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    Top Resources for Business Writing

    Top Resources for Business Writing
    For many of us, business writing can be a stumbling block on the road to professional success. Fortunately, you can keep a number of excellent references handy to help you become the office Hemingway. Here are a few suggestions. The Business Style Handbook: An A-to-Z Guide for Writing on the Job with Tips from Communications Experts at the Fortune 500 by ...
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    Motivating Employees from Other Cultures

    Motivating Employees from Other Cultures
    Differences in cultural values require extra skill when attempting to motivate changes in behavior. Managers need to accurately interpret the situation and design a strategy that fits an individual's values and needs. This process is fairly straightforward when working with people of similar backgrounds, but is much more difficult when attempting to understand and motivate employees whose values and backgrounds may ...
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    Understand Different Religions at Work

    Understand Different Religions at Work
    In many workplaces, it's impolite to talk about religion. But in a nation that becomes more diverse every day, even the smallest company probably includes people of various religions, and when you work closely with others, it's natural to be curious about different practices. Here are some basic facts: Culturally Significant Dress Muslim women dress modestly in public. The Koran prescribes ...
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    Positive Bias Is Dangerous, Too

    Positive Bias Is Dangerous, Too
    Bias is alive and well in the American workplace. Although blatant examples of discrimination, racism and sexism are thankfully rare, subtle assumptions still exist about individuals based on the group to which they belong. These assumptions cause that quiet voice inside us to say, "I know you; I know all about you; I've met someone like you before," when we meet ...
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    Formality Has a Place in the Diverse Workplace

    Formality Has a Place in the Diverse Workplace
    Traditional forms of etiquette seem antique in our increasingly casual workplaces. It's as if casual behavior arrived at work on the coattails -- or I should say, khaki cuffs -- of casual dress codes and has never left. Most of us are happy about that, but there are times when formality communicates a form of respect that is vital to successful ...
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    Rural Healthcare Jobs in the American Indian Community

    Rural Healthcare Jobs in the American Indian Community
    For more than a century, American Indians have been significantly more vulnerable to illness and disease than other Americans. A dearth of nurses and doctors on or near far-flung, sparsely populated reservations makes it difficult for American Indians to take care of their most basic health needs. And the caregivers they do find may lack understanding of tribal cultures and traditional ...
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    Volunteer Work Does Your Career Good

    Volunteer Work Does Your Career Good
    Boost Your Career While Giving Back to the GLBT Community  I was 28 years old and making decent money in a bookkeeping job with lots of possibilities for promotion. Yet what I really wanted was to become a writer. No matter how much I tried to break out of the path I had carved for myself, every interviewer took one ...
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    Hispanics/Latinos in Legal Careers

    Hispanics/Latinos in Legal Careers
    Not every lawyer's career is the same. Many freshly minted attorneys use their degrees as a gateway to different kinds of legal careers. Three typical paths, as illustrated here by a trio of Hispanic/Latino lawyers, are the pursuit of a partnership in an established law firm, nonprofit work or setting up an entrepreneurial practice. Each has found a niche by focusing ...
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    Workforce Reentry Strategies for Sequencing Mothers

    Workforce Reentry Strategies for Sequencing Mothers
    Many professional women intend to ramp their careers back up after taking a planned break from the workforce to raise their children. If you're one of these "sequencing" moms, how can you ease your transition back to the world of meetings and memos after you've spent the last year -- or the last 10 -- reading more Dr. Seuss than Wall ...
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    Volunteering Can Buy You IT Experience

    Volunteering Can Buy You IT Experience
    A supposedly hot certification or a few months of technology training isn't always enough to propel you into the market for tech jobs. Employers almost always prefer to hire people with real-world experience. To aspiring techies, it's a catch-22: You can't get a job without experience, and you can't get experience without a job. One solution: Volunteer work. Grassroots environmental groups, ...
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    New Grads Can Make Community Service Jobs the First Step in Their Career

