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Making the Most of Your Off-Season-Part 1

Making the Most of Your Off-Season, Part 1

July 18, 2011, 11:32 am

By Rob Jenkins

Here we are, roughly halfway between the end of the spring hiring cycle at community colleges and the first of the fall job announcements. Welcome to the academic job hunter’s off-season.

If you’re still looking for a tenure-track position, you may be feeling discouraged or frustrated, even despondent. That’s understandable. But perhaps you can take some inspiration from college and professional athletes, who know that what goes on between seasons is almost as important as what happens during. As my coaches used to tell me, “players are made in the off-season.”

That might not be entirely true, or true in the same way, for people hoping to land tenure-track academic appointments. But it is true that the ultimate success of your search may depend on things you could — and should — be doing right now. Here are a couple that come to mind:

Keep up with the postings. Even though most of the jobs that were advertised between October and February have been filled, and most of the new announcements won’t be out until midfall, that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few colleges out there still looking — or looking again — to fill positions.

Believe me, a lot of things can happen during the summer that affect the job market: People take other jobs or decide to retire. They change their minds about making a move. Enrollment projections warrant more full-time positions. And that’s not to mention things like sickness and death.

I have twice been hired for tenure-track positions late in the summer. In one of those cases, the person I was replacing actually did pass away suddenly at the end of June. The other involved a faculty member who left unexpectedly to take a job closer to his home and family. You just never know.

Network. Because people in the academic world tend to be a little less busy during the summer — theoretically, at least — it’s a great time for catching up with old friends and acquaintances from graduate school, from previous jobs, even from your personal life. Again, you never know who might know somebody who knows somebody, or who might have heard about a job that’s available or could become available.

Social networking sites like Facebook and LinkedIn are great places to find and make contact with people you used to know. If you’re itching to do something constructive in terms of your job search, but can’t figure out exactly what, try listing all of the people you’ve been friendly with over the years who might be able to help you professionally. Then set about finding and exchanging messages with each of them over the Internet. You don’t have to ask for any favors at this point; that can come later. For now, your goal is just to re-establish your relationship so that you can include them on your list of potential contacts.

You might also discover that this activity yields other, more personal rewards. Recently, I set out to learn what had become of an old friend and co-worker I hadn’t seen in 18 years. I was able to track her down via the Internet, and we ended up exchanging long e-mails, catching up on our professional and personal lives. I doubt I’ll ever need a favor from her, but if I do, I’ll know where to find her — and I won’t just be dropping in out of the blue, hat in hand.

In my next post, I’ll talk about some additional strategies for you to pursue during your summer “downtime.”

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Gifts that Give Debuts Website to Support Fundraising Efforts

By: Entertainment Close-up 29 June 2011

Qeb-based retailer Gifts that Give launched a new website to enable consumers to donate to their favorite non-profit causes by shopping.

Combining online shopping with social good, Gifts that Give said it lets shoppers purchase upscale products at regular retail prices and give $1 out of every $5 they spend to any cause of their choice. All donations over $10 are tax-deductible.

According to a release, Gifts that Give was started by retail veteran Nancy Taylor, a former VP at Neiman Marcus, who brings retail experience and relationships with highly desired, upscale name brands such as Jay Strongwater, Anna Weatherley, Kim Seybert, Vietri, Agraria, Lafco NY, Toss Designs, Jonathan Adler, Lilly Pulitzer, Jellycat, Trumpette, to name a few.

“By making charitable giving part of something people do every day like shopping we can help causes bolster their fundraising and provide a new channel for fund-raising,” said Nancy Taylor, CEO of Gifts that Give. “People want to give back. We put it in the hands of the shopper shop for the products you love, choose the cause you love, and we’ll send the donation as a cut of our revenue.”

The Company noted that the website features a charity locator that lets the user search among the 1.1MM GuideStar-approved non-profits within seconds.

“Gifts that Give takes a unique and focused approach to cause-based commerce unlike any other business in the market today,” said Jon Provisor, Founder and CTO of Guidance, the developer for the website and an investor in the company. Donations are disbursed through Network for Good, a 501c3 that helps for profit business give to non-profit organizations.

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Will conduct outreach sessions throughout the state July 5 – 12
Baton Rouge, La. – The Foundation for Louisiana will begin accepting grant requests to fund projects that increase economic opportunity for marginalized Louisiana communities.  The Foundation has released its grantmaking strategy and application guidelines reflecting its commitment to supporting community-driven projects dedicated to building resilience and increasing opportunity throughout the state of Louisiana.
Over the next five years, Foundation for Louisiana seeks to increase the number of affordable housing units developed within Louisiana, increase the number of small and disadvantaged businesses obtaining public contracts, and increase the buying and saving power of the state’s poorest citizens.
Foundation for Louisiana will fund two program areas:  Economic Opportunity and Public Policy and Advocacy.
The Foundation’s Economic Opportunity program will provide grants to support projects that increase production of and access to affordable housing and strengthen the capacity of small, minority- and women-owned business throughout the state.  The Public Policy and Advocacy program funds activities aimed at removing institutional barriers to economic opportunity and ensuring that needs of underrepresented populations are addressed in the development of public policy.
There is a two-step process to apply for Foundation for Louisiana grants.  Organizations interested in applying should complete the initial step of submitting a two-page letter of interest describing the proposed project no later than August 15th.  Only organizations with a valid tax-exempt status are eligible to apply for a grant.   More details and information regarding the full application process are available on the Foundation’s website at
Established in May 2011, Foundation for Louisiana is the successor to the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation (LDRF).  Founded shortly after hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana, LDRF awarded more than $40 million dollars in grants to more than 200 organizations to support recovery efforts associated with hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Ike and the BP oil spill.
“We are building upon the lessons learned from LDRF as we go forward as the Foundation for Louisiana,” stated foundation vice president Eric D. Shaw.
“We see our investment in economic opportunity as strengthening the state’s neediest communities and helping them develop resources that will better enable them to respond and recover when faced with another disaster.  Increased economic opportunity builds more resilient communities.”
Foundation for Louisiana staff will be holding outreach sessions for nonprofit organizations the week of July 4th.   Foundation staff will provide an overview of the foundation and its new mission, share information on new program areas and grantmaking guidelines, and answer questions.
Session will be held at the following date, time and location:
New Orleans
Tuesday, July 12
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Next Level Empowerment Center
4700 Freret Street
New Orleans, LA 70115

4354 S Sherwood Forest Blvd Ste 200 | Baton Rouge, LA 70816 US