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We’re Turning 8! And Taking a Break

We’re Turning 8! And Taking a Break

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By Erin Ewart Next month (June 16th to be exact!) marks our eight year business anniversary. That was the day I began my first independent consulting project, starting down the path to what would become Careers for Social Impact. Reaching this point feels like a huge milestone. Over the past eight years we’ve run 24 group programs and over 50 public events and workshops. We’ve rebranded, relocated, defined our values, and built an amazing team.  We’ve supported over 4,000 people through our coaching programs and events, and we’ve built an alumni community network of hundreds of social impact changemakers who continue to support each other in their careers.  And most importantly, we’ve made a meaningful impact on the lives and careers of so many people who are making our world…
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2022 Update On Our Anti-Racism Commitments

2022 Update On Our Anti-Racism Commitments

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By Erin Ewart One year ago I shared a post outlining our 2021 anti-racism commitments, and I’m writing today with an update on how we’re doing and what we’ll be focused on in the year ahead.  Why I’m sharing this update One of our organizational values is Trust & Transparency, and I believe this is especially important when we are talking about this work.  I want to share where we’ve made progress along with the places we’ve struggled or not met our goals. This work is an ongoing journey and commitment and we have a lot to learn from each other, which can only happen when we share transparently.  For clients who may be considering working with us, I want you to know that we are committed to creating inclusive,…
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Why I Don’t Make New Year’s Resolutions (And What I Do Instead)

Why I Don’t Make New Year’s Resolutions (And What I Do Instead)

career coaching, strategy
By Erin Ewart How’s that fresh start going for you?  I don’t know about you, but I’ve had lots of ups and downs this first week of the new year: bursts of energy and motivation as well as exhaustion and mental fog.  Coming back from time off is always challenging, and I tried to cut myself some slack and go easy on my schedule this week (which I’m immensely grateful for).  But one thing I haven’t done this week is set New Year’s resolutions. There are a few reasons why:  I haven’t had time: December was busy wrapping up for the year, and my holiday break was very full with two young kids at home full-time. So while I did start to capture a few ideas (more on this below),…
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The Power of Reconnecting With What You Love

The Power of Reconnecting With What You Love

career coaching
By Erin Ewart This past weekend I ran my first race in over three years. It was something I used to do a few times a year in the time I think of as BC: before Covid and before having my second child. And while my husband jokingly said that for me and most of the other runners it wasn’t really a "race" since we had no chance of winning, I disagree. I certainly wasn’t in it to win it, but I was racing against myself and trying to prove that I could get back out there after several years of de-prioritizing my own health and fitness. It did make me wonder though: why did almost 8,000 people join me on Sunday to get up at the crack of dawn…
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You Don’t Need To Have It All Figured Out

You Don’t Need To Have It All Figured Out

career story, strategy, updates
By Erin Ewart Seven years ago this week, I stepped into the unknown and started my first independent consulting project. At the time, I thought I’d just be doing a few projects as I looked for my next full-time role; I had no idea that I was planting the seeds of what would become Careers for Social Impact and the next chapter of my career. Looking back, there were a few hints I might go in this direction: I went to business school, and from time to time I’d imagined it would be fun to start a coffee shop or wine bar (not a career coaching business!). But did I actually have a concrete goal to launch a small business seven years ago? No. Did I have a business plan? No. Did…
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Wondering What’s Next In Your Impact Career? Start Here

Wondering What’s Next In Your Impact Career? Start Here

career coaching, job search, strategy
By Erin Ewart Record levels of turnover are happening this year as the economy recovers and more people feel comfortable leaving their jobs.  After a challenging year that has helped all of us get more clarity on what's important, many of these job seekers are looking for work that's more aligned with their values, priorities, and purpose.  If finding mission-driven work is your goal, we have a roadmap for you. Our Careers for Social Impact Career Transition Framework breaks down the process of moving toward your next impact career step into three distinct phases: Build Your Foundation, Define Your Direction, and Find Your Fit.  To successfully use this process as you search for what's next, you’ll need to focus on three key things:  Getting as clear as possible on what’s…
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5 Keys to a Successful Negotiation

5 Keys to a Successful Negotiation

negotiation, strategy
By Erin Ewart Of all the topics we cover in our coaching programs, negotiation tends to be one that provokes the most questions and discomfort.  And it’s no wonder that so many of us don’t feel comfortable negotiating. We typically get little (or no) training on how to negotiate, and when we end up in a high stakes situation like negotiating a job offer, we can feel totally lost.  But negotiation is such an important skill, both in your career and your life overall. And like any other skill, it’s something you can learn and get better at, starting right now! We can’t promise that negotiating will ever be your favorite thing or that you won’t get nervous during these conversations, but there are definitely things you can do to…
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An Update on Our Commitment to Anti-Racism

An Update on Our Commitment to Anti-Racism

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By Erin Ewart As we recognize and honor Black History Month, I thought it was a good time to share an update with you on our commitment to anti-racism. I shared some initial thoughts on this over the summer, and today I want to share what we have been working on since then, and what we are committed to doing in the year ahead.  What We’ve Been Focused On In the early stages of this work we have been focused on three main areas: 1. Naming our values. As a foundation for this work, we have formalized our organizational values, with one of these being Equity & Access. Just as we encourage our clients to get clear on their values before embarking on a career transition, we recognized that it was…
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Job Searching? Take These 3 Steps Now to Start the New Year Strong

Job Searching? Take These 3 Steps Now to Start the New Year Strong

job search, networking, strategy
By Erin Ewart It’s mid-December, and the end of the year is so close we can taste it. Taking a break at the end of the year is always important, and this year we all need one more than ever.  This is true if you’re job searching or in career transition too. You have to take breaks to keep your energy and motivation up during this process, or it's very likely you will burn out.  So if you’re planning to take a little break from your search over the holidays - great! Make sure to decompress and truly unplug for a few days if you can.  But before you step away, there are three important things you can do to wrap up the year on a great note and make…
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5 Ways Your Network Can Sustain – Not Drain – You

5 Ways Your Network Can Sustain – Not Drain – You

networking
By Erin Ewart This week in our Job Search Bootcamp program, we’re focused on networking, a topic that our clients often have a lot of anxiety and negative perceptions about before we dive into what it actually means.   I’ve written a lot in the past about networking because I think it’s one of the most challenging, misunderstood, and important parts of the job search and career development process.  People often say they find networking to be draining, but I believe it doesn’t have to be, and that if you can do it in a way that feels authentic to you it can be fun and energizing (yes, even if you're an introvert like me!). And I would argue that rather than draining us, our networks are actually the thing we…
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