Job Search Resources

As some of you may know, I finished my time with the Community Radio Fund of Canada a while back. After taking some time off, I’ve been back at it, looking for a new path. I have come across some great links to articles that made me think about creating a new resume, preparing for interviews, and even figuring out how to find my own way. I have also added some job search links (approximately 30 links) to my resources page.

Job Search

  • Nine Questions to Guide Your Job Search (by Laura Gassner Otting, Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group): I found this article useful before I began creating my new resume. What are my skills? What is transferable? What motivates me?
  • 7 Secrets to Getting Your Next Job Using Social Media (by Dan Schawbel, Mashable.com): I’m not sure that I can fully embrace Dan Schawbel’s notion that “90% should be concentrated on the following seven social media secrets,” but these are still good ideas to incorporate in your job search activities.
  • How to get a job past the age of 50 (by Thomas Hart, Undercover Recruiter)
  • Ottawa Integrated Local Labour Market Planning: An Ontario Government initiative, OILLMP is all about analyzing and synthesizing labour market information. Not in Ontario? Check out the Working In Canada site to get labour market information for your province, where their “Labour Market Bulletins provide an analysis of the local labour market and an assessment of local employment-related events.”

Starting Your Own Business

Creating Your Resume

The Interview

Volunteer Standards pamphlet

Hi there. Just today (at least through their Facebook page), Volunteer Canada released it’s latest one-page pamphlet on the 14 Organizational Standards for Volunteer Involvement. These standards include volunteer recruitment, screening, recognition, and more. It is not something you have to sign up for or report on. But Volunteer Canada is a national organization dedicated to all aspects of volunteerism. So it might be good to at least look at what they have published. Here’s the PDF link to the pamphlet, both English and French. (Link updated November 2013)

Volunteer Canada releases “The Screening Handbook”

This is a super comprehensive guide published by Volunteer Canada in March of 2012 (and I believe this is a major update of the already-existing handbook, last published in 1996). Titled The Screening Handbook (PDF) (found on their Volunteer Screening page), it is full of “tools and resources to better match people and organizations, improve the safety and quality of programs in communities, and reduce risks and liability.” They prepared it for Public Safety Canada, the Community Safety and Partnerships Branch. It includes information on social policy and regulatory framework, privacy, police checks, and even deals with volunteers as employees. There are tools for recruitment, interviewing, training, and supervision. You’ll also find a lot of checklists, and even a PowerPoint presentation on the guide itself, in case you want to present it to your staff or board. (Links updated November 2013)

Cultivating Good Governance and the People that Make It All Happen

Over the past few years, I’ve developed a keen interest in good governance, leadership, and the many people in an organization that make these possible. Mostly because I have found myself in leadership positions but not always knowing how to be a good leader, a good boss, or how to create structures that enable good governance. And working in the non-profit sector with other non-profits these kinds of issues come up. So here’s a few resources I’ve picked up over the last few months to help those of you struggling with these kinds of questions.

  • CharityVillage (one of my top faves!) added the following to their library: Building Community Vitality, a toolkit put together by the Community Foundations of Canada to help foundations be more effective community leaders. The toolkit provides information on how to improve strategic planning, review and assess the impact of grantmaking programs, review community leadership projects, organize meetings about community issues, work with partners on various initiatives, and explain your work to donors.
  • Orienting new directors or staff? Check out Welcome Aboard (from my hometown province!), a site with a number of bilingual resources to help individuals better understand the roles and responsibilities of board members, executive directors, and volunteers. Resources include pamphlets, a handbook for board members, and a downloadable video. (Thanks again to, yep, you guessed it, CharityVillage.)
  • They also added the NL HR Manager, a downloadable toolkit with a large variety of articles, tools, and resources on such topics as finding the right workers, managing diversity within the workplace, engaging young workers, compensation and benefits, and more.

Fundraising, Leadership, and Social Media Resources

Here is my latest offering to my friends in non-profit community media. I’m sure a few others will find it useful, too. Some of these links and more can also be found on my resources page.

Fundraising Resources

  • Fundraising Authority is a website with a large number of fundraising articles geared toward small nonprofits, churches, and schools. Articles cover such topics as individual fundraising, fundraising ideas, volunteers, and strategy and planning. Also helpful is a section for beginners called Fundraising Basics.

Leadership Resources

  • The Peel Leadership Centre is a community collaborative whose mission is to cultivate, enhance, and support leadership in the nonprofit sector in Peel. But the centre’s website contains a wide array of leadership articles, resources, and links covering such topics as leadership renewal, innovation, diversity, and collaboration that are useful for everyone.

Social Media and Website Resources

  • 10 Keys to Effective Non-Profit Organization Websites
  • Social Media and Young Adults: This is a report about the shifts in social media use for teens and young adults. “Much of the drop in blogging among younger internet users may be attributable to changes in social network use by teens and young adults. Nearly three quarters (73%) of online teens and an equal number (72%) of young adults use social network sites. By contrast, older adults have not kept pace; some 40% of adults 30 and older use the social sites in the fall of 2009 … However, even as blogging declines among those under 30, wireless connectivity continues to rise in this age group.”
  • Webinar: Integrating Social Media into Your Website: “More and more organizations are benefiting from using social media tools like blogs, Facebook, and Twitter in their online communications. While the tools can be relatively straightforward to learn and adopt, many organizations struggle with how to effectively align messaging and communications across their online channels. This webinar will focus on best practices for integrating social media into organizational websites, including basic nuts-and-bolts changes to web page templates and enhancements to contact, staff, and email sign-up pages. Effective and simple processes for coordinating various channels and maximizing traffic between them will be explained. In addition, a range of contrasts will be drawn describing the different natures and uses of the respective channels, and methods for measuring how different channels are driving traffic to one another will be presented.”
  • Four Reasons Why Nonprofits Need a Mobile Website: If you are experimenting with text-to-give, text alerts and/or smartphone Apps (or planning to), then launching a mobile website is something you  should seriously consider.

(Post and links updated November 2013)