Change The Way You Approach Your Resume [INFOGRAPHIC]

Whether you are building your first resume or sprucing it up, creating a resume may seem like a daunting task. But, it doesn’t have to be. Your resume is the perfect opportunity to stand out from the crowd, which is why we’re sharing 10 Easy Steps to a Better Resume by Yellow Lines Lab. You can also, use these steps to perfect your OK Profile and outshine your competition.

Enjoy!

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5 Solutions to Handle Your Workload

mondayDo you often feel like handling your workload is like a climbing a mountain? Industry leaders, Nonprofit HR Solutions and Nonprofit Marketing Guide recently listed lack of time and overextended workloads as two of the top challenges nonprofit professionals face. Lack of time coupled with excessive workloads often leads to nonprofit professionals experiencing burnout and questioning whether or not they are fit for the nonprofit industry.  With a few simple actions, you can control the stress and balance your workload. Here are five solutions on how to get you started:

Solution No.1- Create a Schedule. In an Excel spreadsheet, break down your day in 15-minutes increments and create your to-do list by priorities & deadlines.

Solution No.2- Stop multitasking. Quality work isn’t produced from multitasking. Devote your time to the task at hand.

Solution No.3- Give each task a time limit. Find a browser extension like Task Timer to push you to focus and be more efficient.

Solution No.4- Manage your external time wasters. Three of the top time wasters are phones, unexpected visitors, and emails. Put your iPhone on airplane mode, put a do not disturb sign on your door, and set a time to check and send emails.

Solution No.5- Communicate with your manager. Does you manager know how heavy your workload is?  Schedule a meeting with your manager and discuss what you’re struggling with. This is also a good time to discuss boundaries and determine top priorities and deadlines.

We want to hear from you! What ways do you handle your workload that we did not list?

5 Jobs That Change The World

Beyond volunteering, there are new opportunities every week to do great work combining your passions and your career. Opportunity Knocks’ mission is to encourage career fulfillment, which is why we are proud to introduce our new recurring feature, “5 Jobs That Change the World.” Each week, we’ll be highlighting five open positions that help ignite social change. Here’s this week’s edition:

Executive Director | Action Ministries | Atlanta, GA
am “In 2012, an estimated 23.1 million Americans needed treatment for a problem related to drugs or alcohol, but only about 2.5 million people received treatment at a specialty facility,” according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Among the 23.1 million people in treatment were the women of the Breakthru House. A branch of Action Ministries, the Breakthru House is a long-term residential recovery program for women in Georgia. Since its conception in 1969, the Breakthru House has provided each woman with a unique program that focuses on physical, emotional, and spiritual healing. Click here to learn more about how you can join the Breakthru House’s mission as their new Executive Director and help women in Georgia break through from addiction to recovery.
Associate Director of AmeriCorps | YouthBuild | New York, NY
youthb Youth volunteers often have  been described as being problem solvers, full of ideas, and extremely energetic. Youth Build is no stranger to the positive impact young people can have on their communities. For 22 years, YouthBuild has worked with low-income young people working toward their GEDs or high school diplomas while they learn job skills by building affordable housing for homeless and low-income people. YouthBuild has built over 22,000 units of affordable housing and engaged with more than 120,000 young adults including AmeriCorps members. As a vital partner, AmeriCorps has helped YouthBuild accomplish several of their programs. Find out more here on how you can join YouthBuild and help mobilize thousands of young people in their communities as their new Associate Director of AmeriCorps.
Museum Experience and Education Coordinator | San Jose Museum of Arts | San Jose, CA
jm Community focused and MUSE award-winner, the San Jose Museum of Arts has been the lively center of Silicon Valley’s art scene for 45 years. This world class attraction has grown from a small civic art gallery to a full-fledged museum. Adding to the museum ’s large presence in the community are its educational initiatives and programs. Known as an innovator in museum education, the San Jose Museum of Arts has several programs including their award-winning school program, Let’s Look at Art Program. Learn more here on how you can help sustain the San Jose Museum of Arts’ focus on education by joining their team as the Museum Experience and Education Coordinator.
Associate Director of Medical Mission | Solidarity Bridge | Evanston, IL
4194bfe4-6ca3-443e-a24b-50229b1dba86-m Rooted in the power of healing and empowerment, Solidarity Bridge provides life saving medical procedures and other healthcare for those living in poverty in Latin America. During Solidarity Bridge’s medical mission trips, their primary focus of our trips is teaching the local medical community and working side by side with them to serve their fellow citizens. Since 1999, Solidarity Bridge has cared for over 57,500 patients and performed more than 3,800 surgeries through their medical program. Find out more here on how you can serve the people of Latin America as Solidarity Bridge’s new Associate Director of Medical Mission.
Los Angeles Area Director | American Foundation for Suicide Prevention | Los Angeles, CA
AFSP-LOGO Every year suicide claims the lives of nearly 30,000 Americans. Leading advocate efforts and research for suicide victims and their loved ones is the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). Since 1987, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention has worked to provide evidenced-based research and programs that will help to better understand and prevent suicide. With more than 40 chapters across America, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s networks stand at the forefront of increasing the public’s awareness of suicide as a public health issue that is preventable. A part of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s network is the Greater Los Angeles area chapter. In Los Angeles, suicides outnumbered homicides and unfortunately the trend has continued to grow since 2009. Click here to learn more about how you can help decrease this number as the Greater Los Angeles AFSP chapter’s new Director.


