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What Does a Company Really Look For in an Applicant?



“You don’t get paid for the hour. You get paid for what you put in an hour.” – Jim Rohn

“You have to convince an employer that what they are looking for is exactly who you are.” – L

Many of the best career opportunities are never advertised. That may sound ridiculous, but I’ll convince you of that if you give me the time. This may go against the grain of your thinking, but it will make sense in a moment.

Suppose you were a Fortune 500 company and you were looking for a Vice President to helm your international shipping operations for one of your divisions, here’s why you probably won’t advertise the position.

  • You would be tipping your hand to your competitors that you are possibly expanding.
  • You might be attempting to lure a key competitor employee.
  • It might raise the question as to what is going to happen to the employee at the company who is currently in that position.
  • An advertisement could overload your human resources director with unqualified applicants and possibly overlook the right applicant.
  • That’s not the way big-business does things.

One way a company could find a key employee is to contact a Headhunter, someone who specializes in finding high-power executives. In simple terms, the Headhunter spends thousands of hours talking to executives who aren’t quite at the level that they would like to be and are open to a possible move. Over months and years the Headhunter builds up a roster of qualified people and then on the other side of the coin places calls to Fortune 500 companies to inquire if they would have interest in interviewing a particular candidate. The company may say no, but the Headhunter is hoping for a reply like, “If you should run across someone with international currency experience, speaks Spanish fluently, not averse to relocating, and has at least ten years experience in the field of geology, get back to me.

Bingo! The Headhunter didn’t sell a prospect he had in mind, but got a lead to find a particular candidate for a company. This game goes back and forth every day with hundreds of Headhunters and companies. Jobs, great jobs, and careers, are out there, but you’ll never see an ad in the classified section.

As a Financial Consultant for a number of Wall Street firms, I would regularly get a call to see if I was interested in making a move. Most executives have gotten a call from a Headhunter at their current position and many have accepted the offer to proceed to the interview stage, or move to a new company.

Keep in mind that companies are always interested in people that can join their company and fatten the bottom line, which is to say, if you can make money for a company, somebody can use you.

In my youth I worked for a personnel company in San Diego. This is how it would work. Lots of little ads were run in the Sunday classified section of the local papers with a job description and usually a starting salary or the well-known, make up to $$$$ annually verbiage.

The reaction was always the same. On Monday morning all the lines were ringing off the hook. Whoever answered the phone would evaluate the caller with a few questions and either invite them in for an interview or tell them that a more qualified candidate is needed, but probe to see if this caller could fit another job description before hanging up.

Another part of the business was calling companies asking if they were seeking employees and if so, which qualities would the job candidate need. There would be a fee of course, sometimes paid by the company looking to hire, sometimes by the job applicant who would get hired, or split between the two.

Granted, not every job candidate fit the job description perfectly, but our job was to convince both sides that it would be a perfect fit. Fees always had negotiating room, just as long as the company made money, and the rep was satisfied with the commission and either the company and/or the job candidate was willing to pay, which was my first introduction to really creative ways to finance items. Pawn jewelry, refinancing a car, in-house financing, and borrow money from the parents who want the kid out of the house and working, and credit cards of course.

Having a Headhunter is a great advantage if you are high on the food chain. If you’re on the lower end, the personnel agencies can come in handy. If you aren’t afraid of rejection you should go after what you want. This would include those with selling skills, recent graduates, and people in a so-so job who want more.

I don’t know what type of job or career you’re after, but I don’t have to. I’ll give you ways to approach the job or career that you really want. I’ll have to cover some basics, perhaps things you already know, but I’ll share my stories with you and my experience to save you some false starts and get you closer to your ideal income situation.

Let’s start with what I can’t emphasize enough and that is, you have to decide what it is what you want to do with your life. You must also realize that it may take a couple or a few, or a few dozen steps to get there.

How do you decide what it is that you want to do with your life? The short answer is that you seriously think about it. This is about what you want to do with your life, not what your parents want you to do with your life, or what your friends think you should do with your life. It’s about you!

If you’re married or married with a family there are other considerations, but you must focus on one area that you can make a living, you enjoy, and have potential for an increase in earnings as time passes.

If you currently get paid by the hour you’ll never get rich at that job. If you’re salaried, there are limitations as well. A salaried employee is someone who has agreed to work extra hours for no extra pay.

