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How to Move Up From your Entry-Level Nonprofit Job Part 1 - Employed for Good

How to Move Up from your Entry-Level Nonprofit Job (Part 1 of 2)

*This post is the first in a two-part series on how to advance from your entry-level nonprofit role into the next phase of your  career.*


When you’re just starting out in the nonprofit sector – or your career – it’s easy to start imagining how your role might evolve. You may be a coordinator or associate now (common terms for the most entry-level roles in nonprofit), but you’ve got great ideas. And you’ve got dreams of moving up the ladder.

As you should.

Organizations benefit from ambitious employees, particularly if they’re jazzed about both the mission and their future at an organization. Your head is in the right space.

But before you run off to plot your first big promotion, Continue reading

Salesforce Administrator certification tips

My Journey to Salesforce Admin Certification

Last September, I set a lofty professional goal. By 2018, I would get my Salesforce Admin certificate.

 

For background, I was hired to support our nonprofit constituents by being a face for our organization. My 3+ years of  database experience would be helpful, but I accepted this role because it wasn’t that.  It was a chance to be external-facing and build relationships, something brand new to me. Salesforce wasn’t part of the equation.

 

That lasted for about 6 months.

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Back to Paper: My Trial with a Written Planner

*Note: the following is NOT an advertisement. Just a gal, sharing thoughts on a planner.

I take pride in being organized at work. Not only do I feel more efficient, but I enjoy building trackers and project plans to stay on task and get things done.

Lately though, as I’ve taken on more responsibility, I’ve been feeling scrambled. Continue reading

The End of Summer Checklist: 10 Ways To Get Work Ready for Fall

If there’s one thing I can count on about this season, it’s the fact that it flies by every single year. Seriously, where did August go?

But this is not the time to lament the end of summer and long days at the beach; after all, who doesn’t love the fall?! Continue reading

10 Tips for Delivering A Staff Training When You’re NOT A Trainer

In the nonprofit sector, there’s this joke (sort of?) that we are prone to multiple-hat syndrome: instances when we’re asked to do things that fall outside of our job description, to keep things running smoothly. This summer, I’ve definitely fallen victim.

I’ve been tasked with getting my team up to speed on our new CRM software. Though I’ve played a big role in the setup and implementation (already complicated in its own ways), training others presents an ENTIRELY different set of challenges. Continue reading

10 Reasons Why You Should Enroll in an Excel Course ASAP

I never planned to learn Excel. It sort of happened by accident.

At the end of my junior year of college, I was accepted into an internship program that placed me at a major nonprofit organization. Since the program was best known for its banking internships, every participant had to complete an Excel course as part of our training. I set aside one day after finals to walk through the modules, opened up my laptop, and got to work.

Things haven’t been the same since. Continue reading

Feeling Stuck? Here's How To Figure It Out

How To: Figure Things Out When You’re Feeling Stuck

I can clearly remember the times in my adult life when I felt stuck and unsure of what to do next. It happened during my senior year of college while on the job hunt, and then again a few years later when I decided to change course in my career. There were even moments in between, where personal and professional concerns overlapped all at once (and yes, I’m still working on those).

I’m going to bet that you’ve felt stuck at some point too – because the feeling is a frustrating but very normal occurrence. Continue reading