Are you Managing Your Career?

Are you Managing Your Career?
Remember how you felt at the start, when you were looking for your first job? All you wanted was a toehold, a way in, a chance. But it felt like everyone else had control of your future. I got my first job out of college because I could type. And yes, I was taken aback when the hiring manager later told me the reason she interviewed me. Typing wasn’t supposed to be what got me a job—my BA in Spanish was supposed to be wildly appealing to the Pan American Health Organization! Years later, I ... Read more
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Building Each Other Up While Breaking Down Barriers

Building Each Other Up While Breaking Down Barriers
“The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.“ – V. Davis If you watched the Emmy’s last night (or even just caught some of todays’ highlights and buzz), you are likely aware that Viola Davis made history by becoming the first Black woman to win an Emmy for a leading role in a drama.  Whether or not you watch her show or are familiar with her work, is secondary to what her presence on that particular stage and the display of sisterhood that went on last ... Read more
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3 Steps for Success by Association

3 Steps for Success by Association
One of the best pieces of career advice I can give to a new professional is to be involved in your professional association. Whatever it is that you do or are interested in doing,   I can guarantee that there is an association for it. Step 1: Association Identification You may wonder how to find the right association to join. According to the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), there were 90,908 trade and professional associations in 2009. Regardless of your professional ... Read more
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Top 10 Career Tips for Beginning Writers

Top 10 Career Tips for Beginning Writers
Contrary to the common belief, you don’t need to be a writing veteran if you want to be successful in this career. It doesn’t matter whether or not you’ve always self-identified as a writer; if you have an idea and a talent to express it – grab the chance! The following tips will help you launch yourself as a successful writer. Make time! You won’t write a novel in a week. If you want this to be a successful project, then you have to commit to it. Create a schedule and devote a significant ... Read more
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Intern 101

Intern 101
I just had my first week at my summer job, and it was terrible. It seemed like nothing went right. My boss called in sick on my first day and handed off his welcoming duties to a less than welcoming individual, it took me hours of waiting, in a DMV-like environment, to get my corporate ID, and it seemed like every coworker I met had already decided that they didn’t like me. Of course, week one of any internship can be challenging.  You have to deal with all of the paperwork and the details ... Read more
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Digital by Default: 3 Ways to Take Advantage of Being an “Accidental Techie” at Your Organization

Digital by Default: 3 Ways to Take Advantage of Being an “Accidental Techie” at Your Organization
As the Founder of the Women in Tech Campaign, I’ve heard my share of stories from awesome women who self-identify as ‘accidental techies’. So what is an ‘accidental techie’? Often a communications professional by trade or study, these folks have somewhat organically turned into a digital ‘jack-of-all-trades’ for their organizations. But, the truth is, as the ‘Captain’ of your digital ship, it’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day storms and not look to the shore ahead. So, this post is ... Read more
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The Importance of Self Awareness & Self Care for Success As A Nonprofit Professional

The Importance of Self Awareness & Self Care for Success As A Nonprofit Professional
If you read my last post, you know that understanding your own needs in supervision and your organization’s culture are significant factors in your success as a new nonprofit professional. In Part Two, you’ll learn the importance of self-awareness and self care in achieving your career goals. You’ve started your new job and begun learning the organization’s policies and procedures. You’re beginning to understand how your position fits in with the mission you and your team are working to ... Read more
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What About You and the Leaders You Meet?

What About You and the Leaders You Meet?
The fact is, when you have a job, you are going to run into bad leaders. Why? Because leadership is difficult. Even for those with natural leadership ability, it is not easy. As the saying goes, “People quit their bosses, not their jobs.” In earlier posts, I wrote about two extremes of leadership: the good and the bad. This post is about you and what you do with the leaders you meet: 1) Be reasonable in your own expectations; but 2) Remove yourself from a bad situation when you can. Don’t ... Read more
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Things New Nonprofit Professionals Should Consider (Part One)

Things New Nonprofit Professionals Should Consider (Part One)
You’ve graduated from college and/or grad school and landed your dream job making a difference at your local nonprofit. You’re ready to change the world – and you will! Here are two factors to consider which will lead to your long-term success in the rewarding world of nonprofit work. Know what you need in supervision. Supervision is one of the most crucial elements of your success as a new nonprofit professional. It’s important to think about what you need from the start. The easiest way ... Read more
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Do You Know a Good Leader When You See One?

Do You Know a Good Leader When You See One?
My earlier post identified leadership as the good, the bad, and you. I wrote about six behaviors typical of bad leaders. While the opposite of my six observations of the bad are a place to start, there will be no getting off easy for me. Here are my top six qualities of good leaders. You work hard to build trust and earn respect. Sure, your team will trust you at the start, and your leadership role comes with some built-in respect. But strong leaders work continuously to prove themselves. ... Read more
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