    New Grads Can Make Community Service Jobs the First Step in Their Career
    Community-service programs skewed toward recent-grad volunteers are certainly gaining in popularity. For example, online applications to AmeriCorps more than tripled for the period November 2008 to June 2009 compared to a year earlier, according to the federal government program. But for college grads facing the most brutal job market in decades, is devoting a year or two to the greater good ...
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    The Work-Love Triangle

    The Work-Love Triangle
    Katina Paron recalls the affair responsible for creating tension in her relationship with longtime boyfriend Will Turnage. Instead of coming in late, flushed and reeking of cologne after a long dinner with "friends," Paron was hardly ever coming home at all. And when she found time to be with Turnage, she had another relationship on her mind: The one with her ...
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    What About Working for Nonprofits?

    What About Working for Nonprofits?
    "You're going to do what?" Mimi's manager practically shouted at her. The 42-year-old brand manager told him she had accepted a job as an associate director of an agency that serves inner-city children. It would pay about half her current salary. "Have you lost your mind?" "Not at all," Mimi assured him. "In fact, I've really just found my mind, as ...
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    Sample Thank-You Letter for an Informational Interview

    See proper formatting example here. NONPROFIT CORRESPONDENCE Sample Thank-You Letter for an Informational Interview 2720 Euclid Drive Philadelphia, PA 19110 April 15, ____ James Weston, Assistant Director American Association of Community Service Organizations 7210 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 223 Washington, DC 20036 Dear Mr. Weston: Our meeting yesterday was truly informative and extremely useful in helping me clarify various concerns regarding careers ...
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    Sample Interview Thank-You Letter

    See proper formatting example here. NONPROFIT CORRESPONDENCE Sample Interview Thank-You Letter 2720 Euclid Drive Philadelphia, PA 19110 April 15, ____ James Weston, Assistant Director American Association of Community Service Organizations 7210 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 223 Washington, DC 20036 Dear Mr. Weston: I want to thank you again for the opportunity to interview for the Community Research Analyst position. You and your ...
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    Sample Letter Requesting an Informational Interview (Second Example)

    See proper formatting example here. NONPROFIT CORRESPONDENCE Sample Letter Requesting an Informational Interview (Second Example) 2720 Euclid Drive Philadelphia, PA 19110 April 15, ____ James Weston, Assistant Director American Association of Community Service Organizations 7210 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 223 Washington, DC 20036 Dear Mr. Weston: I have been most impressed by your work with community service organizations in Philadelphia. Indeed, the ...
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    Sample Letter Requesting an Informational Interview (First Example)

    See proper formatting example here. NONPROFIT CORRESPONDENCE Sample Letter Requesting an Informational Interview (First Example) 2720 Euclid Drive Philadelphia, PA 19110 April 15, ____ James Weston, Assistant Director American Association of Community Service Organizations 7210 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 223 Washington, DC 20036 Dear Mr. Weston: Alice White suggested that I contact you about my interest in community service organizations. She enthusiastically ...
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    Sample Cover Letter in Response to a Job Listing

    See proper formatting example here. NONPROFIT CORRESPONDENCE Sample Cover Letter in Response to a Job Listing 2720 Euclid Drive Philadelphia, PA 19110 April 15, ____ James Weston, Assistant Director American Association of Community Service Organizations 7210 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 223 Washington, DC 20036 Dear Mr. Weston: I enclose my resume in response to your announcement in The Washington Post for a ...
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    Find Your Fit in Nonprofit Finance

    Find Your Fit in Nonprofit Finance
    Are you a mid-career finance, real estate or accounting type who suddenly wants more from life than a fat paycheck? You don't have to leave your profession to change the world. Instead, transition to the nonprofit sector. "What the not-for-profits do is very interesting, and it's also a very secure industry, which is why people are focusing on them these days," ...
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    Nonprofit Resume Tips

    Nonprofit Resume Tips
    Just as there’s no one right way to develop a resume for the for-profit sector, resumes for nonprofit jobs are also dependent on the target job and organization. With more than 1 million nonprofits in the US, nonprofit jobs are as varied as those in the corporate sector. The best approach is to first understand what the organization is looking for ...
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