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Labor Day is Coming, Time to Shift Gears & Put Your “A-Game On!”

2016-08-22-12.47.28.jpg.jpgAh, Labor Day is coming! September and October are the BIG months for hiring before the holiday season. Vacation time is over and the fall is going to ask the summer “how’s your A-Game… or are your still “at the beach?” So, here are some TCE Career PushUps to help you get ready and positioned to hear “You Are Hired” this fall!

 

TCE PushUp: “You Can’t SELL…What You Don’t KNOW!”
(Have strong responses to Tough Interview questions)

• 3 to 5 Reasons Someone Should Hire You? (PALS)
• What are your Strengths? What are your Limitations?
• Tell Me Something About Yourself? (Most Dangerous Question!!!)

TCE PushUp: “Plan Your Work AND Work Your Plan”
(Yes, define your market — Job Sourcing 101)

• Low/High Tech: Walk the Beat, Job Centers, Friends/Past Employers, LinkedIn,
• Job Boards: Niche Boards, Indeed.com, Snagajob.com, Dice.com, prjobforce.com

TCE PushUp: “It’s NOT Who You KNOW…It’s Who KNOWS YOU”
(No networking = Net)

• Get Involved, Get Connected: (PTA, professional networks, Sports, TCE Network)
• (Open To The Public) September TCE 1st Tuesday Career & Biz Showup @ Aloft Hotel, Chesapeake VA http://TCE757.Eventbrite.com

“Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared” Follow @CareerEngineer on Twitter, IG, Periscope & Snapchat, visit our website: http://TCEnow.com or email info@TCEnow.com

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.  

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)

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

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

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