Video:How to Prepare for a Non-Profit Jobwith Havilah Tower
If you are passionate about a cause, then working in the non-profit sector might be the career for you. See our tips on how to prepare for a non-profit job, and get started today!See Transcript
Transcript:How to Prepare for a Non-Profit JobHi, I’m Havilah Tower here for About.com Business. If you are looking for cause-related work, chances are you’ve considered working for a non-profit organization. Today, I’m going to teach you 4 tips on how to prepare for working in the non-profit sector.
Pick a CauseTip #1: Make a list of the 3 biggest causes you believe in. To maximize the impact of the work you are doing, and enjoy the experience, first look for positions related to causes you believe in. To do this, make a list of the top 3 causes you feel passionate about.
For example, if you are someone who feels strongly that people should not be abused in relationships, you might consider working in the domestic violence movement. Or if you are someone who has overcome a particular challenge, do some research online to see if there is a non-profit doing related work. For people who have been helped by a non-profit and appreciate the work they are doing, consider looking at their job opportunities to identify a match for your interests and skills.
The possibilities are endless so take some time to reflect on the areas you are naturally passionate about. This passion will help you be successful at the work you are doing and likely align you with a position that is fulfilling.
Do the ResearchTip # 2: Research your cause. Once you identify the cause you’d like to work for, research the various organizations doing related work. There might be organizations in your movement doing the work that you’ve not heard of yet.
If you have any contacts in the field, see if they’d be willing to talk to you more about the work they do and what the daily experience is like. Although non-profit work can be fulfilling, like any job, the day to day tasks involved and the people you work with will impact your overall job satisfaction so take the time to find the right fit for you.
Improve Your SkillsTip #3: Multi-task. Most non-profits have a need for individuals who can wear many hats and remain flexible on the type of help they provide the agency. For example, when I worked on the communications team for a non-profit, I did everything from writing articles to coordinating press conferences. You don’t have to go into a non-profit knowing how to do everything but your ability to multi-task and interest in learning will take you far.
Non-Profit SalariesTip #4: Research salaries in your market. Salaries are traditionally thought to be lower at a non-profit than a for-profit. That said, it really depends on various factors. Research your market to find out what they are paying the type of positions you are seeking. You can do research online or even ask the agency for a general salary range for the type of position you are considering. Factors that will impact your personal pay include education level, related experience level, your interviewing skills and even your professional network. Take time to maximize your understanding of your own expertise in relationship to the position you are seeking. Then make sure your resume and interviewing skills reflect those strengths.
I hope you find these four tips helpful. Thanks for watching! I’m Havilah Tower for About.com. To learn more, log onto Business.About.com.
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