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Title: Life After AmeriCorps


1
Life After AmeriCorps
  • AmeriCorps National Best
  • Practices Conference
  • May 5- 7, 2009

2
Agenda
  • Session Outcomes
  • Non-Profit Career Exploration
  • Issue/ Process/ Job
  • Planning Transitions
  • Skill Assessment
  • Skill Transfer
  • Celebration to Action!
  • Panel
  • Translating Service
  • Resume Writing
  • Interviewing
  • Networking
  • Eli Segal Education Award / My AmeriCorps
  • Closing Remarks
  • Evaluation

3
Session Outcomes
  • This workshop will help participants to
  • Plan transition to the next step
  • Reflect upon personal and professional growth
  • Assess skills and accomplishments
  • Weigh choices for what next
  • Identify resources and strategies for the
    transition

4
Nonprofit Career Exploration
5
Oh, The Places Youll Go
  • Dont cry because it is over.
  • Smile because it has happened.

6
Issue Focus
  • Housing
  • Mental Health
  • Child care/Early Childhood Education
  • Job Training
  • Youth Development
  • Legal and Civil Rights
  • Environmental Justice
  • Urban Planning
  • Public Health
  • Homelessness
  • Immigrants
  • Economic Development

7
Process Focus
  • Provide Service
  • Coordinate Services
  • Improve infrastructure
  • Provide funding
  • Research
  • Advocacy/Policy
  • Organizing
  • Education

8
Job Focus
  • Administrator/Director
  • Accountant
  • Project Manager
  • Coordinator
  • Case Manager
  • Property Manager
  • Fund Developer
  • Researcher
  • Lobbyist
  • Advocate
  • Organizer
  • Educator
  • Counselor
  • Facilitator
  • Trainer
  • Strategic Planner
  • Evaluator
  • Program Officer

9
Jobs Divisions of Labor
10
Pros Cons of Direct Service
  • PROS
  • Not a desk job
  • Lots of interaction with others
  • Can make an impact every day
  • Professional victories feel more personal
  • CONS
  • Risk of burnout
  • Salaries tend to be low
  • Funding for positions is often unstable
  • Advancement usually means you go into supervisory
    jobs and may stop doing direct service to clients

11
Pros Cons of Management
  • PROS
  • More opportunities for those with generalist
    skills
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Higher salary levels
  • Skills directly transfer to and from different
    kinds of workplaces
  • CONS
  • No or little contact with beneficiaries of your
    efforts
  • Jobs feel similar to those in private sector but
    pay less
  • May have very limited resources to get the job
    done

12
Planning the Transition
My AmeriCorps service can land me a Job?
YOU BETCHA!
13
Assessing Transferring Skills
  • How do you get skills?
  • Jobs
  • Volunteering
  • Sports
  • What skills do you have?
  • What skills can you use on the job?
  • Reflect and transfer!

14
Reflect
  • Complete these statements . . .From my AmeriCorps
    service
  • I discovered that I
  • I learned that I (Or I relearned that I)
  • I intend to

15
What Next?
  • AmeriCorps Experience
    What did it do for
    me?

16
Identifying Resources
  • Building a Resume
  • What goes into a Resume Cover letter
  • Interviewing
  • How AmeriCorps service can work for you in the
    resume and interview process!

17
Resumes Cover Letters
  • Resumes should
  • Highlight your skills
  • Show off your accomplishments
  • Show how you are qualified for the job
  • Show where you want to go in your career

18
Chronological vs. Functional
  • Chronological
  • Shows what jobs you held, for how long, in order
    from most recent
  • Preferred method most straightforward for
    employer
  • Functional
  • Highlights skills and accomplishments
  • Consider if you dont have strong work experience
    (10 years)
  • Consider if you are transitioning fields
  • Can mix with chronological

19
Resumes MUST Include
  • Complete and Current contact information
  • Name, phone number, e-mail address
  • Work experience
  • Volunteer and leadership experience
  • Education

20
Resumes MAY Include
  • Objective
  • make sure it matches job!
  • Other experience
  • Research/publications
  • Interests/hobbies
  • Computer skills
  • Language skills

