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Boo!! Don’t Get Scared, Get Hired! (FEAR 2 FIERCE)

Transitioning to a new career or making a major career move can be scary, overwhelming or worse. But never Fear, the Career Engineer is here…to share gaming changing tips to convert FEAR to FIERCE POWER. Here are some practical points from some very powerful people featured at the TCE Summit.

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Check out these TCE Power Tips Below. 

  • Your Network is Your Net Worth: So Look at the people, places and things you are surrounded by or connecting with…Question: Are they working for you…if not it’s time to #NetworkUp   This tip shared by Periscope Phenomena German Based @1alexkhan .
  • You Must Differentiate Yourself from the Rest: What is so unique about your gifts and talents…that it stands out from the REST?   Average and common are not SELLING points; however, awesome and uncommon…ROCK. This tip shared by @YoitsVinnie (NYC based TV Show Casting Director).
  • You Internal Must Equal Your External: Job searching is stressful and Job coping is worse. Make sure that your mind; body and soul are synced BEFORE you put your brand out there. This tip is shared by Stanford Alumni & Clinical Psychology @Drportia1 .
  • FEEL The FEAR…FACE It Anyway: False Evidence Being REAL (FEAR), Stop being SCARED of the future, prepare for it instead. This tip is powered by @CareerEngineer .

“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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ITT Tech Closes, 8000 Employees Lose Jobs & Wells Fargo Fires 5300…Is Job Security Dead?

ITT Tech Closes, 8000 Employees Lose Jobs & Wells Fargo Fires 5300…Is Job Security Dead? The Career Engineer Says “High-Touch with Hi-Tech” Skills Can Help Keep Your Career Alive”

Virginia Beach, VA — September 28th 2016 — According to The New York Times, “for-profit colleges were a magnet for billions of dollars in federal student loans and grants to low-income students. In 2010, they gobbled up more than $32 billion, a quarter of all federal financial aid, nearly double their share less than a decade earlier, the Senate committee inquiry found. Hundreds of millions more flowed in from the Pentagon and veterans’ programs through the G.I. Bill.” In terms of the Wells Fargo fires, CNN Money reports “that they are now, hearing from former Wells Fargo (WFC) workers around the country who tried to put a stop to these illegal tactics. Almost half a dozen workers who spoke with us say they paid dearly for trying to do the right thing: they were fired.”

“These two companies have put thousands out of work while high paid executives keep their bonuses and their jobs” says Francina R. Harrison, MSW, known nationally as “The Career Engineer®” (TCE). A better command of “High-Touch and Hi-Tech” strategies of sourcing opportunities, vetting office politics, REALationship building can change the results for these downsized workers. Here’s how, The Career Engineer is the visionary behind TCE Career, Life & Business Summit and Awards Luncheon at the Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel on Saturday, October 22, 2016 (includes a Friday Evening VIP Reception). Limited scholarships are available to attend the Career Panel for career seekers with hardship due to layoff or downsizing. The TCE Summit positions career seekers/changers, entrepreneurs, (SWaM, veteran, virtual and home-based) with the “Hi-Touch & Hi-Tech” advantage. TCE does this via real talk career and business panels, strategic lunch seating, REALationships networking, access to stealth decision makers in an engaging, boutique (no hustle zone) environment.

Be in the Room Versus on the Menu!! For career professionals, the TCE Summit will cover topics by panels such as effective 21st century networking, career/workforce do’s and don’ts, upward mobility, access to human resources, professionals, and obtain golden career leads. For small-business owners, The TCE Summit topics will include CEO best practices, lessons learned, procurement intelligence, social technology power, 21st century visibility, capital and deal making connections. There will be an opportunity for attendees to ask questions, network and engage with seasoned CEO’s, managers and human resources professionals. “It’s all about creating REALationshipsSM and harnessing visibility technology that can increase your time, talent and treasure” says Francina Harrison.

Featured Business Panelists: Mr. Taylor Adams, Purchasing Agent, City of Virginia Beach; Mr. Leonard Robinson, CEO of EnviroBro LLC, an Environmental consultant and President of the California Black Chamber; Ms. Dannette Smith, Director Human Services, City of Virginia Beach, manages a staff of 1200 and a budget over $10M; and Mr. Kelvin Author, CPA and Consultant who practices in all 50 states specialization in tax strategy/financial positioning for business and non-profits.

Featured Career Panelists: CEO, Mr. Torin Ellis (TV judge, human capital entrepreneur/hybrid recruiter) of Baltimore; Ms. Danielle Dutton, MS, PHR, Office of Civilian Human Resources (Federal Government); Ms. Michelle Larkin, Division Manager on the Langley Administrative, Media and Professional Services (LAMPS) contract at NASA Langley; Ms. Vaughnchette Rudisill, 15+ year Human Resources Staffing and CEO of Epiphany Consulting; and renowned Clinical Psychologist & CEO, Dr. Portia Rawles, speaking on work/life relationships, stress and safety.

