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Title: Tips and Tricks for the Aspiring Nonprofit Professional

Tips and Tricks for the Aspiring Nonprofit
  • Presented by
  • Gayla Rawlinson
  • Harris County Department of Education
  • Ronnie Hagerty
  • United Way of Greater Houston

What Do You Want To Do?
  • Examine your skill sets and determine what skills
    are a good fit for a nonprofit organization
  • Have you worked on local boards or committees?
  • Learn as much as you can about the organization
  • Consider volunteering with the nonprofit
    organizations you identify
  • Conduct yourself in a manner that highlights
    skills and ability to work with others

What Makes You the Perfect Candidate?
  • Skills, experience and background
  • Strong history of employment at least one year
    with previous employers
  • Ability to demonstrate continued professional
  • Gift for developing connections through
    affiliations or associations
  • Talent for presenting well in all roles

See Yourself as Others See You
  • People form judgments about you in less than 7
  • 93 of what is believed about you is based on
    visual messages
  • Impression you make is more important than what
    you say or do
  • Less than 10 of communication is achieved
    through words

2009 Job Search Strategies
  • Remain open to all possibilities
  • Step outside comfort zone focus on transferable
  • Find jobs before they are advertised
  • Use professional organization web sites and
  • Tailor resume to each opportunity
  • Continue to learn secure needed skills
  • Volunteer

Executive Recruiter Insights
  • Have specific position in mind
  • Have strong resume that demonstrates value to
  • Show more achievements, fewer skills
  • Create various formats to support multifaceted
    search Word, PDF, ASCII
  • Develop visual CV to provide interactive career
  • Create PowerPoint presentation from resume

MBA Job Search Strategies
  • Employ unique job-seeking tactics look up
    target organization, identify staff member, call
    for a meeting (Twellow)
  • Seek out post-interview feedback
  • Join professional organizations
  • Speak at events
  • Target related opportunities

Set the Stage for Success
  • Research the organization
  • Be clear about job duties
  • Identify supervisor
  • Arrive early to complete forms or take tests
  • Prepare to answer common interview questions
  • Provide samples of your work
  • Follow-up with written communication, thanking
    the interviewers for their time and consideration

… Or Failure
  • Acting bored or over-confident
  • Inappropriate dress
  • No knowledge of organization
  • Not silencing cell phones or electronic devices
  • Not asking good questions during interview
  • Failure to remove unprofessional content from
    social networking sites
  • Asking what pay is during initial interview
  • Failing to sent a formal thank you note following
    the interview

Accepting the Offer
  • HR calls and offers you the position, specifying
  • Consider negotiating the salary
  • Engage the supervisor if salary presented is not
  • If you accept the position, let HR know if you
    have leave plans during the first six months of
    your employment obtain approval prior to
  • Clarify benefits

You Have the Job, Now What?
  • Listen and learn
  • Agency orientations
  • Policies/procedures
  • Take notes
  • Supervisory sessions
  • Meetings
  • Be respectful
  • Learn names and title
  • Ask questions

Determine Work Schedule
  • Make sure you know the allowable work schedules
    including lunch
  • Arrive at work 10 to 15 minutes early
  • Call office if you are going to arrive late due
    to traffic or weather issues
  • Understand that as a professional, you are
    expected to work the hours necessary to complete
    your assignments

Dress for Success
  • Reflect standards of the organization
  • Remember the basics
  • Dress should be neat and clean
  • Jewelry and accessories should not create noise
    or distraction
  • Choose footwear carefully (no open toes,
    flip-flops, sandals, athletic shoes)
  • Cover body art

Determine Expectations
  • Refrain from conducting personal business at work
  • Use of technology for personal use may be
    limited/prohibited by the organization
  • Ensure that your personal schedule accommodates
    your work schedule and not vice versa

Assess Communication Styles
  • When you meet with your supervisor
  • Take notes
  • Clarify next steps or assignments
  • Request deadline for any assigned projects
  • Update supervisor regularly
  • Ask supervisors how they would like to be updated
    email voicemail meeting
  • Recognize that informal conversations, subtle as
    they are, may include assignments

When Do You Get Time Off?
  • Learn how your organization defines leave and its
  • Vacation
  • Personal or Sick
  • Jury
  • Bereavement
  • Know that you may need to provide documentation
    of doctors visit for leave based on illness

What is Your Career Path?
  • Where am I now? Why am I here?
  • Where do I want to go?
  • What steps do I have to take to get there
  • Am I moving in that direction?

