Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Charity Wednesdays - Nonprofit Jobs

I love working in the nonprofit sector.  Every day, I work with passionate people making positive changes in their communities.  It's an honor and a privilege. 

Our sector is always looking for good people to join us.

Nonprofits hire people from a variety of backgrounds and skill sets. Healthcare nonprofits often need RNs /therapists/nursing aids.  Social service organizations often hire people with a background in social work and good people skills. As with most professions, those seeking to work in the nonprofit sector should at least have a high school diploma.  A bachelor's degree will qualify you for more jobs.  An advanced degree is often needed for management positions.

One of the best ways to get started in the nonprofit sector is through volunteer work. By donating your time, you can sample an organization's working environment while building your network.  If you can carve out a few hours a week, call your favorite charity and ask what you can do. If you have the flexibility and desire to volunteer full or part-time to a cause, check out Americorps and see where you can put your skills and experience to good use.  I got my start in the nonprofit sector as an Americorps volunteer just out of college.  It was one of the best years of my life.

If you just want to find a job with work you can feel good about and that pays decently, visit Nonprofit Connect's joblink.  For nonprofit jobs all over the country, Idealist.org is your best bet.

Another tip: Find out the nitty-gritty on any charity you've applied to by looking it up on Guidestar. 

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