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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...
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. ...
By Paul Konigstein   If you are feeling burned out in your job, you are not alone. Mid-career burnout is a rite of passage in corporate America. At some point after ten to twenty years in their career, most corporate workers begin to question the relevancy, impact, and beneficiaries of their work and look for a greater psychic return on their sweat equity. They tire of working to make more money for an owner, question the...
The 2021 school year is getting off the ground, and with it are internships. According to a study by SmallBizGenius , 60 percent of students in their graduating class since 2013 have participated in an internship and/or co-op at some point in their educational journey, and for a good reason. Internships have immense value to students, providing real-world experience and mentorship, as well as kick-starting their careers. Organizations of all...
It’s no secret that over the past year and a half, businesses, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations both across the United States and globally turned to working remotely in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As variants circulate and hard-hit communities work to prevent spreading the virus, many employers are making the switch to allow employees to choose where they want to work and when they’ll be in office, if at...
Professional networking, or creating mutually beneficial business relationships, is an essential part of building a successful career. From getting a job offer to establishing partnerships, a person’s network is often the determining factor in business opportunities. According to LinkedIn data , nearly 80% of business professionals consider networking important to career success. In fact, LinkedIn outlined that candidates referred to a...
Valerie Threlfall leads Listen4Good , Fund for Shared Insight’s signature capacity building program. As the founding director of Listen4Good, Valerie led the initial design of the offering and now oversees a product and program team that supports more than 550 organizations across the United States. She is also Principal of Ekouté Consulting , which advances the use of feedback to inform strategy and measurement efforts for...
When you’re looking to take the next step in your career, it’s natural to set your mind on a target company, a title, rank, or location and focus on those details as you embark on your job hunting journey. When it comes to selecting your next organization, research is paramount to ensuring that you will appreciate the culture, align with the mission and values, and work with a team you will be proud to call coworkers. With so...
“ I think I’d like to work in the nonprofit sector, but I’m not sure where to start, ” is a common sentiment among those contemplating a major career change. A great way to start any new job search—especially one that involves a significant shift in focus, such as moving from one sector to another—is to dedicate substantial time to self-exploration. While this article focuses on self-assessment and...