TCE Says, “Let’s Shutdown Proof Your Career”

Don’t get anxious – get prepared!  Rumours about gov’t shutdowns, layoffs or 3rd quarter downsizing got you down? Never fear, the Career Engineer is here with  four ways to “deal with shutdowns”  and brighten your career outlook.  By the way, I look forward to your comments, questions and thank you in advance for sharing with others.

TCE Says, “Let’s Shutdown Proof Your Career”

  • Access Where You Are: Get a realistic handle on your career power & cash resources (60, 90, 180 day plans are a good idea).  Of course this is EASIER if you continue to REALationship network…while you are employed versus “the other way around”.  Check out our TCE FREE Resume Review

 

  • If it’s Broke, Fix It: Stop using a BROKE brand (Update.. the Update).  Repeat after me…Technology is our friend!…don’t be afraid to embrace it and use it to increase your reach and leverage.  So..give that ole resume and LinkedIn Profile a facelift…or the boot (it’s up to you). P.S. are you Periscoping Yet?

 

  • Always Have a “B & C “ Game:   Have you considered…Adjunct teaching, small home based business, outsource your skills (elance.com) or part-time gig.  NEVER place all your eggs into one job basket (that called dangerous). Explore your interests and think about several collateral markets where your gifts and talents can shine.

 

 

  • Bonus Connection Event:  Sat, October 17, 2015 TCE Career & Biz Summit and Awards Luncheon:  Tickets available – Click Banner on TCEnow.com (Out of work – compete for a FREE panel seat)

 

The Career Engineer“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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TCE Shares Surprising Low-tech Job Boosters!

Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared!

As much as I love cyberspace and the Internet…I do believe that many of us are loosing our “human touch” in the career search process. So… your Career Engineer has stopped by to share three (3) low-tech boosters that can help you hear the words…”You Are Hired!” Trust me, this may be one of the few times I am not talking..technology!  So let me know your thoughts, what do you think about the value of low-tech engagement in a high-tech society…could “this”be the new thing that sets candidates apart? (share your comments and feel free to share this post with others :))

 

 TCE Low Tech – High-Touch Tips

 

  • The Telephone is Your Friend: Who says you can’t make “warm calls” to small businesses/employers to see if they are  hiring and to SELL yourself? (Unadvertised leads)

 

  • Meet The Manager: Have you ever tried “talking” with people who are vetted in the field or are decision makers in the industry you desire? It’s a great way to source what they are looking for and future needs. (Sets You Apart)

 

  • The Power of a “Thank You”: When is the last time you wrote a REAL, ORGANIC, HANDWRITTEN thank you card (sent in the mail) to the interviewer or someone who helped you get IN the “interview chair”. (Powerful Deal Booster or Closer)

 

  • Bonus: TCE PushUp: Build Your NETWORK BEFORE You Need It! It makes the above processes…EASIER!!

 

 

 

The Career EngineerDon’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared” The Career Engineer (Career Coaching & Biz Services): TCEnow.com, 757-745-4TCE (4823), Check TCE out on Twitter (& Periscope)  @CareerEngineer & Facebook.com/Dontgetanxious

The Career Engineer Shares “High Tech/High Touch” Job Search boosters on “Thinking Out Loud” TV Show

 

Screen Shot 2015-08-07 at 3.39.37 PMI had a GREAT time on the Show Thinking Out Loud with host Mark Cox and powered by WCTV Chesapeake, VA.  Check out this short segment which will provide REAL and RELEVANT content for you as you get ready to change your Monday mornings!  I focused on common career search mistakes, the role of technology and social media and career branding for success in the 21st century marketplace.  Plus, how to answer a STUPID Question…yeah don’t miss that!

Let me know what you think about the TCE Segment and if you have any questions please share them  below in this blog’s comment section.  Feel free to like and share this with others who are looking for Career Tips to change the game!  Don’t forget to check out and get your tickets for our  October 17, 2015 TCE Career & Biz Summit and Awards Luncheon

TCE Social Networking Etiquette for Your Career or Biz

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Just like any other career or business environment, the social networking/sharing space has norms, behaviors and a culture (especially for employees and biz owners). Violation or refusal to “get with the program” MAY affect your ability to build critical relationships in your career & business.  Yes, your online reputation and actions can create AWESOME deals…or move you BACK into the unemployment line.   The Career Engineer @CareerEngineer is here to share her Social networking “Go or No Go” relationship tips to help you change the game on Monday mornings!

