HOW TO FIND A NONPROFIT JOB
Every guest on our podcast emphasized the importance of developing your network. This is especially important when looking for a new job. You can engage your network to find new openings and to vet those that are already publicly listed.
Here are a few of our favorite resources for finding out about open positions:
2. LinkedIn (Tell Your Story on LinkedIn)
There are a number of recruitment firms that do placement. We recommend talking to a recruiter. Their unique perspective will provide you insight on how to become a stronger candidate. They may also see potential types of jobs you could be applying for that you hadn’t yet considered.
In episode 2 (listen at the 20:23 mark), David Sherman shared a frustration as a hiring manager. With the ease of application on many job sites, job seekers fail to provide a compelling cover letter that shows why and how exactly the candidate would be a good fit for the role and organization. As you prepare your applications, especially if there is a job you are very interested in, do put in the extra effort to submit a tailored cover letter or update your LinkedIn profile to showcase your alignment with the role and organization. Make it easy for the those doing the initial screening of your application to see how you would be good in this role.
about the author
Throughout her more than 15-year career in results-oriented fundraising,
Katie Pooser has provided thought and strategic leadership at a diverse set of nonprofit organizations, including youth development, health care and environmental stewardship, from start-up to mature, from local to global in scale.
She is a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy with an Economics, B.S. and a Master of Public Administration degree. She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer having served in West Africa. She currently serves on the board of the Philanthropic Planned Giving Group of Greater New York. She is a guest speaker at undergraduate and master’s nonprofit programs to couple practical experience with theory taught in the classroom. Born and raised in Oklahoma, Katie now resides in New York City with her husband and toddler daughter.