Monday, October 22, 2007

Don't get comfortable: Get a new job

Staying ahead of the game is essential for maximizing one’s potential for success in any career. There are a number of methods those in the nonprofit sector should keep in mind to achieve a successful and rewarding career.

  • Change jobs once in a while. You’ll keep yourself fresh, as well as change your perspective.
  • Network. Don’t rule out contacts that are not involved directly with your current duties.
  • Care about your cause.
  • Join a professional association and get involved. It’s a good way to make contacts and get name recognition.
  • Keep your resume up to date. Have different versions of your resume available so you are prepared for various opportunities.
  • Dress well. Fernando Lamas said, “It’s better to look good than to feel good,” but if you look good, you’ll feel good, too.
  • Keep your skills current. Read up on current affairs, attend conferences and be on the lookout for new trends and technologies.
  • Never burn a bridge.
  • Develop professional relationships with volunteers. They can be a great source for references and referrals.
  • Formulate a career game plan. You can’t get what you want until you know what you want.
  • Don’t resist the right lateral move. Moving sideways can often lead to moving ahead.
  • Find a mentor. It helps develop partnerships and friendships.
  • Develop your one-to-one solicitation skills.

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