TCE PushUp: “It’s NOT the FRUIT that Matters,  it’s the ROOT!”

TCE PushUp: “It’s NOT the FRUIT that Matters, it’s the ROOT!”

It’s such an honor and blessing to be granted the opportunity to share our content on TV, Radio, the Internet and print media for all these years. It’s important to not get swayed or shifted by the FRUIT that you forget what REALLY got you here or there in the first place. Nourish, protect and never forget your roots (make sure they grow deep and not just wide) ..stay humble and watch what happens. (This Pushup is made possible by https://TCEnow.com)

New Year, New Career!

Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared! Workers may be thinking “new year, new job,” according to a survey from staffing firm Accountemps. Approximately three in 10 (29%) professionals plan to look for a new position in the next 12 months. And of the 27 markets surveyed, Los Angeles (40%); Austin, Texas (38%); and Dallas (37%) topped the list of U.S. cities with the most workers planning to find new opportunities.   So what about you? Are you ready to “make that career move in 2018?” Never fear, The Career Engineer is here to share some BEST tips for that NEW career move.

Here we go…

 

  • Timeless Tip: Know & your P.A.L.s (Performance, Accomplishment & Leadership), update your online look and offline skills.

 

  • Resume jury is split: 10 years ago one page was the rule, now 46% senior managers prefer one-page & 47% believe two pages is ideal

 

  • Follow up…tactfully:   Hiring managers expect the follow-up, but 33% have removed candidates from consideration due to being “too pushy.”

 

  • Thank you: 80% of hiring managers love this but only 24% receive a thank you.

 

  • Low Unemployment: Don’t get it twisted. You still need to put your best effort forward to compete for the GREAT opportunities.

 

Bonus: “Ask the Career Engineer” FREE Online LIVE Seminar Sign-up @ http://PushUpYourCareer.com

 

UPWARD MOBILITY “Ask The Career Engineer”

Q:   I have been in my current job for a number of years. I have reached the capped level in terms of my position. I have asked my manager for increased responsibilities for a higher position or increased compensation. However, I continue to get the “nothing is available” response. What should I do? Kathy, G.

A:   It sounds like you are at a real crossroads point in your career Kathy. You may have to consider a couple of options: 1. Find another opportunity where you can increase your skill sets, professional development and increase your income. 2. Stay in a position where you are the “expert” and sit it out until retirement. These are decisions that only you can make. It’s not uncommon in this day and age that in order for seasoned employees to obtain additional opportunities they may have to “step up” to the next level. Unfortunately, this may mean changing employers in order to have upward mobility.

Before deciding something of that magnitude, have a “heart to heart” with your manager explaining your desire for upward mobility and the “real” growth outlook for the company. If the company has taken a position of “null growth”, you have to come to terms with that understanding. Is that an organization where you really want to exhaust your talents? Upward mobility is definitely a good questioning point during the interview process, ask the questions regarding where the company sees itself in 5 years or 10 years. This way you can make a good decision based on the expectations if this is a good fit for you.

The Career Engineer is the visionary behind the award-winning TCEnow.com and author of A Mind to Work: The Life and Career Planning Guide for People Who Want. Need to Work!   For info on our TCE Career & Business Coaching, Speaking Requests, Training Seminars or TCE Networking visit TCEnow.com | Like us, Facebook | Follow @CareerEngineer.

So…You Want to Work from Home! (Myths & Truths)

The Career Engineer

Ah yes, everyone wants to work from home. But are you REALLY ready to handle the freedom and independence of remote working? Or are you suspicious about “work from home” opportunities? Are they real, can you make a good LIVING; or is it another job hunters beware scam? Working from home can be a blessing for professionals who desire extreme flexibility to meet work and life demands. But it’s not a party…and production and performance STILL matter. Never fear, the Career Engineer is here to share some definite “tips & tricks” for the job hunter who would like to tap into the remote or telecommuting industry.

