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We're always on the lookout for great ideas, information and inspiration to share with you. Updated constantly by our editorial coordinator, Marina Dawson, Hot off the Web features links to great content, stories, blog posts and articles that we've come across online. 

Have you come across a great blog post or relevant article that you think we should share? Send us a note at editor@charityvillage.com.



The five most important soft skills to look for in a new hire

August 31, 2016

The five most important soft skills to look for in a new hire - Knowing how to code isn't the only skill you'd better bone up on if you want to get - and keep - a job in today's workplace. Make sure you can check your ego, take direction gracefully and show curiosity, which aren't readily apparent on a resume or during an initial interview. These so-called soft skills can often dictate someone's ability to work with other people in a dynamic setting - and they can make or break the success of a new hire.



How to change your career

August 31, 2016

How to change your career - You feel that you are stuck in a job that doesn’t satisfy you. You want to change your career but don’t know where to start or how to do it. You also need your paycheck so you don’t want to quit your job before finding your dream career. In this case, the below 5 step plan can help you change your life completely.



Requiring formal education as a default is an inequitable hiring practice we need to end

August 30, 2016

Requiring formal education as a default is an inequitable hiring practice we need to end - But now, we also need to focus on another pervasive and inequitable hiring practice: our default of requiring a formal degree for practically every job in our sector. If you look at job postings, you’ll likely see language like “Bachelor’s degree in related field required” or “Bachelor’s required, Master’s preferred.” Even for entry-level positions.



Why transparency matters: Your three-step guide to a more transparent workplace

August 30, 2016

Why transparency matters: Your three-step guide to a more transparent workplace - “A lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity.” If you thought this quote came from a millennial start-up founder, you’d be wrong. None other than the Dalai Lama shared this belief on how transparency can yield success.



Seven recruiting quotes that will inspire you

August 25, 2016

Seven recruiting quotes that will inspire you - Words can provide a lot of inspiration in our lives. They make us rethink our perceptions and give us hope when times are tough. This is especially true when it comes to recruiting. Surprisingly, however, there’s a dearth of great recruiting quotes to keep us motivated professionally.



How to tackle your toughest decisions

August 24, 2016

How to tackle your toughest decisions - Every manager makes tough calls — it comes with the job. And the toughest calls come in the gray areas — situations where you and your team have worked hard to gather the facts and done the best analysis you can, but you still don’t know what to do. It’s easy to become paralyzed in the face of such challenges. Yet as a leader, you have to make a decision and move forward. Your judgment becomes critical.



Five things you can do at home to improve your life at work

August 24, 2016

Five things you can do at home to improve your life at work - We all want to find happiness at work and at home, but 24% of U.S. employees say the balancing act is getting tougher to manage, according to a study by Ernst & Young (EY). That’s because work is spilling into time that should be spent on personal pursuits.



'Mentoring' and 'Leadership Coaching' are not the same. Do you know the difference?

August 23, 2016

'Mentoring' and 'Leadership Coaching' are not the same. Do you know the difference? - When companies talk about leadership development, words like "coaching" and "mentoring" often get tossed around. Not only that, but the terms are used interchangeably. So, most listeners just assume they mean the same thing.



Succession readiness: Ten actions to get you started

August 17, 2016

Succession readiness: Ten actions to get you started - When I joined Vantage Point 10 years ago, overly pessimistic alarm-bells were ringing with stark projections of a not-for-profit leadership “gap” due to a mass exodus of senior leaders. With Baby Boomers redefining “normal” retirement age and exiting at a slower rate than anticipated, not-for-profits are demonstrating a more abundant reality, finding new leaders quickly and effectively, both developing from within and attracting from other sectors.



Five tips for dealing with difficult board members

August 16, 2016

Five tips for dealing with difficult board members - The bane or boom of many nonprofit executives’ existence: board members. Good ones make life so much easier and the nonprofit hum much more smoothly. But poor ones – or heaven forbid, destructive ones – can cause incredible turmoil and even threaten a nonprofit’s survival.



A graphic re-visioning of nonprofit overhead

August 16, 2016

A graphic re-visioning of nonprofit overhead - Most nonprofit leaders agree that we need a new way to communicate about the true costs of our programs and the vital importance of strong organizational infrastructure. But we have not yet developed a simple, consistent message when sharing our view with potential supporters and investors. We are stuck with old terms and old images.



How to make the job interview more relaxing

August 16, 2016

How to make the job interview more relaxing - A job interview can be nerve-wracking for people on both sides of the equation. Job seekers worry they won’t get the job. Even if they have the perfect resume, they can’t manage to stop fidgeting or rambling on during the interview. And that anxiety prevents you from getting an accurate idea about what the candidate is really like.



Can bosses and employees be friends? How to navigate the work friend zone

August 9, 2016

Can bosses and employees be friends? How to navigate the work friend zone - Are you one of the lucky people who loves your boss? Maybe she’s everything you aspire to be one day. Hanging with the team for happy hour. Turning the hallway into a putting green. Giving you solid client insight from her years in the trenches.



Eight candidate questions you need to be prepared to answer

August 9, 2016

Eight candidate questions you need to be prepared to answer - During the interview process, there’s a significant amount of heat on candidates when it comes to fielding questions to prove that they’re a good fit for an open role within a particular business. As they interview, they’ll be meeting with a hiring manager and often a team of other employees.



The most important sentence to say in every job interview

August 9, 2016

The most important sentence to say in every job interview - Before a big job interview, most of us will practice talking about our skills and experiences in ways that are relevant to the opportunity we're trying to land. We rehearse answers to the most common job interview questions about our greatest weaknesses and where we see ourselves in five years.



Three questions to ask before confronting a difficult board member (or staff or client)

August 9, 2016

Three questions to ask before confronting a difficult board member (or staff or client) - Three things in life are certain: death, taxes and conflict. Whether a board member not following through, a staff member not doing his or her job, or a difficult client, you need to decide whether to live with the offending behavior (and offender) or confront it.



Overwhelmed by email? 19 tips to claim back your inbox

August 8, 2016

Overwhelmed by email? 19 tips to claim back your inbox - Ever feel like email is taking over your life or dictating your working day? Here is how to get your inbox back under control! Email is the probably the most important business communication tool, and unavoidable in working life today.



Four secrets for defusing workplace drama

August 3, 2016

Four secrets for defusing workplace drama - Every workplace has some degree of office politics to navigate. Even small, super-cohesive teams have minor drama come up every now and then. And it can have pretty negative effects — letting workplace drama fester creates a toxic environment, raises levels of stress and anxiety, increases burnout and turnover, and lowers productivity.



Seven questions to jumpstart your fall fundraising campaign

August 3, 2016

Seven questions to jumpstart your fall fundraising campaign - Fall is around the corner. Have you considered launching a fall fundraising campaign? Seasonal campaigns are a great way to make up for funding shortfalls, build support, and most important, advance your mission.



Infographic: Trends in workplace giving

August 3, 2016

Infographic: Trends in workplace giving - It’s human nature to want your work to mean something. That’s why many employees seek to join organizations that reflect their personal values and ideals. One way employees identify an organization’s values is through its benefit programs. Apart from the standard perks like additional PTO and fitness programs, more and more people look to their employers for opportunities to give back to society.



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