Nonprofit Job Board | Foundation List https://www.foundationlist.org Nonprofit Job Board | Foundation List Sat, 23 Sep 2017 21:54:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Nonprofit Job Seeking and Interview Tips https://www.foundationlist.org/nonprofit-job-seeking-interview-tips/ Wed, 16 Aug 2017 20:30:50 +0000 https://www.foundationlist.org/?p=4336 Foundation List ~ Nonprofit Jobs Site, Foundation Jobs

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Nonprofit Job Seeking and Interview Tips

Finding work in the nonprofit sector starts with first understanding the motivations and purpose of nonprofit employers and what they look for in the staff they hire.

Following are wonderful nonprofit job tips and specific strategy that can help you find work for mission driven organizations. The following information can dramatically help you land an interview and provide insight on how best to compete for a dream job in the not-for-profit sector!

This nonprofit blog covers the following:

  • Section 1. Seven Important Nonprofit Job Seeking Tips: steps to consider before seeking work at a nonprofit organization, foundation, association or educational institution. How to prepare.

 

  • Section 2. Ten Proven Nonprofit Job Interviewing Tips: how to land a nonprofit job once you have the interview!

 

Seven Important Nonprofit Job Seeking Tips:

  • Understand the nonprofit sector. Before you can get a job in it, do you home work and understand the nomenclature and culture of the sector! A nonprofit is not a company, it is an organization. It does not do business, it runs programs.

 

  • Get the experience required and or showcase your skills in a way that clearly demonstrates you can do the job. It is important to find ways to show you have the background to do the work, consider volunteering in the area you wish to work, and or joining a Board as a volunteer. Most all organizations that exist use volunteers in some capacity! Get active and start building your nonprofit experience! It will and can lead you to your dream job!

 

  • Volunteer at nonprofits. Nonprofit hiring mangers look for staff that give their time and care about mission driven work so much that they give their time to support a cause. This shows you are motivated, dependable and care enough to take time to give back. If you do not have enough volunteer experience to have it section on your resume, start volunteering and ramp this up!

 

  • Learn who the hiring managers are at your target organizations or choice and professionally find a way to get in front of them. Informational meetings and coffee meetings go a long way to find work in the nonprofit sector.

 

  • Network! Utilize your personal network efficiently and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Your network is likely filled with wonderful connections. Think about your connections not only about who you  know, but whom your connections may also be connect to!

 

  • Get connected with recruiters who are experts in searches that fit your abilities and try to take them to lunch, offer them a coffee, and or to pick their brain! Also, ask them if they know of any talented job coaches for the industry! Many times they can help to shape your resume and background into a hirable form for nonprofits!

 

  • Showcase how well rounded you are! Nonprofit generally have smaller staffs than corporations and thus need to hire staff that can command a variety of different areas! The more you can offer the organization without stepping on toes the better!

 

Ten Proven Nonprofit Job Interviewing Tips:

  • Successfully interviewing is all about your enthusiasm, excitement, and energy. Smile and stay positive. Relax, but stay alert. Use eye contact. Be yourself. Ask questions about the position, company and the interviewer. Get them talking about themselves, and listen. Don’t ask questions about salary, commission, bonuses, vacations or anything else the company can do for you. Wait until you’ve received the job offer. Never get too comfortable. Remain professional and on guard. This is a main reason why many people do not excel in final interviews.

 

  • Show you have the skills and desire to conduct the responsibilities of the position. Showcase your skills and sell yourself! Show them why and what you could bring to the position and organization! But do not be overconfident! Be respectful and appreciative at all times!

 

  • Show how you connect with their mission! This is a nonprofit, they care how much you want to help others, but not more than they want to know that you are passionate about the responsibilities of the job! Nothing is more important that you are driven to do the exact work of the position you are applying for!

 

  • Dress to impress! No matter if they are a casual environment showing you care and dressed up to meet them is important!

 

  • Be prepared and do your homework! Prepare and show your work! Once you have an interview prepare be ready to ask thoughtful questions that are tied into the work and mission of the organization! Never ask a question that can be answered on their website, 990, or is public information. Bring questions printed with you. At the interview when they inevitably ask if you have any questions, from your professional notebook pull out three typed questions you prepared – and show you are an organized and motivated candidate.

 

  • Practice interviewing before! Interviewing is an art, the more you do it and prepare the better you will be!

 

  • Know the job – backwards and forwards! If you know the job description so well you can mentioned exact wording, responsibilities and phrasing from it, you are then fully prepared to be answer questions that pertain to it. Most missed interview questions could have been better answered with better preparation!

 

  • Know how to close but be mission driven. The interview is a sales call; you are the product. Ask questions. Overcome objections. Tell them your interest level, availability, and why you are a superior candidate. Never name drop, it can only hurt you. You should be able to get the job on your merits alone.

 

  • Have fun! Yes, this is the hardest part! Candidates that enjoy the meeting(s) get the job! Show your energy, but also match theirs! Show how excited you are to do the work if chosen!

 

  • Be thankful! Email them within 24 hours of all meetings thanking each person you meet with a thoughtful and thorough note. Tell them how much you appreciated their time and mention something about the content of their work, and or organization that inspires you. Or, call out an event they had that you found to be inspirational! Find way to create connections!

 

 

 

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Have You Had A Chance To Review The Free Foundation Stats at the Foundation Center Online? https://www.foundationlist.org/chance-review-free-foundation-stats-foundation-center-online/ Wed, 10 May 2017 17:32:05 +0000 https://www.foundationlist.org/?p=3321 Foundation List ~ Nonprofit Jobs Site, Foundation Jobs

http://data.foundationcenter.org/ is a wonder resource allowing users to review foundations by Total Giving, Total Assets, Total Gifts Received, and the...

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http://data.foundationcenter.org/ is a wonder resource allowing users to review foundations by Total Giving, Total Assets, Total Gifts Received, and the Top 50! This is a resource that is available without logging in, and is free to download in PDF and CSV!

Its yet another amazing free program offering from the Foundation Center!  Read more here today!

According to the Foundation Center only grantmaking operating foundations are included in the study. “For some operating foundations, total giving amount includes grants and program expenses; for others, total giving includes only grants. Most operating foundations’ qualifying distributions are paid out of administration of operating programs and not for grants.”

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Comprehensive List of Job Sites for Nonprofit Jobs & Foundation Jobs https://www.foundationlist.org/foundation-jobs-boards-nonprofit-jobs-sites-list/ Fri, 05 May 2017 08:11:25 +0000 https://www.foundationlist.org/?p=1497 Foundation List ~ Nonprofit Jobs Site, Foundation Jobs

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This is a comprehensive list of online job boards and resources for nonprofit jobs you may wish to contact. There are many locations to review openings and nonprofit jobs in the US and internationally! In an effort to help educate job seekers we make this list available for the nonprofit sector. We cannot promise the quality of the sites are as strong as Foundation List, but we hope this comprehensive list is useful to you.

 

Nonprofit Jobs – Boards The Specialize In Job Opportunities For The Nonprofit Sector:

http://ynpn.org – The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) activates emerging leaders by connecting them with resources, people, and ideas.

http://www.nonprofitcareer.com – Nonprofit Career Network has been created to fill the needs of the nonprofit sector.

http://www.idealist.org – Idealist is all about connecting idealists – people who want to do good – with opportunities for action and collaboration.

https://foundationlist.org – Foundation List is a job board specifically designed for listing opportunities within the nonprofit employment sector! It’s mission is to connect foundations, organizations, associations, and educational institutions to passionate mission-minded job seekers.

http://philanthropy.com/jobs – The Chronicle of Philanthropy is an independent news organization that has been serving leaders, fundraisers, grant makers, and others involved in the philanthropic enterprise for more than 25 years.

http://foundationcenter.org – Established in 1956, Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed. Foundation Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level. Thousands of people visit Foundation Center’s website each day and are

http://www.nonprofit-jobs.org – Connected to ExecSearches.com, offers a listing of national openings in the nonprofit sector.

http://www.sustainablebusiness.com – A world where human activities live in harmony with the earth’s carrying capacity.

https://www.workforgood.org – Work for Good’s mission is to help purpose-driven organizations and talented professionals connect, so together you can do the best work possible.

