July 23, 2009

EJW Fellowship Applications Now Available!

Words of wisdom from the EJW staff:

Important reminders:
We recommend that prospective candidates review the online application form as soon as possible to familiarize themselves with how it works and to prepare the necessary items required to apply -- the online application, the Certification Form (signed by both candidate and host organization and accompanied this year by a Benefits Summary Sheet) and up to two letters of recommendation.

Begin working on the application early.There are character limits noted for each text box, and character counts may differ between a word processing program and the application. It is therefore important for candidates to paste the text into the application well in advance of the deadline to ensure that the text fits in the allotted space. The server also grows increasingly busy as the deadline approaches.

Hard copy documents must be received by September 17. The deadline for submission of the application, which is done online, is 5pm EDT on September 17. A signed Certification Form and up to 2 recommendation letter(s) must be received by Equal Justice Works no later than September 17. These items must be mailed or hand delivered. Faxes and emails will not be accepted.

If you have any questions, please email fellowships@equaljusticeworks.org or call (202)466-3686, extension 202.

July 22, 2009

Networking your Personal Brand

Personal branding is quite the buzzword right now but what does it mean? It means getting back to your CSI -- (Credentials, Skills, and Interests) to determine what is you have, what you need to develop, where you want to go, and how you will get there with a well-developed marketing package. By developing your personal brand, you can show an employer why your CSI provides their clients the right mix of skills and determination. (See the prior post on Elevator Speeches and the various posts on personal branding.) This article is an excellent summation of how to make an impression using your personal brand (the link is not static, so you may need to type in 'Personal Brand' in the Search the Blog box to the right).