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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

Is your Career/Biz Brand JACKED or MASTERED? Do You Know the Difference?

So…is your career or business execution plan to be the Jack of All Trades?  Be careful, you may end up becoming  the Master of None!   Welcome to the online/offline marketplace and the days of hyper-competition, fake relationships, hustlers/scammers, content stealers, back stabbers and more.  Sometimes being “Jack” versus “Master” is nothing more than a 21st century distraction that has many of us confused that ACTIVITY and ACCOMPLISHMENTS…are the same thing. They are not, in fact the “busy without a REAL plan or REAL purpose mindset” is something the Jack’s keep doing but produces ZERO product, passion or positioning.

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News Alert — The REAL customer (W2 and 1099 funders) are yearning for “Your Main Thang” (yes I said Thang!)  So, what is your…”main thang?”  That is the product or service that produces results, revenue and what we call TCE REAlationship.  Now here’s where it gets tricky.  In today’s  world the BIG fix is on uber fast technology, follow me now, like me quick and click now/read later…a bill of goods sold strongly to “Jon and Jane citizen.”  However, the REAL secret is, “slow and steady wins the race…not the other way around!”

Here are some great folks ( I know and admire) who have left the JACK alone, and allowed their MASTER Brand shine.  Check them Out! NikkiWoodsRichard Branson Corey BookerRussell Wilson Michelle Obama and Randi Zuckerburg

I know, you are shocked that I just said “slow and steady” as much as I LOVE the speed of technology and social connecting.   But I also embrace natural balance, if there is High Tech there must be High Touch.  Your REAL MAIN THANG must showcase class and precision while embedding within your brand…genuineness, authenticity, originality, integrity, performance, talent, skill and human-to-human technology.   Never the quick, fast and “in a hurry” approach that we see ALL DAY LONG with our quick clicks, pressed posts, “uh oh” uploads and cute comments (unless you are slowing down to proof read your vetted content :).

Here are a couple of TCE PushUps that work for me (and our clients) to know the difference between being a MASTER versus being JACKED!:

  • Decide WHO Your Are BEFORE Deciding WHAT You Will Do
  • You Can’t SELL, What You Don’t KNOW
  • Believe NOTHING That’s Said, Believe EVERYTHING That’s Done
  • SELL Your MESSAGE, Not Your PRODUCT
  • Know Your COMPETITIVE Edge, DELIVER more than PROMISED
  • REALationships Build Revenue (that’s a TCE terms folks)

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Yes, this is a throttle back coming from your Career Engineer a Social Technology Queen who adores the speed and power of cyberspace.  Nevertheless, I have always been a champion and more concerned with your “perfected space and stamina” in the marketplace, than the clicks it took for you to get there.  I am not talking about a return to the snail pace (1990’s or anything, heck no)….but I am promoting  the slow down or “back it up a bit”  of putting your Jack out there as “fast and furious.”   Instead try being The Master of your brand…at the speed of  “accurate, efficient and effective.   Show the marketplace that you are the MASTER of that…and they will love you for it!


LinkedIn 101: Just Because You Have ACCESS…Doesn’t Mean That You are INVITED

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One of the BEST Connection spaces on the Internet!

TCE has to Vent Within My Social Tent:  Just a LinkedIn “Pull Up” to the members who PAY for the service.  Just because you have ACCESS…doesn’t mean that you are INVITED.  No one wants an inbox (LinkedIn or Otherwise) filled with sales pitches or buy me now…when there is absolutely no relationships or attempt to create one.  I enjoy focused and purpose driven REALationship networking (That’s TCE trademarked folks).  You create stronger bridges when you reach out with authenticity, value and being yourself vs a sales pitch artist.  You humble TCE,  had to share….as I think it needed to be said.  Of course your comments are welcomed and encouraged!  Below are a couple of  TCE Boosters for ANY Social Media Community where you are trying to buzz your brand for Career, Life or Business results!

Social Media Etiquette for Your Career or Business

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Just like any other career or business environment, the social media space has norms, behaviors and a culture (especially for employees and biz owners).  Violation or refusal to “get with the program” MAY affect your ability to build critical relationships in your career & business.  Yes, your online reputation and actions can create AWESOME deals…or move you BACK into the unemployment or bread lines.   The Career Engineer is here to share her Social Media “Go or No Go” relationship tips to help you change the game!

 

Tag or NOT to Tag…That is the Question!

