- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: Fieldstone Alliance (May 20, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0940069598
- ISBN-13: 978-0940069596
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.8 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #867,932 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Nonprofit Career Guide: How to Land a Job That Makes a Difference Paperback – May 20, 2008
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About the Author
SHELLY CRYER is the founder of the Initiative for Nonprofit Sector Careers, a research and advocacy project begun in 2002 and now housed at American Humanics. The project launched the national Nonprofit Sector Workforce Coalition and through this and other programs works to cultivate a skilled, prepared, and diverse next generation of nonprofit sector leadership. Shelly's initial research was funded by The Forbes Funds and conducted in partnership with New York University's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.For the past 17 years, Shelly has worked as an independent consultant to nonprofit organizations, designing and implementing strategic media and public education campaigns, conducting research, and assisting with development efforts. Her focus is women's rights, public health, and international affairs, and she has spent significant time working for coalitions of nongovernmental organizations that have collaborated around major United Nations initiatives. Shelly worked on the Beijing Women's Conference, the Cairo Population Conference, and with the Coalition for an International Criminal Court, among other campaigns. Shelly has served as an adjunct professor at Columbia University and Baruch College of The City University of New York, teaching graduate courses on the media, policy, and nonprofit organizations.
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Except this one. Short. Focused. Keeping it real. And no worksheets.
As an executive working for top Human Resources management in a Fortune 100 company, I have read many career guides. And I have been asked to recommend career guides by concerned friends, usually for their kids. And they are all padded, boring, time-wasting books. Especially the ones with tests and worksheets. Did I mention I hate worksheets?
Here is a book based on a special perspective -- Shelly Cryer is a professional who is in the streets 24/7 with the real people who really know what it takes to work in the nonprofit sector. She is an expert communicator, and impatient to get her ideas across to you -- you'll feel like she is talking to you as a best friend with inside information as you read. And it is a pleasure to finally read a book not filled with true, but tired tropes about networking and how to inflate your resume.
This book is down in the trenches where a good first impression counts, but communicating accurately and tersely gets you noticed. Nonprofits after all have to do more with less, and that includes less time for fluff. Here are two examples which I know to be true from experience, and have never seen in another career book: Do not use the static-ridden, dead-voice cell phone for outreach, stick with a conventional land-line for important calls to get your human nuances across. And here is a big clue, email is a great way to communicate instantly, but do not take any less time crafting your email than you would a serious business letter. How true; email's spontaneous nature seems to sap politeness and logical structure from so many communications I get.
The index. This book has an index. Why should a slim volume like this (less than 300 pages) need an index? Well you can not live without Google can you? Think of this intelligently indexed book as having a built in search engine. So many books skimp and think they can get by with a table of contents with cute chapter titles.
This book is hard-hitting, with career profiles and interviews with true leaders in the nonprofit sector about their own careers. As proof that Shelly Cryer is saying "yo listen up my peeps!", each chapter has a quick review at the end which makes you really think about what you have just read. Not just the usual warmed-over summary, but a superb safety net to make sure you have caught on.
Want to do good in the world?
Want to wake up happy to go to work every day?
Buy this book; you may find your life's calling here.
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