21
Things to Remember . . .
  • Tailor to the job or type of job
  • One page or less
  • Exceptions
  • You have more than 7 yrs experience
  • You have many publications
  • Do not lie about your experience
  • Do not furnish references in resume

22
Things to Remember . . .
  • Use action verbs that quantify your
    accomplishments
  • AmeriCorps goals accomplished
  • Skill clusters
  • Use succinct language
  • Use consistent tense
  • Make it clean, organized, and readable with ample
    white space
  • Proofread! Use TWO sets of eyes

23
Cover Letter Goals
  • Provide more details than the resume
  • Showcase you as a person
  • Demonstrate writing ability
  • Demonstrate your knowledge of the organization
  • Tailor specifically to each job/ organization

24
Cover Letter General Guidelines
  • Address to a specific person and spell his/her
    name correctly
  • Limit to one page
  • Use cover letter to highlight resume and provide
    additional details tell a story
  • Refrain from listing salary requirements
  • Proofread!

25
Cover Letter Structure
  • When writing a cover letter, examples of
    recommended paragraphs include
  • Why I am interested in this job
  • How does this job fit into my career plans
  • My relevant skills and experience some ideas I
    have for the job
  • Why I support the organizations mission and
    values/how I can contribute
  • Always conclude with
  • I would like an interview, heres how to contact
    me. However, if you can follow-up do so - it
    shows INITIATIVE!

26
The Informational Interview
27
How To The Informational Interview
  • BEFORE
  • E-mail, phone, letter
  • Name dropping helps
  • Ask for 20-30 minute meeting be flexible
  • Send resume in advance
  • Do background research
  • Prepare questions
  • Bring pen and paper
  • AFTER
  • Pay if youre at a cafe
  • Ask if they know of any job openings
  • Ask for referrals for other informational
    interviews
  • Send a thank you note
  • Keep in touch

28
Preparing for a Job Interview
  • Research the organization
  • Think in advance about what you want the
    interviewer to know about you
  • Anticipate questions they are likely to ask
  • Develop questions you would like to ask
  • Bring resume and anything they asked for
  • Bring pen and paper
  • Arrive early

29
Networking
  • Successful networking depends a lot on your
    attitude, your etiquette and your mindset.
  • Who are some people/ groups you may have already
    networked with?
  • LISC AmeriCorps Alums
  • Civic leaders

30
Impact of Social Networking
  • LinkedIn
  • MySpace Facebook
  • Blogging
  • Personal Web Pages

31
Dream of the Possibilities
  • Talking about your service
  • Think in the positive
  • What did you discover during service?
  • Where do you intend to go?
  • What new action can you take?

32
Resource Education Award
Test your knowledge of the Eli Segal Education
Award
33
Student Loans
  • FAQs
  • Repayment Options
  • Payment on Principal
  • Advance Payments
  • Always submit your voucher with instructions on
    how the repayment needs to be applied!
  • Case Study of Lindsay Marcus

34
Non-Traditional Ed Award Uses
Im not going to college, so why would I want an
AmeriCorps Education Award?
35
www.AmeriCorps.org
  • Logon to www.americorps.org
  • Look under the third heading
  • Select My AmeriCorps/ AmeriCorps Online Payment
    System

36
My AmeriCorps
37
Member/Alum Registration
38
Im registered- now what?
  • Once you have registered, youre set!
  • You can use this site
  • To get tax forms
  • To complete your interest accrual request for
    your student loans
  • To submit payments to your loan lender or to the
    school of your choosing

39
How to Navigate My AmeriCorps
40
Focusing on My Requests
  • This section identifies payments that you have
    made through AmeriCorps.
  • You can track if your school or loan has received
    payments.
  • You also can review the process of your interest
    accrual form.

41
My Education Award
42
View Interest Accrual
43
View Ed Award Payment
44
Payments from My AmeriCorps
  • Create an interest accrual request
  • You must have your loan information on hand.
    Youll need the name, address, and zip code of
    your lender.

45
Interest Accrual Request
46
School Search
47
Using the Education Award
  • After you have created your Interest Accrual,
    youll have access to your Education Award.
  • You can create an account with your school or
    lender, then choose the amount you would like
    used at that time.

48
Resources
49
Questions Evaluation
  • Plus/Delta
  • Formal Evaluation
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