 

Remote Work Opportunities (Myths & Truths)

  • You Have To PAY to Work from Home: Bona fide W2 opportunities are not a Pay to Play world. If someone says you can work from home but it cost you $$$ up front to work for them…run! (Myth/Hustle)

 

  • Traditional Companies are Embracing It: Teleworking, hoteling & remote work is now more than ever being embraced by government and traditional sectors for certain professions. Use of mobile technology, virtual meetings and “the cloud” is making this a better fit for the bottom line. (Truth)

 

  • ONLY Stuffing Envelopes or Setting Appointments (Myth): Telecommute/Remote Jobs in Virginia Beach: management, sales, customer services, marketing, accounting/finance, healthcare, education and business operations. (Sourced Today from Google for Work (Listen to Our Interview)CLICK HERE for Remote Jobs in the USA.

 

  • Think Career Entrepreneur (Freelancing): SEO, web design, graphic arts, virtual assistance, consulting, fashion, content writing, program management…have you tried http://fivver.com (employment redefined)

 

  • Bonus: 2018 Coming, Don’t Get Ready…Be Ready? Check out our New Website, http://TCEnow.com, Black Friday and Holiday Deals on TCE Coaching!!!

 

The Career Engineer, http://TCEnow.com | info@TCEnow.com | 757-745-4823 (4TCE) @CareerEngineer (Twitter, IG & Periscope) Follow us everywhere on social media

Not Getting Hired? Here’s Why (TCE Tough Love)

Looking for work can be stressful. When we don’t get hired we often say things like: why aren’t they calling me back, I know I crushed the interview but why didn’t they hire me! Then of course there is the, I’m overqualified, that’s why I am not getting hired! We’ve all been there, submitting those resume, going to the interviews and nothing happens. What’s the real deal here, is it the employer or is it you? Truth be told, maybe it’s a bit of both! So, never fear, the Career Engineer is here to share some REAL TCE Tough love to share what employers want and how you can meet the need.

 

 

Why Am I NOT Getting Hired?

  • YOU DON’T HAVE the skills they need: It’s NOT about what you can do; it’s about what they need. If the job requires 5 years of “thus and so” and you have 2 years and still apply…yikes! If the job prefers a Bachelor’s degree and you apply with a PhD…well? TCE Example: Employer needs a hammer but you keep sending the duck tape, lawn mower, power drill and forklift resume…get it!

 

  • YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU WANT: Still applying for ANYTHING and EVERYTHING! This demonstrates lack of focus, planning, strategy, research, and preparation skills. Would you hire someone who throws a ball in the air and HOPE it hits the target?

 

  • YOUR INTERVIEWS NEED WORK: Just the facts…oh and some great stories. An interview is a meeting of the mind, body, soul, spirit and yes skills. This is where you are being accessed (all of you). By the way, you have maybe 30 minutes to SELL your gifts, talents, energy, personality, passion, knowledge, ability, job interest and skills. (So Practice!)

 

  • YOUR resumes are confusing: Plus you have too many of them! Your resume should showcase what you WANT and what you have DONE with what you’ve GOT! It should speak to your Performance, Accomplishments and Leadership (P.A.L.), passion and personality. It’s your first work sample…not something you just throw together.

 

  • YOU’RE NOT A GOOD FIT: Failure happens when you try to be something that you are not! Forcing a square peg (with skills) into a round hole (need skills)…will not work. Employer hire for skill, talent and ability…but they also hire for likability and “goodness of fit” as well. Do your research and find the right company, culture and management style that works for you. For example these are all great employers with a big difference in workplace culture (Google, Amazon, USgov, Pfizer, Costco).

Learn what Employers and CEO’s Want: Saturday, October 21, TCE Career & Biz Breakfast & Summit “The POWER of NOW & NEXT!” http://TCEsummit.com & http://Facebook.com/TCEconference

When YOU Purchase a Ticket, We DONATE a Ticket in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

 

 

Yes I Have Breast Cancer…But I STILL Need to Work!

