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TCE Says, “Let’s Shutdown Proof Your Career”

Don’t get anxious – get prepared!  Rumours about gov’t shutdowns, layoffs or 3rd quarter downsizing got you down? Never fear, the Career Engineer is here with  four ways to “deal with shutdowns”  and brighten your career outlook.  By the way, I look forward to your comments, questions and thank you in advance for sharing with others.

TCE Says, “Let’s Shutdown Proof Your Career”

  • Access Where You Are: Get a realistic handle on your career power & cash resources (60, 90, 180 day plans are a good idea).  Of course this is EASIER if you continue to REALationship network…while you are employed versus “the other way around”.  Check out our TCE FREE Resume Review

 

  • If it’s Broke, Fix It: Stop using a BROKE brand (Update.. the Update).  Repeat after me…Technology is our friend!…don’t be afraid to embrace it and use it to increase your reach and leverage.  So..give that ole resume and LinkedIn Profile a facelift…or the boot (it’s up to you). P.S. are you Periscoping Yet?

 

  • Always Have a “B & C “ Game:   Have you considered…Adjunct teaching, small home based business, outsource your skills (elance.com) or part-time gig.  NEVER place all your eggs into one job basket (that called dangerous). Explore your interests and think about several collateral markets where your gifts and talents can shine.

 

 

  • Bonus Connection Event:  Sat, October 17, 2015 TCE Career & Biz Summit and Awards Luncheon:  Tickets available – Click Banner on TCEnow.com (Out of work – compete for a FREE panel seat)

 

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

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TCE Blogs: Uber Driver Is Employee, Not Contractor Says, California…#Really?

(Source entrepreneur.com/article/247453)

Wow, so that changes the game on Uber...Big Time!  America…you may have to find your Taxi’s number because this ruling in California may just change the way Uber operates…across the nation.  How and why you may ask?  Well it means that Uber may have to do what most businesses HAVE to do…when they hire folks: follow employment law!   If you are not sure exactly what this “hoopla” is all about, read the article RIGHT HERE.

(Source Google Images)

For those reading  this blog who may say “so what, who cares and …what’s the BIG Deal?”  Well Uber has been “cruising”  with its fleet of “low-cost high returns” drivers by keeping them as 1099 (independent contractors).  In short, by filling the driver need with 1099’s versus W2’s  workers,  UBER IS NOT REQUIRED to handle payroll taxes (state/federal/etc). That daunting task is the responsibility of the …”independent contractor” aka Jane and John personal car driver.  Companies who use this model (which is perfectly legal) for “filling or outsourcing their needs”  don’t have to deal with employment law factors related to hiring/firing, EEOC, ADA, Worker’s Comp, insurances or other human resources compliances (which means – they save BIG BUCKS).

The Career EngineerSo…since business progressive (and very liberal) California said “hold on, wait a minute…STOP” could other states or commonwealths (like my conservative Virginia) rethink their Uber business rulings?  So from my TCE viewpoint,  there are two ways that this can go..for Uber and the folks they “pick up”. One, Uber has to be an employer in California, the cost for service will go up substantially for this “new method” of transportation and demand will potentially go down.  Or, two Uber will say “we are out of here” and shut the party down all together with its “personal vehicle” service.  So it will be interesting to see how this all plays out.

In the mean time, I may have to get my whistle skills back and learn how to “hail a taxi”…again 🙂

NOW IT’S YOUR TURN

So..What say you?  What are your feeling on the whole Uber car service and the “personal ” vehicle use?  Is this California ruling a “good thing” or government meddling in the business world?  Would love to hear your thoughts…comment below!

TCE Blogs: Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price In $70,000 Salary Promise

So as it turns out, guaranteeing employees a $70,000 salary is great for business. Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price In $70,000 Salary Promise   Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price has been flooded with both new clients and job applicants since he…

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TCE Blogs: New Survey Shows National Small Business Economic Sentiment in Unprecedented Geographic Detail

Thumbtack.com and Bloomberg Release Survey of More Than 10,000 Nationwide Respondents; Broad Improvement Seen Over 2+ Years of Data Collected So Far Shows a Slow and Steady Recovery SAN FRANCISCO, CA – May 19, 2015 – Thumbtack.com today released the…

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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!)

 

 

 

 

The Power of Time, Talent, Treasure & You!

I had an opportunity a few weeks back to speak “as the keynote”, for the Financial Planning Day event sponsored by the City of Virginia Beach and the Financial Planners Association of Hampton Roads.  My goal was to empower the room with economic solutions, principles and values to help “John and Jane America” make smart choices with their money and to build wealth for their households.  Now, as a person who enjoys “spending” money, I was challenged to share fiscal accountability choices…that would make my accountant proud.  But heck.. I am “The Career Engineer” and like most of you , I work hard, play hard and enjoy having BIG fun; however, I want to ensure my financial posture…is SECURED!   Yes, there lies my struggle 🙂  So in keeping  true to form; I  shared our “fiscal, career, business and life  prosperity formula…the TCE Way!”  Yes, I am proud to say, it was a hit …so now let me share it with you.  Let me know what you think …and I look forward to your comments and questions.

