As many of you may have heard by now, and for those of you that haven’t, Nelson Mandela was pronounced dead at 9:00 PM last night – the 5th December 2013. For the first, and probably last time, I actually agree with the words of president Jacob Zuma.
Our Nation has indeed lost its greatest son.
The news, which was not completely unexpected, developed so suddenly that, in the end, it actually did take us by surprise. Madiba has, over the last year, been repeatedly institutionalised for a recurring lung infection. It was so severe that South Africans prepared for his death in July this year. At the time he recovered and for months we South Africans have dared to hope that the great statesman would continue to improve. Whilst probably not being a picture of health, or be ready for political office again, we hoped that Madiba would at least see and bid welcome to another new age with the upcoming 2014 elections.
Throughout his life he taught lessons of equality and freedom, not only as a scholar, but through his actions which spoke truly to the hearts of millions. Even though he spent 27 years in prison, Madiba rose from the ashes of his former self with the same beliefs and kept on his goal of freeing this country from oppression. Nelson Mandela taught us that perseverance and determination will eventually bring change and that by reaching out for people’s hearts you can change their minds. The Nobel Peace Prize winner will be well remembered the world over for his good grace and humility. Possibly also for dancing in the Queens Box at the Royal Albert Hall!
To his critics – Nelson Mandela was not a saint. On this continent that is heralded for its violence, it is no surprise that even our best have stains on their character. Nelson Mandela was simply a good man who did not fail to act and in so doing became great. He fought evil and prejudice at every opportunity. Nelson Mandela brought South Africa out of Apartheid control, and he did it in the most life-preserving way possible.
It is to the people of South Africa that you must now focus your attention. The death of someone like Mandela, who represented the best of what this country once stood for, means the loss of hope for many. With half the country under the poverty line and the crime rate going through the roof, people are losing hope daily. Indeed many don’t even know what to believe in anymore. The ANC that Madiba has left behind, is maliciously corrupt and wasting billions of rands… But that is a story for another day.
Today, appreciate the great man for who he was and the difference that he made to millions of lives. Tomorrow we need to look to build the future that Madiba envisioned. A true rainbow nation that would allow Tata Madiba to truly rest in peace.
Rest in Peace, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013)
Madiba’s funeral is set to take place next weekend.
- Remembering an icon in Nelson Mandela (fiwebelize.com)
- Nelson Mandela: Madiba R.I.P. (mirthandmotivation.com)
- R.I.P. Nelson Mandela (mindofbrosephus.wordpress.com)
- Another Great One Gone #R.I.P Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (audreyamah.wordpress.com)
- Farewell Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (hadhramouts.blogspot.com)
- Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918-2013) (thehindu.com)
- Thank You Mr. Mandela (moonlitprairie.wordpress.com)
You know the thing about life, at least what I’ve found so far, is that nothing goes according to plan. That’s most especially true when looking at the job market. When I arrived back in South Africa, having earned my degree, from a pretty prestigious place I might add, I had thought that I would be able to get a job relatively easily. So far I’ve had very few opportunities to even interview. That’s been my problem, once I’ve gotten into an interview I have no problems impressing and getting a job. Getting my foot in the door with my CV has been another kettle of fish entirely.
But back to the topic at hand. Whilst I may not be everyone’s cup of tea, I do know how to impress at an interview. How do I know that I’m good at interviews? Because I’ve gotten into 2 highly specialised universities. 1 of which has similar acceptance rates to Oxford. I’ve also gotten a job where, quite frankly, they didn’t want someone of my race. It may not be the most impressive resume but let me share my knowledge. Try it out, if it doesn’t work for you then comment the crap out of this page!
Tip #1 Know thy company!
The one thing that all interviewers will appreciate, is a basic knowledge of the company you’re applying to. There’s no need to have an encyclopaedic knowledge of all their systems, personnel and strategies. You will however need something more than their name and product. Here are the questions you should ask. What does the company do? What are their morals? Aims? Goals? Environment? Achievements? Figure out how you will fit into the company and that’s it. Everything you should know about a company before you go to an interview.
