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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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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

 

 

 

 

Hot Jobs That No One Thinks About!

Exploring or re-planning your future? Talking to your middle school students about their future career paths?  The Career Engineer is here to share some wonderful and often “overlooked” career opportunities that “that NO ONE thinks about.” Several of these positions require only an Associate Degree or specialized training, provide a great income and quality of life and predicted to have better than average career growth. This is our short list of “hidden opportunities”, but check it out and let me know what you think!

 

  • Working for Uncle Sam: Lots of para-professional – PhD career opportunities with our Uncle SAM (yes he hiring.) FTE positions offer great benefits, stability, upward mobility, amazing career paths, training and more. Check out www.USAjobs.gov
  • Air Traffic Controller: Air traffic controllers coordinate the movement of air traffic to ensure that aircraft stay safe distances apart. Requires an (Associates Degree): Salary of $122K per year $58.91 per hour (High Stress Job). Learn about Air Traffic Controllers here 
  • Funeral Director: Associates degree (Mortician Science) and state licensure required. But the opportunity to make very good living is solid. $51.6K (On Average) as a W2 employee (a lot more as a business owner). More on Funeral Service occupations here
  • Medical Equipment Repairers: Medical equipment repairers install, maintain, and repair patient care equipment. Requires an (Associates Degree): Average Salary $44.5K, $21 per hour (as a W2). Learn about medical equipment repair here
  • Biomedical Engineer: Analyze and design solutions to problems in biology and medicine, with the goal of improving the quality and effectiveness of patient care. Requires a (4 year degree): Salary $86,9K or $41.81 per hour. Learn about BioMedical Engineers here
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technicians:Assist scientists, technologists, or related professionals in building, maintaining, modifying, or using geographic information systems (GIS) databases. Requires a 4 year degree/specialized Masters degree): Salary $39.59 hourly, $82K per year. Learn more here
  • Court Reporters: Court reporters create word-for-word transcriptions at trials, depositions, and other legal proceedings. Postsecondary training, no degree required: Salary $48,160 per year or $23.15 per hour. Learn about Court Reporting here

“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  Save the Date: TCE Career & Biz Summit (Oct 11, 2014)

Happily Employed 101: Decide Who You Are BEFORE Deciding What You’ll DO!

The Career Engineer

As of June 2014, approximately 9.5 million Americans are unemployed in the United States. As a re-careering employee you may be wondering, “In this 21st century labor market, is it possible to have the “American Dream” and be successful in the workforce and in life?” Absolutely! The proof is in the person. Look at Oprah, Bill Gates, Tyler Perry, and Sam Walton. They’ve found the way. In a nutshell, they focused on their potential, not the economic indicators.  Successful people discovered who they were “BEFORE” they decided what they would do. It’s deeper than a job with these folks. It’s about delivering their passion, purpose, personality, and potential. I’m convinced that the individuals listed above no longer have to go to work everyday. They work hard, but their careers have become another dimension of their personalities pushed beyond the “average” functioning levels. Successful people consistently strive to produce at 100 percent utilizing a true blend of purpose and occupation.

What about the rest of us, can we attain that level of synergy in our professional career and life?   Absolutely. However, understand that success does not come without cost. Our cost, we must make a personal commitment to explore ourselves at deeper levels than we ever imagined. The actual price is the authentic desire to uncover our wants and needs, in order to let go of old habits, and gain new experiences.   I challenge you, find out who you are “before” deciding what you’ll do.  The next seven steps to self-discovery that follow will help you to discover who you are in work and in life. Remember, it’s deeper than a job…it’s about discovering “you.”

