What is your passion? That is the first question to ask yourself when considering a job search, especially if you want to work in the nonprofit sector. The more passion you feel for a cause, the more likely you will be successful in all aspects of your job search.
If you are driven to support this cause, you will easily build a good foundation of information, and you will probably become connected to that cause via social networking media.
Many candidates have gained valuable contacts and gained an insider's look at an organization or cause by conducting informational interviews with individuals working in the space.
Looking to gain some first hand experience? Consider volunteering with your chosen nonprofit organization. As a volunteer, you can learn a great deal about the organization - even better, they can get to know you and what you have to offer.
There are several reasons to do online research:
As a nonprofit job seeker, you will acquire valuable information on the following websites.
Once you have followed your passion to identify a cause that you want to support, you need to uncover the jobs and organizations that match your goal. You can find many nonprofit jobs on general job boards. However, if you are focused on a career with a nonprofit, you may find it more efficient to search on sites dedicated to nonprofit jobs. Many of these sites are supplemented with guides for professionals in the job search industry.
Good luck with your research. The hours you spend online prior to accepting your next job will pay off for many years to come.
If you would like more information, read this Job-Hunt.org article on nonprofit careers.
Debra Wheatman is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and Certified Professional Career Coach (CPCC). She is globally recognized as an expert in advanced career search techniques with more than 18 years' corporate human resource experience. Debra has been featured on Fox Business News, WNYW with Brian Lehrer, and quoted in leading publications, including Forbes.com, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and CNBC. Debra may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, or you may visit her website at CareersDoneWrite.com.