How To Nail Your Interview!

So, school is out and you have two options a) you can lounge around all summer and mooch off your friends and family or b) you can get a job and do what you want, when you want. So, what’s it gonna be?

So, school is out and you have two options a) you can lounge around all summer and mooch off your friends and family or b) you can get a job and do what you want, when you want. So, what’s it gonna be? Ah, see, I knew you’d come around. Keep reading to learn how to nail your interview!

(By the way, if you currently do not have any prospective job interviews but are looking, try using LinkedIn Jobs. If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile this is the time to make one!)

Before

  • Prep: Create a cheat sheet with company information like founded date, values, recent press releases, and so on. You also want to create sample questions and answers like “why do you want to work for [insert company name]?” and “why did you choose [insert major]?” This cheat sheet will especially come in handy during phone and Skype interviews.
  • Research: Glassdoor is a website that lists a wide variety of company salaries and interview questions. You will definitely want to take a look and prepare any questions asked previously in other interviews. If you’re interested in the company’s culture check out the company reviews section to get a grasp of what working for the company may be like.
  • Attire: Make sure you have the appropriate outfit for the interview. You can never go wrong with a blazer and the color black. Below I’ve listed a few examples of what your outfit should look like:

“You can never be overdressed or overeducated.”- Oscar Wilde

During

  • Punctuality: You want to be at least 10 minutes early, now, I don’t mean parking your car and running inside with 5 minutes to spare. Being punctual shows your professionalism and your interest in the position. It also gives you time to review your cheat sheet which is a plus.
  • Posture: Believe it or not, power posing is a great way to get that extra boost of confidence. Poses pictured below actually boost testosterone levels and reduce cortisol levels (stress levels). Find a private space and pose as shown for about 2 minutes for a confidence boost. Studies show people who power pose prior to interviews are more likely to get hired.

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  • Greeting:  You always want to shake hands at the beginning and end of an interview. Your handshake should be firm and not floppy. You should also look the other person in the eye during the greeting.
  • Surprises: If you’re caught off guard by an unexpected question then take a pause and restate the question that way you have a little more time to think. I try to relate my answer back to the company’s values and always end on a positive note.
  • Questions: Always have at least two questions to ask the interviewer to demonstrate your interest in the position. A few examples are “What have people previously in this position struggled with?”, “What do you expect the person in this position to accomplish within the first few weeks?” and so on. I would have a few questions on hand and ask whichever I feel are most relevant in the situation.

After

  • Gratitude: Never forget to send the interviewer a ‘thank you’ note. You want to send this message within 24 hours of the interview. Keep it short and sweet, something along the lines of “Dear so &so, Thank you for meeting with me yesterday. I appreciate the opportunity to be considered for the position. I am excited to join x, y, & z company….” this will demonstrate your interest in the position.

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Let me clarify by saying I am no interview expert but I have learned through trial and error. I’d rather you avoid making the same mistakes I did than have to learn through rejection. But even if you don’t get the job you wanted, it’s still great practice, and you’ll be better prepared in the future. Good luck job hunting!

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⧉All Kinds Of Spaces Giveaway⧉

Thank you for all of the support I’ve received, without your support, (yes you reading this) I wouldn’t be where I am.

If you’re reading this I think its safe to assume you want to enter in the giveaway, well, you’ve come to the right place. I am excited to announce my very first giveaway! Thank you for all of the support I’ve received, without your support, (yes you reading this) I wouldn’t be where I am. Below are rules of entry.

Rules

  1. Must be residing in the United States. (U.S. Only)
  2. Follow @allkindsofspaces on Instagram.
  3. Subscribe to All Kinds Of Spaces on Youtube.
  4. Follow All Kinds Of Spaces via email. (This can be found on the About page.)
  5. Comment on the photo on the @allkindsofspaces Instagram showing all the products, and tag 2 friends.  (Multiple comments=multiple entries)

I wish you the best of luck and be sure to check out my latest articles!

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Birth Control 101- Most Common Forms

I completely understand the awkwardness of asking your mom, or even a doctor.

Hey girl, if you are anything like me, then you know little to nothing about birth control. I completely understand the awkwardness of asking your mom or even a doctor. I am here to tell you everything I have compiled from the web. Let’s start off by defining birth control, according to Planned Parenthood, “birth control is preventing pregnancy before it begins.”

3 Most Common Forms of Birth Control

The Pill can either be a combination pill or progestin-only pills. What does this mean? Combination pills contain estrogen and progestin. Combination pills prevent your ovaries from releasing an egg. It also thickens the mucus on the cervix making it more difficult for sperm to swim to an egg. Keep in mind that after starting combination pills you are not “fully” protected until 7 full days of regular use. Because no one is perfect the actual effectiveness of both pills is 91%.

The progestin-only pill (POP) as it states, only contains progestin. POP also thickens the cervical mucus and thins the lining of the uterus (in layman terms the sperm is prevented from reaching the egg.) POP must be taken every day at the same time in order to maximize effectiveness. Keep in mind that after starting progestin-only pills you are not “fully” protected until 2 full days of regular use.

