Category: Professional Growth

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

“What if GOD Was My Coffee?” (An Inspirational Post from Your Career Engineer)

The Career EngineerDon’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared!  Fact:  I am NOT a morning person!  In fact for years its been a well know fact, “don’t say anything to Francina…until she has HAD HER COFFEE.”  A couple of sips of Joe and I am off running and getting all my career, life and business places and spaces in order.   Well, last week I was having an amazing and inspirational conversation with my Pastor Adrian Woodard  and he contacted me…EARLY in the morning.  It must have been pretty obvious that my voice was reflective of the fact that “I have not had my coffee yet” and “Pastor A” has discerned this limitation.  He is a quick study and he knows I struggle in this area  (plus I say “I need my coffee” all the time).

TCE and my Coffee

 

So how interesting it was to me that “Pastor A said, “Francina, GOD should be your Coffee.” and he proceeded to shower inspiration, encouragement and an alert that he just may pop in an EARLY call or two “every now and then” to remind me of this.  We both laughed and enjoyed a chuckle of the moment.  But after we ended our chat, I thought about it, “what if GOD was my coffee?”  (That’s just Like Pastor A, always trying to make me slow down, wait and …ponder!)  So I thought of all the reasons, celebrations, problems, situations that I use coffee to make it through my day versus taking additional time out for a moment with GOD.  So this is what I have come up with take a look and let me now what you think.

What if GOD Was My Coffee …What Would I Do Differently?

  • Can’t/Won’t Start My Day Without Coffee:  Before my feet hit the ground, I am often in a dream state and can’t get it together without my cup of coffee.  In my mind, nothing starts, until I make that Dunkin Donuts run and after 10 or 15 minutes, I am good to go. Now, imagine in this scenario if coffee was replaced by GOD.  What a difference it would make in the start and finishing of my day! (Relying on GOD to start…everything!)
  • Need a Boost – Coffee to the Rescue ( Here I Come):  Ok, so it’s an all night gig, or I have to get a TCE project done! Well, I RUN to the coffee…because in my mind, I can’t do it with out the boost.  I need that edge, that sweet and powerful caffeine  to give me the rush I need.  Imagine, if my running was to the author and finisher of my faith, the one who designed me and created my purpose.  The one who I believe is the Alpha and Omega in my life. Now, imagine in this scenario if coffee was replaced by GOD.   Shouldn’t this be the place where my true “boost, edge &  power” should come from.  (Another hum moment).
  • Coffee Warms Me Up it Just Feels Good:  A cold winter night or having a cup of coffee as I socialize with family, friends and peers.  Great conversation over a cup of coffee is an American tradition.  Let me own this, it’s MY tradition.  It feels good, it’s comforting, it’s accepted, everyone understands it.  Now imagine in this scenario if Coffee was replaced by GOD. Is he not comforting, should I care whether he is accepted by all as long as HE is accepted by me?
  • I love Coffee, I May Even be Addicted to It:  Dunkin Donuts is definitely my friend.  I can’t stay away from the place (and I won’t share my other addiction for those gosh darn donuts).  But I have got to tell you as a New Englander, this is the best cup of coffee on the planet and I LOVE IT.  In fact, I have even tipped out of the house…at night…for a cup of this good stuff (yes I am that addicted). Now, imagine in this scenario, if Coffee was replaced by GOD.  The same love and sense of not letting go..the quenching of my thirst…is a feeling/action that should be destined for GOD and not my “cup of coffee.

Yes, this is a different type of TCE blog post for me and an opportunity for me to share my journey on ensuring my faith should be as evident as the many cups of coffee in my life.  Who knows, maybe it will encourage someone else to rethink…their coffee.  I am not here to convert or convict you…that not my job.  But I was compelled to share this part of my journey, as it’s been one of the most “teachable moments” in the last 10 months of my life.  I have to thank “Pastor A” for a powerful statement that was re-engineered to a great question which I hope will get a lot of us…thinking.

The really cool thing is, I am not writing this post on a coffee fix…doing this one totally on my own (let me correct that, with GOD).  I look forward to your comments, thoughts, posts and shares. #TG4FNL

 

 

 

 

TCE Thursday Pushup: “If You will just “PUT IT DOWN & “LET IT GO” Everyday can be a…. CLEAN SLATE”

Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared!  Everyone seems to love our daily TCE Pushups that we religiously share on Twitter and Facebook platforms.  They don’t come with a lot of content and wording, but they do HIT the spot.  So ,maybe now is a great time to bring them to our blog!  

