Let’s get right to it. Job hunting is the worst.
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 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 things.
No one can make that stuff disappear. But there is a way to make this easier, and that’s by organizing your search activities.
Working for a nonprofit organization, you learn how to pick and choose your battles.
There are the small ones, like deciding if you should say something to your teammate about their less-than-stellar proofreading. Or sending that email about keeping the office microwave clean!
But as you get further in your career, bigger battles fall onto your lap. You might find yourself convincing your org to implement new system, proposing a shift in how your org executes its mission, or even moral conversations around diversity and ethics.
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.
Boundaries are increasingly important as we grow in our careers. The more we’re able to do, the more people want our time. That’s why one piece of advice seems to stick: saying no at work.
And it makes sense. There’s only so much you can do in one day. Saying no is a matter of necessity, because it’s simply impossible to “yes‘ all the things.
There’s just one problem. Saying no isn’t always an option at our orgs.
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.