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    6 Ways You Could Be Kidding Yourself In Your Career

    When it comes to your career, do you lie to yourself? The answer is most likely ‘yes.’ In an article I read by Sam Sommers, a professor of psychology at Tufts University, he explains how and why we like to kid ourselves. He explains: “People do this all the time. We bend the facts to fit our self-image, perpetuating a ...
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    Sign Up For NonProfitPeople's Weekly Newsletter

    Sign Up For NonProfitPeople's Weekly Newsletter
    Want to hear from us? Every week, NonProfitPeople sends out a newsletter giving our members a roundup of the best and most popular nonprofit career advice and resources on our site. Our newsletter also features new articles and resources you might have never known were there! Make sure you're receiving our newsletter by following these steps... To receive the newsletter: 1) ...
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    How Long Will My Job Search Take?

    As I work with new clients who have not launched a job search in a long time, I hear this question over and over again - "how long do you think my job search will take?" I wish I had a crystal ball (smile) that would help give me the right answer to that question - the reality is that ...
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    5 Ways to Stay in Touch

    5 Ways to Stay in Touch
    Reaching out, touching base, grabbing coffee, schmoozing, stalking, tweeting, friending, or even an old-fashioned “let’s do lunch”- the list of networking possibilities is exhausting even to just contemplate. But staying in touch isn’t always in person and it definitely doesn’t have to be hard. Keith Ferrazzi, networker extraordinaire and author of Who’s Got Your Back? posted his “pinging primer“ on his ...
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    3 Ways to Pitch Yourself in 30 Seconds

    3 Ways to Pitch Yourself in 30 Seconds
    People often think of the elevator pitch as something you use when you’re interviewing for a new job or trying to raise capital for a new venture. The elevator pitch, however, is no less important once you’ve got the job as it is when you’re looking. In fact, your personal 30-second spiel about who you are, how you’re different, and why ...
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    How to Sail through Your Tough Performance Review

    How to Sail through Your Tough Performance Review
    While the merits and validity of a year-end review are often the subject of great debate, the fact that many firms use them as a tool for compensation and promotion is not. Your managers will spend much time (hopefully) preparing to deliver your review in a thoughtful and constructive manner.  You should spend as much time, if not more, preparing yourself ...
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    8 Secrets of “Lucky” Job-Seekers

    Still looking for the four-leafed clover that will get you the job you’ve always wanted? If Lady Luck hasn’t been on your side lately, maybe it’s time to try a new approach. Contrary to popular belief, good luck doesn’t solely have to do with fate and the mysterious unfolding of the universe — according to several psychology study results, luck ...
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    How Social Media is Muddying the Waters for Job Seekers

    How Social Media is Muddying the Waters for Job Seekers
    Invited to an interview, you step into the room and unload that heavy photo album you’ve been clinging to onto the conference table. In addition to a resume and brag book, you have pictures on your iPhone of your dogs and the neighbor’s cat stalking the birds enjoying your new bird feeder. The interview progresses by you opening and flipping through ...
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    A former grade-school teacher reflects on his Teach for America days

    The years since I taught fourth grade in the Mississippi Delta have taken me far from the uncertain future of those children born on the wrong side of the tracks. And yet, I can still feel the texture of those humid Delta mornings, hear the rhythm of the voices of black children echoing down the halls. I still remember the ...
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    Four Tips for Volunteering at Your Local School

    One thing almost every school has in common these days is figuring out how to provide a quality education despite budget cuts. The days of GOOD currently produces a website, videos, live events, and a print magazine. Launched in September 2006, the company has garnered praise for its unique editorial perspective and fresh visual aesthetic and is quickly positioning itself ...
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    7 Steps to Becoming a Community Organizer

    Say you want to build a community garden. You’ve found the perfect space–but in order for you to plant, it needs to get re-zoned. It’s time to become a Community Organizer. Matthew Noah Smith, a community organizer turned Yale Philosophy professor who keeps skin in the game by teaching the Si Si Puede Become a Community Organizer course at TradeSchool, ...
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    Take a Break From Your Job Search

    6 Ways to Maintain Your Sanity While Looking for Work They say looking for a job is a full-time job in itself, but that’s only partially true. Full-time jobs come with things like regular paychecks, benefits and a sense of pride and accomplishment. Compare that to the frustrating, tedious and mostly unrewarding task of finding a job, and it’s no wonder ...
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    3 Ways Unpaid Internships Pay

    Like many college students, I didn’t understand how vital internships are until late in my academic career. I had that natural student mindset that, “everything would be okay” and, “I’ll land a job somehow after graduation.” If I hadn’t attended a professional development workshop supported by my fraternity’s alumni association, I would have learned the hard way I’m not entitled ...
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    An Introduction to Myers-Briggs

    An Introduction to Myers-Briggs
    If you’ve ever taken an MBTI assessment you will know the answer to that. If you haven’t, the answer may surprise you! What is MBTI? MBTI (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator) is a personality assessment tool and was developed by a mother and daughter team, Isabel Briggs Myers and her mother, Katherine Cook Briggs. Katherine was very interested in the theories of Carl ...
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    The 10 Worst Job-Search Tips Ever

    The 10 Worst Job-Search Tips Ever
    Nearly every day, someone sends me a bit of astounding job-search advice from a blog or a newsletter. Some of this advice seems to come directly from the planet X-19, and some of it seems to have been made up on the spot. Here are 10 of my favorite pieces of atrocious job-search advice, for you to read and ignore at ...
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    Twitter Your Way to a New Job

    Twitter Your Way to a New Job
    Originally published on GradSpot.com You might be surprised, but I feel strongly that Twitter can lead you to the next chapter of your career. Here's why: You can use Twitter to connect with people who share your interests and career goals. Check out search.twitter.com to search for people who are "Tweeting" about things that you care about and then "follow" them ...
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    How to Use Social Networking Sites to Market Yourself

    How to Use Social Networking Sites to Market Yourself
    Do you need more exposure for your business? Do you want ways to connect quickly with many people? Then social networking is for you! Many entrepreneurs, like myself, are on social network sites like NonProfitPeople.com. The opportunity to expose our business is there, but do we understand how to use it to grow? Web 2.0 has greatly changed the face of ...
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    5 Cover Letters That Worked

    We talk about them all the time: cover letters. We share general tips, explore best practices, and warn of the most common cover letter mistakes. What we haven't done is give you specific examples of real cover letters that worked. Until now! NonProfitPeople has tracked down five cover letters that helped job seekers land an interview. Sometimes, they even got ...
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    10 Ways to Make Sure You Don't Get the Job

    10 Ways to Make Sure You Don't Get the Job
    The following are 10 true stories. These have all happened to me or my colleagues over the years as hiring managers. I know the job search process can be hard to maneuver. Add to that the fact there’s a whole set of ‘new rules’ you need to follow to get employers to even want to hire you and a job seeker ...
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    4 Career Lessons from American Olympians

    Lindsey Vonn: Don’t Stop When it Starts to Hurt Lindsey Vonn is the first American woman to win a gold medal in the Olympic downhill skiing. A contender in Torino in 2006, Vonn suffered a terrible crash that sent her to the hospital. She left with pain arching through her legs and back but still competed in five events. She didn’t ...
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