Just because it's hard doesn't mean it's impossible, however. The NonProfit Times has a variety of resources to help job seekers, including our career center, Jobs blog, and our weekly Jobs eNewsletter. All of these are deisgned to make finding a job easier, but they aren't the only answers.
Tom Friel, the retired chairman and chief executive officer of Heidrick & Struggles International, recently spoke to Bridgestar, an initiative of the Bridgespan Group, and offered up his top 10 tips for finding a nonprofit job:
- Do a thorough and honest assessment of your motivations, skills and capabilities, and record them.
- Decide very specifically what you want to do and make sure your qualifications match the job requirements.
- Learn who the key players are at your target organizations and find a way to get in front of them.
- Consider an interim path to your goal if necessary, such as consulting, temporary assignments, internships or volunteering.
- Use your personal network smartly and efficiently. It is larger than you think.
- Recognize that most people will want to help you, but they won't do your homework for you.
- Get connected with recruiters and other intermediaries who are specifically involved in the searches that fit your capabilities and objectives.
- When preparing for a meeting, think about the needs of the person with whom you're meeting. Over time. if you help your contacts, they will help you.
- When given an interview, prepare thoroughly and ask thoughtful questions.
- When your job search is completed, thank the people who helped you.