Invited Virtual Guests are CEO Alex Khan a German based serial entrepreneur, speaker, editor, and social media strategist.

& Vinnie Potestivo, CEO Vinnie Potestivo Entertainment Inc. a full-service NYC based entertainment agency specializing in talent-driven casting, booking and original development.

Sponsors of this event include the Urban League of Hampton Roads, Xpress Mail and Business Services, TNT Mobile Detailing, DrPortiaRawles.com . Partners are Images By Kenneth, Musician JuJuDrum and the TCE Network. For info on this click http://TCESummit.com or give The Career Engineer a call at 757-745-4823.

The Career Engineer®, http://TCEnow.com/, is a nationally recognized Virginia-based consulting firm that helps career seekers & business owners increase their “bottom-line” with career networking, social media platform building and procurement connections. The Career Engineer 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 Tom Joyner Morning Show, BlackEnterprise.com, Chicago Tribune and is a recurring expert on WAVY10 and media across the USA.

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Labor Day is Coming, Time to Shift Gears & Put Your “A-Game On!”

2016-08-22-12.47.28.jpg.jpgAh, Labor Day is coming! September and October are the BIG months for hiring before the holiday season. Vacation time is over and the fall is going to ask the summer “how’s your A-Game… or are your still “at the beach?” So, here are some TCE Career PushUps to help you get ready and positioned to hear “You Are Hired” this fall!

 

TCE PushUp: “You Can’t SELL…What You Don’t KNOW!”
(Have strong responses to Tough Interview questions)

• 3 to 5 Reasons Someone Should Hire You? (PALS)
• What are your Strengths? What are your Limitations?
• Tell Me Something About Yourself? (Most Dangerous Question!!!)

TCE PushUp: “Plan Your Work AND Work Your Plan”
(Yes, define your market — Job Sourcing 101)

• Low/High Tech: Walk the Beat, Job Centers, Friends/Past Employers, LinkedIn,
• Job Boards: Niche Boards, Indeed.com, Snagajob.com, Dice.com, prjobforce.com

TCE PushUp: “It’s NOT Who You KNOW…It’s Who KNOWS YOU”
(No networking = Net)

• Get Involved, Get Connected: (PTA, professional networks, Sports, TCE Network)
• (Open To The Public) September TCE 1st Tuesday Career & Biz Showup @ Aloft Hotel, Chesapeake VA http://TCE757.Eventbrite.com

“Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared” Follow @CareerEngineer on Twitter, IG, Periscope & Snapchat, visit our website: http://TCEnow.com or email info@TCEnow.com

How to Bounce Back from a Lay-off (TCE Style)

Oh no! That dreaded meeting in the office at the end of the day (Thursdays and Friday’s are the preferred days.) Have you ever heard this, “…In spite of all your efforts and a job “well done”, an “executive decision” was made to cut cost and reduce expenditure. It’s not a reflection on you and your hard work, it’s the economy, funding, etc.”   In other words, you have just been laid-off!   Then those immediate feelings of disbelief “no this is NOT happening to me”, panic or anxiety kick in. So what do YOU do? I mean, what CAN YOU Do? Never fear, the Career Engineer is here with some “Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared” tips and booster to help you bounce back from the Lay-off. 

  • Access Where You Are: Get a realistic handle on your career power & cash resources (60, 90, 180 day plans are a good idea). Start developing a job search plan, tap into you vetted contacts and get busy. Connect with your local unemployment agency to see where you stand in terms of unemployment benefits and additional resources/help.
  • If it’s Broke, Fix It: Revisit your Brand (resume, Social platform, connections) Update with Power Now! Yes you can do it yourself with books and YouTube training or you can hire a professional career strategist who knows how to help you SELL your brand and close the deal.
  • Job Development: Niche Boards and job fairs are the best: Check out National Job Fairs for a list of fairs in your area and the Best 50 Job Boards .   Also view your Economic development agencies, Chamber Listings or visit the Library to get information on companies and points of contacts in your area.
  • Network for REAL: Find vetted, boutique, solid gatherings where REALatioships, Access and Opportunity shine. Be careful not to execute an everywhere and anywhere strategy but attend events or gatherings where the people you want to get in front of…attend. TCE Career & Biz Summit is happening Oct 22, you may want to check this out since decision makers will be there in the career and biz space.

 

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

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@CareerEngineer shares Tips on TV — Getting BACK To Work!

September and October are the BIGGEST months to make that change, move up or move out. New job orders are out, companies are interviewing and hiring for professional and para-professional opportunities.  So “Never Fear — The Career Engineer   is here...to share some TCE Tips to “Get BACK in the Grind and Get Back to Work.   My TCE tips shared below can help you “make some movements.”

