Even if you don’t get hired by the nonprofit organization you applied for doesn’t mean you should end your contact with them. Indeed, staying in touch with the organizations and employees you contacted in your nonprofit job search will also help you to know more about the latest developments in the nonprofit field, and it will also potentially give you a leg-up on the latest job openings. Plus, staying in touch will show the company that you are very serious about working for them. The next time a job opening comes up, this is something they will keep in mind when going over potential candidates.
I mentioned how staying in touch with organizations you contact will help you keep up with the latest nonprofit news; I can’t stress how important it is to know as much as you possibly can about the field you are looking to break into. This is especially true for nonprofits; Nonprofits are growing quickly and changing almost everyday. If you are up to date on what is happening in the nonprofit sector, you will be a real asset for any NPO that you eventually join. It will also help you stand out among the thousands of job applications that they receive, which is key to getting hired for any position.
You should also consider joining the various Non profit Networks in the country. Here is a list of some that will make a great impression on your resume:
- Young NonProfit Professional Network: This is a local organization and is free to join. As the name might imply, this network is especially ideal for those who are just coming out of college. Among the features you will get is a handy e-mail list that will keep you up-to-date with the latest nonprofit books, speaking events, and more.
- Bridgestar: Bridgestar is a very well known Nonprofit Network, and I highly recommend becoming a member. They provide many tools to help you succeed in the nonprofit sector, including some great newsletters.
- The Nonprofit Network: This is a great non profit club to join, especially for it’s event board. This will keep you up to the date for the latest nonprofit events your area. This is especially useful for finding some great networking events.
Of course, there are plenty of other Non profit networks out there. What are some of your favorites?