You don’t have to agree with me, but hear me out. I speak from experience. When you’re out in the job market and telling everybody you run into that you’re willing to do anything, because you just need a job, don’t expect a flood of offers.

When an employer hears that you just need a job, they know ahead of time that you won’t stick around once something better comes along and the employer really has to weigh the advantages of training you. Who wants to train someone on a job and after six months of the learning curve and the cost of mistakes they move on to something else because of a fifty cents per hour wage increase?

Never ever tell anybody that you’re willing to do anything just to get a paycheck. However, don’t be afraid to tell an employer that you’re willing to join the company in any capacity in order to come onboard of your dream company. Read that again so that you have a clear understanding of the difference. You are not going to beg for a job for the sake of a paycheck, but you’ll do any task that you’re asked just for the opportunity to prove yourself that you would make a valuable employee and benefit the company.

Companies have no problem with training good people if they know that the person is in it for the long-haul. Once you’re trained you have value and you add value to the company’s bottom-line and as I’ve said before; Companies can use people that can make them money.

The more skills you can bring to the table, the more valuable you are. Don’t be surprised if you hear the phrase, “you’re really over-qualified for this position.” I’ve heard it a few times in my life. You just have to be ready with a great reply in a respectful way, “I know that by looking at my cv I appear to be over-qualified for this position, but I’m willing to accept this position so that I can join this company and grow with it. I know it won’t be immediate, but I’m confident that the company will be able to utilize my full potential. In the meantime, I would become familiar with the different aspects of the company and the employees and be ready to fill a higher position should one open up due to promotion, attrition, or transfer. When can I join the team? Who else do I have to speak with to make my intentions known? I’m ready to go to work right now?”

Don’t let an interviewer swat you like a fly. Sometimes they’re just testing to see if you really want to work for the company and also fishing to see if they can get an over-qualified employee like you at a discounted price. The worst they can say is no and you can re-apply in thirty days, or sixty days, and so on.

You have to be willing to commit to the job and or career that you are chasing. If you’re not committed to the task at hand, it just isn’t going to work. Keep in mind you have to have a strong commitment to every company that you approach and don’t be afraid to approach a few companies at the same time. Just because Company A doesn’t have an opening right now, doesn’t mean that in three weeks a guy from Company A takes a job with Company B and creates an opportunity for you.

Stay in touch. If a company says that they just filled a position that you would be ideal for, don’t hesitate telling them that if the new hire doesn’t work out, you’d be happy to talk with the company in the future. Most companies have some sort of probation period and not everybody makes it.

That probation period can be a big plus for you, especially if they find out if the candidate they hired lied about employment, criminal record, driver’s license status, former experience, etc. Be ready, be polite, and don’t be afraid to keep at it.

I’ll share this story with you. I was working for SmithBarney in Beverly Hills, Ca. as a financial consultant, but after about a decade of the industry, my heart just wasn’t in it. I wanted out.

What did I do? I did what I’ve recommended to you. I thought long and hard about what I really wanted to do at that time in my life and came to a decision. I’d always had a love of broadcasting ever since elementary school when I heard my voice being played back from a tape recorder. I would listen to disc jockeys, Reverends, commercial announcers, and radio theatre and just dream about how cool it would be to be on-the-air.

I set my sights high. I shied away from sports, because it seemed to me that everybody wanted to be a sportscaster. My background was in finance, so I decided to go after business news.

I began my job hunt in February of 1991 and applied to every major network for radio and TV work. There were lots of rejection slips and lots of embarrassment. Friends and family thought I was crazy for even trying to get into broadcasting, but I was determined.

One by one I was being discarded and with every rejection I became more aggressive with the remaining prospects. I reassessed my efforts and concluded that I had a real talent for broadcasting with years of experience, I was more qualified than many of the broadcasters in business, and I had a passion for the airwaves.

At the time I was frustrated and consumed by my desire. I almost threw in the towel, but after nine months I was hired by CBS, rising to the position of Business Editor in Los Angeles and also doing television and talk radio for two other CBS stations in Los Angeles.

Being offered to work for CBS as long as I wanted was a just reward for my efforts and an offer from Bloomberg news was a nice stroke, but after ten years, I was ready to move on to more adventurous endeavors.

If you really want it, go after it, because even if you don’t get it, you may be lead to something that you enjoy that you never even thought of, or walk away satisfied, knowing that you gave it your all.