You may be thinking… What can knowing some more hurt? I think it’s a two-way street. On the one hand, you do have the ability to seem more impressive and there are many interviewers who really appreciate a solid knowledge of the company. Anything about a company that does not directly influence your possible job is not important information. They’re hiring a Marketing Director not a product manager, don’t comment on how you can fix the assembly line! You also run the risk of looking desperate. It’s the same principle as never picking up your phone on the first ring. If you answer on the first ring then clearly you’re not all that busy.
Play it safe! If you want to ask anything about a company in an interview then go ahead. I’ve never met an interviewer who scoffed at me for being eager and curious.
Tip #2 Dress to impress? Don’t take it too literally!
There is one idea that I consistently see on interviewing tip pages. They always say you need to dress to impress. Wear a suit and tie and always look like you’ve already spent a million bucks. The other option is, dress for the job you want to have.
Honestly, if I was the interviewer and someone came in for, let’s say, a Marketing Assistant job. And they were dressed ready for a Marketing Director position. My first thought would inevitably be wow this person looks really formal. Formal is great, but it doesn’t have personality. When was the last time you went up to a stranger in a suit and said hey buddy howzit hanging! Build a relationship with your interviewer and you’re one step closer to getting the job.
In the end you need to be comfortable. Remember at an interview the only thing you’re selling is yourself. Tip 2 is dress as yourself on your absolute best day. Brush your teeth, trim your nose hairs, comb your eyelashes – whatever you need to do to look your best. Torn jeans and a T-shirt are not always appropriate but a good pair of jeans and a collared shirt is something that will just about always be acceptable.If your first instinct is to wear a suit then go ahead, as long as you feel natural and relaxed in it. Be daring – add a blazer! Your goal is to wear something that make you look and feel great!
Tip #3 Be PUNCTUAL!
The ABSOLUTE worst thing you can do before an interview begins is be late for it. There is simply no excuse short of your wife (or husband – sorry this article is just easier to write as a man) was in a car accident and they’ve got minutes to live. There’s really not much to say, you should arrive at your interview at least 15 minutes early and be waiting at the interviewers convenience. It’s about respect, show an appropriate amount of it and you’ll always come off better.
If for some reason there is no way to circumvent being late. Call ahead and make sure that your interviewer knows that you will be arriving late due to extenuating circumstances. Make 100% certain that they know!
Tip #4 It’s all in the handshake
Like a handshake, an interview is about how you present yourself. A handshake should never be an attempt to hurt, to domineer. A good handshake is solid without being painful. A good handshake involves your whole body.
Okay, admittedly the last one sounds like a weird concept but think of it like this. Imagine you were shaking the Rock’s – yes the wrestler – hand. Now if he stood over you those crazy eyes of his and flexed a peck while shaking your hand, I’m 99.99% certain that you’d be a little intimidated! If however he used the cheesy movie smile and shook hands without breaking your personal space – you’d be pretty chuffed you were meeting the Rock and would fondly remember the experience forever. A good handshake is about more than just your hands.
If you were to take my extended metaphor in the interview context. An interview is about more than your words. It should be neutral. Don’t try to be aggressive or dominate the exchange. Treat the interview as a meeting of equals. Answer questions when asked and ask whatever you want to know. You need to portray yourself in the best possible light. Smile broadly – keep it appropriate, shoulders and back straight – lean ever so slightly forward, open body position – don’t cross hands or legs, use your body – gesture to show enthusiasm (within reason, swinging your arms around like a gorilla is really not going to help) and finally maintain eye contact – don’t be creepy just look someone in the eye when you’re talking to them.
BY THE WAY a good handshake really does go a long way!
Tip #5 For the love of all things open your ears and listen!
Interviews are about communication. Plain and simple… You need to communicate your ideas, your personality, your work ethic, your knowledge, your skills… You need to be able to showcase yourself in the best possible light as quickly as possible. In the end you need to leave a positive impression! There is nothing on Earth as annoying as someone not listening to you while you are trying to talk!
Tip #5 is basically about talking when it’s your turn. You need to talk succinctly and address all the major issues.Remember the interview is an exchange. If your interviewer isn’t talking then you can put in some extra effort. Tell them how your skills are especially suited to the job requirements.
