The first recipe I have tried from this book is the Fresh Fruit Compote with Home-Made Granola (pg.23). I have substituted frozen berries for the fres...moreThe first recipe I have tried from this book is the Fresh Fruit Compote with Home-Made Granola (pg.23). I have substituted frozen berries for the fresh berries as I couldn't get these in the shops at a reasonable price in january. I have cooked the fruit for and extra 5 minutes as its frozen, but it still tastes delicious. I've never tried making home made granola before but it came out really well and tasty. I would probably just make it with sultanas next time rather than mixed dried fruit, but that's only because I don't really like mixed peel. Overall a cracking recipe - would make again!
I then tried the Golden Vegetable Soup (pg.34). This smells delicious as it cooks. Butternut Squash is a pain to peel, but it is worth the effort!
The Chicken and Mushroom Risotto (pg.145) is absolutely delicious. It takes a bit of patience is get going and a couple of more expensive ingredients but such a nice dinner and tastes just like the full fat version!
Pg.65 - Easy Crispy Chicken. Putting this together is seriously quick and easy, wish I had thought about using the toaster to make breadcrumbs before. Incredibly simple as receipes go.
Fragrant Pork and Prawn Noodle Broth (p.127) smells really good when its cooking but is incredibly spicy. My blender died half way through so that was a little tricky, but its all good. Would probably use less chilli next time (or take the seeds out as them recommend).
Southern Style Jambalaya (p.147) this is delicious but needs to be eaten hot. It makes up a lot of food so it feels really filling. Have frozen the left overs and will have to see how those come out.
Chili Salad Bowls (p.106) these are a bit tricky to make but really pleased I have learnt how to make my own healthy tortilla bowls after loving the taco salads in the states. I've made this without the cheese, the lime, the salsa and the creme fraiche and added extra salad to make it super tasty and had two for dinner as they are low in calories and have been to the gym.
Paprika Chicken (pg.91) - trying this recipe for the first time tonight, it's relatively simple but does take quite a long time to make. This is not a whip it up on a work night type of recipe. I love the smell of paprika and it's great on a chilly winter night, makes it feel really homey. I'd probably have it with the mash as its winter and I like the stodgy after a long cold day, but I think the rice would work just as well in the summer for a bit of a lighter dish.
Simple Tuna and Sweetcorn Pasta Salad (pg.174) - I've adapted this recipe slightly for my meal - I've added some olives to the salad and left out the spring onions as I couldnt get any in the supermarket. I've also substituted the dressing for a chilli salad dressing that I had in the cupboard...I've still thinned this out with the water but it does mean the salad isnt quite the 183 calories stated...
Chili Con Carne (pg. 151) - this is relatively easy. I didnt like that there wasnt any veg in there, so I adapted the recipe slightly by chucking in 1 pepper, 2 carrots, a courgette and a handful of sliced mushrooms - this meant I could have it on its own without rice and I felt full. Its a bit spicier than the normal chili I make but I could adjust that...
Home Made Butternut Squash Tortellini (pg.138) - a bit fiddly to make but delicious. Don't be fooled into thinking you need more than the portion size, its very rich and heavier than your normal pasta
Minestrone Soup (pg.33) - a tasty and light alternative to more of a wintery soup.(less)
I've always been a fan of Roald Dahl, even as an adult there is a magic in his writing that can bring you out of the worst mood and have you smiling a...moreI've always been a fan of Roald Dahl, even as an adult there is a magic in his writing that can bring you out of the worst mood and have you smiling again. Among my favourites are Matilda and the BFG which I read many times as a child, and again more recently. I had never read Boy: Tales of Childhood, but I bought it on advice on my partner who had read it and wanted to read it again. At the time, I didn't know that this was an actual telling of Dahl's childhood, but it didn't disapppoint. The way that Roald Dahl is able to bring things to life in his writing is incredible, this book was funny and sad at the same time.
Sadly for me, this was the last of the Roald Dahl books that I own. I need to get the others which I haven't read yet and re-read them as an adult!(less)
I decided I would read this book now as I had a free hour and a terrible work weekend away where it was difficult to be able to get my point across an...moreI decided I would read this book now as I had a free hour and a terrible work weekend away where it was difficult to be able to get my point across and I hoped that this might shed some light and help. It didn't so much help with that, but help with ideas of how to overcome those mental blocks we all face...