http://www.bridgespan.org – The Bridgespan Group is a nonprofit advisor and resource for mission-driven organizations and philanthropists. We collaborate with social sector leaders to help scale impact, build leadership, advance philanthropic effectiveness and accelerate learning.

http://www.nonprofitjobs.org – An on-line gathering place where not-for-profit employers and management personnel can meet one another.

http://www.nonprofitjobscoop.org – the Center for Nonprofit Management (CNM) introduced Nonprofit Jobs Cooperative specifically to help people like you connect to these opportunities.

http://www.nonprofitoyster.com – mission-focused nonprofit career site and comprehensive source for posting and finding nonprofit jobs

http://www.socialservice.com – Job site for social work, counseling, psychology, mental health, case management, EAP, volunteer management, substance abuse treatment, domestic violence, community development, youth development, child welfare, developmental disabilities and all other areas of social services.

http://careers.socialworkers.org – The Social Work Career Center is a career website where social workers can search national job listings and find professional development and career resources that span across the duration of a social worker’s professional career. The Career Center is also a resource to social worker employers.

http://www.councilofnonprofits.org – The National Council of Nonprofits is a trusted resource and advocate for America’s charitable nonprofits. Through our powerful network of State Associations and 25,000-plus members – the nation’s largest network of nonprofits – we serve as a central coordinator and mobilizer to help nonprofits achieve greater collective impact in local communities across the country. We identify emerging trends, share proven practices, and promote solutions that benefit charitable nonprofits and the communities they serve.

http://nynmedia.com – New York Nonprofit Media is the must-read news source for New York’s nonprofits. The publication has served the industry for 12 years as New York Nonprofit Press.

http://www.nonprofitjobseeker.com – The Leading Business Publication For Nonprofit Management.

https://www.thegreenjobbank.com – The US #1 site for green jobs and green employers. TheGreenJobBank’s search engine crawls the web daily to provide the most current listings available from thousands of websites.

http://www.hercjobs.org – HERC is the only non-profit organization devoted to connecting exceptional professionals with careers at higher education and affiliated employers that have a shared mission to promote equity and inclusion, support dual-career couples and create a future shaped by diversity of thought and perspectives.

https://www.devex.com – A social enterprise, they connect and inform 700,000+ global development professionals through news, business intelligence, and funding & career opportunities.

http://jobs.cof.org – A nonprofit membership association of grantmaking foundations and corporations, with a mission is to promote responsible and effective philanthropy.

 

National Job Boards – Not Specialized in Nonprofit, But That Have Nonprofit Job Listings. 

http://www.indeed.com

http://www.simplyhired.com

http://jobfox.com

http://www.careerbuilder.com

http://www.collegegrad.com

http://www.craigslist.org

http://www.backdoorjobs.com

http://www.job-hunt.org

http://www.monster.com

http://www.theladders.com

http://www.usajobs.gov

http://www.job-hunt.org

http://www.dice.com

 

Best of luck to you in your employment search!

For organizations and partners interested in becoming listed on this page, please create a reciprocal link and then email info@foundationlist.org more information about your site, where it should be listed and a short description.

Thank you! 

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Nonprofit Job Search Tips – Resume Writing & Skill Sections https://www.foundationlist.org/nonprofit-job-search-tips-resume-writing-skill-sections/ Thu, 04 May 2017 08:01:06 +0000 https://www.foundationlist.org/?p=354 Foundation List ~ Nonprofit Jobs Site, Foundation Jobs

Topic: Nonprofit job search tips; Resume Writing & Skill Sections If you are like most job seekers you have not put enough...

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Topic: Nonprofit job search tips; Resume Writing & Skill Sections

If you are like most job seekers you have not put enough time into your resume. Following are resume writing tips to help you while foundation job seeking. 

Q: Have you had two other people proof your resume? Have you written detailed skills sections? Have you listed who you reported to in each of your past positions?

If not, you may wish to considering the following to improve your resume. No matter who you are (even an experienced recruiter) everyone has room to improve their resume.

 

Why Use Skills Sections?

The truth is the skills sections are useful to show that you can form a resume that explains your background as applied to the job description. You should have applicable skills sections: research skills, writing skills, finance skills, budgeting experience, and so on as needed for your resume and the job.

It also most important gives you the ability to describe skills and abilities that you may not have completed in your past jobs. If you are switching to a new area, or hoping to get a job with more responsibilities skill sections are your key to showing you can do the work and should be met with.

If you can look at the job opening/description you are applying for and boil the description down to the main three key areas the employer is requiring in candidates (think from the perspective of the Human Resources team or decision maker) those three key areas are the areas you will want to list as your skill sections to put yourself in the best situation to gain the interview.

Let me give you an example, if wanted to land a Director of Operation role, but had never been a Director in the past I would include the following skill sections (presumably) at the top of my resume.

Operational Leadership Skills

  • X
  • Y
  • Z

Staff Management / Leadership Skills

  • X
  • Y
  • Z

Strategic & Financial Planning Skills

  • X
  • Y
  • Z

 

Do Use A Word Template

In all word and programs there are pre-made templates that you can use. Do that, and don’t try to design your own unless you have amazing with publisher and are graphic artist – otherwise it will only make you look quirky. This is a free resource and a very good idea.

 

Popular Things Done Wrong On A Resume Or During The Process:

  1. Resume is not spelled Re’sume’ using italics, and do not use contractions on your resume or cover letter. They are a no-no.
  2. Objectives are not needed.
  3. The length no longer matters. We are not in the 80’s any longer the one page resume is a thing of the past. The more info the better as long as you are not long winded. Just keep it under 3 pages.
  4. Do not misspell the name of the person you are sending to.
  5. Do not use a template for your cover letter – and if so make sure to change all the needed areas on it.
  6. Do not use cursive or odd fonts or colors. Stick to the normal. And make sure, if you are using your old cover letter template you are typing in the same font size and type. Nothing looks more tacky than when applicants forget this and type in a different font. Foundations will not consider you if you do not spend the needed time in preparation.
  7. Do not include a picture – it’s a red flag.
  8. Do write a full page for your cover letter and use a business letter format. If you don’t remember how: Google it.
  9. Do follow up in a professional and courteous manner about your application.
  10. Do not use general words or language describing yourself like organized, motivated, team player, and so on. We want you to show us this in other ways, not on your resume.
  11. Do not show up too early or be late at all for your interview. Five minutes before your time is perfect. Never be late even for one minute. Showing up at 12:01 for a 12:00 o’clock interview should not be done – and reflects poorly. Motivated candidates show up early – but not 20 minutes before, that is way too early.

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Nonprofit Jobs: A check List For How to Find Work in the Nonprofit Sector https://www.foundationlist.org/nonprofit-jobs-check-list-find-work-nonprofit-sector/ Wed, 05 Apr 2017 19:51:10 +0000 https://www.foundationlist.org/?p=3124 Foundation List ~ Nonprofit Jobs Site, Foundation Jobs

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Nonprofit Jobs: A check List For How to Find Work in the Nonprofit Sector

Do you want to find work in the nonprofit sector, and or do you need advice on where to search nonprofit jobs? Following is information on how best to go about searching for nonprofit jobs, a wonderful list of nonprofit job sites and locations you may want to utilize in finding a non-profit job, and also wonderful links to relevant articles about seeking nonprofit jobs and where online to look!

