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May 24, 2016

Dear Friends:

Welcome to the weekly edition of AH Jobs List.

Are you still in your pajamas waiting anxiously for the new list of jobs to be posted every Tuesday morning? Will you scan the list and frantically shotgun resumes and cover letters to the jobs that are posted with the hope that there will be a response?

If this is how your daily job search process goes, I'm begging you to step away from your computer this week.

This might sound strange coming from a guy who runs a successful online job board, but please realize that online job boards are only one part of the process. Job boards are great for prospecting new jobs; but all too often, they create a false sense of hope and it is incredibly easy to become addicted to them as the only source of leads for your job search.

Job seeking is a FULL CONTACT sport. It means talking to other people. It means making cold calls to companies and asking for informational interviews from other professionals. It means developing new contacts and networks of professionals. It means taking someone to lunch or connecting with a professional association.

Use my list to identify job opportunities, but also research the companies you are going to apply to and figure out if there are other connections you can make instead of just sending in your resume and cover letter. Look for connections on LinkedIn, ask yourself if you know someone in the industry that has an 'in' at the company you are interested in.

I challenge you to try something new this week. Make some phone calls to your networks. Write out a short script and connect via a cold-call with someone you've never met.

 

Navigating Through a Mid-Life Career Crisis

Many of the professionals I've consulted with describe how they are experiencing a mid-life career crisis: a heart-wrenching feeling of not being satisfied with their chosen career. 

 
There are many symptoms associated with a mid-life career crisis:
  • You are simply bored with the hum-drum routine of doing what you are doing and wondering ‘Is this really as good as it gets?’
  • You have climbed the ladder to the top but don't like the view. The responsibility, the energy and the stress and the time away from family is just too much.
  • Even though your job may be stable, you’ve put off pursuing a career/job that is of real interest to you and now feel depressingly stuck; filled with anxiety about not having pursued something that is a real passion.
  • You don’t respect your boss, your company or your colleagues but the job doesn’t allow you time to search for a new job.
  • You are feeling as if you have more to offer and can be of more value in another position (and compensated accordingly).
  • You have transferable skills, you know you can succeed at something else, but you don’t know how to take the first step in a job search.
Many people get excited and motivated about pursuing a new job, but the excitement is followed by a series of overwhelming and negative stinking thinking—thoughts that slowly creep up and talk them out of their excitement. “It’s just too risky!” “I’m too old to try something new.” “I can’t afford to pursue my dreams.” “I shouldn't rock the boat and just be happy I have a job.” “I simply don’t have the right experience or skills to start something new.”

Yes, you can argue that changing jobs or careers is fraught with risk, but isn't it also risky resigning yourself to a life of unhappiness at work?

Imagine living the life you dream! Working at the job you really want to work at. Feeling excited about going to work every day and leaving work with a sense of accomplishment. Why does that seem impossible to some people?

The professionals I’ve studied who have successfully reinvented themselves or simply taken the plunge to find a different job didn't do anything drastic; instead, they created a plan and a goal designed with manageable steps that included doing some self analysis, some research and educating themselves on how to get to where they were going. By approaching it this way, they also burst the bubble of overwhelming anxiety and fear that prevents them from moving forward.

Instead of simply sending out random resumes to job postings, they took time to answer some critical questions:
  1. What do I want to do? What is my dream, my goal, my ideal job? What are the values I hold relating to work that are non-negotiable?
  2. What does looking for a new job look like? How much time can I commit every week to this goal?
  3. What types of transferable expertise, skills, experiences and accomplishments will be valuable to my new career and to my new job?
  4. Can I make a good argument as to why I believe I’d succeed in a new job/career?  Hint: Write out a short narrative about your background and describe and passionately defend why your skills and expertise would be a good fit.
  5. Are there additional skills I might need to gain that will be helpful? Where do I get those skills? Can my current job provide me with new skills? Are there classes I need to take?
  6. Who do I know? What networks of individuals can be helpful to either learn more about the career I want to pursue and the opportunities that might be available? Can I plant seeds with others that I am considering other opportunities?
  7. If I needed to, could I take a salary cut to start my new job/career? What would that look like to my personal finances and when could I expect to re-gain income?
  8. What types of companies/industries am I interested in? Hint: Research these companies and learn all you can about them as well as the people who work there. Get involved in their industry associations and attend professional development events, conferences and seminars.
  9. Does my current resume need rewriting it to be more focused on the things I want to do and the industries/companies I want to work for?
Lastly, it's important to remember that professionals are reinventing their careers every day and it is absolutely possible for you to reinvent yourself. You have a lifetime of skills and experiences, promotions and increased responsibility that—when presented in a focused, confident manner—will convince others to give you a chance.
 

