Finding A Job In The Nonprofit Sector

November 10, 2016

Finding A Job In The Nonprofit Sector

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Working in the nonprofit sector is becoming increasingly desirable for job seekers. Forbes.com reports that nonprofits are adding jobs and avoiding layoffs, employing 10.7 million people (over 10% of the U.S. workforce) in the U.S. Here are a few tips to help you find a job in the nonprofit sector.

Volunteer and Network

Employers, both for-profit and non-profit, find volunteer experience for any potential job candidate very appealing. Not only is volunteering for different nonprofit organizations a good way to land a dream job, but it’s also a good way to identify social causes you are truly passionate about. Being passionate about a particular cause makes a more attractive candidate to those nonprofits serving that cause.

Make Your Resume Stand Out

In addition to adding your volunteer experience on a resume, decide what position is most appealing to apply for and focus on demonstrating qualifications that benefit the nonprofit. Research each organization to which you apply and tailor a resume to highlight those benefits. Go above and beyond to find out who the hiring manager is and create a personal cover letter that conveys sincerity.

Search online Job Boards and Social Media

There are several online job boards and sites that are credible resources for those looking for employment in the nonprofit sector. Sites like LinkedIn, Idealist, and NonprofitCareer.com are a great resources that specialize in job opportunities in the nonprofit sector.

 
The good thing about the nonprofit sector is there are jobs in just about any imaginable career field. Plus, Nonprofit organizations are growing at a rapid pace which means job opportunities in the nonprofit sector will continue to be desirable positions for years to come.

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The Ensight Skills Center has enjoyed working with First Nonprofit for several years. We are enrolled in their Unemployment Savings Program and although we have not required a lot of intervention, there have been a few times. I know others have dealt with the same problem of unemployment fraud over the last year and in our case, a call to First Nonprofit (they actually answer their phones) cleared up the issue. They also sent us a letter to send to all our employees telling them what they needed to do to prevent this in the future and protect themselves. What a relief! Over the years if I have questions or concerns, they are happy to listen, advise and help if they can. Another BIG advantage of using First Nonprofit is that all the money that is paid into the Unemployment Savings Program lives on my balance sheet as an asset. The money continues to be Ensight’s not the governments. First Nonprofit has certainly given me peace of mind.

Ensight Skills Center, Inc, Fort Collins, CO

Visually Impaired Preschool Services has been a client of First Non-Profit since it was first offered as a benefit of VisionServe Alliance. We completed a thorough evaluation of cash savings to our agency before taking advantage of this wonderful benefit and it has been a very wise decision. Our experience with the processes from accounting to claims have been professional, expeditious and easy.

Visually Impaired Preschool Services, Louisville, KY

NYCON members who use First Nonprofit’s programs enjoy enduring savings and improved efficiency. Our association knows that success, because from the beginning, we achieved the same great benefits. Great savings, seamless technology, and responsive service. NYCON highly recommends First Nonprofit’s remarkable unemployment solutions.

New York Council of Nonprofits, Albany, NY

It has been our sincere pleasure to maintain a strong, vibrant business partnership with First Nonprofit. We greatly admire their strong industry knowledge, technical expertise, constant professionalism, knowledgeable and dedicated staff. They are always extremely responsive, personable and provide us with the necessary guidance and recommendations on a numerous variety of employment scenarios. We are impressed with the accuracy of their employment decisions, integrity of their employees and efficiency of their claim handling. We greatly respect and value the consistent, impressive cost savings from the utilization of their outstanding services.

 

Thresholds, Chicago, IL

Because INCS advocates for the operating conditions that allow charter public schools to provide high quality public education, partnering with First Nonprofit was an easy decision. First Nonprofit’s unemployment programs provide our member schools two operating elements crucial to their ability to provide high quality public education: savings and budget certainty. Capable, committed teachers are the key to student success. By participating in the unemployment insurance savings plan, charter public schools gain peace of mind and are able to invest more money in their teachers.

Illinois Network of Charter Schools, Chicago, IL

Throughout our membership in the Unemployment Savings Program, First Nonprofit understood our demands, community dynamics, and the importance of seamless services; that allowed us to serve our constituents better.

Prevent Blindness America, Chicago, IL