Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Why Non Profit Blogs Are Important

I've been on a roll with technology subjects, so I figured I would continue down that path.  Way back when, I suggested that it would be a good idea for job seekers to create their own non profit blogs, as it could be a helpful thing to put in a resume.  Blogging isn't for everybody, though, so it isn't something that everybody is going to want to do.  This doesn't mean you should ignore non profit blogs, however.  On the contrary, reading these blogs should be a big part of your research on nonprofit organizations.  And luckily for you, there are plenty of non profit blogs to check out.  Here are some of the best nonprofit blogs out there:

There are plenty more, of course, but this post isn't about which ones you should check out; it's about why reading a non profit blog is so important.  And why is that?  Even if you consider yourself an expert in all things nonprofit, it always helps to get more information about the latest happenings in the nonprofit sector.  And if you are new to the field, it is even more important to learn all you can from these blogs. 

What's more is that, more often than not, an individual running a blog about nonprofits is usually working at one themselves.  I wouldn't recommend immediately e-mailing this person and asking about any job openings, but there is no harm in asking them for any tips they could give you.   Although nonprofit bloggers are very busy, they will be more than happy to eventually answer your e-mail and help you out; after all, they were in the same position as you at one point.  And who knows, this blogger could eventually become a valuable networking contact for you after some point. 

And though I mentioned this is in the past, it's worth repeating again: having an extensive knowledge of the many nonprofit blogs out there is a good way to impress at job interviews.  If these are popular enough blogs, it is likely that nonprofit employees often look at them.  So if there is an opportunity to bring these blogs up (this is key; don't just randomly mention them), feel free to name drop them at interviews.

So even if you were never a big fan of blogs to begin with, it is a good idea to start reading these non profit blogs.  When it comes to your job search, you really do need to expand your horizon.

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