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Whether you’re fresh out of college, a C-suite executive or you lie somewhere in-between, there will be times in your professional life where you could benefit from having a mentor. This person may have more or different career or life experiences than you, and they can show you the ropes, act as a sounding board, or help you work through new or unexpected personal or professional challenges.  Defined as the act or process of...
According to the Corporation for National and Community Service , candidates with volunteer experience are 27 percent more likely to get a job after being out of work than those who did not volunteer.  Many hiring managers, particularly those in the nonprofit sector, have a deep appreciation for candidates who give their time to organizations that are meaningful to them. “Volunteering sends a strong message about your...
Impact Opportunity had the chance to speak with Kristin Brennan, Executive Director, Career Exploration and Development at Bowdoin College, to get her advice on learning what organizational cultures are best for you when exploring a career or job change. What can you do to determine what kind of culture or environment works best for you? Kristin Brennan : Organizational culture is important to me. Not only because I advise other...
A gap in employment may seem like an awful, gaping chasm of emptiness on what otherwise would be a spotless testament to your skills and ingenuity—your resume. Fortunately, resume gaps are more common than ever.  In 2021 alone, more than 47 million Americans voluntarily quit their jobs during what is being called the Great Resignation, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics . Reasons Americans are leaving their roles...
For organizations to hire and retain valuable employees who are cheerleaders for the organization even after they’ve moved on, it’s critical for organizations to understand what makes people join the organization and why they leave. A thoughtful exit interview process can help organizations learn their successes and shortcomings and can go a long way in creating stronger professional relationships.  An exit interview...
Impact Opportunity had the chance to speak with Kristin Brennan, Executive Director, Career Exploration and Development at Bowdoin College, to get her advice on conducting successful informational interviews when exploring a career or job change. She also provided the following questions you might ask during an informational interview or networking opportunity.   Start with a softball, something easy and enjoyable for them...
Impact Opportunity had the chance to speak with Kristin Brennan, Executive Director, Career Exploration and Development at Bowdoin College, to get her advice on conducting successful informational interviews when exploring a career or job change. What advice would you give someone looking for a job or considering a career change? Kristin Brennan: The first question I would ask is, do you know what you're looking for? It can be...
Despite gaining popularity in the second half of the 20th century, we know cover letters have been around for hundreds of years. According to The Atlantic , legend has it that the Renaissance artist (and lesser-known inventor, architect, and scientist) Leonardo da Vinci created the first CV when he applied for a job from the Duke of Milan.  In the 1930s, the term “cover letter” started to pop up in newspapers, with a...
Social media is pervasive, including in the world of recruiting. Almost everyone has one or more social profiles, and the information shared can offer powerful insights into a candidate’s life outside of their resume.  While HR departments, hiring managers, and recruiters must follow legal guidelines, seeing a candidate’s social footprint is often unavoidable in a digital world. In fact, according to The Manifest 2020...
  By Kathleen Yazbak, Viewcrest Advisors   Checking references is a critical step toward making your final hiring decision and setting up your new leader for success in your mission-driven organization. Most hiring organizations underestimate the helpful information you can obtain from reference checks if you both ask and listen carefully. By speaking with former colleagues, you’ll have insights to add to your...
In today’s job market, employers may receive hundreds of applications for a single role, which is why it’s essential to stand out. Resume writers use their talent and experience to help professionals tell their stories, reinvent, restructure, and optimize their resumes. In turn, the updated resume provides a greater chance of making it through the screening processes and ultimately catches the eye of hiring managers. ...
The site launched in March 2021, taking over what had been the job board hosted by The Bridgespan Group BOSTON, MA, UNITED STATES, November 18, 202 --  Impact Opportunity  ( www.ImpactOpportunity.org ), a job board for nonprofit and mission-driven careers and volunteer opportunities has hosted more than 1,000 mission-driven positions since it took over the nonprofit job board that had been run by The Bridgespan Group (...