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.
When submitting a job application, many organizations now require you to submit a cover letter along with your resume. Cover letter writing may seem easy, but it is often misunderstood. It is not simply an expanded version of your resume. The hiring manager has already read your resume, so there is no need to restate things. Instead, a good cover letter should tell a story that relates why you are a good fit for the job in question. Here are some tips to get you started:
Having a great resume is only half the battle. If the only thing you are doing with it is submitting it via job applications, you are going about the process in the wrong way. To get the most out of it, you should post your resume online. Most job boards give job seekers the option to do this, and you should take advantage of this feature immediately.
Did you know that you can be a brand? You will find much more success in your job search if you market youself just like a product. Before you start breaking out the film cameras and filming a commercial, let me explain a little more. Take a look at all the things that represent you, both online and in your appearance. What does your Facebook page say about you? Does it paint you in a good light, or is it embarrassing What about your e-mail address? Are you still using that funny username you made when you were younger? If there is any doubt in your mind about these questions, you need to start changing them to improve your personal branding.
The employment landscape is changing. Whether it’s for the better or worse is up for debate, but there is no doubt that employers are using new tools to streamline the hiring process. It is up to you to adjust to some of these new job search trends if you want to move ahead in this market. Let’s go over how you can adapt to these new fads:
Nonprofit internships are ideal for people looking to break into the sector. They provide a great chance for individuals to get a better idea of what it’s like to work at a not-for-profit by providing them with hands on experiences. There’s only one problem: Internships often don’t provide much income besides a stipend. Luckily for job seekers , a lot of organizations use internship programs as a way to scout potential full time employees. Here are some tips to help you make that happen:
Before you are called in for a face-to-face meeting, some companies like to go through a telephone interview . This type of job interview presents many challenges. Since you can’t see the interviewers facial expressions or body language, it can be hard to determine how well you are doing. It can also be very difficult to understand people over the phone. If you are to take that next step toward getting a job, you must master this sometimes uncomfortable task. Here are some tips to make it a little easier:
Job interviews can be the leading cause in ulcers for job seekers. Every little aspect can be nerve wracking–from picking out the right outfit to wondering if your handshake was firm enough. You’re never going to get rid of all of the nerves, but there are ways to make sure the process is less stressful. One way of doing this is preparing for the most common interview questions. Here’s a list of some of them, along with ways they can be answered:
It is common to see people from the for-profit world make jump to the nonprofit sector . The ultimate goals of a nonprofit and a for-profit might be different, but their management styles have a lot in common. That doesn’t mean there aren’t things that for-profit executives should keep in mind before switching their career paths.
I hope that everyone had a great Veteran’s Day weekend. It’s always good to have a little time off to just relax and enjoy yourself. Time off is especially useful when it comes to something as rigorous as job hunting . Holidays allow you to refocus and come back stronger, but it can also be hard to get back to your routine. How can you avoid slacking off after a vacation?
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