In the spirit of making a move….what’s your most inspiring job search or job changing the experience?  You never know you could share something here, that could be a blessing or eye-opener for someone else. (Remember, sharing is caring…let’s help folks to get back to work).

 

  • Do You KNOW Your WOW Factor? A REAL Self Assessment including Pitfalls is Critical.  Remember You “Can’t SELL What You Don’t Know”

 

  • Do You have 30 Second SELL Factor: Action Words, Performance Numbers, and Completed Tasks! Hint: If you have the following words in your brand: responsible, depending, team player and reliable…you are doomed!

 

  • Do You KNOW Your Target? Research companies & create your Top 10 – 30 – 50 List.  Anywhere and everywhere is not a strategic job search…it’s a wish!  Buckle down and learn to develop your OWN market…that what Oprah, Bill, Warren, and Mark…did!

 

 

The Career Engineer

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

 

 

7 Smart Techniques to Boost Smartphone Battery Life

There are few things more frustrating than watching your smartphone’s battery life drain away by the middle of the day when you just put it in your pocket with a full charge that morning. And as phones get bigger, processors get more powerful, and…

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ALL That Glitters Is NOT GOLD (it Could Be …RUST)

Gold Image for blogEarlier this month I posted a simple “impromptu” thought on my Facebook profile that seems to have generated a tremendous amount of interest.  I had a feeling (yeah I am getting very feeling oriented this days), that many of the good and amazing people I have none over the years…are getting themselves in positioned to be:  HUSTLED.

 

Here is a copy of what I posted on Facebook earlier today.

Just a Thought: All That Glitters is NOT Gold, Be Cautions of the “Quick, Fast & in a Hurry” Tongues, Fake places and Stolen spaces. In short folks, “Be careful Out There”.

The sad thing is…it’s not their fault (well not all of it!)  It’s almost like the sheep are just doing their thing peacefully on the hillside…and here comes those gosh darn wolves.   Of course, sometimes the sheep are hypnotized by the glare of the wolves coat:  its bling, its shine,  sweet words and the sugar-coated promises.

When you feel “anxious or unaware ” in your life, you may FEEL like you can only move forward when you have the support of a crowd.  Any crowd…even a fake one.  So to that I say … (Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared!).   The REAL problem is that wolves/false crowds prey on the ANXIOUS  and the UN-AWARE.  Do YOU know people like this…is it …YOU?

It gets worse…the “wolf” crowd will applause you, sing your praise, say they support you and buy your stuff (well initially).  Now this situation may allow you to think that you are safe from harm and secure.  But “all that glitters is not gold” you could be in a very dangerous space clouded by a false perception.  Why…because when you are a SHEEP in a crowd of WOLVES…9 times at of 10…YOU are on the menu! THEY are smiling, hugging you and at the same time licking their lips…as THEY prepare… for a FEAST aka YOU.  So how do YOU avoid getting Career, Life or Business Hustled?  

Try these TCE “REALationships” steps below!  

  • SEED/FRUIT:  Inspect the SEED, test the SOIL & check out the FRUIT (the REAL FRUIT, not the scripted stuff)
  • BIG EGO, SMALL HEART:  Ego’s overkill the words “I/Me”.  The heart speaks words such as  “We & CommUNITY”.
  • ALL IS VANITY:  Watch for OVERKILL of compliments in some cases,  folks are trying to PUFF YOU UP for the slaughter!
  • TO GOOD TO BE TRUE :  It is! Too many violins playing, sparrows flying around singing; listen to your gut & run
  • GOT STICKY POWER:  Are they consistently in the same form; or is the business reinventing or renaming game going on…again?

Would love to get your comments below directly on this blog on what you think about this topic.

Follow us on Twitter, Periscope and Snapchat (username “career engineer”)  for more of …this 🙂

The Career EngineerThe Career Engineer“Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared” The Career Engineer provides career , life and business solutions, brand visibility and re-engineering! click http://TCEnow.com Email: info@TCEnow.com 757-745-4823 (4TCE) .

Hey TCE, What Are Employers Looking For in 2016?

Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared! Welcome to the next 52 Monday mornings of the New Year. Forecasts are sharing positive job growth and hiring news this year! In fact, according to my, TCEJobStop there were over 800K new job openings listed 7 days prior to this post. Proof positive that companies are looking for great talent in this new year.  But the REAL question is…will you be one of them!

Never fear, The Career Engineer is here to share “What’s HOT in the Career Space in 2016.”

 

  1. Use of technological innovation: The ability to command technology, understand data and analytics are a big deal in the 2016 job market. It’s not enough to just know WHAT it is…you have to know HOW to use it…the RIGHT way.