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What to Expect When You’re Participating in a Stay Interview

Image-1More than 2 million Americans voluntarily leave their jobs every month, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. What’s more alarming is that 74 percent of people would today consider finding a new job. But, why are people so eager to leave their jobs? According to Accenture, the top reasons are: employees don’t like their boss, a lack of empowerment, internal politics, and lack of recognition. Luckily for employees, there is a growing trend in HR where organizations and companies are conducting stay interviews. What’s a stay interview? A stay interview is designed to discover why a current employee continues to work for the company, what motivates and engages them, and why they opt to stay with the organization rather than searching for a new position.

Don’t panic if you’re called into one of these interviews because it’s the perfect time to be honest and discuss any issues that you are having. It’s also a good sign that your managers considers you top talent and don’t want you to leave so they want to create the best environment for you. If you’re still nervous about your stay interview, here’s a compilation of questions you maybe asked:

  • Do you feel “fully utilized” in your current role? If so, can you identify the factors that make you feel fully utilized? Are there additional things that we can do to more fully take advantage of your talents and interests?

  • If you had a magic wand, what would be the one thing you would change about your work, your role, and your responsibilities?

  • Is the organization providing you with opportunities to grow and develop as a person and as a professional? What would improve your opportunities?

  • Do you feel you are best suited for your position or do you feel better suited for a different one?

  • Do your colleagues and teammates listen to you and do they value your ideas, inputs, and decisions? How can that area be improved?

  • Have you actively job searched in the past year? Why were you considering leaving your position?

  • If you “managed yourself,” what would you do differently (in relation to managing “you”), that I, as your current manager, don’t currently do?

  • If you changed your role completely, what would you miss the most?

  • What part of your role is most challenging? What is least challenging?

  • Think back to a time in the last 12-months when you have been at least slightly frustrated or anxious about your current role. Can you list for me the frustration factor or factors that most contributed to that anxiety? Can you also help me understand what eventually happened to lower that frustration level?

  • Do you know what career opportunities you’d like to pursue with our organization? Can you see yourself accomplishing them here?

We hope after reading this blog post, you feel prepared and confident if you’re called into a stay interview. Just remember, stay calm and answer each question thoughtfully and honestly!

If you’re an employer and want to learn more about conducting stay interviews, check out our upcoming OK Online Training, Employee Retention 101: How to Conduct Stay Interviews. Join us to learn how to retain your top talent and make your retention program more powerful.

We want to hear from you!

Have any of you participated in stay interviews? If so, how did it go?

The Formula for the Best Cover Letter You’ll Ever Write

Best cover letter formulaWouldn’t it be nice if cover letters were simply fill-in-the-blank forms? Unfortunately, templates and cover letter builders lack originality and are not captivating and serve as a filtering tool for hiring managers. The best cover letters are purposely crafted, engaging, and enticing. Your goal as a candidate is to prove that you are what the employer is looking for. Lucky for you, hiring managers have leveled the playing field for every candidate by providing a cheat sheet, the job description. Using the job description as a formula to create your cover letter can reduce your anxiety and help you express why you’re the best candidate for the job.

