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Companies are hiring to assist with the Gulf oil spill clean up efforts.   A variety of positions are available including jobs for engineers, technicians, chemists, laborers, environmental specialists, project managers, and general clean up workers.

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Gulf Oil Spill Jobs originally appeared on About.com Job Searching on Saturday, May 29th, 2010 at 12:06:14.

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Individuals and companies who have lost income due to the Deepwater Horizon Gulf oil spill may be eligible for compensation from BP.

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BP Claims Information originally appeared on About.com Job Searching on Saturday, May 29th, 2010 at 10:00:19.

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Fundraising

Are fundraisers and program staff at your organization even on the same planet? Heidi Massey, on Pamela Grow’s blog, asks Fundraisers and Program Professionals: Can’t Everyone Just Get Along?

Janet Levine, of the Too Busy to Fundraise blog, suggests that actually getting something done in fundraising is a little like planning a trip. Try out her terrific to-do list and you’ll be on your way to success.

I couldn’t help but think of nonprofit fundraising when I read Fast Company’s Abracadabra Moments, the Opening Line You Should Never Use, and 10 More Ways to Sell Ideas. These points come right out of Sam Harrison’s book, IdeaSelling: Successfully Pitch Your Creative Ideas to Bosses, Clients and Other Decision Makers.

Social Media

B.L Ochman, of WhatsNextBlog, provides 7 reasons social media won’t work for your company. Although this post is directed at businesses, it is quite applicable to nonprofits as well.

Twitter is a great place to “listen.” Beth Kanter suggests you engage in Actionable Listening: Learning from Watching Other Nonprofits, and provides an easy way to do that.

Giving

There has been so much written about the question of judging nonprofits based on financials that I’ve begun not paying attention. But Mal Warwick, writing at GreatNonprofits, tapped my interest again with his cogent list of nine reasons Why financial ratios aren’t the way to evaluate nonprofit organizations.

How-to

Itching to make a snazzy infographic that will explain your data? Rebecca Leaman, of Wild Apricot, lists some resources that your organization can use to bring those stats to life in Make Your Own Infographic.

Speaking of infographics, check out this cute one at PalmettoWriter. Rebecca Martell jumps off from this graphic to a discussion of how to deal with the clutter that comes from unwanted donations at nonprofits. She says, in short, Get Rid of It and tells us how.

Carrie Green, of BeyondNines, has put together a couple of helpful posts about mobile giving. One of them contains a chart comparing the features and costs of vendors working with mobile, plus valuable advice for nonprofits about the whys and wherefores of using mobile to fundraise.

Food for Thought

If you are a nonprofit that has not gotten any money from oil giant and now major polluter, BP, thank the fates. Katya Andresen of Getting to the Point, asked Nancy Schwartz, of Getting Attention, You’re the PR person for a green charity funded by BP: What to do, what to say? The result is great advice for any charity that finds itself in a suddently unsavory alliance.

Mark Horoszowski, of helpinghelp, hosts the Nonprofit Blog Carnival this month with some meaty examples of blog posts that explore How Can Nonprofits Provide Value to Constituents?. Included are examples from a couple of nonprofits that show how they leverage volunteers and other supporters.

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Best Links: An Oily Crisis, Infographics, How to Sell an Idea originally appeared on About.com Nonprofit Charitable Orgs on Friday, May 28th, 2010 at 19:08:32.

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When you’re job searching, it’s important to find out as much as you can about what it’s really like to work at a company you’re interested in. One of the best ways to do that is to research the company to get as much inside information as possible.

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Best and Worst Companies To Work For: Company Reviews originally appeared on About.com Job Searching on Friday, May 28th, 2010 at 10:22:07.

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If you’re getting ready to relax and enjoy Memorial Day weekend, take a few minutes to plan ahead and, in addition to getting ready for a holiday weekend party, consider how you can integrate job search networking into your upcoming events.

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Promote Your Job Search at a Party originally appeared on About.com Job Searching on Friday, May 28th, 2010 at 06:00:41.

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cvWhen you’re looking for a job you need either a resume or a curriculum vitae.  If you’re not sure which to use, here’s how to choose between a resume and a CV including which to use for academic, education, scientific or research job applications, and what the differences are between resumes and curriculum vitae.

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Curriculum Vitae and Resume Writing Tips originally appeared on About.com Job Searching on Thursday, May 27th, 2010 at 14:00:52.

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May 27 Update:  Legislation that would provide an extension of federal extended unemployment benefits, which are set to expire next week, was not approved by the Senate prior to adjourning for the Memorial Day holiday weekend.   The earliest the Senate will act on a measure is June 7, when they reconvene.   In the past, the extensions have been retroactive, so, hopefully, that will be the case this time.

As of now, the measure is a scaled down version that extends filing deadlines through November and does not include the COBRA subsidy.

In addition, the legislation does not include a Tier 5 unemployment extension that would provide additional weeks of unemployment for the 99ers – the unemployed workers who have exhausted all unemployment benefits.

April 15 Update: Congress has passed a 60 day extension of federal extended unemployment benefits, which President Obama has signed. This extension is retroactive to April 5, however it does not provide additional weeks of coverage for those who have run out of all state and federal benefits.

Eligibility depends on your tier of benefits plus state guidelines, so check with your State Unemployment Office web site for details on who qualifies and when and how benefits will be paid.

If you’re out of work, please add your story to our collection:

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Unemployment Extension originally appeared on About.com Job Searching on Thursday, May 27th, 2010 at 10:00:22.

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May 27 Update:  Legislation that would provide an extension of federal extended unemployment benefits, which are set to expire next week, was not approved by the Senate prior to adjourning for the Memorial Day holiday weekend.   The earliest the Senate will act on a measure is June 7, when they reconvene.   In the past, the extensions have been retroactive, so, hopefully, that will be the case this time.

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Unemployment Extension News originally appeared on About.com Job Searching on Thursday, May 27th, 2010 at 06:00:33.

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