Archive | December, 2011

Have you added your volunteer experiences to your resume? Why not?

22 Dec

Earlier this year LinkedIn conducted a survey of 2,000 professionals in the U.S. 89 percent of those surveyed said they had volunteer experience, yet only 45 percent included their volunteer experience on their resume. There are over 75,000 nonprofits listed on LinkedIn. If you haven’t already, you should be connecting with those you’ve volunteered for – as a Catchafire Pro Bono Professional or in your personal capacity – as well as those you support.

In September this year LinkedIn added a “Volunteer Experience & Causes” field to the LinkedIn Profile, enabling users to list their volunteer positions, causes they care most about, and organizations they support. Nearly half of the hiring managers in the LinkedIn survey said they consider a candidate’s volunteer experience to be equally as valuable as their professional career experience. Twenty percent said they’ve made a hiring decision based on a candidates’ volunteer experience.

Working professionals often overlook the significance of their volunteer experiences. If you’ve provided a nonprofit or social good organization with your skills, add it to the skills section of your LinkedIn profile and link to the nonprofit or cause. And, of course, the same goes for projects that you have completed with Catchafire, be sure to list them on both your LinkedIn profile and on your resume.

Follow this link to add “Volunteer Experience & Causes” to your profile.

Whether you’ve completed five Catchafire projects or just starting your first, be sure to mention that you’re a Catchafire Pro Bono Professional, connect to our company page and join our LinkedIn group. This will not only improve your profile and online visibility, but also provide you with another way to network with like-minded professionals and raise awareness for your causes.

If you’re looking for volunteer experiences where you can use your professional skills and would like to connect with thousands of nonprofits and social good organizations, click here to register and become a Catchafire Pro Bono professional.

We hope that LinkedIn will eventually allow volunteers to request recommendations from nonprofits on their profile pages, the same you can do under the “Experience” section of the LinkedIn profile. We contacted them today to ask when and if this may happen and await feedback. We’ll keep you posted.

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Guides for Giving Good

16 Dec

The Internet is awash with gift guides for the holiday season. Dig a little deeper and you can find a number of inspired guides for giving good.

Social Edge’s ‘Holiday Gift Guide for Social Entrepreneurs 2011’ is tailored to those whose wish list contains items a social entrepreneur needs more of: Time, Money, Impact, Sanity, Space, Energy, Sleep, Movement, and Joy! This cleverly crafted list provides links to a number of fantastic social good organizations, and gifts anyone can purchase in support of their causes. From watches (time) to sustainably produced snacks (energy), every category is covered!

Globalgiving’s ‘Gifts for Good’ is a list of charities who send their donors free gifts. For example, for a $25 donation toward the building of 2 classrooms in Uganda, you get a Ugandan paper bead necklace, and $15 toward school supplies for Kenyan students gets you a hand-carved wooden serving spoon. The list is broad in terms of worthy causes and awesome gifts.

These guides espouse the belief that it’s always better to give than to receive. This is also the philosophy behind our 2012 Holiday Campaign:

This season, Catchafire is asking skilled professionals to register on our site and give the gift of time. Once registered as pro bono professionals to receive matches, you will have the opportunity to nominate your favorite social good organization to win $2,012 toward Catchafire projects.

Our goal of registering 2012 professionals by the end of January is ambitious but we’re a determined bunch! We launched this campaign in early December and have already registered 192 new professionals – 10% toward our goal!

Here are some ways you can help us spread the word:

Email:
Catchafire has just launched its 2012 Holiday Campaign with the goal to encourage more people to give the gift of time and talent. Those who register on Catchafire by the end of January will have the opportunity to nominate a favorite nonprofit or social enterprise to receive a $2,012.00 donation towards a Catchafire membership. Register here to nominate.

