april 16-20: emerging museum professionals week

That old saying, “Ask and ye shall receive” is definitely true! In February, I put out a call for guest posts, the only criteria being the posts had to deal in some way, shape or form with emerging museum professionals.

I was thrilled and overwhelmed by the response! The posts are engaging, thought-provoking and address critical challenges the industry faces while exemplifying the passion and enthusiasm museum professionals have for their work.

Here’s what’s in store:

  • April 16: “Don’t Let Job-Hunting Advice Drag You Down” by Greg Landgraf
  • April 17: “Professional Museum Blogs: A Learning Process” by Maggie Abbott
  • April 18: “Always Have a Head Start” by Marine Soichot
  • April 19: “Mud, Mice, and Mannequins” by Anna Kirchner
  • April 20: “Exploring the Three Es: Exhibitions, Evaluation, and Education” by Julianna Olsson

Plus there’s free stuff: Leave a comment on any of the posts during EMP Week (April 16 -20, 2012) to be eligible to win a copy of How to Become A Nonprofit Rockstar: 50 Ways to Accelerate Your Career by Rosetta Thurman and Trista Harris. I was an early reader and reviewer of this book and it is a must-have for your career library. The winner will be randomly selected and notified via email on April 23, 2012 (so please don’t forget to include an email in your comments).

Don’t miss this chance to engage, interact and connect!

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how to become a nonprofit rockstar

Last week, I had the honor of being the guest speaker at my alma mater’s Nonprofit Administration class.  The students were awesome, enthusiastic and dynamic.  I felt I was prepared for the talk (after all, nonprofits are one of my favorite topics) but one question stumped me: “What do you know now that you wish you knew before entering the field?” I paused, not wanting to deliver a flippant response, and eventually replied that I wished I had considered  the culture of the organizations I applied to when I first completed my degree more carefully, rather than blanketing every place with 501(c)3 status with my résumé.  I definitely had a “please hire me” vibe rather than “show me how my skills will be put to the best use”, and the stink of desperation undoubtedly put me out of the running in more than one situation.

While that was a perfectly honest answer, I realized later that I should have said, “I wish I had a game plan for advancing in the field once I entered it.”  If the book How to Become a Nonprofit Rockstar had been available before now, I would have avoided that pitfall.

Written by Rosetta Thurman and Trista Harris, How to Become a Nonprofit Rockstar offers 50 tips  for those who have been in the sector for more than a  minute but find themselves stuck, frustrated and envious of celebrated colleagues who seemingly have the Midas Touch.   As the authors reveal, those folks you admire are in no way better than you; it’s simply because “the most successful nonprofit careers are marked by a proactive approach to professional growth and leadership development.”   If you read this book and follow the advice within, you will soon find yourself joining their ranks.

Tips include:

  • Learn How to Raise Money
  • Build Your Own Frankenmentor
  • Stop Trying to Be Two Different People
  • Cultivate a Slash Career
  • Fall Back in Love with Your Job
  • Get Paid What You Are Worth
  • Ditch the Martyr Lifestyle
  • Run with the Big Dogs

If Shelly Cryer’s The Nonprofit Career Guide is the definitive how-to book for entering the nonprofit sector, How to Become a Nonprofit Rockstar is the quintessential style guide, providing step-by-step instructions on how to design a fulfilling, sustainable and creatively challenging career. 

Add How to Become a Nonprofit Rockstar to your library via Rosetta and Trista’s affiliate program! Click here to purchase and a portion of sales will support an aspiring nonprofit rockstar (me)!