  • Unsure?  ASK …BEFORE you tag someone (very irritating)
  • Make sure the person is “a part” the content
  • BEST ways to destroy a potential relationship online and offline!

 KNOW the Rules of Engagement!   (Group 101)

  • Ask the creator about group norms/culture (or read/comprehend group info)
  • Relational vs. Pitch groups (knowing  the difference is powerful)
  • Read profiles, Google folks…BEFORE You Reach Out (time and sanity saver)

HOW You Share vs. What You Share !

  • Social media spamming (folks will RUN from you)
  • Overkill of ambiguous posts that don’t fit a conversation (Big biz killer)
  • Walls/update areas are precious, don’t post unless you have permission

12 Ways TCE Can Help Your Job Search 4 FREE

The Career EngineerDon’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared!   That is our corporate motto and I am sticking to it.  However, when I am reached out to by “out-of-work” professionals in the career space who ARE  struggling financially, emotionally and spiritually and have a REAL desire to “make Mondays better”….I want to do something.  In the world of business, there is a saying that “FREE Ain’t FREE” just because it’s no cost to you, does not mean it’s NOT costing me.  So how can I “serve”, empower, equip, not break the bank and “keep career hope alive?  

After praying on this and putting my TCE brain in 5th gear, I have packaged 12 ways TCE can help you for FREE.  Now folks remember the saying “you get what you pay for” be mindful, this is not the end of the story and you should invest in your brand and value if you want a high-end result.  But this is our way of providing some genuine help and sharing some knowledge to those who could truly be blessed by it.  So use it and let me know what you think :). (Note to my readers:  Notice each step begins with an ACTION word on the part of the receiver.)

 TCE Resources That Can Help Your Job Search (100% No Cost to you!)

Happily Employed 101: Decide Who You Are BEFORE Deciding What You’ll DO!

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As of June 2014, approximately 9.5 million Americans are unemployed in the United States. As a re-careering employee you may be wondering, “In this 21st century labor market, is it possible to have the “American Dream” and be successful in the workforce and in life?” Absolutely! The proof is in the person. Look at Oprah, Bill Gates, Tyler Perry, and Sam Walton. They’ve found the way. In a nutshell, they focused on their potential, not the economic indicators.  Successful people discovered who they were “BEFORE” they decided what they would do. It’s deeper than a job with these folks. It’s about delivering their passion, purpose, personality, and potential. I’m convinced that the individuals listed above no longer have to go to work everyday. They work hard, but their careers have become another dimension of their personalities pushed beyond the “average” functioning levels. Successful people consistently strive to produce at 100 percent utilizing a true blend of purpose and occupation.

What about the rest of us, can we attain that level of synergy in our professional career and life?   Absolutely. However, understand that success does not come without cost. Our cost, we must make a personal commitment to explore ourselves at deeper levels than we ever imagined. The actual price is the authentic desire to uncover our wants and needs, in order to let go of old habits, and gain new experiences.   I challenge you, find out who you are “before” deciding what you’ll do.  The next seven steps to self-discovery that follow will help you to discover who you are in work and in life. Remember, it’s deeper than a job…it’s about discovering “you.”

