Strategic planning

Interview Questions for Nonprofit Job Seekers

After you followed my advice on drafting a compelling résumé, you went and landed yourself an interview. Congratulations! Now it’s time to prepare a list of questions for the interview to show the employer you know something about the nonprofit field.

Best Financial Advice Roundup for January 2015

Here are the articles that grabbed my attention over the past month. Miss anything? Leave me a comment!

10 Life Lessons of Entrepreneurship - The Simple Dollar

When I started my own business several years ago, my primary goal was to surpass the five-year mark. I’d heard time and again that the majority of small businesses don’t survive past that point, and I was determined to defy the odds.

Keep Your Free If You'll Charge Me Later

Have you ever had someone do something nice for you? Probably. But, how many times has that person held that nice deed against you?

Last year I had a contractor taking care of various projects around the house. The joys of owning a home, right? Anyway, he was nothing to get excited over but did a good job at a decent rate. He even threw in the occasional freebie. It was never anything extreme or completely removed from the job he'd already been hired to do. The good deeds were noted and appreciated. I took them as perks as part of what should have been a long-term working relationship.

You Are Not Responsible for Your Family

Let's clear up from the top that when I refer to family, I don't mean your spouse and children. It's difficult for me to understand men and women who just walk out. I'm talking about siblings; cousins twice removed, and yes, sometimes even parents. Eventually you hit a point where you have to realize you cannot be held responsible for someone else's mistakes when you have so much to learn from the ones you create all on your own.

If You Only Knew What I Really Thought

How many times have you found yourself wishing you’d said what was on your mind but didn’t because you were afraid of offending someone?

I used to have a boss who often spoke before she thought. It would make the victims of her sharp tongue cringe with the brutality of her honesty. When that tongue came lashing out at me, I’d sometimes forget the boss/subordinate role and lash right back. It could sometimes make for an uncomfortable working environment, but so far, she is the boss for whom I still hold the highest respect.

A Good Example of a Bad Thank You

It’s always good etiquette to send a thank you note after a job interview invitation; however, do not follow this person’s example. I have changed names and dates to protect the clueless, but otherwise the message reads exactly the way it was received.

Actually, I did not include the fancy border and the photo the individual included of themself in the body of the e-mail, but I think you’ll find the note stands out all on its own without those eccentric bonuses.

The e-mail follows:


Mr. Burns,

How to Win Debates and Everyday Arguments

Have you ever met argumentative people you wish you could beat at their own game? I'm talking about the Hermionies in your life. You know who they are. It's those arrogant so-and-so’s who are so convinced they know it all that nothing you say will matter because in their eyes, your intelligence is so inferior that the very thought of you proving them wrong about anything is so astonishing as to be redonkulous!

Well, fear no more. I give you the Sun Tzu Art of Mental Manhandling. Or, Joe's Starter Guide to Making Those Egos Cry Uncle.

How to Pick a College Major

To make the most of your college financial investment, pick a practical major that will enhance your future marketability. Doing so will ensure you are well-equipped to excel no matter what line of work you tackle after graduation.

Is Graduate School Worth It?

Why do you want to go to graduate school? You generally felt college was worth it. You got your bachelor's degree because you heard a college degree leads to a better salary. Maybe you feel grad school is the next logical step because you think the specialty of a Master's will make you more marketable. A doctoral degree? Outside of academia, I don't know that the degree will open up that many more doors than an undergraduate diploma.

Is College Worth It?

Does the thought of starting college make your stomach drop? Or, if you're already there, are you convinced college is a social experiment designed to shake you out of your money while smug professors watch you suffer?


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