Tag or NOT to Tag…That is the Question!

 Unsure? ASK …BEFORE you tag someone (very irritating)

  • Make sure the person is “a part” the content, event, etc.
  • BEST ways to destroy a potential career/biz relationship online and offline!

KNOW the Rules of Engagement!   (Social/Career/Biz Groups 101)

  • Ask creator about group norms and culture (or read/comprehend group info)
  • Relational vs. Pitch groups (knowing the difference is powerful)
  • Read profiles, Google folks…BEFORE You Reach Out (time and sanity saver)

HOW You Share vs. WHAT You Share!

  • Social media spamming (folks will RUN from you)
  • Overkill of ambiguous posts that don’t fit a conversation (Big biz/career killer)
  • Walls/update areas are precious, don’t post unless you have permission

 

Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared” The Career Engineer: TCEnow.com, 757-745-4TCE (4823), Check TCE out on Twitter @CareerEngineer & Facebook.com/Dontgetanxious

 

12 TCE “PushUps” for My Son on His 21st Birthday

Happy 21st Birthday Nehemiah

Nehemiah L. Harrison

NSBE Leadership, ODU Class of 2016 (Mechanical Engineering)

Well Facebook buddies, you asked for it, you’ve got it! I shared my top 12 Wisdom points to my son Nehemiah on his 21st Birthday (which is today June 18, 2015).  I have received more comments and thank you’s on those 12 points and suggestion that I should “share with others.”  So I figured, “why not”…plus it helps me to get use to blogging more..  There are millions of “parental units”  (that’s what my son calls…us) out there who are  “proud, excited  and concerned” about their budding 21-year-old.

This is a brave new world..and very different from my 21st year experience.  In this quick, fast and in a hurry world, with limited human interaction, irrational actions and folks who “act FIRST and THINK later”;  how can I keep my son (or daughter)..safe.  So, with that being said, here are some of the “uh oh’s” that came through my brain.
  • Are they ready..I mean REALLY Read?
  • Will the world treat them fairly, he’s raised in the suburbs?
  • Will he  make it… with or without Google?
  • Will WE make it?

So below is what I shared with my son (on a Facebook post this morning ) to celebrate an amazing 21 year journey.  I hope it blesses or helps my fellow “parental units” out there.

THE ACTUAL FACEBOOK POST

It’s after 12N so it’s official!! Happy 21st BirthdayNehemiah Harrison from your #MeetTheHarrisonsteam Tonnie Harrison To”Niah Harrison and ME. It’s been a pretty exciting ride. Yes we EXPECT Great Things.

But Remember these 12 Wisdom Moments from “The Parental Units”:

1.   When in DOUBT, Do WITHOUT

2.   TRUST…But VERIFY

3.    Never SETTLE Always Be in a Position to SELECT

4.   When there is NO WIND…ROW

5.    Do the RIGHT Thing for the RIGHT Reason.

6.    NEVER VENT INSIDE The TENT (leadership 101)

7.    The Borrower is a SLAVE To the Lender (Credit 101)

8.    What Would JESUS Do (Remember Tip 1)

9.    Don’t Trust a NICE Butt…and a Smile

10.  Don’t Marry the ONE You Can LIVE With…Marry the ONE You Can’t LIVE Without (LOVE 101)

11.  NO SEED, NO HARVEST, NO SHORTCUTS

FINALLY

12. Trust GOD Always, Trust Your GUT sometimes…but if you have ANY Questions, About Anything, Any Day, Any Time, Any where… Ask Mom and Dad! (We Got Your Back!)

 

TCE Blogs: Uber Driver Is Employee, Not Contractor Says, California…#Really?

(Source entrepreneur.com/article/247453)

Wow, so that changes the game on Uber...Big Time!  America…you may have to find your Taxi’s number because this ruling in California may just change the way Uber operates…across the nation.  How and why you may ask?  Well it means that Uber may have to do what most businesses HAVE to do…when they hire folks: follow employment law!   If you are not sure exactly what this “hoopla” is all about, read the article RIGHT HERE.

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For those reading  this blog who may say “so what, who cares and …what’s the BIG Deal?”  Well Uber has been “cruising”  with its fleet of “low-cost high returns” drivers by keeping them as 1099 (independent contractors).  In short, by filling the driver need with 1099’s versus W2’s  workers,  UBER IS NOT REQUIRED to handle payroll taxes (state/federal/etc). That daunting task is the responsibility of the …”independent contractor” aka Jane and John personal car driver.  Companies who use this model (which is perfectly legal) for “filling or outsourcing their needs”  don’t have to deal with employment law factors related to hiring/firing, EEOC, ADA, Worker’s Comp, insurances or other human resources compliances (which means – they save BIG BUCKS).

