Thursday, March 1, 2018

Time for a Break

By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker

Everyone has at least one book in them. Or so they say!

Writing a book is challenging. And I want to get my next one finished, published, and selling in as little time as possible. So...

This will be my final post for a while, perhaps for the year. 

You can still find a lot of useful information by clicking on the Pages above.

And the best of luck and joy in your career creation!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

How to be a True Optimist

By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker

Let there be light...and there was light!

This famous Optimist's Creed by Christian Larson can be your new beginning, or daily guide to greatness!

Promise Yourself

To be so strong that nothing
can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel
that there is something in them
To look at the sunny side of everything
and make your optimism come true.

To think only the best, to work only for the best,
and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past
and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
not in loud words but great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
so long as you are true to the best that is in you.”

--Christian Larson

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Knowing the Company: Doing Your Research Before Your Job Interview

By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker

Job interview coming up? It pays to do your research!

Have you done your due diligence? Your new job may depend on it!

Before you head to your interview, it's important to gather information about the company/organization/business. The more you know about the products, services, goals, mission statements and competitors, the better impression you'll make. Most people won't do what you're going to do. You'll be in a good position to take the lead!

I found this great list in Next Day Job Interview (2nd ed., 2009) by Michael Farr and Dick Gaither. You can find it on Amazon or, like me, get it from your local library. Easy, quick read.

From the book:

"Employers want people who are problem solvers* and future focused. By can walk into the interview and demonstrate your ability to identify common problems...and point to future trends... A few types of information you should acquire include the following:
  • The latest trends in your chosen career field.
  • Any environmental or political factors affecting the industry.
  • New technologies, equipment, or methods coming soon.
  • Common problems within this industry or field.
  • The number of companies in the industry.
  • Professional organizations supporting the industry.
  • Trade and professional journals of the industry.
  • Projected employment growth of the industry.
  • Pay and compensation packages within the industry.
  • Training or education that will be needed."
You can find nearly anything you need online, in trade publications, encyclopedias of associations, and even from information provided directly by the company with which you're interviewing.

The better impression you make, the better your chances. Having a good, rounded knowledge of the industry and the company will give you just that much more of a leg up.

One more bonus tip... If you can, get some good positive information on the person who'll be interviewing you.

Best of luck to you.

*You veterans should be aware that companies don't always know how to translate your military skills into company skills. This is your opportunity to show them you know what you're doing as a civilian employee. It gives them a much better reason to consider you for the job.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Creating Your Interview Mindset - Pt 2

By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker

You have it nailed, right?

(Continued from Part 1)

The company has called you in for your first interview. (Yes, there is often more than one!)

Are you ready? Let's see...

  1. Do you have and can you give acceptable reasons for leaving your last job?
  2. Have you practiced salary negotiation?
  3. Are you fully aware of the interview styles and methods for this particular industry?
  4. Can you list, without looking at your resume', 10 of your marketable skills and abilities, including personality traits?
  5. Could you pass a drug test if the interviewer wants you to take it on the spot?
  6. Can you comfortably talk about the company's products, services, mission statements, goals, and even competitors?
  7. Are you ready to follow up immediately with thank-you notes, either by email or snail mail, or both?
  8. Have you prepared a good list of intelligent questions to ask the interviewer? They expect it; don't forego this opportunity.
  9. Do you have a card or other piece of info, other than your resume', that you can leave behind?
  10. Are you dressed appropriately? Do you smell OK? Are your tattoos covered?
The more prepared you are for your interview, the better. Often, the interviewer is as nervous as you are. Help them to feel comfortable. Know your stuff, be authentic, and don't forget to smile!

Best of luck to you.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Creating Your Interview Mindset - Part 1

By Richard Kent Matthews - Coach | Author | Speaker

Confidence, poise, knowledge, skill. That's you!

The company has called you in for your first interview. (Yes, there is often more than one!)

Are you ready? Let's see...
  1. Do you know the jargon, buzz words and lingo of the industry?
  2. Can you provide at least three reasons you want to work for this particular company/business/organization?
  3. Do you know most of the common interview mistakes?
  4. Can you share a few outstanding job-related successes you've had and your role?
  5. Will you be able to give a few good reasons why the company should hire you?
  6. Do you have a promotional presentation ready in case you're asked "Tell me about yourself"?
  7. Do you understand the job description for which you are applying and can you give examples of when you have used the skills needed?
  8. Can you answer job related technical questions?
  9. Can you pass employment tests?
  10. Have you anticipated possible interview questions and how to answer them?
These are just the beginning. I'll continue the list in Part 2.

In the mean time, I wish you all the success on your upcoming interview.