Two big changes in online job boards and what they mean for job seekers

Because of my work, I’m constantly looking at changes in how we define our careers and search for opportunities. While many experts encourage seekers to stay away from job boards, I’ve noticed two interesting trends when it comes to job boards that might make them incredibly useful to job seekers: They have gone beyond size … Read More »

Want to be a successful social entrepreneur? Focus on building community

A few weeks ago, I attended Ignition 2013, a four-day invitation-only event celebrating Millennials who have launched social-change organizations. Ignite Good—a project of the Heartfelt Foundation that provided funding to 15 young global leaders to tackle pressing social issues—and the Huffington Post brought together leaders from around the world to talk about what it takes … Read More »

Collective martyrdom will make our work ineffective

In a recent article on the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Brendan Tapley—a communications and marketing consultant—argues that the sector is suffering from lack of pride and how this makes it difficult for us to celebrate our work and advocate for support for our institutions. While he focuses on organizations, he makes a compelling argument that our … Read More »

6 no-tech productivity hacks that have changed my work life

Nothing high-tech and nothing fancy. I’ve realized that what works for me are actions that trigger additional positive, productive behaviors and require me to be mindful. Here are my favorites strategies for being productive. Create a keystone habit. People who are close to me know that I am pretty protective of my leisurely mornings. I … Read More »

Changing the world can be draining—here are 12 ways to stay inspired

The grind. You’ve been there. When you started, you happily threw yourself in, seeing how your work fulfilled a greater purpose and mission. Then, you got caught up in the day-to-day work and feel disconnected not just from your job, but also from your cause. You start to wonder if you’re actually making a difference. … Read More »

People are depending on your leadership. So show up.

Hey, y’all. It’s been a while! Because after five years, a break is well deserved. However, I’ve been up to a lot in the past two months: I’ve launched IdealistCareers.org, a new blog by Idealist where we provided resources, tips, and stories on how to find, land, and love your social-impact career. I’ve said farewell … Read More »

Is two years on the job enough to be successful?

We know that the average amount of time a Millennial spends at a job is two years. And while we often talk about the impact this has on organizations, the work force, and the Millennial’s resume to potential employers, we rarely discuss the impact this has on the ability of Millennials to be successful on … Read More »

No more career porn

A few weeks ago, Brent Besher at Forbes wrote a list of startup porn — “a collection of entertaining, stimulating, and worthless activities that distract an entrepreneur from focusing on what really matters, hindering future achievements” – that founders need to stop focusing on. While the list is humorous, I found strong parallels in many … Read More »

Do you keep track of your failures?

Failure is big these days. At our companies and in our careers we are encouraged to look at what we do wrong in order to improve. My reaction: why the either/or approach to documenting our work and growth? I have always loved the idea of a gratitude journal, yet that often felt incomplete: nothing ever … Read More »

Two tech sites to use for unconventional career exploration

When it comes to technology and our careers, we often focus on how to leverage the Big Three – Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn – to develop our personal brands. What’s often missing is the importance of being a life-long learner and explorer. Our interests change and work environments change; because of this, keeping an open … Read More »

Three ways Millennials can develop a career that makes a difference – lessons from Net Impact, part I

Last weekend I attended the Net Impact 20th Anniversary Conference in Baltimore. While I spoke on a panel about untraditional ways of getting experience in order to break into the impact sector, I was amazed by the brilliance of many of the speakers I heard. There were lessons to be learned for individuals who want … Read More »

Three challenges in breaking into the nonprofit sector and how to overcome them

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to chat with members of Net Impact — a nonprofit that helps business students and professionals find social-impact careers — about breaking into the nonprofit sector. I love having these conversations because they allow me to explore the challenges people who want careers that make a difference are facing. I was asked: … Read More »

For the sake of your career, you must make learning a priority

More than professional development The new world of work requires us to learn and unlearn. Two articles this past week drove this message home: Mind the skills gap, Harvard Business Review: “A bachelor’s degree used to provide enough basic training to last a career. Yet today, the skills college graduates acquire during college have an … Read More »

The most underutilized personal branding and community building tool

Commenting. Yes, commenting. If you love reading blogs, magazines, news, and other types of info online, you know the comments section can be hit-or-miss. At its worst, the comments section can be a cesspool of hate, ignorance, and hostility. However, at its best, the comments section can be a great place for conversation and debate … Read More »

3 things you need to stop doing if you want a fulfilling nonprofit career

  When it comes to finding a nonprofit job, we focus a lot on the professional side of things: what we enjoy doing, what causes we are passionate about, and what kind of work environments we would enjoy. But crafting a successful nonprofit career takes more than that — it also takes a strong understanding … Read More »