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by Jessye Kass There are many reasons you might work with a career coach at some point in your working life. Career coaches can help you identify transferable skills. They can also help you translate your professional story for a career change to another industry . They can also help you develop a networking strategy or prepare for interviews. Here are some questions and insights to help you find clarity in when to find a...
by Jessye Kass What Is a Career Coach? A tear rolled down Joe’s cheek when I asked him, “What are you most proud of in your current role?” “I’m sorry, I don’t know why I’m crying! I just… I feel so lost in my current role,” Joe shared, visibly embarrassed. “Absolutely, no need to apologize. We spend the majority of our lives working, and when we experience pain points...
By Alec Green, NonprofitReady.org  So you want to make a difference in the world and you've decided to do it by working for a nonprofit organization. Congratulations! You are about to embark on a rewarding and challenging journey. But before you start sending out resumes, you might be wondering how you can succeed in the nonprofit sector when you don't have any experience working in a nonprofit organization. Don't worry, there are...
Will technology be an ally or a competitor to nonprofit workers as the sector undergoes a digital transformation? The dean of MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing , Dan Huttenlocher, states that AI already plays an instrumental role in addressing the societal challenges that nonprofits hope to resolve. In fact, nonprofits like the Common Market use AI to enhance food supply chains between farmers and food banks....
Mentors are invaluable. It doesn't matter who you are, your career field, position, organization, or sector—research continues to show that the benefits of being and having a mentor are vast for all involved.   Being asked to mentor a colleague, student, or young professional is an honor. Not only does it benefit the mentee , but the professional rewards go both ways. According to Forbes , both mentors and mentees were...
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...
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...
Changing jobs and switching sectors at the same time, from for-profit to nonprofit, can seem like a daunting task. Here are answers to questions frequently asked by those switching careers from the for-profit sector to one in the nonprofit sector.   I want to find a career where I can make a difference in the world. How do I get started looking at jobs in the nonprofit sector? Many sector-switchers, especially those just beginning...
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...
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. ...