Posts tagged: Career Fairs

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

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

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

 

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

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Got the Interview….Now What?

The Career Engineer

Got the Interview….Now What? TCE Top Post Interview Boosters

Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared!  So. you had the interview!  The interviewer seemed to be captured by you!   You are feel pretty good about yourself and sense that you “hit it out of the park!”  That’s great, but now what do you do?  There are some power boosters and pitfalls to be aware of that can INFLUENCE the “You are Hired…decision!”  But it’s very important that you use these strategies with care and the right way…so you don’t screw things up.

So here are a few TCE tips to make the interview waiting period…less anxious.

Thank you card! A REAL, handwritten, USPS mailed OR dropped off within 48 hours. Addressed to the decision maker(s) and make sure you mention an organic/authentic  talking point from the interview. This is one of the most “hi-touch” power moves in the industry…and so many fail to use it in the “point and click world of today”.  (Note to Readers:  NO THANK YOU? BIG MISTAKE).

  • TCE Tip: TCE is “anti” email thank you notes.

Strategic Follow-up: In some cases, a personal follow-up call can be a GREAT “get noticed” booster. Warning, this assertive strategy MUST be tactfully qualified by asking during your interview, if a “follow-up” call is appropriate. No one wants a stalker or a pest….so make sure you KNOW the difference before you call or reach out to someone.  But if done correctly…this smart move can demonstrate what you can deliver to the employer.  (Note to Readers:  Who doesn’t like someone who follows through?)

  • TCE Tip: A little scared, then leave a voicemail early AM or late PM

Don’t STOP on the Feeling: Stay in the race. Keep on meeting, networking AND interviewing with potential employers UNTIL you show UP on your first day of work.  One of the WORSE things a career professional can do is to STOP their strategic job search…based on a false, unproven…feeling.  Keep it moving and flowing…always.

  • TCE Tip: traditional and non-traditional networking events are EVERYWHERE…make sure you keep your buzz  branded in the right spaces.  

TCE says, “You Have to Career Crawl Before You Can Career Brand Run!”

TCE Career Baby steps

Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared! Every baby has to learn how to crawl before they can walk (or run!) The same is true in creating and maintaining a powerful career brand. So… The Career Engineer has stopped by to share some “Baby Steps” to take, which can help YOU to increase your chances of getting hired.

Note to the Career Brand Babies; don’t get comfortable just crawling around…for too long!

 

Here Are Some Great TCE Career Baby Steps…

  • Onet Online: http://www.onetonline.org/ Explore thousands of department of Labor 0ccupational titles, related careers, growth outlook, salary, tasks, skills etc. A TCE Best Bet Career Exploration Tool
  • Self-Directed Search (SDS): Holland’s Self-Directed Job Search (SDS): http://www.self-directed-search.com/ Used over 20 million times and it’s one of the BEST vocational exploration test out there. Only 20 – 30 min online test! Find your three letter Holland code: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional and find your best FIT!

 

 

“Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared” The Career Engineer: TCEnow.com, 757-745-4TCE (4823), Check TCE out on  @CareerEngineer & Facebook.com/Dontgetanxious

Are You READY for the Sizzling Spring Hiring Season?

The Career Engineer

Brrr…February may be the coldest month of the Winter, but the 2015 career season is warming up!  Do you know how to heat up your career search or do you prefer to go through another jobless blizzard?  Don’t me dismayed, the DOL job numbers are looking great  but the REAL question is…do you know how to get noticed to get hired?  Never fear the Career Engineer is here to share some TCE Hot Career Tips so that you can hear the words “You Are Hired!”  Share your comments and let me know what you think about these tips.

P.S.  Looking for a great job right now, click our TCEjobStop and find 1,000’s of opportunities in your backyard or across the country.

 Here we go…

  1. Strategic Networking & Attend Targeted Career Fairs  (Unplug & Meet REAL People)
  2. Companies Want “performers” not  “presenters”.  (There IS a difference)
  3. Expect GREAT Companies to ask REAL questions.  Performance stories ROCK!
  4. Tactfully SELL Your Value = TCE’s (PALs) Approach
  5. Accomplishments are mandatory. To have nothing… will not do.
  6. Got Gaps?  Fill Them!  Volunteering during an employment gap could actually work in your favor.

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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.

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

TCE “Tough Love”: Overqualified/Under-qualified – Think Again!

“The reason I can’t get hired is because I am overqualified for the jobs down here!” (Career Seeker in Virginia).   Have you ever heard or used this statement before?  Have you felt or thought that you are NOT getting anywhere because you bring either  “to much” or “to little” to the table?   No doubt…the 21st century job market is a challenge, but not impossible. We have a saying in TCE Land, “In order to increase your employability, you have to reduce your competition.”  It’s this simple and/or complicated formula that can make ALL the difference in winning your next amazing Monday morning opportunity.

So…with that being said, have you really MAXIMIZED your career brand to it’s BEST potential?  Are you in the right marketplace for the value that YOU bring? Have you done, EVERYTHING you can to ensure your are IN-DEMAND versus DEMANDING a job? After all of these questions, do you STILL think  or FEEL that you are being passed up and ignored in the market aka” overqualified/under qualified?”  Well, never fear…The Career Engineer is here to share “her “tough love” on the overqualified/under qualified dilemma (note to self…it’s a myth!)

Here are some TCE tips to bust this myth in your job search:

  • NOT IN THE RIGHT MARKET:  Researching and defining YOUR market is the name of the game!   A successful career brand should produce meetings in the markets that fit your knowledge, skills or abilities. If you believe you are not hired because you are OVERQUALIFIED or UNDER QUALIFIED, review your career marketing plan, make some changes and get some help!
  • TRANSITIONING – MAXIMIZE TRANSFERABLE SKILLS:  Still using the same “blah, blah” words?  Here are some examples to get your juices flowing: fiscal accountability, project management, vendor management, business development, technology aptitude, public speaking, training, administration, etc.
  • A SLOW JOB SEARCH IS (30) MONTHLY CONTACTS: Two (2) contacts a week is NOT a job search, IT’S A PRETEND SEARCH!  Develop a targeted and strategic market between 30 – 100 employers and get your quality/performance brand…out there!  No this is NOT impossible to do (yes, I heard you!)
  • TCE NETWORKING 101: “It’s NOT Who You KNOW, It’s Who KNOWS YOU!” Diversify your networking circles and increase your brand power.  Even in this day of super technology, there is NOTHING like the human-to-human connection. Want to be a REALationship networker, check out the TCE Career & Business Network Today.
  • TCE JOB SEARCH TIP:  Use the  TCEJobStop as part of your sourcing strategy:   (Fresh Jobs shared daily here and across the USA)

“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

News Alert: The Career Engineer is an Approved “Helper” on Google HelpOuts!

As we say in TCE Land, “PushUp!” We are HONORED to be an approved professional Helper in the Google HelpOut Community. We can NOW serve YOU with innovation directly from your Google Hangout Powered devices from the privacy of your OWN space.  This not only helps us to REACH you more effectively…but we are AMPD about using our cool, new …toys!

We will share MORE about this exciting news during our TCE LIVE Broadcast this evening, so don’t you miss it! Click below and check out our TCE Career Re-engineering HelpOut

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