Posts tagged: Employment Situation

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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You CAN Get Hired While it’s…HOT!

Let’s Bust Some Summer Job Search Myths!

 

STILL think that the summer is NOT a great time to start your job search? Don’t get anxious – get prepared! The Career Engineer is here by to share how to use this mythical DOWN time to get in LINE for your next summer or FT Job! So let’s BUST some summer job myths…right now.

TCE Myth Busting Time!

  • Camp or PT Jobs Only: False! Great employers look for GREAT talent all year-long. There are FT employment opportunities in the professional sectors available. TCEjobstop is showcasing both FT and PT opportunities, right now. Check it out TCEjobStop
  • No One Hires in the Summer: False! Summer is a great time to get your brand into the market place, while your competition is eating hot dogs and playing on the beach.
  • ZERO Networking in the Summer: False! BBQ’s, reunions and picnics are some of the BEST untapped networking gatherings. Plus you can still get connected at professional gatherings during the summer by using Eventbrite or your local calendars.
  • Volunteer or Summer Jobs Never Lead to Permanent: False! Volunteer work and PT summer are great catapults to professional FT work…and perfect options for filling in gaps. You would be surprised at how many Sr. level managers and CEO’s started in the mailroom or at the register. 

TCE Bonus: TCE 1st Tuesdays, 6:30PM @ Aloft Chesapeake: Bring you’re “A-game, have your brand pitch ready and makes some career and biz connections. RSVP please to confirm you spot.

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

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.

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!

 

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

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)

TCE Radio Chats w/Chaz Pitts-Kyser, Author of Careeranista, Are You Ready To Get Hired?

Today on TCE Radio we featured author Chaz Pitts-Kyser on our show as she talked about her new book “Careeranista:  The Woman’s Guide to Success After College”:

ABOUT OUR GUEST!

Ms. Pitts-Kyser is the founder of Careeranista, a company created to inspire, support, and educate women in their quest to lead more fulfilling lives; and a writer and speaker with a passion for empowering college students and young professionals to achieve personal and career success. As a keynote speaker and workshop facilitator, she is known for inspiring, educating, and entertaining her audience through her interactive presentation style, and she has spoken at universities and conferences throughout the United States.

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TCE Top 5 Networking Disasters a “TCE Tough Love” Segment

Your Career Engineer was on TV today sharing some Networking blunders that can keep ALL OF US, in the “I have no money and I am broke” line.  You know that I don’t want that to happen, so here is the segment from today’s show that  describes those “Networking Disaster Personas.”   Make sure that YOU are not one of…THEM!  I also have a YouTube video, How to Network Like a Rock Star, check it out that shares a bit more of this TCE style.  Plus in my youtube video I look directly into the camera…I am not a fan of profile views…YUK!

  • The STALKER:  You want THAT Connection & think you are ENTITLED too it…BUT stop “following” the “A Gamers” around…It’s very irritating and does more HARM than good!   TCE Tip: Stop it!
  • The BUSTER:  You see a conversation and just BUST into it without a tasteful and tactful entrance!  You are now…toast!  TCE Tip:  It’s called impulse control!
  • THE KIDNAPPER:  Stop holding one-person hostage all night, they are there to meet OTHER people!  Monopoly is a board game you play with your family…does not work at networking events. .  TCE Tip:  It’s OK to Let them Go…
  • The FAKER:  Stop using champagne words with an orange juice brand!   Who are you trying to impress…the AIR?   Pretending to be a PERFORMER is a dangerous move.  TCE Tip:  There is a true value…. in being REAL!  
  • LIFE STORY TELLER: Not interested in your activities since birth (Over share warning).  Find your 60-second introduction, followed by an up to 5 min performance/tactful chat.  If you don’t have one…Go home or…get coached by TCE!

 

The Journey is More Important Than the Destination

The Career Engineer

The BEST is YET To Come!  (Remembering Bishop William D. Scott Today)

TCE “hum…”Moment:  So…I had a moment of reflection this afternoon and became a bit overwhelmed with gratitude/appreciation for everything I/we have experienced since we started The Career Engineer TCE.  Of course,  if you are a techie addict like me, when you get these feelings and you have a MacBook Pro, you start playing with your limited creativity and this powerful graphic computer.  As I was “thinking and playing with creativity”  I remember something that Bishop Scott (My pastor who left this world to soon a few months ago) said to me about all the @$#!%  (that’s my language upgrade,  not his) I experienced in 2013.

Gone But Not Forgotten, Bishop William D. Scott

You remember 2013…it was full of  sequestration, shutdown, fiscal cliff drama, lame duck congress,  contract losses,  job losses, losing loved ones…it was a tough time.  But before Bishop left this earth he would say “over and over” again to the congregation…and a few days before his death my last words from him was “Francina — You Ain’t SEEN Nothing Yet, The BEST is YET To Come!’ So enjoy this “very fast pace – 45 second” reflection of some of the GREAT places and spaces that my GOD has allowed this “average girl who does not know how to quit” to experience.  Sometimes it’s good to reflect on where you started…and what’ you’ve been through;  as the journey can be more important than the destination (another wisdom note from Bishop Scott).  Oh …and we are NOT done yet! Because My BEST is STILL…Coming!

 

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