Friday, September 30, 2016

The One-Way Job Interview: How a Computer Can Decide Your Fate

I call it The CyberViewer. 

It seems the normal, usual, everyday interviewer--that is, a human one--may soon be a relic of the past. 
According to Nicole Yang at, interviewing in cyberspace seems to be the wave of the future. Are you ready? Check this out, see what you might need to do to ace the next Cyberview!

How to Ace a Job Interview with No Interviewer - Nicole Yang, Monster staffer
Imagine a job interview with no interviewer—it’s just you, a computer and a webcam, getting to know each other. Sound a little too futuristic to be true? 
Well, for some companies, the future is here...
Click here for full article.

Monday, September 26, 2016

You Aced the Interview. Now What?

By Richard Kent Matthews 

Whew! It's over. Or at least you think it is. Now you can sit back and wait for The Call.

But the interview was not the end of it.

Some will tell you to send a nice email to follow up on your interview, others say call. Remember, though, many other interviewees will be following up as well. 

You don't want to be just another voice among the many.

Here's a better way. 

Adrian Granzella Larsen, writing for, has written an article showing you how to do it so that you stand out from the dozens (or more) emails and calls the new employer will receive

From the article:

Assuming you’re not the only candidate in the pipeline, your “just checking in” email will probably be one of many sitting in the hiring manager’s inbox. Use the opportunity not just to follow up, but to show once again why you’re the best candidate for the job. 

Read the full article by clicking HERE.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Getting the Second Interview: It's Not Over Yet!

They like you! They really like you!

You landed that all important first interview. You carried and presented yourself and your skills to the best of your ability. 

They seemed to like you.

Now they want you back for another round. You may have to face a new person or persons, perhaps a panel, or even the dreaded Committee. 

This is not the time to let down your guard.

With that in mind, I share with you a great article from (Sept 21, 2016) on how to approach and present yourself in the next interview(s).

From the article: 

Getting a second interview means you’re perceived as having the right skills, but the company wants to get to know you better. They want to dig a little deeper into your background and also assess if you’d be a good fit culturally.

But this is also a perfect time for you to get to know them better as a potential employer and determine if they are the right fit for you.
How can you best prepare? Below, nine members of Coaches Council offer their professional advice...

Monday, September 19, 2016

Real Success: How to Become Luckier Than You Ever Thought Possible - And Fast, Too

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By Richard Kent Matthews

Your "luck", whether good or bad, depends almost completely upon your view of the world. Disappointed? Don't be. This truth is the beginning of a whole new experience for you.

I used to think that "luck" was a chance-y thing, that it happened or didn't happen totally by accident, randomly. I was wrong. Still, when I first discovered the five 'realities' you're about to discover, I was skeptical. That is, until I put them to work. 

That's the key. Put these five secrets to work for you and your luck/reality can change almost in an instant. Ready? Here goes...(Oh, one thing... Keep an open mind here. This is not some woo woo parlor trick. This process--or system if you want to call it that--works. Read the list, let it register with you, and you'll understand why

1. Act lucky. That's right. Act. "What do you mean by that, Richard? Act?" Yes. Here's how you do it. If you had everything you wanted right now, how would you act? Get that picture clearly in your mind. Start acting like that. No excuses. I know the BMW isn't in the driveway yet, but so what? Act like it is anyway. 

In reality, this is more about mindset. How would you be in your mind, in your emotions, if what you wanted was already in your life? Answer that, act on it. Make it a game. Something to ponder here: If you cannot see yourself in the picture, how can you expect to show up in it? Act like you're in it already. Soon, there you'll be--smack in the middle of it.