A Check List To Help You Find Nonprofit Jobs:

  • Understand how the nonprofit sector is different.
  • Learn how fundraising works and how organizational missions work and can be funded. No matter what position you are seeking, you will need to understand how the nonprofit sector works. Introduction to nonprofit fundraising.
  • Find and gain real experience working with a nonprofit; either volunteering, on a board, or on a project.
  • Read and understanding how Foundations work; who they fund, and what are restricted vs. unrestricted funds are.
  • Create a resume that mission driven. Both your cover letter and resume will need to show that you have the skills to do the nonprofit work required. You will need to be able to speak to how your background relates to the requirements of the position.
  • Know the language (nomenclature) of the nonprofit sector. Never call a nonprofit a company, and know that grantmaking means, vs. grant writing. Very generally speaking grantmaking is the act of funding a nonprofit from a foundation via offering a grant, and grant writing is the activity of writing a grant proposal to be sent out to potential funders such as to foundations, state, corporate and or federal agencies.
  • Join a nonprofit board if you are seeking a Director job or higher in the nonprofit sector. If you need help finding one, you could plan to travel and attend Board Match at one of the cities nationally.
  • Start building a new network. Find and book some informational interviews with nonprofit you are interested in. Use our network and contact people you know in the nonprofit sector. If you do not yet know anyone, plan on going to a nonprofit meetup or networking event locally near you. Then, try to meet someone, learn about what they do, and ask professionally if they would be open to grabbing a cup of coffee to offer more about how they ended up working in nonprofits, to learn more about their organization, and their work and interests. Tell them you would be interested in learning about their work, and keep it less about you, until they ask.
  • Start following nonprofit groups on linkedIn, Twitter, and reading nonprofit publications.
  • Understand and use the top nonprofit job boards to learn about new opportunities that could be a strong match for your already established skill-set.
  • Apply individually to each open position, crafting your resume and cover letter to be meet the needs and requirements of the exact position you are applying for. In your cover letter express why you are passionate about the nonprofits programs and mission, and also explain what you have accomplished and would potentially bring to the role if selected.
  • Be professional, not a pest. Follow-up but do on their terms. If you are applying from the corporate sector, that’s wonderful, but do not expect special treatment and or do not fall into the assumption that your skill-set is easy to understand how it relates to the nonprofit sector job.  Be clear on what skills you bring and what you could accomplish in the role. The number one reason corporate candidates do not find work in the nonprofit sector is for failing to phrase and customize their background to show how they would be beneficial to the nonprofit job.  Sending your existing corporate resume with an added new paragraph about your interest in their mission is not enough. Put the work in.
  • Understand what you qualify for in the nonprofit sector, and be strategic. You may need to consult with other nonprofit professionals or people you know. Ask them what jobs they feel someone with your background could qualify for in the nonprofit sector, and what the pay range is normally. First understanding how nonprofits view your experience is paramount to learning what positions you can immediately gain, and or what steps you may still need to get more experience to land your dream job.
  • Be honest, energetic, positive, professional and show what you can do.
  • Go out and start applying. Refer to the list of nonprofit job sites below in this post.

 

Helpful Links to Educate You About Nonprofits And Get You Ready To Interview

An Introduction to How to Find A Job In The Nonprofit Sector

Thinking About a Nonprofit Job? Here’s What You Should Know

Listen to the Fundraising Fundamentals Podcast from The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Learn About Fundraising

Watch Fundraising 101: Rueben Mayes TED TALK

The Benefits & Challenges of Nonprofit Job Seeking (Nonprofit Job Seeking Tips)

Nonprofit Salary Negotiation Tips – The Not For Profit Approach To Talking About Money

How To Write A Resume; Tips For How To Create A Readable Resume

Foundation Payout Depends on How You Average | Nonprofit Quarterly

Learn Foundation Law | Legal Issues in Grantmaking

History of Philanthropy | National Philanthropic Trust

What is the difference between a private foundation and a public charity? | IRS

Introduction to Finding Grants

How To Write A Readable Resume

How To Use Skill Section On Your Resume

 

Where To Look For Work | Top Sites That List Nonprofit Jobs

This is a comprehensive list of online job boards and resources for nonprofit jobs you may wish to contact. There are many locations to review openings and nonprofit jobs in the US and internationally! In an effort to help educate job seekers we make this list available for the nonprofit sector. We cannot promise the quality of the sites are as strong as Foundation List, but we hope this comprehensive list is useful to you.

Job Boards That Specialize In The Nonprofit Sector:

http://philanthropy.com/jobs – The Chronicle of Philanthropy is an independent news organization that has been serving leaders, fundraisers, grant makers, and others involved in the philanthropic enterprise for more than 25 years.

http://foundationcenter.org – Established in 1956, Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Through data, analysis, and training, it connects people who want to change the world to the resources they need to succeed. Foundation Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. and, increasingly, global grantmakers and their grants — a robust, accessible knowledge bank for the sector. It also operates research, education, and training programs designed to advance knowledge of philanthropy at every level.

https://foundationlist.org – Foundation List is a job board specifically designed for listing opportunities within the nonprofit employment sector! Foundation List’s mission is to connect foundations, organizations, associations, and educational institutions to passionate mission-minded job seekers.

http://www.afpnet.org – Since 1960, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) has inspired global change and supported efforts that generated over $1 trillion. AFP’s nearly 30,000 individual and organizational members raise over $100 billion annually, equivalent to one-third of all charitable giving in North America and millions more around the world.

https://www.devex.com – A social enterprise, they connect and inform 700,000+ global development professionals through news, business intelligence, and funding & career opportunities.

http://www.idealist.org – Idealist is all about connecting idealists – people who want to do good – with opportunities for action and collaboration.

http://www.nonprofit-jobs.org – Connected to ExecSearches.com, offers a listing of national openings in the nonprofit sector.

http://www.sustainablebusiness.com – A world where human activities live in harmony with the earth’s carrying capacity.

https://www.workforgood.org – Work for Good’s mission is to help purpose-driven organizations and talented professionals connect, so together you can do the best work possible.

http://ynpn.org – The Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) activates emerging leaders by connecting them with resources, people, and ideas.

http://www.nonprofitcareer.com – Nonprofit Career Network has been created to fill the needs of the nonprofit sector.

http://www.bridgespan.org – The Bridgespan Group is a nonprofit advisor and resource for mission-driven organizations and philanthropists. We collaborate with social sector leaders to help scale impact, build leadership, advance philanthropic effectiveness and accelerate learning.

http://www.nonprofitjobs.org – An on-line gathering place where not-for-profit employers and management personnel can meet one another.

http://www.nonprofitjobscoop.org – the Center for Nonprofit Management (CNM) introduced Nonprofit Jobs Cooperative specifically to help people like you connect to these opportunities.

http://www.nonprofitoyster.com – mission-focused nonprofit career site and comprehensive source for posting and finding nonprofit jobs

http://www.socialservice.com – Job site for social work, counseling, psychology, mental health, case management, EAP, volunteer management, substance abuse treatment, domestic violence, community development, youth development, child welfare, developmental disabilities and all other areas of social services.

http://careers.socialworkers.org – The Social Work Career Center is a career website where social workers can search national job listings and find professional development and career resources that span across the duration of a social worker’s professional career. The Career Center is also a resource to social worker employers.

http://www.councilofnonprofits.org – The National Council of Nonprofits is a trusted resource and advocate for America’s charitable nonprofits. Through our powerful network of State Associations and 25,000-plus members – the nation’s largest network of nonprofits – we serve as a central coordinator and mobilizer to help nonprofits achieve greater collective impact in local communities across the country. We identify emerging trends, share proven practices, and promote solutions that benefit charitable nonprofits and the communities they serve.

http://nynmedia.com – New York Nonprofit Media is the must-read news source for New York’s nonprofits. The publication has served the industry for 12 years as New York Nonprofit Press.

http://www.nonprofitjobseeker.com – The Leading Business Publication For Nonprofit Management.

https://www.thegreenjobbank.com – The US #1 site for green jobs and green employers. TheGreenJobBank’s search engine crawls the web daily to provide the most current listings available from thousands of websites.

http://www.hercjobs.org – HERC is the only non-profit organization devoted to connecting exceptional professionals with careers at higher education and affiliated employers that have a shared mission to promote equity and inclusion, support dual-career couples and create a future shaped by diversity of thought and perspectives.

http://jobs.cof.org – A nonprofit membership association of grantmaking foundations and corporations, with a mission is to promote responsible and effective philanthropy.

https://scionnonprofitstaffing.com – Nonprofit Temporary Agency and Executive Search Firm for the nonprofit sector recruiting on behalf of Foundations, Nonprofits, and Educational Institutions.

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Top 10 Foundation Job Boards For Finding Nonprofit Employment https://www.foundationlist.org/top-10-employment-websites-for-finding-foundation-jobs/ Mon, 14 Nov 2016 16:36:54 +0000 https://www.foundationlist.org/?p=1154 Foundation List ~ Nonprofit Jobs Site, Foundation Jobs

Top 10 Foundation Job Boards: (1) Philanthropy News Digest – http://www.org/jobs PND’s job board provides listings of current full-time job openings at...

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Top 10 Foundation Job Boards:

PND’s job board provides listings of current full-time job openings at U.S.-based foundations and nonprofit organizations. They are part of the Foundation Center, and thus a great site and location to support and one that is very active.