“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination are omnipotent.” – Calvin Coolidge

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What Does It Mean When A Husband Says He Had An Affair Because He Felt Empty?




If I’m being honest, I’m not sure that any of my husband’s excuses for an affair were going to ring true for me, especially at first. When you are dealing with the shock of an affair, you are defensive. You are angry. So when your husband starts will the defenses which indicate that something was missing in his life, it’s very easy to reject these outright.

Some of us will debate that anything was wrong. And some of us will accept that something was wrong, but will stop short of believing that the flaw was any sort of excuse. Sometimes, it is very hard to understand what he means when he gives you vague terms as excuses. One such excuse is the description of feeling “empty.”

Someone might say: “I honestly could not believe it when I caught my husband having an affair. I never thought that he was the type and I thought that our marriage was good. My husband has always been disappointed in friends who have cheated on their wives. So I never could have anticipated this. At first, he refused to talk about any aspect of the affair. He would get angry and quiet. His face would turn red. I honestly think he’s a little bit embarrassed. In the past week, I’ve been very clear about telling him that I expect answers. And that if I don’t get them, our marriage might be over. So finally be blurted out that he just felt ’empty’ and this his eyes got all teary. I guess he thought I would feel pity for him, but honestly, all this confession did was to make me feel anger and a loss of respect. What a cry baby. What a whiner. My life isn’t always great but you don’t see me going out and ruining my life and cheating on people. What the heck does this even mean anyway – ’empty?’ How does one feel empty? It’s just ridiculous to me.”

We all know the literal definition of empty. The dictionary definition is “containing nothing. Not filled or occupied.” But the emotional definition of empty is a little more difficult to grasp. When someone says they feel empty, it means that they feel flat. They don’t feel fulfilled. They feel as though their life lacks purpose.

Frankly, I’ve heard a lot of depressed people say that they feel empty. Because when you are down emotionally, it is easy to focus on a feeling of lack.

Even if your husband is being completely honest with you (and I don’t know why he would lie about this, since it’s not exactly flattering,) it doesn’t excuse his cheating. But it does indicate that he’s willing to open up. And it does give you a starting point.

Unfortunately feeling empty isn’t a very specific complaint and addressing it isn’t going to be a quick fix. You can’t just suddenly fill your husband’s emotional cup. His lack is his own. And no one else can fill him except for himself. It must come from within him.

Common Reasons For Feeling ‘Empty:’ There are many reasons people feel empty. Some are disappointed with how their life has turned out so far. Others feel that they are lacking purpose so they don’t feel that they make a difference in this world. Others feel like they are just treading water in their life without any real meaningful direction. Identifying the feelings is something that your husband is going to need to do for himself because you can’t possibly know how he feels and what he is thinking.

Good counseling can help your husband identify what is lacking and help him formulate a plan to feel better. Many people do not have the self knowledge or the ability to objectively look at themselves to see what is really happening.

The good news is that often, once the person finds their way again, they no longer have the need to seek out risky or dangerous behaviors in order to feel whole (or to feel anything for that matter.)

Feeling empty isn’t an excuse for cheating, but it is a route that many people will take. Nothing in their life makes them feel alive or brings a flush to their face. They get desperate to feel anything at all. So the affair is an attempt to get them to feel, to get them engaged again.

Of course, the better option would have been for him to have sought that feeling at home. Once more, I am not excusing his cheating. I am just speculating as to what he might be trying to express. And I want to stress that although it may be tempting to try and fix this for him, this isn’t something that anyone but him can and should address.

Certainly, you can support him. You can encourage him to seek counseling or self help. This is true even if you aren’t sure about your marriage. Whether you are angry with him or not, he is an important person in your life, and I’m sure you want him to get help for this. But you can not fill him or take away his emptiness. Only he can do that. And it’s important that he does. Because you can not give someone something that you do not have.

You can not give another person love and stability when you yourself are not feeling that internally. I hope that this article may have give you some insight on what your husband may have meant by feeling empty. By no means is an excuse, but it may be an attempt to express why he acted.

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Six Figure Mentors Review – What Does It Take To Succeed?




I joined the SFM back in 2014. At the time it had only been running for four years. I didn’t know what to expect but I had been burned a few times online with a number of business type courses promising to help me earn money. My lack of experience back then and my desperation was partly responsible for some of my failures. But also, many courses taught tactics which were already becoming out of date.

