How to Recommend a Friend or Colleague for a Job

You might come across a situation where you know a friend or colleague who is job-seeking and could use a little “push” or extra help in their search. Potentially, this friend may actually be interested in working at a place you have worked before or where you have connections. If you are comfortable with it, … Continue reading

Making Big Decisions

When faced with a big decision, like whether to accept a new job, there are many factors to consider. What does the new job entail, in terms of job function? What salary and benefits are offered (including retirement matching, health insurance, dental coverage, commuting assistance, etc.)? What is the work-life balance like? Are there options … Continue reading

What’s in a Name? Probably, Your Future Job

In the nonprofit and government agency universe, there is an interesting variety of terms used to describe the individuals being served by a human or social services program. I’ve found that job-seekers wishing to enter this field need to do careful research so they can understand the culture of the organization they are aiming to … Continue reading

Top 4 Ways to Organize Your Job Search

Any job search that takes longer than a couple of weeks will require some amount of organization. Just tracking the jobs you might be interested in applying for, the organizations that are likely to have jobs you might want, the people you’ve reached out to for networking, and the jos you’ve actually applied to is … Continue reading

What can you learn from an interview?

What can you learn from an interview? When going on a job interview, there is a lot you can learn about an organization through observation. I always think it’s important to pay close attention to certain factors to assess whether you are really interested in the job or would be a good fit. Here are … Continue reading

Top 100 Keywords for Public Service Careers

One of the best suggestions I’ve seen in a while in the job search comes from Martin Yate’s new book, Knock ’em Dead – Secrets and Strategies for Success in an Uncertain World. He suggests creating a Target Job Deconstruction. This entails: Going to any job board, such as idealist.org, indeed.com, simplyhired.com, publicservicecareers.org, etc., and … Continue reading