Council on Foundations’s career center offers a variety of available jobs in the industry. The council is another active resource for Foundation Jobs. Their site design is not great, but they are a solid resource for posting jobs and finding work.

Foundation List is a job board specifically designed for foundation job opportunities within the nonprofit sector. Foundation List is a wonderful new resource for foundation jobs, and they also offer some great resources to network and ask questions to grantmakers, and fellow job seekers in the Foundation Forum.

Idealist is arguably one of the biggest names in nonprofit jobs. They are an active location that foundations post their employement opportunties, and offers  strong network. They describe themselves as world’s best place to find volunteer opportunities, nonprofit jobs, internships, and organizations working to change the world since 1995.

OpportunityKnocks was once a more widely used resource, but is still relevant for nonprofit and foundation job seeking. They are also committed to leading and supporting efforts that help further nonprofit careers and to promoting a robust workforce that enables organizations to fulfill their missions.

Craigslist is still a very relevant active location where Foundation employers are posting jobs and locate candidates. What is Craigslist? Well, if you are new to the internet, or job seeking in general it is a classified advertisements website with sections devoted to jobs, housing, personals, for sale, items wanted, services, community, gigs, résumés, and discussion forums.

The Bridgespan Group has some interesting leads for nonprofit job seekers. The Bridgespan Group is a nonprofit advisor and resource for mission-driven organizations and philanthropists. They collaborate with social sector leaders to help scale impact, build leadership, advance philanthropic effectiveness and accelerate learning.

Indeed is the #1 job site worldwide, with over 150 million unique visitors per month. Indeed is available in more than 50 countries and 28 languages, covering 94% of global GDP. Since 2004, Indeed has given job seekers free access to millions of jobs from thousands of company websites and job boards. Here you can search such a vast network, it is a must try location in your search, (or posting) for the foundation sector.

LinkedIn is a business-oriented social networking service, and location no job seeker should overlook in their search for employment. Candidates listed on LinkedIn, with complete profile and a profile image are much more likely to find work, its that simple. Founded in December 2002 and launched on May 5, 2003, it is mainly used for professional networking. In 2006, LinkedIn increased to 20 million members. A great number of Foundation Jobs are posted on LinkedIn.

Serving nonprofit leaders, fundraisers, grant makers, and others involved in the philanthropic enterprise with news, advice, resources, and listings of career opportunities.

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How To Use Resume Skill Sections To Land Your Dream Job (Resume Writing Tips) https://www.foundationlist.org/resume-writing-tips-using-skill-sections/ Fri, 02 Sep 2016 00:22:08 +0000 https://www.foundationlist.org/?p=1981 Foundation List ~ Nonprofit Jobs Site, Foundation Jobs

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If you are like most job seekers you have not put enough time into your resume.

Q: Have you had two other people proof your resume? Have you written detailed skills sections? Have you listed who you reported to in each of your past positions?

If not, you may wish to considering the following to improve your resume. No mater who you are (even an experienced recruiter) everyone has room to improve their resume.

Why Use Skills Sections?

The truth is the skills sections are useful to show that you can form a resume that explains your background as applied to the job description. You should have applicable skills sections: research skills, writing skills, finance skills, budgeting experience, and so on as needed for your resume and the job.

Do Use A Word Template

In all word and programs there are pre-made templates that you can use. Do that, and don’t try to design your own unless you have amazing with publisher and are graphic artist – otherwise it will only make you look quirky. This is a free resource and a very good idea.

Resume writing should be treated like a game of red light – green light. Start at the top of your resume and each line on it, from the top down should be related to the exact responsibilities of the position you are applying for. Thus, if you are like many job seekers that may not have exactly held the title you are applying for in the past, adding skill sections to showcase you have the exact skills needed is tantamount to your success. Most all position descriptions can be boiled down to the three most important requirements for the role. If you can first figure out what three requirements are most important in the position you are applying for (before you apply) then list skill sections for each one, it significantly improves your chance of gaining an interview. For example, if you are applying for an executive assistant role, the three areas you would want to list as skill section would be: Writing, Scheduling/Coordination, and Organization. Thus, by adding three sections: (1) Writing/Editing Skills- with four to five bullet points underneath; (2) Scheduling/Coordination Skills; and Organizational Skills. Each with with four to five bullet points underneath them.

Looking like this as an example, but make your own and relate to the needs of the position you are applying for: 

Writing/Editing Skills

  • In-depth business and email writing experience.
  • Deep knowledge of editing and business writing.
  • Passionate writing and concise communicator .
  • XYZ

EA Scheduling/Coordination Skills

  • Points that describe how you have supported executives in the past.
  • Points on how you can coordinate complex travel and schedules of multiple executives.
  • XYZ
  • Just one more:)

 Organizational Skills

  • Adept organizational and project management abilities
  • three years of experience leading complex administrative and research projects
  • XYZ
  • One more, you can do it!


Popular Things Done Wrong On A Resume Or During The Process:

1. Resume is not spelled Re’sume’ using italics, and do not use contractions on your resume or cover letter. They are a no-no.

2. Objectives are not needed.

3. The length no longer matters. We are not in the 80’s any longer the one page resume is a thing of the past. The more info the better as long as you are not long winded. Just keep it under 3 pages.

4. Do not misspell the name of the person you are sending to.

5. Do not use a template for your cover letter – and if so make sure to change all the needed areas on it.

6. Do not use cursive or odd fonts or colors. Stick to the normal.

7. Do not include a picture – its a red flag.

8. Do write a full page for your cover letter.

9. Do follow up in a professional and courteous manner about your application.

10. Do not use general words or language describing yourself like organized, motivated, team player, and so on. We want you to show us this in other ways, not on your resume.

11. Do not show up too early or be late at all for your interview. Five minutes before your time is perfect. Never be late even for one minute. Showing up at 12:01 for a 12:00 o’clock interview should not be done – and reflects poorly. Motivated candidates show up early – but not 20 minutes before, that is way too early.

 

Remember: Nonprofit Resumes Differ 
We want to leave you with one last important tip, don’t listen to random people about your resume. Most people, even the individuals that think that they know about resumes are wrong. Only recruiters, and the Exact HR Director reading your resume are a strong judge of your current word smith abilities.

Here is the deal. Nonprofit resumes are different. In the corporate world it is important to only have your profile, skills, and experience. But in the nonprofit world they also want to see some of your devotion to their mission displayed on your resume. This, does not give you license to use unprofessional tones or language in your resume. Never us less than formal language, or talk about yourself in the third person on your resume.
What you need to add to be a strong nonprofit candidate are sections for Volunteering, Continuing Education, Writing, and Interest sections. These are the sections for those of you think on nonprofit prior experience you will need to buff up, in order to retain the interview.
Think about what books you have read that relate to the nonprofit, what magazines or periodicals, or websites that pertain to their mission. Think about where have you volunteers over the years or given money to.
Top Ten Job Seeking Tips
(The secret to Job Seeking)
1. Always cast a wide net.
2. If you build it, they can come. (Instead of simply posting your resume on a Web site, take it one step further and design a physical portfolio, or Web site or online portfolio, this makes you stand out more than other candidates very quickly if it is done professionally).
3. Always have more than one person read and edit your resume and cover letter!
4. Always follow-up with phone calls and emails in a professional manner that effectively communicates
your interest in a position without being too demanding.
5. Always be patient, the hiring managers are busy and will normally always get back to you.
6. If you are not getting a good response from your resume, likely something is wrong and you may wish to
consult a job coach or mentor.
7. Informational meetings can and do lead to job offers.
8. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice for what you want.
9. Do decide specifically what position you want; people that know what they wish to do always get the job.
Even if you are not sure, pick something.
10. Volunteering where you want to work is the fastest way to get hired there.

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Nonprofit Salary Negotiation Tips – The Not For Profit Approach To Talking About Money https://www.foundationlist.org/negotiating-salary-nonprofit-approach-talking-money/ Thu, 01 Sep 2016 23:53:31 +0000 https://www.foundationlist.org/?p=1973 Foundation List ~ Nonprofit Jobs Site, Foundation Jobs

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Nonprofit Salary Negotiation Tips – The Not For Profit Approach To Talking About Money

When negotiating your salary, it is first important to consider where you are applying. When it comes to salary negotiation most finalists (for jobs) concentrate too much on the market, and their own experience level. Though both of these items are most important to us (as the job seeker), they are not the most influential aspect controlling nonprofit job salaries and offers. The most telling and confining aspect is the culture and current salary levels of the current employees at the foundation or nonprofit, and their established budget. A good step in making the best decision on the best salary to ask for is to consider what they are offering for other positions they are recruiting for, and consider their overall culture before you decide on a number.

