Adulting Life – Job Hunting During Lockdown

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Here’s a recent article I’ve written for Adulting Life – a lifestyle website which focuses on a number of subjects, in the tone of voice of an older brother/sister. This piece focuses on finding work during a pandemic.

Never and I mean never, include a photo of yourself in your CV. Recruiters have a special file for people who do this, and it’s called the bin.

As the age-old quote and the arrow tattoo on my wrist reminds me every day; “sometimes we have to go backwards, to go forwards.” 

Unemployment may feel like a huge setback for you now, however, these times often lead to something bigger and better, I can say that confidently from experience. 

As a Recruitment Marketer with a whole load of career lows under my own belt, I understand job searching when unemployed is really difficult. Job searching during a pandemic is by no means a walk in the park either. Fear not; there are many ways for you to kick-start your search during these tricky times.

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Review: The Lighthouse

Robert Eggers first film following The Witch, sees Tom Wake (William Defoe) and Ephraim Winslow (Robert Pattinson) shipped off to a piece of rock in 19th Century Maine, for four weeks of lighthouse keeping.

Their relationship is similar to that of a spikey grandparent and a child. The elder drip feeding a smile and teasing a sense of humour, after a drink, only to bark another order and ignore human emotion.  

The tension is palpable. There is a dangling awareness that something sits on the horizon. You can be sure that you will never predict what.

Watching The Lighthouse in lockdown is particularly interesting. The intensity of being in one place for a long duration of time, with minimal human contact and the mundane repetition of boredom is more relatable than before. What could that do to a person?

Regardless of the current state of the world today, the connection that is created between the audience and Pattinson’s character is extremely powerful.

We feel his thumping head when he wakes up hungover, with no water to drink. We smell the bowls of shit next to the bed. We can taste the rank food he’s eating. We can smell the cigarette smoke from his perpetual habit. We are on the rock with him and it is repulsive.

Robert Pattinson is remarkable. It is no surprise that he was praised so highly in the press for his performance in The Lighthouse. We forget that we are watching the same pretty man who struts around the Hugo Boss adverts, or makes a mockery of his own skillset in Twilight. The Lighthouse sees a new Pattinson being born, accompanied by the everlasting talents of Dafoe.

This background knowledge of the stardom of Dafoe compliments the character portrayal in this film. As there is a mentorship, a father and son love and hatred – we are never fully sure which way the pendulum will swing.

We must of course, talk about the fact this film is completely without colour, however that is no bad thing. The black and whites are so vivid; utterly suffocating and beautifully executed. Daylight is a bitter relief from the darkness of the night, however a little intense on the eye as it crashes on to the screen.

Eggers pieces the film together in short, abrupt and aggressive pieces. The score is haunting. The aching moans and groans of The Lighthouse mechanics and foghorn are relentless and at times, rather unpleasant to listen to.

The Lighthouse, upon a day of reflection, was the smell of bad fish. The thought of someone else’ saliva in your mouth; a different temperature to your own. Wet clothes in a cold room. It was discomfort at its finest.

I did not enjoy The Lighthouse, however like many other A24 films such as Midsommar, Climax and The Killing of a Sacred Deer, I could not stop watching and I am ever so pleased that I did.

Honesty Hour – I’m Terrified of Lockdown Ending

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I remember vividly being sat at my desk in the Television Centre, hearing whispers of our competitors closing their offices because of a positive Coronavirus test result amongst their staff.

We sat nervously and almost excitedly, like kids waiting to hear if schools are shut because of the snow. This was of course before we realised just what Coronavirus would do.

The news finally broke that the offices would be closing for two weeks. We gasped.

“Two weeks… that’s ages?!”

We began to feel excited. No commuting, no office kitchen small talk, no making packed lunches… bliss.

Naturally we headed to the pub, we had a pint and watched the football before we said goodbye, completely unaware of how long that would be for.

If I’d had known that for some of us, that would be our last drink together as colleagues, I’d have hugged them all for a bit longer.

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13 Valuable Life Lessons: Advice For Your Back Pocket

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Over the course of my life so far, I have collected a variety of advice from a variety of people.

I’ve always wondered how people come to give such advice. Thinking often what a wonderful position that is to be in, to teach someone about your own learnings.

I then began to rack my own mind about the advice I would give to my younger siblings, friends and loved ones. What have I learnt in life so far?

After sitting with a cup of tea and jotting down notes about things I store at the forefront of my mind each day, I had a list.

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Exhausted in Lockdown: Communication Overload as an Introvert

As I stood on my doorstep and waved my boyfriend goodbye as he headed off for deployment in his military ‘Green’s’, I felt sick at the thought of how lonely I would feel during lockdown living alone.

A month has past since he left and 2 months have passed in total since I began working from home due to Coronavirus and I can honestly say I haven’t felt lonely for a second. In fact, if anything I have felt much more sociable than I was pre-social distancing – and it’s bloody exhausting.

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Honesty Hour – A Revised Note to Self

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On the 30th October 2017 I wrote “Note to Self”.

I was living through a mini break-up/rough patch with my boyfriend following a spike in my own mental health deterioration and also wanting desperately to change career, with no idea how. I was completely suffocating in my own confusion.

I did what I always do when the walls fall in, I decided to write. I wrote a letter to my future self. It was interesting to read it back this week and reflect on what’s changed, and what hasn’t.

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Staying Sober During Lockdown

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“How are you doing that?”

I don’t know how you’re staying sober.”

“You’re mad.”

All common reactions when I tell people that I still haven’t had a drink, even in lockdown.

The funny thing is, I’m not not-drinking because of lockdown and the fact the world as we knew it, is falling apart.

The decision to not drink happened way before and is something that I now don’t think about at all – yep, really. Something many people can’t comprehend as they laugh about how much they’re drinking whilst stuck indoors.

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People Pleasing: A Dangerous Habit

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What I wear, my daily default towards my make-up bag, and whether my Grace Jones screensaver is cool enough. I’m a slave to my inner voice whispering “what will people think,” like a real-life Ratatouille, with a goblin, instead of a cute mouse.

I have never realised how little I actually do… for me, until now.

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A Review: Still Life

Still Life, 2013

Uberto Pasolini

Available: Curzon

1 Hour 32 Minutes

Still Life is a delicate walk alongside the shy and reserved Mr May’s careful and considered life. We watch his days pass by as he devotes himself to his civil service job; seeking the next of kin for the deceased who seemingly have nobody to remember them.

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Exhibition – A Review

Exhibition, 2010

Joanna Hogg 

1 hour 44 Minute Running Time

15 cert 

Exhibition is a voyeur’s delight. Joanna Hogg (Souvenir, Archipelago) triumphs again with her unique talents as Director to blur the lines between film and reality.

We watch the marital complexities of two artists unravel as they prepare to sell their tailor-made home. The affect separation with a building can have on a toxic relationship is a beautiful metaphor for emotions many of us can relate to.

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