Monday, February 21, 2011

How do you introduce yourself professionally?

This was one of the key questions posed to us at our February ADVR meeting lead by Martha Parker. After all, our job title is a big indicator of what we do and how we spend our time.   

In short notice it became clear that everyone in the room was going by titles such as: Volunteer Coordinator, Volunteer Manger, and Volunteer Administrator. Notice a theme? The word Volunteer is preceding all our titles, implying if not outright saying, that we are all Volunteers.

When we look at issues holding back the Volunteer Management profession, this is key After all, perception is everything. At the end of the day, we need to make a distinction. We don’t want to be perceived as volunteering our skills; we want to be seen as professionals and stewards of the Volunteer community. We aren’t a part of it; we are leading it and molding it.  

So what is in a name for you? If you could change your title to best reflect your position. What would you change it to?

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