 

Nine times out of ten, when it comes to the salary that a nonprofit organization decides to offer, they base it on the realistic span they can offer for the position as it relates to (1) their budget for the position and (2) the other positions and staff they already have in place. So, if the organization is currently paying under market for their current staff members, you should also expect your offer to be the same unless you bring significant additional established value or expertise to the organization.

 

Organizations are always trying balance the responsibilities of the position and the pay offered, but many times feel that they can not offer what is required because to do so would also require them to increase salaries for everyone in the department or organization, which would put a large dent in their established budget.

 

There are many useful salary surveys of the nonprofit sector that exist, but in the end these numbers give us very little guidance because they are a rough outline. It is highly suggested to research the position and job title you are applying for. Guidestar and Professional for Nonprofits (in New York, NY) both produce decent salary surveys.

 

Here are some rules to follow when figuring out what salary to ask for:

(1) What was your last salary? Never ask for more than 15% more than this number unless the position caries significant more responsibilities and you can justify it.

 

(2) If you were paid a competitive (higher than average) wage in your past position you may not find it again in the job that you love in the nonprofit sector.

 

(3) Always say you are flexible. Giving a hard line number can make you look like you do not want the job, and is a red flag many times for hiring decision makers.

 

(4) It is OK to ask what the salary range is. You may need to politely ask in order to know if your specific salary needs are realistic. Never ask this question until they bring up the topic of what salary you are seeking. Asking this too early is a big turn off for a prospective employer that may not yet know if they are interested in you.

 

(5) After you give the number explain why you need it, but just briefly. Here is an example of a good way to describe your salary needs: “In my last position I made $34,000 plus benefits as the Office Coordinator. Because I will now working as an Executive Assistant, I am hoping to gain a base salary of $52,000 to $61,000 to meet living expenses. Of course, I am also flexible and open to negotiations depending upon the exact offered position.” This example also works very well for higher level positions.  First establish your value by telling them how much you made in the past, and then professionally tell them what your expectations are. Make sure the salary you suggest is not too far out of their goal salary span. Also, keep in mind that most employers will only hear the lowest number that you offer in your desired salary range. Thus, never say a number you are not willing to accept later.

 

(6) The final guideline is to never ask for too much. I have seen this happen many times, and it can backfire. Once you ask for too much, there is no way to later accept 20% less. In the view of the organization and hiring decision maker – the jobseeker will really only be content with the salary they suggest the first time around. If you later say that you would take much less, it will cause them to suspect that if they hired you at the lower salary you would not be content in your position, and would eventually end up leaving. So, do your research, suggest a number that is realistic, and be flexible. In the end, if they make you an offer, most of the time it will be made within five percent of the lowest number that you suggest. The bottom line is to not be greedy, because it’s a sure fire path to not receiving that job offer at all.

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The Benefits & Challenges of Nonprofit Job Seeking (Nonprofit Job Seeking Tips) https://www.foundationlist.org/benefits-challenges-nonprofit-job-seeking-nonprofit-job-seeking-tips/ Thu, 01 Sep 2016 23:49:15 +0000 https://www.foundationlist.org/?p=1969 Foundation List ~ Nonprofit Jobs Site, Foundation Jobs

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The Benefits & Challenges of Nonprofit Job Seeking (Nonprofit Job Seeking Tips)

Ok, lets start with the benefits:

(1) They are attractive to work at because they are mission driven and they offer A do-good feeling from working at them.
o At a nonprofit you can work someone you actually care about. And because of this (in the job-seeking stage) they also expect you to offer more than just a resume match.
o To secure a position you will need to demonstrate a personality fit, and your proven passion for their mission.
o Even your outside activities all matter to nonprofit employers.
o Bottom line: nonprofits are looking for people who care about their purpose as much as they do.
o As long as you are active in pursuing your interests this will help you, but in situations where job seekers have been passive about volunteering, or working in for such a purpose this will work against you.

(2) Another Big Benefit Are “The People” In The Sector.
o We are progressive, open to change, and care about our communities; where else can you find this?
o In general nonprofit employers truly care about their staff and are normally open to committee decision making.
o This is different than for-profits. For-profit companies are top down only decision makers (traditionally) and normally do not “discuss” their decisions openly before they are made in the same way. This is a great strength but also a great challenge. For this reason expect the hiring process to take a bit longer.
o Though the process is time intensive, it is also offers stability, reliability, and employee buy in. Things that are very important when considering nonprofit leaders are responsible to boards, and many times must justify their decisions. Another benefit of difference in seeking in the nonprofit sector is that it allows us to passionately work in an area without appearing like “fanatical jobseeker.”
o If you approached a for-profit with as much direct experience as many nonprofit jobseekers do, you would probably be labeled a stalker or out for personal gain. Honestly, try telling a Finance Director at Gap Inc., that you watched them speak at the most recent event at Masconi Center, that you volunteered at their two last gala/events since 2005, met their personal assistant at an art show last week, read the last three publications they had written, that you are very devoted what they do, and really want to work with them. They will be either terrified of you, or expect you to do their laundry.
o Nonprofits are different. You are expected to network in their area of expertise, read their works, meet their employees, and volunteer at their events. In fact that is fastest way to get hired at one.
Unlike for-profit corporations the information you need to secure a job lead is very available in the nonprofit sector. You always here people say this, getting a job is all about networking. For better or worse, finding the best job for you often comes down to knowing the right people. Maintain relationships from past jobs, internships and volunteer experiences.” Thus, having the correct experience volunteering, and the right approach is a strong way in.
o Remember that in the nonprofit world it is much better publicized when their events are, and how to get involved with an organization.
o Each of these are opportunities to get your foot in the door.
o So, go to their website, and you will find many doorways in.
o Information on how to volunteer, and even the Executive Director’s email is normally located right there.

The Challenges
(1) Finding the position you are right for and sticking with it. (RECUITERS SEE THIS EVERYDAY!) If you can choose a position that you are interested and stick with it you will always be employed.
o Story: many people always say, “wow I would be great at event planning,” but only stay in the position (if they can get it) for a year to three.
o This is the same for Grant Writers, why are they so in demand? This is because most people do not stay in the area, or only dabble in their creation.
o The key is to find a position/area you are right for and sticking with it.
o This is the key to your professional success and it is also your hardest decision.
o Don’t go from development back to programs.
o Don’t go from operations to marketing.
o These leaps are very hard to pull off.
o Decide what you want to do today and start working in it; if you don’t have enough experience in it to get paid yet; volunteer.
o If you are senior level and are not working in it now, better join a board.

(2) Choosing and sticking to a general area of interest and overall mission or niche within the nonprofit sector.
o Jobseekers everyday are surprised when they are not selected for an opportunity, and may have come in second or third in the interview process.
o I would say 8 out of 10 times it is because another person had prior exact industry experience in the position.
o So, if you are working in education, stay in education, if you are working in a religious organization stay in what you know.
o Of course people also get board and need change. This is the biggest challenge in nonprofit job-seeking: finding an area that you like and sticking to it.
o Remember you are most qualified for working in the area you are currently in, so choose wisely the positions and roads you enter.

(3) In the nonprofit sector we are very diverse in ethnicity, but not always diverse in beliefs within each organization. This can be limiting in some ways.
o Since we are mission driven entities and most nonprofits hire individuals that morally agree with their actions, this can limit our expose to outside beliefs and competitive information.
o Organizations hire individuals aligned with their mission, and normally do not hire disinterested perspectives.
o This is also why having an active board is so important for nonprofits, and also why we hear in the recruiter sector “I don’t want a yes person,” from executive directors.
o This problem does not exist as much for the for-profit sector. Disinterested perspectives and stockholders are actually required for may many larger for-profit corporations.