TCE Summit Helps Employees and Breast Cancer Survivors to Stay Employed!

According to the BreastCancer.org, “…in 2017, an estimated 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S. As of March 2017, there are more than 3.1 million women with a history of breast cancer in the U.S. This includes women currently being treated and women who have finished treatment.” I know, I am one of them. In 2016, I was diagnosed with a surprise Stage 3, Triple Negative Breast Cancer followed by aggressive chemotherapy and radiation. “It’s a tough time for many women who are anxious about their appearance, dignity, self-esteem and paying their bills.” says Francina R. Harrison, MSW, known nationally as “The Career Engineer®” (TCE).

Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared! In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, for every paid registration, The Career Engineer will provide one (1) complimentary TCE Career & Business Breakfast and Summit ticket for a breast cancer patient or survivor who is still working but anxious about their career or business future. I’ve talked to women in the workforce who are fearful about breast cancer treatment and how it will impact their careers or future. During my journey, powered by fierce faith and TCE “mental Push-Ups”, I stayed in business, spoke at conferences and appeared on TV (often the day after chemo)! That’s why this year’s theme, “The POWER of NOW & NEXT”, is so important. I have learned that when bad news hits us, it’s what we do NEXT ..that matters,” says The Career Engineer, the TCE Summit Breakfast keynote speaker.

ABOUT THE SUMMIT

The 8th Annual TCE Career, Life & Business Breakfast and Summit will be held at the Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel on Saturday, October 21, 2017. Attendees will have Saturday access to human resources, CEO’s, decision makers, career and business opportunities, intelligence, success strategies and “high-touch and hi-tech” networking and more. There will be boutique engagements and QA sessions at the Summit as well as Friday evening and Saturday summit receptions. “It’s all building REALationshipsSM, increasing motivation, empowerment, impact, potential and encouraging professionals to shift from NOW to NEXT,” says Francina Harrison, The Career Engineer.

Featured Business Panelists: Wesley Jones, COO of Crewestone Technology national/international multimedia, marketing media and technology firm; Stacey Mansfield, Director of Corporate Communication of Norfolk Southern Corporation; Brenda Walker-Moton, Atlanta Based Film Director & Executive Producer; and Duane Thompson, Author, CEO of Sabrosa Foods Inc., 8(a) certified, operates both the Sabrosa Foods Service & Asorbas Product Brand Manufacturing Divisions.

Featured Career Panelists: Ms. Danielle Dutton, MS, PHR, Office of Civilian Human Resources (Federal Government); Dr. Phyllis Slade Martin, DMV Based CEO of Slade and Associates, research & organizational consulting;  Ms. Michelle Larkin, Division Manager on the Langley Administrative, Media and Professional Services (LAMPS) contract at NASA Langley; and renowned Clinical Psychologist, Mary H. Walden, Department of the Navy (DON), Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Program Manager in the EEO Center of Excellence Office and Professor & CEO, Dr. Portia Rawles of DrPortiaRawles.com, speaking on workplace health and stress.

Invited Virtual Guest: CEO Alex Khan, Germany Based digital thought leader who teaches 1000s of people daily how to gain reach via social media and turn it into profit.

For information on this event give The Career Engineer a call at 757-745-4823 (4TCE).  To get tickets and/or support this campaign please visit http://TCESummit.com or give The Career Engineer a call at 757-745-4823. This event is sponsored by The Career Engineer http://TCEnow.com TCE Network http://MyTCEnow.com, Urban League of Hampton Roads, and DrPortiaRawles.com .


The Career Engineer® (TCE) , http://TCEnow.com/, is a nationally recognized Virginia-based consulting firm that helps job hunters & business owners increase impact and potential with career coaching strategies, social visibility platform building and procurement connections. TCE has been a featured panelist at the 2016 National Urban League Conference (Baltimore), Voted 2014 Radio Producer of the Year (SEVAA), 2010 Women in Business Achievement Award (Inside Business), featured on the TJMS, BlackEnterprise.com, Chicago Tribune and is a recurring expert on WAVY10 and media across the USA.