The Basics

A cover letter should be:

  • Between three to four paragraphs
  • Short and concise
  • Show personal interest in the position and company
  • Answer the question, “Why should I select you?”

The Works

Step 1: Create a Requirements Column

Job descriptions can be complex. The requirement column breaks down what the employer is looking for. The goal here is to take a complex and convoluted job description and make it simple and concise. You’ll turn the job description into a bulleted outline.

A. Break paragraphs into sentences
B. Break sentences into unique ideas

Step 2: Create a Response Column

The Response column is an illustration of your ability to do the job. Your Response Outline is going to respond to each item in your Requirements column. Respond to each Requirement using (1) Skills (2) Experience (3) Accomplishments. Make sure you answer each item confidently and include only relevant items. If you are lacking the skills needed to secure a job, but truly believe your strengths could easily fit a company’s needs, then take the opportunity to explain that.

The Masterpiece

Your break down of the cover letter should now look something like this:

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Final Touches

We want to hear from you! Did this formula help you? Comment below!

5 Jobs That Change The World

Beyond volunteering, there are new opportunities every week to do great work combining your passions and your career. Opportunity Knocks’ mission is to encourage career fulfillment, which is why we are proud to introduce our recurring feature, “5 Jobs That Change the World.” Each week, we’ll be highlighting five open positions that help ignite social change. Here’s this week’s edition:

 

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Program Coordinator | About-Face | San Francisco, CA

In a new era of female empowerment campaigns from start-ups like Levo League and GoldieBlox, girl power is on the rise again. Carrying the torch since 1995, San Francisco’s own, About Face has been equipping women and girls with tools to understand and resist harmful media messages that may affect their self-esteem and body images. Through several programs including their most prominent workshop series, Education Into Action, they have impacted thousands of girls and helped to change their direction, attitude, and their point of view regarding body images. Join this progressive organization as their new Program Coordinator to change the way girls across America view themselves.

 

 

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Youth Opportunity Program Manager | Points of Light | Atlanta, GA

A socially conscious generation, millennials stand at the forefront of volunteering and service projects as a generation that will ignite social change. Alongside millennials stands the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, Points of Light. Founded in 1990, Points of Light mobilizes millions of people through affiliates in 250 cities and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations. Points of Light is expanding their reach even further with a newly created role, Youth Opportunity Program Manager. Find out more by clicking here and find out how you can help thousands of at-risk youth and young adults.

 

 

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Director of Foundation & Government Relations | Naturebridge | San Francisco, CA

From the launch of President Obama’s Educate to Innovate initiative to public figures like Mark Zuckerburg and Will.iam supporting S.T.E.M. education, the United States’ interest in S.T.E.M. education is at an all-time high. Since 1971, NatureBridge has prevailed as a cornerstone for environmental field science education. Naturebridge provides hands-on environmental field science education for children and teens in some of the most magnificent classrooms—our national parks. Today more than 600 schools and 30,000 children, teens, and teachers participate each year in their national park-based overnight field science programs in Yosemite, Golden Gate, Olympic, Santa Monica Mountains, Channel Islands, and Prince William Forest. With an emerging national vision, a capital campaign, and several new initiatives, NatureBridge is seeking a Director of Foundation & Government Relations to broaden its mission. Learn more here to change the lives of thousands of children.

 

 

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Marketing Manager | The Atlanta Opera | Atlanta, GA

The Atlanta Opera is home to world-class singers and musicians have been presenting musical masterpieces for over 30 years. It has enriched the lives of Atlantans and visitors alike while shattering the misconception that opera is an elitist art form. The Atlanta Opera serves as an instrument for storytelling and a platform for community dialogue and engagement. With new sights on the future of opera in Atlanta, the Atlanta Opera is adding to their team a Marketing Manager. Click here to discover why the Atlanta Opera is one of the nation’s fastest-growing operas.

