Preparing Yourself for Change

Maybe you’re in full-blown search mode – or just seeing what’s out there. In any case, it’s always smart to polish up your job-search skills, and reflect on your career choices. We trust, and refer candidates to, these practical resources:

  • From The New York Times, “Writing a Résumé That Shouts ‘Hire Me’” – A helpful guide for how to think strategically in your job search, specifically providing tips for writing an effective resume that will attract employers
  • Bridgestar – A clear, well-organized place to start and includes a nonprofit job board, sample resumes and job-hunting tips, among other helpful resources

We’re always telling candidates to read these books:

  • Po Bronson, What Do I Want to Do with my Life?
  • Richard Bowles, What Color is Your Parachute?
  • Kathleen Mitchell, The Unplanned Career: How to Turn Curiosity Into Opportunity
  • Parker J. Palmer, Let Your Life Speak
  • Mary Catherine Bateson, Composing a Life

 

Learning About the Social Sector

We’ve built a strong practice in helping place leaders in social sector organizations, and have assisted many great candidates to change from private sector to mission-driven work. For candidates who want to explore this space, especially those who are making the change from for-profit careers, we consider the sites below required reading.

  • Echoing Green’s “Spark*Blog” – A content-rich blog (and twitter feed), excellent for keeping abreast of issues in the space as they evolve
  • BlueAvocado.org – A blog for non-profits of all sizes, filled with perspectives ranging from the practical to the big-picture
  • EduWonk – A broad ranging-blog on issues and news in the world of K-12 education, and education reform
  • Dowser – A wrap-up of news and stories of social change around the world
  • Class Struggles – Ongoing column and blog by Jay Matthews, the Washington Post’s lead writer on issues in education
  • Net Impact’s Learning Center – In addition to a newsletter and original publications, Net Impact has compiled a good primer of definitions of terms like “micro-finance” and “corporate social responsibility”
  • Stanford Social Innovation Review – This site makes most articles for the academic publication SSIR available online, so it’s a good location for in-depth reading and research
  • Social Edge – Social Edge is a global online community where social entrepreneurs and other practitioners of the social benefit sector connect to network, learn, inspire and share resources

 

The following vendors are well-known to us – we trust the advice they offer candidates, and whole-heartedly recommend them. (We are adamant about not benefitting from our candidates, and are not compensated for referrals.)

  • Hilary Achauer – Independent Writer and Editor, with experience helping candidates polish their resumes and cover letters
  • Deborah Flood – Consultant with nearly 20 years experience helping nonprofit organizations and their leaders to be more strategic and effective in their work, through such services as executive coaching, strategic and business planning, and organizational development.
  • Derek Hansen – Former investment banker and private equity investor, now turned executive and career coach and organizational strategist, offering a unique, holistic methodology and perspective
  • Six Figure Start – Multiple services to support successful job searches, including free online resources, free and low-cost podcasts, and one-on-one coaching services
  • Bright Livelihoods – Provides free resources, classes and individual coaching that help you discover what you were born to do and fill your biography with realized dreams.