What Is Your Value?
  • Honest, ethical
  • Determined
  • Upbeat, optimistic
  • Service oriented
  • People-centric
  • Accountable
  • Self-motivated
  • Appreciative
  • Loyal

Do You Know Yourself?
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses
  • Habits
  • Communication capabilities
  • Listening skills
  • Ability to motivate yourself and others

What Is Your Professional Profile?
  • Talent/skill/knowledge
  • Personal presentation
  • Commitment to continuous learning
  • Credentials
  • Code of Ethics
  • Professional affiliation
  • Community involvement

What Is Your Leadership Profile?
  • What are my personal values?
  • What are the most meaningful events in my life?
  • What do I do well?
  • What do I have trouble with?
  • What would I like to stop doing?
  • What do I want to learn?

How do you define success?
  • More than anything, I want…..?
  • I hope I can…?
  • To me, all life is…?
  • I would like to be remembered by…?

Do You Really Want to Be a Leader?
  • Doing what you choose to do
  • Internally motivated
  • Fulfilling
  • Leaves you feeling elated
  • Push you to higher achievement
  • Build your potential
  • Your own dreams and plans
  • Long-term perspective
  • Doing out of tradition or habit
  • Externally motivated
  • Unfulfilling
  • Leave you feeling empty
  • Compel you to play it safe
  • Reduces your potential
  • Someone elses dreams
  • Short-term, single focus

Path to Leadership
  • Pay attention to details
  • Look below the surface
  • Ask forgiveness, not permission
  • Honor core values but be flexible about execution
  • Embrace the KISS principle
  • Pick great people
  • Have fun
  • Prepare to be lonely

Personal Development Strategies
  • Acknowledge others regularly
  • Learn something new every day
  • Expand and nurture your network
  • Communicate often, listen well
  • Graciously receive and accept support
  • Gain value from every interaction
  • Say no to things that drain your time, energy
    or focus.

LEARN from the mistakes of others.
  • You cant live long enough to make them all

Online Resources
  • American Marketing Association (www.marketingpower
  • Association for Healthcare Philanthropy
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals/AFP
    ( )
  • Chronicle of Philanthropy (
    bs )
  • Council for the Advancement and Support of
    Education ( )
  • International Association of Business
    Communicators IABC ( )
  • Public Relations Society of America- PRSA
    ( )
  • The NonProfit Times ( )

Library Resources
  • Bennis, W., Managaing the Dream Reflections on
    Leadership and Change,
  • Block, P., Stewardship Choosing Service over
  • Buckingham, M. Clifton, D.O., Now, Discover
    Your Strengths
  • Crutchfield, L.R. Grant, H.M., Forces for Good
  • DePree, M. Leadership Is An Art, Doubleday.
  • Gardner, H. Leading Minds An Anatomy of
  • Greenleaf, R. Servant Leadership
  • Heifetz, R.A., Leadership Without Easy Answers
  • Kotter, J., John Kotter on What Leaders Really Do
  • Kouzes, J. Posner, B.Z., A Leaders Legacy,
  • Nanus, B. Dobbs, S.M., Leaders Who Make A
  • Rath, T Conchie, B, Strengths Based Leadership
  • Wheatley, M., Leadership and the New Science

For More Information
  • Gayla Rawlinson
  • Director of Resource Development
  • Harris County Department of Education
  • 713-696-8293
  • Ronnie Hagerty
  • Assistant Vice President, Community Relations
  • United way of Greater Houston
  • 713-685-2312