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From One Cancer Patient to Another …#SenatorMcCain

As a Stage 3, triple negative, breast cancer overcomer healed in Jesus name…I am shocked that #johnmccain did this. He can fight this disease without worrying how he can afford to pay for his life saving treatment. I’m a retired military family member have a Feb 2017 surgery denial (after I had the surgery) from my insurance company that I have to FIGHT for to get them to pay the bill.

Shame on you #senatormccain, as you go back home and get the BEST healthcare that money can buy on the backs of American taxpayers who struggle to receive affordable healthcare. All those patients on chemo and radiation right now…using the ACA and/or protected by the ACA …you voted to end their treatment and their fight. From one Cancer patient to another … again I say shame on you and may God have mercy on your soul.

Yes…I am…struggling with this….BIG TIME!!!!

How Faith, Castor Oil, Chemo & Showing Up, Healed ME!

So I shared some “Healing Tips” on my TCE Instagram account on things  I did during my Stage  3  Cancer treatments that helped me get thru it in an uncommon way.   What’s also interesting, is that I continued using this regimen and it has helped me to feel even better post-chemo and radiation treatment. So when I share this on Instagram, it seemed to produce interest,  curiosity and more!  In fact, it was suggested by a follower…that these tips should be published. So I figured, why not blog about it.

But first, let me do the legal thing.   I am not a doctor or a medical professional so please be aware that the results that happened to me may be different, don’t work for you or it could be better. My lawyer is happy that I cleared that up.  But what I WILL SAY, and what  I am… is a stage 3, triple negative, spread to my nodes,  breast cancer conqueror  (I’m not a survivor) was healed in 366 days and who seem to have tolerated chemo without the extreme sickness. extreme fatigue or physical complications.

So….here are those tips and I hope they bless someone.

MY HEALING REGIMEN:  Of Course I activated my faith, prayed, did 5 months of aggressive chemo, 4 Neulasta shots, weekly lab work, 5 surgeries and  6 weeks of daily radiation! Oh did you see my LAST DAY OF TREATMENT video on youtube, I’m not glamorous, it’s pretty encouraging, but get some tissue!!!

DURING TREATMENT:  I also drank half my body weight in water 3 days before and after chemo,  used Bragg’s Organic castor oil (mixed with rosemary and lavender) on my body, nails, skin, brows, hair, scares and eyelashes..even as the hair said “goodbye”.   Let me be 100% truthful, I shaved my head at 6 weeks when it started to come out.

Let me not forget to mention my Black Soap by Rafiki skin Care (amazing on my troubled skin).  Also took my daily apple cider vinegar cocktail in the morning, stayed engaged in my career, life and business and took naps lol. Folks getting up, every day, getting dressed, staying engaged in LIFE is the key.  Oh, I also laughed a lot, told jokes and did the wobble as much as possible (yes the line dance).

All I can say, skin glowed, nails grew, no nausea, no bone pain, no mouth sores, nails did not fall off (in fact they grew), no weight loss, energy (not like before cancer) but it was workable. Proof of energy is my local – national speaking event, interviewing amazing people like Coach Mike Tomlin and coordinated both the 2016 TCE Summit (two weeks after chemo).  We also ROCKED the 2017  TCE Summit and blessed over 20 employees who are going through treatment to stay empowered and to on the job.  Yes, another stellar event will be planned for October next year, just stay connected to TCE.    Now, what’s REALLY interesting to me, even today, is that ALL of my speaking events happened the day AFTER chemo; yeah that’s how GOD works.  Oh yeah , that chemo fog thing (hum..I don’t think so lol)

AFTER TREATMENT: I STILL DAILY EAGLE UP, FAITH UP, THANK GOD  HOURLY,  take my  daily vitamin, castor oil regimen (skin, nails, eyes, hair, brows, lashes, feet, hands), water,  apple cider vinegar cocktail, added Coq10, b12, B6 and iron pills to help red blood cells and reduce chemo-induced anemia, neuropathy.  Dancing 30 minutes (when no one is watching), getting some REAL Sun, and doing housework more (hey its exercise.) I’ve also added 2000mg Vitamin D daily to the mix, my energy seems more consistent now 11 months post final treatment.

