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!”