Tag Archives: human resources

31 Things We wish Someone had told us before we Started Graduate School

What we wish someone had told us before we started Graduate School. This post was originally published on Goannatree, a blog I wrote for 6 years. It was a post that received many many comments and that readers seemed to find helpful. This is updated. _____________________________________________________________________________ There are those lessons you learn from facing the fire and walking through it. Those things that you read and know will change the way you think about your life. This list is definitely an outpouring of the former, Continue reading →

Why Choose A Communications Consultant?

A communications consultant can help you and your company decide upon a coherent message and communicate with and relate to customers effectively. A Sounding Board You might be looking for a sounding board to help you clarify and refine your communications plans. Sometimes you just need an experienced and encouraging professional who can listen to your goals and provide guidance to help you implement in a way that allows you to be empowered to be the face of your business and to share your story Continue reading →

Work from anywhere: practical tips for location freedom

I’ve spent much of the last ten years traveling. I’m all about figuring out how to work from anywhere. A large part of that also involved working in the “fringe hours” and making the most of working on research and writing projects in the midst of travel. This post does include affiliate links. Please see our disclosure policy for more information. I have worked beside pools, in parks, on buses, on long road trips as a passenger, in countless hotel rooms, internet cafes, friends’ kitchen Continue reading →

Non Profit Accounting and Fiscal Management

Organizations in the non-profit sector are not truly viable entities unless and until they have financial policies and procedures in place – this includes non profit accounting and fiscal management practices that will stand up to audits and comply with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). One way to ensure that your organization is transparent and accountable financially is to make sure you have a team that you trust for guidance and who can answer questions as they arise, in a way that makes sense to your Continue reading →

New Hire Orientation

Some things to think about and a list of questions you should have answers to as you’re developing your new hire orientation – and perhaps updating employee handbooks to reflect the information provided in new hire orientation sessions. We want to encourage you to develop your own new hire checklist and documentation specific to your non profit organization or social impact business. It is important that you have thought through the topics below so that you have a consistent new hire orientation process. Consistency and Continue reading →

Interview Questions: good, bad, and ugly

The art of writing interview questions is not on their face, complicated, but you would be surprised how often non-profit organizations (and social impact businesses alike) leave themselves open to litigation and to quizzical looks of “did you really just ask me that” to “you do realize you can’t ask something that, right?” when it comes to questions hiring committees are asking of job applicants in the interview setting. So, let’s start with the ugly; or the please, for all that you care about your Continue reading →

Job Applicant Interviewing Checklist: Non Profit Organizations

Although any staffing discussion is an important one, hiring a staff member for a non profit organization is particularly challenging. Planning an interview strategy in advance is key to ensuring that you move beyond questions and answers an applicant may have prepared specifically for. The following checklist will help: Be sure each member of the interview panel has a copy of the Job Description in advance, along with a copy of the Job Advertisement. Each member of the panel should also have time to review Continue reading →