Are you interested in working for a nonprofit? The most important thing to remember is that nonprofits must run on sound business principles, just like for-profits. They have a different mission, but they must still fund that mission, promote it, run it efficiently, keep track of finances, and conform to state and federal regulations.
Therefore, your resume must include all the detail and focus on accomplishments that are expected in a resume for a for-profit position. In addition, you should show:
- A demonstrated passion for the type of work that the nonprofit does. Nonprofits are concerned with cultural fit—particularly a connection to the nonprofit’s mission. Before you send your resume to a nonprofit, make sure you believe in the mission.
- Experience in working for or volunteering for other nonprofits. Nonprofits are eager for employees who combine passion with a hard-headed awareness of the need to control costs, raise funds, and make tough decisions. Before you send your resume to a nonprofit, make sure you understand that nonprofits expect teamwork, attention to the bottom line, and results, just for-profit companies.
- The ability to wear several hats. Most nonprofits are short-staffed and rely on volunteers and on the diverse skills of their paid staff for many functions. Before you send your resume to a nonprofit, decide whether you appreciate the opportunity to work outside a rigid job definition.
- Good communication skills. In most nonprofits, you may have to help write grants, talk about the organization to potential donors, and publicize fundraising Before you send your resume to a nonprofit, make sure that you are comfortable communicating with the population that the nonprofit serves, with donors and volunteers, and with the community at large.
- The ability to deal with frustration. Most businesses have several layers of bureaucracy to protect you from business frustrations. Most nonprofits put you right on the front lines of dealing with volunteers who don’t understand boundaries, reluctant donors, communities who misunderstand your mission, and clients who don’t always appreciate the help. Before you send your resume to a nonprofit, make sure you can handle the frustrations that will come your way.
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