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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Jist Works (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593577877
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593577872
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Finally, something really useful for non-profit jobs. I wish I'd written this book, but know I couldn't have done such a good job.
--Martin Yate CPC, NY Times bestseller, and author of Knock em Dead The Ultimate Job Search Guide

I officially pronounce this book AWESOME.  All the tricks I wish I had when entering public service.  Heather is the tour guide du jour in the world of public service.  A must read! --Steve Ressler, Founder of Govloop.com

With a range of in-depth looks at career fields, profiles of current professionals, and useful resources, "Jobs That Matter" is full of tools and tips.
--Steve Joiner, Author, The Idealist Guide to Nonprofit Careers for Sector Switchers

Jobs That Matter: Find a Stable, Fulfilling Career in Public Service is a must-have resource for those pursuing a career in public service. --Antoinette A. Samuel, MPA CAE, Executive Director, American Society for Public Administration

Reading this book is a smart step on the journey to both finding a fulfilling job and serving the nation.  --Max Stier, CEO and President, Partnership for Public Service

About the Author

Heather Krasna, MS, is Director of Career Services for the University of Washington s Evans School of Public Affairs. She has more than 10 years of experience as a career advisor and employer relations specialist in colleges and universities, and has helped more than 7,000 job seekers to find jobs and internships. She has a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from New School University and a Certificate in Adult Career Planning and Development from NYU, and has served on several nonprofit boards of directors. Heather recently wrote and won the Partnership for Public Service s Call to Serve grant, which is given to only five universities in the United States each year for the purpose of helping colleges promote federal government employment. She blogs weekly for the prominent government social networking site GovLoop.

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Visit http://heatherkrasna.com for exclusive updates, newsletters, and additional content not included in the book Jobs That Matter.

Heather Krasna, MS, is a career coach with 15 years' experience, who has helped over 7,000 people find jobs and internships. She is a career coach in private practice as well as Director of Candidate Services for Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group, where she provides individual coaching to executives pursuing nonprofit careers.

Previously, she was Director of Career Services for the University of Washington's Evans School of Public Affairs, one of the top MPA programs in the USA, and Internship Coordinator at Baruch College, CUNY, the nation's most diverse college. She has a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from New School University and a Certificate in Adult Career Planning and Development from NYU, and has served on several nonprofit boards of directors. At the Evans School, Heather co-wrote and won the Partnership for Public Service's Call to Serve grant, which is given to only five universities in the United States each year for the purpose of helping colleges promote federal government employment; as a result of the program she established, the number of federal jobs students obtained increased by 500%.

She is a Certified Workforce Development Professional, Certified Social Sourcing Recruiter, and Certified Diversity Recruiter, and she has over 50 recommendations and 300 endorsements on LinkedIn.

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Well organized, clearly written and lists many excellent resources.
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If you are a graduating from college or graduate school and interested in public service, this is a must buy.
Stephen Anthony Ressler
I pretty much read career books for a living and this one just rose to the top of my recommend list.
Marci Alboher

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul R. Abramson on May 15, 2010
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Heather Krasna has a great deal of experience in offering advice on finding public sector jobs, and is now the Director of Career Services at the University of Washington's Evans School of Public Affairs in Seattle. The book is a lively read, because of the large number of personal profiles, based upon Krasna's interviews. But most important for job seekers it has a great deal of practical advice with a lot of specific information.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carol R. Anderson on June 30, 2010
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Heather Krasna has packed an amazing amount of useful information and sound advice on a wide range of career topics between these two covers. Her broad definition of careers in public service will help individuals expand their horizons, and it is particularly helpful to find evolving fields of interest such as environmental protection, managing infrastructure, accountability and evaluation, advocacy, corporate social responsibility, security and emergency preparedness. There are solid sections on applying for federal government jobs and the organization, delivery, and competitiveness of international development work. Her résumé and job search preparation tools are excellent: the Anatomy of a Bullet Point on page 202-203 is worth the price of the book all by itself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By meghan morales on February 26, 2012
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Heather Krasna's book literally changed my life. I spent months after graduating from university trying to figure out how to work in the non-profit sector with no luck. I randomly found her book at a store and thought "why not" and I've never regretted it. Not only does she give you great resources and information on different non-profit jobs, their functions, and other opportunities you might never have considered, but great resume and cover letter insights and absolutely fantastic interviewing questions.

After reading her book, I found an amazing job at a well-known foundation and I credit her book. It was because I asked one of the interview questions she recommended that made me stand out to my previous manager and I got the job! I relocated recently and am re-using her wise advice all over with experience now.

I highly recommend for students, recent graduates, and industry changers who are considering to work for the better good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marci Alboher on December 2, 2011
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I pretty much read career books for a living and this one just rose to the top of my recommend list. Krasna has surveyed the entire field of jobs that make a difference and distilled it into a user-friendly guide that answers all the questions a job-seeker would have --from how to break in, to what might be a good fit for your skills and personality, to what various jobs pay. Best of all, she includes vivid Q&As with people in some unusual roles and brings to life some kinds of work you may have never realized exist, like the superintendent of the NYC Transit Authority. This book should be in every career planning library and on the shelf of every person wondering how to make a difference in the world.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T&R on August 10, 2011
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I am interested in public service and I found this a very effective help to narrowing down what I want to do.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Anthony Ressler on June 25, 2010
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As founder of Young Gov't Leaders (young professional group for federal employees) and founder of GovLoop (social network connecting 30,000+ gov't leaders), people ask me every day how to get a government job.

Heather's book "Jobs That Matter" is a great guide for those interested in public service and its advice is dead-on. Particularly great are the case studies from the book and real advice from real people working in the government (vs hypothetical advice).

If you are a graduating from college or graduate school and interested in public service, this is a must buy.

Steve Ressler (President, GovLoop.com)
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By Brandon R. Johnson on October 2, 2013
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Perfect. Just what I need for class. I wasn't sure this would get to me in time but this arrived in plenty of time. Thanks!
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