  1. Accept Who You Are: The ability to be comfortable in your own skin, and to find your  own niche, is a must for today’s competitive world. There is no one on this planet just like you. Learn to embrace and accept your originality, your body composition, the hue of your complexion, your voice, your essence, and your professional style. Once you have accepted “who you are,” you can begin to share “what you bring” to the workforce, relationships, and the world. Your unique “brand”is a selling point that you must deliver in all of your networking experiences. Be the pacesetter who drives class and style. Set your standards and leave the crowd behind.  TCE Power Statement: Failure Happens When You Try To Become Something You Are Not.
  1. Tap into Your Gifts and Talents:   If you don’t like something, you won’t do it very well. In order to find your “fit” with a particular employer, you need to explore your interests, desires, natural gifts and acquired talents. Consider the following questions and write your responses. In what areas of your life have you received compliments with minimal efforts? What do you enjoy? What relaxes you? What would you do for free? How do you feel when you are doing “that” activity? Do you “dream out loud?” How would you describe your ideal environment? If all of your debts were paid, and you could do anything in the world, what would it be?  Your answers may open the door for you to discover the best fit for your personality in the work environment. For instance, I enjoy helping people discover themselves. I need flexible, relaxed environments, open spaces, vibrant colors, limited supervision, and the ability to “go with it.” I would not be successful working in the Patent and Copyright Office for the Federal Government (even if it’s a GS-12 position), there are too many limitations. The result of an improper fit is friction, in which case, poor performance and/or termination would likely follow. TCE Power Statement: In The World of Success or Failure, Your Fit Makes The Difference.
  1. Discover Your Strengths/Know Your Limitations: You can’t sell what you don’t know. Let’s uncover your power. Consider the following examples to start your strength building process.  Are you comfortable speaking in front of groups, keen with numbers, academically solid, business savvy, or an excellent leader? Don’t discount your soft skills (compassion, drive, patience), combine them with the hard skills listed above. To determine your limitations, use the same techniques as above to find areas that are underdeveloped and need strengthening.   Once you have completed the above task, sell your strengths and minimize your limitations. Example: Strength: communication skills, Limitation: rapid speech (by product of a Yankee upbringing). Plan – be aware and conscious of speech rate while delivering my messages. No one will know, employer or otherwise, the areas of your life that need work, unless you decide to tell them. TCE Power statement: The Road To Success Is Always Under Construction.  
  1. Declare What You Don’t Want to Do: Fact:I don’t like okra. Therefore, I don’t eat okra, I enjoy collards instead. If you don’t like something, stop pursuing it. First step, declare 3 areas that you have “zero” interest in working.Let your flood gates open and list the industries, environments, job titles for which you have “zero” interest. Next step, do not apply for an opportunity in any of the areas you have listed in this exploration. If you don’t want to work nights and weekends, then don’t pursue the service industry (management or otherwise). If you have a more circular personality and need freedom and energy from others, don’t look for opportunities in a linear environment where order and routine is the norm. Your declarations will release you to pursue those areas where your interest, gifts, talents, and strengths can shine. Retention is more important than recruitment. TCE Power statement: When You Love What You Do, You Will Never be Forced to Go to Work Everyday.
  1. Acknowledge Your Power Source: In our academic pursuits, relationships, and work lives most of our actions are determined by some form of motivation.   In other words, “if I do this…what’s in it for me?”   Find the origins of your motivation, consider these questions. Are you internally or externally focused? What motivates your successes? What compels you to select particular programs? What drives you? What fuels your passion? What keeps you connected to the things you love to do? Knowing where your passion originates is a career selling point. Some industries are looking for internal motivation, (helping profession, education, sciences, and arts). Other industries need the externally motivated, (PR/marketing, entertainment, business, legal profession). A quick note of caution, understand that your “fuel source” must be replenished or you will run on empty. The technical term for not refueling is “burnout”– don’t let it happen to you.  TCE Power Statement: Find Your Life’s Work Not a Work Life!
  1. Deliver Your Ambition and Accomplishments: Today’s employers are looking for that top 10 – 30% employee who can perform in the marketplace. Make sure you have what it takes to meet their needs—be a “performer”, not just a “presenter.” Be an “employee”, not just a “candidate.” 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, but what about the long haul? You must make sure that your career search tools combine what you can do, with what you’ve got. You must showcase your accomplishments, how you achieved them, and your next steps.   Be prepared to demonstrate your contributions, projects managed, and how you “stepped out of the boat” at various levels (individual, group, community). To have nothing… won’t do.   If you are struggling in the performance/accomplishment area, now is the time to “get on top of that.” Get involved and become active in the community. Join professional groups and associations. Find volunteer opportunities that meet your life mission and academic standards. Don’t just take a back seat, secure a position of leadership and develop those skills and accomplishments. Power Statement: Work Like You Have a Purpose.
  1. Manage “Your” Business: Successful people see themselves as an enterprise; they act and think like a business. They value performance, change management, accomplishments, quality, self-management, time-management, community service, and reputation. You are a business—an enterprise with a quality based product line, and skilled knowledge base. Your resume should function as your brochure, highlighting your strengths and minimizing your limitations. Your interviews are to be considered “sales” meeting where you share your core products (passion, purpose, personality, potential, and performance) with a potential vendor. Your image, dress, and conduct should be consistent with your business standards. Your follow-up contact (thank you letter and/or follow-up call) will close the deal, and leave a lasting professional impression on the employer.   Membership does have its privileges. Join the “Top 10 – 30% Club” or settle for the average career seeker club…you decide. TCE Power Statement: Your Reputation Will Outweigh a Resume Any Day!

