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Ready to Spring Into Your New Job?

Ah spring is in the air, can you feel it? This is a great time to find amazing opportunities in today’s workplace. Job fairs and career open houses sprout up this time of year looking for great people to fill their talent needs. Are YOU that new Spring Hire? Never fear the Career Engineer is here sharing some spring tips & tricks for you to bloom!

  • DECIDE WHAT YOU WANT TO DO: Anywhere and everywhere is NOT a job search goal…it’s chaos. Instead try a “hi-tech/high-touch” targeted, intentional and focused approach to the marketplace. TCE PushUp: If you don’t know your destination, every path you take is the wrong one.
  • DECIDE WHERE YOU WANT TO GO: Think industry instead of job title…this technique produces more options.   For example, if you are an office administrative professional who enjoys children…source opportunities in: education, early education, pediatric medicine and youth centric organizations (girl scouts, boy scouts, YMCA etc). Check out the TCEjobStop , enter your zip code and see who is hiring right now
  • DECIDE TO SELL YOUR VALUE: Great employers want GREAT talent; give them what they are looking for! Sale who you ARE, not what you’re NOT! Performance, Accomplishments and Leadership (PALS) is the name of this game. Employers are looking for people they like, have the talent, fit the culture and can get the job done…is that YOU?

 

 

 

The Career Engineer Author of the book “A Mind to Work, 2nd Edition” http://TCEnow.com info@TCEnow.com 757-745-4TCE @CareerEngineer (Twitter, IG & Periscope)

 

Labor Day is Coming, Time to Shift Gears & Put Your “A-Game On!”

2016-08-22-12.47.28.jpg.jpgAh, Labor Day is coming! September and October are the BIG months for hiring before the holiday season. Vacation time is over and the fall is going to ask the summer “how’s your A-Game… or are your still “at the beach?” So, here are some TCE Career PushUps to help you get ready and positioned to hear “You Are Hired” this fall!

 

TCE PushUp: “You Can’t SELL…What You Don’t KNOW!”
(Have strong responses to Tough Interview questions)

• 3 to 5 Reasons Someone Should Hire You? (PALS)
• What are your Strengths? What are your Limitations?
• Tell Me Something About Yourself? (Most Dangerous Question!!!)

TCE PushUp: “Plan Your Work AND Work Your Plan”
(Yes, define your market — Job Sourcing 101)

• Low/High Tech: Walk the Beat, Job Centers, Friends/Past Employers, LinkedIn,
• Job Boards: Niche Boards, Indeed.com, Snagajob.com, Dice.com, prjobforce.com

TCE PushUp: “It’s NOT Who You KNOW…It’s Who KNOWS YOU”
(No networking = Net)

• Get Involved, Get Connected: (PTA, professional networks, Sports, TCE Network)
• (Open To The Public) September TCE 1st Tuesday Career & Biz Showup @ Aloft Hotel, Chesapeake VA http://TCE757.Eventbrite.com

“Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared” Follow @CareerEngineer on Twitter, IG, Periscope & Snapchat, visit our website: http://TCEnow.com or email info@TCEnow.com

Hey TCE, What Are Employers Looking For in 2016?

Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared! Welcome to the next 52 Monday mornings of the New Year. Forecasts are sharing positive job growth and hiring news this year! In fact, according to my, TCEJobStop there were over 800K new job openings listed 7 days prior to this post. Proof positive that companies are looking for great talent in this new year.  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 2016.”

 

  1. Use of Technology innovation: The ability to command technology, understand data and analytics are a big deal in the 2016 job market. It’s not enough to just know WHAT it is…you have to know HOW to use it…the RIGHT way.

 

  1. PALS is STILL King: Remember your reputation will out weigh a resume..anyday!  So our TCE coined “Performance, Accomplishments and Leadership” aka PALS is still in effect.  Bottom-line, today’s employers want PALS. if you don’t have it, then you are OUT!

 

  1. Skills vs. School: Hear me folks, a college degrees is vital but it’s not everything. Certifications and/or “proof positive” performance of “in-demand” skills are what employers are looking for.  Don’t be paper WISE and skills foolish. In fact, I believe you should have…both!

 

  1. Mobility is Key: Candidates who can truly function “in business” with mobile devices/technology to work efficiently and effectively are in demand. This is beyond social sharing and Twitter.  It’s  REALLY about doing more with less AND still being ACCURATE , EFFICIENT and FAST. (Yep, welcome to the New World).

 

  1. Who is Hiring:  Our aging population has created a big demand for health care related jobs and technology to support that industry. But it’s not the only popular industry, keep your eyes open for other grow sectors listed in this article Top 30 Fastest Growing Industries.