The Career EngineerSo…since business progressive (and very liberal) California said “hold on, wait a minute…STOP” could other states or commonwealths (like my conservative Virginia) rethink their Uber business rulings?  So from my TCE viewpoint,  there are two ways that this can go..for Uber and the folks they “pick up”. One, Uber has to be an employer in California, the cost for service will go up substantially for this “new method” of transportation and demand will potentially go down.  Or, two Uber will say “we are out of here” and shut the party down all together with its “personal vehicle” service.  So it will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

In the mean time, I may have to get my whistle skills back and learn how to “hail a taxi”…again 🙂

NOW IT’S YOUR TURN

So..What say you?  What are your feeling on the whole Uber car service and the “personal ” vehicle use?  Is this California ruling a “good thing” or government meddling in the business world?  Would love to hear your thoughts…comment below!

Got the Interview….Now What?

The Career Engineer

Got the Interview….Now What? TCE Top Post Interview Boosters

Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared!  So. you had the interview!  The interviewer seemed to be captured by you!   You are feel pretty good about yourself and sense that you “hit it out of the park!”  That’s great, but now what do you do?  There are some power boosters and pitfalls to be aware of that can INFLUENCE the “You are Hired…decision!”  But it’s very important that you use these strategies with care and the right way…so you don’t screw things up.

So here are a few TCE tips to make the interview waiting period…less anxious.

Thank you card! A REAL, handwritten, USPS mailed OR dropped off within 48 hours. Addressed to the decision maker(s) and make sure you mention an organic/authentic  talking point from the interview. This is one of the most “hi-touch” power moves in the industry…and so many fail to use it in the “point and click world of today”.  (Note to Readers:  NO THANK YOU? BIG MISTAKE).

  • TCE Tip: TCE is “anti” email thank you notes.

Strategic Follow-up: In some cases, a personal follow-up call can be a GREAT “get noticed” booster. Warning, this assertive strategy MUST be tactfully qualified by asking during your interview, if a “follow-up” call is appropriate. No one wants a stalker or a pest….so make sure you KNOW the difference before you call or reach out to someone.  But if done correctly…this smart move can demonstrate what you can deliver to the employer.  (Note to Readers:  Who doesn’t like someone who follows through?)

  • TCE Tip: A little scared, then leave a voicemail early AM or late PM

Don’t STOP on the Feeling: Stay in the race. Keep on meeting, networking AND interviewing with potential employers UNTIL you show UP on your first day of work.  One of the WORSE things a career professional can do is to STOP their strategic job search…based on a false, unproven…feeling.  Keep it moving and flowing…always.

  • TCE Tip: traditional and non-traditional networking events are EVERYWHERE…make sure you keep your buzz  branded in the right spaces.  

You CAN Get Hired While it’s…HOT!

Let’s Bust Some Summer Job Search Myths!

 

STILL think that the summer is NOT a great time to start your job search? Don’t get anxious – get prepared! The Career Engineer is here by to share how to use this mythical DOWN time to get in LINE for your next summer or FT Job! So let’s BUST some summer job myths…right now.

TCE Myth Busting Time!

  • Camp or PT Jobs Only: False! Great employers look for GREAT talent all year-long. There are FT employment opportunities in the professional sectors available. TCEjobstop is showcasing both FT and PT opportunities, right now. Check it out TCEjobStop
  • No One Hires in the Summer: False! Summer is a great time to get your brand into the market place, while your competition is eating hot dogs and playing on the beach.
  • ZERO Networking in the Summer: False! BBQ’s, reunions and picnics are some of the BEST untapped networking gatherings. Plus you can still get connected at professional gatherings during the summer by using Eventbrite or your local calendars.
  • Volunteer or Summer Jobs Never Lead to Permanent: False! Volunteer work and PT summer are great catapults to professional FT work…and perfect options for filling in gaps. You would be surprised at how many Sr. level managers and CEO’s started in the mailroom or at the register. 

TCE Bonus: TCE 1st Tuesdays, 6:30PM @ Aloft Chesapeake: Bring you’re “A-game, have your brand pitch ready and makes some career and biz connections. RSVP please to confirm you spot.

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