This is a bit of a risky technique, but it is one that works pretty consistently for me. Largely because I love to tell stories. If you’re feeling brave or, like me, are good at telling stories. Then you can use anecdotes to showcase your experience. Re-tell difficult situations and how you solved them or how perhaps how in hindsight you could have solved it better. Using anecdotes is riskier than simply asking questions because stories are subjective. Stories are enjoyed, by the listener, for different aspects. So not only do you have to quickly and accurately relay the details of your escapades, but you also need to consider what the interviewer is listening for and also what would reflect positively on your experience.
Tip#6 A little attitude goes a long way
This is the last tip I can give to you potential interviewees. Honestly if you’ve learnt nothing else, remember this one. Attitude is the best thing you can take into your interview, provided you use it in small doses. Show confidence in your abilities. You can write a solid business plan, or set up a budget. Even a little bit of ego has value in an interview. Why should you get the job? Because you are the best person for the job.
Keep calm and relaxed. Remember these tips and good luck! I hope these 6 tips really help you out in the near future! With the job market being as difficult as it is worldwide, we’ll need all the help we can get.
Until next time,
- First Impressions on Interviewers and Recruiters: How to Make Them Count (masteringmanagementcommunication.wordpress.com)
- Eight Great Interview Tips For New Grads (collegefeed.com)
- How to: Prepare for an interview (reed.co.uk)
- 8 Tips for A Successful Job Interview (thejoblink.wordpress.com)
Hi guys and girls! As Halloween creeps ever closer so too does my countdown of things hairy and scary. Games are one thing that I’m truly passionate about. But there are so many horror games out there that it’s always going to be hard to find the ones really worth playing. Here are 5 Horror Survival Games that will keep you awake for a few days.
F.E.A.R. at first seems like a pretty ordinary FPS game. Typical weapons, load-out and a seemingly ordinary mission. Slowly, as the fabric of your reality unravels, everything around you gets steadily more terrifying. A little girl popping and out of existence. Disembodied screams. Bodily fluids leaking from walls. This is a game that certainly knows how to keep you on your toes. A great transition for FPS gamers into the horror-survival universe.
4) Resident Evil 4
The Resident Evil series has taken a lot of flak for the quality of their last 2 games. Honestly though, they were decent. Granted it felt like they were built along the lines of a Hollywood blockbuster, but decent. After all, not every painting is going to be the Mona Lisa. Resident Evil 4 however, is Madonna of the Rocks. Not overly scary. The top shelf story, weapons and personalities are what make the game truly great. Not to mention the appearance of a parasitic type zombie infection, which really changed the mechanic for fans of the series. Resident Evil 4 is a must play for any true horror-survival gamer.
3) Project Zero 2: Crimson Butterfly
AKA Fatal Frame. Based on Japanese folklore, Crimson Butterfly embodies a true psychological horror. I think what really made this game for me is the fact that it’s really not flashy (pardon the pun). You’re alone. Completely Alone. Not like Will Smith in I am Legend Alone. More like in a being trapped in a suit and stuck in space without anyway to move alone. Armed only with the magical Camera Obscura and some seemingly ordinary film you need to capture the spirits of the damned survive long enough to find out the truth. It’s a brilliant game that anyone who still owns a PS2 should find a copy of! I haven’t played the other games in the series but I’ve heard good things so check those out as well!
2) Silent Hill
I am sure that the name of this series is already familiar to you. Heck they’ve already made 2 movies based on the games and the world of Silent Hill. So if you haven’t watched it, I really suggest you do as they’re not altogether bad horror flicks. On the whole this is a really a great series of games and it’s much, much scarier than the modern Resident Evil. Although the gameplay is a little clunkier and the combat dynamic is less important. There are too many to plots and designs to comment on in a non-dedicated post. But, Silent Hill 2 deserves some special mention as it really dives into the mind of the protagonist as it gives you glimpses of his mind unraveling.
