Entry-level job seekers and recent college graduates are two groups that arguably have it the hardest in the job search. While an influx of youthful energy is something that nonprofits want, they also need qualified workers who will help the organization grow. If you are really going to impress hiring managers, you are going to have to show a lot more than a college degree on your resume.
The most important thing you have to do before scouring online job boards and wanted-ads is to evaluate your skills and career goals. This will allow you to accurately determine whether you are a good fit for the various positions you find. The last thing you want to do is waste your time applying for a job for which you are not qualified. Even if you end up getting that position, you could find yourself overwhelmed by unfamiliar and demanding work.
With that in mind, here are four questions you should ask about your qualifications and goals:
- What education do I have? Besides college, you should also include any relevant continuing education classes you have took.
- What experience do I have? Remember that volunteer work counts just as much as paid jobs or internships when it comes to entry-level jobs.
- What is my biggest passion? You will be most happy at a job where you are doing what you love to do.
- What’s my dream job? Hint: This shouldn’t be a job that pays you the most money.