Differences do still remain, especially when it comes to the hiring process. This is clearly illustrated when it comes to resume writing. Although the basic idea is the same, nonprofits will be looking for slightly different attributes than a for-profit company. If you really want to catch the eye of your favorite organization, you are going to need to know how to write the ideal nonprofit resume.
- If you have previously worked in the for-profit sector, make sure you identify how your skills in that field can be adapted to the nonprofit world. A great example of this can be found in this sample resume posted by Bridgestar. Notice how the applicant emphasizes skills like marketing, management, and leadership? These are all things that are useful for nonprofits.
- Also note that the above resume separates the applicants nonprofit experience from her for-profit work.
- Volunteer work is usually considered irrelevant when writing a resume for a standard corporation. This is hardly the case for nonprofits. If you have any experience volunteering, make sure you list it in your employment history.
- The above applies if you have ever served on a board or committee before.
- Make sure you remove any jargon that might be unfamiliar to those outside of the corporate bubble. Your language should be professional, but you shouldn't use language that is only relevant to those in your previous field. You will be dealing with many different backgrounds if you work in the nonprofit sector, so there is no need to try and impress people with your vocabulary.
- You should emphasize your ability to do many different jobs. Though it's not always the case, most nonprofits will not fill their employees into specialized roles. This is especially true the smaller the organization is.
- As I mentioned in the opening, you shouldn't hesitate to emphasize any business management experience you have.