintaining the professional look which I like.

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What do you love to wear when you want to take a break/ diversify your corporate look?