TCE Thursday Pushup: “If You will just “PUT IT DOWN & “LET IT GO” Everyday can be a…. CLEAN SLATE”  

Kill the blame, denial and condemnation game because the only person it’s hindering is YOU!  All it takes to make Monday mornings better is for YOU to set those 100 pound bricks down on bad mistakes, terrible judgement and bad calls you’ve made in the past Aren’t you tired of carrying ALL that weight of “consuming stuff”  from the day you were born until this morning?  I feel your excess weight just blogging about it!  Don’t you WANT or DESERVE a FRESH START?  In fact, why don’t you try it now, beloved…SIT THAT OLD STUFF down, forgive yourself, prepare yourself and jumpstart your clean slate.  (Topic closed)

(Thanks for the Words of Wisdom Joy Wansley#LetItGo #CleanSlate #DontGetAnxious #TCEnow (Powered by http://TCEnow.com/)

Graduating but STILL Under-employed or Unemployed?

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Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared!  Let’s get you HIRED! The Career Engineer is here to share some TCE career hunt boosters (for the college student or graduate) so that YOU can land the job of your dreams or at least get a paycheck!  At the time of this post, our national unemployment rate is a low 5.5% with 8M people looking for employment (March 2015, Source DOL ).  Keeping politics aside, these numbers are significantly lower than when President Obama started his first term.  So keep your head up, things are looking pretty good for our college students and future graduates.  Remember, those student loans that have your “John or Jane Hancock”…will be ready for your first payment six months after you graduate.  So, let’s shift gears and get to work.

Some TCE Quick Boosters for You:

  • REALationships:   IMPORTANT, this is ONE of the most important skills in this 21st economy (Don’t Blow People Off)
  • Package: Career Portfolio MUST Deliver Ambition, Academic Accomplishments, Leadership & Experience.
  • Branding: Your VALUE & Image MUST Be Consistent (High Tech & High Touch).
  • Networking: Fraternity, sororities, industry organizations, faith community, sports, LinkedIn etc.
  • Agency: Partner with Career Services Office (Lifetime Services as Alumni)
  • Interviews/Meetings: Talk in performance sound bites, give RELEVANT examples & WATCH your body language.
  • Social Networking:  LinkedIn is a MUST for professional branding…and it’s NOT Facebook!  Read My LinkedIn Post to get the “Do’s and Don’ts.”

Tip: Bookmark the TCEJobStop: (Fresh Jobs shared daily here and across the USA) & MyTCEnow.com (Join the TCE Network)

The Journey is More Important Than the Destination

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The BEST is YET To Come!  (Remembering Bishop William D. Scott Today)

TCE “hum…”Moment:  So…I had a moment of reflection this afternoon and became a bit overwhelmed with gratitude/appreciation for everything I/we have experienced since we started The Career Engineer TCE.  Of course,  if you are a techie addict like me, when you get these feelings and you have a MacBook Pro, you start playing with your limited creativity and this powerful graphic computer.  As I was “thinking and playing with creativity”  I remember something that Bishop Scott (My pastor who left this world to soon a few months ago) said to me about all the @$#!%  (that’s my language upgrade,  not his) I experienced in 2013.

Gone But Not Forgotten, Bishop William D. Scott

You remember 2013…it was full of  sequestration, shutdown, fiscal cliff drama, lame duck congress,  contract losses,  job losses, losing loved ones…it was a tough time.  But before Bishop left this earth he would say “over and over” again to the congregation…and a few days before his death my last words from him was “Francina — You Ain’t SEEN Nothing Yet, The BEST is YET To Come!’ So enjoy this “very fast pace – 45 second” reflection of some of the GREAT places and spaces that my GOD has allowed this “average girl who does not know how to quit” to experience.  Sometimes it’s good to reflect on where you started…and what’ you’ve been through;  as the journey can be more important than the destination (another wisdom note from Bishop Scott).  Oh …and we are NOT done yet! Because My BEST is STILL…Coming!

 

TCE Career Super Bowl 2014: Are You In It to Win It?

The Big Game this year showcases a showdown between extreme experience (Old Lion – Manning) versus a fresh new perspective (New Lion – Wilson).  Both candidates’ aka NFL teams want the job (the Super Bowl Ring); but the REAL question is…who has what it takes to win it!  What has more value …experience or performance (or are both equally important?)  

The same can be true in our careers, at the end of the day, the Super Bowl and Your Job Search will always comes down to who wants it more…and who SELLS it BEST. So The Career Engineer says to the TEAM that wants to win…Let’s Go Get It!   (PushUp to TCE VA Member “Ms. Lady V” who helped me…with this SuperBowl content!)

 Here’s How You Win The 2014 Big Career Game…TCE Style! 

