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what is a good place to start looking for jobs related to NGOs (non-government organizations) or Non-Profit Organizations?

I am about to graduate obtaining a B.A with an anthropology major.
I wonder what is an effective way for a fresh graduate like me without much experience to look for jobs in the NGOs market.
I am also an bilingual international student. career career-counseling career-paths social-work college-student academic-advising anthropology ngos

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Ken’s Answer

Hi Hollie!

Here is some helpful information about what you can do with your degree:

Networking is very important. One of the most helpful people that you will every meet is the head of the alumni relations department of your college. That person can put you in contact with graduates of your school who are doing what you think that you want to do so that you can see what they are doing, how they got there, and how you feel about what you are doing. Another great person to assist would be your favorite professor. 70-80 % of people who find jobs find them through networking with people with whom they have a natural connection such as attending the same college.

Also, it would be very helpful to locate and visit meetings of organizations to which people in this career area belong, so that you can mix and mingle and start know people doing what you think that you want to do.

Here are some helpful tips on networking:

Best of luck. Please keep me informed of your progress!

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Angela’s Answer

Hi Hollie:

Here are a couple of websites for your consideration:

- - it has a specific link to non-profit organizations under jobs
- - you can filter by location, non-profit organizations, entry level positions
- - mostly non-profit organization listings.

Good luck,

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Tina’s Answer

Hi there, I worked in the world of NGOs previously and there are many reputable NGOs with a global presence so it depends on where you are in the world. Nonprofits like NetHope ( convene these NGOs together so I would think that is a good starting point for you. In addition, my advice is to try to get "field experience" from NGOs' field offices in addition to working at the headquarter level. Field experience provides a lot of great exposure and on the ground experience, especially if you are just starting your career. Good luck!

Tina recommends the following next steps:

Take a look at
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Kim’s Answer has all the financial and leader info on all the non-profits. If you click on "Search" at the top of the screen, it will bring up the next screen, where you can search by city/state for free. You can then sort by income. Quite surprising. 6000 non-profits in Seattle!

United Way also has good listings.

Go to functions, or even just send out your resume with a cover-letter to a few of these that interest you, you never know what might happen!

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ShaRon’s Answer

I would suggest looking at United Way and its supporting agencies. I've known a lot of people who have made successful carerrs working in that market.