  1. Accept Who You Are: The ability to be comfortable in your own skin, and to find your  own niche, is a must for today’s competitive world. There is no one on this planet just like you. Learn to embrace and accept your originality, your body composition, the hue of your complexion, your voice, your essence, and your professional style. Once you have accepted “who you are,” you can begin to share “what you bring” to the workforce, relationships, and the world. Your unique “brand”is a selling point that you must deliver in all of your networking experiences. Be the pacesetter who drives class and style. Set your standards and leave the crowd behind.  TCE Power Statement: Failure Happens When You Try To Become Something You Are Not.
  1. Tap into Your Gifts and Talents:   If you don’t like something, you won’t do it very well. In order to find your “fit” with a particular employer, you need to explore your interests, desires, natural gifts and acquired talents. Consider the following questions and write your responses. In what areas of your life have you received compliments with minimal efforts? What do you enjoy? What relaxes you? What would you do for free? How do you feel when you are doing “that” activity? Do you “dream out loud?” How would you describe your ideal environment? If all of your debts were paid, and you could do anything in the world, what would it be?  Your answers may open the door for you to discover the best fit for your personality in the work environment. For instance, I enjoy helping people discover themselves. I need flexible, relaxed environments, open spaces, vibrant colors, limited supervision, and the ability to “go with it.” I would not be successful working in the Patent and Copyright Office for the Federal Government (even if it’s a GS-12 position), there are too many limitations. The result of an improper fit is friction, in which case, poor performance and/or termination would likely follow. TCE Power Statement: In The World of Success or Failure, Your Fit Makes The Difference.
  1. Discover Your Strengths/Know Your Limitations: You can’t sell what you don’t know. Let’s uncover your power. Consider the following examples to start your strength building process.  Are you comfortable speaking in front of groups, keen with numbers, academically solid, business savvy, or an excellent leader? Don’t discount your soft skills (compassion, drive, patience), combine them with the hard skills listed above. To determine your limitations, use the same techniques as above to find areas that are underdeveloped and need strengthening.   Once you have completed the above task, sell your strengths and minimize your limitations. Example: Strength: communication skills, Limitation: rapid speech (by product of a Yankee upbringing). Plan – be aware and conscious of speech rate while delivering my messages. No one will know, employer or otherwise, the areas of your life that need work, unless you decide to tell them. TCE Power statement: The Road To Success Is Always Under Construction.  
  1. Declare What You Don’t Want to Do: Fact:I don’t like okra. Therefore, I don’t eat okra, I enjoy collards instead. If you don’t like something, stop pursuing it. First step, declare 3 areas that you have “zero” interest in working.Let your flood gates open and list the industries, environments, job titles for which you have “zero” interest. Next step, do not apply for an opportunity in any of the areas you have listed in this exploration. If you don’t want to work nights and weekends, then don’t pursue the service industry (management or otherwise). If you have a more circular personality and need freedom and energy from others, don’t look for opportunities in a linear environment where order and routine is the norm. Your declarations will release you to pursue those areas where your interest, gifts, talents, and strengths can shine. Retention is more important than recruitment. TCE Power statement: When You Love What You Do, You Will Never be Forced to Go to Work Everyday.
  1. Acknowledge Your Power Source: In our academic pursuits, relationships, and work lives most of our actions are determined by some form of motivation.   In other words, “if I do this…what’s in it for me?”   Find the origins of your motivation, consider these questions. Are you internally or externally focused? What motivates your successes? What compels you to select particular programs? What drives you? What fuels your passion? What keeps you connected to the things you love to do? Knowing where your passion originates is a career selling point. Some industries are looking for internal motivation, (helping profession, education, sciences, and arts). Other industries need the externally motivated, (PR/marketing, entertainment, business, legal profession). A quick note of caution, understand that your “fuel source” must be replenished or you will run on empty. The technical term for not refueling is “burnout”– don’t let it happen to you.  TCE Power Statement: Find Your Life’s Work Not a Work Life!
  1. Deliver Your Ambition and Accomplishments: Today’s employers are looking for that top 10 – 30% employee who can perform in the marketplace. Make sure you have what it takes to meet their needs—be a “performer”, not just a “presenter.” Be an “employee”, not just a “candidate.” Expect HR associates to dig deeper and ask questions regarding performance, achievements, initiative and leadership potential. Hiring managers and recruiters are aware that candidates can “shine” in a one-hour interview, but what about the long haul? You must make sure that your career search tools combine what you can do, with what you’ve got. You must showcase your accomplishments, how you achieved them, and your next steps.   Be prepared to demonstrate your contributions, projects managed, and how you “stepped out of the boat” at various levels (individual, group, community). To have nothing… won’t do.   If you are struggling in the performance/accomplishment area, now is the time to “get on top of that.” Get involved and become active in the community. Join professional groups and associations. Find volunteer opportunities that meet your life mission and academic standards. Don’t just take a back seat, secure a position of leadership and develop those skills and accomplishments. Power Statement: Work Like You Have a Purpose.
  1. Manage “Your” Business: Successful people see themselves as an enterprise; they act and think like a business. They value performance, change management, accomplishments, quality, self-management, time-management, community service, and reputation. You are a business—an enterprise with a quality based product line, and skilled knowledge base. Your resume should function as your brochure, highlighting your strengths and minimizing your limitations. Your interviews are to be considered “sales” meeting where you share your core products (passion, purpose, personality, potential, and performance) with a potential vendor. Your image, dress, and conduct should be consistent with your business standards. Your follow-up contact (thank you letter and/or follow-up call) will close the deal, and leave a lasting professional impression on the employer.   Membership does have its privileges. Join the “Top 10 – 30% Club” or settle for the average career seeker club…you decide. TCE Power Statement: Your Reputation Will Outweigh a Resume Any Day!

Copyright © June 2014 by Francina R. Harrison, MSW

 

Francina R. Harrison, MSW The Career Engineer® (TCE) is an National Career, Business & eNetworking Expert, Author, Speaker, TV/Radio personality and the visionary behind the award-winning www.TCEnow.com The Career Engineer’s expertise has been featured on the TJMS, Tavis Smiley Show, BlackEnterprise.com, Chicago Tribune, Fox TV, NBC affiliates & hundreds of sites on the Internet.   Contact TCE @ 757-745-4823 or info@tcenow.com

 

 

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