Some of the courses I bought taught how to get your website up in the Google rankings. If you’ve ever tried this, you’ll know it isn’t easy. It was far easier 20 years ago admittedly. But now, getting ranked for your website is becoming much more difficult.

So back to The SFM. When I joined I decided I needed to start afresh and although I had learned a number of skills, I still hadn’t really made any money on the internet. With the exception of buying and selling on eBay, the other strategies I had tried just didn’t get any traction.

After joining, I was immediately impressed with the information I was getting. The “over-deliver” strategy clearly worked on me! I also benefitted by joining under someone who helped me make my first couple of high ticket sales. This happened within a few months. However, I didn’t fully understand the business system or what was involved. Although I’d made a couple of quick sales, for not much work, I hadn’t entirely been responsible for those sales. The affiliate who referred me had set up a Facebook advertising “co-op” and helped a number of people get some traction.

After my first sales, I stopped advertising and simply took the money! This seemed like a lot of money to me back then. It was a couple of thousand pounds. I now realise that I should have re-invested it back into the advertising, which is what I am doing now, now I understand the business better.

Having made an ‘early win’ gave me confidence in the business system which is one of the main selling points of what The SFM offers. It also offers top-notch training too – more so now than back in 2014 when I joined. Now, I am a member of a number of Facebook private groups which I can sit in on, and watch ‘over the shoulder’ of those who are succeeding in this business.

Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t an easy business to learn. Some of my main problems have been my ‘grab it and run’ mindset and scarcity mindset which has stopped me from taking some important action steps. The SFM training program caters very well for this. In fact, one of their main strengths is undoubtably their ability to install an ideology of personal growth. Without this, you really will be fighting some internal battles as I have definitely done. This will hold you back if you don’t overcome your mental barriers to success.

It’s not for everyone either, admittedly. The business system itself is expensive and for some prohibitively so. But for anyone wanting to make full time living from the internet, I’d say The SFM is a good place to go. You’ll need to work hard and invest though, and it’s no easy ride. But it does offer something which many want – a digital business system which can be run from anywhere. The possibility of financial freedom, however far away you believe it to be.

If you only want the training, I’d say that was worth the money at the lower levels too. I had a failing kung fu school running when I joined and now it’s doing really well. I attribute that to much of the learning and understanding I have picked up from the SFM training and education platform.

You can’t really expect to earn a living though if you only join at basic level. Only by at least getting to Elite level will you be able to access the higher ticket product commissions. But if you want to learn some digital marketing and mindset skills, it’s worth the training and community even if you don’t want to make a full time career out of it. The community on its own is a hugely powerful resource and has benefitted me both personally and professionally.

After my first couple of high ticket sales, I decided to focus on blogging and the cheaper strategies of generating traffic. I simply didn’t have a budget to risk on advertising. I decided that if I got free traffic, the sales would be worth more in profit, which is true. The problem is, the strategy I used (blogging) isn’t the best one, particularly in a very competitive niche like affiliate marketing and “money-making online”. I know there are people doing well with social media marketing and other free strategies, but I didn’t go down this route.

The people who are making the real money with The SFM are those who go all in. They position themselves at the very top tier of the business system and promote the SFM themselves as partner level affiliates. This means they can earn the highest possible commissions from the business. Some products are sold at $35,000. Those at the top level can earn 40% of this in commissions, but they need to purchase the product themselves in order to have it in their ‘online store’.

There’s a lot of learning to be done too. I thought I’d make it work very quickly and be sitting on a beach counting my money. But as I persevered through the difficulties, I have changed and understood that it’s a business like anything else. It’s no magic bullet to instant riches. Just a business model with products within it that anyone can sell.

In order to put the most expensive items in your own personal online ‘shop’, you need to purchase them yourself. Reading the reviews today that I’ve found about the SFM I see a lot of scepticism. Many say it’s a scam. Well, it’s not a scam, it’s real. But it’s easier to say it’s a scam and not have to do all the work involved in making it happen. There’s plenty of people who are making it work for them, and creating amazing lifestyle businesses of their choosing.

The SFM started in 2010 and have recently partnered with Microsoft Lynda (Under the LInkedIn umbrella of companies). Microsoft Lynda now offer their own 6,500 training courses as part of the SFM curriculum.

