Thursday, June 21, 2012

Why Enthusiasm Matters In The Job Search

Job seekers look for any advantage they can get during the job search. Whether it's highlighting a unique skill or taking advantage of great contacts, they need all they can help in this job market. What if I told you the best trick you can use is something everybody has?

You'd be surprised at how much of a difference enthusiasm can make in your search for a job, especially in the nonprofit sector. Having a clear passion for an organization's mission can be key in the eyes of the employer. There's a belief among some job seekers that showing enthusiasm will make them come off as desperate. This is an understandable concern, and it can be true if you go overboard (i.e., "this is the greatest job I have ever seen" or something along those lines).

So what are the best ways to show your excitement for the position without seeming fake? Here are some quick tips:

  • Tell a story in your cover letter that illustrates how the nonprofit's mission has played a big part in your life.
  • Explain how your skills would make a big difference in the organization's goals.
  • Do extensive research about the history of the organization and display this knowledge in your interview. This shows that you were excited enough to do your homework.
  • Choose your adjectives carefully when describing the position. Use words like motivated and passionate.

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