If you are browisng this site, then you are obviously interested in finding nonprofit jobs. Of course, there are many types of jobs in the nonprofit sector, all of which provide a diverse range of work. I can’t tell you exactly what non profit work will be the best for you, but I can tell you some of the most popular jobs in the nonprofit world. This information was taken from The NonProfit Times’ 2010 Salary and Benefits Report .
If you’ve submitted your resume and cover letter to a non profit job, you might think your work is over. After all, once you have expressed your interest, the ball is in the employer’s court, right? Well, not quite. Theoretically, applying for a job should be all you have to do, but that’s not the way the world works. Especially in such a competitive economic climate, it is very important to do a job follow up. Whether this is an e-mail or a call, it’s imperative thtat you keep in touch to continue to express your interest and inquire on the process. So now that this fact has been established, the question now becomes when you should be following up on a job application.
Like it or not, we live in a day and age where technology has become a huge part of our lives. There is almost nothing that we do these days that does not involve some sort of technology. This is becoming especially true when it comes to career advancement . Not only are people relying more on job boards like this one, but job seekers are increasingly using another source as well: social media. Sites like Facebook and Twitter are becoming popular destinations to quickly find out about the latest open positions at nonprofits. So how can you, the nonprofit job seeker, best utilize social media in your career planning?
Everyday, there are millions of non profit jobs posted on job boards. How is a job seeker supposed to weed out the ones the jobs they really want from the ones that are irrelevant? Thankfully for job seekers everywhere, most online job boards offer the ability to search for a position by its job key words . What are job key words? Simply put, they are the terms that help describe the skills that are needed for the position. Now, like any job search skill, entering the right job keyword is an art; if you are too broad with your search, you might have trouble finding your dream job. So with that in mind, here are some strategies to help you enter the right job key words:
Getting yourself a letter of recommendation, be it from co-workers or professors, is one of the most effective ways to impress potential employers. While they are by no means mandatory, letters of recommendation or other job references are a big part of what it takes to really sell yourself to an organization. Of course, asking for a recommendation from one of your former colleagues can be a harrowing task: what if they say no? This is a natural fear to have, but it’s one you have to battle through if you want to get that reference.
Sometimes, there are good reason to turn down a job offer . While getting offered a job is always a good thing, there are legitimate reasons to say “no thanks.” As a general rule, there should be a major incompatibility with you and the organization for you to turn down the job. For instance, perhaps the commute is so great that it would be unreasonable for you to get in on time everyday. Or, maybe the salary is unreasonable for the amount of work you are expected to do. Minor complaints about the organization, however, are not good reasons to reject a job offer. Here are some common reasons I have heard that just don’t make sense to me:
It is important to do ample job research before you apply to a nonprofit. You should always know what you are getting into before you start blindly filling out applications. Given the amount of resources available to job seekers today, there is really no excuse not to do your homework. This doesn’t mean that researching a job should be treated like an inquisition. On the contrary, you only need to do a few simple things to get the most out of your research:
Career networking is many things, but there is one thing it is not: Working your contacts only when you need a job. There is a belief amongst some job seekers that this is the only time you should be in touch with your network. Why shouldn’t this be the case? After all, why should you be bothering reaching out to job contacts when you already have work?
At the end of most interviews , the hiring manager will ask if you have any questions about the position. Even if the interviewer was as clear as they could be on the position, it is a good idea to have some interview questions prepared. It shows initiative and it allows you to gather more information that you otherwise might not have known. Your questions should be phrased in a way to get the most info out of the interviewer; in other words, you should avoid asking things that can be answered with a simple “yes” or “no.” Coming up with these great job interview questions can be hard, so here are some examples to help you along:
There is no question that the job search is really frustrating these days. It seems like everyday there is negative news about the job market. How is anybody supposed to function in such a terrible climate? It’s times like these where the frustration can really reach an all time high when looking for nonprofit jobs. It’s how you deal with this frustration, however, that will determine how succesful you will be looking for work.
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