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Joanne Fritz

Fall Presents a Fresh Start for Nonprofit Job Seekers

By September 12, 2011

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Don't you just hate to look for a new job during the summer? It's got to be right up there with the year-end holidays in terms of nasty times to be in the job market.

After Labor Day comes a fresh start, so, in keeping with President Obama's recent call for action to increase employment, here are some news items and tips about nonprofit job hunting for the new fall season.

  • Could nonprofit work be the last refuge from unemployment? According to an analysis of jobs data, nonprofit employment has been amazingly resilient during and since the Great Recession. An analysis of labor statistics from The Johns Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies found that, "While other sectors are shedding jobs, nonprofit organizations boosted their employment by nearly 1 percent between 2009 and 2010...."

  • The Nonprofit Quarterly's Short Online Resume Improvement Clinic asked its readers to advise job applicants on how to craft winning cover letters and resumes. The results are sometimes surprising and always helpful. For instance, some people noted the irritating trend of turning nouns into verbs as in "tasked," "impacted," and "messaged."

  • Alison Doyle, About.com's Guide to job search, has the news about LinkedIn's addition to resumes...volunteer experience. According to LinkedIn, 41% of hiring professionals say that when they are evaluating candidates they consider volunteer work equally as valuable as paid work experience, and 20% of hiring managers have made a hiring decision based on a candidate's volunteer work experience. Find out from Allison just how to add your unpaid volunteer experience to your LinkedIn profile.

  • What Nonprofit Employers are Looking for Today from the Bridgestar website provides clues to the current nonprofit job market and how best to position yourself to be competitive. The article says, "You need to go back to basics and be really clear about what you bring to the organization, your strengths, and your achievements. Be clear about metrics around those achievements--that really helps you to get noticed."

  • Mashable's 8 Tips for Nailing Your Next Startup Job Interview aren't specifically for nonprofit jobs, but they work nicely anyway. One tip: "Before your interview, find out who you will be meeting with. Get the names of your interviewers and research their backgrounds. You might even get lucky and know someone who has worked with them and can give you the inside scoop."

  • Two bad news items from the nonprofit job front are that graduate school debt may be deterring some very good people from going into nonprofit jobs, according to this article from USNews Education; and this article from The Nonprofit Quarterly about a report showing that public service majors (this includes the visual and performing arts) lead to rather low paying jobs.

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