How to Ask for Recommendations

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Asking for recommendations can be intimidating. We’ve all been there! In my experience though, most people will be happy to support you. I actually love it when someone asks me to recommend them because it means they value our relationship. Supporting the people I love and respect by writing recommendations is something I’m always excited […]

Cinder 2021 Impact Report

When you finish the year, it’s important to slow down and remember how far you’ve come. You’ve worked, grown, and impacted people’s lives for 12 months! At Cinder we find that taking time to reflect on that journey is essential for appreciating our accomplishments and guiding our actions in the future. That’s why we created […]

How to Evaluate Your Hiring Practices to Foster Inclusivity

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If you are like most employers, struggling to hire folks from Black, Latinx, and other marginalized communities, you can’t keep doing the same thing and expect different results. Amongst the “great resignation”, we as workers are getting fed up with how we are treated. When we typically spend more time with our bosses, our teams, […]

Theater of DEI

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First, let’s admit – many of us are trying our best. Our best, meaning we hold a sense of urgency in how we personally, interpersonally, and institutionally disrupt and transform systems and relationships that have been historically oppressive, especially around race, gender, class, and an evolving list of diverse human realities. Our best has led […]

Honoring Dr. King

As we recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day (marking his January 15th birthday), it is crucial that we use the opportunity to interrogate how we are continuing to learn from his message and his work. In what ways are we impacting the world and each other differently than we did last year at this time? […]

Where to Start Your Career Change

What do you want to be when you grow up? How many of us have been asked this and had a certain answer? Personally, I’ve never had my sights set on a particular career. Sometimes I even joke that I’m still deciding what I want to be when I grow up, and frankly I think […]

5 Steps for Connecting with New Communities

One of the best ways to connect with a diverse group of candidates is to build relationships within specific communities. As we have worked at Cinder to include more people in the workplace, we have learned that these efforts are essential to building trust and ensuring that you make meaningful changes to your organization. Here […]

Welcoming Réland Logan as Cinder’s Manager of Connection and Growth 

We are pleased to announce that Réland Logan has joined Team Cinder in a new role as Manager of Connection and Growth. In this role, Réland joins our leadership team and brings extensive marketing experience to our efforts. In addition to running Gray Digital Mktg, where Réland provides social media strategy for her clients, she was recently named as […]

Welcoming Allie Montes to Team Cinder

We are thrilled to announce that Allie Montes has joined Team Cinder as a Division Manager! In this role, Allie will join our leadership team and oversee talent acquisition, account management, and client relations for our Professional clients. Allie loves connecting people with great opportunities – something that we also love at Cinder! In addition […]

Digital Networking Cards

With many feeling isolated by physical distancing, connecting with people is more important than ever. At the same time, doing so safely and comfortably is important, so we’ve created digital networking cards to help people connect online! When somebody goes the extra mile, makes you laugh, or is just being awesome, let them know how […]

Women’s History Spotlight: Dolores Huerta

In celebrating the profound contributions women have made to our history and culture, it’s crucial that we recognize the women who’ve provided invaluable leadership to the labor movement and shaped our modern work experience – leaders like Dolores Huerta, grassroots organizer, creator of the “Sí, se puede” motto, and hero of many a folk ballad. From […]

Black History Spotlight: Bayard Rustin

“If we desire a society of peace, then we cannot achieve such a society through violence. If we desire a society without discrimination, then we must not discriminate against anyone in the process of building this society. If we desire a society that is democratic, then democracy must become a means as well as an […]

Black History Spotlight: Arlene Holt Baker

Throughout history, innumerable African American leaders have fought to make a more inclusive and just world, and we all benefit greatly from the outcomes of their struggle.  In recognition of Black History Month, we feel it is important to highlight several of these leaders and the profound ways in which their work has advanced the […]

Black History Spotlight: A. Phillip Randolph

“A community is democratic only when the humblest and weakest person can enjoy the highest civil, economic, and social rights that the biggest and most powerful possess” – A. Phillip Randolph, Why Should We March?  (1942). Throughout history, innumerable African American leaders have fought to make a more inclusive and just world, and we all benefit greatly […]

Top Organizations for Job Seekers in Portland

When you’re hunting for a new job, familiarizing yourself with local organizations is one of the best ways to give yourself an edge with unique opportunities for employment, networking, and skill-building. In the Portland area there are tons of local organizations that can help you find awesome opportunities, but here are a few of the […]

Black History Spotlight: Shirley Chisholm

A notable maverick, she famously hired only women for her staff and was known for taking positions against the Vietnam War, for minority and women’s issues, and for challenging the congressional seniority system.

Networking Pros: Linda Cohen

Linda is an amazing networker, and a friend of Cinder. As a Kindness Catalyst, she champions the profound benefits of kindness through her work as an author, professional speaker, and consultant. She lives in Oregon with her husband of 26 years, and they have two spirited young adult children and two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, […]

Networking Pros: Alice Tang

Alice is friend of Cinder and an amazing networker. As a vice president and partner at BPG Wealth Management, she’s a veteran when it comes to building lasting relationships. Alice is also a frequent public speaker on the topics of “Why Women Need to be in Charge of their Money” and “Your Network is Your […]

Networking Pros: Kirsten Meneghello

Kirsten is a friend of Cinder and an amazing networker! She has been connecting with people throughout her career as a broadcast news journalist, attorney, and business leader. After many years working for nonprofit foundations such as OHSU and Doernbecher, Kirsten founded Illumination Coaching. Her work as a leadership coach and consultant unites her communication […]

Networking Pros: Marcus Carter

Marcus is a friend of Cinder and a phenomenal networker! He is a senior recruiter at Instrument and has worked with a wide variety of organizations, recruiting everybody from veterinarians to C-level executives. As an equity consultant and community advocate, Marcus is dedicated to building diverse ecosystems within the innovation economy. Over the past few […]

Cinder / First Tech Savings Plan 2019

  Last year, Cinder partnered with First Tech Federal Credit Union to create an incentivized savings plan that rewards employees for good saving habits. We were thrilled to renew the program for 2019 and even doubled the potential saving rewards to $200! We are proud to be working with another community-minded organization and excited to see so many of our team members thriving (since the […]

7 Essential Networking Tips

Anyone who has spent time networking will tell you – it isn’t always easy. It takes energy, dedication, and a bit of bravery. Many people avoid networking at all costs, but  with a bit of practice and the right approach it can bring amazing value into your social life and career. If you thrive on making connections […]

Diversity Hiring Means Inclusive Hiring

Organizations committed to diversifying their hiring practices face a variety of challenges. Consciously expanding your hiring pipeline to incorporate demographics that you have been excluding requires an honest look inward and a clear path forward. While there is no single “right” way to start this project, defining why diversification is important to your organization and […]

Avoid the Beer Test

Many hiring managers and recruiters are faced with the challenge of quickly finding skilled candidates that will fit the existing workplace culture. Evaluating skills is relatively straightforward, but what about culture fit? One common solution is the “beer test” – in essence, asking yourself “would I enjoy having a beer (or coffee) with this candidate?” […]