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Those of you looking for a job know that job seeking is a full contact sport. Not only does it mean looking for a job, it means getting found by employers! With email and social media, job seekers now have the opportunity to get found by putting themselves out there and letting employers discover their skills, background, talent and expertise to help them succeed!

Employers and recruiters from throughout Colorado are looking to AH Jobs List Jobseeker Profiles to identify talent for their organization. Jobseeker Profiles result in connections, calls, interviews and job offers from employers. 

If you are a job seeker, click here and post your profile today where thousands of employers from around the state will be able to see what you have to offer.

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Nonprofit of the Week



The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado.

About Us
We advocate for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child well-being in health, education and early childhood. We do this by providing Coloradans with trusted data and research on child well-being and organizing an extensive state-wide network of dedicated child advocates.
Issue Areas

Every day, we work to:

  • Eliminate gaps in student achievement and health outcomes between low-income children and children of color and their peers.
  • Provide all of Colorado’s young children with high quality early learning and development experiences so they are ready for school and on track for success in life.
  • Secure quality, affordable health care and healthy communities for all Colorado children.
  • Ensure all students in Colorado have access to the quality K-12 education they need to graduate from high school prepared for college, careers and life.

As the leading voice for Colorado’s children at the State Capitol and in communities across the state, the Children’s Campaign has been at the forefront of hundreds of policy wins for kids. Among the numerous laws and programs we’ve helped establish are the Colorado Preschool Program, Child Health Plan Plus and the Great Teachers and Leaders Law.

Our Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion and Equity
The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a research, policy, and advocacy organization focused on ensuring every child in Colorado has the opportunity to succeed. We understand that every child has assets and needs specific to his or her circumstances, inclusive of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, abilities, geography and religion, as well as immigration, economic, and family status.

To effectively fight for what is right for every child—especially the most vulnerable—we recognize that our work must be guided by values of diversity, inclusion and equity. We know adopting these values is not enough; we are committed to integrating them into our daily work with intention, action and humility. Improving in these areas begins with defining the “who, what and how” at the center of this work. We acknowledge the importance of all types of diversity, but are beginning with a focus on race, ethnicity and socio-economic status because research shows these factors are some of the strongest determinants of child outcomes.

Diversity = WHO
We are committed to building racial, ethnic and socioeconomic diversity among our staff, board, partners and networks of advocates and ambassadors.

Inclusion = HOW
We are committed to an inclusive organizational culture in which people from different backgrounds are able to speak authentically, affect decisions and make meaningful contributions to the work of the organization. Additionally, we ask that our staff expand their understanding of issues and relationships by seeking out and valuing the voices and perspectives of diverse groups and by meeting these individuals where they are—physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Equity = WHAT
In our work on behalf of kids across the state, we are committed to helping create a Colorado in which a child’s advantages or disadvantages can no longer be predicted by race, ethnicity or socio-economic status. As part of this effort, we are striving for racial and economic equity within our own organization, networks and partnerships. We will know that we are successful when being a full and contributing member of the Colorado Children’s Campaign staff and volunteer network is not correlated with race, ethnicity or socio-economic status. Engaging in this work will help ensure that we pursue effective and equitable policies to better achieve every chance for every child in Colorado.

A few examples of how we’re approaching this work include: working to increase the racial, ethnic and socioeconomic diversity of our networks, staff and board; exploring equity issues as a staff and board, including a standing staff Equity Team; reaching out to diverse communities to better understand their hopes and goals; committing our financial resources to these efforts and seeking long-term support for them; and forging or improving networks, coalitions and relationships with individuals and organizations representing diverse racial, ethnic, and socio-economic populations.

The Colorado Children's Campaign is searching for a new President and CEO.

President & CEO
Colorado Children's Campaign
Denver


The Board of the Colorado Children's Campaign now seeks a committed, proven, dynamic leader to continue the critically important work of the Campaign and to ensure that the children of Colorado have a strong, respected voice.

The President & CEO is responsible for the overall leadership, management, and strategic planning of the Colorado Children's Campaign. The President & CEO reports directly to the Chair of the Colorado Children's Campaign Board of Directors. The President & CEO works closely with senior staff members and the Board to provide the vision for the Campaign and acts collaboratively with the staff and diverse community partners to fulfill the mission of the organization.

The President & CEO manages a staff of 21 talented professionals and an annual budget of $3 million.
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