Are you a creature of habit? Break your routine and look in different job categories today! AH Jobs List now features close to 30 different career categories. Consider how your skills might be transferable to a different career or perhaps your experience and skills from one industry could transfer to another.
Consider sitting down to write out your ideal job description, including the type of company that fits your values and objectives and then match it to the jobs you search for on AH Jobs List.
Employers throughout the state are hiring - from entry level positions to VPs and Executive Directors. Make sure to check out 'The List' to easily scroll through all of the job listings.
And as you'll see in my article below, networking is still the most effective way to discover new opportunities. By taking a proactive approach, changing up your job seeking routines and habits, and stepping out of your comfort zone, you will instill fresh energy and motivation into your job search. As a result, you'll start to notice different opportunities and you also get new and creative ideas about how to go about looking for a job.
NETWORKING: GETTING TO "WHO YOU KNOW"
There’s an old saying, "It's not what you know, it's who you know."
Networking – getting references or referrals to employers – is still one of the top ways to land a new job. Companies are constantly relying on employees, friends, colleagues and associates to refer good candidates for open positions. A big chunk of the guesswork is eliminated when a credible party is referring a candidate for a position. Think about the conversation your friend or acquaintance would have with their HR person: "I know this candidate. This person has the necessary skills and background for the job and would fit the culture of our company."
Why is networking so important for job seekers?
Networking forces job seekers to jump out of their comfort zone (that anonymous space from behind your computer!) and engage with employers, associates, friends and others to discuss why they are looking for a job.
What are some specific networking strategies?
There are really three tiers of networking.
1.) The Low Hanging fruit. Close associates, friends, former colleagues, clients, vendors, etc. The folks you have a high likelihood of connecting with quickly and disseminating your resume and getting a referral. These are the folks that are most willing to help by making connections for you, opening their Rolodex and referring you to their company’s HR department.
2.) The “Remember me?” Folks who you might not know as well, but are professional or personal acquaintances who you feel comfortable reaching out to. It could be someone you know from a nonprofit you’ve worked with. Or maybe a parent from your kid’s little league or a neighbor; folks who know you that might be willing to help you.
3.) The “Let me Introduce myself.” This is often the most challenging networking strategy for job seekers. Basically it is a cold call to someone who you don’t know but you believe might be helpful. It could be someone from a company you have researched or a person you’ve read about in the newspaper. It might be at a networking event you approach to introduce yourself.
How do successful job seekers network online using social media?
LinkedIn is without question the best professional online networking job seeker resource. Make sure your profile is updated, complete and professional. In addition, use LinkedIn for intelligence gathering on companies, individuals, your community and the various industries. LinkedIn also has a terrific job board that is searchable by location and keyword. Reaching out to your connections on Facebook and on Twitter is also an easy way to let folks know you are looking for a new career.
How do you ‘practice’ networking?
Again, for many people the idea of networking is a terrifying proposition that creates a ton of anxiety, but it MUST be part of your job searching plan. Make sure you practice your ‘elevator speech’ – the 60-90 second synopsis of the chronology of your career path and, if you are cold calling prospects for jobs, write out the script for the message you are going to leave or for specific questions you want to ask of them. Remain professional but conversational. Job seekers are connecting with Colorado employers using AH Jobs List Jobseeker Profiles
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Nonprofit of the Week
Last week, my family adopted a new cat from the world's most awesome animal shelter! It took us a while but we named our new kitty Louie and he has quickly become a loving member of the Hudson household.
The Denver Dumb Friends League helps to connect all kinds of wonderful animals with individuals and families throughout the region.
The process for adopting an animal at the DDFL is simple. You can go online and see all the animals up for adoption and read about their backgrounds. Knowledgeable, compassionate volunteers will bring out the animals you wish to meet to help you decide if this is the right pet for you. The DDFL gives you all types of information, tips and guidance for caring for your new friend.
When it was founded in 1910, it was named after a London, England, animal welfare group called "Our Dumb Friends League." In those days, the term "dumb" was widely used to refer to animals because they lacked the power of human speech. Today, the Dumb Friends League, headquartered in Denver, is the largest community-based animal welfare organization in the Rocky Mountain region—providing a strong, compassionate and steadfast voice for those who cannot speak for themselves.
The DDFL has one position posted on AH Jobs List today:
Capital Campaign Coordinator
Dumb Friends League
Purpose of Position: Work closely with the President and CEO, COO, VP of Development and Communications and Director of Development to keep the capital campaign on schedule and progressing with a high level of momentum and confidence.
* Coordinate and schedule campaign meetings as necessary with appropriate leadership and Board
* Organize meeting materials
* Attend meetings and take notes
o Follow up on action items from meetings
* Ensure every campaign gift and/or pledge is recorded and tracked seamlessly
* Ensure stewardship of donors
o Formal thank you with tax receipt
o Informal hand written thank you card from leadership
* Help develop, maintain and update campaign reporting
* Maintain and update list of naming opportunities
* Work closely with development staff to coordinate all donor contact and avoid possible conflicts in scheduling and communication
* Coordinate the development of update letters and communication during construction
Major Donor Work
* Coordinate and arrange campaign meetings with donors and prospects
* Support leadership and the proactive outreach to donors
* Handle meeting arrangements such as lunch reservations, tours, confirmations
* Prepare campaign packets and materials for meetings
* Follow up after donor meetings
o Thank donor
o Send any follow up materials
o Record meeting/outcomes in database and any follow up needed
* Conduct donor/prospect research and identification
* Plan and execute small campaign related events READ MORE>>>>>>
Have a great week!
Capital Campaign Coordinator
Dumb Friends League
Denver, CO READ MORE>>>>>>