1) Dead Space
This is the ultimate in horror-survival games. I don’t think there is anything else to say. Dead Space is the Aston Martin DB9 of the horror-survival genre. Sure it’s got it’s problems – predictable plot points for one. But it combines advanced tactics and weaponry, mixed pacing (sometimes slow at other times ridiculously fast), and a massive array of enemies who just don’t don’t die easily. Dead Space, as a series, likes to keeps you off-balance. Even when you think you’re safe you probably aren’t. You, as Isaac, will learn this lesson pretty quickly. Never knowing what to suspect means that every corner is a new surprise, and that surprise could probably kill you in a heartbeat. Eerie lighting and sounds in the distance all come together to create a genuinely terrifying world that will test every nerve of your being. Put it this way, whilst playing Dead Space 3, there were days when I actually did not want to turn on my PS3 simply because I was too scared.
So I was meant to post this yesterday and just lost track of time a little so prepare for a double Halloween dose today! In any case these are some epic games well worth checking out if your ever get the chance.
Until next time!
P.S. If you enjoyed reading, or my choices please share!
- 8 Great Horror Games (30plusgamer.com)
- The reason Resident Evil lost its survival horror roots. (enterthesurvivalhorroruk.wordpress.com)
- Top Ten Games of All Time #8, Dead Space. (aphexlimbo.wordpress.com)
- 8 games to play for Halloween: from the spooky to the downright scary (gamesinasia.com)
- Resident Evil Creator Explains Why the Series Stopped Being Scary (escapistmagazine.com)
- A short history of videogame horror and the current crisis in console scares (edge-online.com)
- Fatal Frame : Scariest Game I Have Ever Played (pressstart2begin.wordpress.com)
- Fascination with Fear: Fatal Frame 2: Crimson Butterfly (videodead.com)
- Top 10 Scariest Games (keithaweber.wordpress.com)
So we all know what time of year it is! It’s time to embrace the scary side of life! Personally, I like to start off with a couple movies. Here are 5 of my favourite 2009 horror’s to whet your halloween spirit. Click the titles for IMDB links!
Admittedly this is a bit of a cheat, since these are two different movies and one isn’t from 2009, but the Descent Series is one helluva good scare. It’s dark, gory and full of blood! These movies are definitely the way to start off your halloween nightmares. Beware, you may not want to go spelunking for a while!
To those of you that are familiar with the series, you know that, as a director, Rob Zombie is seriously messed up. In my opinion far more compelling than Rosenthal’s Original. Nothing supernatural or overly frightening. Just good old Michael Myers coming back again, and again, and…
You can never really tell about some people…
A small community, completely isolated from the world. And now the unimaginable has happened. Pontypool is an intelligent, gripping horror that adds real personality to the zombie genre.
This isn’t your typical horror movie. It’s not gory or particularly scary. It’s about survival. Carriers will give you a guided glimpse into the apocalyptic future, and sometimes the worst danger comes from the place you least expected.
As you can see 2009 was a great year for the horror genre. I’m going to be counting down a couple more Halloween goodies so stay tuned.
Also if you’ve enjoyed reading this post please share!
- My Five Must Watch Horror Movies For Halloween (descentintoslushland.wordpress.com)
- Horror movie ‘Halloweenspiration’ (cupofteaandamovie.wordpress.com)
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I hate being late.
Throughout my entire life I can think of all the time that I’ve wasted in my life waiting for someone else. The end result?
I hate being late.
I don’t think it’s unreasonable to meet someone on-time especially if they’re doing you a favour! So today I’m interviewing at a university where I hope to study next year. For those of you that are interested I am trying to get into a BA(HONS) in Brand Leadership which I’m hoping to study at VEGA.
I asked my twitter followers exactly when you should arrive for an interview. The response from my friend Bob was this “@DeshMoodliar Early is on time. On time is late. Late is unacceptable.” I have to say, I completely agree. I don’t think people should ever be late for meetings. On top of that you should always arrive first, it’s just a basic sign of respect.
Today I arrived half an hour early. Which, admittedly, may have been a little too respectful. Overall though I always thinks it’s better to seem excited and over eager than blasé or inconsiderate. So if ever in doubt, always err on the side of caution. Aim to be at a meeting at least 15 minutes before. That way if there are any accidents or delays you should still be able to arrive on-time.
