Idealist Careers presents: Reboot Your Nonprofit Resume
What you'll learn
- Analyze a job description so you understand what the employer needs.
- Match your experience to the job so you have a strong sense of why you'd be great for that role.
- Put your resume together for that job using timeless resume writing tips that will help you stand out to a hiring manager.
- You need your resume and a job description in order to complete the lessons.
While there are many elements of a successful job search, having a well-written resume is key. But if you ask 10 different people what makes a great resume, you'll get 10 different answers. How can ensure you focus on what matters most to an employer, particularly in the nonprofit sector? Join the experts from Idealist Careers to find out!
Get the Tools and Strategies You Need to Write a Nonprofit Resume that Shines
- Understand what an employer is looking for by analyzing the job description
- Assess your skills and accomplishments in the context of the job you want
- Write a resume that illustrates a match between the two, taking into consideration your unique experiences
- Get feedback from key people in your job search
Course Overview and Structure
Most resume courses jump right into writing: Use bold here! Get rid of that objective! Make sure there's plenty of white space! While this advice can be helpful, we believe that the most important part of resume writing happens before you even set pen to paper.
In fact, in order to write a stand-out resume, you first need to be a bit of a detective.
Job descriptions often include clues about what's important to the hiring manager and the kind of professional needed for the role. After identifying these elements, you then you need to look at your own experiences to see if there's a match. In the first two lessons, we'll walk you through the process of analyzing a job description and identifying what makes you a good fit.
Once you've done your sleuthing and reflecting, you're ready to write and review your resume!
No matter what trend is currently en vogue (video resumes! infographic resumes!) there are timeless tips and practices that make a resume shine. We'll show you what those tips are, while taking into account common obstacles and situations in resume writing (No experience? Making a career change? Wondering if your resume is too long? We've got you covered!). We even show you an example of a well-tailored resume.
Then we'll show you the four---yes, four!---people you need to have review your resume to ensure it shines.
Each section comes with worksheets to help you get a better handle on the material. After you complete the course, take our short quiz to ensure you're ready to submit your resume.
Who this course is for:
- You've been sending out resumes but have not been getting responses.
- It's been a while since you've applied for a job, and you need a resume refresher.
- You have a sense of what you want to do, and need help putting your best foot forward.
In working with thousands of job seekers and career changes during my 16+ year career as a resume writer, career coach, and college career counselor, I've used an approach that is nurturing and intuitive yet practical and driven to high achievement.
As Audience Development and Content Manager of Idealist Careers and writer of the "Ask Victoria" column, I create career content and programming for job seekers, leaders, and other nonprofit professionals. Drawing from my experience in career development, I propel job seekers and career changers towards taking control of their job searches with confidence and removing fear, uncertainty, and other blocks to career success.
Along with my colleagues, I am proud to introduce Idealist Careers' video courses on the Udemy platform. We are confident that our approach to resume-writing will create marked improvements in your job search success. Looking forward to connecting with all of our students!
Allison Jones is an editor at Idealist, a global nonprofit that connects people to opportunities for action. In her role as editor, she launched and currently manages Idealist Careers, a publication that helps purpose-driven professionals find, land, and love their social impact careers. In addition to offering daily tips on job hunting and career building, Idealist Careers hosts events, webinars, and other programs to help job seekers and leaders alike thrive.
Prior to joining Idealist in 2012, Allison worked at education-focused nonprofits in New York City and Philadelphia, in fundraising, communications, and program management roles. She also ran a successful blog for five years that focused on how millennials could break into the nonprofit sector. She and her work have been featured in Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal, GOOD, and more.
When not working, you can find Allison gossiping with her coworkers and exploring her New Jersey neighborhood in search of the perfect cup of coffee.