  • Decide That You are Playing to WIN!  Positive mindset is essential (Think and Act like a Winner). “As a Job Seeker Thinks…so He/She is”
  • Block & Tackle:  Have REAL answers for the TOUGH questions. (Know Your Barriers to Employment or do you have FEAR of Success).
  • Don’t Fumble:  Practice & Plan (You’ MUST have a Game Plan…always; even if the response is NO!)
  • When Someone Throws You the Ball…Catch It!  Focused Action, Focused A-Game, and a Powerful Follow-up …  can WIN the game!
  • Ready to FIND another Team?    Use the TCEJobStop (One of the BEST Career Search Niche Boards!)

 

 

 

 

TCE in Review, 2013 Best & Worse Job/Biz Hunt Practices

“Will your 2014 Career or Biz Search fair…BETTER or WORSE than your 2013?”  This year brought some significant challenges to the American workforce and marketplace.  Do you remember the sequestration, the historic Government Shutdown in October or the possible repeat of the same this January?  Ready to change your came for Monday mornings in 2014?  Never fear,   The Career Engineer  is here…to share  our take on some of the Best Practices and the Worse Practices we’ve noticed  in the 2013.  So try the TCE Best Practices tips and leave the “other stuff” to your competition.

 Best Practice:

  • Career Entrepreneur:   (Think, Act & Produce…Like You are a Business). In order to KEEP your job you need to EARN your keep.  I know it sounds harsh, but some decisions in the workforce /marketplace does come down to dollars and sense (yes, businesses sense).  I mean if you were the CEO of a business and you had to make that “tough decision” would you keep a non-performer (value unknown) on the payroll?  Or would you keep the team that can bring the most value to your customers.  Be honest, what would you do?
  • A Self Aware Career/Business Professional: Powerful Commodity (Strengths & Your Limitations): Ah…the professionals who know, understand and implement “value/performance” are  powerful entities in the marketplace. Today’s businesses need this type of employee  or leader to keep their engines running…become that candidate. Here’s a sample of the critical skills these folks bring to the table…
    • recognizing strengths and limitations
    • smart decision-making and having a solid powerful vision
    • recognizing when to push and when to throttle back
    • Exceptional online and offline communication skills
  • Attendance & WorkmanshipShow Up & Step Up — Under Promise/Over Deliver (Big One!)  The career/biz professionals who maximizes this golden rule WILL GO FAR.  It boils down to demonstrated performance and value engineering.  At the end of the day, your retention in the today’s workforce/marketplace may depend on your demonstration of  this critical “Show Up & Step Up” principle.

Worse Practices: 

  • Career/Biz InsanityDoing the SAME Thing, Yet Expecting DIFFERENT Results.  This is an easy one!  This formula doesn’t work in any part of life…so why use it in your career? (Enough said)
  • Give Me SyndromeSense of Entitlement vs. EMPOWERMENT in your Career hunt.  The days of “I am entitled to a job and the employer  must give me one”…are over.  The 21st century marketplace is hyper-competitive and it’s up to the individual to sell their value, performance and sustainability to the marketplace.  So unless you want a repeat of 2013 in 2014, get with the program or remain in the unemployment line  for a very long time (yes it’s tight, but it’s right!)
  • NO SEED/ NO HARVESTYou Get Out of it, What You Put Into it.  There’s nothing like good, ole fashion wisdom. If you want more out of your workplace experience, then put some skin in the game.  Not sure what I mean my skin? Where have YOU invested either time, talent or treasure (or all three) in your brand? How have you invested in your space, to seal your value to the employer or business owner?  Here are some examples…
    • How much time/dollars are you investing in your professional development?
    • Pride in workmanship, do you care about what you produce?
    • Have you checked and re-checked your work product?
    • How efficient and effective are you…what are you doing to improve that skill?
    • Initiative and follow-up…is that a part of your daily routine?

Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared!  2014 is coming ,if you REALLY want to make it your best year ever…then start right now!

736 LIVE Viewers Learned HOW to Make 2014 the Best Year Ever! How About You?

TCE on abc tvOver 736 LIVE Viewers , from across the USA and abroad…can’t be wrong!  Now is the time to start your 2014 Career & Business Season and “The Career Engineer is here to help.  In 40 minutes, TCE delivered FACTS, Employment/Biz NEWS, RESOURCES, BOOSTERS & PITFALLS in this TCE broadcast  to ensure that 2014 is the BEST YEAR EVER! The remaining 10 minutes or so were responses to organic question, LIVE MOMENTS of FUN and virtual networking.. (make sure you click “archive chat” when you  view the broadcast to see  websites and links of our RSVP’d viewers).  Now here comes the REAL question…ARE YOU READY to make the 52  Monday mornings in 2014….AWESOME? TCE gives you the directive and the charge to FIRE-UP your brand and make it happen (yes all of this in less time than it takes for you to fill out a quality job application or apply for a business loan!) Here are some concepts that TCE hit home in the broadcast  (oh… and we POWER NETWORKED…too!)  Big PushUp & ShoutOut to Tonnie Harrison Lady V (TCE Ambassador) and Opal the Gem  (TCE Ambassador/FlyGirl)  for their support!

