It’s come to that time now where I’ve the money I saved whilst on maternity leave is dwindling and I’m in need of some extra cash flow. The past few weeks of my UK job search* I’ve been scouring all the local websites and speaking to recruitment agencies like City Calling trying to find some part-time work.
It’s so depressing applying for positions where you’ve been told there are 15 vacancies and not even getting a call to say ‘no thanks’. Especially when their application form took about 2 hours to fill in (I’m looking at you Homebase…)
But, there was light at the end of the tunnel and I finally got a call back last week to go for an interview.
I’ve always found dressing for an interview quite easy. You can just throw on a (demure) little black dress or a pencil skirt and smart shirt and you’re good to go. If it’s cold you can stick a blazer over the top and if you’re lucky you might even get away with some smart-looking black skinny jeans.
However, the one thing that I sometimes struggle with is footwear. I know this sounds ridiculous but it’s always the one thing that I agonise over when going to an interview. I hate the thought of falling flat on my face or towering over someone in heels and I’m a flat shoe kind of person anyway so tend to avoid wearing heels at all costs but sometimes they really are the only way to go. For example, a pencil skirt has to go with heels. It just looks odd with flats.
Even then, you have to be careful which heels you go for. Open-toed is a bit full-on for work and can look ‘slutty’ as my husband so kindly put it when I showed him the shoes I had chosen and to be honest, I usually fall back on the safety of my Louboutins because I know I can walk in them and they are super comfy (as heels go).
Anyway, whether my clothes helped make the decision or not, it must have worked as I am now an employee of Mothercare! Yippee!
See what I mean, the flats look okay but just aren’t quite right….
These are the shoes that Nick said were too ‘slutty’ and I think I agree with him. Too much foot flesh (ugh what a horrible phrase)