Posts tagged: career planning

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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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

Career Self-Discovery: Discover WHO You Are BEFORE Deciding WHAT You Will Do!

Who Are You? What is Your Purpose? Where Do You Belong? What Job is RIGHT for You? Join me for this 30 minute Broadcast and let’s Find out …Together!

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

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!)

 

 

 

 

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!

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