(4) Lastly, understanding the truths behind some of the myths of the nonprofit sector is also a challenge and can prove very helpful. Here a few that are talked about quite a bit and some that I also found discussed on Idealist.org:

Myth (1), “No one makes any money in the nonprofit sector.”
This just not true, in fact $670 billion are earned by nonprofit organizations annually, and one in twelve Americans work in the nonprofit sector.

Myth (2) Working for a nonprofit is not really a career path.
o In reality, the nonprofit sector provides many people with a lifetime of exciting work.
o Nonprofits also tend to offer young people more leadership opportunities than other sectors.

Myth (3) Everyone that works in the nonprofit sector is nice. Though I must say that the sector is filled with many happy people, it is also filled with difficult personalities, big egos, and office politics as well.

Myth (4) The nonprofit sector is not competitive.
Organization at time do compete with each other for funds, grants, and on certain issues, organizations may have missions that are in direct opposition to one another (such in the case of abortion, or the environment/development). You have to be competitive as jobs seeker as well, and make sure to market yourself fully and honestly.

Myth (5) Working for a nonprofit is just like volunteering, this in not true. Nonprofits rely on volunteers however they are often shielded from the organizational, financial, or issues relating to time working in the field.

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How To Write A Resume; Tips For How To Create A Readable Resume https://www.foundationlist.org/how-to-write-a-resumetips-for-how-to-create-a-readable-resume/ Thu, 04 Aug 2016 16:50:04 +0000 https://www.foundationlist.org/?p=1649 Foundation List ~ Nonprofit Jobs Site, Foundation Jobs

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If you follow each step in this guide you will greatly increase the number of calls and responses you get from your job applications.

Before we delve into the details; take a look at the infographic below which gives a quick summary of what will be covered in this guide.

How to write a CV infographic

 

1. Before you start writing your CV

Solid preparation is the key to success in most areas of life and CV writing is no different.

Your CV is one of the most important documents you will ever create and it will shape the future of your career, so it pays to put in some prep time to get yourself on the right track.

Before you start crafting your CV, you will need to understand a few things if you want to be successful;

  1. What your CV is actually supposed to achieve
  2. What employers want to see in your CV
  3. Who will be reading your CV (Recruiters & Hiring Managers)

 

What is your CV actually supposed to achieve?

A good CV is supposed to get you lots of job interviews for the jobs you want – it’s that simple

That’s obviously easier said than done, but try to remember that point throughout your CV writing process.

The way which a CV wins job interviews for you, is by quickly demonstrating to employers that you are the right person for their job.

In order to achieve this, you need to understand what employers want to see and how they want to see it – which I will cover in the next 2 sections of this chapter.

 

What do employers want to see in your CV?

What employers want to see in a CV

99% of candidates ruin their chances of job hunt success before they have even typed one word on their CV.

Why?

Because they don’t take the time to find out what their target employers are looking for. They simply write their CV based on the qualities that they think are important.

If you don’t research the needs of the companies that you are hoping to work for, then you don’t actually know what you should be including in your CV. You will be using guess work as the foundation of your CV, which will set you up to fail in your job search.

The very first thing you need to do, is find out what your target employers are looking for in candidates’ CVs, so that you can then fill your CV with content that matches their needs – and therefore impress them.

You can actually find out what these needs are quite easily with some simple online research – looking at relevant job adverts is a good place to start.

Hit the job websites and run a search for the main type of job you are interested in.

Head over to one of the major job websites like Monster or Reed and do it now if you can.

Make the search as specific as you can by filtering on salary, location, sector etc. as much as you can – this way you will narrow the search down to include only the types of job you are really interested in.

As an example below – I have run a search for Admin Assistant jobs in London paying £20k – £25k.

Here is one of the job adverts my search has produced…

As you can see it gives us a great insight into what these employers want to see in applicants’ CVs.

Example Job Advert

Go through as many adverts as you can and gather us much information about your target employers as you can.

 

What experience do they need?
What skills do they need?
What level of education do they prefer?
What IT packages do they use?
What will be expected of you in the role?

 

As you go through the adverts, make a list of the things that repeatedly appear… they will be the most sought after requirements.

After going through a few job Admin Assistant job adverts I have made a list of the things that most of the advertisers were looking for here.

  • Written communication skills (emails, newsletters)
  • Telephone call handling
  • Office environment experience
  • IT Skills: Office (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint)
  • Previous admin experience
  • Customer service/relationships
  • Organisation & planning

 

Obviously your list may be very different depending on your industry but this should give you an idea of the types of things you should be writing down.

So before you start writing your CV, make your very own list just like this one.

Once you have your list of requirements that your target employers are looking for in applicants, then you have a huge advantage over most other candidates in the job market – because now you know exactly what you need to put in your CV to make it successful – you are not guessing like most other people who simply write a CV, send it out and hope for the best.

Some of the requirements in your list will be easy for you to include in your CV – especially the things that you already have a lot of experience in.

However some things may be a bit trickier – particularly when the adverts are asking for things that you have little or no experience of.

But this is OK – you just have to be a bit more creative – often you will find that you have a lot of transferable skills that you can draw from your experiences in and outside of work such as education projects, freelance work, volunteering etc.

I will cover this in more detail when we start writing your CV, but first we need to understand a little bit more about the people who will be reading your CV… Recruiters and Hiring Managers.

 

Who reads your CV? (Recruiters & Hiring Managers)

In order to land your next job – you are going to need to impress two types of people; hiring managers andrecruiters… there’s no way around that fact.

If you want to make a really good impression on them, then let’s try to look at things from their perspective – it will really help you get the best results from your CV and your overall job hunt.

So who are hiring managers and recruiters?

You may already have a rough idea but let’s dig a bit deeper to see what really makes them tick – and most importantly, how we can use what we know about them to create a CV that will make them stand up and pay attention to you.

Recruiters and hiring managers description

Having worked as a recruiter for several years and dealt with lots of hiring managers in my career, I can share 3 things about them both that will help you to write a CV that appeals to both of them.

 

1. They are both extremely busy with little time to spare

Scared recruiter and hiring manager

Recruiters and hiring managers have packed days; both working to constant deadlines with a million and one tasks to complete.

For this reason, they don’t like wasting time.

How does this help you?

If you want to impress them, make sure your CV takes up as little of their time as possible.

You need to ensure that your CV is short, sharp and gets your message across quickly.

I will show you how to do this in the following chapters, but for now you just need to know that this is a very important factor in the recruitment process.

 

 

2. They have lots of people competing for their attention

competing for the attention of employers

As a recruiter my inbox would sometimes have over 100 unread emails in it and I know that hiring managers are swamped with important calls and emails throughout the working week.

So if you get their attention, you need to make it count.

How does this help you?

Once you get a recruiter or hiring manager to open your CV, you need to make sure you hold their attention by making an instant impact.

So how do you do this?

By making the top part of your CV extremely relevant to them.

Again, I will cover how to do this this in more detail in the format, structure and content sections of this guide, but for now you just need to understand importance of making an instant impact with your CV.

I can tell you from personal experience that if a recruiter does not see what they need to see as soon they open your CV, then they will usually close it down and move straight on to the next CV – so you need to make sure your CV can hold people’s attention if you want to see the interviews roll in.

 

3. They scare easily

Scared recruiter

Recruiters and hiring managers have a reputations to maintain with their peers and clients – there’s a lot of pressure on them to make the right decisions… Especially when it comes to hiring staff.

If a hiring manager hires a bad candidate, it can literally ruin their business.

There is a lot at stake when it comes to hiring people.

How does this help you?

When writing your CV, you need to make sure that you don’t give anybody a single reason to doubt you. In a recent survey of recruitment firms that we ran at StandOut CV; we found that it only takes one grammar mistakefor a recruiter to start seriously doubting your credibility.

So when writing your CV, you need to ensure that your language is flawless and persuasive, the formatting and structure is perfect and you have a proper process in place to run final checks before getting the CV out to market.

Again, I will cover how you actually do this in greater detail during the following chapters.

 

 

Before you start writing your CV – Conclusion

OK, now you already have a huge advantage over most other candidates.

You know what your target employers want to see and you know a bit about the people who will be reviewing your CV.

So in summary, if your CV is going to win interviews it needs to do the 2 following things.

  • It needs to show readers that you have the skills & experience that they need
  • It needs to communicate your value quickly and professionally

If you can do both of these things, you will land a lot of job interviews.