 

 

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Senior Associate, Medical Outreach Program | AmeriCares | Stamford, CT

Born out of unbounded compassion and commitment to helping people in need, AmeriCares began after a U.S. jet carrying 243 Vietnamese orphans crashed into the jungle. Since 1982, AmeriCares has delivered more than $11 billion in aid to help people in 164 countries. Through its partnerships with universities, hospitals and private practices, AmeriCares is able to travel to more than 70 countries to provide primary care, perform surgeries, strengthen local health care capacity and respond to emergencies. Learn more here on how you can become a key player in serving people all over the world.

Six Ways to Love Your Nonprofit Job Again

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Whether you’re breaking into the nonprofit industry or have been a veteran since ’96, trying to avoid burnout and corporate nostalgia seems nearly impossible. If you haven’t heard about it, YNPN recently kicked off its #nplove campaign, and we must say we love it! The nonprofit work culture needs to be revived and now is the perfect time to remind ourselves why we got into this often complicated relationship. Yes, it’s true that the nonprofit sector isn’t all rainbows and butterflies, but what job sector is?

Just like in any relationship to keep the romance alive, it’s a two way street. Stop reading When You Work At a Nonprofit Tumblr and start looking at the positives and perks of working at a nonprofit! We love the nonprofit industry and we hope you do too, so we’re sharing six ways to love your nonprofit job again!

Redesign your job around love

Sometimes the work environment can be stressful when you’re trying to reach goals, but take a moment and invest in the people around you— your coworkers. We get so caught up in our to-do list that we forget that our workday isn’t just a to-do list. Building relationships with your coworkers is  play a vital role in creating a healthy work environment.

Get rid of the negative talk

In our last blog post, we talked about correcting negative thinking in your job search. After getting the job, it’s crucial to continue to ban negative thinking. It’s not easy, but it definitely will make your work environment happier.

Volunteer again

Remember when you didn’t work at your organization and you jumped out of your bed on Saturdays to be the first person at the volunteer site. Remember that time when the little boy smiled and told you how much you meant to him when you were on the playground. Go back to that place. Take a Saturday and instead of going to happy hour, go volunteer! It will warm your heart and rekindle your spirit. You will quickly remember why you do what you do.

Think about your impact in the final moments

Spend the last 15 minutes of your workday thinking about the impact you’ve made today. Did you finish cleaning up your donor list? Did you put the finishing touches on your social media strategy? Remember that everything you knock off your to-do list helps you to reach your goals and mission, and help to transform someone’s life and community.

Goodbye long vacations, hello mini vacations

Every year you look forward to your week long vacation, but a long vacation isn’t always the best approach to handling job burnout. This year, try something different— plan mini vacations. Once a quarter take a Friday off and have a three day weekend. This way you won’t feel like you’re playing catch-up when you come back from your vacation.

K.I.S.S. more often

No, we’re not talking about that kind of kiss– we’re talking about something that will ignite your purpose again. Hired My Way‘s contributor Gabe Dumbrille challenged their readers to K.I.S.S. more often. In other words, keep innovating something significant. The honeymoon phase of a new job is fading or long gone for nonprofit veterans, so it’s important to get out of your routine and comfort zone, and let your imagination run wild and create something new.

Your Secret Weapon to a Successful Job Search: Confidence

You’re weeks, maybe even months into your job search and boom out of nowhere, defeat sets in. You’re constantly checking your email, hoping that someone will contact you for an interview, but no luck.

confidenceThere’s a missing piece to most candidate’s job search puzzle, confidence. Confidence is the driving force in every successful job search, and unfortunately, also one of the biggest things that most job seekers lack. Jamaican political leader and inspirational figure for many civil rights activists, Marcus Garvey once said, “With confidence, you have won before you have started.” Are you starting your job search with confidence? Here are three keys to becoming more confident in your job search:

Change the Way You Think

Job searching is an emotional journey. A key to keeping your head above water is focusing on the positives. Instantly, the positives will outweigh and outshine the setbacks and disappointments. In the beginning, you want to start building emotional resilience to job search disappointments. A motivating exercise is to write down at least three positive things or advantages you have in your job search once a day. Another, great thing to do is correct negative thinking. “Unemployment is going to influence your thinking, but how you think makes a difference.  If you see getting a job as threatening, you’ll feel and act differently than if you view the search as a challenge,” says licensed clinical psychologist and author, Dr. Bill Knaus, Ed.D.

