Thursday, December 29, 2016

Over 50 and Still Want to Work? You Can and You Will!

Just because you're over 50 doesn't mean you're over the hill!

One bit of advice today: Don't give in to the doom and gloomers who tell you you're too old or too useless. You can do what you want if you know what you want. 

Your age isn't the major obstacle. It's your own mind set. 

With that, here are some great tips to help you get on with it.

Click Here: 7 Tips for Getting Hired After Age 50

Try these strategies to land a new job as an older worker.

By Emily Brandon  

Monday, December 26, 2016

Avoid the Hype, Get the Stats on Jobs in America

By Richard Kent Matthews - eBook Author | Coach | Speaker

Employment stats in the US can be a political football. So, what's the truth about jobs in America?

I'm not one to say anything is absolute, but the closest we can get to actual statistics about employment in the US comes from the Bureau of Labor. 

If you want to know what's going on, right now, during this very strange time in our nation--politically speaking--then check out the following site for as much information as you can handle. Then, when someone throws a 'fact' at you, you'll know if it is up to snuff.

Click Here: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Don't let anyone bamboozle you. We're in pretty good shape right now, no matter the doomsday moaners and their political hacks.

As Henry Ford said (allegedly), "If you think you can or you think you can't, you're right."

You want a job? Good ones are still available to those who don't let a negative mind set get in their way.

Best of success to you and Happy Holidays.

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

If You Want a Job in Oregon, You Can Find One, No Matter Your Age

Older adults can still find a job in Oregon...

If you're over 55 and want to find a job, you're in luck. This site can help you get back on track to finding interesting, even fulfilling work. 

Click here: Senior Community Service Employment Program

From the site:

The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), funded under Title V of the Older Americans Act, serves persons with low incomes who are 55 years old or older and have poor employment prospects. 
The program has two purposes: to provide useful community services and to foster individual economic self-sufficiency through training and job placement​ in unsubsidized jobs.

Monday, December 19, 2016

The Successful Job Interview: All in Your Timing?

How's your timing?

When interviewing for that next job, the timing may be more important than you thought. 

This article can give you the insights you need to schedule your interview so you have the best advantage and possibilities.

Click here: How the timing of job interviews could be a key to success

By Dana Manciagli. contributor, Austin Business Journal

Keep the clock on your side.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Prepare Your Mind for Your Job Interview: A Mindfulness Approach

By Richard Kent Matthews - eBook Author | Career Coach | Speaker

Mindfulness: Making friends with myself...

So, then, what is mindfulness?

Mindfulness is more than just being aware of what we are doing; it’s also an awareness of what I am thinking and feeling. I can choose to let the outcome of the job interview intimidate me, or I can choose to move on to the next, and perhaps better, opportunity. 

The Mindfulness Approach--to the Job Interview, to Life
  • I am right for this job: Mindfulness allows me to be aware when my mind keeps turning onto some well-worn karmic rut of worry or fear, inadequacy or pride. 
  • I choose to quit blaming myself, even if I don't get hired. This time. I can still spend untold hours, days, or even weeks criticizing myself or justifying myself, blaming myself or blaming others. Yet I never would think of making a conscious decision to spend all that time enveloped in self-criticism or blame. 
  • I can be free of worry, if I so choose. It seems like my thoughts and feelings are out of my control. Sometimes I notice that my whole day has an undercurrent of worry flowing through it. Worry may be telling me that some aspect of my life needs attention, yet the activity of spending the whole day endlessly replaying my fears is a useless waste of my energy and causes me considerable pain. I can simply move on to the next opportunity.
  • It's always my choice. Through attention, being willingly and deliberately mindful, I can become aware of how much pain I am causing myself with my worrying. I then can also see that I have been choosing to worry and that I have a choice to let go of my worries and return my awareness to my present activity. 
Mindfulness allows me to see that I can choose to turn toward something positive like trust rather than worry, choose to forgive rather than blame, choose faith rather than doubt. 

If I feel despair, it is my choice if I allow myself to turn away from my faith and project a future without hope. And in each situation, if I am willing to really look--to see--the gift will appear. It has to. Nothing exists in a vacuum.

I Tell Myself the Better Story

"By choice I become the conscious observer...of my life, my surroundings, my relationships. I watch to see when I step out of awareness and shift into automatic, allowing old habits to take over and control the situation. In that moment I say, 'Halt.' And I regain the command position. In doing so, my life is simpler, more satisfying, and I am in better relationship with my family, my friends, my colleagues, and the community in which I live. And most important, I am in grand relationship with myself."

Monday, December 12, 2016

The Skype Job Interview and How NOT to Take It Lightly

By Richard Kent Matthews - eBook Author | Career Coach | Speaker

Just because your interview is on Skype doesn't mean you can slack off!

Digital and phone interviews are big these days. You can bet you're being judged just as much as you would be in an in-person meeting.

Don't blow it by thinking you can be too casual.

Here's a great article with tips on how to handle--and win with--a Skype interview.

It pays not to take these over the lines interviews too lightly.