The forces against us as artists and entrepreneurs: 1. Resistance (i.e. fear, self-doubt, procrastination, addiction, distraction, timidity, ego, narcissism, self loathing, perfectionism, etc) 2. Rational thought 3. Friends and Family
"Bad things happen when we employ rational thought, because rational thought comes from the ego"
"Chatter is resistance - its aim is to reconcile you to the 'way it is', to make you exactly like everyone else, to render you amenable to societal order and discipline"(less)
I went to an event earlier this month where Andy C was the days guest presenter. The event was really good,although I was teased for being under 25! I...moreI went to an event earlier this month where Andy C was the days guest presenter. The event was really good,although I was teased for being under 25! I was given this book for free because id attended the event and thought what's the harm in reading it. Andy was really inspiring when he spoke and I'm pleased to say the book was just as good. Well worth a read,its got some useful messages in it and a few laughs too!(less)
I would have given this book zero stars if it was possible. For something with Logic in the title this was the most confusing book that I have ever re...moreI would have given this book zero stars if it was possible. For something with Logic in the title this was the most confusing book that I have ever read with all its x could be y but x could also not be y. I couldn't make head nor tail of this and didn't enjoy it at all...(less)
This book is really quite sad, and in some places shocking, but it's one of those books that should be read because these events did happen and it's s...moreThis book is really quite sad, and in some places shocking, but it's one of those books that should be read because these events did happen and it's something we should know about. Going into this book, I expected it - from the title - to be somewhat similar to Anne Frank's harrowing story and the way that that was written. However, the circumstances surrounding Anne Frank's diary, and the fact that she was only able to account for the day to day events, make that account far more raw than this one.
For me, this was quite a powerful book. Written from Nonna's diaries kept during the war, it provides an account of events through a reflective eye. It's made me incredibly sad to read, and the refined nature of the text (if you were to compare it to something like Anne Frank's diary) has the same, if not a bigger impact, on the reader than if you were to take each days account one by one.
It's a powerful story by a survivor of WWII and the holocaust years, and I couldn't put the book down, as harrowing as the account was. It's really made me sit back and think about what the people went through during that time and how terrifying it must have been to have not known what was around the corner...(less)
I am a recruiter. I spend 5 days a week reading CVs, conducting telephone interviews and arranging face to face interviews. I saw this book on amazon...moreI am a recruiter. I spend 5 days a week reading CVs, conducting telephone interviews and arranging face to face interviews. I saw this book on amazon as a kindle freebie and clicked on it out of interest. The blurb they give on amazon is something along the lines of: a recruiter spends an average of 8 seconds on a CV before making a decision over a candidate. I've seen a lot of CVs since I've been recruiting with lots of different approaches. So I'm giving this a go to see what tricks are recommended....I'm usually a sceptic of these books that give you "brilliant idea" but lets see what we think:
Idea 1: Dream a Little Dream For me, this is quite a key idea for candidates to get their heads around. Why? Well, once I've seen what candidates have been doing and think they may be suitable for a role, they go through a telephone interview. Here, these few questions become key when questioned on what have you done in your career and most importantly your motivations for working for our organisation or motivations for the particular role or just looking for a new opportunity as a general point.
Idea 2: Remember, Remember I wish this tip was heeded to more by candidates. Middleton is absolutely right when he says "you'll be fighting a lost cause if you rely on the recipient spending their precious time sifting through your CV to locate the information they're particularly interested in". When you have 60 or more applications and CVs to sift through, having to look for the information is frustrating.
Idea 3: How long do I have? This book recommends 2 pages. It's hard to do that, especially if you are new to your career and have done lots of temp roles and want to get them all down to sell yourself. But nothing frustrates recruiters more than having CVs that are 4 + pages long.
Idea 4: Eight potentially life-changing seconds This is the time it takes to decide whether to continue reading a CV or bin it Middleton says. He's pretty right with this, particularly where there are high volumes of applications.
Idea 5: Me in a nutshell Spot on with this one! Give me a professional summary any day of the week - but guys, try to make it relevant to the role that you are applying for to show you have read the job description, you know what you have applied for and what skills relate to this role.