Twitter:
Tis the season…Nominate a nonprofit or #socent to win $2,012 towards Catchafire projects! Register to nominate – http://bit.ly/urMOjP

FB:
Tis the season….Nominate ur fave nonprofit or social enterprise to win $2,012 towards Catchafire projects! Register to nominate – http://bit.ly/urMOjP

Catchafire 2012 Holiday Campaign

7 Dec

This holiday season, we want to inspire 2,012 people to sign up to give pro bono. 

Every one who registers by the end of January will have the opportunity to nominate their favorite nonprofit or social enterprise to receive a $2,012 donation towards a Catchafire membership. To give the gift of your time & talent to an amazing social good organization, sign up and make your nomination.

Already a registered Catchafire professional? Email campaign2012@catchafire.org to let us know the organization that you’d like to nominate to win the $2,012 towards Catchafire membership. Please put the name of the organization in the subject line.

Help us spread the good word:

Email:
Catchafire has just launched its 2012 Holiday Campaign with the goal to encourage more people to give the gift of time and talent. Every one who registers on Catchafire by the end of January, will have the opportunity to nominate a favorite nonprofit or social enterprise to receive a $2,012.00 donation towards a Catchafire membership. Register here to nominate.
Twitter:
Tis the season…Nominate a nonprofit or #socent to win $2,012 towards Catchafire projects! Register to nominate – http://bit.ly/urMOjP
FB:
Tis the season….Nominate ur fave nonprofit or social enterprise to win $2,012 towards Catchafire projects! Register to nominate – http://bit.ly/urMOjP
Thank you to everyone who has given their time pro bono this year!

Giving is a bigger gift than receiving

7 Dec

I love the holiday season most of all because it reminds me that deep within all of us is the desire to give in order to make someone’s life a little better.

As a kid, throughout the month of December, egged on by the amazing brilliance of the advent calendar that popped out a new little gift every day, I would ask myself the question: “What do I want for Christmas?” Of course, it always had to do with someone giving me stuff; and, even as I grew up, it was easy to continue that line of thinking – thinking about what gifts you’d hope to receive from others. A few days ago, my mother gave me the good advice that being able to give is a bigger gift than anything you can receive. This woke me up and shook me about. I was reminded that I am so blessed to have so much to give.

So the new question to myself this holiday season is: “What do I want to give for Christmas?”

My answer this year is: The gift of time. I’m heading off to Bangkok to spend time with my mum. Over the past two years, I’ve dedicated most of my time to growing myself and my company, never leaving enough time to take a trip to see my mum. It’s the biggest gift I can think of to give her, and I know that I will enjoy it way more than anything I will receive this year.

To pass on the good vibes, my question to you is: “What do you want to give this holiday season?

To inspire you, here’s what some of my team has to say (in 140 characters):

Alex – “I’ve been cooking for people – I really enjoy taking care of people in that way – cooking Thanksgiving dinner for 12 people was the start!

Dana – “Random acts of kindness: Holding doors, letting others jump ahead of me in line, and finding other simple ways to make someone’s day better.

Andrew – “Chores. My wife and I are expecting a baby in January, so this holiday season I’m doing more around the house, so my wife can rest and prepare for the birth.

Joe – “A former co-worker and friend is fighting leukemia and has maxed out his insurance. I will give what I can to help pay his medical bills.

Thomas – “Want to work pro bono for something! No really – need to walk the talk with giving back. Will definitely do a mentorship, or volunteer on a project.

Ryan L – “Spending more time with my family and friends!”

Jared – “Going a little bit further for those of my friends, loved ones and neighbors who are in need.”

JC – “More time to strangers, even if its just courtesy on the subway…it makes a difference.”

Jie – “Be with family and friends I haven’t seen for more than three years. Cook for my parents and brother.”

Ryan M – “Let the people in your life know that you love them. Tell them how important they are to you and make sure they know they’re not alone”
Priyanka – “Time with friends and family that is uninterrupted!”

“What do you want to give this holiday season?” Let us know by tweeting us @catchafire.

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