When it comes to advancing in your career, there are steps that can help you make a smooth transition to a community service job. It’s a great way for career changers to try out a new career and build up a resume and credibility in the community. LinkedIn and others can help you attract important, qualified candidates to your position to support your community growth. [Sources: 11, 13]
LinkedIn is a great site to learn more about the types of organizations that exist and can lead to new non-profit workplaces. You’ll also find great resources for finding non-profit and community service organizations, the National Association of Non-profit Employers, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. Also, look at Candid, which contains information about where the money comes from and where it goes, which can help you make an intelligent decision when choosing a non-profit organization you want to work for. [Sources: 12, 13, 17]
With the right strategy and implementation of these tips, you will find an opportunity and advance your personal. Consider what skills you have honed in on your previous roles that can make you a great candidate for a non-profit job. [Sources: 6, 13]
Because of the nature of non-profit service, this particular skill may catch the attention of a human resources manager more than any other. [Sources: 3]
In the non-profit sector, as in many others, organizations want to know if they are hiring people who really care about their mission and are likely to stay with it for a while. Non-profit organizations, like companies, want to know what they can do and how their unique skills can help advance their mission. Sources: 1, 2, 8, 10]
Finally, make sure that your online resume is indexed and appears in Google Search, and although search [Sources: 6]
Sometimes, to work for a non-profit organization, you need to look for “Volunteer Opportunities” in the list of opportunities. If there is a particular organization you are interested in, check their website for volunteer opportunities. If they can’t find anything, contact them directly to see if there are any needs you can meet. [Sources: 5, 9, 16]
It may seem silly, but volunteering with a non-profit organization can boost your enthusiasm for a worthwhile cause and help determine whether your career as a non-profit is right for you. Finding a mentor in the non-profit sector can also help you find the direction you want to go. In a sector where structured career paths are rare, charitable mentors can help organizations navigate their way to professional success. [Sources: 0, 7, 11, 13]
Since most non-profits rely on many volunteers to run their programs, you will gain valuable experience for your resume. If you decide not to work for a particular non-profit organization, do you have relevant experience to incorporate into your next CV? Your CV will have the chance to demonstrate your transferable skills as you transition to a non-profit role. [Sources: 0, 4, 13]
Creating a list of jobs and volunteering opportunities can help you decide what role and responsibilities you will assume and the average salary range for this role. It will help you determine if you are interested in the role, what commitment is involved and how to adjust your resume to start your career with a non-profit. [Sources: 11, 14]
Ask a career expert to advise you on whether your non-profit’s career path is right for you and learn more about the benefits of a non-profit career. [Sources: 0]
Knowing job titles is essential for building a career in the non-profit sector. Still, it’s not the best way to get a job with a non-profit organization, according to a recent study by the National Association of Nonprofit Professionals. [Sources: 14, 15]
If you already know where you want to work, reach out to those on your radar. Find out about other non-profit organizations that do similar work, or find out if another non-profit, for-profit or government, is already doing the same (or similar) work in your community. One of the best ways to learn about an organization in a non-profit area is to request an informational interview session with a staff member. Reach out, not only to the people at a particular non-profit organization or company but also to others too. [sources: 0, 4, 8, 10]
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