Pro’s:

  • may reduce or help prevent acne
  • may reduce or help prevent cysts in breasts or ovaries
  • may reduce or help prevent anemia
  • may reduce or help prevent PMS

Con’s:

  • may experience sore breasts
  • may experience nausea
  • may experience spotting or bleeding in between periods
  • does not protect against STD’s

 

The patch is quite similar to the pill, it contains the hormones estrogen and progestin and involves the same process of spermicide. You wear the patch on certain parts of your body and your skin absorbs the hormones. Again, if the patch is used perfectly then it is 99% effective but like everyone else you may forget from time to time so let’s go with 91%.

Pro’s:

  • may reduce or help prevent acne
  • may reduce or help prevent cysts in breasts or ovaries
  • may reduce or help prevent bone thinning
  • may reduce or help prevent anemia.

Cons:

  • must change the patch in a timely fashion
  • must be aware of the patch condition
  • may experience sore breasts
  • may experience headaches
  • does not protect against STD’s

 

The implant is a tiny, thin rod inserted into your arm, regarding pain, don’t worry about feeling anything more than a pinch. The hormones in the implant thicken the mucus on your cervix and inhibits eggs from leaving your ovaries. The implant is 99% effective. Depending on the time of your cycle when the implant is inserted you are protected between zero and 7 days after insertion.

Pros:

  • improve protection and prevention
  • improve cramps
  • improve life style (throw out your monthly pack and let loose!)

Cons:

  • may experience irregular bleeding (spotting)
  • may experience longer and heavier periods
  • may experience weight gain
  • may experience an infection where the implant was inserted
  • does not protect against STD’s

I am going to be honest and tell you majority of this information is news to me. If you are considering going on birth control or are currently on birth control I recommend reading up on it. I had no idea that depending on the type of pill you take it may or may not matter the timing of the pill. We may not be experts but I definitely learned something new, I hope you did too.

Thank you for reading and good luck with your journey on learning about your body!

 

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Reduced Meat Intake: Causes & Effects

You must be asking yourself “Why the hell would anyone give up meat?” Instead of saying “Why the hell?” I said “What the hell?”

You must be asking yourself “Why the hell would anyone give up meat?” Some people become vegetarians because of health reasons or maybe from watching What the Health on Netflix. I didn’t need to watch the stomach churning film, I’m sure like a lot of you, you know eating meat takes a toll on your health.  Instead of saying “Why the hell?” I said “What the hell?” and I reduced my meat intake from everyday (and almost every meal) to only once a day 3x a week.

Why?

I’m sure you’ve already heard about how meat is bad for you blah blah blah. But, let me reiterate what you think you know.

  1. Life expectancy: Vegetarian men live an average of 9.5 years longer than their meat-eating counterparts and vegetarian women an average of 6.1 years longer.
  2. Sex life: Eating plants can have a positive impact on your disposition and libido.

  1. Sex life: If a man avoids red meats, it improves the sex appeal of his body odor.
  2. Diet: Average American eats approximately 222 pounds of meat per year.
  3. Diet: The American Dietetic Association (ADA) concludes that a vegetarian or vegan diet is healthier than one that includes meat.
  4. Animal cruelty: The number of animals killed for meat every hour in the U.S. is 500,000.

How?

Obviously going cold turkey can be nothing short of difficult but enforcing self-control is key. If the pros outweigh the cons, in this case missing out on a juicy and tasty burger, it will be worth it. It also taught me portion control. You definitely want to stock up on greens and drink plenty of water. One thing I enjoyed the most was demonstrating self-control when it comes to food. It can be so easy to give into eating meat, desserts, or soda for that matter but the proud feeling afterward is just as great (we can at least pretend it is.) Snacks will also help keep you on track. I like to snack on veggie chips and animal crackers. I’d also like to mention tracking your food is a great idea if you want to keep yourself accountable.

What?

Was it worth it? The most obvious effect of eating less meat was feeling more energized. I no longer felt sluggish waking up in the morning, with that said I also felt more awake. If one of your 2018 goals was to be more productive then eating less meat could be an odd but efficient method. Other effects include: losing weight, reduced risk of heart disease, reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and the list goes on. If you aren’t one for the gym then consuming less meat is an easy alternative.

When?

Will I return to eating meat everyday for every meal? The answer is no. I was skeptical about the change in my energy and overall health before I took the plunge. But now that I have reaped the benefits I am going to limit my meat intake, and who knows maybe one day I’ll be vegetarian.

 

From one mindless meat eater to another, what’s the harm in trying this for a week? or even a month? I hope you learned something, and maybe have at least a peaked interest in considering becoming a vegetarian.

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Embrace Positivity

Positivity doesn’t have to be obnoxiously smiling every moment of the day and acting as if the world is sugar, spice, and everything nice.

Do you want to wake up in the morning excited and motivated to start the day? Or do you want to wake up dreading the start of your day? Trust me, we’ve all been in your shoes. I too can wake up cringing at the thought of leaving the comfort of my bed but I don’t have to feel this way, and neither do you.

