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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)

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 Top 5 Networking Disasters a “TCE Tough Love” Segment

Your Career Engineer was on TV today sharing some Networking blunders that can keep ALL OF US, in the “I have no money and I am broke” line.  You know that I don’t want that to happen, so here is the segment from today’s show that  describes those “Networking Disaster Personas.”   Make sure that YOU are not one of…THEM!  I also have a YouTube video, How to Network Like a Rock Star, check it out that shares a bit more of this TCE style.  Plus in my youtube video I look directly into the camera…I am not a fan of profile views…YUK!

  • The STALKER:  You want THAT Connection & think you are ENTITLED too it…BUT stop “following” the “A Gamers” around…It’s very irritating and does more HARM than good!   TCE Tip: Stop it!
  • The BUSTER:  You see a conversation and just BUST into it without a tasteful and tactful entrance!  You are now…toast!  TCE Tip:  It’s called impulse control!
  • THE KIDNAPPER:  Stop holding one-person hostage all night, they are there to meet OTHER people!  Monopoly is a board game you play with your family…does not work at networking events. .  TCE Tip:  It’s OK to Let them Go…
  • The FAKER:  Stop using champagne words with an orange juice brand!   Who are you trying to impress…the AIR?   Pretending to be a PERFORMER is a dangerous move.  TCE Tip:  There is a true value…. in being REAL!  
  • LIFE STORY TELLER: Not interested in your activities since birth (Over share warning).  Find your 60-second introduction, followed by an up to 5 min performance/tactful chat.  If you don’t have one…Go home or…get coached by TCE!

 

The Journey is More Important Than the Destination

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The BEST is YET To Come!  (Remembering Bishop William D. Scott Today)

TCE “hum…”Moment:  So…I had a moment of reflection this afternoon and became a bit overwhelmed with gratitude/appreciation for everything I/we have experienced since we started The Career Engineer TCE.  Of course,  if you are a techie addict like me, when you get these feelings and you have a MacBook Pro, you start playing with your limited creativity and this powerful graphic computer.  As I was “thinking and playing with creativity”  I remember something that Bishop Scott (My pastor who left this world to soon a few months ago) said to me about all the @$#!%  (that’s my language upgrade,  not his) I experienced in 2013.

Gone But Not Forgotten, Bishop William D. Scott

You remember 2013…it was full of  sequestration, shutdown, fiscal cliff drama, lame duck congress,  contract losses,  job losses, losing loved ones…it was a tough time.  But before Bishop left this earth he would say “over and over” again to the congregation…and a few days before his death my last words from him was “Francina — You Ain’t SEEN Nothing Yet, The BEST is YET To Come!’ So enjoy this “very fast pace – 45 second” reflection of some of the GREAT places and spaces that my GOD has allowed this “average girl who does not know how to quit” to experience.  Sometimes it’s good to reflect on where you started…and what’ you’ve been through;  as the journey can be more important than the destination (another wisdom note from Bishop Scott).  Oh …and we are NOT done yet! Because My BEST is STILL…Coming!

 

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!)

 

 

 

 

TCE and NBC’s Chicago Fire, The Writers are Turning Me On!

TCE Sharing a REAL Moment:   ( I Finally got Followed by @nbcChicagoFire, Heck Yeah!)  If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I have an INSANE addiction to the hit show, NBC’s   Chicago Fire!  I tweet like there is no tomorrow and enjoy engaging with talent, show creators, producers and our incredible fans.  Yes, of course looking at Taylor Kinney (Severide), Chief Boden (Eamonn Walker)  or Casey (Jessy Spencer)...for 60 minutes helps me have a great Wednesday.  Trust me they are GREAT for my eyes (oh my), but I am soooo attracted to the incredible writing and suspense that captures me on this show!  Yes, the Writers are Turning Me On!  

How exciting it is, that the great skills of the written word, wonderful story telling, full throttle imagination…and more…has made a comeback.  Not to mention all the jobs that are created by having a successful show (not just the “front of the house” talent) but the 100’s of professionals  behind the scene that make it happen. You know being Your Career Engineer, I love the jobs/career results.   I salute Derek Haas, (Co-creator and more) for helping me to LOVE, ENJOY and look forward to scripted television…again.  The best part, not only did I get a RT from the show…but ahh…NBC ChicagoFire  followed me…WOW!

 

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

“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!

TCE Celebrating the Life of Bishop William D. Scott, Sr.

Click to Listen to TCE Radio’s Tribute to Bishop William D. Scott (30 minute show available on demand)

What a week!  As many of you know from my Facebook and Twitter posts, I lost a very dear friend on Nov 26th…my Bishop, My Pastor and my Mentor, Bishop William D. Scott. his life celebration service will happen at 11AM today.  Seven days later, I am “coming along” and wrestling with the loss of a great man, who poured into our church family (and me) in ways I don’t think I can explain.  Last week on our TCE Radio show, I dedicated the entire show to Bishop.  I wanted people in my world (cyberspace) to hear this man, feel his presence and what we call in the Baptist church “his anointing” as it powerful.

In many ways, my becoming The Career Engineer (and staying the Career Engineer) came from wisdom moments and “get out the boat” pushes from Bishop.  He  would say something in me that I did not (or would not see).  He helped me to muster up the strength to dive into DEEP waters…to truly find out what I am made of…especially when I was going through a test.  Since he was a man who led by example…I saw it, I caught it and he taught it !  (for now, that’s all I can say)

I will update this post later with the Seven of the Most Powerful Words Bishop Scott ever said to me...that has changed my life! But for now, Listen to Bishop as I celebrate his life and legacy on our featured TCE Radio show titled “The Best is Yet To Come”

TCE Radio “Celebrates the Life of Bishop William D. Scott

 

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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