Category: Professional Growth

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)

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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!!!

 

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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

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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.

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

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.

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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) .

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

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!)

 

You’re FIRED, The Power of the “We The People” Vote

The Career EngineerFirst let me say a big “PushUp & Thank you for voting” on yesterday as WE THE PEOPLE across this great county shared our voice with our vote.  Boy did our vote matter as there are many elected officials who are licking their wounds and have just LOST their jobs. But was this due to a record voter turnout or a lack luster voter engagement which has now changed things in our districts?  As I watched the election coverage, reports were coming in that in some precincts you could hear a pen drop because of the No Shows (people who failed to come out and vote).    The most troubling thing about this is that the mid-term, state and local elections are the most important because they have the most policy power  in our lives.  I wonder, will my Nov 4th NO SHOWS stand in line on Black Friday to cast their votes on shopping deals?   Just something to make you go….hum!

Not Registered? Get Registered Now!

As you can see NO SHOWs  not only matter in the Career or Biz Space…but they are also important in our Life Space. If you DIDN’T VOTE, please keep your complaints/comments to yourself over the next few years.   To my WE THE PEOPLE  voters let’s make a plan to evaluate our HIRES during their terms so we can decide when their contract is up to either REHIRE or FIRE via the vote.   To our  elected officials, if you want to STAY HIRED,  as a member of “WE THE PEOPLE”  I ask that you do the following…

  • I ask that my newly or rehired elected officials know and represent your citizens.  I know it sounds simple but it’s not getting done!
  • I demand that my newly or rehired elected officials put the Party agenda on the shelf, take ownership, find REAL solutions & stop attacking the other Party.
  • I expect that my newly or rehired elected officials will Focus 100% on finding ways where the “United States of America” (Key word UNITED).. can be a stable, sustainable, strong and secure nation
  • Bonus Point:  Your Supervisors (WE THE PEOPLE) will be  WATCHING YOU NOW AND FOREVER MORE!

So,there it is…and I expect the above three (3) items to be deliverables from the very poor of us to the most prosperous of us.  To our MID-TERM HIRES, don’t take your job for granted or those impressive fringe benefits (like the best healthcare coverage in the USA), salaries for working and NOT WORKING, free lunches/dinners and perks… (all paid for by your supervisors “WE THE PEOPLE”.)  Lastly,  The Career Engineer  is a proud member of “WE THE PEOPLE”, I expect my elected officials to work smart, work hard and to get the job done. and most important…don’t screw up…because  “WE THE PEOPLE “ are counting on you!

 

LinkedIn 101: Just Because You Have ACCESS…Doesn’t Mean That You are INVITED

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One of the BEST Connection spaces on the Internet!

TCE has to Vent Within My Social Tent:  Just a LinkedIn “Pull Up” to the members who PAY for the service.  Just because you have ACCESS…doesn’t mean that you are INVITED.  No one wants an inbox (LinkedIn or Otherwise) filled with sales pitches or buy me now…when there is absolutely no relationships or attempt to create one.  I enjoy focused and purpose driven REALationship networking (That’s TCE trademarked folks).  You create stronger bridges when you reach out with authenticity, value and being yourself vs a sales pitch artist.  You humble TCE,  had to share….as I think it needed to be said.  Of course your comments are welcomed and encouraged!  Below are a couple of  TCE Boosters for ANY Social Media Community where you are trying to buzz your brand for Career, Life or Business results!

Social Media Etiquette for Your Career or Business

The Career Engineer

 

Just like any other career or business environment, the social media 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 or bread lines.   The Career Engineer is here to share her Social Media “Go or No Go” relationship tips to help you change the game!

 

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
  • BEST ways to destroy a potential relationship online and offline!

 KNOW the Rules of Engagement!   (Group 101)

  • Ask the creator about group norms/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 killer)
  • Walls/update areas are precious, don’t post unless you have permission

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