Let’s chat! How strategic volunteering can transform your career

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Last month we kicked off our monthly Twitter chat series with key tips for your job search. We loved the opportunity to chat with you in real-time while providing helpful tips and a sense of community.

For our next chat on Tuesday, February 24th at 1 p.m. EST, we’re talking with The Nonprofit Career Coach and author of Strategic Volunteering: 50 Ingredients to Transform Your Life and Career, Mark McCurdy! Mark is known for providing specialized coaching to purpose-driven professionals and helping candidates position themselves as irreplaceable resources within the organizations they serve.

During Tuesday’s chat, Mark will share the benefits of strategic volunteering, the best way to make strong connections as a volunteer, and tips for turning a volunteer position into a paid gig! You’ll also have the chance to ask him questions and connect with other people who want careers in social change.

Using the hashtag #IdealistCareers, you can follow and participate in our conversations on the last Tuesday of each month (1 p.m. EST). We hope you will be able to join us!

If you’ve never participated in a Twitter chat before, FindSpark offers a great primer on what they are and how to make the most of them. Have an idea for a Twitter chat? Post in the comments below!


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I became acquainted with Idealist in late 2000 while working in the career development office at a private liberal arts college in NYC. I used it almost daily to help students and alumni find meaningful careers. After a 12-year stint in higher education, I worked as a career coach for professionals in various industries (and still used Idealist). During one of those many searches, a listing really caught my eye- the one for the newly-created position, Careers Program Coordinator. So... I jumped at the opportunity. Since then, I took on the role of Manager of Career Content for Idealist Careers, creating career content for job seekers, leaders, and other nonprofit professionals. Understanding the roles that a positive outlook and holistic self-care play in career success, I've shared with our readers time-honored methods for improving confidence and productivity. Now, as Manager of College and Professional Development, my focus is on lifting the advice from Idealist Careers "off the page". Drawing from my experience in career development, I propel job seekers and career changers towards taking control of their searches with confidence and removing fear, uncertainty, and other blocks to success via in-person workshops and seminars, webinars, and conference programming. My great loves are cooking (preferably without a recipe, otherwise I doctor it up), dancing, live cultural performances, identifying the tasting notes in a good cup of coffee, exploring neighborhoods for hidden gems, and anything else that sparks the senses and allows me to experience all the beauty, dynamism, and intrigue that vivaciously living in a remarkable world offers.
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