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How do I find work in the non profit field?

I've been volunteering and interning with different non profit organizations but now I'm looking for a more serious role. #nonprofit

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Belle Estee’s Answer

Hi Kasuba! That's great that you've volunteered and interned at various nonprofit organizations. Because you've built this network, I would recommend reconnecting with the people you worked with there and ask if they are aware of any open full-time positions that may be appropriate for someone with your level of experience. Since they know you personally, they may be more likely to help and maybe even dig into their own personal networks to search for career opportunities.

Another option is using job posting websites like Indeed to search current job openings. You have the opportunity to subscribe to positions you are interested in, so that you are alerted via email if a similar position becomes available. I would recommend visiting these websites at least once a day to stay aware of the quickly evolving job environment.

I hope this information was helpful!
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Karen’s Answer

Search online for nonprofits with missions you want to support. Send them your resume and tell them why you want to work for them. Ask if they don't have any current openings if they might recommend other nonprofits to contact.

Keep on volunteering for a variety of organizations and let everyone know of your interest in a nonprofit career. I think you will find your choice of what you want to do in life to be very rewarding, and I hope it brings you great joy.

With every good wish!
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Kelly’s Answer

Use Linkedin not only as a tool to find job openings but to also build your network. If there are specific organizations you interested in, find people that work there and send them a quick message asking if they wouldn't mind giving you advice. I would recommend asking about their journey and how they found themselves working at that org, what they like about working there, hurdles that you might face when trying to get into non-profits, what was something they did to help further them along their career path, etc.

I did this when changing career paths and found it extremely helpful, not only did it help guide my decisions as I was receiving first hand advice but I also built up examples that I could speak on during job interviews.
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Blake’s Answer

Hey Kasuba,

Are you saying that the non-profits you are currently volunteering for don't offer a full time role? If that's the case, most major non-profits should have a web page and something along the lines of "career opportunities".

Thanks,
Blake
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Simeon’s Answer

I would talk to the people you have been volunteering with and let them know about your goal without making it sound like you are asking for a job from them specifically. Often, they'll be able to give you more serious volunteer work to give you preparation for similar experience being an employee at another non-profit. I'd imagine they'd ask you to coordinate and organize other volunteers as well as planning some events.
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Latricia’s Answer

Of the skills and experiences, you gained volunteering focus on the ones that you excel at - for example talking to people/communications, making appointment/scheduling, translating/communications, inputting data/data entry, and so on. Think about how to talk about each experience and new skill in conversations with your network (those you worked with, the non-profit staff, the non-profit's vendors) and you apply for roles with the non-profit or similar businesses.
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Sheila’s Answer

Hi Kasuba:

Good job on volunteering and working for non-profit organizations. Nonprofit jobs have gained popularity. The nonprofit world attracts more people every year, including new grads, career changers, and newly retired people who often develop capstone careers serving causes they believe in. Here are a few tips for your consideration in your job search.

IDENTIFY THE CAUSES YOU ARE MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT
• You will be a much more desirable nonprofit job candidate if you speak passionately about your desire to work for a particular cause.

CHECKOUT NONPROFITS CLOSE TO HOME
• Start your nonprofit job search with your city or town, and then work out from there. There are likely to be several grassroots organizations locally even if you live in a small or medium-sized city.

CONDUCT INFORMATIONAL INTERVIEWS
• Talk to anyone who might be able to help you make contacts in the nonprofit world.

VOLUNTEER FOR YOUR FAVORITE CHARITY
• Volunteering is an excellent way to try out an organization. The contacts you make through volunteering will be valuable later in your job search. Also, when volunteering, you may meet other volunteers who can help with your job search.

FIND A NONPROFIT INTERNSHIP
• Many nonprofits advertise internship opportunities on their websites and in special interest publications.

USE SOCIAL MEDIA
• Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn can be excellent tools to learn about charitable organizations, find valuable contacts, and to make yourself more visible. Make sure them to follow them.

CAST A WIDE NET
• There are nonprofit jobs in just about any field you can think of. Best of luck to you on your journey!

Sheila recommends the following next steps:

How to Find Your Ideal Nonprofit Job • https://www.thebalancesmb.com/how-to-find-your-dream-nonprofit-job-2502388
Nonprofit Publications • https://www.thebalancesmb.com/publications-for-nonprofits-2502496
Work for Good • https://www.workforgood.org/
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KA IN’s Answer

If you want to work in a non-profit organisation, you should know what job title you can find in these kind of organisation. Social Worker, Administrative Clerk, Psychologic Consultant etc. Secondly, you should visit these kind of organisation and join their activity, try to see want their jobs really doing.
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Ao’s Answer

You're good!
Being able to volunteer and intern in different non-profit organizations is a great opportunity! You have successfully expanded your life social circle, contacted more new friends, and met some like-minded fellow travellers, which will definitely bring some new excitement to the bland life. Moreover, these new circles will increase our social capital. When one day we need to start some new business, whether it is a personal business or a public welfare business, these capitals will definitely be useful.
At the same time learning knowledge and experience beyond the official position, in this highly competitive society, everyone emphasizes self-enhancement and life-long learning. When we can help others while increasing our knowledge and skills, we do both.
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Victoria’s Answer

Idealist.org or Work for Good are great websites for non-profit jobs.


Foundationlist.org published an article in April of this year about nonprofit jobs. It is called "How to find a job in the nonprofit sector". It has tips on formatting your resume.

Lastly, the foundationlist.org also published an article in April of this year. It is a list of 24 nonprofit job boards.

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