So, that’s what I did and now I LIVE every day…like I’m dying!  (Meaning  well, because according to science, our cells die…daily; so don’t waste your day’s folks, make sure they count for something).  In fact, I redesigned a group of mine on Facebook called “Don’t Get Anxious”  to help others to keep it moving and flowing, in-spite of LIFE’s obstacles.  You are welcomed to join the group, share your wisdom and share the group with others.

 

Of course, if you have questions or comments about this blog, please ask below…I am happy to share what worked for me.

Ready to Spring Into Your New Job?

Ah spring is in the air, can you feel it? This is a great time to find amazing opportunities in today’s workplace. Job fairs and career open houses sprout up this time of year looking for great people to fill their talent needs. Are YOU that new Spring Hire? Never fear the Career Engineer is here sharing some spring tips & tricks for you to bloom!

  • DECIDE WHAT YOU WANT TO DO: Anywhere and everywhere is NOT a job search goal…it’s chaos. Instead try a “hi-tech/high-touch” targeted, intentional and focused approach to the marketplace. TCE PushUp: If you don’t know your destination, every path you take is the wrong one.
  • DECIDE WHERE YOU WANT TO GO: Think industry instead of job title…this technique produces more options.   For example, if you are an office administrative professional who enjoys children…source opportunities in: education, early education, pediatric medicine and youth centric organizations (girl scouts, boy scouts, YMCA etc). Check out the TCEjobStop , enter your zip code and see who is hiring right now
  • DECIDE TO SELL YOUR VALUE: Great employers want GREAT talent; give them what they are looking for! Sale who you ARE, not what you’re NOT! Performance, Accomplishments and Leadership (PALS) is the name of this game. Employers are looking for people they like, have the talent, fit the culture and can get the job done…is that YOU?

 

 

 

The Career Engineer Author of the book “A Mind to Work, 2nd Edition” http://TCEnow.com info@TCEnow.com 757-745-4TCE @CareerEngineer (Twitter, IG & Periscope)

 

Booming Job Opportunities for Baby Boomers!!

Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared!  The 21st Century workforce is NOT just for millennials and GenX’ers. Our Baby Boomers are a great asset to employers and organizations who are looking for high-touch workforce engagement and “tried and true” delivery. So the Career Engineer is here, to share second career opportunities and reasons why Boomers are in demand.

Boomers Rock and Here’s Why:

  • What Do Baby Boomers Bring to the Career Table: high-touch customer service, quality first attitude, pride in workmanship, emotional maturity, retention and loyalty.   What employer doesn’t want that? #Boom!
  • It’s Time To SELL Your Boom: No, you are not 22; and for some employers, that a big plus. Don’t focus on the “ism”. Instead believe and sell your past experience, expertise, wisdom, critical thinking skills, crisis management, self-management and problem solving skills!
  • Boomer Resources: AARP ROCKS! 55+ and over, Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) call them (757) 625-7001 (Norfolk, va) more contact info http://aarp.org
  • Consider Giving Back & Getting Paid: Consider the non-profit arena as PT paid staff in organizations that fit your purpose. Use sites like http://volunteerhr.org  (my 757 area)  or Guidestar  find national non-profits and reach out to them. Don’t forget the social organizations you are currently involved in…network and ask about paid positions.

 

Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared” The Career Engineer: http://TCEnow.com Email: info@TCEnow.com 757-745-4TCE , Twitter @CareerEngineer

 

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