MyCareer@PND

PND is pleased to offer articles of interest to jobseekers and prospective employers. To submit an article for consideration, e-mail Mitch Nauffts at mfn@foundationcenter.org.

Thinking About Business School and Nonprofit Careers

Commongood Careers  |  April 28, 2009

What place does a Master of Business Administration have in the nonprofit sector? You may be surprised to know that the skills you learn when pursuing your MBA can be important in many nonprofit jobs. What's more, an increasing number of nonprofits are recognizing the valuable skills and competencies that MBAs bring to an organization. In the following article, we will profile two organizations who leverage MBA grads and then conclude with some advice about how to make the connection work....

Uncommon Talent: Marty Martinez, Director of Program Services

Commongood Careers, Dana Hagenbuch  |  April 2, 2009

As the Director of Program Services at Mass Mentoring Partnership, the only nonprofit that focuses on start-up and sustainability of high-quality mentoring programs statewide, Marty Martinez has his work cut out for him. With a deep personal commitment to youth services, as well as over eight years of experience in the field, Marty now lends his talent and drive to helping a number of mentoring organizations become more effective in the communities they serve....

Writing a Winning Cover Letter

Commongood Careers  |  March 10, 2009

In the job application process, the cover letter often represents the first opportunity you have to communicate directly with a hiring organization. This article explores five easy-to-follow strategies for writing a winning cover letter....

Uncommon Talent: Chaula Kothari Helps Social Entrepreneurs Succeed

Commongood Careers, Dana Hagenbuch  |  February 4, 2009

Launching your own social change venture is a labor of passion, creativity, and dedication. Social entrepreneurs typically possess these qualities in spades, but sometimes need support in turning their vision into reality. To that end, Teach For America developed a new program, the Social Entrepreneurship Initiative, to provide its alumni with the tools and knowledge required to create systemic change through social entrepreneurship....

Starting Your Own Socially Entrepreneurial Organization

Commongood Careers  |  January 6, 2009

A socially entrepreneurial organization (SEO) takes the goal of creating social impact to a new level by using innovative methods to organize, manage and measure a venture. If you're looking to make high impact in the social change arena and have a new, enterprising plan on how to do it, starting your own SEO could be a great choice for success. In this article, we give you some tips on how to start a SEO that can survive, thrive, and even change the world....

The Quest for Work-Life Balance in a Nonprofit Job

Commongood Careers  |  November 6, 2008

As the demand for leaders in nonprofits is rapidly increasing, concerns about work-life balance are becoming more important to younger professionals. With today's expectations and norms for work, especially in the social sector, many with nonprofit careers recognize that balancing work and life demands may be more easily said than done. To address this challenge, here are some simple ideas that can help....

Turning Down a Job Offer

Commongood Careers  |  October 8, 2008

By the end of any job search, receiving the perfect employment offer can be a welcome and rewarding experience. However, sometimes you will receive a job offer that is not the right fit for you. This article will suggest some ways to turn down a job offer with grace and professionalism....

Building a Long and Successful Nonprofit Career

Commongood Careers  |  September 2, 2008

There are numerous benefits to building a long-term nonprofit career, such as connecting to organizational missions and working in sector that reflects your personal values. However, there are challenges to sustaining a nonprofit career. Understanding these challenges and taking advantage of opportunities to advance your career are key to a long and successful nonprofit career....

Organizational Culture: Finding the Right Fit

Commongood Careers  |  August 12, 2008

In the social sector, organizational culture can make or break an employee's ability to succeed at and be satisfied in a role. However, organizational culture is often difficult to assess because its definition relies on many aspects of an organization, some of which are not always easily accessible to prospective employees. This article aims to demystify organizational culture, and suggest some ways that jobseekers can evaluate cultural fit throughout the application and interview process....

Nonprofit Career Profile: Program Management

Commongood Careers  |  July 15, 2008

With titles ranging from literacy program coordinator to director of enrollment and beyond, no matter the issue that you are most passionate about, the program management position provides the opportunity to work to make your socially driven goals a reality....

Insider Tips For Working the Room at a Career Fair

Commongood Careers  |  June 27, 2008

By the end of 2008, Commongood Careers will have participated in over one hundred career fairs across the country. To date, we have met thousands of nonprofit jobseekers, some who have impressed us and others who have left us underwhelmed. Based on this experience, we've prepared a set of tips to help jobseekers gain valuable information, make important connections, and create positive impressions with hiring organizations at career fairs....

How to Handle Tough Interview Questions

Commongood Careers  |  June 3, 2008

In a nonprofit interview, candidates are expected to do more than talk about their professional skills. This article discusses some of the toughest yet most effective questions from actual nonprofit interviews, and suggests strategies for how to communicate the best possible answers to these questions....

A Look at Four Nonprofit Career Profiles

Commongood Careers  |  May 17, 2008

Roles in the nonprofit sector are as diverse as the organizations that hire for them. Learn about some of the roles available at today's most exciting nonprofits and social enterprises....

Making the Leap from College to the Nonprofit Sector

Commongood Careers  |  April 23, 2008

Hey college seniors: don't see yourself working for a paycheck in a huge corporation? You want to do something you feel passionate about; something that impacts your community and serves a greater good? You've been steering straight towards the nonprofit sector....

The Art of the Phone Interview

Commongood Careers  |  March 12, 2008

The phone interview is often a critical part of the hirng process that will determine the fate of your candidacy. This article walks you through the phases of the phone interview and shares a collection of insider tips that can help propel you to the next stages of the interview process....

Meeting the Nonprofit: Ten Interviewing Tips

Commongood Careers  |  January 24, 2008

The job interview can be a stressful experience if you're not prepared. Interviewing in the nonprofit sector is no exception - especially as every organization has its own unique mission, culture, and expectations. That's why the staff at Commongood Careers has compiled their expert advice to help you put your best foot forward when interviewing with a nonprofit organization....

Act II: Nonprofit Careers in the Second Half of Life

Commongood Careers  |  December 19, 2007

The reality of baby boomers — those born between 1946 and 1964 — approaching retirement age is causing a stir in most industries, and the nonprofit sector is no exception. While some fear an exodus of retirement-age employees from their current nonprofit leadership positions, others predict an opportunity to attract a new crop of talent, specifically retirement-age adults who are now seeking a "second career" in the nonprofit sector....