Your resume is one of the more important documents for your job search so it stands to reason that it can be one of the deciding factors in whether or not you get an interview. Big mistakes like careless typos will obviously be damaging to your chances, but the little mistakes — the ones that might not be very obvious — can also cost you.
Searching for nonprofit jobs online is something of a double-edged sword. It’s both convenient and easy yet can be frustrating and time-consuming if not done correctly. Luckily, there are some simple steps you can take to make the process more bearable.
Deciding whether to accept a job offer can sometimes be as stressful as waiting to see if you even got an interview. This is the time when you will enter salary negotiations with the employer and that is where the real stress can come into play.
Here’s a question that a lot of job seekers ask: Is it really necessary to include a cover letter in a job application? The answer to that question is yes, and it can’t be a copy-paste job; the cover letter must be tailored for the job you are applying for if you are to have any chance of getting an interview.
When it comes to the job search, it’s not so much what you know that is important but who you know. That doesn’t mean your career skills aren’t important — far from it — but it is true that it is much harder to get a job without a good group of networking contacts. Getting these contacts is the easy part; it’s a little harder to find a way to stay in touch with them without getting on their nerves.
What’s the feeling you have most during your job search? If your experience is like most job seekers, it can probably be summed up in one word: Rejected. The nature of today’s competitive job market means jobs are harder to come by than ever which means a ton of automated messages telling you someone else has been chosen for the position. How are you supposed to remain motivated when dealing with all of this rejection?
It’s often the little details that can help a hiring manager choose between two very qualified candidates. Whether it’s an extra year of experience or a personality that seems to fit with the organizational culture better, employers will need to split hairs to make their final decision. There’s not a whole lot you control at this point, but there is one thing you can do: Make sure you have a job reference who will serve you well.
One of the most important parts of your resume is the section that highlights your career skills. While employers definitely want to know about your work history and other experience, the specific skills you bring to the table can be a big deciding factor in whether or not you’re hired. Identifying these skills is only half the battle; you have to market them well if they are to have the desired effect.
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.
You’ve probably heard the expression “fake it until you make it” at least once in relation to job interviews. The idea is that you need to adjust your personality in order to be attractive to potential employers. Is this the right approach or should you just be yourself?
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