Bonus:  Don’t miss our Daily “TCE Career & Biz Scope Show” Broadcast LIVE ONLY on #Periscope (Download the APP today from your Apple or Android Device.  Or watch entire LIVE show via our TCE Broadcast Channel right HERE Watch TCE on TV 

 

 

Destiny Stalled? The POWER of DISCONNECTIONS


The Career EngineerWithout a doubt, powerful, purposeful and positioned
connections are the required fuel to secure hidden opportunities in the 21st century marketplace.
We’ve been taught to hone in on your REAL connection/networking skills in order to increase our payday and opportunities. This is not only true for “traditional” networking where “human technology” is king (i.e. dinner/coffee meetings) but also for our social media power venues where “cyber” time is a critical commodity.

But what if, after much work and cultivation, you discover that your network is NOT working for you any longer? You are attending meetup, after-hour events, sharing resources with your “network”, investing your time currency, others are benefitting…but you are stalled!   Is it possible that the very people, places, data and things that are connected to us and after investing countless hours of time, talents and treasures…could be holding us back? The ultimate question, “Are we suffering from “stalled out or simply unpowered” connections AND have those connections stunted our ability to live and work in our divine destiny?

As we move forwarded in this New Year, perhaps the true focus of our networking should NO LONGER be acquiring or keeping connections that have out lived their value. As an entrepreneur who has built the TCE brand on global networking, I truly believe that the REAL message is not making MORE CONNECTIONS, but the understanding of the POWER of DISCONNECTIONS.  Now is the time to discover and “ACT ON” which connections should be UNPLUGGED in order for our destinies to be revealed.

Not sure how to identify a contact that needs a dis-connection from you?  Here are some TCE steps to determine if a disconnection is REQUIRED in order for you to meet your DESTINY!

  • Time Spent versus Time Invested: In all of our relationships or REALationship® (as we call them in TCE land), we need to be about “the business” of understanding Return on Investment (ROI). You can make more money, buy more things, but the allotment of time is something you NEVER get back.   When you SPEND time in a relation, 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.) If you are finding yourself spending MORE time (follow-ups, recharging, reworking)…this may be a sign from heaven…that it’s time to go.   Mr. Alfred Edmond Jr, Sr.VP/Editor-at-Large of BlackEnterprise, shared this valuable lesson with me on our TCE Radio Show some years back. He was happy to invest his time, as he KNEW the return on investment would be priceless.

TCE Power Statement: Learn to Invest Your Time Versus Spending It…There IS a difference.

  • Hunger versus Satisfaction: My granddaddy said, “A starving man can’t feed a hungry man, but a plump man…can!” If your circles of connections or influence are more than 50% starving folks who are FEEDING on your substance…you are in big trouble. In fact, that’s not a connection, but a chow line…and you are the main course. In order for you to reach and fulfill your destiny you need to be fed substance that you don’t currently have. Feeling hungry all the time…and your networks can’t or won’t feed you…sounds like it’s time to go!

TCE Power Statement: In 2015, Leave the MILK Alone, Time for You to Get Some MEAT.

  • Talking versus Doing: Listen to your connections…I mean REALLY listen to what they are saying. How much of the conversation reflects on accomplishments first, then talk later? Or are they skewed the other way around shouting zero accomplishments and talk only. Are they doing anything, creating positive change or generating “new” ideas? In this economy, purpose, performance, passion and profits have a renewed focus. If your networking circles are lacking in ANY of these 4P’s, it may be time for you to “re-check the connection.”

TCE Power Statement: “Stop Talking…DO SOMETHING!”

“Ah a New Job! The BEST Gift You Can Get!!”

All I want for Christmas is a brand new Job! Heard that the job hunt and connections REALLY slow down during the holidays? NOT! In fact it’s a GREAT time to either PREPARE or MAKE critical connections. The Career Engineer stops by to share some “post-turkey day” Career Boosters Tips during the holiday season & New Year.

Try these TCE boosters this season:

  • The Holiday Parties are Great Networking Events: I love to see career seekers in the room with business owners and decision makers. Now that’s a great party! check out holiday events powered by your chamber, professional organizations, alumni, family and friends.  Don’t forget the TCE Career & Biz Network

 

  • Let’ Them Drink Eggnog & Eat Cake: While your competition is drinking eggnog – you can ROCK your “A Game”: Polish up your brand and source your top 10, 30, or 50 organizations YOU want to work for and go for it! Yes you can Google Search, but why not try this gift — unplug this season and visit your friendly neighborhood Library.

 

  • Follow Me @CareerEngineer on Periscope & Twitter: Shared some fresh new Job Openings posted this morning in the 757! Plus daily career tips, tricks and trends! Daily TCE Career Scope Broadcasts (DL Periscope Today)

 

  • Click TCEjobstop for fresh Hot jobs Daily across the country.  Yes companies hire during the holidays for FTE and PT positions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Career Engineer“Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared” The Career Engineer: http://TCEnow.com Email: info@TCEnow.com), Twitter @CareerEngineer, FIND Us on Facebook.com/

 

 

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