The Power of Talent:  “You Can’t SELL, What You Don’t Know” 

  • Now is the Time to Use Your Gifts and talents aka “knowledge skills and abilities” to generate multiple streams of income.
  • It’s Deeper Than a Job…it’s about transforming our thinking and actions to the mindset of a becoming a Career Entrepreneur.
  • Work Your Career Progression Like It’s a Business (marketing, technology, quality assurance, performance, profits and more).
  • It’s This Type of “Thinking and Doing” that generates income…for life.

 The Power of Time: “Invest Time vs. Spending Time…There is a Difference” 

  • You Can Make More Money, buy more things, even gain new friends…but the allotment of time is something you NEVER get back.
  • When You SPEND Time in a Relationship, 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.)
  • ROI is Critical in Your Use of Your Time.  Be careful where you invest your time (people, places, data and things).

 The Power of Treasure: “It’s Not What You Make, It’s What You Keep”

  • Our Economy has Changed, so Should We.  Financial sustainability aka as YOUR economic policy for your household …100% rests with you.
  • We HAVE  To Plan for Success.  Now here is the good news, you can change it, increase it, build wealth, tap into resources and create legacy.
  • Think About the Power 10.  By INVESTING and not SPENDING as little as 10%, (a dime out of every dollar) is a great way to build your future.

 The Power of Now:  It’s Time to Make Monday Mornings….Better!”

  • Now is the time to ACT.  Make sure you INVEST your Time, Talent and Treasure to build your powerful economic plan.
  • If Nothing Changes, Nothing Changes. Remember the universal law, “If there is NO SEED, there is NO HARVEST”. Don’t expect to grow anything if you have not planted anything.

TCE’s Top 10 Keys To Staying Unemployed (Out of a Job and Broke!)

A bona-fide TCE Career Pull-up Post:  I’ve just created a new TCE math formula for winning a great career opportunity!  Here it is — getting hired is 80% (Engagement/Human Factor) and 20% (Skill/Knowledge/Ability). 

 

As someone who has help professionals to Get Hired and Stay Hired for over 14 years, I am truly in a STATE OF SHOCK, at how many candidates drop the ball with LACK of interpersonal skills and human engagement.  I am not talking about the 16 – 24 year old…this is “as my ancestors would say “Grown Folks Acting…a Fool” type of thing.

I know it’s EASIER to blame The White House, President Obama, Employers and Congress on the mythical lack of jobs, reduction in opportunity and the economy.  Yes, they have a part to play in this by sticking with the party versus the people (no doubt).  Hey, don’t believe the hype; there are opportunities posted each and every day! (Check out TCEJobStop for proof of that).  However today, I want to turn the conversation around a bit to the increasing LACK of career protocol or, “know-how” to COMPETE, WIN & EARN...a sustainable job or career.

In this time of sequestration and opportunity (yes I said the word opportunity) I am in a You Can’t Write This Stuff state of mind based on what I have seen (with my glasses on) from members of the workforce.  I would have loved to witness career ready concepts converted into REAL displays such as:  powerful presentation, self-driven initiative, follow-through, demonstrated performance and corporate/individual responsibility; but I didn’t.  With over 400 views in 1.75 days for (1) particular job, I can count on my fingers, a couple of empowerment-based candidates who did make it to the interview stage (smh).  This is truly a sad commentary, as I am sure the qualifications where there, but the lack of the human WOW factor prevented those skills and abilities from getting…noticed!

Now the moment of truth and hope, if you find yourself doing ANY of the below, please stop immediately.  If you are NOT displaying these behaviors, you are ahead of your competition by 80%!  Here is my list and good luck on your career search.

TCE’s 10 Ways to NOT Get HIRED:

  • Failure to show up for…(get this) a virtual meeting such as phone or Skype!
  • Lack of email management to check SPAM folder for interview confirmation
  • ERRORS ON RESUME — job titles, dates of work, emails or heck (no phone or email at all!!)
  • Post confirmation and phone screen, failure to SHOW-UP at physical interview (unbelievable)
  • Terrible diction, poor affect, lack of engagement, questioning the interviewer on why they have to show up for a second interview (oh these were degreed and a couple of veterans).
  • 15 minutes before interview, there’s a call “Sorry I can’t make it!” (Mind you, 48-hour window to reschedule…but heck let’s reduce that to 15 minutes).
  • Asking for $40K more than posted salary range, “because I’m worth it and I have all of this” Maybe so…but we are not ASKING for …All of that!!! (Yes this really happened)
  • Sending resume with different desired position title, someone else name (not mine)…yes that’s why MASS email blast are a poor idea!
  • Having your parent apply for YOU!!  (OMG…for an adult child…Yes this happened)
  • Winner: Not Following Directions, ESPECIALLY the SIMPLE ONES, like email resume here & don’t cut and paste.

Francina R. Harrison, MSW “The Career Engineer”www.TCEnow.com is a nationally recognized Career, Business Networking expert, author, speaker/trainer, Internet Radio & TV Host.   For speaking request or consulting information, contact the motivator at info@TCEnow or call 757-745-4TCE.

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