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Positivity doesn’t have to be obnoxiously smiling every moment of the day and acting as if the world is sugar, spice, and everything nice. According to Google, the word positivity means “the practice of being or tendency to be positive or optimistic in attitude.” The definition literally uses the word “tendency” which means occasionally you will have negative thoughts or feelings.

First off let’s consider what counts as “being negative.” The reason I used quotation marks is because I’m sure you like a lot of people may not necessarily think you’re negative. Would you refer to yourself as  happy person? Would someone else refer to you as a happy person? Negative habits are engrained in our every day lives. Negativity is mumbling swear words to other drivers on your way to work. Negativity is complaining about situations that aren’t all that bad. Negativity is thinking you aren’t skinny enough, pretty enough, or smart enough. (This just got deep didn’t it?) Now imagine if the world  wasn’t pitted against you?! I know it almost sounds too good to be true.

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Positivity starts with a grateful attitude. While you’re cursing up a storm on your way to work, couldn’t you be grateful you have a car to drive to work? You could be grateful for the job you have. You could be grateful for another day of life. If you develop an attitude of gratefulness and focus on what you do have instead of what you don’t you’d be much happier.

If you make positivity a lifestyle you’ll find yourself happier, it’s almost impossible not to be. You can implement positivity into any aspect of your life. I am sure other women can agree, it is hard to feel beautiful in this day and age. When photo shop obliterates any trace of a flaw and all you’re left with is an unachievable perfection it can be difficult to feel beautiful. I know how cheesy this will sound but being positive starts with you, if you can’t be positive and kind towards yourself then you might as well save your time and energy.

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If you think its time to make a change in your life then I recommend reading The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. The Secret will explain positivity and optimism better than I ever can. I hope you join me on this journey.

Sincerely,

Your friend

Cristina Fig.

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Ca$h in YOUR Closet

It’s time to put on your big girl panties and do a pain-staking purge. The bigger the pile of clothes the bigger the bucks!

“I don’t have anything to wear!” said every woman at one point in their lives. Well if you’re like the majority, you do in fact have clothes to wear, you just don’t L O V E them. Why let your clothes sit untouched and unworn in your closet? It’s time to put on your big girl panties and do a pain-staking purge. The bigger the pile of clothes the bigger the bucks!

Go through your closet and take out anything you haven’t worn in the past year including things you’re just keeping “if the occasion arises.” You’re going to want to be brutally honest. A few questions you might want to ask yourself are:

  1. Have I worn this in the last 12 months? If not, will I really wear it again?
  2. If I was shopping right now, would I buy this?
  3. Does this fit? Do I feel confident when I wear this?
  4. Does this fit my current style?

Once you’ve managed to get yourself (and the clothes) together you’ll want to sort through any stained or damaged clothing and put it where it belongs, in the trash. Obviously keep the items that are in relatively good condition.

Now that you’ve wiped away your blood, sweat, and tears it’s time to list your items on Poshmark. Poshmark is “the leading marketplace to buy and sell fashion.” You can either use their website or download the app. I personally use the app more because of its convenience. List your goodies and await your cash! While you’re on the app follow me . Sell away, or should I say shop?

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Here are some personal tips for listings:

  • Take good quality photos (include multiple photos)
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  • Short and sweet descriptions
  • Fast replies to offers, questions, or comments
  • Share your listings daily or weekly
  • Handwritten ‘thank you’ notes inside of your packages
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Where Fantasy Meets Reality

Picture this, it’s a Friday night and you’re bored at home. Do you happen to live within train distance of New York? Well look no further, if you’re up for the trip take yourself down to VR World.

Here are three reasons why VR world should be your next destination: VR world has over 40+ simulations, actual decent pricing, and great customer service.

First and foremost, let’s clarify what is VR World. Think of VR World NYC as a real-life video game. You put on a headset and suddenly you are in an entirely different reality, a virtual one to be specific. You are presented with an animated environment of your choice.

Moving on to the variety of simulations, VR World definitely has your cup of tea. If you’re into anything with guns and gor you’ll be busy trying to survive against zombie attackers.  Maybe guns and gor aren’t your thing, head over to the 3D painting simulation. You’ve never painted with fire or snowflakes? Really?? Even I have. Do you want something more challenging? Try rock climbing except without the harness. VR World also has a variety of multiplayer games. Do you want to spend the afternoon drag racing? Maybe fighting against a robot apocalypse is more your thing. Don’t think of VR World as any old arcade but a real life adventure. VR World turns fantasy into reality.

VR World has A M A Z I N G prices. Remember VR World has over 40 simulations that can each last between five and twenty minutes. VR World is one of a kind. You may find a few smaller VR specializing places in Brooklyn but they charge by the minute. I participated in seven different simulations in two hours with zero to no wait time. For only $39 you can spend two hours doing the unimaginable.

Lastly but certainly not least is the superb customer service of VR World. The staff is friendly and prepared to begin games and guide you as you play. If you’re going to swing by definitely consider a week day as the vibe is more intimate. You will be able to take your time and enjoy everything VR World has to offer.

If my words can’t convince you maybe seeing it for yourself will.

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