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New Year, New You: Job Seeking Advice

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Guest Post, New Year New You | Posted on 09-01-2013

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Looking for a new job, especially after an absence from the workplace, can be a challenging task. The feeling of ‘going it alone’ can make finding employment stressful, with job searches, CVs and interview preparation to consider. As anyone who has been job seeking for a substantial amount of time is aware, all these areas demand time and dedication to master. However, there are numerous resources you can take advantage of in order to make your job search easier.

Parents who have been working hard looking after their children, but who have reached a point where they are able to carry out paid work again, can also find the jobs market a bewildering place to be, mainly because it is likely to have changed substantially since they last worked. But as with all job seekers, resources and assistance is available.

Local job centres often have special schemes set up specifically to help parents back into work, sometimes run in conjunction with other organisations. These groups cover important aspects of job seeking such as finding vacancies, filling in forms and writing CVs. Job centre schemes such as these will also provide advice and information on educational courses that can be taken, some of which may be provided free of charge. If there has been a long absence from the workplace, then new skills may be required. The way businesses operate changes all the time, so it is natural that job seekers may need to brush up on certain skills. Doing so can make a jobseeker much more attractive to a potential employer.

New types of job

If a job seeker has spent a lot of time way from the jobs market, they may not be aware of new job types that have developed. Many of these will have occurred within the Information Technology sector. And overall, there are a great many vacancies related to IT. But while these jobs are often placed under the umbrella of ‘IT’, they are often very diverse, ranging from administration roles, to computer programming and website maintenance positions. Some of these might require specialist courses to be taken, while others may offer on-the-job training, so long as certain computer skills already exist.

Fortunately, there are many specialist employment agencies that can assist in finding these kinds of jobs – right across the UK. Whether you are looking for IT recruitment in Sussex or in Southampton, you will find these dedicated agencies in all parts of the country. By signing up to one of them, you may have a better chance of finding out about new IT jobs than someone who searches using only newspapers and the Internet. This is because of the relationships such recruitment firms have built up with employers, which gives them fore-knowledge about new roles. In addition, they will be well placed to give advice on how to approach targeted CV writing, and interviews – if one is offered. And finally, they can take the pressure off job seekers, since they find jobs for a living.

New Year, New You: Picking The Perfect Eyewear

Posted by SussexMummy | Posted in Guest Post, Information, New Year New You | Posted on 01-01-2013

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Glasses can make a huge impact on your image.

It’s no coincidence that when costume designers want to add intelligent gravitas to a character in movies they always equip them with a thick set of frames. Similarly, the amount of specs-wearing action heroes found in Hollywood blockbusters can be counted on the fingers of one fist.

With the amount of time we spend staring at a screen every day increasing rapidly for many of us the need for corrective eyewear is growing alongside it. Picking the perfect pair of glasses for you, or even deciding not to become bespectacled, is a big choice that will quite literally stay with you for months, or even years, to come.

So before you head to the opticians use the tips in this post to get an idea of the perfect frames for you.


Buying frames because they’re fashionable is a risky business; by definition fashion is a fickle thing and you can quickly find yourself falling from the top to the bottom of the style spectrum. Think of all those big, brightly-coloured glasses frames which were incredibly popular in the 1980s and yet today wouldn’t be seen outside of a circus.

The current trend is for thicker frames, resembling the old NHS prescription style, to the point where some ‘hipsters’ wear them even without lenses in. However, this could all change in the blink of an eye, so it’s much better to pick eyewear that you’re comfortable with and which you think suits you personally.

Similarly, it is good to pick a frame colour that works with several outfits; classic black or chrome frames will match with nearly every look. If you want to go for a bolder colour be particularly mindful of how it works with your hair tone, as this is something that will likely remain constant.

Face Shape

Your face shape is an important consideration when picking a style of glasses to suit you. What looks great on one person may have a completely different effect on another. Opticians split people into four basic face shape groups:


An angular hard jaw and high square forehead can be offset with rounded frames that soften the angular shape of the face.


Longer faces with high cheekbones and foreheads can use a thicker, wider frame to round out their face shape. A solid upper part to the frame is particularly effective.


If you have an oval face you can consider yourself particularly fortunate when it comes to eyewear – as nearly every glasses style will suit you. Why not take the opportunity to be a bit experimental until you find a pair that you really love?


Shorter than an oval face, rounded face shapes benefit from angular frames which draw attention to your eyes and give your face height.

Ask the Experts

Whatever style you’re looking for you nobody will be able to help you more than a qualified optician. You can even get advice online with glasses guides to help you pick the perfect frames.

Remember that in the end the only person who has to like your glasses is you, as you’ll be spending a lot of time with them. So be sure before you buy.

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