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Even if fundraising isn't your entire job, you'll enjoy this the perspective of this article on job hunting by Matt Hugg, founder of  Matt's company focuses on helping fundraisers find short-term and long-term assignments.  He coaches people in career transitions who are breaking into fundraising, and he coaches fundraising veterans in redefining and honing their career plans.  You can contact Matt by clicking on the logo above. 
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Rebecca L. Worters   

Your Next Campaign:  You
by Matthew A. Hugg 

A new president, a budget shortfall, mismatched expectations, or any of a dozen other reasons -- the results are often the same -- you're in the market for a new job.  It happens to the best of us, and in the development field, where the average job-life expectancy is two years or less, it happens more frequently than a lot of us would like to admit.  All I can say to you is "thank goodness you're a Development Officer."

This is not because experienced development officers are in demand . . . yet thankfully, they are.  It's because you already know how to conduct a job search, although you may not know that you know!

Unlike engineers, social workers, English teachers and CFOs, conducting a job search is a lot, really a lot, like doing development work.  In fact, when I was on the other side of the desk, I used to judge someone's approach to their search as an indicator of how they would do their new job in development.  The parallels are substantial.  After all, if I'm the prospect, how is the candidate approaching me for the mega-gift, or in this case, the job?

So, what do you need to keep in mind?  How can you approach your job hunt like a search for the ultimate gift?  Click here to continue reading the full article.


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