Key words: Skype interview, phone interviews, digital job interviews

Saturday, December 10, 2016

When the Interviewer Asks 'Why Are You Still Out Of Work?'

By Richard Kent Matthews - Ebook Author - Career Coach - Speaker

You've been out of work for a while. And you know the interviewer will ask you why. 

What will you tell them?

Here's an article from Forbes by Liz Ryan that will give you some great advice on what to say to your prospective new employer:

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Warning: If You Don't Know Enough About the Company, You Are Probably Out of Luck!

By Richard Kent Matthews - Ebook Author - Career Coach - Speaker

If you don't know much about the interviewing company, chances are VERY HIGH you won't get the job!

Here's a great Forbes article on why it's so important to bone up on the company's history, what they do or produce, and any other tidbits that might serve you during the interview. It pays to be aware!

Click Here: How To Answer 'What Do You Know About Our Company?'

By Liz Ryan, contributor

These days, it pays to have every advantage in your job searching arsenal. Knowing as much about the company can pay off in huge dividends. 

You're up for it. 

Monday, December 5, 2016

"I Just Don't Have Enough Time!" Wrong.

By Richard Kent Matthews - Ebook Author - Career Coach - Speaker

“In the course of life a small number of people will like you; a small number will dislike you; and the vast majority won’t care one way or the other. So, be yourself. Follow your heart. And watch doors open.” Anonymous

You may not believe this but you have around 60-72 hours a week of free time, more or less, when you’re not working or sleeping. 

In an average lifetime, that’s nearly 163,000 hours. Think of the possibilities if just 10% of those hours was spent in higher pursuits. Only laziness and lack of desire could stop you.

Here are nine suggestions on how to fill some of those hours with positive, productive, and fulfilling activities:

  • Live fully. Open continually to new experiences. 
  • Love openly. In some way, let those you love know it every day.
  • Labor joyously. Choose to enjoy your work, or find new work.
  • Laugh heartily. Laughter actually is the best medicine. Do it often.
  • Link consciously. Recognize that you do not exist in a vacuum. The world needs you.
  • Lead gently. Set an example of integrity. Be the change you want to see in the world (Gandhi, paraphrased).
  • Learn continuously. New knowledge improves brain function and might even help you avoid dementia-type diseases like Alzheimer’s.
  • Lament necessarily. You sometimes need to grieve. It’s natural, healthy, and relieves stress.
  • Leave gracefully. Death is not the enemy. Some (including me) believe it’s just the beginning.

James Michener said, “The master in the art of living makes little distinction between work and play, between labor and leisure… The master hardly knows which is which.”

Next time you’re tempted to say—or even think—that you “just don’t matter,” or “there’s not enough time,” consider those 163,000 “free” hours. That’s enough time to make just about any dream a reality. That, a little ambition, and the release of self-pity. 

After all, ask Nikita Khrushchev, who once quipped, “Life is short. Live it up!”

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

After the Interview--Your Next Step

By Richard Kent Matthews - Ebook Author - Career Coach - Speaker

You had the interview. Now what? 

Sue Shellenbarger at the Wall Street Journal has some good advice.

Click Here for full article: How to Score the Post-Job Interview

Your chances improve when you know how to follow up. Most won't. You will. 


Sunday, November 20, 2016

Can Large Job Numbers Actually Return to America's Rust Belt?

President Elect Donald Trump campaigned on the promise of returning major job numbers to America's heartland, including the states of West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana.

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Comments welcome.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Social Media Can Help You Find the Right Job...but You Must BE There!

Are you present, socially speaking?

It's surprising how many job seekers are still not online these day. 

Most employers now have online presence and expect you to have the same. Do you have a LinkedIn account with completed profile? How about Facebook? Instagram? Twitter?

That's where a growing number of prospective employers are searching for you. If you're not there, they can't find you.

Here's a short and telling article from The Collegian that can help get you started if you're not already up and speaking.

Click Here: Social media presence seen as tool to gain employment

By Dylan Venglar

From the article: NW Campus students learned ways to use social media to improve chances for employment in Get the Job: Social Media & Interview Skills Nov. 9.
Becky Herrera, a NW student development coordinator, covered the ways social media could be used to reinforce a resume or help get a job.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Warning: Job Scammers on the Rise and They Want Your Money!

You may be an innocent target!

The word is out... There are millions of jobs available in the US. But the scammers know that you will be searching for them. Online.

Big job sites are warning you to be on the look-out for any job offer that involves money in any way. Don't cash any checks your new 'boss' may tell you to, and then tell you to send them the cash.

Just don't do it. Stick to the well known sites.,, and more. Check them out. Be especially careful on Craigslist.

You can also get more info on the scammers by visiting the Federal Trade Commission at: Job Scams

NO MONEY TO ANYONE FOR ANY REASON! Got it? Good. Now, on with the hunt!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Latest Jobs Report and You

By Richard Kent Matthews

If you're looking for a job, now is a great time!

The latest US jobs report for October 2016 are out and things are looking good.

Check out the stats and see yourself in that prize position now.

