Career insight

  • The work-life balance formula that actually works
    Too often, faulty math keeps us from realizing the goal of simultaneously fulfilling work- and home-lives. Correcting the equation is easier than you think: It all comes down to quality over quantity.
  • In this roundup from six months of Career Insight newsletters, we’re looking back at an array of stories on working smarter, getting hired, and the ways that purpose-driven pros landed their spot in the sector.
  • Explore the latest mission-driven career opportunities around the country. Updated weekly, this week’s featured jobs include opportunities in technology, legal work, student development, fundraising, corporate relations, development, and marine conservation.
  • Open-ended queries give you the chance to tell your story and demonstrate your bona fides – as well as the chance to ramble, go negative, and otherwise obscure your best qualities.
  • The Sacramento Tree Foundation is a force for nature in California’s capital city, and their Restoration Ecologist digs deep into a range of projects, from planting to trailblazing to public education.
  • It takes more than active listening to understand those outside your age-group – you’ve got to recognize generational differences in technology use, time management, and more.
  • When employees can’t afford to contribute to their retirement plan, they’re often forgoing a major benefit – your matching contribution. A recently-approved workaround is changing that.
  • First impressions are important, but a snap judgement can also keep you from discovering a valuable new team member. Here’s how to assess ability before likeability.
  • Whether you’re facing a roomful of potential job leads, meeting someone who works for your dream employer, or looking for an invite to the next meet-and-greet event, here’s how to make the most of it.
  • Learning to weigh the value of your employee benefits – from retirement plans and health coverage to professional development and scheduling options – means better decisions for your career and life.
  • The only way to understand your people is through active listening. Here’s five practices for giving others the attention they need, and making sure they know you hear them.
  • The reference-check process can be a vital measure of a potential employee’s fitness, but only if you know the right kinds of questions to ask – and who you should be asking.
  • How the Talent Business Partner at Citizen Schools got to where she is, and what she does to engage her coworkers, amplify their impact, and better focus everyone involved – including herself.
  • The secret to summing up your experience, skills, and achievements? Analyze the job description. Here’s how to use power words, key words, and verifiable results to craft killer bullet points.
  • Checking back in on six months of Hiring Insight newsletters, we’ve got takeaways on interviewing techniques, the greatness of older hires, what holds culture back, meeting employee needs, and much more.
  • To convince funders and board members to invest in greater employee pay, we can’t just plead the cause of a living wage or name-check recruitment, retention, and productivity: We need data, strategy, and the true cost of doing business.
  • We know that financial stress can cause you more than worry – it can even cause you to consider giving up a job you love. That’s why we launched a new, free educational initiative especially for you.
  • There’s a lot to consider as you prepare for a job interview. Here, one recruiter shares the expertise he’s amassed through thousands of encounters with candidates and employers.
  • A national nonprofit that serves hundreds of food banks across the country, Feeding America looks for curious, passionate, relationship-minded pros dedicated to fighting hunger.
  • Emergencies on the job can happen anytime – especially during hurricane and wildfire season – which means it’s always worth reviewing disaster prep tips from the pros.