Idea 6: What's your type? Two types of CV: Chronological or Functional. If I'm honest, the one I prefer is the chronological one. I find that one much easier.
Idea 7: DIY CV Bang On - nothing is better than writing your CV yourself. If you get grilled on this, you need to know it.
Idea 8: Cut to the chase Lets be focused guys. As a recruiter I think this is really important. I want the key facts so I can make a decision.
Idea 9: Throw another log on the file Track what you've applied for. I find it extremely frustrating talking to candidates who dont know what it is they have applied for or even the company.
Idea 10: Learn to speak 'behaviourese' We like competencies. It's our HR speak.
Idea 11: Reading the Runes Reflect the job advert in your CV. It makes it much easier for us if you know what is required and can evidence what you have towards this.
Idea 12: What am I letting myself in for? Understand the company. Again, spot on with this advice. We like to know what you know about us and why you want to work for us.
Idea 13: Ditch the dodgy dossier Don't lie, we'll find you out.
Idea 14: Numbers count We all like numbers, we like to know how impressive you can be, some decisions are based on the volumes you have dealt with in the past. Follow Idea 13 here - don't lie, you'll get caught out.
Idea 15: Be an Achiever Show off your achievements
Idea 16: Writing with panache Be concise, write in the past tense, use the third person, avoid confusing turns of phrase, dont try and be funny, use plain english
Idea 17: The seven deadly CV sins Dont show off: Pride; Avarice; Envy; Wrath; Lust; Gluttony; Sloth
Idea 18: Looks can Kill Presentation is as important as what you say. I have to say this is one of the big things for me, if its badly presented and hard to read it takes much longer to get through, and its often a frustrating process.
Idea 19: Two CVs are better than one Tailor make your CVs.
Idea 20: How to deal with the skeletons in your CV Account for any gaps that there might be in your CV, in other words recognise don't ignore them. Job Hopping, show what skills you learnt from this.
Idea 21: Another Skeleton, another cupboard: redundancy Explain it in a way that is professional and positive
Idea 22: Selling a one-company career Show off your progression and the skills acquired
Idea 23: Take the Car Challenge, Action and Result. Don't be coy about your achievements.
Idea 24: Corporate Prehistory You are only as good as your last performance.
Idea 25: Show some oomph Be positive. show that you are active, convey enthusiasm. Use strong words.
Idea 26: Act your age This is a tricky one to get around with all the information about age discrimination. This is probably one of the tips I would steer clear of.
idea 27: Bob versus Robert Do you have a name you prefer to be called? Why not use that on your CV?
Idea 28: I'm keen on ping-pong, playing the ukulele and going to the theatre Get the on the Cv, theres no harm in putting it in there but it can be met with mixed responses from recruiters.
Idea 29: Set the right tone Be conservative and be just that little bit different to stand out. But steer clear of Photos, humour, mess with peoples expectations. Match the CV to the job and if you get an interview dress conservatively.
Idea 30: Apply yourself Spend time on your application forms, photocopy them and work on drafting them before you do the final version; use dark pen - its easier to read; think about what the organisation is looking for and tailor make your application; be clear and express your ideas; highlight your achievements and show what you have found out about the company; keep your own copy; use A4 envelopes
Idea 31: Surfing CVs Recruitment is electronic. Highlight the key words for the role.
Idea 32: Transatlantic issues Cv's that work in one place wont always work in another.
Idea 33: Please find attached Is your covering letter essential or totally unnecessary?
Idea 34: Bring me the head of Johnny Recruiter Rejection Factors: its straightforward, its grammar, its spelling mistakes, its too little information, its not directed to the advert.
Idea 35: Time to shed some pounds? Salary is a good area to steer clear of in a CV, particularly if it is a lot more or a lot less than advertised. Save this for a face to face.
Idea 36: Reference points Control the references you get, don't leave this to chance.
Idea 37: Is it convenient to talk? This is a big bug bear of mine. If you are keen on a job, answer the phone or you will be passed over. Usually we will try 3 times to reach a candidate, and nothing is worse than unreturned phone calls or worse still phones that don't have voicemail set up. That is a sure fired way that interest will rapidly be lost in your application
Idea 38: Bend the facts a little Make sure that the job title is not an acronym that no-one understands - if it needs to be altered slightly so it can be understood, do so
Idea 39: Detox your CV Keep whats needed, get rid of the rest
Idea 40: Is your CV fitter than you? If you get to an interview make sure you look the part, this will have a better impression
Idea 41: I'll show you mine if you show me yours Get some feedback on your CV - it's the only way to improve
Idea 42: Quality versus Quantity One thing that drives me mad as a recruiter is a candidate who has stumbled across our website and applies for everything - and not just everything in one field, but every vacancy we have. It's disheartening as a recruiter to have to reject the candidates, and I'm sure its disheartening for them to receive. The advice here is totally right, sometimes being focused with the applications is as important as getting your CV out there.
Idea 43: Networking Use your contacts and make sure you build and maintain your contacts.
Idea 44: Perfect your personal elevator pitch This is about being memorable, but being clear and succinct.
Idea 45: Dealing with specialist recruiters This is all about relationship building essentially.
idea 46: Handling Interviews Make sure you are prepared for this. And remember what was on your CV
Idea 47: Handling rejection Be positive about the rejection and continue to look for what new opportunities there may be. Ask for feedback
Idea 48: Avoiding the poisoned chalice Make sure you are looking for opportunities that will enhance your career not destroy it
Idea 49: Manage the brand called You Show what makes you special. This is down to you, you have to create this and maintain this.
Idea 50: Do you even need a CV at all? Not all careers need CVs, but even if that is the case now, keep a record of what you are proud of and what you have achieved just incase the situation arises. Sound advice
Idea 51: Treat your CV as a vade mecum Have it there to use when needed - again sound advice.
Idea 52: One last thing (20 actually) Make sure you follow a checklist for your Cv to get the greatest results. This is common sense like contact details, making sure you have targeted the right role in your profile, there is evidence there to back up your statements, checking typos
All in all there is some pretty sound advice in this book - I've summarised the headline areas above and added some personal reactions in particular areas. If you are looking to enhance your CV to find that new role, or things aren't quite working out for you on the application front, I would give this book a try. Some of the things in it might seem obvious to you when you are reading them - but they are the kind of things that are so obvious they get forgotten about when it comes to the crunch. Sound advice here.
Another core book for my course,this focuses on resourcing and talent management,the third of the eight modules. I've approached this module with some...moreAnother core book for my course,this focuses on resourcing and talent management,the third of the eight modules. I've approached this module with some nervousness. As a recruiter myself, this will either enhance my knowledge or have the opposite effect.
Chapter 1 - As always, these textbooks start off with an introductory chapter that covers off the outline of the book. The difference for me at this point is I feel much more interested in the topic at this stage than I have with any of the others but perhaps that is because I am a recruiter...
Chapter 2 - this focuses on the environment behind the recruiting scene. covering the legal side of the recruitment process this opens up your eyes to what you can and can't do
Chapter 3 - this is all around flexibility and the flexible firm. I find this material really interesting, and whilst quite heavy reading this presents the pros and cons clearly and in an understandable way
Chapter 4 - again interesting food for thought. this focused on diversity and fairness and all the ways you can dicriminate against people, as a recruiter it makes you think twice about what you are doing
Chapters 5,6 and 7 - interesting material but difficult for me to associate to as these are not really areas I focus on in my day to day job.
Chapters 8 and 9 - Alternative Recruitment Methods and Employer Branding. two important topic areas that as a recruiter in a day to day role not much thought is given to, but this provides you with areas that you ought to remember.
Chapter 10 - Selection: the classic trio. I think this will be useful for part of my assignment and writing about the things I would do for my fictional assessment centre. A lot of this is familiar to me in day to day recruitment, but it makes me realise that as a central function we only do part of the process and there is much more there for HR and line managers to be doing.
Chapter 11 - Advanced Methods of Employee Selection - this section has some useful areas in if you are planning your own assessment centre. It is an area that I will come back to as I do my assignment to make sure that I have covered everything, but also because there were some good points that I could use for referencing.
Chapter 12 - 20 - this material falls outside of the recruitment process and is what happen afterwards. Unfortunately in my current role this is not something I get involved in so I find it a little bit meaningless, but it is certainly something I can come back to if, and when, my role becomes something where this is relevant.
All in all an interesting read. In some places eye opening about things that we should be doing but perhaps don't, and in other areas very familiar from my own experience.(less)