The Realistic Optimist's Guide to Life

Tools, tips, and tricks to help you along the way.


Job Search Tips

11 Tips for a Successful Non-Profit Job Search

10 Tips to Beat Job Search Burn Out

Temp Your Way to Your Next Nonprofit Job

Twitter Job Posting Map

Job Search Resources

Guardian Careers - Guardian aggregates relevant news, career tips, and job alerts into their careers portal. Also, join one of their networks specifically for those interested in volunteerism, public service, or social enterprises

Give to Get Jobs Social Enterprise Database - database of social enterprises, social businesses, L3Cs, and B corporations

Guide to Careers in International Affairs - includes tips and top job sites - Video interviews with people speaking on their careers

Youtern's Top 50 Blogs for Young Careerists

Job search safety

Avoiding Online Job Scams

Interview help

Favorite Interview Questions of Nonprofit Employers

Starting up

Worker Cooperative Start-up Guides

How to Start (or Not Start) a Non-Profit

ChooseWhat Small Business Start-up Guide

Start-Up Accelerator and Incubator Programs for Social Entrepreneurs


Professional Development

Princeton AlumniCorp Emerging Leaders Program - The Emerging Leaders professional development program is designed to help aspiring and emerging nonprofit leaders develop the leadership capabilities, management skills and confidence to advance their professional contribution and accelerate their careers in the nonprofit sector.

Your Name is Just the Start: Personal Branding - a concise guide from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC on establishing your own personal brand to highlight your "X-factor" and stand out.

Professional Development Opportunities

Career Tools

Re.Vu - Re.Vu makes it fast and simple for anyone to create an original and compelling visual resume.

Rapportative - Rapportive shows you everything about your contacts right inside your inbox. You can immediately see what people look like, where they're based, and what they do. You can establish rapport by mentioning shared interests. You can grow your network by connecting on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and more. And you can record thoughts for later by leaving notes.


Finding a place

PadMapper - apartment finder - plots listings from Oodle,,, Kijiji, and Craigslist onto a Google map

Princeton University Career Services Summer Housing Resources - lists universities with available housing and other links to help in your search

Making Friends

Grub With Us - Grubwithus is a social dining network that facilitates friendships by bringing awesome people together over delicious food.

Meet Up - Meetup is the world's largest network of local groups. Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face. Meetup's mission is to revitalize local community and help people around the world self-organize.


VolunteerMatch - source for volunteer opportunities in cities across the US

Sparked - An online microvolunteering portal designed for skilled, busy professionals. At its core, Sparked is a Labor-On-Demand platform, which enables Requesters to post and route "Challenges" to Solvers. Challenges are small activities or projects that can be completed collaboratively and entirely online.

All for Good - All for Good's mission is to facilitate volunteerism and community service. To meet that goal, they have developed a custom volunteer opportunity oriented search engine that is powered by the largest database of volunteer opportunities on the Internet. Their database of volunteer opportunities includes those from their many prominent non-profit partners as well as those provided directly to us by smaller, grass roots based organizations.

A daily good deed

Milkshake - Milkshake, a free daily email dedicated to finding the good in everything features companies, causes, people, places and products which give back and make a difference.

Our Future is TBD - TBD is a free newsletter that delivers one world-shaking idea and one collective action to improve our future.

Keep Learning

Udacity - Free online university classes for everyone.

OpenCourseWare Consortium - The OpenCourseWare Consortium is a collaboration of higher education institutions and associated organizations from around the world creating a broad and deep body of open educational content using a shared model.

Codecademy Free, interactive online tool for learning how to do computer programming

Skillshare - a community marketplace to learn anything from anyone and to teach others your skills - business development, graphic design, photography, you name it

Stay Healthy

ZocDoc - Look through doctors' schedules and book an appointment online


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