I’m reminded of this every time I sit with my boyfriend to talk job prospects. He’s smart, talented and dedicated, yet sometimes he’ll forget! The job search is just that good at eating away at your confidence & optimism.
It also exacerbates real life stressors, stuff we all go through at some point – like financial stress, low self-esteem, imposter syndrome, and other fun anxiety-inducing things.
No one can make that stuff disappear. But there is a way to make this easier, a piece of advice that’s often neglected on career sites: organizing your search activities.
Yup yup! When the act of job searching already has you feeling like this….
Whether you’ve been at your nonprofit for 2 months or 2 years, it’s natural to wonder what the future holds. Sure this entry-level job will cut it for now, but don’t we all want that big, shiny promotion?
So work with an eye towards the future! When we have a vision of where we want to be in our careers, we become more deliberate in the steps we take to get there.
For the ambitious nonprofit professional, conferences are the way to go. A conference can be a great opportunity to expand your skills, build your network and learn new knowledge to propel your organization forward. As someone who personally loves learning, they really are my jam.
That said, not all conferences are made equal. And not all employers are jumping to send us there.