If you quickly show a recruiter or hiring manager that you have the skills needed for their job. They will look at the CV and instantly say, “This person can do the job, let’s get them in for an interview”.

So over the next few chapters I will explain exactly how you can do this with a structure that highlights the important information and content that will have your desired employers desperate to interview you.

 

2. How to format and structure your CV

Now that you know what to include in your CV and who will be reading it, you need to format and structure your CV in a way that will do the following things;

  • Make your CV look impeccably professional
  • Make your CV easy for readers to navigate and find the information they need
  • Make the information easily digestible and quick-to-read

The infographic below gives a high level of overview of the best way to structure your CV.

CV structure

I’ll run through each section to give a bit more detail on each

 

CV Length

As I mentioned earlier, recruiters and hiring managers tend to be very busy, so it’s best to keep your CV short and sharp to ensure it gets read.

Ideally your CV should be around 2 pages in length, but if you go a little over or under, don’t worry – there is noset-in-stone rule about around how long your CV should be.

If you have lots of experience then you may find that you stray on to the third page slightly, and conversely if you don’t have much experience, then you may struggle to fill the second page completely. Just to try to keep as close to 2 pages as you can.

Quick tip: If you find your CV is coming in too long – cut down some of the detail in your older roles as recruiters will be focusing more on your recent roles.

 

Format

When formatting your CV, simplicity and readability are essential if you want to keep your CV readers happy.

 

Use Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word is the most widely used and liked format for CVs across the UK, so always send your CV in Word if you want to ensure it gets opened. Avoid sending your CV in PDF because it is non-editable and sometimes recruiters will need to make slight edits to your CV before they can send it on to hiring managers and clients.

Use Word not PDF

 

Use a Clear and Simple Font

The font you use just needs to be easy to read, professional looking and used consistently throughout the CV. At StandOut CV we use fonts like Arial, Tahoma and Calibri in our customer CVs. Avoid using overly complex fonts as they can be difficult to read and may discourage recruiters from reading your CV in full.

use a clear font

 

Avoid Using Photos

Unless you’re applying for an acting or modelling job, a photograph is not necessary in your CV. Photos take up a lot of the limited space available on your CV and it’s better to fill that space with compelling reasons for an employer to hire you.

No CV photo

 

Keep Colours Simple

To keep your CV looking professional, it’s best to stick to black text on a white background for the body of your sections. It’s OK to add a splash of colour to headings when applying to modern trendy firms (like tech startupsfor example) but don’t go crazy and ensure it still looks professional.

This an example of a typical that CV structure we have livened up with a bit of colour.

CV Colours

 

CV Structure

Before I delve into the nuts and bolts of each CV section, here is a brief overview of the way your CV should be divided and sub-headed. The images also show how much space each section should take up on a typical 2 page CV.

 

Name and Contact Details

Start the top of your CV with your name and contact details so that the reader knows who you are and how they can reach you if they want to invite you in for an interview.

name and contact details on CV

The basics are;

  • Telephone number – mobile is best so you can respond to recruiters whilst on the move.
  • Email address – use an address that looks professional – no nicknames etc.
  • Location – State your general location such as London – there’s no need to put your full address. Also if you are willing to relocate then state where you are willing to move to. Location is very important as you can be quickly rejected from a role if the recruiter thinks you live too far away to commute.

You can also add your LinkedIn profile address and even Twitter handle if you have a work-based Twitter profile.

 

CV Profile/Personal Statement

Your CV profile is like an introduction that sits just under your contact details. The aim of your profile is to draw the reader in by summarising all of your skills and knowledge in a few punchy sentences that leaves them wanting to read more.

CV Profile

 

Work Experience/Career History

After your profile, you need to detail your current and previous employment to showcase the work that you’ve done and how you’ve helped your employers. Generally your roles should be listed in reverse chronological order (from most recent to oldest) but there are some occasions where you can make exceptions to that rule.

Work Experience on CV

 

Education Qualifications

Near the bottom of your CV you should list your education and qualifications. Generally speaking school leavers and recent graduates should include a lot of detail here to make up for the lack of work experience – whereas experienced candidates can afford to have a shorter education section, as their role descriptions will be more important to recruiters.

Education on CV

Interests

Interests are an optional section and should only really be included where they can add value to an application e.g. work related interests, volunteering, impressive achievements etc.

CV interests

Now I will run through how to structure and write all of these sections;

 

 

3. Writing your CV Profile/Personal Statement

Your Profile (or Personal Statement as it is often referred to in academic fields) is the very first thing a recruiter or hiring manager will read, so you need to ensure that it is packed with the requirements that your target employers are looking for.

Here are a couple of example CV profiles to give you an idea of how they should look and read.

 

Junior Project Manager Profile

Example graduate profile

 

Senior Sales & Marketing Profile

Example sales director CV

 

Sitting at the top of your CV, the purpose of your profile is to give a rounded summary of your talents and show what you have to offer an employer, in a few punchy yet professional sentences.

Focus on including hard factual skills such as industry specific skills, experience, languages, software knowledge etc.

And really try to avoid using CV clichés and buzzwords.

What are clichés and buzzwords?

Clichés and buzzwords are vague phrases that are often used to describe “soft skills”  such as:

  • Hard-working
  • Team Player
  • Strong Communicator
  • Enthusiastic
  • Passionate

You’ve probably seen them and you may have even been tempted to use them in your CV.

The problem with clichés and buzzwords is that they tend to be very generic and don’t tell the reader much about you in reality, so it’s best to keep them out of your CV or at least keep them to a minimum.

If you want to prove you’re a hard-working team-player, then give examples of team based results you’ve achieved in your role descriptions.

This way the reader can see relevant examples of how you apply your skills in your work rather than just being told that you are a “hard worker”.

 

The difference between a good and bad CV profile

Here is an example of a bad profile section. Read it and see if you can tell what the candidate actually does…

 

“Hard working professional who works well in a team or individually, quick to grasp new ideas & skills. I take pride in my work and strive for excellence and always meet deadlines”

 

What job would this person be suitable for?

Although it may sound impressive, it’s impossible to tell what this candidate has to offer because the profile is full of clichés and contains no facts – this is what you should avoid at all costs.

Some of the points may be important but they are totally meaningless without facts and context so recruiters won’t learn anything about you with a profile like this.

Here is how we re-wrote this section of the candidate’s profile…

 

“Accomplished Project Support Assistant with a proven track record in the support of large construction teams on the delivery of complex housing builds within strict budgets and deadlines”

 

If you make your profile more factual like this, it will give recruiters a greater understanding of what you have to offer.

 

Add a Core Skills section to boost your profile

A core skills section is a very simple but effective section you can add to the bottom of your profile.

It’s essentially a bullet pointed list of attributes which ideally should relate directly to the requirements that your employers are looking for.

Here is an example from a candidate applying for a customer service role in retail banking.

CV Core Skills

 

The effect is that each point jumps out of the page at the reader and shows them that you are a good fit for the role, just from glancing at your CV. This helps you to create that big instant impression that you need to get a response from your job applications.

You can include anything that will be relevant from IT skills and industry knowledge, to education results and achievements. Just make sure they are important to the roles you are applying for by checking with relevant job adverts.

 

4. Your Work Experience | What to include in your CV and how to structure your roles

Putting your work experience together

Your work experience gives you an excellent opportunity to showcase your abilities and really delve into the details of what you can offer an employer.

Your role descriptions need to convey that your experience equips you with the skills and knowledge needed to carry out the jobs you are applying for.

First I will give you an overview of which roles to include and how to list them – then I will demonstrate how to structure each role for maximum effect.

 

Listing your roles

Roles should be written in reverse chronological order starting with your current or most recent role and working your way down to your oldest role.

This generally works very well for those with experience in the field they are applying to – but candidates with limited experience or those making a career change can break this rule slightly if they need to (I will cover this more in the next section).

 

CV work experience

 

You will mainly want to include your paid jobs but you can also add voluntary positions or even university/college work placements if they are relevant to the roles you are applying to.

Your current role and recent roles should contain lots of detail because recruiters are most interested in what you are capable of right now.

Older roles can be summarised as you go down the CV, as recruiters will be less interested in your roles from several years ago.

