What do nonprofit employers look for? Is your passion for doing good enough? What if your only experience is in the corporate world or working odd jobs you’ve held while getting your college degree?
Competition is fierce for today’s nonprofit jobs, as more and more people seek to follow their passions. How do you move from the corporate world to the nonprofit world?
Click here to read about the three things you should include on your résumé for a nonprofit job.
When I work with job seekers I share with them what HR and hiring managers say about who they hire.
The job seeker’s greatest fear is not having enough check boxes on the application or the most experience. Yet leaders tell me it’s not the person with the most experience that gets the job.
by Bill Voigt
Founder, Nimbus Communication
You want that job! You need that job!
I worked with a job seeker who was really a very nice person— trustworthy, able to communicate well. Yet he was rejected for each job. We talked about what was said during these interviews that made them go sideways.
I suggested he wear a vest to his next interview. Of course he pointed out that nobody wears a vest anymore and I must be showing my age. I clarified that what I was suggesting is that he wear a “mental” vest to prevent interviews from going sideways. Sleeves on a vest are meaningless, representing any topic that is not really important. Yet many candidates take positions on unimportant items. Here is a vest sleeve the candidate discussed.
According to results from the recently released 2015 Nonprofit Employment Practices Survey, nonprofits are projecting growth this year that could surpass the corporate sector. Here are some facts from their survey:
- The nonprofit sector is the 3rd largest employer in the U.S. that includes nearly 2 million nonprofit organizations and 10.7 employees.
- The greatest growth is expected to be in direct services.
- 49% of nonprofits reported that they’ve increased their staff size in the last 5 years.
- Most candidates for senior/executive level positions come from other nonprofits.
Nonprofit HR directors report that most candidates for senior/ executive-level positions come from other nonprofits. Specialized job boards like NPO.net play a large role in reaching thousands of nonprofits and job seekers, making the search for a candidate to fill an open position much easier for HR staff.
Read more about the survey results and challenges nonprofits face as they grow their programs and staff.
How to Get a Job When Your Résumé Isn’t the Best One They See
by Bill Voigt
You see a job you would like to have. You apply for the job.
You could be a new person to the market, maybe just out of school and trying to get your first full-time job. Or you could be an experienced professional seeking to re-establish yourself after a departure from the career path.
You have a sinking feeling that there must be many better qualified applicants than yourself. But somehow, you get a notice that they would like to meet with you or have a conversation over the phone. Excitement!
But then you start thinking about the questions they might ask. Your résumé and experience may be limited. How can you let them know you can do this job?