Getting What You Give – Being a Member of the Jaycees

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Join The Jaycees

Being a part of a professional networking organization is more than just meeting people and trading business cards. Members of the Jaycees are pillars of their communities and successful professionals. And with a little help from our organization, we can help you reach your full potential through the networking and personal growth opportunities we provide for all members nationwide. Continue reading

Fundraising in the Digital Age

Oftentimes, members of the Jaycee are also involved in nonprofit organizations – serving either on executive boards or as volunteers. In the past, volunteers spent time making direct phone calls, organizing letter-writing campaigns and even going door-to-door – all in the name of fundraising. It’s no secret that people spend millions of dollars online every year, but now organizations are hopping on the bandwagon and taking advantage of the ease of fundraising online.

In an age where interest in direct mail is waning insignificant and more ever people than have an online social media presence, it would be impractical not to take your fundraising efforts digital. Whether you have a direct site that donations can be made to, like The Salvation Army or WWF, or you have a special project in mind and want to start a Kickstarter, billions of dollars are raised by online campaigns every year. Not only is it an easier practice, it also saves your organization expensive overhead costs.

Are you looking for a way to increase your online contributions? You don’t have to have a mainstream cause to create interest. Check out this article from online digital resource Mashable for some inspiration on starting your online social media fundraising campaign. Are you a Jaycee that participates in local fundraising efforts? Don’t forget to visit your local chapter’s Facebook and Twitter page to help kick off your fundraising efforts!

5 Keys to Successful Networking

ImageWe’ve all heard the saying, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” While that might not be entirely true, it is common knowledge that networking with your peers can help you gain an extra leg up on the competition when a new position opens up. Making these connections with your colleagues, associates and clients can give you support throughout your career that you might otherwise be missing out on. So what are the keys to becoming a professional networker?

  1. 1.       Practice makes perfect. We know that intimate social activity does not come easy for everyone. That just means you need to practice with those you feel comfortable with until you’ve got it down! If you are an ultra-introvert, start by building an online presence to help you branch out while still feeling comfortable. Attend events with co-workers or friends in the same industry to learn the dance of these networking gatherings.
  2. 2.       Fake it ‘til you make it. Hold your head high, walk with a purpose, speak clearly and own your work and you are guaranteed to make a good impression on those with whom you have a conversation. Don’t feel all that confident at these kinds of events? Don’t worry – no one but you can tell you’re nervous!
  3. 3.       Don’t lose touch. Once you start to build your extensive network, remember that it is not a collection to be put away on a shelf. Be sure to interact with your new and old connections often. If you are in the forefront of your contact’s minds, whom do you believe they will think of when a new opportunity arises?
  4. 4.       Do unto others. Hate when your phone calls aren’t returned? Still waiting for that LinkedIn recommendation? Did you give awesome advice that wasn’t followed? All of these scenarios are situations that can annoy any professional. When it comes to networking, you get what you put in – make sure you aren’t burning any of your newly-constructed bridges.
  5. 5.       Networking is important. And don’t you forget it! In a market where entry-level jobs are paying less and requiring more experience, never underestimate the power of making beneficial connections in your industry. You can gain relevant information, ideas, job leads, mentors and referrals, all from taking timeout of your busy schedule to slow down and just talk.

Sometimes the qualifications and accomplishments of young professionals are just not enough to get your foot in the door. Pair those with a gleaming recommendation or referral from a colleague and you will be well on your way to a bright and successful career.