 

 

Breaking the chronological order rule (If you have little or no experience)

If you’ve got plenty of experience in the field you are applying to – you may want to skip this section. Click here to skip

You don’t always have to start your CV roles with your most recent paid role – especially if you fall in to one of the 2 following categories.

1. A recent graduate or school leaver with little or no paid work experience

Grad

 

2. Somebody looking to make a career change

Career change

If you fall into one of these brackets then it’s likely that your most recent paid role will not be entirely relevant to the firms you are applying for.

If your most recent role won’t appeal to your target employers, then you can use a bit of creative licence and insert a more relevant past role at the top of your CV such as:

  • Voluntary positions
  • University/College/School work placements
  • Freelance work
  • Personal projects undertaken outside of work

Let’s take a look at the example candidates above and see how they can break the chronological order role slightly, to make their CVs appear more suitable for the jobs they are applying to.

 

1. Recent graduate or school leaver

If you are a recent graduate or school leaver, you can often use older work placements and other non-paid roles to replace your current role at the top of your CV, if it makes your CV appear more relevant.

Take a look at the example below

Laura has recently graduated with a degree in aerospace engineering and is looking for an entry level job with an aerospace design firm.

Laura’s current job as a waitress in a local restaurant is not hugely relevant to the aerospace firms she is applying to, so she shouldn’t put the waitress role at the top of her CV if she can avoid it.

 

CV top role

 

However, Laura did complete a one month work placement for an aerospace research firm in 2012 as part of her University degree.

In this case, Laura should list the aerospace work placement at the top of her work experience section – she shouldn’t keep it hidden in her education section at the bottom of her CV.

 

Laura Smith CV

 

Now recruiters will instantly be able to see that Laura has relevant work experience as soon as they open her CV and she will seem much more suitable for the role.

Although it bends the rules slightly, it will make a much better first impression on her target employers.

 

2. Somebody looking to make a career change

Also if you’re looking to make a career change then your current role will probably not be relevant to the roles you are applying for.

For example David has got lots of experience in IT support, which is great – but now that he is looking to move into a care worker position, his current IT support manager role will not be relevant to the employers he is hoping to impress.

David has however done a few weeks of voluntary care work at a local nursing home a few months ago.

In this case David just needs to slot the voluntary care role above his current IT role to instantly show recruiters that he has some relevant experience.

David care CV

 

Being creative with your first listed role in this manner does technically bend the CV writing rules slightly, but it gives you a much greater chance of impressing employers and landing interviews.

If you don’t have any experience at all that you can add in this fashion, then the simple solution is to go out and get some. Look for voluntary work, sign up to freelancing websites, take a training course or even offer to help businesses for free. Even if you only get a few weeks experience, it can be a huge boost to your CV, so it’s worth doing.

 

If you want your role descriptions to be easily readable and really highlight the value in hiring you, then they need to be well structured and written.

The annotated example here shows how to structure your roles for maximum results.

 

CV Role Description Structure Diagram

 

As with your entire CV, you should try to highlight the skills and experience that your audience will be looking for.

Prioritise the responsibilities by ensuring that the most relevant information for your target employers is at the top of each role in great detail.

 

Dealing with gaps in employment

Employment gap

 

Long periods of unemployment can be off-putting for employers because it simply appears as though you haven’t been doing anything during that period – unless you state otherwise.

So if you have any periods of unemployment that lasted over a month or so, then try to fill them with constructive activities to make yourself look pro-active and positive e.g.

 

  • Studying – with details of qualifications gained or working towards
  • Travel – great to demonstrate planning, organisation and people skills
  • Volunteer roles or personal projects – e.g. caring for a family member, working for a community initiative

 

If you’ve had time out for personal reasons such as a serious illness, then don’t be worried about including it on your CV – employers should not discriminate against you for it. Just keep the detail light and focus on highlighting your value throughout the rest of your CV.

 

5. CV Language

The language used in your CV should be professional, persuasive, descriptive and grammatically perfect throughout.

It should read like a sales brochure for a luxury product; leaving the reader desperate to call you, just in case they miss out on the opportunity.

The language used in your CV gives recruiters an insight into your written communication skills and your professionalism, so make it count.

Avoid using basic language because it makes you look like a basic candidate, when you need to look outstanding.

By basic language, I mean writing in a plain and non-descriptive fashion like this…

 

“I was working for the manager and helping out with various tasks across the business”

 

That looks dull, uninspiring and a not too impressive

However you can reword the exact same responsibilities to be more descriptive and sound much more impressive, like this:

 

“Reporting directly to the manager, supporting a number of business critical functions”

 

Even something like;

 

“Stacking shelves”

 

Can be improved to something like;

 

“Managing and analysing stock levels throughout the store to ensure that customers always have access to high demand products at peak times”

 

Although that’s an extreme example, it displays a better style of written communication and shows that you have an understanding of how the task affects the business at a higher level.

When writing your CV, ensure that you are using professional language at all times and fully describing your impact on employers.

If you find yourself struggling to write professionally, head over to LinkedIn and run a search for similar professionals to yourself. Browse through a few profiles and look at the language being used for some inspiration.

 

 

6. Education and qualifications

Education & Qualifications

Although you can mention your education and qualifications in your CV profile, their full details should be listed near to the bottom of your CV. The amount of information that you include in this section will largely depend on your experience level.

Generally speaking, if you have lots of work experience, you won’t need to write about your education in great detail, as recruiters will be more interested in your work history.

If you are relatively inexperienced, such as recent graduate or school leaver, then you should write about your education in more detail because that’s where most of your skills and experience will lie.

To counter your lack of work experience, you can include dissertations, school/university projects, exam modules etc. and endeavour to highlight the points that are relevant to the roles you are applying to.

The following examples show how to list your education at different stages in your career.

 

Entry level CV – Graduate/School Leaver

Junior CV

Experienced CV

Experienced CV

 

7. Interests and hobbies

Candidates often ask whether or not they need to include their interests on their CV and if they will actually make a difference in an application.

The answer depends on two aspects – the role that you are applying for and if your interests bear any relevance to the role.

On one hand, if you are an experienced and qualified doctor applying for a GP role, then adding your interests ofgoing to the cinema or watching football will have little impact on your application – they just don’t add any value.

However if you are a recent graduate applying for a management Grad scheme with little work experience, then a hobby such as captaining a football team, can actually be a great way to demonstrate leadership and organisation.

Interests are optional and in many cases they won’t make a huge difference – but if you feel that they could impact your application then you should include them.

 

Interests to include in your CV

Sports teams or interest societies and clubs – competing in sports or other pursuits can show determination, team work and a competitive nature.

Travel – travelling can be of interest to employers as it can show independence, organisation and an outgoing personality.

Volunteering – volunteering for charities or community projects shows pro-activity and a willingness to help others, which are both desirable traits in an employee.

 

Interests to leave out of your CV

“Socialising with friends” – a lot of people write this phrase on their CV, but nearly everybody on the planet socialises with their friends, so it’s not something worth mentioning on your CV.

Political/Religious views – politics and religion are probably a bit heavy for a CV and won’t really add much to the strength of an application.

Anything that could be considered controversial or slightly weird – if you are into witchcraft or hamster grooming then that’s fine… but best not to add it to your CV to avoid being pre-judged by recruiters.

 

8. Download your free CV Template

Download CV template

Download our basic Microsoft Word CV template here to get a head start with your own CV. Using the CV template in conjunction with this guide should put you on the right track to creating an impressive CV and kick starting your job hunt.

 

Final CV Checks

check list

Once you’ve finished writing your CV then make sure that you triple check it for errors before sending it out to anybody.

Nothing will put a recruiter off you more quickly than spelling errors, typos and grammatical mistakes.

Perhaps even ask a friend or family member to run through it to get a different perspective and ensure it all makes sense.

Also ensure that the CV sits at around 2 pages in length and that all the information is nicely broken up for ease of reading.

 

Now you are ready to start job hunting.

Once you’ve started your job hunt, you can still make changes to your CV if you need to.

For example you may want to tailor your CV when applying for different roles to further ensure that your CV matches each job advert.

You may find that certain areas of your CV are prompting negative feedback and will need to be modified in order to improve your chances.

Any adaptions you can make that lead to more interview requests, are worth making.

Hopefully this guide will help you to create your own CV and start to land quality job interviews in your chosen field.

Happy Job Hunting!

 

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