Any tips for job hunt in Non Profit sector?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’ve always heard you should dress more modestly and avoid anything flashy!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I’m in this field and it’s quite competitive because a lot of agencies run on a shoestring budget, therefore few paid staff. A lot of people volunteer or intern (unpaid), build up a good reputation and then they are top of the list to get hired when a suitable position opens up. The problem is waiting for that position to open!

I think it’s a field that’s more dependant on “who you know” than many other fields.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I’ve worked in both fields and honestly, didn’t see much difference in the hiring/interview process. The main difference was probably that because most non-profits tend to be small, they’re really looking for people who “fit in” with the agency – not just someone who can do the work.

I’ve been at my job in the non-profit sector for about a year and have been included in the search and interviewing process for two positions, so I’ve seen the process from both sides – as someone looking to get hired and as someone considering a candidate.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@Kit_Kath:  take a look at idealist.org and see what’s out there!  Non-profit also includes np hospitals, which are run very similarly to for-profit.

Post # 7
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Busy bee

@nber0815:  +1

Having also worked in both sectors, I can’t stress enough that they’re looking for someone who fits with company culture. On the flip side, you are going to be spending a LOT of time with a small group of people, so make sure you like them just as much.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I just got a job offer today to work for a non profit! I’m sure it’s different for every organization but I definitely agree with PPs that fitting in with their company culture is huge. 

My interview process was also the longest I’ve experienced yet! I applied for the position back in the beginning of September, got a call 2 weeks later for an interview, got a call 2 weeks after the first interview for a second interview, then a bunch of waiting. It was 7 weeks from the time I applied for the position to the job offer today. Since it is such a small staff, the director is always really busy and the whole process was really drawn out. I’m sure that’s not how all non profits work, but that was my experience.

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