You probably think your career skills make you qualified for every nonprofit job out there. It’s good to be confident but before you click that “apply now” button, you should take a second look at your qualifications.
While there’s no harm in applying for jobs for which you are a little underqualified, you shouldn’t get your hopes up for being hired yet alone getting an interview. Nonprofits don’t have the time or resources to spend too much time showing a non-entry level employee the ropes; they want someone who knows exactly what they are doing and needs little to no guidance. That’s why, along with listing your relevant experience in your application, you should also be prepared to prove that you have the skills to handle the position.
Below are three tips that will help you honestly evaluate whether or not you are qualified for that job you desire:
- Go over all of your relevant experience and accomplishments and compare them to what the organization is asking of candidates. You should be sure to highlight any qualifications you have that the job description states is “preferred but not required.”
- Be honest about the skills you have. This will allow you to better seek out jobs that are appropriate for you rather than reaching for jobs that will overwhelm you with their demands.
- Ask questions during your job interview that will result in a conversation with the hiring manager about how your skills can add value to the organization. Make sure you are humble and that you don’t walk into the interview with a sense of entitlement.