Friday, September 9, 2011

Tips For Nonprofit Job Seekers

Inquiring minds want to know: What do you have to do to get a nonprofit job?  I've already gone over the kind of things you should be putting in a nonprofit resume.  There are other tips that job seekers should know if they want to land one of these highly sought after positions.

A common mistake that nonprofit job seekers make is believing they have to start over to get a job in the sector.  The thought goes that any for-profit experience you have is completely useless in the nonprofit sector.  That couldn't be further from the truth.  Nonprofits are run like businesses, meaning that your previous management experience is very valuable.  The worst thing you can do is approach a nonprofit career believing you need to start all over again.

This doesn't mean there aren't new skills you should learn.  Most colleges have courses you can take to earn an MA in nonprofit management, though this isn't entirely necessary, unless you want a high level nonprofit position.  If you don't have enough time for a Masters Degree, taking a few courses over the summer will help your chances.  Any additional training you can get on topics such as philanthropy and fundraising will give you a huge leg up on the competition.

Think I missed any points?  Feel free to add your tips below on how to get a nonprofit job.

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