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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...
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...
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...
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. ...
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...