 

  1. PALS is STILL King: Remember your reputation will outweigh a resume..any day!  So our TCE coined “Performance, Accomplishments and Leadership” aka PALS is still in effect.  Bottom-line, today’s employers want PALS. if you don’t have it, then you are OUT!

 

  1. Skills vs. School: Hear me, folks, a college degree is vital but it’s not everything. Certifications and/or “proof positive” performance of “in-demand” skills are what employers are looking for.  Don’t be paper WISE and skills foolish. In fact, I believe you should have…both!

 

  1. Mobility is Key: Candidates who can truly function “in business” with mobile devices/technology to work efficiently and effectively are in demand. This is beyond social sharing and Twitter.  It’s  REALLY about doing more with less AND still being ACCURATE, EFFICIENT and FAST. (Yep, welcome to the New World).

 

  1. Who is Hiring:  Our aging population has created a big demand for healthcare related jobs and technology to support that industry. But it’s not the only popular industry, keep your eyes open for other growing sectors listed in this article Top 30 Fastest Growing Industries.

Bonus:  Don’t miss our Daily “TCE Career & Biz Scope Show” Broadcast LIVE ONLY on #Periscope (Download the APP today from your Apple or Android Device.  Or watch entire LIVE show via our TCE Broadcast Channel right HERE Watch TCE on TV 

 

 

Destiny Stalled? The POWER of DISCONNECTIONS


The Career EngineerWithout a doubt, powerful, purposeful and positioned
connections are the required fuel to secure hidden opportunities in the 21st century marketplace.
We’ve been taught to hone in on your REAL connection/networking skills in order to increase our payday and opportunities. This is not only true for “traditional” networking where “human technology” is king (i.e. dinner/coffee meetings) but also for our social media power venues where “cyber” time is a critical commodity.

But what if, after much work and cultivation, you discover that your network is NOT working for you any longer? You are attending meetup, after-hour events, sharing resources with your “network”, investing your time currency, others are benefitting…but you are stalled!   Is it possible that the very people, places, data and things that are connected to us and after investing countless hours of time, talents and treasures…could be holding us back? The ultimate question, “Are we suffering from “stalled out or simply unpowered” connections AND have those connections stunted our ability to live and work in our divine destiny?

As we move forwarded in this New Year, perhaps the true focus of our networking should NO LONGER be acquiring or keeping connections that have out lived their value. As an entrepreneur who has built the TCE brand on global networking, I truly believe that the REAL message is not making MORE CONNECTIONS, but the understanding of the POWER of DISCONNECTIONS.  Now is the time to discover and “ACT ON” which connections should be UNPLUGGED in order for our destinies to be revealed.

Not sure how to identify a contact that needs a dis-connection from you?  Here are some TCE steps to determine if a disconnection is REQUIRED in order for you to meet your DESTINY!

  • Time Spent versus Time Invested: In all of our relationships or REALationship® (as we call them in TCE land), we need to be about “the business” of understanding Return on Investment (ROI). You can make more money, buy more things, but the allotment of time is something you NEVER get back.   When you SPEND time in a relation, you are in a consumer mindset (hence the word CONSUME). When you invest time in a relationship…you expect something back (hence the word investment.) If you are finding yourself spending MORE time (follow-ups, recharging, reworking)…this may be a sign from heaven…that it’s time to go.   Mr. Alfred Edmond Jr, Sr.VP/Editor-at-Large of BlackEnterprise, shared this valuable lesson with me on our TCE Radio Show some years back. He was happy to invest his time, as he KNEW the return on investment would be priceless.

TCE Power Statement: Learn to Invest Your Time Versus Spending It…There IS a difference.

  • Hunger versus Satisfaction: My granddaddy said, “A starving man can’t feed a hungry man, but a plump man…can!” If your circles of connections or influence are more than 50% starving folks who are FEEDING on your substance…you are in big trouble. In fact, that’s not a connection, but a chow line…and you are the main course. In order for you to reach and fulfill your destiny you need to be fed substance that you don’t currently have. Feeling hungry all the time…and your networks can’t or won’t feed you…sounds like it’s time to go!

TCE Power Statement: In 2015, Leave the MILK Alone, Time for You to Get Some MEAT.

  • Talking versus Doing: Listen to your connections…I mean REALLY listen to what they are saying. How much of the conversation reflects on accomplishments first, then talk later? Or are they skewed the other way around shouting zero accomplishments and talk only. Are they doing anything, creating positive change or generating “new” ideas? In this economy, purpose, performance, passion and profits have a renewed focus. If your networking circles are lacking in ANY of these 4P’s, it may be time for you to “re-check the connection.”

TCE Power Statement: “Stop Talking…DO SOMETHING!”

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