Category Archives: Job Search

Happy Anniversary

Should have killed me

Dear Job,

It’s been an exhausting and often rewarding 6 (8? 20?) years. I know we’ve had disagreements, and I’ve gotten mad at you a lot, but here’s to the future and to accomplishing what we hope to accomplish together. I kinda love you, you know.

As ever, Kylie.

So sometime around today is my 6th anniversary at my job. I’d say time flies when you’re having fun, and truth be told, parts of it have been fun. There have also been grueling, discouraging times and growing pains. But I doubt I would trade it for anything.

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The Two-Headed Job Monster

return-to-workIf you’re like me (and I know I am), your Sunday thoughts about work can go in two general directions as you subconsciously (or consciously) prep yourself for the workweek. On the one hand, you love your job and your career and think about ways that you can make it even better. On the other hand, thinking of Monday gives you a sick, I-need-a-mental-health-day feeling in the pit of your stomach.

Fortunately, I am currently in the former camp, but I feel your pain if you’re in the latter and have been there too. There is nothing worse than feeling stuck in a job you hate. I have found that taking the time to honestly think about the pros and cons of your situation, and to plan an improvement strategy, is always a good idea.

For those of you who love your jobs, congratulations. But don’t rest on your laurels. What’s next? Where do you see yourself in five years? As a leader in your own company? In a senior position? With a higher salary? As a consultant? There are a variety of things that you can do now to position yourself well for the future that you choose. Taking advantage of learning opportunities, learning new skills, and improving your work habits will all help you get there. Finding a mentor may also be a good choice.

What do you dislike about your current job: Your boss? Your coworkers? Your salary? Your office or cubicle? The work itself? Fortunately, these things can all be remedied by proactivity, even if that proactivity means finding a position elsewhere.

Good communication with your superior is key. If you don’t feel like you have a rapport with them, your issues may end up being irreparable. But if you’re only letting yourself think that you can’t communicate with them, then it would be worth it to give it a try, especially if there are parts of your job that you enjoy very much. They can also help you work through other problems that you are having that may stem from coworkers, work environment, lack of autonomy, etc. Above all, being able to communicate what you feel you are bringing to the table, and taking initiative to meet issues head-on, will allow you to stand out among your peers, increasing advancement opportunities.

If your situation is beyond help, however, a job search is probably in your future. Here are some nonprofit job search resources that may be helpful to you.

Any reader tips out there for advancing in your career or making a change?

10 Tips: LinkedIn Groups for Development Professionals

i-love-linkedinIn the world of social media, LinkedIn may not be the first network that comes to mind. If you haven’t yet signed up, and value your work as a professional, it may be worth a look. LinkedIn is populated with a wide range of workers and job seekers, rookies and veterans, men and women who are seriously interested in furthering their careers and making connections.

My own LinkedIn story is probably much like that of many users. I am considered a bit of an “early adopter” by my friends, and when I heard of the network in my first year in development, I signed up. I found my mentor there (Gary, who lives in Arizona and was a huge help while I was starting out), and I joined some discussion groups and made connections with my connections’ connections. As you can expect, it didn’t take long for all those connections to add up!

In my travels on LinkedIn, I have run across several discussion groups that may be helpful to those of you who work in, or are interested in, the nonprofit development industry. Though some are more specific, many are general spaces where an individual can start a conversation about the topic of their choice. Here they are, in no particular order.

Click here for the full list.