How to WORK a Career/Job Fair…TCE Style

Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared!  It’s the HIRING season and many organizations are hosting career or job fairs locally and nationally! Did you know thatMarch, April & May are BIG months for serious recruitment events…and any time there are 20+ employers in ONE room….that’s always a GOOD Day.   But the REAL question is, “How many of US REALLY know how to WORK a Job Fair?”  I mean, what do you do there?  Should we just move from “table to table” with that same ole “I want a job” handshake, say a few words and drop off some papers?  Or…are there some TCE REALsolutions that can help us to get noticed and hired?  I have shared, some of my techniques below.   To help your career/job search, we have created some awesome TCE connection events (online & offline)  coming up this week …and ALL year!   So…make sure you click  TCE Career & Biz Events and join us! Lastly, our TCE Styled Job Fair Tips are below, so try them, comment on this blog and let me know what you think? Don’t forget to Follow us:  @CareerEngineer & @theTCEnetwork .

TCE Job Fair Tips & Boosters: 

  1. Research the companies prior to the job fair.  Most sponsors will advertise in advance to let the public know which companies are coming.  Use your Internet sourcing skills to research company history/culture, current job postings, upward mobility and compensation programs.
  1. Develop your market – have a Plan A, B, and C.  Every company that attends a job fair may not meet your initial skill sets.  So find those 10-15 companies that may be an exact match to what you are looking for (make those your Plan A companies).  The remaining companies should be classified as your Plan B, C and so on.  I recommend you go to every table to learn first hand about specific employment opportunities.  Never assume you know…go find out.
  1. Make a personalized cover letter, combined with your resume, for your Plan A companies and go to those companies first.  This is something that I have done in the past and it helped me to stand out from the competition. (Old School Booster)
  1. Meet the managers/recruiters and SELL your skills and what you bring to the table…(3 minutes or less.)
  1. Be prepared to deploy your resume/brand at a moments notice.  A recruiter should not have to “pull teeth” to get your resume or hear more about your brand.
  1. There is a time for shyness…this is not it (blow your horn).
  1. Interview the companies.  Now is the time to ask questions that may make you feel uncomfortable in the interview chair like (schedules, and how does the representative like working there…hiring salary ranges).
  1. Take all company literature and business cards for follow-up and future employment search activities.

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TCE Career Superbowl: How YOU Can Get That Ring!

Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared! The Big Game this year showcased a showdown between EXTREME experience (Old Lion) versus a fresh new perspective (New Lion).  Both candidates’ aka NFL teams wanted the job (the Super Bowl Ring); but ONLY One Team WON the Spot!

The same is true in our careers. But the REAL question is…what’s YOUR Game plan to WIN Your Career Super Bowl 2015! Do you know… which strategy enhances your value (i.e. experience or your fresh perspective/training)? How strong is your defense? Does your offense put some points on the board? 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. Let’s go get it!!

 

Here’s How You Win The Big Game 2015…TCE Style!

  • Decide That You are Playing to WIN! Positive mindset is essential, “86” the negativity (Think 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 Success…and solve it)
  • Don’t Fumble: Practice & Plan your sells game aka interview & closing techniques. (You’ MUST have a Game Plan – this is NOT a time to Wing It)
  • When Someone Throws You the Ball…Catch It! TCE Power Principles: (Show-Up, Step-Up and Follow-Up) are essential to WIN! Half stepping and excuses won’t cut it!!

 

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“Ask The Career Engineer”: What are the Hot Jobs & Trends in 2015?

 

Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared! Welcome to the 1st Monday of the New Year. 60% of employers expect to hire talent this year (Source Dice.com)! 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 2015.”

 

  • Tele-Working or Remote Work: Lots of major corporations, DOD contractors and more are using this model (Engineers, IT, Consultants, PM, Administrators). Booster: saves time and money! Pitfall: have to be self-motivated, disciplined and tech savvy to be successful.

 

 

  • Cyber Security Jobs: From para-professionals to Chief Technology Officer. With recent crashes, threads, hacks and more. WhiteHats are in demand now more than ever (so is employee HONESTY)! (Recent Twitter Crash & “The Interview”.) Click and check out Hot CyberSecurity Jobs  today .

 

  • Contractor & Freelancing are Growing: over 53 million Americans are now freelancing their skills and talents (Recent study by Elance-oDesk.com).   Some Freelance jobs across the USA are listed HERE 

 

  • Gen Z is not just College but High School Students: Sweet PAID Internships from Big Businesses like Microsoft, Lockheed Martin: Gen Z’s are hot (Born 1994 – 2010). Companies need STEM pioneers and to compete for the best talent they are branding themselves now in…high school! (Facebook, LinkedIn etc.)

 

  • TCEJobStop:  Over 1M open Jobs (right now). Use this GREAT Niche Site to find the hottest Jobs in your zipcode or across the country!