P.S. Since I have now finished my interview, I can say, quite happily, that I have been accepted. So woo hooo!
- How to: Prepare for an interview (reed.co.uk)
- What not to do at interview (reed.co.uk)
- Job interview advice – Situation (autisticook.wordpress.com)
- The Big O: Be Punctual! (monicaricci.net)
- Top 5 – Ways to impress on your first day (reed.co.uk)
I spent 3 years of my life living in England and, I have to say, it was absolutely EPIC. Yes, there are problems with England. The weather’s miserable, it’s cold and chavs…. But once you get past the unfortunate aspects, you realise what a great country it can be.
Let me preface this by saying, no I didn’t want to stay in England permanently – at least not at the time. Second, there’s no place like home!
England is a country that has, for the most part, worked through the idea of society imposed inhibitions. By that I mean that people will inevitably do what they want. Ultimately they do what makes them happy. Whether it be tattoo’s and piercings, partying all night and pitching up to work without any sleep. It doesn’t really matter, people are able to express themselves in any (legal and sometimes illegal) way that they want. Honestly, I think that’s absolutely fantastic!
The idea of socially imposed values may have valid points. Because in truth some social values are valid. Do not kill, no dog fighting etc… On the other hand why should a society impose ideals on those who seek to be individuals in of themselves. So long at they do not hurt anyone or anything around them then society has no right to dictate the actions of an individual. The self-righteous attitude that evokes this constricting behaviour, is the one thing that pisses me off without fail.
But I digress, at the end of the day I think people need to do whatever makes them happy. Think very carefully but, if there will be an overall positive effect on your life then go ahead. If I was to use myself as an example. I enjoy dressing up in anime cosplay. I enjoy gaming and watching anime. I have 2 tattoos and am in the process of designing my next one. I re-watch old movies and re-read books that I enjoy.
Granted my affectations are not the most risqué. But the point of this post is to inspire more people to let loose and enjoy their time. Perhaps take the oppertunity to wear a costume. Get a tattoo, or a henna if you don’t want something permanent. Rave all night and work all day. If you were born a woman in a mans’ body then go ahead and do something about it. If you want to marry your homosexual lover, go ahead and don’t forget to invite me to the wedding! I have never been to a bad party hosted by a gap person. P.S. That’s really not just a stereotype.
What I’m trying to say is, do not let the views of other impact your needs. These are the lyrics to a song called Get Loose by the Salads. It’s a great party song even though you can’t hear the words.
Come on everybody, get loose tonight.
Throw your hands in the air if yer feeling alright.
We don’t care if you stare, cuz the music is tight.
Lemme hear you say YEAH so we can do this right.
Until the next time. Have Fun!
- My step by step guide on how to get your first tattoo (dirtypawsblog.com)
- Tattoos (justcassie.wordpress.com)
- Blog Post #6 (hirsc116.wordpress.com)
- Operation: Breaking Social Norms (philipsangels.wordpress.com)
- What is freedom? (genderandsociety2013.wordpress.com)
I think I knew it was time for a change when I started to come home from work exhausted. Lifeless and drained of energy I would eat, shower and sleep. For nearly 4 months, that was the extent of my private life. Granted it doesn’t seem a particularly long period. For me however, 4 months is basically a lifetime. I’m not typically the type of person who enjoys dragging my feet from place to place. When I feel that something needs to change, I get moving pretty quick. Once I’ve taken the first step.
That’s always the hardest part. Stepping out into the unknown and starting to make a change. They’re both pretty scary concepts. On the one hand you know that something needs to be rectified. In reality, change is damn scary! How do you do it? Where do you start? How long will it take? There are infinite unknown variables.
To those of you the have read The Game by Neil Strauss, once accredited as the worlds best PUA (Pick Up Artist), you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. To those of you that haven’t read The Game don’t worry, but it really is a great read!
