How to ask for an informational interview by email

Informational interviews- whether you are actively looking for a job or just interested in learning more – are an important networking activity for career advancement. Especially in our small, yet growing social impact sector, where connections and relationships matter. While the best type of networking, is about the development of a mutually productive relationship- …

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getting the impact job of dreams

The first step to getting the impact job of your dreams

Back to the Future. Not only is it a classic movie, it is a helpful maxim to consider when thinking about your career. Back to the future means thinking about goals for your future self and then working backwards to figure out how to achieve those goals. In other words, planning for the future is …

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Big News from Bmeaningful

Dear Bmeaningful community, There’s a saying ‘if you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far go together’. This proverb is fitting for today, as we share the exciting news that we’ve joined the family of companies with CharityVillage, the largest and most popular job board …

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When having purpose is not enough: a cautionary tale about leadership in mission driven organizations.

I’ve started listening to podcasts at the gym- recently alternating from Tim Ferris, Fresh Air and Freakonomics. Yesterday I decided to listen to the Freakonomics program because they were featuring a conversation with Miki Agrawal- CEO of Thinx– a social purpose company. I was so inspired by her interview. She shared her story …

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Exploring the Impact Sector Down Under

G’day mate. The classic Australian greeting is instantly recognizable and universally known. But what if I mentioned STREAT or Wildwon, or maybe Australian Ethical. Not nearly as recognizable but these are all Aussie companies that are trailblazing the impact sector Down Under. On a recent trip to Australia I had the opportunity …

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Stop waiting for the right time and do this instead.

When you’re in school there’s a time for everything. There’s class time, homework time, break time, lunch time. Beyond your day being scheduled, there’s a time to apply for university/graduate school, grants etc. For many of us over-educated professionals, we are used to being in school and being told when …

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The Essential Reading List for Social Purpose Professionals: 7 Leaders to Follow.

It’s no surprise that I’ve always been inspired by the social purpose movement, after all I’m one of the co-founders of Bmeaningful. While I was working as a marketing manager at a nonprofit, it was important for me to stay up to date with the latest news and trends in the sector. Through …

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Graduation Season And How To Get Inspired to Find Meaningful Work.

Graduation is a transition. From student to practitioner. From the theoretical to the practical. A transition to the ‘real world’ so to speak. Whether you are just embarking on this stage of life or have been in the ‘real world’ for some time, graduation season is a good time to …

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Best Resources for Purpose Driven Professionals

Being a super star leader, employee and colleague requires a combination of factors including continuous learning. I’ve compiled my go-to list for being in the know – from what you should be reading to who you should be following and everything in between. Get Smarter: Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) …

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Sending a connection request on LinkedIn? Make sure you don’t do this.

LinkedIn is a powerful online professional networking resource and likely one of your most useful tools for managing your relationships and online career profile. Building up your network is one of the most important things a professional can do- not just when job searching but throughout one’s career. LinkedIn has done a tremendous …

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Introducing Company Profiles – A New Way to Recruit Millennials

This year marks the first time Millennials outnumber Boomers in the workplace. That means a company’s next hire is most likely to come from the Millennial generation, a tech savvy and socially conscious cohort. This should be a wakeup call for every Human Resources department. If a company’s recruitment practices …

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The Case for Internships: 3 Reasons Why Your Organization Should Invest In An Internship Program

As summer approaches, many companies are preparing to onboard their new interns. Internships are in many ways an extended interview, and a great way to assess whether there’s a good fit for a future full-time position. However, many organizations do not provide internship opportunities. Whether that is due to funding …

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Toronto's Most Meaningful Summer Internships

Toronto’s Most Meaningful Summer Internships

Toronto’s Most Meaningful Summer Internships is an initiative to highlight careers in the social impact sector. We want to encourage the next generation entering the workforce to pursue careers with a purpose and a paycheque. In its first year, we showcase six internships at organizations making important contributions to the …

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Millennials Don’t Want Charity Jobs- We Want Impact.

The Millennials are here; in fact, we now outnumber Boomers in the workplace.We’ve been called everything from selfish and narcissistic, to lazy and entitled. As we shake off the (mis)perceptions people will realize that we’re a generation that wants to make a difference. In fact, meaningful work is an imperative for our generation. …

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Our journey to MaRS – Collaborating on Impact Careers

Houston, we have a…. paper to write. That’s not quite how we reacted when the Social Innovation Generation (SIG) team at MaRS asked us to collaborate on a paper about impact careers, but we did know it was a pretty big deal. Since we started Bmeaningful, we’ve been trying to …

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The Insider’s Guide to Finding Meaningful Work and Attracting Top Talent

In collaboration with the Social Innovation Generation team at MaRS, Bmeaningful is pleased to share a white paper on the ins and outs of impact careers. The Impact Economy: The Insider’s Guide To Finding Meaningful Work And Attracting Top Talent  explores the barriers that make it difficult for talented people to …

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Top 10 Most Popular Posts in 2014

A year in review shows the most popular social impact posts of the year- featuring interviews with experts, insider information and behind the scenes content.

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Purpose is the new ping pong: the business case for CSR

I got into a friendly debate with a manufacturing business owner about the need for corporate social responsibility (CSR) this past weekend. Our discussion went something like this: Old School Business Man: “I don’t believe in CSR, the purpose of my business is to maximize profits and treat my employees …

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#GivingTuesday 2014

Bmeaningful promotes charitable giving on GivingTuesday. In honour of #GivingTuesday, Bmeaningful has made a commitment to support non-profits and a pledge to Dress for Success Toronto this week. Want to post your job for free? If you’re a non-profit tweet or email us at info(at)bmeaningful(dot)com for your exclusive discount code to …

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