2. Open your life, your mind, and your heart to receive. If you continually complain that you don't have what you want, your life is miserable, you just can't catch a break, then you're not open to receiving what you say you want. Open up to the possibility that your desire, your dream, wants you as much as you want it. No more feeling sorry for yourself. Self-pity is a big block to receiving your good, perhaps even the biggest block.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

You Can Become THE Expert in Your Field: Five Simple and Powerful Steps That Can Change Your Life

How to be the Expert

Jim Rohn, author and personal development trainer for more than 40 years, said, "If you read one book every month about your industry, in 10 years you'll have read 120 books. That will put you in the top one percent of your field." He's right, of course, but you can become the expert much faster than 10 years. Here's how...
  • Select the top five current books in your field and read them each twice. Take notes. Research any references and resources listed at the back of each book. Examine any suggested websites or blogs. This should take about six months, if you're diligent.

  • Then, read each new book that comes out in your field for the next year. You'll have lots to choose from. Just go to or to the Barnes and Noble site, get on their mailing list for your topic, and then read their recommended titles. (Actually, even once you become the expert, continue reading all new materials in your field.)

  • Begin visualizing yourself as the expert, the one to whom everyone turns for advice, for leadership, for inspiration. This step is key. If you can't see yourself as the expert, no one else will either. You can begin this particular practice right now.

  • Create a journal to keep track of your progress. Write questions and answer them from your readings. You'll look back on this effort later to chart your evolution.

Monday, September 12, 2016

How to Answer the REAL Interview Questions...and Get the Job

By Richard Kent Matthews, Career Coach

Getting ready for that interview? How are you spending your time? Wisely, I hope...

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"Learning how to get just a little better at job interviews is one of the best-value things you can do for yourself, pound for pound and minute for minute." James Reed, executive recruiter

In his book 101 Job Interview Questions You'll Never Fear Again,* James Reed suggests not only the questions, but the REAL question beneath the question. And how to answer it without looking foolish.

Sound odd? 

When you are called in for an interview, there is a series of questions your prospective employer will most likely ask. But they can be deceptive. (Even the employer may not realize just how deceptive those questions can be.)

The motive of the employer is always about his/her/their own needs, not yours. They are looking for specific answers not only to the question at hand; they expect you to somehow see beneath the surface to their actually concerns. Can you do that? Maybe not 100% of the time, but Reed says you stand a good chance if you can ascertain even a fair number of those real questions and answer them the way the employer hopes you will. 

In most cases, it will put you way ahead of any competition.

Here are a few examples of questions and the real questions hiding underneath them:

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Bad Words! Stop-You-Dead Affirmations That Are Controlling Your Life

Something Eastern always seems wise...

What the hell have you been affirming? Because it sure is showing in your life!
So, you think affirmations don't work, or at least not as well as you'd like? Well, guess again. The affirmations you use the most are working in your life all the time. They are manifesting exactly as you proclaim them. Why? Because you believe them.

Unfortunately, here are the ones you use probably more than any others. They have served you in the very ways you think you wouldn't like. But you keep repeating them and consequently, you keep reaping--and perhaps suffering from--their sometimes overwhelming results:
  • That won't work.
  • I/we can't afford it.
  • It's never been done before.
  • Let's form a committee.
  • Here we go again!
  • We're not ready.
  • There isn't time!
  • My/our family/friends/organization/church/school/spouse won't like/try/do it.
  • It's hard/difficult/impossible.
  • I'm/we're scared.
  • I'm too fat/lazy/old/ugly/stupid/ignorant.
  • I don't want to.
These are the "stop you dead" affirmations, or the Deadlies. You use a few of them, sometimes many of them, every day, sometimes every hour. What are you going to do about it?

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Your Digital (Online) Resume: Now, More Important Than Ever

Any new employer is going to look you up online. Of that, you can be certain! Will you pass muster?

Today, more than ever, employers are going online to see just exactly how you are presented. Some will stop at nothing, even going back to your silly MySpace page. 

What does the online world say about you?

First, time to go in and clean it all up. There are several sites that can help you do that. You can start here:

Nine Ways (Clean up your act!)

Next, you need to make sure you have a powerful digital resume. Start here:

Six Digital Tools

After you've cleaned up your presence, established a powerful digital resume, and have done your due diligence, you're ready to get out there and knock those employers over like a pro.

Good luck!

Monday, September 5, 2016

What the Heck is Positive Thinking? And Does It Work?

