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If you’ve planned birthday parties for your child before, you know how exhausting it is. If this is your first time, and if you read nothing else, you want to stick one rule: you want it to be about your child. No matter how tempting it would be to have a full-blown Frozen themed birthday, if they are not into it you have to drop the idea.

No matter how daunting the idea may seem at first, being organized and putting some time and energy into planning the party is the key. It’s the secret ingredient to making the day in smiles!

1. Pre-Planning the Party

Before you can start the planning process, get a notebook or open an excel sheet and prepare a checklist and a tracker. You will input all the necessary information so you have everything you need in one place. The more organized you are, the easier this will be.

2. Prepare a Budget

On that excel workbook, add a sheet and determine how you are willing and how much you can afford to spend on this party. While you want your child to have the best birthday ever, money might be tight. The budget helps because it sets limits from the get-go. Based on this, you already know what you must cross off from your list.

3. Choose a Date

Even if you want to throw the party on the day of their birthday itself, things won’t always work out the way you want. Between other children’s birthday parties, school holidays and days on which you are not allowed to throw parties (Yes! This is really a thing! Some schools have rules about this – remember to check with your child’s school just to be on the safe side.), you might not be able to do that. So, take all these factors int consideration when setting the date.

4. Set the Time

This will depend on your child’s age. The younger they are, the better it is to keep the party short. 2 hours minimum should be good – they have enough time to have fun but it is not too long that they get sleepy, tired and cranky. If they are older though, your child might prefer to have a sleep-over. So, plan your activities accordingly.

5. Sit Down Your Child and Discuss the Party with Them

Do not tell them to plan their party because let’s face it – they are children. Do you really think you’ll be able to do everything their imagination comes up with? No. So instead, ask them about the theme and their favorite food. If you want to have them more involved in the process, take them shopping with you.

6. The Guest List

That will depend on the age of your child and sometimes their schools. Some schools have rules that stipulate all the kids in their class should be invited. Also, decide if you want the parents to stay or not.

7. Invitations

Now that you’ve gotten everything sorted out, it’s time to send out the invitation. You need to give parents enough time to prepare, so, we would recommend sending the invites at least 4 weeks before the birthday party. You can also involve your child by having them help you with the design of the invitations.

8. Enlisting Helpers

Birthday parties for children are never easy or simple. You will be unable to manage the children, supervise the games and pour drinks all on your own. If you have an older child, then ask them to help you out. Otherwise, talk to another parent, a friend of yours or hire a babysitter.

9. The theme for the party

Generally, your child must already have an idea for the theme. Whether it’s a Disney, Harry Potter, Naruto or Spiderman, the theme gives you the blueprint you need to start the planning. From decorations to the cake, activities and entertainment, ensure you adapt them to the theme. If your child is too young to choose the theme, you can pick one of the following and go with it:

  1. Princesses
  2. Pirates
  3. Fairies
  4. Superheroes
  5. Toy Story
  6. Ninja turtles

If you are not having the party at your place, you can let the location dictate the theme. Popular birthday locations include:

  1. Swimming pools
  2. Skating rinks
  3. Cinema
  4. Pottery classes
  5. Soft Play Centres
  6. Paintball park

10. Entertainment

There are several things you can do to entertain your guests. The least expensive option (read more tiring) is coming up with games yourself and setting them up. If you already have too much on your plate, hire someone else to do it for you. Ensure you have everything they will need and, if you want it to be extra special, talk with them to see if they can come up with something that fits your theme.

There you go! As simple as that! You are now ready to start planning! Happy planning!

It takes a lot to impress recruiters and hiring managers. While some tricks may work, remember that they must have seen almost every trick in the book when it comes to interviews. So, it’s not just about looking good. It’s really the content of the interview that will matter. If you really want to bag that security guard job you’ve trained so hard for, you’ll have to be more than just one more candidate in the cattle call of hundreds they’ll see this year. You really need to pull all the stops and stand out to make sure that you are not just a number.  So, how can you impress the recruiter?

Ace Your Next Interview with These Tips:

1. Know Your CV Inside Out

Most recruiters will begin the interview process by asking you to talk a bit about yourself this is the easiest question you can get and is the one question you must make sure to not stumble over. Look at each of the projects on which you’ve worked on and reflect on the biggest challenges you had to face and how you’ve overcome them. Prepare an explanation for any ‘sketchy’ details or gaps on your CV – the recruiter is sure to ask you questions about these. Ensure that your answers are consistent and congruent with what you have on your cv.

2. Think of How Each Experience You’ve Acquired so Far Are Important

It’s not sufficient to talk about each experience you’ve acquired. If you really to want impress the recruiter, quantify the impact you had in previous roles. In addition to finding out about your previous roles and how you’ve performed in that specific role, recruiters also want to understand the impact of your work on the overall performance of the team and the company. So, instead of just listing your previous roles, also mention the outcomes of what you did. Monetary savings or improved customer experience are two of the things that can reflect positively on your work. It also tells the recruiter that you are able to see the big picture and that you understand how your work impacts others.

3. Reflect on How Your Past Experience Can Help You in the Job You’re Interviewing for

Remember how you prepared a list of challenges you faced and how you overcame them? Use these when the interviewer will ask you what makes you a good fit for that specific role. Show how the experience you’ve acquired from these past challenges will help you in the job you are applying for. This is not the moment to be vague. Mention the goals you’ll be expected to meet in this role and the qualities the company is expecting their new recruit to have. Show how you already have these set of qualities or how you have been able to achieve the same targets in a previous company.

4. Don’t Let the Interview Turn into a Q&A Session

There are two mistakes you can make in an interview. The first one is giving short answers and not providing any other details without further probing from the recruiter. The second one is talking too much. The ideal situation is both you and your recruiter having a conversation. Thing is, it’s not just the recruiter trying to find out if you’re a good candidate for the role. You also want to know if the company is right for you. You can try researching the company and come armed with questions you may want answers to. Keep the conversation flowing by asking questions that add value to the interview. Your questions can cover the organization’s culture. With a better understanding of their culture, you’ll be able to have a clearer idea of how you fit in.

5. Don’t Overlook Grooming

We know we said that an interview is just more than grooming. But if you go to your interview all scruffy and dirty, you’ll send a very clear message to the recruiter: the job wasn’t important enough for you to put in an effort to clean up. Remember that it takes only a few seconds for someone to form a first impression about you. Let that first impression be a favourable one!

Below you’ll find five grooming tips that will have you looking in tiptop shape for your interview:

Tips for men:

  1. For a put-together look, start by trim all your facial hair, including beard, moustache, ears and nostril hair. To be on the safe side, you can also go clean-shaven.
  2. Comb your hair and use styling products that give your hair a natural look. Avoid gels that make your hair look greasy.
  3. Wear freshly laundered and neatly pressed suit or shirts and pants.
  4. Stress might cause you to sweat. So use deodorant to stay fresh. Just avoid strong fragrances as they can be distracting.

Tips for women

  1. If you have long hair, pull it in a bun or tie it up in a ponytail.
  2. Don’t wear too much makeup. Go for a natural look. The less the better.
  3. Avoid plunging necklines and micro-mini skirts. Your pantsuit or dress must also be freshly laundered and neatly pressed.
  4. Wear comfortable shoes but keep it business-like.
  5. Just like men, use deodorant to avoid any unpleasant odour.

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