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What Nonprofit Job SeekersCan Expect in 2011 Presented by Marianita Paddock SnodgrassPositively Your Coach! February 17, 2011
The Houston Market • Houston and Texas top on list of cities and states not as affected by economic turmoil facing the nation. • Job Openings Climb to a two-year high nationwide. • Layoffs throughout the country are slowing down. • Hiring of fundraisers continues despite economic downturn.
The Houston Market(continued) • Donations down across the board that may freeze positions or spur lay-offs. • Takes longer on average to secure another job. • Possibly fewer positions available. • Good time to invest in yourself and in your employees.
Makeover Maneuvers Reinvent Yourself Leverage Your Career
Reinvent Yourself • Create New Thinking • Begin with end in mind • Create new future that is not a repeat of the past
Create New Thinking • Access current reality • Explore alternatives • Tap your power
Access Current Reality • “Know thyself” • Learn strengths and build upon them • Manage weaknesses • Understand temperaments See Strengths and Temperament Handout
Access Current Reality (continued) • Know what you “really” want • Do self reflection • Evaluate your employability • What is your passion? • If your finances were covered, what work would you do?
Access Current Reality (continued) • What is your legacy to current organization? • Develop a mission statement • Highlight unique skills and abilities • Create your own “brand” • What sets you apart from other fundraisers?
Explore Alternatives • Be a star in your organization • Respect your organization • Analyze your programs and development plan • Steward your donors • Position organization positively • Demonstrate your value • Leverage your experience to help solve problems • Evolve as an “expert”
Explore Alternatives (continued) • Enhance Yourself • Read • Secure additional education or new skills • Build on your strengths • Cross-train within your department/area • Volunteer for Boards/Development Committees/AFP • Pursue CFRE accreditation
Explore Alternatives (continued) • Establish mentor relationships • Engage your supervisor • Discover broad range of same level colleagues • Locate broad range of higher level colleagues • Seek Consultants/Career Coaches • Receive feedback • Think about your references
Tap Your Power • Create your Career Map • Look within your organization or outside where your skills can be utilized • Activate your network • Open your “treasure chest” • Tackle “F.E.A.R.” • Plan for the long-term tenure
Leverage Your Career • Set your plan in motion • Present an upbeat attitude – always! • Employ the Three “P”s of personal solicitation! • Utilize Six Steps of Job Hunting
Six Steps of Job Hunting • Step #1 • ID potential employers • Brainstorm on own, with mentors, (donors), network • Make a list of target organizations • Check websites • AFP • Local Job Ministries • Targeted organizations • Check professional publications
Six Steps of Job Hunting • Step # 2 • Develop marketing & cultivation plan • Network • Volunteer with professional and targeted organizations • Engage mentor(s) • Use LinkedIn, Twitter • Attend professional meetings/conferences
Six Steps of Job Hunting • Step #3 • Prepare effective resume: • Summary (list strengths and objective) • Accomplishments (primary areas that matches job opening) • Work history (chronological descending, job title, organization and location) • Education (no years) • Community/professional (volunteer work) • Awards/recognitions (if appropriate and have room) • 1 inch margins all around, no typos, 2 pages or less
Six Steps of Job Hunting • Step #3 (continued) • Prepare for the interview: • Know and name your strengths • Know how to manage your weaknesses • Give brief overview of your work experience • Match your skills with job opening • Ask proactive and clarifying questions about job and organization
Six Steps of Job Hunting • Step #4 • Seek informational interviews • Through network determine: • Who to interview (like people with the job you would like) • Ask for referrals • Circle back and keep network and those interviews with informed of your progress/status
Six Steps of Job Hunting • Step #5 • Ask for the job • When appropriate (i.e. after the first interview and during the second interview) • Talk salary and benefits once job has been offered. (If employer brings up salary, make sure you and they are in the same range.) • Have a fundraising plan ready for the organization for your second interview just to be prepared!