Are You a Positive Thinker?

Every day, you make choices; every day you live into them. Today is the day you recognize your own beauty. Share it. Share it now!
Every day, you make choices; every day you live into them. Today is the day you recognize your own beauty. Share it. Share it now!

You might be one of us!

"Positive thinking is just another way to deny the realities of life,” said my friend Lucy one Sunday morning on the way to Starbucks. “They can’t accept that the world is full of pain and suffering. They’d go down in flames laughing!”
But Lucy has it wrong (except for the laughing part). Positive thinkers are not pie-in-the-sky optimists; yet they are quite optimistic. Their feet are planted firmly on the ground while their imaginations play a major and important role in their lives. They know without doubt that creativity is at least as important as practicality and the cold hard facts. And they display certain characteristics. See how many of them apply to you. You just might be one of us!
  • Positive thinkers tend to take excellent care of themselves physically, mentally, spiritually.
  • They assume responsibility for their actions and get over disappointments rapidly. They don't know the meaning of procrastination! 
  • They are trustworthy and deeply honor their personal, business, and professional relationships.
  • They know they have high potential and live into it continually.
  • They have learned how to communicate well in all areas of their lives. They not only hear; they listen.
  • They know that real love is compassion in action; they are empathetic more than sympathetic.
  • They enjoy life, laugh a lot, and have fun. When necessary, they work hard and enjoy the benefits.
  • And they are life-long learners. The vast majority of successful people would call themselves positive thinkers.
  • And they do not live in a state of denial. They simply move on, realizing that even in tragedy and chaos, there can be a blessing--if one is open to it.
A lot more can be said of positive thinkers but the above short list covers the major basics. You don't have to live up to anything on the list. (You might even think they're pie-in-the-sky!) Simply consider them. 

What might be your personal benefit for working some of the practices into your own daily walk? (#1: You’ll smile more.) If you don't like these characteristics, you can always go back to the way you are now.
Positive thinking is more than a list. It is a way of life, a commitment--a habit that is joyfully cultivated continuously. It begins again, every morning when you look into the mirror. 

Gradually, more and more, you're happy with what you see. Then, you take that joy into the world where it is needed--now, more than ever.
And it is, more than anything, a choice.

“First we make our habits; then our habits make us.” Charles C. Noble

Thursday, September 1, 2016

No Limits! How To Create The Success Habit Now With The Five Not-So-Secret Secrets of True Achievement

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By Richard Kent Matthews - Career Coach

How to get rich, how to live better, how to be a nicer person, how to communicate with ease, how to get her or him or it to like you more, how to get the universe on your side, how to pray, how to meditate, how to, how to, how to...
Go to your local bookstore or check out and there they are, often by the dozens, sometimes by the hundreds. Books--printed, audio, Kindle, iPad--of every stripe on how to be better, have more, do more, get more. And, fortunately or unfortunately, I've read at least 300 of them. Have they helped? Hindered? Neutral?
In all my reading and studying of self-help and metaphysical materials over the past 35 or so years, five basic principles have emerged. They're simple, powerful, and have been around a lot longer than any of the books I found them in, whether Norman Vincent Peale, Tony Robbins, Queen Latifah, or any of the well-known gurus wrote or recorded them. They are older than the Bible, the Qur'an, the Buddhist texts, the Hindu texts, and the Tao Te Ch'ing. They've been around ever since humans began to develop civilizations. 

Why? Because they work. And we have been practicing them more than we haven't, interestingly enough, for thousands of years.

What About the Dire Warnings? 

I know that it seems like we've been consciously avoiding them, especially when you hear all the bad news coming across TV, radio, and Internet these days. But, lest we forget, all the dire warnings are for ratings and profit. We needn't--and mustn't--take them too seriously.
Here are the five principles that have been the glue of culture since its dawn. Take them or leave them. It's always your call.  But if you take them to heart and into practice, get ready for some changes. I won't tell you what the changes will be but I guarantee you won't be the same for much longer if you take up my challenge: