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    10 Step Guide to Finding a Nonprofit Job!

    10 Step Guide to Finding a Nonprofit Job!
    The nonprofit sector is a rapidly growing professional field and becoming a mainstream career option as people look to find meaning in their work. This article will help you to understand what a nonprofit is and the ways to go about looking for a job in the field. Whether you are a seasoned nonprofit veteran or new to the field, these ...
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    Nonprofit Careers May Be Worth the Sacrifice

    Nonprofit Careers May Be Worth the Sacrifice
    Nonprofit Careers May Be Worth the Sacrifice By Geoffrey Fox, Monster Contributing Writer  Why are some people attracted to careers in nonprofits, considering the low pay and long hours? Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez, president of the Hispanic Federation, a $4.7 million nonprofit membership organization of 81 Hispanic/Latino health and human services agencies in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, offers one answer: ...
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    100 Interview Questions You Should Be Ready to Answer

    100 Interview Questions You Should Be Ready to Answer
    While there are as many different possible interview questions as there are interviewers, it always helps to be ready for anything. So we've prepared a list of 100 potential interview questions. Will you face them all? We pray no interviewer would be that cruel. Will you face a few? Probably. Will you be well-served by being ready even if you're ...
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    Switching from For-Profit to Nonprofit

    Switching from For-Profit to Nonprofit
    A leadership deficit is prompting nonprofits to look outside their ranks for managers, says Bridgespan Group Chairman Thomas Tierney Imagine quitting your job to move to an organization that has fewer resources, affords you less control over the product, and offers a lower salary. Sound enticing? How about throwing into the mix more personal satisfaction, a charitable mission, and a greater ...
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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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    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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    5 Questions to Ask After the Offer

    5 Questions to Ask After the Offer
    All job hunters are waiting for that call -- the one that says they've landed the job. But as eager as you may be to escape either your current job or the unemployment ranks, don't abdicate your power position once the offer comes in. Now it's your turn to sit in the interviewer's seat and ask the nonprofit and yourself some ...
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    Before They Were Prez: Job Tips from Our Founding Fathers

    Presidents were once lowly employees too... Think Presidents have it easy with all of their Cabinet and appointed staff to do things for them? Well, life wasn’t always so sweet. They had to work their way up the career ladder to the White House too! Here are some examples of jobs they had before the Oval Office and tips that ...
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    Students as Teachers: Lessons Learned from the 2007 K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award Winners

    Students as Teachers: Lessons Learned from the 2007 K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award Winners
    The annual K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award—bestowed by the Association of American Colleges and Universities—recognizes graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education, with strong commitments to teaching and learning; to academic and civic responsibility; and to the development of others as leaders, scholars, and citizens. No doubt in part because of the selection criteria, these ...
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    How to Beat Your Quarterlife Crisis

    Welcome to the Quarterlife crisis. In bad news, you are already 25% of your way to 100-years-old. In good news, you are about to have a lot more freedom and money and a lot less homework than you did when you were a little kid. Odds are you haven’t really prepared for this transitional period of your life. Maybe you ...
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    Job Hunting? Look for Constructive Criticism

    Job Hunting? Look for Constructive Criticism
    A willingness to pursue constructive criticism — even if it is painful — may be just as important as networking when it comes to landing work in a bleak Triad job market, according to employment officials. Many job-seekers struggle with three major roadblocks under their control — poor marketing, poor networking and poor mind-set — said Andy Chan, the vice president ...
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    7 Steps to Using the Power of Intuition in Your Job Search

    Have you had that experience of suddenly having a huge hunch something is about to happen, and to your surprise, that intuition was eventually translated into reality? When you feel strongly about something without logical basis to it, that’s called intuition. It comes in three impressions: clairvoyance or “the third eye”, sensing clearly and feeling through listening. Intuition, in the ...
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    10 Reasons You Love Your Nonprofit Job

    You love for working for a nonprofit and sometimes it’s just hard to explain to others. NonProfitPeople has done the job for you! We surveyed a range of nonprofit professionals from program associates to executive directors and here are the top responses we found why you love working in the nonprofit world! Oh Nonprofits, How Do I Love Thee? Let ...
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    4 Factors That Can Ruin Your Job Search

    4 Factors That Can Ruin Your Job Search
    It's dangerous to make blanket generalizations about different jobs, careers and industries. You've probably heard many pronouncements like these from friends, family members and others: • "You should major in computer science. It's the hottest field, and you'll get a good job when you graduate." • "You're going to major in art? You're nuts! You'll never find a job!" • "Why ...
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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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    First Offer Not Your First Choice? When to Take It - And When to Walk Away

    First Offer Not Your First Choice? When to Take It - And When to Walk Away
    When you're unemployed, unhappily employed or eager to change careers, jumping at the first offer you get - even if it isn't quite what you want - can be tempting. So should you? While an offer can give you a sense of security, that feeling can quickly vanish if the position just isn't right for you and you find yourself looking ...
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    7 Stupidest Interview Questions and What They Really Mean

    If you’ve been in the workforce long enough, the same inane questions will continue to creep up in interview after interview. What is your greatest weakness? Where do you see yourself in five years? You know, the small-talk questions that fill up just enough time between the really important questions. But all those meaningless questions actually have a purpose. That’s ...
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    What's Really Wrong with Your Job Search?

    What's Really Wrong with Your Job Search?
    When things aren’t going our way it’s just human nature to begin laying blame. It is easy to see the culpability of others — our boss, the economy, the company that laid us off. It is far more difficult to take a deep look internally to see how we may be contributing to the situation at hand. Recently I spoke with ...
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    Why You Aren't Getting Hired

    Why You Aren't Getting Hired
    Frustrated by unemployment? Job hunting is tricky business. Getting hired is a subtle mix of the right qualifications, enough experience, interview chemistry, and a dash of luck. Assuming you're making all the right moves and avoiding the really obvious job seeker mistakes, there are a few points to consider that could be your ticket out of unemployment. Get out of your ...
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