Book Review: Life of Pi by Yann Martel

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Oh, wow! This is a must read book!

Yes, it’s one of those books that you persist with begrudgingly, wondering where it is going, only to feel bad because the end is so beautiful and perfect. And, yes, it could have been one hundred pages shorter and still had the same impact. But it is spectacular, a genuine contribution to literature. Continue reading

Nine Reasons You Didn’t Hear Back About That Job Application

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Everyone knows the process. You want a new job, you spend time perfecting your CV, you craft compelling cover letters, and you apply for anything that fits your criteria. And then you wait. And wait. And wait some more. Until, eventually, you realise that you’ve waited long enough. And worse than just being not interested, your potential employer was so uninterested you didn’t even get a polite ‘thanks but no thanks’.

There seems to be two types of jobs these days: the jobs nobody wants and the jobs everybody wants. So when a recruiter receives 250 applications, they’re probably stressed enough trying to sort through them and find the people they want to proceed to the next stage with. They barely have the time to regret not getting back to you, let alone to actually drop you an email so you can stop hoping for a call. Continue reading

Book Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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This is a beautifully written book with simple but poignant language and a terrifically observant main character. It is written as a series of letters to an anonymous friend and goes off on so many wonderful tangents. The story is a little lacking but I feel that way about so many of these ‘coming of age’ stories. Perhaps it is reflective of the actual experience of teenagers – not that much happens but it feels like the most dramatic time in their lives regardless. Continue reading

“I Need Help” and Other Things We Don’t Say Enough at Work

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If you’re anything like me (and I hope for your sake you aren’t but I know there are plenty of people that suffer from similar problems), then admitting that you aren’t flawless, that you aren’t a genius, that there are things you aren’t an expert in, that sometimes you aren’t the best person for the job, can be hard.

Equally, even if you aren’t a perfectionist like me, it can be just as hard to tell the obvious truth. It is something that is severely lacking in most workplaces because we are all so focused on keeping our jobs and the truth, even though it’s true, can seem like a slap in the face, both to those delivering it and those receiving it. Continue reading

Guest Post: Bereavement Leave for Step-Families by Jessica Vigar

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Step-FamiliesAlthough this blog is normally my self-indulgent platform for promoting, well, me, I am more than willing to share the (very limited) limelight for examples of other people’s writing, especially when that example is well written and for a good cause.

Just like Jessica, my inaugural guest post author, I am one of those people who is part of a step-family (in fact, I’m part of three of them). When she was denied bereavement leave on the occasion of her step-grandfather’s death, she was moved to pen the following letter to the Fair Work Commission to protest the unfairness of the Australian Government trying to tell us who we should and shouldn’t consider family.

It’s hard to argue with common sense (although governments attempt it time and time again). Read on for Jessica’s thoughtful, articulate and reasonable request for change.

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