Idealist Careers presents: Reboot Your Nonprofit Resume

Take your resume from "blah" to "wow!" by illustrating a match between the employer's needs and the talents you bring.
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  • Lectures 12
  • Length 36 mins
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 6/2015 English

Course Description

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.

What are the requirements?

  • You need your resume and a job description in order to complete the lessons.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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.

Who is the target audience?

  • 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.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Course Introduction

Welcome to Idealist Careers. In this video we introduce you to what you can expect from this course.


In this video we outline 4 steps to take while writing your resume. Following these steps will ensure that you will craft a resume that stands out to an employer

Section 2: Analyzing a Job Description

Don't just skip to the qualifications! Always read through the entire job description. Follow the recommendations in this video to pick out the most important parts and how to use them effectively when crafting your resume.


In this video, we sit down with Deirdre Simmons, Human Resources Business Partner at Dress for Success Worldwide, to get insight on what hiring managers want to see from a job applicant.

Section 3: Matching Your Experience to the Job

In this video we explain the three questions that every employer considers when hiring and what to do the get the employer's interest.


You have more skills than you think! In this video we explain the five main transferable skill sets, and how to illustrate them on your resume.


Duties state what you did, while accomplishments state how well you did it. In this video we give you tips on how to turn your job duties into accomplishments.

Section 4: Putting it All Together

Let's put it all together! In this video we walk you through some tips to writing your resume.


How do I prioritize the content on my resume? What fonts should I use? How long should my resume be? In this video we answer these questions and more.


What if you are just starting out? What if you want to change careers entirely? In this video we give some resume tips depending on which stage you are on in your career.

Section 5: Getting Feedback

Now that you have a resume, it's time to get feedback. In this video we introduce you to four types of people that should look at your resume before you hit submit.

Section 6: Checklist and Course Wrap Up
10 questions

Is your resume ready to be submitted? Once you've rebooted your document by following the instructions in this course, use this checklist to find out!


Thanks for joining us!

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Instructor Biography

Victoria Crispo, Career Expert, Idealist Careers Audience Development Manager

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!

Instructor Biography

Allison Jones, Editor, Idealist Careers

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.

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