Six Steps of Job Hunting • Step # 6 • Thank employer • Immediately after the interview pen a personal note and mail it. • Do this for every interview with every participant.
Transitioning to Nonprofit? • Be savvy • What’s the attraction? • What organization? • Volunteer or internship? • Translate resume • Know the differences in nonprofit work • Hours • Budgets • Consensus • Multiple markets
Questions? Thank you for your attention. Marianita Paddock Snodgrass Executive Coach Positively Your Coach! Strengths-based Team Building • Fundraising Strategies & Assessments •Career Transitions & Development 713-582-8615 http://www.positivelyyourcoach.com email@example.com
References & Reading List • AFP job seekers toolkit, visit www.afpnet.org/resource_center/fundraising_news • Boice, Jacklyn P. “Ideas and resources to help advance your career.” Advancing Philanthropy. July/August 2009. • Bruce, MBA Heidi A. “Ten Steps to Survive – and Love – Your Layoff!” Advancing Philanthropy. September/October 2009. • CFRE accreditation. Online application. www.cfre.org • Charski, Mindy, “7 Ways to Find Your Perfect Job.” U.S. News & World Report, www.usnews.com/articles/business/careers/2008/05/15/7-ways-to-find-your-perfect-job.html May 15, 2008. • Clarke, Kristin, “Fundraising in a Recession.” www.asaecenter.org/PublicationsResources/whitepaperdetail.cfm?itemnumber=32286 March 2008. • Cook, Pamela and Paul Gietzel, “Be Prepared!” www.afpnet.org November 2008. • Fisher, Donna and Sandy Vilas. Power Networking: 55 Secrets for Personal & Professional Success, Austin, TX: MountainHarbour Publications. 1992.
References & Reading List(continued) • Hargrove, Robert. Masterful Coaching, San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, Inc., A Wiley Imprint, 3rd edition, 2008. • Kessler, Robin and Linda A. Strasburg. Competency-Based Resumes, Franklin Lakes, NJ: The Career Press, Inc., 2005. • Kessler, Robin. Competency-Based Performance Reviews, Franklin Lakes, NJ: The Career Press, Inc., 2008. • Littauer, Florence. Personality Plus. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell. 1992. • “Managing Your Career in a Recession.” www.philanthropy.com January 13, 2009. • http://www.myersbriggs.org • Nemko, Marty. “Best Careers 2009: Fundraiser.” U.S. News & World Report, www.usnews.com/articles/business/careers/2008/12/11/best-careers-2009-fundraiser.html December 11, 2008. • Nicholson, Heather. “Social Networking Becomes Key to Career Plan Success.” Houston Chronicle. Advertising Supplement. January 25, 2009. • “Nonprofits Overcome Hiring Challenges; Johns Hopkins Study Shows Nonprofits Able to Fulfill Hiring Goals.” AScribe Newswire, www.ascribe.org September 1, 2008.
References & Reading List (continued) • Rath, Tom. Strength Finders 2.0, New York, NY: Gallup Press. 2007. • Rath, Tom and Barry Conchie. Strengths Based Leadership. New York, NY: Gallup Press. 2008. • Sixel, L.M. “Economy to Get Better, But Slowly.” Houston Chronicle. October 31, 2010. • Sixel, L.M. “How to Overcome Fear of Networking..” Houston Chronicle. October 7, 2010. • Sixel, L.M. “Weakness Lurks in Job Figures.” Houston Chronicle. October 23, 2010. • Stinebaker, Kim. “Updating skills is Essential to Advancement in the Workplace.” Houston Chronicle. Advertising Supplement. August 29, 2010. • “Strategies for Overcoming the Global Financial Crisis.” www.afpnet.org/Resource_center_/fundraising_news October 27, 2008. • Thompson, Kimberly. “Are you ready to job search in the new year?” Houston Chronicle. Advertising Supplement. January 3, 2010.
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