Only thing that may be holding you back is, well, you!

Here: Business Insider Jobs Report Oct 2016

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Be Sure Your Interview Sins Will Find You Out!

Not sure you're fully qualified for that great job you're about to interview for? 

No matter what, do not stretch the truth!

Lying to get the job can only hurt you in the long run. And when you're found out, it can follow you the rest of your professional life.

Here's a great article on why it's not cool to lie during your job interview.

Click here: 11 things that make your job interviewer think you're a liar - by Jacquelyn Smith and Aine Cain

From the article: 
'Liars never prosper. Lying gets you nowhere, especially during job interviews.

Some people get so caught up in the pursuit of a certain job, they're willing to stretch, bend, and even break the truth in order to sound like an ideal candidate...'

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Sometimes Your Interviewer is Clueless; Be Ready!

You look impressive, you act impressive, you even smell impressive. Then the interviewer asks you something like this:

What makes you better qualified than the rest of the candidates? 

Say what?

Liz Ryan at shares tips on the best way to answer such a silly question. Believe me, there are enough air heads out there that will ask you that question. Best to be prepared.

Click here: How to Answer "What Makes You the Best Candidate?"

From the article: You are right that the question “What makes you the best candidate?” is inappropriate and insulting. You couldn’t possibly know the answer to that question, not only because you won’t meet the other contenders but also because you don’t know what the company really needs. Only they know that!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Are You Annoying Your Interviewer? Let's See...

You can't please everyone, but sometimes you might be pleasing no one!

You've done your prep work, pressed your suit, polished your shoes, made sure your make up is flawless, and think you're ready. Are you?

This may help smooth out even more wrinkles before you trot off to that important sit-down with the company of your dreams.

Click here: 5 Ways You Don't Know You're Turning Off Your Job Interviewer

Monday, October 24, 2016

Caught Off Guard: Interview Questions You May Not Be Expecting...and How to Respond

Are you REALLY, FULLY prepared for your upcoming interview? Maybe, but probably not.

You can never be totally ready for what they sling at you, but you can have a leg up.

The following article from gives you some interesting notes on what you might be asked in today's competitive job market.

Click Here: 8 Interview Tests You Might Actually Be Asked to Do on the Spot

Saturday, October 22, 2016

The Virtual Interview: You Can Be The Best!

Virtual interview training, along with person to person training, is essential in landing the job these days.

This article can show you how to prepare for virtual interviews and have a leg up on the competition.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Are You Good on TV? Webcam Interviews on the Rise

Appearing in front of a camera--any camera--can make some people feel terribly nervous. Is that you?

You may need to change your attitude about showing up in video and on Skype!

This article will help you navigate the New Norm when it comes to interviews. It's no longer enough to shake hands and put your Oscar winning smile to work for you. You may need a director!

(Click on title below for full article.)

Click here: Webcam job interviews increase in popularity

From the article:
     As if the interview process wasn't nerve-wracking enough, job seekers are increasingly facing another challenge, the webcam interview.
     The trend, now being used by some New Zealand firms, originated in the US where it's become particularly popular with the big retailers such as Walmart and finance houses like Deloitte and the major airlines...
For more on this web cam interview thing, check out the following story:

Click here: The Rise of the (Truly Awful) Web Cam Job Interview

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

How to Ask the Right Questions to Get the Best Job Offer

Your questions matter, too. Sometimes more...

You prepare, you rehearse, you arrive. The interviewer asks you all kinds of questions. You nail them all.

But have you nailed the job? Do you even want this particular job? How will you know if you don't ask good questions yourself?

Here's an article from you might find enlightening.

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Three Types Of Interview Questions To Get A Job You'll Love

By Pollyanna Pixton

From the article:

"It starts with the question any good interviewer asks near the end of the interview, 'Do you have any questions for me?' At this point, you will have a good feel if they want you to work in their organization but do you want to work there? Let’s look at some questions that you can ask that might help you get some insights into how the company works and the environment...."

Remember, there are nearly six million available jobs out there right now. You don't have to settle!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Can You Overcome the 'Interview Bully'?

Sometimes the interviewer is just plain mean...

Here's an article from the Huffington Post that can you help you sidestep the interviewer's bad attitude and still get the job.

From the article:
How To Handle A Job Interviewer That Acts Like A Bully
By Vicki Salemi - Author, public speaker, columnist and Career Expert for

Let's face it: When you go on a job interview you don't only hope to ace it; you're also looking to build a real rapport with your interviewers. Connecting through small talk and then building upon that chemistry in you conversations about work--there's something special about that little spark that ignites during the process.

But, what happens when an interviewer is not just rude, but straight up mean? Here are several ways to handle an interviewer that's acting like your everyday schoolyard bully....

Monday, October 3, 2016

How to Get the Job, Even if You Feel Less Than Qualified

Not sure you qualify for that peachy job?

This article came across my line of sight yesterday and you might find it to be just what you need to get over any insecurities you may feel about approaching a great job interview:

How to nail the job interview when you’re not 100% qualified

Click here for full article...