The hesitation before taking the first step is known as AA (Approach Anxiety). PUA’s deal with AA in only one way. They ignore it completely! You’ve basically got 3 seconds to stop thinking and take the plunge. Remove all hesitation, say yes and go for it! Essentially AA comes from overthinking a situation. She’s too pretty I don’t have a chance. What do I say? She’s not my type. There’s too many people there. etc, etc, etc….
Stop creating imaginary barriers! You don’t know anything – until you do!
Whilst I completely believe in taking the plunge into a conversation. I don’t believe that everything in life works the same way. You can’t just plunge into a new career or study law without any aptitude. There is, however, much to be said about ignoring the AA. Do not be afraid of the future. It’s time to get excited!
The question that may be tickling your brain tendrils, is how do I ignore my own mind? Well most people can’t, to be honest. If they could, the world would be a far less inhibited place. Our actions are inevitably subject to our thoughts and perceptions. So to those people who cannot shut our their subconscious. Make considered decisions. Create a plan and work out the steps for successful implementation. With enough planning there’s no need to fear the unknown. (This may sound like a contradiction – but there is a difference between thinking and overthinking)
In anycase I’ve decided on my next step. If you read my last post (Education?) you’ll know that I was deciding how to move forward it my life. I’ve decided that I need to go back to school part time. Unfortunately I’ve missed the university application dates for this year. Now I have to apply for the 2015 season. As for the course, I’ve decided to study for an LLB depending on what options I have for subjects.
So that’s that. I have taken the next step to my future. I hope that you can do the same!
- Balancing Air – Overthinking and Fear (gwynnemontgomery.com)
- Overthink (thelittlebunnie.wordpress.com)
- The Curse (and blessing) of Being an OverThinker (booksofjobe.com)
- 37 Freeing Quotes For People With Anxiety (thoughtcatalog.com)
- Are You On Your Own Unique Path? (ejaife.wordpress.com)
- Choosing GCSE Options (rushcliffesocialnetwork.wordpress.com)
Recently, I have been giving my future more thought than usual. I’m really not the sort of person to worry about the past or the future but then I’ll have to ponder it all sometime. So I’ve been thinking. What are my potential career paths? Likely income? When should I move into my own place? But no matter how much time I spend looking at the possibilities I cannot seem to make up my mind. There’s too much fluid in the mix. Too many “What ifs?”. If I was a naval navigator I’d be trying to map a course without knowing the currents or the weather. Dangerous business.
At least I know what I don’t want.
I don’t want to end up in an office environment. A 3×3 box that defines my daily life. I don’t want to come home every day feeling tired and dissatisfied that, in the end, I didn’t really change anything. Perhaps thats a selfish ideal, and these grandiose ideas are misplaced. Maybe that’s where I will end up regardless of my wishes.
But, I have the need to get out and create something, anything! Actually, to tell the truth, I know exactly what I want to create. I want to have my own music festival. A place for friends and family to get together and have a good time. Nothing overly extravagant, just some great music, good company and some real potential for a good time. Day to day, I want to be a planner. Weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Prom nights…. I don’t really mind what the events is so long as people will go and have a great time.
You would think that knowing where I wanted to end up would be enough to decide on how to get there. Honestly the choices worry me. On the one hand, I could take on an internship and hopefully get enough experience to get hired by an events company. On the other hand theres the education route, and I’m always in favour of improving myself. But what would I study and what would be the consequences. I’ve been working in a commercial position for about 5 months now and every job offer and interview I’ve received in this time has been sales based. Which, for the record, is not at all where I want to end up.
So what everything boils down to is whether or not to go back to school?
There is no real reason that I can’t do both so for the moment that’s what I’m planning to do. In the meantime I’ll be giving the whole predicament some fresh thought, and I’ll throw out my ideas when I get them.
- Education (kelsangchoedon44.wordpress.com)
- Day 211: Stability in the face of the mind (adriansjourneytolife.wordpress.com)
- The Future is a Scary Thing… (mysustainabilityjourney.wordpress.com)
- Turning 21 (thegirlwithribbon.wordpress.com)
- Standing where you are (found2004.wordpress.com)
- Reevaluation (thelovelysurrender.wordpress.com)