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The Grind: Should You Work For a Nonprofit?


If you've been struggling with your company's bottom line and would prefer to spend your time working with a company whose values speak to yours then nonprofit organizations could be an appealing option for you. Students should take advantage of internships at nonprofits to get a good idea of how they operate, but if you're contemplating a career change then you don't have the flexibility in your schedule to experiment with something new. If you're considering making a career change from for-profit companies to the very different world of nonprofits then the New York Times Career Coach has some very thoughtful tips for what you need to consider before making this kind of career change. To see what they are just read more.

  • Figure out your bottom line: Analyze why you're drawn to nonprofit work as a career and not as a volunteer. Figure out what type of organization you want to work for, what kind of position you want, and the reason behind it.
  • Salary: Nonprofit salaries vary depending on location and budget, but they're generally lower than those at for-profit companies.
  • Finding the right nonprofit for you: Transition is easiest when you move to a nonprofit that has a similar focus to your current industry, but if you're looking for a big change then look into groups financed by your local United Way chapter or contact your Chamber of Commerce for a list of nonprofits.
  • Revamp your résumé: Showcase your skills, not your job title in order to translate your experience into what the nonprofit world needs. Mention your volunteer experience to show how you've been preparing for the transition.
  • Don't fool yourself: The nonprofit world often comes with longer hours and more stress than in the corporate world.

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