  • DEFINE and WALK INTO YOUR PURPOSE (Do You..stop the FAKE it to Make It Model!),
  • DELIVER YOUR PASSION (the REAL AUTHENTIC YOU)
  • Connect with the RIGHT folks and learn how to POWER DISCONNECT (yes time to unload)
  • Get in the RIGHT POSITION to change the Game…forever!  (Timing/REALationships are everything)

Watch this LIVE SPREECAST and start your transition today!

TCE 2014 Theme “You Ain’t SEEN Nothing Yet…The BEST is YET To Come”

 

TCE Celebrating the Life of Bishop William D. Scott, Sr.

Click to Listen to TCE Radio’s Tribute to Bishop William D. Scott (30 minute show available on demand)

What a week!  As many of you know from my Facebook and Twitter posts, I lost a very dear friend on Nov 26th…my Bishop, My Pastor and my Mentor, Bishop William D. Scott. his life celebration service will happen at 11AM today.  Seven days later, I am “coming along” and wrestling with the loss of a great man, who poured into our church family (and me) in ways I don’t think I can explain.  Last week on our TCE Radio show, I dedicated the entire show to Bishop.  I wanted people in my world (cyberspace) to hear this man, feel his presence and what we call in the Baptist church “his anointing” as it powerful.

In many ways, my becoming The Career Engineer (and staying the Career Engineer) came from wisdom moments and “get out the boat” pushes from Bishop.  He  would say something in me that I did not (or would not see).  He helped me to muster up the strength to dive into DEEP waters…to truly find out what I am made of…especially when I was going through a test.  Since he was a man who led by example…I saw it, I caught it and he taught it !  (for now, that’s all I can say)

I will update this post later with the Seven of the Most Powerful Words Bishop Scott ever said to me...that has changed my life! But for now, Listen to Bishop as I celebrate his life and legacy on our featured TCE Radio show titled “The Best is Yet To Come”

TCE Radio “Celebrates the Life of Bishop William D. Scott

 

The Power of Time, Talent, Treasure & You!

I had an opportunity a few weeks back to speak “as the keynote”, for the Financial Planning Day event sponsored by the City of Virginia Beach and the Financial Planners Association of Hampton Roads.  My goal was to empower the room with economic solutions, principles and values to help “John and Jane America” make smart choices with their money and to build wealth for their households.  Now, as a person who enjoys “spending” money, I was challenged to share fiscal accountability choices…that would make my accountant proud.  But heck.. I am “The Career Engineer” and like most of you , I work hard, play hard and enjoy having BIG fun; however, I want to ensure my financial posture…is SECURED!   Yes, there lies my struggle 🙂  So in keeping  true to form; I  shared our “fiscal, career, business and life  prosperity formula…the TCE Way!”  Yes, I am proud to say, it was a hit …so now let me share it with you.  Let me know what you think …and I look forward to your comments and questions.

The Power of Talent:  “You Can’t SELL, What You Don’t Know” 

  • Now is the Time to Use Your Gifts and talents aka “knowledge skills and abilities” to generate multiple streams of income.
  • It’s Deeper Than a Job…it’s about transforming our thinking and actions to the mindset of a becoming a Career Entrepreneur.
  • Work Your Career Progression Like It’s a Business (marketing, technology, quality assurance, performance, profits and more).
  • It’s This Type of “Thinking and Doing” that generates income…for life.

 The Power of Time: “Invest Time vs. Spending Time…There is a Difference” 

  • You Can Make More Money, buy more things, even gain new friends…but the allotment of time is something you NEVER get back.
  • When You SPEND Time in a Relationship, 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.)
  • ROI is Critical in Your Use of Your Time.  Be careful where you invest your time (people, places, data and things).

 The Power of Treasure: “It’s Not What You Make, It’s What You Keep”

  • Our Economy has Changed, so Should We.  Financial sustainability aka as YOUR economic policy for your household …100% rests with you.
  • We HAVE  To Plan for Success.  Now here is the good news, you can change it, increase it, build wealth, tap into resources and create legacy.
  • Think About the Power 10.  By INVESTING and not SPENDING as little as 10%, (a dime out of every dollar) is a great way to build your future.

 The Power of Now:  It’s Time to Make Monday Mornings….Better!”

  • Now is the time to ACT.  Make sure you INVEST your Time, Talent and Treasure to build your powerful economic plan.
  • If Nothing Changes, Nothing Changes. Remember the universal law, “If there is NO SEED, there is NO HARVEST”. Don’t expect to grow anything if you have not planted anything.

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