Posted by Brian McCullough
One thing I’ve noticed about younger job seekers is that they’re big on finding jobs at non-profits, charities, foundations and the like.
Sorta renews your faith in humanity to realize that trying to have a meaningful career that “makes a difference” is a hip thing to do.
If you haven’t considered non-profits in your job search, maybe you should. Non-profits are not recession proof by any means (during slow economic times, people have less money to give and so non-profits see their income suffer) but they’re also not just working at soup kitchens. A lot of non-profits are multi-national operations with billion dollar budgets and thousands of workers. And you don’t need any specialized type of degree or background to work at a non-profit. Non-profits need lawyers and accountants and HR and IT people just like any other organization.
On the blog, SchizoFrenetic, I found a great list of online resources for a non-profit job search. The author says she’s going to be updating the list as she finds more resources, so I recommend bookmarking her page if this is your sort of thing. She also has some advice about contacting recruiters who specialize in non-profit placements.
Here is her list. The only organization I have worked with before and can vouch for is Idealist.org:
- Associated Grant Managers
- Association Jobs
- Chronicle of Philanthropy Job Board
- Council on Foundations
- Dot Org Jobs
- Feminist Majority Job Center
- The Foundation Center
- Grantmakers Without Borders
- Nonprofit Jobs
- Nonprofit Jobs Cooperative
- Opportunity NOCs
- Regional Associations of Grantmakers