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Tips to Supercharge Your Nonprofit Resume

Tips to Supercharge Your Nonprofit Resume

Whether you’re trying to get your foot in the door with an entry-level position, or seeking your first Director job, we’ve put together a list of tips and resources to help your resume land in the “yes” pile:

Administrative Assistant

Director of Development

Case Manager

Executive Director

Must Do’s for All

  1. Take time to customize your resume based on the job description of the role you’re applying to. This may go without saying, but don’t use the same version of your resume for each job application. Take the time to highlight and emphasize specific skills on your resume based on the needs of that organization.
  2. The “Objective” is dead. Write a Summary of Qualifications or Professional Profile instead, with 3-5 bullet points summarizing your most impressive skills and accomplishments. Use one of those bullet points to explain your interest in/passion for the organization and how it fits in to your professional development goals.
  3. Write a cover letter from the heart. If you want your cover letter to be read, avoid the standard template that everyone in HR has read multiple times. Take the time to research the organization and share anecdotes about your personal and professional experiences that will grab the hiring manager’s attention. Easier said than done? Check out this article with case studies from the Harvard Business Review.
  4. Have other people in your network read it before you submit. Burning the midnight oil to get an application in before the deadline? Try to make time in the morning to reread it, and better yet, have a friend or colleague read it, before you press send. You’ll have a fresh perspective in the morning.
  5. Use LinkedIn. Be sure to check your profile for accuracy before you begin applying to positions. Recruiters are checking your online presence, and having a LinkedIn account is essential. You can also use LinkedIn to research the right Point of Contact for your cover letter, and to learn more about the organization.

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