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TCE in Review, 2013 Best & Worse Job/Biz Hunt Practices

DreamJobsNextExit“Will your 2014 Career or Biz Search fair…BETTER or WORSE than your 2013?”  This year brought some significant challenges to the American workforce and marketplace.  Do you remember the sequestration, the historic Government Shutdown in October or the possible repeat of the same this January?  Ready to change your came for Monday mornings in 2014?  Never fear,   The Career Engineer  is here…to share  our take on some of the Best Practices and the Worse Practices we’ve noticed  in the 2013.  So try the TCE Best Practices tips and leave the “other stuff” to your competition.

 Best Practice:

  • Career Entrepreneur:   (Think, Act & Produce…Like You are a Business). In order to KEEP your job you need to EARN your keep.  I know it sounds harsh, but some decisions in the workforce /marketplace does come down to dollars and sense (yes, businesses sense).  I mean if you were the CEO of a business and you had to make that “tough decision” would you keep a non-performer (value unknown) on the payroll?  Or would you keep the team that can bring the most value to your customers.  Be honest, what would you do?
  • A Self Aware Career/Business Professional: Powerful Commodity (Strengths & Your Limitations): Ah…the professionals who know, understand and implement “value/performance” are  powerful entities in the marketplace. Today’s businesses need this type of employee  or leader to keep their engines running…become that candidate. Here’s a sample of the critical skills these folks bring to the table…
    • recognizing strengths and limitations
    • smart decision-making and having a solid powerful vision
    • recognizing when to push and when to throttle back
    • Exceptional online and offline communication skills
  • Attendance & WorkmanshipShow Up & Step Up — Under Promise/Over Deliver (Big One!)  The career/biz professionals who maximizes this golden rule WILL GO FAR.  It boils down to demonstrated performance and value engineering.  At the end of the day, your retention in the today’s workforce/marketplace may depend on your demonstration of  this critical “Show Up & Step Up” principle.

Worse Practices: 

  • Career/Biz InsanityDoing the SAME Thing, Yet Expecting DIFFERENT Results.  This is an easy one!  This formula doesn’t work in any part of life…so why use it in your career? (Enough said)
  • Give Me SyndromeSense of Entitlement vs. EMPOWERMENT in your Career hunt.  The days of “I am entitled to a job and the employer  must give me one”…are over.  The 21st century marketplace is hyper-competitive and it’s up to the individual to sell their value, performance and sustainability to the marketplace.  So unless you want a repeat of 2013 in 2014, get with the program or remain in the unemployment line  for a very long time (yes it’s tight, but it’s right!)
  • NO SEED/ NO HARVESTYou Get Out of it, What You Put Into it.  There’s nothing like good, ole fashion wisdom. If you want more out of your workplace experience, then put some skin in the game.  Not sure what I mean my skin? Where have YOU invested either time, talent or treasure (or all three) in your brand? How have you invested in your space, to seal your value to the employer or business owner?  Here are some examples…
    • How much time/dollars are you investing in your professional development?
    • Pride in workmanship, do you care about what you produce?
    • Have you checked and re-checked your work product?
    • How efficient and effective are you…what are you doing to improve that skill?
    • Initiative and follow-up…is that a part of your daily routine?

Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared!  2014 is coming ,if you REALLY want to make it your best year ever…then start right now!

Ask The Career Engineer – TCE, Help My Resume…PLEASE!!!

I’ve Got the Resume Blues!  

 mmw-veterans-jobs-v2Q:       I have a 3 page resume which I feel really shows my work history and all my accomplishments.  A friend, who happens to be a supervisor, reviewed it for me.  He told me it’s too long and that no one will spend that much time reading my book as he called it.  He mentioned that I must cut it down to (1) page or stay unemployed for a long time.  Should my resume be only 1 page? I have been looking for a job now for about six months.  What should I do?  Paula, L. (Virginia)

A:        Dear Paula, your friend may have a point; however, he could have expressed it in a more gentle fashion.  In most cases a resume should not exceed 2 pages.  However, let me first clarify the purpose of a resume.

1.    Everyone repeat after me, a resume does not get you a job; its only purpose is to get you an interview. 

2.    If you are submitting your resume and are receiving calls from employers for interviews (in your correct market) , then your resume is effective.  Of course, the opposite is also true, if you are not getting any calls you may want to revisit your primary marketing tool aka “resume”.

3.    Style and visuals are your personal preference as long as your resume is providing enough “meat” and limited “fluff” showcasing what you can do for an organization.

4.    Resumes are very important, but also don’t discount the power of social media and it’s impact on your career brand.  We are discovering that some decision makers on sites such as LinkedIn are viewing your profile BEFORE they ever see your resume.  So make sure your online branding is powerful, error-free and consistent to showcase your value, knowledge, skills and abilities.

From my experience, most HR professionals have stated that they spend about 30 seconds on an initial resume screening to determine if your resume will go into the “call back” or “send the letter” pile.   You may want to find a format that will allow your “filet mignon” to reside on the top half of your resume followed by your “ground beef” portions positions near the end.

Power Pushup Note to Readers:  There are some recruiters and talent professionals that look at the BOTTOM of your resume first.  So again I say, make sure your design is selling how AWESOME, EFFECTIVE and VALUABLE you are… so that no matter where they start reading, you will shine!

 

If you have a question for “The Career Engineer” send an email to francina@TCEnow.com .  Author of the book, A Mind to Work:  The Life and Career Planning Guide for People Who Want. Need to Work!   For more information on The Career Engineer, call 757-745-4TCE or visit our website at www.TCEnow.com .

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