 

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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

Boo!! Don’t Get Scared or Scurred …Get Hired

The Career Engineer

Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared!  I know, it’s that season of creepy things that go bump in the night…but don’t let that affect your career search!  I know that many of us are still working on our career transition plan and things get a bit “scary” when the bills are due…and the resources are low.   I know that at times it feels like there are no easy roads, easy choices or answers.

Now as your Career Engineer, I must tell you faith, hope and optimism are a must during these situational scary times.  Keeping your head up , your actions focused and on point combined with uncommon faith…will help us to make our Mondays better.  If you are not sure about that, re-read my Blog Post, “What if GOD Was  My Coffee”   it will keep you inspired.   Wow, now back to what started this post, on Monday, I had a chance to stop by my regional NBC affiliate WAVY10 this to share “Scary Job Search tricks to avoid.”   So I figured, let me share this with you 🙂 feel free to comment and share with others.  Be safe, be blessed!

Turn that BOO Around with These Simple Steps:

  • Stop The Doom & Gloom:   Stop complaining about the economy and (this my sound tough) …put your feelings “in your pocket.”  Blame and denial never helps you reach your goals.  Here is a secret that hiring managers know…great companies ALWAYS look for the right talent…in any economy. Make sure you fit the bill and have a record of performance that is in demand.
  • Don’t Get Tricked BE the Treat: “You can’t SELL What You Don’t Know!”   It has always surprised me how we rush to flood the market, without truly knowing who we are, our value, what we want and what we are selling.  Boo!!  Stop doing that instead INVEST in your brand (Your Package & Your Response)  and please get this, VALUE not vulnerability…wins!
  • Don’t EAT All that “Career” Candy, it Can Cause a Toothache:   Candy apples are very popular, they may work for you…but to me that are just too sweet!  And…if you eat to much of a good or bad thing…you can STILL get SICK.  So what am I trying to say…what’s GOOD for someone else may NOT BE GOOD for you!   In your career space, if you are stuck and not sure what to do, reach out to the “right kind” of help…for you.
  • Here’s My TCE Career Treat: Please now your Career Engineer is not about to get you tricked, so here is a great resource to use in your career search.  Check out our (TCEJobStop): Millions of Jobs listed across the country.  Bookmark this site and view daily (search by zip code, company name, buzz words).  Feel free to share this resources with your circles.

    TCE JobStop

View the Video right here on Wavy10’s #HamptonRoadsShow

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

12 Ways TCE Can Help Your Job Search 4 FREE

The Career EngineerDon’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared!   That is our corporate motto and I am sticking to it.  However, when I am reached out to by “out-of-work” professionals in the career space who ARE  struggling financially, emotionally and spiritually and have a REAL desire to “make Mondays better”….I want to do something.  In the world of business, there is a saying that “FREE Ain’t FREE” just because it’s no cost to you, does not mean it’s NOT costing me.  So how can I “serve”, empower, equip, not break the bank and “keep career hope alive?  

After praying on this and putting my TCE brain in 5th gear, I have packaged 12 ways TCE can help you for FREE.  Now folks remember the saying “you get what you pay for” be mindful, this is not the end of the story and you should invest in your brand and value if you want a high-end result.  But this is our way of providing some genuine help and sharing some knowledge to those who could truly be blessed by it.  So use it and let me know what you think :). (Note to my readers:  Notice each step begins with an ACTION word on the part of the receiver.)

 TCE Resources That Can Help Your Job Search (100% No Cost to you!)

TCE Blogs: To Temp or Not To Temp, That is the Question!

Seeing a lot of employers using staffing companies as their preferred choice for hiring these days? Or are you a long-term temporary employee and wondering how that increases or decreases your chances of full-time employment (FTE)? Never fear, the Career Engineer is here to share some boosters and pitfalls involved with a “To Temp or Not to Temp” job-hunting strategy. Here are some TCE points to help make your Monday mornings…better.

 

  • Try Before You Buy: That works for both the employer and the candidate. Employers want to see your “performance, workmanship, work ethic” before they decided to bring you on payroll. You can also use this time to see if this employer is a great fit for you… (i.e. management style, atmosphere, brand).
  • Direct-To-Hire: Very common practice these days.Not a bad deal for both the employer and candidate. This let’s you know that after the 90-day period, you have a FTE job waiting for you. (IF you perform!)
  • Lots of Temporary Assignments: Multiple assignments can help you to build your work credibility and build a reputation (new or re-entering the workforce). Remember you are an employee of the staffing firm; so don’t get overly concerned about the number of assignments. In your branding/sells pitch, showcase your long-term employment with the agency versus assignments.
  • Employee Beware: Make sure a Temp-to-Hire opportunity is a 90-day deal. For example, you should not be a 5-year temporary employee at a direct-hire company (unless you choose that route).

 

“Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared” The Career Engineer: http://TCEnow.com Email: info@TCEnow.com 757-745-4TCE (4823), Twitter @CareerEngineer, Like Us on Facebook.com/dontgetanxious Save the Date: 10/11/14 TCE Career & Biz Summit and Awards Luncheon

“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

 

 

 

 

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