Copyright © June 2014 by Francina R. Harrison, MSW

 

Francina R. Harrison, MSW The Career Engineer® (TCE) is an National Career, Business & eNetworking Expert, Author, Speaker, TV/Radio personality and the visionary behind the award-winning www.TCEnow.com The Career Engineer’s expertise has been featured on the TJMS, Tavis Smiley Show, BlackEnterprise.com, Chicago Tribune, Fox TV, NBC affiliates & hundreds of sites on the Internet.   Contact TCE @ 757-745-4823 or info@tcenow.com

 

 

TCE “Tough Love”: Overqualified/Under-qualified – Think Again!

“The reason I can’t get hired is because I am overqualified for the jobs down here!” (Career Seeker in Virginia).   Have you ever heard or used this statement before?  Have you felt or thought that you are NOT getting anywhere because you bring either  “to much” or “to little” to the table?   No doubt…the 21st century job market is a challenge, but not impossible. We have a saying in TCE Land, “In order to increase your employability, you have to reduce your competition.”  It’s this simple and/or complicated formula that can make ALL the difference in winning your next amazing Monday morning opportunity.

So…with that being said, have you really MAXIMIZED your career brand to it’s BEST potential?  Are you in the right marketplace for the value that YOU bring? Have you done, EVERYTHING you can to ensure your are IN-DEMAND versus DEMANDING a job? After all of these questions, do you STILL think  or FEEL that you are being passed up and ignored in the market aka” overqualified/under qualified?”  Well, never fear…The Career Engineer is here to share “her “tough love” on the overqualified/under qualified dilemma (note to self…it’s a myth!)

Here are some TCE tips to bust this myth in your job search:

  • NOT IN THE RIGHT MARKET:  Researching and defining YOUR market is the name of the game!   A successful career brand should produce meetings in the markets that fit your knowledge, skills or abilities. If you believe you are not hired because you are OVERQUALIFIED or UNDER QUALIFIED, review your career marketing plan, make some changes and get some help!
  • TRANSITIONING – MAXIMIZE TRANSFERABLE SKILLS:  Still using the same “blah, blah” words?  Here are some examples to get your juices flowing: fiscal accountability, project management, vendor management, business development, technology aptitude, public speaking, training, administration, etc.
  • A SLOW JOB SEARCH IS (30) MONTHLY CONTACTS: Two (2) contacts a week is NOT a job search, IT’S A PRETEND SEARCH!  Develop a targeted and strategic market between 30 – 100 employers and get your quality/performance brand…out there!  No this is NOT impossible to do (yes, I heard you!)
  • TCE NETWORKING 101: “It’s NOT Who You KNOW, It’s Who KNOWS YOU!” Diversify your networking circles and increase your brand power.  Even in this day of super technology, there is NOTHING like the human-to-human connection. Want to be a REALationship networker, check out the TCE Career & Business Network Today.
  • TCE JOB SEARCH TIP:  Use the  TCEJobStop as part of your sourcing strategy:   (Fresh Jobs shared daily here and across the USA)

“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/dontgetanxious

Graduating but STILL Under-employed or Unemployed?

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Don’t Get Anxious – Get Prepared!  Let’s get you HIRED! The Career Engineer is here to share some TCE career hunt boosters (for the college student or graduate) so that YOU can land the job of your dreams or at least get a paycheck!  At the time of this post, our national unemployment rate is a low 5.5% with 8M people looking for employment (March 2015, Source DOL ).  Keeping politics aside, these numbers are significantly lower than when President Obama started his first term.  So keep your head up, things are looking pretty good for our college students and future graduates.  Remember, those student loans that have your “John or Jane Hancock”…will be ready for your first payment six months after you graduate.  So, let’s shift gears and get to work.

Some TCE Quick Boosters for You:

  • REALationships:   IMPORTANT, this is ONE of the most important skills in this 21st economy (Don’t Blow People Off)
  • Package: Career Portfolio MUST Deliver Ambition, Academic Accomplishments, Leadership & Experience.
  • Branding: Your VALUE & Image MUST Be Consistent (High Tech & High Touch).
  • Networking: Fraternity, sororities, industry organizations, faith community, sports, LinkedIn etc.
  • Agency: Partner with Career Services Office (Lifetime Services as Alumni)
  • Interviews/Meetings: Talk in performance sound bites, give RELEVANT examples & WATCH your body language.
  • Social Networking:  LinkedIn is a MUST for professional branding…and it’s NOT Facebook!  Read My LinkedIn Post to get the “Do’s and Don’ts.”

Tip: Bookmark the TCEJobStop: (Fresh Jobs shared daily here and across the USA) & MyTCEnow.com (Join the TCE Network)

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