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2013: To be & not to do January 3rd 2013

If your schedule is as hectic as mine, then you’ve already written numerous ‘to do’ lists, and have at least the next three months mapped out. Such forward planning may be efficient, but it sure makes the months and years fly past, and sometimes we forget to reserve some time for ourselves, family and friends.

So, here’s a radical idea: let’s park those ‘to do’ lists (I’m not ready to give them up completely), and write sparkly new ‘to be’ lists.

'To be' means reserving time for you

What’s the difference? Well, the way I see it, we usually define ourselves by what we do, and not who we are – or want to be. I see you’d like some evidence. Think back to your last party and I bet everyone you met said, “so, what do you do?” And you replied with details of your job (and if you didn’t – you’re a very rare beast!). We focus so much on our work and ‘doing’, that even when we’re not beavering away at it, we still define ourselves by our 9 to 5 role!

So, go ahead and love your ‘to do’ lists, but don’t forget to reserve some time for other things  – and people – in your life.

Here’s my ‘to be’ list for 2013.

I will find ways to be:

  • Happier
  • Kinder
  • Fitter
  • Smarter

It’s definitely a work in progress – should I add KPI’s and timelines?  I must add it to my ‘to do’ list!

What’s on your ‘to be’ list for 2013? Feel free to share in the comments section.

 

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How to write a charity CV October 23rd 2012

I still spend a lot of time helping people to write their CVs.

If you Google CV writing tips you’ll find lots of advice and help, so let me give you one of the most important tips of all.

Whether you’re a charity social media manager, a director of communications, or you’re looking for your first charity job, as the saying goes – you never get a second chance to make a first impression. Your CV is your ‘shop window’, so you need to get it right.

It can be very helpful to get a third party view of your CV, but you should never hand over the responsibility of producing such an important document. Yes, you may end up with a CV that sounds like you could run the world, but beware. In these days of social media, online networking and easy access to a wealth of publicly available information, if you’re ‘economical with the truth’ you will be found out!

Your CV advertises your skills and experience, so it should show you in the best light, but there are effective ways to do this that also ensure that, like any advertisement, the information you include is still honest, decent, legal and truthful! Make sure you recognise yourself in your CV and remember to review it from time to time to reflect your career development.

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Corporate fundraising: the best of times, the worst of times February 23rd 2012

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A corporate fundraiser faces even more challenges now that companies are focusing most of their efforts on simply staying afloat. Yes, it’s tough out there, but it’s also a great time to think creatively about maintaining and strengthening current relationships, and developing new ones.

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Digital charity jobs: part two February 19th 2012

 

Trying to find a job that you love can be exciting and stressful in equal measures. In part one of my career change guide we looked at some first steps, so here’s part two to help you get a flying start on the road to your new career. I am focusing on the charity sector, but these strategies will also help if you’re working in other sectors.

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Digital charity jobs: part one January 2nd 2012

Do you find yourself hitting the snooze button on the alarm more than you used to? Are you counting the hours every day – and the days until the weekend comes around?

Sounds like it might be time for a career change!

Changing career can feel like such a huge challenge that it might deter you from even considering new horizons. But you can give yourself the best chance of finding a new career by following a few key steps during your job search. With my 15 years’ experience in communications, including recruiting for great charity communications jobs, here’s the first part of my insider guide to help you with your career change. Although I talk about the charity sector, these strategies will help you if you’re working in other sectors.

Why do you want to make a career change?

Some people know from an early age the direct path their career will take, although most of us have a rather meandering path, if we ever have one at all! If you’ve come to a crossroads and just don’t know where you want to go next, one of the first questions I would ask you is ‘what first attracted you to your current job, and what frustrates you about it now?’ This could be the starting point for you to take a good look at your values, what you want out of your career, and what really makes you get up in the morning – even on these cold, dark January days!

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