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January 29, 2013

If you work for a nonprofit, be sure to encourage your nonprofit organization to participate in the Nonprofit Finance Fund’s annual “State of the Sector” survey. It is a great chance to contribute important information which provides us all an important snapshot of the nonprofit sector.

Here is the link to the survey: http://fluidsurveys.com/s/2013SectorSurvey/

December 6, 2012

It may seem that the holiday season is not an ideal time to be looking for work — people are distracted with family vacations or preoccupied with holiday parties while winter weather can wreak havoc with the best laid plans… However, I encourage you to think otherwise. People also tend to be open minded and festive at the many parties and holiday gatherings this time of year. The spirit of giving back is in the air. It is the perfect time to make new contacts and sell yourself in a non-threatening way.  

Seeking more encouragement to job search over the holidays?  

Check out these articles:  

The first is by Mary Eileen Williams from Huffington Post, “Holiday Job Search: 4 Reasons to Make Merry and Land Your Next Job.” 

Another timely and informative piece is this post from Dr. John Sullivan entitled, “Tis the Season for Recruiting — 20 Reasons Why December is a Powerful Recruiting Month.”

While you get gussied up for those holiday parties, be sure to brush up on your people skills. Here are my picks of three useful articles to read before you step out and make merry: 

Networking Skills ~ How to Power Up Your Networking Skills [Top 10 Tips] by Mary Hope

Communication Skills ~ Five Tips To Be A Better Communicator by Paul Morin

Listening Skills ~ The Discipline of Listening by Ram Charan

Wishing you a very happy and productive holiday season.

November 13, 2012

Last night I had the opportunity to see an amazing documentary called, Miss Representation. It is a provocative film that talks about, among other things, the lack of women political representatives in our society. At one point the following statistic flashes on the screen, “Women make up 51% of society, but only 17% of Congress.” While the movie brings up many important issues such as the power of the media, the overwhelming presence of men in positions of power in media, women’s body issues, media’s treatment of strong female politicians, it has gotten me thinking a lot about the path to service.

While the results of the most recent national election did yield the greatest number of female senators ever elected (20), I wanted to provide a few suggestions for how women, in particular, could get involved in public service careers.

Emerge — Emerge CA is “the premier training ground for Democratic women.”

The White House Project — states that it “ignites the leadership of women in business and politics.”

Coro Fellowship — is a “full-time, nine month, graduate-level experiential leadership training program that prepares diverse, talented and committed individuals for effective and ethical leadership in the public affairs arena.” The fellowship operates in 4 cities across the US.

Volunteer — Another great way to learn more about the ins and outs of running for political office is to volunteer at the grassroots level for the candidate of your choice. It could be for a president, senator, congressman or woman, mayor, supervisor, school board member, judge or other elected official.  Just head into their campaign headquarters ready to roll up your sleeves and help out in whatever way is needed. This might mean making telephone calls, canvassing by walking door to door to share literature about the candidate, helping register voters, holding fundraisers, holding up signs on voting day to provide visibility, helping take voters to the polls. There are usually multiple points of entry and you can usually volunteer as much or as little as you like.

“Be the Change You Wish to See in the World.” — Mahatma Gandhi

September 14, 2012

It’s that time of year again when students everywhere return to school for a new year of learning. If you are not in school but in the market to be looking for a new job or just focusing on managing your career, I would like to offer a few resources to you.

First, in the spirit of self teaching and study, I suggest you check out all of the career blogs listed in this post, “Spark Hire’s Top 25 Must Read Blogs for Job Seekers.” It really does an excellent job of assembling the top career management blogs that are chock full of good advice on topics related to job searching. Isn’t it nice to get an easy to use list, it’s  as if  someone else did your homework for you!

Second, as we recognize the job market continues to be super competitive and constantly shifting, it may be time to consider thinking about how you can position yourself to become an independent contractor or freeelancer.  I suggest you read this helpful article by Donna Sweidan posted on Job Mob entitled, Become Your Own Job Creator in 10 Simple Steps. I think it really helps you think through practical ways to figure out how to monetize your skillset.

As we enter fall with an eye on educating ourselves, I would like to leave you with these words of wisdom by Benjamin Disraeli,

‎”The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.”

July 11, 2012

If you are on in the throes of a job search and facing rejection or just need a little inspiration to make a change or follow your instincts, take a moment to watch this powerful video. It is very profound. Enjoy.

Life = Risk — Motivation