Posts tagged: interviewing

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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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.  

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)

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 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 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!)

 

 

 

 

Five Keys to Getting the Job Your Deserve (Ask The Career Engineer)

According to the US Department of Labor, approximately 11 million Americans are still unemployed. Now the American worker is faced with finding the American Dream in the ultra-competitive, “employer choice” career market of today. How do you compete in this global marketplace? What is the career getting “formula” for today’s workforce? It’s simple, increase your employability and decrease your competition. This “formula” is necessary in order for you to increase your potentials and become the employee that companies want. The self-aware, performance-based employee, who uses action-oriented career strategies, will “reduce” their competition and increase employment opportunities. Not a performance employee…use the below strategies to improve your results.

1. Companies today are looking for that top 10 – 30% employee. Make sure you have what it takes to meet their needs. You must become “performers” and not just “presenters.” Companies want “employees” and not just “candidates.”

2. Expect performance based/behavioral interviewing. Nowadays, 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.

3. Be prepared to deliver salesmanship. You must make sure that your career search tools are sharing “what you have done with what you’ve got.” You must showcase your accomplishments, how you achieved them, and your next steps.

4. Accomplishments are mandatory. Be prepared to demonstrate your contributions, projects managed and how you “stepped out of the box” at various levels (individual, team and/or community). To have nothing… will not do.

5. Stability is very important today. If you have gaps, be prepared to explain. However, keep it business savvy and honest. Volunteering during an employment gap could actually work in your favor.

A Case for Volunteering: Find an organization that supports your life philosophy and offer some method of active contribution. Volunteering can also assist in your social networking, skill development and at times “personal” sense of worth. One of the best benefits of volunteering is that it helps with “gap” information and keeps you active. Plus, employers are impressed with sincere volunteers as it demonstrates your civic awareness and responsibilities. Check out Volunteermatch.org

A Case for Networking: Most employment resources will cite that networking accounts for 50 percent of all employment leads and subsequent hires. Networking is a skill that you must develop for life. Join professional associations that are in your industry, volunteer organizations, sports/recreational groups, faith groups or join a school’s PTA. Let your network know that you are in the employment market and don’t keep your career search a secret. Update your professional social media platform by joining networks such as www.facebook.com, www.linkedin.com or www.Twitter.com These are free professional networking sites and you can connect with professionals on a global scale.

Have a question for The Career Engineer ?  Then submit them to questions@TCEnow.com

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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