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Philanthropy Reconsidered: The Paradigm Shift

During the course of the last two or three months, I have come to know George McCully, President, Catalogue for Philanthropy in Massachusetts and author of Philanthropy Reconsidered: Private Initiatives – Public Good – Quality of Life. He and I have been communicating about the changing face of philanthropy and the seismic and disruptive paradigm shift that is occurring in the philanthropic sector, as well as society overall.

In my conversations, electronic communication and in reading his book, I have become very interested in his thought-leadership, as he has well articulated what I believe to be happening based on my own experience and years in the field. And, the shift is so monumental that I think it is very important for me to add my voice to his on the matter. Therefore, I will be writing a series of posts on the need to reconsider philanthropy, relying on George’s work and my own study.

Based on George’s academic research, “The word and concept of “philanthropy” originated on line 11 of Aeschylus’ Prometheus Bound… “, which he describes in his book and in a Wikipedia article on philanthropy. The very essence of philanthropy means, “private institutions for public good, focusing on quality of life”.

I have spent 20 years in the field and those who have long-term, historical views of the industry believe there are many disruptive changes happening in the social purpose field. Technology has played an incredible force in the industry as communication with donors and constituents has become a 24/7/365 endeavor. Technology has also brought down international borders and people in the United States or a country in Europe can easily support and keep in touch with a charity in Bangladesh. With those abilities, governments are contemplating how it all impacts their laws and taxation.

As I have written in the past, Millennials are also very different from the generation that preceded them, and like the Baby Boomers, they are making incredible impact in the world and society as a whole. Being the first generation to be brought up fully with technology, they are the generation that is shepherding the leading edge of the information age by inventing it or using and embracing it in ways that previous generations simply do not. And, by 2025, just eleven years from now, they will be 75% of the total workforce.

Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook, Lena Dunham and entertainment, David Karp and Tumblr, Kevin Systrom and Instagram, Alexandra Wang and the fashion world at Balenciaga, Sandra Fluke and Mala Yousafzai and their respective roles in activism, Pete Cashmore and Mashable, and the list goes on… these are all globally influential Millennials, but if you personally or work with Millennials, you know they are creative, innovative, distrustful of the status quo and caring of the broader social good. Work and charity are not mutually exclusive concepts. Hence, the leading business schools in the country, such as Yale, Stanford, Wharton and Columbia all have social enterprise programs.

And, with all of this, leading companies have become aware of these trends and are working to fully align their business models with solid social responsibility.

Thus, there is a significant paradigm shift occurring, and with that, George and I have been conversing about focusing on not the estimated 1.2 to 1.5 million non-profit organizations in the United States, which are designated as non-profits purely as an IRS tax designation. But rather, we would like to start to have a broader public discussion – on a global scale – about philanthropic and charitable organizations – based on the definitions more deeply articulated in his book, which George estimates to be 10% of the approximately 1.5 million non-profits in the United States.

How to Find Psychiatry Jobs Without Making It a Full-Time Search

It’s not easy to find psychiatry jobs – especially if you are currently amongst the unemployed. You may be working 8 hours a day to drop off resumes to different offices and hospitals and healthcare facilities in order to find a job. This is a time consuming process that gets more depressing as you go. It shouldn’t be a full-time search and that’s why you need to get smarter about how you go through the job search.

First, you need to look at your resume. Make sure it looks professional and that it is well-written. Take advantage of the Word templates or hire a person to write it for you. The biggest mistake that people make is to not pay enough attention to their resume. If no one likes the look of your resume, they aren’t going to bother to read the contents.

Second, make sure you are qualified for the psychiatry jobs that you are applying for. You don’t want to be one of “those” people that just submit your resume to every open job position, even if you don’t qualify. If a company says they want someone with 5 years or more of experience and you have one, don’t waste your time. All it’s doing is making you more depressed because you are submitting to yet another job that you won’t get.

Third, think about all of the different psychiatry jobs that you would be willing to take. Once you are a qualified psychiatrist, you may want to work as a:

  • Clinical psychiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Counselor

There’s almost nothing you can’t do because of your advanced degree. While you may want to work as a psychiatrist, there may not be anything around you. This is when you have to think about either taking a different position or looking into another area of the country. One or the other has to happen otherwise you are going to be looking for psychiatry jobs for a very long time.

Find out where a healthcare recruiter is in your area. If at all possible, find a national recruiter so they can scour the entire country to find a job for you. Once you turn in your resume to them, it is their mission to locate a job that you would be happy with and that you are qualified for. This makes the job search even easier.

You don’t have to pay a recruiter, which is the added benefit that few people tell you. The recruiter is paid after they find you work by the company that ultimately hires you. The recruiter knows about all of the psychiatry jobs – including those that you may not know about – which is why you should be working with them.

You need to locate a job and there’s no reason to turn that into a full-time job when there are experts out there who can help you every step of the way.

How to Reply to a Freelance Writing Gig Ad

If you search online every day, you will find hundreds of ads seeking a freelance writer. Along with these hundreds of ads, come many people wanting the gig. There could be hundreds of applicants that want to work the gig, but the person looking only needs one person. This is why it’s important to stand out when you reply to an ad.

When you reply to an ad, make sure you give the person exactly what he is looking for. If the ad says it wants your resume, samples, and a cover letter, make sure you send all three of them. If you don’t follow the directions, you have a pretty good chance of not getting the gig.

When sending your resume, make sure most people won’t have trouble opening it. Send it as a Word document or in text form. You don’t need it to be fancy. You need it to give information about your knowledge and skills.

The samples you provide should be some of your best work. It should also be relevant to the topic you’ll be writing on for the gig. People want to know how well you can write for them, and the only way to show them that is to give them a sample of that writing.

The cover letter is probably the hardest part. You should never copy and paste your cover letter. It should always be unique to the gig you’re applying to. You should start with something intriguing about yourself. You can then go into the reasons you are perfect for this gig. Don’t make it too long because people won’t read it all. You need to state what’s important and end it with a polite conclusion, which is usually information about how you can be contacted.

Always Be Professional

Don’t take shortcuts because the only person you’ll be hurting is yourself. The first impression you give people looking for a freelance writer is through an email. It could be your only shot at getting the gig, so put your best forward first.

When you receive a reply, don’t get lazy. Respond with the same professionalism as you did with the first email. People can turn you away at any time, so don’t risk it by not responding to their emails with the information they need to make a final decision.

Now that you have this information, go out there and start to apply to freelance writing gigs. Before you know it, you’ll have plenty of work coming in to bring in a decent income.

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