DigitalMarketer (The world’s longest standing and most highly respected B2B and B2C marketing training company) also partnered with SFM and now offer their own training as part of the SFM curriculum.

I don’t think these companies would partner with any organisation that wasn’t providing huge value, was well established, and wasn’t 100% above board.

Since joining The SFM in 2014, I’ve seen some huge changes in myself. I’ve had to face myself and see my own limitations as stopping me move forwards within the business. Your thinking and mindset have a huge amount to do with whether you can make a success out of entrepreneurship. It’s much, much easier to discount something as a scam, than it is to look within and grow yourself alongside a business.

If I had quit on my journey, I would have missed out on a greater opportunity than I could fathom at the time. I struggled and struggled, but much of my struggle was with my lack of understanding of the business model and of my own limitations. I was programmed with a poverty mindset which viciously fought against spending money. To get into the space of knowing that I need to spend in order to earn was a huge shift in my mindset.

I’m far from the best performer in The SFM, at this time, but what I’ve learned about myself and about my inner limitations is invaluable for the rest of my life. I will continue to learn and never quit, so watch this space, you doubting sceptics out there!

For those who are thinking about joining The SFM and to do so would mean severe poverty, I’d suggest to get in a better financial position first. I scraped by and took some chances, but it’s not easy. If you are determined in this business though, there’s no reason you can’t make it happen. But if you can’t afford it, I’d suggest another program if it’s going to put you in debt.

The SFM program is more than just a sales funnel with digital products in it. It’s an “all-in-one digital business system and training platform. The goal is to make long term digital entrepreneurs who can sustain an income and thrive from the sale of products over the internet. That means there’s a whole lot of work to be done, if you’re going to make this a full time living.

It’s definitely not for the timid. Expect to be pushed, and expect some discomfort if you’re going to do what you need to make it work. Remember too that affiliate marketing is performance related. No one owes you a living! You need to take charge of yourself and your business in order to make it work! Good luck!

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What Does Your Interior or Exterior House Paint Color Say About You? 7 Keys to Color Communication




How would you describe yourself? Are you conservative, bold, fun-loving, sophisticated–and even more, how much do you want to communicate this in a non-verbal way?

You can do it with your choice of paint colors. It’s a not-so-subtle communication about your personality and lifestyle.

Of course, you can use this both ways. Do you want to be more “undercover?” Want it to be a secret, or surprise? See how comfortable you are with colors and combinations of colors that run counter to your innate attractions and inclinations.

It’s a bit different, granted, whether we’re talking about the exterior of your home, versus the interior.

Interiors are much more flexible, and it’s much easier to make be more expressive with interior colors–then change them at a whim if you want to.

7 keys to color communication

1. Extroverts: Usually like to use bright, contrasting colors and patterns that say, “Look at Me.”

2. Introverts: Tend to be attracted to a more pensive style of color. Blue, green, and soft lavender hues in muted tones whisper “I love quiet places.” These are good colors to create spaces for meditation.

3. Style-conscious: Add some unique colors to the mix, looking at the current trends in color and design.

4. Sophisticated: Subtle, or dramatic. Color preferences are often neutral-based, using colors of metal and stone with accents of brilliance or depth.

5. Happy and Sunny: The effusive, upbeat personality is energetic and loves to share, in of yellows and oranges combines with floral and garden colors. The message: “I want you to enjoy this, too!”

6. Serious individual: Look for earthy “neutrals” with stronger color accents in a monochromatic style palette. Some punch of stronger color shows the sense of adventure in this person.

7. Adventurous: An eclectic personality, and palettes drawn from sources ranging from natural, earth-tones to “high-tech color” accents and international hues exemplifies these individuals. There’s a tendency to change color styles, accessories, and paint walls at a moment’s notice.

Tips for exterior expression

While exterior colors can be expressive as well, it’s obviously a much bigger commitment when you’re painting the exterior of your home. You will probably not be changing your home’s exterior color palette too often. But when you do, you can still keep these in mind-along with all the other considerations creating a personalized home with exterior color.

Body colors: Stand out in a beautiful way with a deeper color than your neighbors are using.

Trim: Make it a contrast with the body, but it does not have to be white!

Accents: Here’s your place to be more expressive, with a bold complementary color.

Historic buildings: Even the color palettes for historic homes or other properties can include a bit of personal expression.

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