Quick Tips: Transitioning to the Impact Sector

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Is there something meaningful missing from your job? Maybe you’re looking for a role where you can do more for the world with the skills you have. Then flip through this deck of tips straight from Making the Switch: Transition Your Career into the Impact Sector, our recent Issues in Depth call featuring nonprofit and for-profit professionals who’ve done just that...

Learn more about making an impact through your job at netimpact.org

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Quick Tips: Transitioning to the Impact Sector

  1. 1. Quick TipsTransitioning tothe Impact SectorISSUES IN DEPTH
  2. 2. Lifelong employabilitySometimes we postponeour learning until we’re ready tomake a shift or transition – andin today’s job market, that’s oftentoo little, too late.““— Mark Guterman, meaningfulcareers.comTHE REAL GOAL
  3. 3. Your impact job descriptionTIP ONEWhat causes are you passionate about?What impact do you want to make?What skills are transferable?
  4. 4. Your impact job descriptionTIP ONEWhat causes are you passionate about?What impact do you want to make?What skills are transferable?Take the free self-assessments atnetimpact.org/knowyourself
  5. 5. Build relationshipsTIP TWOGood for:Conversation startersIntroductionsResearch
  6. 6. Build relationshipsTIP TWODon’t forget!Be generous.Be present.Contribute to the conversation.
  7. 7. Build credibilityTIP THREEYou need to know how totranslate your skills into languagethat someone in the impact sectorwill relate to and connect with.““— Mark Guterman, meaningfulcareers.com
  8. 8. Build credibilityTIP THREESeek input on your goals early and often.Make yourself visible to peers and leadership.Demonstrate your personal commitment to the causethrough volunteering, workplace project leadership, etc.
  9. 9. Build credibilityTIP THREESeek input on your goals early and often.Make yourself visible to peers and leadership.Demonstrate your personal commitment to the causethrough volunteering, workplace project leadership, etc.Solidify your goals usingnetimpact.org/careerconnections
  10. 10. Start as an intrapreneurTIP FOURDon’t give up on where you are.You might not have the backgroundyou want for your dream job, but youmight be able to get some of those skillsto enable you to make that transition.““— John Schultz, AT&T
  11. 11. Start as an intrapreneurTIP FOURHone your pitch: what do you want to accomplish?Start with a small win and work your way up.Learn everything you can about the issue you care about.
  12. 12. Start as an intrapreneurTIP FOURHone your pitch: what do you want to accomplish?Start with a small win and work your way up.Learn everything you can about the issue you care about.Start a workplace project atnetimpact.org/impactatwork
  13. 13. Want more?VIEW THE CALLIncluded in premium membershipnetimpact.org/IIDcareerswitchJOIN NET IMPACT FOR FREEnetimpact.org/whyjoin

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