Honestly Assess Your Skills & Experience

One of 2013’s top job search tips was to apply to as many jobs as you can. Unfortunately, when you do that you start to question how qualified you are for jobs because you haven’t analyzed your skills and experience to the job description. Subsequently, you start to lose confidence in your abilities. Start every application process with a strong analysis of your skills and experience. Take a hard look at your résumé and then conduct a thorough assessment of your skills and experience. Ask yourself, “Do my skills and experience really measure up to this job’s qualifications, really?” You could also find online assessments like Mind Tools’ Test Your Skills assessment to conduct a self-assessment.

Practice Your Way to Perfection

The saying is true, practice makes perfect so as soon as you start your job search, you should start practice interviewing. Nothing builds confidence quicker than practicing interviewing. A beneficial habit to start is scheduling time once a week to practice answering common interview questions. You may want to write your answers and practice saying them aloud until it sounds natural.

Top 7 Great Questions to Ask Your Interviewer [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Success! You’ve finally gotten the interview, but what questions should you ask your interviewer? Today, we’re sharing Career Bliss’ Top 7 Great Questions to Ask Your Interviewer. After asking dozens of hiring managers the best questions they’ve been asked by candidates who got the job., Career Bliss compiled the best responses in this neat infographic. Enjoy!

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5 Jobs That Change The World

5 Jobs Friday

Beyond volunteering, there are new opportunities every week to do great work combining your passions and your career. Opportunity Knocks’ mission is to encourage career fulfillment, which is why we are proud to introduce our recurring feature, “5 Jobs That Change the World.” Each week, we highlight five open positions that help ignite social change. Here’s this week’s edition:

 

Marketing and PR Coordinator | Fernbank Museum of Natural History | Atlanta, GA
 fm Creating interactive and hands-on experiences for natural history lovers since 1992, the Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s mission is to inspire life-long learning of natural history through immersive programming and unmatched experiences to encourage a greater appreciation of our planet and its inhabitants. The Fernbank Museum of Natural History provides life-changing experiences and learning opportunities for more than 60,000 schoolchildren and over 80,000 families. Help inspire in the outreach to more than 400,000 individuals as the Fernbank Museum of Natural History’s new Marketing and PR Coordinator.
Program Officer, Physical Sciences | Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation | Palo Alto, CA
 gbf Founded by Intel co-founder Gordon and his wife, Betty, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation is fueled by bold ideas to create an enduring impact in the areas of environmental conservation, patient care, and science. The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has awarded over 2.3 billion dollars over the past five years to Environmental Conservation, Patient Care Science, and San Francisco Bay Area. Join the Gordon and Betty Foundation as their new Program Officer, Physical Sciences and inspire innovation.
Global Partnership Relations Manager |Lions Clubs International | Oak Brook, IL
 LCI emblem_2C_287+7406 As the world’s largest service club, the Lions Club International’s mission is to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace, and promote international understanding through Lions clubs. Since its inception, the Lions Club International has reached millions through its service projects. Join the Lions Club International as their new Global Partnership Relations Manager and support them in becoming a global leader in community and humanitarian service.
Development Director | Arthritis Foundation | Atlanta, GA
 LETS_MOVE_TOGHETER_hor Committed to raising awareness and reducing the impact of arthritis, the Arthritis Foundation’s vision is to create a world free of arthritis pain. In an effort to raise awareness, Atlanta’s Arthritis Chapter hosts its annual event, Arthritis Walk Atlanta to fight the nation’s leading cause of disability. Join the leading health organization as their Development Director for Walk Atlanta and raise funds and awareness to support their mission.
Community Education Coordinator | STAND! For Families Free of Violence | Richmond, CA
 stand For over 10 years, STAND! For Families Free of Violence has been committed to promoting safe and strong families by eliminating family violence. Serving more than 10,000 clients annually, STAND! has helped reduce domestic violence, sexual assault and  the number of children exposed to violence. Join the STAND! For Families Free of Violence team as their new Community Education Coordinator and build awareness for their teen dating violence prevention project.