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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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    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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    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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    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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    How to Network--Even if You're an Introvert

    How to Network--Even if You're an Introvert
    Let me start by saying that I'm not an extrovert. Every personality assessment I've ever taken spits out results that say I'm "in my head" or a "thinker." In other words, an introvert. And I've built my career on networking. It's opened doors for me, given me critical advice and, when I became an entrepreneur, developed millions of dollars in business ...
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    13 Worst Networking Mistakes

    13 Worst Networking Mistakes
    You wouldn't wear jeans to a job interview, but do you pay as much attention to job-hunting etiquette when networking? If you're approaching potential contacts in an offhand way, you may be putting them off entirely. Learn what the most common networking mistakes are so you don't have to make them. 1. Waiting Many people start networking only after they've lost ...
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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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    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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    Ten Interview Fashion Blunders

    Ten Interview Fashion Blunders
    Any article about what to wear to an interview might well begin with a qualifying statement covering the extremes in various states (New York and California, for example) and industries (technology, manufacturing), which are possible exceptions to the normal rules of fashion. But it might surprise you to learn that those extremes have, over the last couple of years, begun to ...
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    The Ins and Outs of Business Casual

    The Ins and Outs of Business Casual
    Business casual: What does it really mean? On a bright spring day several years ago, when the sky was bright blue, the tulips were in full bloom, and I was considering playing hooky as I walked into work, one of my accounting clerks sped by me in a flesh. Or was that flash? I still don't know. All I remember is ...
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    Channel Your Cover Letter Feedback

    Prioritize the Feedback Most professional resume-writing firms also offer cover letter services, so if you're not having much success improving your letter on your own, it may be worthwhile to hire a professional. "I have seen many job searches stalled, because the individual had a terrific resume written by a professional but did not want to pay for a cover ...
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    5 Job Hunting Mistakes that Scream "I'm Unprofessional"

    5 Job Hunting Mistakes that Scream "I'm Unprofessional"
    In most job-filling situations, the employer has the luxury of choosing from several well-qualified applicants, all of whom could probably do the job. That's when the little things, like the common but often unrecognized mistakes described here, almost always come into play. Make sure you avoid them, so they don't cost you a shot at the job. h4. *1. Using a ...
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    Ace the 10 Most Common Interview Questions

    Ace the 10 Most Common Interview Questions
    Too many job seekers stumble through interviews as if the questions are coming out of left field. But many interview questions are to be expected. Study this list and plan your answers ahead of time so you’ll be ready to deliver them with confidence. 1. What Are Your Weaknesses? This is the most dreaded question of all. Handle it by minimizing ...
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    Leverage Volunteer Work on Your Resume

    Leverage Volunteer Work on Your Resume
    You may have altruistic reasons for volunteering, but giving your time has career-enhancing power, too. "Volunteer work, whether in addition to a current job or an activity in between jobs, shows an employer that you are willing to try new experiences, be involved in your community and generally demonstrates a willingness to take initiative and make things happen," says Kara Montermoso, ...
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    Tips for Turning a Volunteer Job into a Full-Time Position

    Tips for Turning a Volunteer Job into a Full-Time Position
    To fill time between jobs or explore other fields, many people are finding that a volunteer job -- especially in the nonprofit sector -- can sometimes lead to permanent, salaried employment. “People think the only way to land a full-time position is through traditional means,” says Becky Lunders, president of teamWorks, a leadership development consulting firm in Rohnert Park, California. “The ...
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    What's Your Resume Objective?

    What's Your Resume Objective?
    The first step to creating a high-impact resume is determining what you're trying to accomplish. With a clearly defined career objective, you can write a resume that conveys the experience, skills and training that best serve your overall professional aspirations. Hiring managers are busy folks who can't afford to waste any time trying to figure out what your career goals are. ...
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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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    10 Tips to Boost Your Interview Skills

    10 Tips to Boost Your Interview Skills
    Even the smartest and most qualified job seekers need to prepare for job interviews. Why, you ask? Interviewing is a learned skill, and there are no second chances to make a great first impression. So study these 10 strategies to enhance your interview skills. 1. Practice Good Nonverbal Communication It's about demonstrating confidence: standing straight, making eye contact and connecting with ...
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    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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    4 Things the "Jersey Shore" Can Teach You About Finding a Job

    Did you think thatThe Jersey Shore was just all tanning, fist pumps and hair gel? Think again! Turns out the kids from Joizy can teach us about more than just Ed Hardy, Italian flag ornamentation, and extreme midriffs. Their “techniques” can get your resume noticed, rock an interview, and even get you hired. Think we’re kidding? Get in the zone ...
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