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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)

 

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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

Ask The Career Engineer: 2014 Tax Deductions for Your Job Hunt

TaxtimeonlyResume preparation, resume copies, career coaching, travel to interviews, joining networking group! Are any of these items “tax deductible? The Career Engineer shares “gentle” Tax Tips and Career Boosters during ….Tax Time.  Remember to talk with your tax advisor to discuss your unique situation and to obtain the right deductions for you.

Check Out These Overlooked Tax Deductions (Source, IRS.gov)

  • Job search in your current occupation COULD BE tax-deductible. (Key word = Current Occupation).
  • You can deduct amounts you spend for preparing and mailing copies of your résumé.
  • If you travel to an area to look for a new job you may be able to deduct travel expenses to and from the area.
  • The amount of job search expenses that you can claim on your tax return is LIMITED.
  • Records and Receipts – key point “current industry”.
  • The IRS and LOTS of companies are hiring nationwide: http://irs.usajobs.gov/

For more information about job search expenses, see IRS Publication 529, Miscellaneous Deductions. This publication is available on www.irs.gov or by calling 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676). Click this website for specific details on Job Search Expenses 

Missed Our LIVE “Job Hunting Deductions” Broadcast? 

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

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.

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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“Ask The Career Engineer”: What are the Hot Jobs & Trends in 2015?

Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared! Welcome to the 1st Monday of the New Year. 60% of employers expect to hire talent this year (Source Dice.com)! 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 2015.”

 

  • Tele-Working or Remote Work: Lots of major corporations, DOD contractors and more are using this model (Engineers, IT, Consultants, PM, Administrators). Booster: saves time and money! Pitfall: have to be self-motivated, disciplined and tech savvy to be successful.

 

 

  • Cyber Security Jobs: From para-professionals to Chief Technology Officer. With recent crashes, threads, hacks and more. WhiteHats are in demand now more than ever (so is employee HONESTY)! (Recent Twitter Crash & “The Interview”.) Click and check out Hot CyberSecurity Jobs  today .

 

  • Contractor & Freelancing are Growing: over 53 million Americans are now freelancing their skills and talents (Recent study by Elance-oDesk.com).   Some Freelance jobs across the USA are listed HERE 

 

  • Gen Z is not just College but High School Students: Sweet PAID Internships from Big Businesses like Microsoft, Lockheed Martin: Gen Z’s are hot (Born 1994 – 2010). Companies need STEM pioneers and to compete for the best talent they are branding themselves now in…high school! (Facebook, LinkedIn etc.)

 

  • TCEJobStop:  Over 1M open Jobs (right now). Use this GREAT Niche Site to find the hottest Jobs in your zipcode or across the country!

 

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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!

 

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